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Added by Citizen Caine on 21 Jan 2012 11:07
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Films I've Seen In 2012 - Best To Worst

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People who added this item 237 Average listal rating (116 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 6.9
Performance (1970)


"I am a bullet" as uttered by James Fox's pistol-wielding Chas, shortly after being on the receiving end of a brutal beating and an alleged gang-rape, is one of those rare, truly extraordinary moments that remind you of how powerful cinema can be. This is a film of many such moments, a violent, sex-filled, psychedelic trip through the mind (or minds) of a gangster on the run that poses questions about identity, gender, sexuality, dualism, vice and versa.On the surface, it's simply a swinging-sixties London-set tale of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, the embodiment of all that of course being Mick Jagger as a reclusive rock star. But there's so much more to it than that. Beautifully shot and scored, featuring music ranging from The Last Poets to Merry Clayton, an incredible performance from James Fox and a truly mind-bending ending, this is simply one of the greatest films I've ever seen and my brief review will not do it justice.
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People who added this item 2779 Average listal rating (1746 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Vertigo (1958)


Admittedly I don't like the ending (it's far too abrupt, even by Hitchcock's standards) and it's far from my favourite film from the master of suspense but I can't help myself from being swept up in it all, particularly the majestic use of colour.
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People who added this item 4705 Average listal rating (3070 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.3
Taxi Driver (1976)


This is, simply put, one of the best and most compelling character studies ever put on film.
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People who added this item 153 Average listal rating (72 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.3
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People who added this item 1489 Average listal rating (964 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Goldfinger (1964)
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People who added this item 1521 Average listal rating (852 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
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People who added this item 2515 Average listal rating (1764 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Drive (2011)


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People who added this item 1899 Average listal rating (1309 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.7
Skyfall (2012)
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People who added this item 1519 Average listal rating (969 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
Dirty Harry (1971)
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People who added this item 789 Average listal rating (522 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.9


It is perhaps disappointing that Lewis Gilbert and Roald Dahl's screen adaptation of You Only Live Twice strays so far away from possibly Ian Fleming's greatest novel, but, nonetheless, this remains a terrific James Bond cinematic outing and a fascinating look at post-war Japan. Beautifully shot and boasting incredible sets, a luscious score, exotic women and action on a truly epic scale, You Only Live Twice holds its own alongside the other great Bond films of the sixties. Tetsuro Tanba and Akiko Wakabayashi stand out from the cast, turning in excellent performances. My estimations of this film have risen greatly.
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People who added this item 1200 Average listal rating (717 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
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People who added this item 88 Average listal rating (63 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.4
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People who added this item 1471 Average listal rating (1028 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
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People who added this item 444 Average listal rating (324 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Magnum Force (1973)
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People who added this item 1717 Average listal rating (1070 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
The Road (2009)
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People who added this item 920 Average listal rating (534 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
Control (2007)


I'm a big Joy Division fan, so seeing this biopic of lead singer Ian Curtis was a no-brainer.
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People who added this item 1527 Average listal rating (854 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.9
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People who added this item 50 Average listal rating (34 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.4
The Hunter (1980)
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People who added this item 107 Average listal rating (71 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 6.9
Harper (1966)
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People who added this item 4968 Average listal rating (3361 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.5
The Prestige (2006)


Admittedly I'm not the biggest Christopher Nolan fan - the status that both The Dark Knight and Inception have gained is quite ridiculous. Both films are outstanding blockbusters, sure, and it's great that Nolan does not take cinema-goers for mugs, but are any of his films really among the greatest of all time? I don't pretend to be all knowledgeable in such matters, but I shouldn't think so. I enjoyed The Prestige immensely though. However, as is often the case with Nolan films, the proof in the pudding will be the second viewing. This is currently my favourite Nolan film by far (although as of time of writing, I have yet to see Memento or The Dark Knight Rises), it kept me guessing, it kept me on the edge of my seat and at it truly left me at the end thinking "Wow".
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People who added this item 108 Average listal rating (58 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Deathtrap (1982)
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People who added this item 426 Average listal rating (313 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
Death Wish (1974)
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People who added this item 428 Average listal rating (239 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Sleuth (1972)


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People who added this item 254 Average listal rating (147 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7


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People who added this item 157 Average listal rating (98 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
The Big Shave (1970)


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People who added this item 17 Average listal rating (12 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.3
Triple Cross (1966)
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People who added this item 4603 Average listal rating (3049 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.1
Trainspotting (1996)


First time I've sat down and watched the whole thing properly. The ending doesn't work for me as a satisfying conclusion to a standalone film, but it does leave things open for the potential sequel based on Welsh's Porno. It's not as good as Shallow Grave for me but the characters are stronger and McGregor puts in an excellent performance (probably the highlight of his career). This is about as far as I'll go with Boyle - from the bits and pieces I've seen of Sunshine, that can remain unwatched for now.
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People who added this item 296 Average listal rating (170 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.1
Klute (1971)
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People who added this item 3077 Average listal rating (2036 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
Gremlins (1984)
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People who added this item 316 Average listal rating (212 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.7
Torn Curtain (1966)
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People who added this item 245 Average listal rating (171 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.9
Firefox (1982)
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People who added this item 388 Average listal rating (273 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.3
The Dead Pool (1988)
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People who added this item 20 Average listal rating (17 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 0
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People who added this item 285 Average listal rating (187 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
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People who added this item 2115 Average listal rating (1457 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7
Prometheus (2012)


It's not Alien and it certainly isn't Blade Runner but I found it to be one of the most enjoyable cinematic experiences I've had in a long time, although strictly a great visual experience as opposed to an intellectual one - the first act in particular and the introduction of David is amazing in 3D. But great visuals is something to be expected from a Ridley Scott film and they do not make up for a messy final act.

I don't agree that Prometheus is pretentious, I feel it does a noble job at trying to please both the thinking man and those who love blockbusters without trying to be predominantly one thing or the other. I like the faith and belief angle, even if it is only briefly touched upon. However, in trying to appease the blockbuster-hungry audience, Scott has yet again copped out, much like how Robin Hood became typical, mundane and by-the-book instead of the unique interpretation of folklore that was originally intended.

I liked Fassbender, I liked Rapace and I liked Elba. Beyond those three, the characters and performances are forgettable and AVP springs to mind. Even Resurrection has a stronger and more memorable supporting cast than this. Shaw and Holloway (and I mean the characters, not so much the actors) must be one of the most unbelievable screen couples I have ever seen. Holloway is an arsehole and Shaw is several classes above him. Also, the Scottish actress who plays the medic is utterly horrendous. Theron isn't much better, particularly in the scene between her and Pearce which comes across as a bizarre nod to the "I wan't more life, father" scene from Blade Runner. Her line delivery here is particularly awful and the supposed 'mystery' as to whether she is a robot or not is extremely poor, predictable and unnecessary, especially considering that you already have one robot who may or may not have sinister intent.
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I won't say that this was disappointing as, after Robin Hood, I wasn't expecting much. I enjoyed the ride immensely and it's a satisfying prequel to the original film. But this could have been so much more and, outside of the cinema, this probably won't amount to much. Hopefully a director's cut may be one the way but, as it stands, it's not quite the return to form from Scott that I was hoping for.
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People who added this item 2852 Average listal rating (1760 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
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People who added this item 5366 Average listal rating (3719 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.3
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People who added this item 279 Average listal rating (141 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 6.6
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People who added this item 324 Average listal rating (244 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
The Enforcer (1976)
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People who added this item 1195 Average listal rating (827 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
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People who added this item 665 Average listal rating (365 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
Following (1999)
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People who added this item 14 Average listal rating (8 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 5.7
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People who added this item 168 Average listal rating (82 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 6.4
Enduring Love (2004)
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People who added this item 44 Average listal rating (23 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 5.7
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People who added this item 89 Average listal rating (54 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.3
The Girl (2012)
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As always, a work in progress. I'll add comments as and when I have time.

2011 List : www.listal.com/list/films-ive-seen-2011
2010 List : www.listal.com/list/films-ive-seen-2010

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