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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 240 Average listal rating (118 ratings) 6.9 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 2816 Average listal rating (1768 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 4766 Average listal rating (3111 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.2
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 (71 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.3
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People who added this item 1505 Average listal rating (978 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Goldfinger (1964)
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People who added this item 1539 Average listal rating (872 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
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People who added this item 2533 Average listal rating (1779 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.8
Drive (2011)


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People who added this item 1918 Average listal rating (1320 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Skyfall (2012)
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People who added this item 1540 Average listal rating (983 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.7
Dirty Harry (1971)
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People who added this item 801 Average listal rating (530 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 1207 Average listal rating (720 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 7.7
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People who added this item 87 Average listal rating (62 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.3
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People who added this item 1490 Average listal rating (1038 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
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People who added this item 451 Average listal rating (331 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.2
Magnum Force (1973)
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People who added this item 1719 Average listal rating (1069 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.2
The Road (2009)
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People who added this item 926 Average listal rating (541 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 1536 Average listal rating (855 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 108 Average listal rating (71 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 6.9
Harper (1966)
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People who added this item 4995 Average listal rating (3379 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 116 Average listal rating (61 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7
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People who added this item 435 Average listal rating (320 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
Death Wish (1974)
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People who added this item 433 Average listal rating (244 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
Sleuth (1972)


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People who added this item 260 Average listal rating (153 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7


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People who added this item 157 Average listal rating (97 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7
The Big Shave (1970)


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People who added this item 19 Average listal rating (13 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.3
Triple Cross (1966)
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People who added this item 4634 Average listal rating (3067 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 305 Average listal rating (175 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.1
Klute (1971)
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People who added this item 3108 Average listal rating (2056 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
Gremlins (1984)
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People who added this item 316 Average listal rating (210 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.6
Torn Curtain (1966)
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People who added this item 252 Average listal rating (175 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6
Firefox (1982)
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People who added this item 393 Average listal rating (278 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.3
The Dead Pool (1988)
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People who added this item 21 Average listal rating (17 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 5.7
Gold (1974)
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People who added this item 289 Average listal rating (191 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
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People who added this item 44 Average listal rating (32 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 5.7
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People who added this item 2124 Average listal rating (1465 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 2877 Average listal rating (1778 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 7.8
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People who added this item 5396 Average listal rating (3739 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.3
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People who added this item 281 Average listal rating (141 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
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People who added this item 328 Average listal rating (249 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
The Enforcer (1976)
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People who added this item 1210 Average listal rating (834 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.5
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People who added this item 672 Average listal rating (370 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.5
Following (1999)
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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (10 ratings) 5.5 IMDB Rating 5.7
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People who added this item 170 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 88 Average listal rating (53 ratings) 6.1 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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