Wednesday, 09 January 2013 12:09
The year 2012 saw its share of studs and duds roll onto the silver screen, whether it was superheroes fighting to save humanity or a hired gun hell bent on killing every last loose end. Here’s a look at Anton Newspapers top movies of the year.
In Seth MacFarlane’s first live-action film, Ted brought laughs worthy of MacFarlane’s animated show Family Guy. The film stars Mark Wahlberg as John Bennett, whose teddy bear (voiced by MacFarlane) comes to life and they become fast friends. Shenanigans rule this film and the friendship bond is tested when John’s girlfriend, Lori, wants Ted to move out.
Slasher films rarely make top lists, but this movie showcases smart filmmaking that shows, rather than tells, the story of five college students who spend a weekend in a cabin in the woods that holds more secrets than it cares to showcase. Chris Hemsworth leads a list of relative unknowns in battling whatever the cabin throws at them. The ultimate reveal is one to get a conversation going.
Starring and directed by Ben Affleck, Argo is based loosely on a CIA operative’s recount of rescuing six Americans from Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis. Affleck, along with Alan Arkin, John Goodman and Bryan Cranston, hatch a plot to disguise themselves as Canadian filmmakers scouting for film locations, while trying to rescue their captured comrades.
Where do we come from? That’s the burning question in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, starring Noomi Ropace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron among others. This tale leads a team of scientists clear across the universe for man’s beginning. What they find is not what they bargained for.
This found-footage style film shows three high schools students who attain superpowers after coming into contact with an unknown element in the ground near a party. Some embrace the power as a way to do good in the world, while others abuse their newfound strength to punish those who have punished them.
The final piece to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises combines action with drama that creates twists and turns for Batman (Christian Bale) when he encounters a new enemy, Bane (Tom Hardy). Eight years on from the events of The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne has become a shut-in, only to be forced back into action when Bane begins to terrorize Wayne’s beloved Gotham. Joseph Gordon-Levitt turns in a stellar supporting performance as rookie cop John Blake.
In the future, time travel is invented, banned and subsequently run by the mob. Because of something called “human tagging” it’s almost impossible to murder someone. Criminals employ hitmen titled Loopers, who are tasked with killing a mark when they’re transported back in time and ultimately disposed of. Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is faced with the ultimate task when his mark arrives in front of him…his older self.
Culminating in the ultimate team-up movie, The Avengers pits Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, Hawkeye and the Black Widow against Loki, who is hell bent on ruling earth with the power of the Tesseract.
In his best outing as James Bond yet, Daniel Craig is on sabbatical after taking a shot to the chest from a fellow operative. After a former agent gone bad wreaks havoc across the globe, OO7 is thrust back into action, maybe too soon. He’s forced to confront his past, while attempting to keep his boss M (Judi Dench) safe from Silva (Javier Bardem).
With the classic Goodfellas feel, Killing Them Softly has all the makings of a classic mob drama, starring Brad Pitt as Jackie Cogan. Pitt is tasked with restoring order after three dumb criminals rob a protected card game. James Gandolfini plays a fall-down drunk mobster who can’t get his act together, while Richard Jenkins plays a lawyer who serves as middleman between Cogan, mob underlings and the named Dillion (Sam Shepard). The film interweaves political infighting in the mob, mirrored how real-world politics in some ways functions just as a mob gang.
This list was compiled based on films viewed by Anton Newspaper editor Rich Forestano