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Top 10 Films of 2012

I’ve been mulling this list over for the past couple of weeks but finally I’ve settled on ten films that really affected me in one way or another this year. There is a bit of a mixture this year but I think this reflects the best of this years cinema.

10. Berberian Sound Studio

I had no idea what to expect from this film other than it kept popping up in Twitter and Facebook from friends saying that it was a must see. I came out of the cinema not really knowing what to think to be honest but the film stayed with me for a few days afterwards and sometimes that’s as good a barometer as any. Toby Jones gives a fantastic performance in the lead role and he is generally excellent in anything he is in. It’s quite hard to describe succinctly what the film is about and for me it is better if you know less about it before going in. Also for you sound design junkies this is a must!


9. Looper

I’d been looking forward to Looper for over a year or so after I read about the film being shot and heard what the synopsis was. I generally like any film that involves time travel, multiple realities and such so was pretty excited. The film generally lived up to my hopes but I probably enjoyed it better on a second viewing when my expectations weren’t so high.


8. Sound Of My Voice

I managed to catch this film at one of only a few screenings in the UK and I’m glad that I did. If I enjoy time travel films then I also love watching films based around cults for some reason. I didn’t know much about the film going in other than it was based around a couple who join a cult and I think it helped not knowing anything. That is the way I generally like to watch films so telling the whole story in the trailer is a bit of a crime to me!


7. The Imposter

Just watch this film and don’t even watch the trailer…


6. A Royal Affair

I went to watch this Danish film when there seemed to be a bit of a barren spell of good films on at the cinema and I was really glad that I did. I can’t quite put my finger on why I liked it so much but it was just really well put together. Great story, superb acting, lovely cinematography, etc! Mmmm… I didn’t select the screengrab from the trailer below.


5. Your Sister’s Sister

This film is mostly at this place due to Rosemarie DeWitt’s performance as I found her really compelling to watch and although I had seen her in supporting roles before this was the first time that I really noticed her. The film on the whole is good but her performance elevated it to great for me.


4. Sightseers

Although this list is the top 10 films I seen in the cinema in 2012, probably the best film I actually watched was on DVD and it was ‘Kill List’ by Ben Wheatley right at the beginning of the year. This is his next film and although completely different in tone you can tell that it is coming from the same director. Personally I think he is one of the most exciting new directors in the UK and I’m looking forward to what’s coming next.


3. Searching For Sugarman

The second documentary of the top 10 and one for me which dragged for the first twenty minutes or so before bursting into life. I’d challenge anyone to not shed a tear at a certain part during the film.


2. The Raid

This was a very close second but it’s definitely the most fun and entertaining film on the list. It’s a martial arts film with some of the most amazing fight sequences you will ever see. During the screening I went to it was probably the only time where an audience collectively held their breath for a fight scene and collectively sighed and clapped when the fight scene was over. If you like action films then don’t miss this!



In case you aren’t convinced by the normal trailer then here is a little bonus for you. This is a claymation version of the raid with cat’s instead of people. Watch this whatever you do!


1. Martha Marcy May Marlene

It’s quite hard to have a top film where you don’t really want to say too much about it before someone watches it. All I’ll say is that I seen the poster for the film and decided to go and watch it based on that and it blew me away. It left me with a strange unease and I couldn’t get the film out of my head for a few days afterwards. Just watch it and let me know what you think!



I’ve tried to keep a record of all the films I watched in the cinema in 2012 on Letterboxd so if you are interested you can have a look here: Bryan’s letterboxd account

Would love to hear your thoughts on your top films of 2012 and any on here that you disagree with!

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  1. Angel
    December 28, 2012 at 12:43 pm | #1

    A well chosen list – it doesn’t give away any plots whilst honestly portraying the feeling you were left with. I’ll have to go away and watch some! I would personally have put Booked Out as my number one, but I understand why you didn’t :) Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Bryan!

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