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Thomas’s top 10 of 2012

This list proved harder to cut down than I initially thought. Nonetheless, here’s my top films of 2012. Likely subject to change once discussed with exception of the top three.

Enjoy.

The Muppets

Muppetts

Within five minutes of this film starting I instantly regretted my decision to come see it. My nostalgic memories were being kicked from me as I realised that not only the Muppets themselves had aged badly,

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Friends With Benefits (2011)

Does sex get in the way of a good friendship?

This film has a look at that question and tries to answer it in it’s own way. It is an anti romantic comedy, romantic comedy if you see what I mean. The tale is a simple one. It has been told many times before. In this case Dylan (Justin Timberlake) is a website art director living and working in Los Angeles. He is head hunted by Jamie (Mila Kunis) for a client, GQ magazine. After accepting the job Dylan moves to New York and develops a friendship with Jamie. Over drinks one night they ponder if friends can have sex with each other and still remain as friends. Basically a no strings, no emotions physical relationship. Neither of them want  a romance as they are both damaged after previous failed relationships detailed at the start of the film. They try their theory as a one-off, feel awkward about it afterwords but soon start to make it a regular occurrence. Everything is going well but as it is with this type of film a reality check is just around the corner. Continue reading

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The Artist (2011)

It is French, black & white, silent and makes Kim Novak feel violated.

I first heard about The Artist in 2011.  As an avid listener to Jason Solomons on the Film Weekly podcast from the Guardian, I heard a glowing review of the film as it premiered at the Cannes film festival.  Both Jason and his fellow Journalist Xan Brookes discussed the film at length and heaped praise on it. Usually that is a sign of a film that will interest me as I have sought out films in the past on their recommendation. Since then the buzz around the film has grown. The distribution rights to the film were picked up by the mighty Weinstein group, putting the film in the international spotlight with the inevitable awards buzz. Now here we are in 2012, the film has been given a UK cinema release and has just won three Golden Globes for best Musical/Comedy, best actor and best original score.

So is the hype surrounding this film justified ? I think you will find that it is.

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