There have, of course, been the yearly disappointments, (Killing Them Softly, Holy Motors, The Master, Take This Waltz) and the outright turkeys, (American Reunion, Seeking a Friend for the End of The World, The Dictator). But overall, as with music, it has been a fantastic year for film and has been difficult to whittle it down
... Here's my ten...
... Here's my ten...
10) Amour (Michael Haneke) - A heartbreakingly realistic story about the demise of the human condition. Perfectly bleak and depressing.
9) Chronicle (Josh Trank) - This is Marvel and DC comics' distant and estranged cousin. Chronicle shows us that having the biggest budget, the biggest names and the biggest hype doesn't always give you the biggest film.
8) Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson) - Another win for Wes.
7) Killer Joe (William Friedkin) - This intense and gruesome piece of cinema redeems Matthew Mcconaughey from the huge disappointment that was Magic Mike.
6) Lawless (John Hillcoat) - Nothing particularly innovative here, yet the solid storytelling and gripping performances are triumphant. The most underrated film of the year.
5) The Impostor (Bart Layton) - The most shocking, unsettling and sometimes humorous documentary of the 2012. Though it relies mainly upon fact, this Docu-drama has as many twists and turns as a David Fincher film.
4) ParaNorman (Chris Butler) - There have been a lot of children's animated films this year but this one is a standout. Boundary breaking, colourful and fun.
3) Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin) - Quvenzhané Wallis gives a faultless performance as 6-year-old Hush Puppy, who is the most endearing and captivating character of the year. The rest of the film is pretty decent, too. Oscars for all! (probably not).
2) Life of Pi (Ang Lee)- Emotional, stunning, unforgettable.
1) Rust and Bone (Jacques Audiard) - Another two fantastic performances in this tragic story based on a life-changing accident. French cinema definitely dampened the mood this year, but they did it with such style.
Runners up include; Anna Karenina, The Dark Knight Rises, Cabin in the Woods and Argo.