In 2012 there was quite an array of films to come out of the Hollywood dream machine, and with oscar buzz abound we will soon see who will win best picture, but even more importantly is the IAMTHENEWS TOP 5 picks for this year. Who needs an academy of qualified and experienced film makers and producers who painstakingly review each film with unbiased consideration. when you have thousands of blogger lists,with opinions based on personal gratification and jealous indignation.
NUMBER 5 “THE AVENGERS”
AVENGERS 2012 Or simply The Avengers, is a 2012 American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures,1 based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name.
The Avengers was a great film,with a good enough story to withstand the steady display of computer animated action, which consisted of the some the best in recent memory. The film is scripted and directed by Joss Whedon whose ensemble cast that included Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson. did a magnificent job creating tension and drama while displaying the teams conflicting personalities. This is one pick you will find on top movie lists of 2012 everywhere, special consideration to Mark Ruffalo whose subtle performance as Dr Banner it feels was underplayed to make the emergence of the hulk that more thrilling, my favorite of the superheroes. Who needs Edward Norton anyway.
NUMBER 4 ”LINCOLN”
The film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The film is based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin‘s biography of Lincoln, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
The film “Lincoln”, a monumental biopic brought to us by the seasoned and artful director, Steven Spielberg, with a fully immersed performance by Daniel Day lewis who according to some critics was more Lincoln then Lincoln himself, concentrates on the final four months of his life and political career. The dimly lit and smoky back-room political squaring shows a calculating and determined cabinet of political players whose attempts to abolish slavery revolve around a stoic president whose choices become more and more difficult. The final hours of his life brought to us on the big screen truly remind you of the unbelievably difficult task that was faced by the president Abraham Lincoln, and illustrates how america transcends itself in accomplishing it political and social ideals.
NUMBER 3 ”THE MASTER”
The Master is a 2012 American drama film written, directed, and co-produced by Paul Thomas Anderson and starringJoaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Amy Adams. It tells the story of Freddie Quell (Phoenix), a World War II veteran struggling to adjust to a post-war society who meets Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman), a leader of a philosophical movement known as “The Cause” who sees something in Quell and accepts him into the movement.
“The Master” has been getting a lot of buzz as of late, and accolades from multiple media servers and blog sites have been pouring in for both performers, Joaquin Phoenix
, and Philip Seymour Hoffman
. Ever since last years documentary “Im Still Here”
which chronicles the seemingly self destructive nervous breakdown from the above mentioned actor, the critics and the bores in the screen actors guild have been critical of Joaquin, for his behavior. Tom Shone, the Guardian’s film blogger said” Now this [The Master] is the most out-there, the loopiest performance and the same question marks are hanging over it. Is this a damaged soul revealing himself to the camera?” The truth is that he delivers for the fans the movie and the script and I love to watch him, he is one of the greatest perfromers of our generation , so go fuck yourself, screen actors guild. So here is number 3
According to “The guardian” Paul Thomas Anderson
“s new movie The Master
is brilliant, mysterious and unbearably sad, in approximately that narrative order. It is just that brilliance and formal distinction, together with a touch of hubris in the title, that could divide commentators. Anderson has within living memory knocked us for the biggest loop with his There Will Be Blood
in 2007, and nothing makes critics more nervous than a director who makes two exceptional films in a row. Reviewers get a bit self-conscious about dishing out the top prize again, scared of looking like fanboys and pushovers. They feel the need to change the mood, to validate the uniqueness of their former praise. And I admit that after seeing The Master for the first time at the Venice film festival
(the second was in London this week), I experienced a dark and timid microsecond of the soul on this score, before I swallowed my pride and just responded to what was in front of me: a superb film.
NUMBER 2 ”ARGO” 2012
Based on true events, Argo chronicles the life-or-death covert operation to rescue six Americans, which unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis-the truth of which was unknown by the public for decades. On November 4, 1979, as the Iranian revolution reaches its boiling point, militants storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking 52 Americans hostage. But, in the midst of the chaos, six Americans manage to slip away and find refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador.
This film holds a 98% rating on Rotten tomatoes, the New york times did a review of the set designs, one critic from The New Yorker said it best about Ben Affleck and Argo, “four things should be said about this pipe dream. One, it went ahead; two, it worked; three, it wasn’t declassified until 1997; and four, it makes for a good movie, and further proof that we were wrong about Ben Affleck. Few of us, watching “Armageddon” and “Pearl Harbor,” could see a way out, or back, for an actor so utterly at the mercy of his own jawline. Did he flinch at a future composed of all-American strivers, each more earnest than the last, or had he always been nipped by the directing bug? Whatever the case, Affleck was suddenly there with “Gone Baby Gone” (2007), which was more roughened by energies and doubts than all his performances combined. He took the precaution of recruiting actors more formidable than himself—Morgan Freeman and Ed Harris—to boost his endeavors, and that habit remains. “Argo” has Victor Garber as the Canadian Ambassador, Bryan Cranston as Mendez’s superior, and, most enjoyable of all, Alan Arkin as Lester Siegel, a producer so scornfully amused by Mendez’s request that he has no option but to obey it. He does have one proviso. “If I’m doing a fake movie, it’s going to be a fake hit,” he says.
and thats why its number 2 on iamthenews.
Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/cinema/2012/10/15/121015crci_cinema_lane#ixzz2H2xIDngF
NUMBER 1 ZERO DARK THIRTY 2012
Previous write up on iamthenews.com
The hunt for the most wanted man in the world, the perpetrator of 911, and the head of Al Qaida took more then ten years and involved untold resources by the United States Government, encompassing multiple agencies, agents and operations, culminating with a daring raid carried out by approximately two dozen U.S. Navy SEALs from the Red Squadron. You couldn’t write a story like this, but someone did. A new film that opens this month attempts to bring the vast arsenal of news stories, confidential government reports and accounts of the people involved into a Holly-wood film, “ZERO DARK THIRTY”. Count me In.
The bin Laden unit at the CIA was founded in December 1995 and had mostly female agents assigned to it. Maybe that is why in the film stars a female CIA agent named Maya, played by actress Jessica Chastain. The film written by Mark Boal and directed by kathryn Bigelow, traces the hunt for Bin Laden through the shadows of anti terrorism operations, intelligence gathering and back room interrogations. Although the film makers insist the film is not pro torture.
Jessica Chastains performance is summed up best by Katey Rich of the Gaurdian, she writes, ”played with incredible, coiled precision Maya is the vital centre of this massive and wide-reaching film, doggedly pursuing Bin Laden for nearly 10 years along countless dead-end leads and with the benefit of hindsight and Chastain’s remarkable performance, we root for her impossible cause anyway.”
So is the movie good. Rotten tomatoes gives the film a 97% rating from critics and 98% from moviegoers. Dark Thirty reunites the Oscar winning team of director-producer Kathryn Bigelow and writer-producer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) which one best picture. and that is why it is number 1.