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Films of 2012: End of Watch

Hollywood has come a long way since cop duos on TV such as CHIPs and Starsky & Hutch.

American Director-Screenwriter David Ayer brings us an extremely gripping thriller yet still funky copper film.

Now in our digital world where most of us may randomly film reality and capture moments of casual laughs to extreme heavy stuff,

actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña excels as brave regular patrolling cops challenged and falls into the darker extreme side of the local cartel.

The duo takes us to terrifying situations, comedic instances, and shows us heroic valour as well as moving candour of friendship/brotherhood.

Films of 2012: Kelly + Victor

A UK-Ireland Production of Niall Griffith's novel adapted by Director-Screenwriter Kieran Evans.

Rushing into a high Victor is approached by Kelly who's also on a high in a nightclub, and as expected they end up swiftly in bed having an intense sexual connection.

But is it just primal lust induced by drugs or true love?

New comers Antonina Campbell-Hughes (Kelly) and Julian Morris (Victor) realistically make out passionately with an added dark touch.

Potentially a young sweet affair possibly destined to a fruitful relationship which ends up in tragedy.

A film fitting enough of the BFI's genre called 'Dare'.  

Films of 2012: Eat Sleep Die

Half Bosnian half Austrian Director-Screenwriter Gabriela Pichler who was born in Sweden carries on doing films which focuses on cultural identity and social class.

The lead character is a young Balkan immigrant living with her unhealthy father that she's courageously taking care of working as the top salad packer in a small town factory which eventually had to lay off workers to survive which included her. 

Day to day life may be tough on her but she carries on being happy somehow living the simple life of just eating, drinking, and resting.

Despite economic downfalls in hard times, Raša Abdulahović ends up with a chance to leave her small town and start anew where she'll get better chances in life.

Will she go or not?

Films of 2012: The Sessions

Based on a true story more or less of a man in his late 30s confined to an iron lung as convincingly portrayed by John Hawkes, constantly guided by his local priest humorously played by William Macy,

and sexually relieved in the quest to loose his virginity by a married sex surrogate brilliantly portrayed by Helen Hunt.

This US production was filmed by Director-Screenwriter Ben Lewin won both the Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance in 2012.

Both its lead and director didn't want people to feel bad about its original true to life character that they managed to come up with that feel good factor despite the circumstance.  

Films of 2012: Frankenweenie

Yet again Tim Burton Brings us a dark and funny production in #3D animation.

With many cult movie references tuned in along with his original style this would-be global hit is another classic Burton.

Quite commercial and 'Disneyfied' yet still distinctive.

It will always appeal to most if not all.

Films of 2012: Wadjda

Saudi Arabia's first female film maker Haifaa Al Mansour proudly brings us her first full-length feature about about a girl Wadjda one of the many girls who are the Arabic world's new generation who can, and will, reshape and redefine their nation.

We are taken in the world of Wadja within her very strict, morally upright school for girls run by a  school mistress who in her life is questionable.

As well as Wadjda's life with her loving mother who has her own ordeal to deal with in such a society...

But what is morally upright in this society? 

Truly a heartfelt gem of a film that will move and inspire.


New Films of 2012: The Sapphires

This year's best offer from down under is comedic and heart warming musical that delivers that feel good factor.

Wayne Blair directs a brilliant cast lead by Chris O'dowd as he effortlessly excels as a down and out Irish 'soul brother' who manages  a quartet made up of three aboriginal sister and their mixed race cousin as they entertain the American troops in Vietnam.

A film which took its inspiration from the remarkable true story of co-writer and author of the original stage-play Tony Briggs’ mother and three aunts.



Films of 2012: Fill the Void

A love story set in a Jewish community. Director-Screenwriter Rama Burshtein's debut film rivetingly brings us the choices and final outcome of an 18 year old girl Shira. She hopes to marry the boy she adores and set to marry, but unfortunately due to sudden unexpected circumstances ends up with the husband of her dead sister. Is she just doing the right thing for the love and respect for her mother as well as other seniors around her? Or has she actually truly fallen in love with him? Burshtein explores and presents how Jewish women from the seniors to the juniors relate to each other within this particular order. Heart warming.

Films of 2012: No

Director Pablo Larrian nostalgically projects a true story of an advertising executive appointed to lead the NO campaign against the former rule in Chile of military dictator Augusto Pinochet by filming it on U-matic video cameras to emulate the style of the times in which the mere micro-wave was a new phenomenon. This film that won Directors' Fortnight 2012 transports us back to the 80s zeitgeist as authentic archival footage and style in advertising was cunningly placed.

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