Behind, Pt I

And so it is that all of the top ten movies I was most looking forward to at the beginning of the year have been released. Well, all except one. Here’s a look back at those ten.

2012 has been an amazing year for movies so far, with several blockbusters breaking all kinds of records, and we still have a month to go! I can’t remember a Boxing Day release line-up as incredible as the one we Aussies have lined up for us this year, plus there’s a new Bond film that has just hit. It’s going to be a crazy summer.

But before that all plays out before us, it’s about time to look back at that list I posted back in February, wherein I rolled out a list of my top ten most anticipated films of the year:

MOVIES

10. Looper
I loved this film, as you can see by reading my review of it. My anticipation was thankfully justified. I might track down director Rian Johnson’s earlier film partnership with JGL, Brick. By all accounts it’s pretty awesome.

9. Snow White and the Huntsman
Regrettably, I didn’t get to see this one, as I mentioned in a post earlier in the year. It came out on Blu-Ray recently, but its lukewarm critical reception has dulled my excitement somewhat.

8. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
This insanely hyped LOTR prequel is releasing on Boxing Day alongside two other must-see films: Les Miserables and Wreck-It Ralph. It’s going to be a crazy day.

7. The Amazing Spider-Man
Pretty much exactly the same story as for Snow White and the Huntsman, so see above. If anything, critics and fanboys alike were even harsher on this one. I may not even see it this year.

6. John Carter
I put this film in this position on my list because it was so close to release at the time, not necessarily because I was chomping at the bit to see it. So I was pleasantly surprised by just how much I liked it. Shame no-one else saw it.

5. Argo
I only just posted my review for this excellent thriller yesterday. Back when I made the list there wasn’t so much as a trailer available; I was keen purely because of Ben Affleck’s directing. Man, did it live up to the hype.

4. The Avengers
The surprise of the year for many people. Broke all kinds of records and certainly not just because of the names involved. Take another bow, Joss Whedon. You know what, just keep bowing.

3. Brave
Devastated that I missed this one in theatres, I grabbed the well-reviewed Blu-Ray as soon as it was released about a week ago. I will watch it as soon as I get a chance, damnit.

2. The Hunger Games
Hype fulfilled, I can now rest easy knowing that at least one of the four movies based on one of my favourite novel series of all time was well received both critically and commercially. Can’t wait for the next one.

1. The Dark Knight Rises
Not as good as The Dark Knight, but still just incredible. What a movie. Will be hard to beat for my favourite film of 2012.

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