2012: The year in film

My top 3 films of 2012 – 

Moonrise Kingdom 

Once again Wes Anderson has succeeded in creating a satirical film that transcends all ages and pleases all viewers. Set in the 60s on New Penzance, a New England island, 12 year old Sam Shakusky and his pen pal, Suzy Bishop, run away and fall in love. The film follows Sam and Suzy as they hike over the island to a secret cove, as well as the Bishop household, the Island Police Officer, Sam’s foster parents, the summer camp from which he escaped, and Social Services who want to put him into juvenile refuge. Surprisingly the film only takes place over the course of two days. The zany nature of the film is done in a way that only Anderson could execute, and you don’t find out the relevance of the title until the last shot in the film, namely that Sam and Suzy named their secret cove “Moonrise Kingdom.”

This song, Le Temps de L’Amour, is testament to just how amazing the accompanying soundtrack is.

Moonrise Kingdom

Take This Waltz 

It certainly takes a clever and gripping story to make one question monogamy. Take This Waltz does just that. Here, Margot, played by Michelle Williams, is happily married until she meets and falls deeply in love with her neighbour on a flight. Not wanting to hurt her precious and adoring husband, yet unable to ignore the unexplored passion and curiosity with her neighbour, Williams drags the viewer to her pinnacle of despair as she agonises over both men.

Take This Waltz

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

An adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower follows Charlie in his freshman year at a suburban Pittsburgh highschool during the 90s. Previously subjected to cruel bullying and rejection, Charlie is welcomed into a group of adolescent misfits. The film captures the spirit of highschool years in a way  that is so funny and real, that you almost wish you were one of the misfits and you kick yourself for not having written the script yourself.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Saved for a rainy day – 

  1. The Intouchables
  2. Les Misérables
  3. Argo
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