Nearing the end of the year, I thought I'd list my top films. There's still a few I need to see, but I think this list is quite solid.
***UPDATED TO INCLUDE SOME I'VE SEEN SINCE***
In reverse order:
15. X-Men: First Class
What do you do when you've run a blockbuster franchise into the ground? Start again...this is a stylish reinvention of our fave mutants and the best of the years Marvel and DC movies.
14. Everything Must Go
Will Ferrel's shown he's a great drama actor before (Stranger Than Fiction), I loved him in this quirky indie film.
13. Rare Exports
A very different 'horror' take on the Santa mythology. I thought this started to get really good just as it ended, still good enough to make my list.
This was a big surprise for me, it's quite weird and cerebral with moments of quiet drama, it's not your usual action film. There's plot holes in there, but one of the most enjoyable action films of the year.
11. Source Code
An intelligent blockbuster action sci-fi from Duncan Jones (director of the brilliant debut feature 'Moon')
Ghibli does it again! Charming animation, with scenes of cinematic brilliance that are simply breathtaking.
What's that? A powerful drama that's about MMA? YEAH! A little cliched in places, but brilliant acting from the main cast and some exhilerating action make for a great movie!
It's much more than just a Kick-Ass clone, it's not really that much like it, in tone anyway. A very weird, dark and quirky alternative.
An absolutely original, cool, emotional, funny and brilliant little gem! And a Superb cast!
6. Planet of the Apes
This surprised and impressed me, they actually pulled off a great prequel!
5. 13 Assassins
Takashi Miike's samurai film is truly awesome, the 45 minute action finale is stunning!
4. Super 8
Good old fashioned Summer popcorn flick!
Great debut! A quirky British coming of age film, very funny.
Coolest film of the year, stylish, visceral and a cool soundtrack. I think this will become a timeless classic!
1. I Saw The Devil
A massively original and inventive thriller. This is destined to be (badly) re-made by Hollywood.