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  1. RIP James Gandolfini.

    Marvellous actor who showed a hundred dimensions in The Sopranos and stole so many movies in supporting roles.  A magnetic screen presence in his prime and his contributions to cinema will be greatly missed.

  2. Top 7 Supporting Actors of 2012

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    1. Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lancaster Dodd (The Master)
    2. Patton Oswalt as Matt Freehauf (Young Adult)
    3. James Gandolfini as Mickey (Killing Them Softly)
    4. Garrett Hedlund as Dean Moriarty (On the Road)
    5. Andy Serkis as Gollum (The Hobbit)
    6. Michael Fassbender as David (Prometheus)
    7. Tom Hardy as Bane (The Dark Knight Rises)

    Honourable Mentions: Jon Hawkes as Patrick (Martha Marcy May Marlene), Mark Ruffalo as Dr. Bruce Banner (The Avengers), Dwight Henry as Wink (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Edward Norton as Scout Master Randy Ward (Moonrise Kingdom), Thomas Bo Larson as Theo (The Hunt), John C. Riley as Michael Longstreet (Carnage)

  3. Killing them Softly (2012) Dir. Andrew Dominik
8/10
This was my most anticipated film of the year, the latest film by Andrew Dominik whose last vision The Assassination of Jesse James I consider to be one of the greatest films of the last decade. So, even with the high expectations I brought to this film I was not disappointed at all. 
Right from the opening frames few frames where the credits jarringly flash and cut up a tracking shot, Andrew Dominik sets another inventive and original atmosphere with unconventional sound, drab beauty and a real multi-dimensioned use of the camera. He is a director that really knows how to create a distinct tone using every tool available in the process of film making. 
In Killing Them Softly, Dominik re-issues the gritty gangster genre into a though provoking semi-satire on America’s hierarchical corporate society, and he does it with oddball charm and humour, extreme spurts of glitzy violence and a David Mamet-esque street snappy script. He reduces the glamorized gangster into dull pawns of society just like any other profession in a capitalist society where you break your back for those above for little reward. 
There are a few clunky moments, the soundtrack is great but at times feels un-inspired and cliché and the message at times does become feel like a message rather than seamlessly weaved into the story, but the film plays out on the whole very well and I was engaged in every second and when it ended I couldn’t belive an hour and half had already gone by. 

    Killing them Softly (2012) Dir. Andrew Dominik

    8/10

    This was my most anticipated film of the year, the latest film by Andrew Dominik whose last vision The Assassination of Jesse James I consider to be one of the greatest films of the last decade. So, even with the high expectations I brought to this film I was not disappointed at all. 

    Right from the opening frames few frames where the credits jarringly flash and cut up a tracking shot, Andrew Dominik sets another inventive and original atmosphere with unconventional sound, drab beauty and a real multi-dimensioned use of the camera. He is a director that really knows how to create a distinct tone using every tool available in the process of film making. 

    In Killing Them Softly, Dominik re-issues the gritty gangster genre into a though provoking semi-satire on America’s hierarchical corporate society, and he does it with oddball charm and humour, extreme spurts of glitzy violence and a David Mamet-esque street snappy script. He reduces the glamorized gangster into dull pawns of society just like any other profession in a capitalist society where you break your back for those above for little reward. 

    There are a few clunky moments, the soundtrack is great but at times feels un-inspired and cliché and the message at times does become feel like a message rather than seamlessly weaved into the story, but the film plays out on the whole very well and I was engaged in every second and when it ended I couldn’t belive an hour and half had already gone by. 

  4. Top 7 most anticipated films 2012 (June - December)

    1. Killing Them Softly 

       Dir. Andrew Dominik 

    I still hold Assassination of Jesse James as one of the most overlooked ‘masterpieces’ in recent years. It is so rich with character and with Casey Affleck and Brad Pitt giving a perfect example of subtle and multi-dimensional performances. Brad Pitt’s performance was completely ignored and his was probably even the better. Going on this, Brad Pitt is back as a lead and surrounded by a real spunky gangster cast. I can not wait to see Killing Them Softly, it is going to be completely different in style to Jesse James but I hold hope that Dominik can show that he can make genres his own. If he does I see him becoming the next P.T Anderson in 10 years time. 

    2. Prometheus  

       Dir. Ridley Scott

    I think everyone is excited for this and if your an Alien fan then you probably get those shivers every time you see the trailer. I even like Alien 3 and even in some weird way Alien: Resurrection so you can imagine how excited I am!

    3. The Master

       Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson 

    P.T Anderson made himself boots of a truly visonary drector in There Will be Blood, and I can’t see those boots wearing or tearing. Or I hope not. Plus Juaquin Pheonix who I always thought was a brilliant actor is making his ‘comeback’ after the disasturous but still well performed I’m Still Here

    4. Like Someone in Love

        Dir. Abbas Kiarostami

    Kiarostami’s films have always strung my heart as well as making my brain work and fill in the intentional gaps. I think he is one of the great film makers in history. His last film  Certified Copy was his first outside of Iran and his first that seemed clean and polished. Although it was a storm with critics, it is probably the most ‘European Art-House’ film you can see and I thought it kept alot of humanity that were in his earlier films but covered something in its polish. Like Someone in Love looks like it will have that polish, but an even further amplified in it’s beauty amongst the Tokyo backdrop.

    5. Only God  Forgives

        Dir. Nicholas Winding Refn

    I liked Drive so much last year that Refn next film was always going to interest me. Especially when I found out it is going to be along the lines of a martial arts thriller…with Ryan Gosling again as a lead. 

    6. Mud

       Dir. Jeff Nichols

    Take Shelter was one of those film that shook me right up, it was one of the best films of 2011. I also watched Shotgun Stories recently and that too was a great little film. Nichols does so well to capture little family disturbances and blow them up into large, cerebral narratives. He is great at creating a constant feeling that lingers from the start to end of his films. I don’t know much about Mud but if it directed by Nichols then I am excited. 

    7. Django Unchained  

    Dir. Quintin Tarantino

    This film is just going to creep in at the end of December, but I have very high hopes. The cast is great and the Western genre is just a perfect one that suits Tarantino style.

    What are you top 7 most anticipated films for the rest of 2012?

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