It’s time. It’s reached the end of EverBirdd’s first calendar year on the internet. In the tradition of the sites that have come before us, it’s time for us to unveil our Top 10 Films of the Year, obviously counting down backwards. This is, for disclaimer purposes, all done from UK release dates, so there is at least one film on the list that was out in other territories prior to the 1st of January 2012, but we’re not going to let that get to us.
You’re also more than welcome to disagree. Please argue with us, either in the comments below or tweet abuse to us, @EverBirdd, and we’lll try our best to explain why we’re right and you’re wrong.
Without further ado, here’s the first film of the first-ever EverBirdd Top 10…
10. The Hunt
An incredibly powerful and timely film. Mads Mikkelsen, one of the finest actors of his generation, brings to life a horrifically plausible tale of an innocent man’s life being torn apart by one little lie. It’s a must-see and features possibly the finest performance of the year.
9. Marvels’ The Avengers
It had no right to be this good. The Avengers is not just very funny and able to boast some of the best action scenes of the year, but it’s also cohesive. At no stage was anybody expecting an ambitious mash-up of Marvels’ most popular IPs (The ones they still own the rights to, anyway) to flow. Yet it did. Great job all round. So much fun to watch.
8. Beasts of the Southern Wild
Never again shall you see quite such a performance from somebody so young. Quvenzhané Wallis is being talked of as the youngest-ever Oscar nominee, and how she’d deserve it. A soulful and uplifting film, held together by an incredible performance by young Ms Wallis. It’s well worth going out of your way to catch up on.
It’s been a year for creepy animations. Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie was a brilliantly moving piece of filmmaking, while Adam Sandlers’ best film since Punch Drunk Love, Hotel Transylvania, was actually really funny. Paranorman, however, managed both. A charming and beautifully animated film, it’s simply a joy to behold. Make sure you see it.
The best Bond film to date. In fact, it’s more than that. It’s just a great film. The action is pulled off with a rare sense of gusto, framed by extremely impressive character work from the likes of Daniel Craig and Judi Dench. The real ace in the hole, however, is Jarvier Bardem, as one of the greatest on-screen villains we can recall.
5. Moonrise Kingdom
If you ever again come across a film quite as charming as Moonrise Kingdom, chances are it’ll cause you to shrivel up and die from the sheer nicety of the thing. It’s just dripping with charm. It’s lovely. It’s so lovely. We defy you not to enjoy it on some level.
4. The Imposter
“The best documentary I’ve ever seen”. A surprisingly popular response amongst those who have just sat through Bart Layton’s debut feature. A fascinating story told through the most twisty and turny of narrative devices- The words of those involved. There were genuine gasps in the cinema as we watched. It’s pretty much unmissable.
3. The Dark Knight Rises
The biggest film of the year lived up to the hype. Christopher Nolan has a reputation for being one of the smartest directors in Hollywood, and he shows no sign of slowing down. While it would’ve been impossible to match his incredible redefinition of the modern blockbuster, The Dark Knight, he made sure audiences didn’t leave disappointed. Tom Hardy fills the Heath Ledger-shaped hole very nicely as masked revolutionary Bane, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt shows why he’s such a popular figure on EverBirdd. A remarkable achievement.
2. A Royal Affair
The second entry on the list for Denmark’s finest, Mads Mikkelsen. What looks at first to be a slightly dull lavish costume drama soon turns into one of the most gripping films of the last few years. Based on a true story from Denmark’s history, it’s a remarkable tale for those not familiar, one that bends in directions not expected of it and yet comes to be oddly poetic. Mikkelsen is just as good as ever, surrounded by other actors giving their all. The biggest surprise of the year.
1. The Muppets
The most fun you’re likely to have in a cinema for a long, long time. A revival of The Muppets was, for all money, supposed to be disappointing. It was supposed to show us that, perhaps, Kermit and friends don’t belong in this modern world. How did the film get round this? It simply knew it. Realising the Muppets weren’t relevant anymore, it played up to that. Then, when it was done belittling itself, it took swipes at everything else going. Incredibly smart and self-aware, the film defined it’s genre. It’s possibly the best film to ever be branded with a ‘For Kids’ label and certainly the most funny. Utterly unbeatable and undeniably the EverBirdd Film of 2012.