Total Film’s year in ‘must-see’ movies at Swindon Libraries!…Part 2.

The January 2013 issue of Total Film listed one movie per month that was an absolute ‘must-see’ in 2012. Here at Swindon Libraries you can rent out  all of these movies, except the Hobbit, BUT that is only because it hasn’t been released yet! So sit back and choose your pick of 2012:

June: The Innkeepers

‘One of the best, smartest and scariest indie horror films that I’ve seen in a long time’ – Eli Roth

After over one hundred years of service, The Yankee Pedlar Inn is shutting its doors for good. The last remaining employees – Claire (Sara Paxton) and Luke (Pat Healy)- are determined to uncover proof of what many believe to be one of New England’s most haunted hotels.
As the Inn’s final days draw near, odd guests check in as the pair of minimum wage ‘ghost hunters’ begin to experience strange and alarming events that may ultimately cause them to be mere footnotes in the hotel’s long unexplained history…

This one is a keeper classic, in every sense –Total Film

May: The Raid

Deep in the heart of one of Jakarta’s most deprived slums stands an impenetrable high-rise apartment block. To most it is 30 floors of Hell to be avoided at all costs but for many of the city’s most dangerous killers and gangsters, including the area’s most notorious crime lord, it is a fortress-like safe house protecting them from the law. Even for the bravest and most experienced police officers it is considered a no-go area.

In a desperate bid to flush these violent criminals and their leader from their haven once and for all, an elite SWAT team is tasked with infiltrating the building and raiding the apartments floor by floor, taking out anyone who stands in their way. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness, the SWAT members make their move and enter the block not realising that this is the easier part of the mission. Once inside, it soon becomes terrifyingly apparent that the real problem at hand is surviving long enough to be able to get out again…

“Remember your first time with HARD BOILED? DIE HARD? This is how it’s done – a clean, hard, constant hit of adrenalin. If it’s not the best action movie of the year, we’ll eat a fridge.” (Empire May 2012)

“Once the action starts – and it starts very quickly   THE RAID is relentless, breathtaking in its sheer propulsive majesty. But it’s also shot through with moments of bleak poetry amid the carnage.” (New York Magazine (Vulture) May 2012).

April: Avengers Assemble

Marvel Studios delivers the ultimate comic-book production, tying such characters as IRON MAN (Robert Downey Jr.), CAPTAIN AMERICA (Chris Evans), THE HULK (Mark Ruffalo), and THOR (Chris Hemsworth) together for a big-screen franchise team-up like no other. Taking centre stage this time is Nick Fury (played once again by Samuel L. Jackson), leader of the peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Fury, along with former Russian spy Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), recruits a super team to combat Thor’s ever-deceptive brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) after he brainwashes ace archer Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) while stealing a cosmic cube from an underground base. Thus the heroes must learn to work together alongside outlaw scientist Bruce Banner (Ruffalo), who can track down the artifact’s gamma signals when he’s not hulking out into a giant green monster.

“Most impressive of all, The Avengers makes superhero movies new again – a colossal task indeed.” (New York Daily News, July 2012)

March: The Hunger Games

Inspired by the best-selling young-adult novel by author Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games tells the dark tale of a 16-year-old girl named Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who is selected to compete in a vicious televised tournament in which 24 teenagers from a post-apocalyptic society fight to the death for the entertainment of the masses…

February: Martha Marcy May Marlene

An escaped cult member experiences paranoia and isolation while attempting to start a new life with her sister’s family. Try as Martha might to blend into her new upper-middle-class surroundings, she can’t help but be haunted by nightmares of the time she spent under the control of a malevolent cult leader, or the fear that the group is watching her every move and awaiting the perfect moment to take their revenge…

“Martha Marcy May Marlene leaves a viewer hanging, quite literally, lost in an enveloping fog of mood without resolution. Olsen, meanwhile, definitely marks her arrival.” (Entertainment Weekly, April 2012).

“It’s Olsen, as a damaged soul clinging to shifting ground, who makes this spellbinder impossible to shake.” (Rolling Stone, April 2012).

January: Shame: Winner of GOLDEN GLOBE Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama 2011

An outwardly ordinary man must come to terms with his inner compulsions in this powerful drama from filmmaker Steve McQueen. Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a successful businessman in his early 30s who lives in New York. To most around him, Brandon seems cool and introverted, but inside Brandon is wrestling with a powerful sexual appetites; he’s obsessed with pornography and prefers short-term relationships with women that allow him to keep the world at arm’s length. The grim routine of Brandon’s life is upended when his sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan) stops by for an extended visit without prior notice. While Brandon is reserved, Sissy is a musician, outgoing and flashy, who doesn’t seem to care about her brother’s need for privacy. As Sissy forces Brandon to look closely at his present, he also must confront with his past, and comes to understand the circumstances that made him the man he is today as his veneer of calm begins to crack.