As the new year approaches and 2012 draws to a close, it’s just about time for my annual review of the good, bad and ugly things from the past year (for reference, here’s my one from last year).
So, without further ado, let’s boogie:
MOVIES & TV
Best Movie ~ The Dark Knight Rises
Runners-Up ~ The Raid, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
‘Didn’t Think Would be Good but was Actually Brilliant’ of the Year ~ Sightseers. A masterpiece in British black comedy.
Movie Performance of the Year ~ Tom Hardy as Bane, The Dark Knight Rises. He can’t beat Ledger’s Joker, but still a chilling portrayal of the muscled maniac.
Most Disappointing Movie of 2012 ~ Skyfall. Just remarkably… average. Bond deserves better.
Unnecessary Movie Sequel of the Year ~ Taken 2.
Crowdfunding Achievement of the Year ~ Iron Sky. What a film. Glorious.
Best TV Show ~ Sherlock
Runners-Up ~ The Thick of It (series four), Game of Thrones (season two), Peep Show (series eight)
TV Moment of the Year ~ Sherlock‘s stunning misdirection and sleight-of-hand at the climax of ‘The Reichenbach Fall’.
I totally haven’t played many ‘new’ video games in 2012, so this section is looking rather bleak. Oh well, here’s to 2013!
‘Didn’t Get To Play But Really Want To’ of 2012 ~ Assassin’s Creed 3, The Walking Dead, ZombiU, LEGO Lord of the Rings, Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, Black Mesa, Dishonoured, Fez, Journey
Best Mainstream Game ~ The Last Story (Wii)
Runners-Up ~ Pandora’s Tower (Wii), Dear Esther (PC)
Best Indie Game ~ Retro City Rampage (PC)
Runners-Up ~ Dustforce, Ticket to Ride, Botanicula (all PC)
Video Game Character of 2012
~ The Slenderman (video link
Crowdfunding Achievement of 2012
~Double Fine Adventure (web link
Best Non-Game Game of 2012 ~ Dear Esther (PC)
Best Gig ~ Andrew WK (HMV Forum, London). Best gig ever.
Runners-Up ~ Justice (Bestival, Isle of Wight), Alestorm (The Cellar, Southampton), 2:54 (The Jericho, Oxford)
Best (non-power metal) Album ~ Rush – Clockwork Angels
Runners-Up ~ Blaqk Audio – Bright Black Heaven, 2:54 – s/t, The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing – This May Be The Reason Why The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing Cannot Be Killed By Conventional Weapons
Best (power metal) Album ~ Sabaton – Carolus Rex
Runners-Up ~ Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody – Ascending to Infinity, Ascension – Far Beyond the Stars, Ensiferum – Unsung Heroes
Disappointment of 2012 ~ Yet another year passing by without a Daft Punk album (although I hear we might get one in 2013, fingers crossed)
Music Video of the Year
~ PSY – ‘Gangnam Style’ (video link
Song of the Year
~ Chairlift – ‘I Belong in Your Arms’ (video link
Runners-Up ~ Blaqk Audio – ‘Fade to White’ (video link
), Luca Turilli’s Rhapsody – ‘Dark Fate of Atlantis’ (video link
), Rush – ‘Headlong Flight’ (video link
Most Stealthy Penis-Laden Cover Art ~
Tenacious D – Rize of the Fenix
Breakthrough Band of 2012 ~ 2:54
Steampunk Anthem of the Year
~ The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing – ‘Brunel’ (video link
‘Why Won’t it Go Away?’ of 2012
~ Gotye – ‘Somebody that I Used to Know’ (video link
‘Not Guilty At All’ Pleasure of 2012 ~ Ke$ha – Warrior
Mash-Up of the Year
~ Ke$ha vs. Lamb of God – ‘Tik Tok Redneck’ (by Isosine, video link
F1 Driver of the Year ~ Fernando Alonso. Drove the balls off that Ferrari, but just didn’t quite make the championship
Runners-Up ~ Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Hulkenberg, Sebastian Vettel
F1 Best Race ~ The final race in Brazil. What a spectacular close to the season.
F1 Overtake of the Year ~ Hulkenberg on Grosjean/Hamilton in Korea. The Hulk: You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.
First-Lap Madness of the Year – Spa-Francorchamps and Grosjean’s Falcon Punch into most of the field. Earned him a one-race ban, but what a way to do it.
Crash of the Year
~ Antony Davidson at LM24 (video link
Nine-Times World Champion of the Year ~ Sebastian Loeb. What a driver, the likes of which may never be seen again in the World Rally Championship.
(see Empire’s 500 Greatest Movies of All Time) Progress: 350/500
Best Movies (I hadn’t seen) ~ The Bourne Identity, AI: Artificial Intelligence, Dog Day Afternoon, Zodiac, Schindler’s List, Paris Texas
New Discoveries ~ Sidney Lumet (Dog Day Afternoon, Network),
Disappointments ~ Killer of Sheep, Russian Ark, Andrei Rublev
Best Car Chase ~ The Bourne Identity
Most Out-of-Place Car Chase ~ Blow Out
Most in Need of a Car Chase ~ The Leopard
Best Purchase ~ Andrew W.K. bobblehead (web link). Just amazing.
Best Book ~ Yahtzee Croshaw – Jam
Best Internet Video ~ Counting Song (video link)
Runners-Up ~ Batman Maybe (video link), Vincent Van Dominogh – Starry Night (video link), C-Bomb – Bowl Date (video link)
Best Reaction Video of 2012 ~ Kermode’s and Transformers 4 (video link)
Tweet of the Year
~ Jim Howick: ‘I’ve lost my eggs and I can’t ring them because they’re on silent.’ (link
Most Apt Phrase to Sum Up 2012 ~ “It’s a Gangnam Style world, we’re just living in it” – Josh Groban
Best Discovered Drink – Guinness Punch
Word of 2012 ~ ‘Pleb’. A welcome return for one of my favourite put-downs.
Man of 2012 ~ Andrew W.K. The man is a complete god.
Looking Forward to in 2013 ~ Potentially becoming a doctor (again, copy paste last year); Django Unchained; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug; another thrilling F1 season; Daft Punk’s 4th album and potentially playing live shows (!!!); a new Karnivool album (hopefully); and a whole bunch more.
Best Moments (no order) ~
Autosport International at Birmingham NEC; Stewart Lee’s Carpet Remnant World; Alestorm at The Cellar; Andrew WK at London HMV Forum; Kayaking on the Wye; OckFest 2012; World Endurance Championship at Silverstone; Tim Key’s Masterslut at the Nuffield Theatre; the Bestival experience with the University of Southampton Roadshow (and being officially in the Bestival programme, no jokes); more awesome movies than you can shake a stick at; the November ‘Apocalypse’ weekend of 2:54 in Oxford followed by Hereford shenanigans; Charlie & Jade’s wedding and awesomeness; Farnborough Air Show; Goodwood Festival of Speed; Nuremberg, Freiberg, Devon; the list goes on…
Everyone, you’ve been awesome.
2012 is dead. Long live 2013.