While January and February releases in the US tend to be dregs, over here in the UK we get a lot of the “awards contenders” belatedly making it onto our shores.
Other times, small and independent films can take some time to find distribution in all territories, and this accounts for two of the pictures below.
So here are five trailers, in no particular order, for films I really loved in 2012 but were actually from 2011, 2010 or earlier…
We’ll get the obvious one out of the way first.
Perhaps the most compelling and complex lead character in all of 2012’s films, Mavis Gary is a brilliant collaboration between screenwriter Diablo Cody, director Jason Reitman and actor Charlize Theron, none of whom go for the easy option, all of whom add to the richness.
A sci-fi rom-com of ideas. You don’t see many of those. Nor do you see many films starring Emma Caufield either, but I enjoyed Timer on both counts. The central conceit leaves a few loose ends but it’s used for its fun, sweet metaphorical values.
Cameron Crowe finally made another film, and it’s a deceptively sentimental and forward affair. We Bought a Zoo is very cleverly structured, in a way that you may have to watch it twice, and closely, to fully appreciate.
A properly low-budget, all-hands-on-deck exploitation movie with a satirical agenda. Blood Car makes the figure of speech “blood for oil” literal. Some fantastic gags and a brilliant pay off that shows where the filmmakers’ sentiments really lie.
And three honorable mentions.
If you haven’t seen Blood Car, please do give it a go.