The Halfway Point: Vote For The Best Films of 2012 So Far

June 28, 2012 by Simon Kinnear in Opinion with 26 Comments

NOTE: Voting has closed. The results are now up!

Vote in the Kinnemaniac poll to find the best films of the first half of 2012.Cultural myopia is so commonplace come the inevitable end-of-year Best Film polls that sterling work released during January to June tends to get forgotten as Hollywood’s big hitters emerge between the height of blockbuster season and the “road to the Oscars.”

So last year I asked blog readers, Twitter followers and Facebook fans to take stock at the halfway point, and vote for their best of the year so far. The Best Films of 2011 So Far results made for interesting reading, especially in hindsight; quirky Brit-coms Submarine and Attack The Block, and Aussie thriller Animal Kingdom trounced the Hollywood competition, yet six months later were largely forgotten as Drive, The Tree Of Life, Hugo and The Artist scooped all of the plaudits.

The moral? A year is too long to wait. So I’m doing the halfway poll again: the best films of 2012 so far.

Already in 2012, British cinemas have seen massive popcorn-munchers The Avengers and The Hunger Games, art-house gems from Nuri Ceylan Bilge and the Dardenne brothers, and Michael Fassbender on a one-man mission to become the greatest actor ever in Shame, A Dangerous Mind and Prometheus. Oh, and cinema’s greatest ever solar eclipse in Top Cat: The Movie.

Simply vote for your 5 top releases of the year to date – Launching Films is the most reliable guide to official UK release dates if you’re not sure – and I’ll tot up the results in a week’s time. Comment below, or click those social media icons at the top of the page to leave your choices on Twitter or Facebook.

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  1. The Incredible SuitJun 28, 2012 at 10:08 amReply

    1. Avengers Assemble
    2. Martha Marcy May Marlene
    3. The Cabin In The Woods
    4. Chronicle
    5. Wild Bill


  2. Adam HopeLiesJun 28, 2012 at 1:04 pmReply

    1. Tabu
    2. Cosmopolis
    3. Vivan las antipodas!
    4. Moonrise Kingdom
    5. The Avengers

  3. Graeme BurkJun 28, 2012 at 1:12 pmReply

    There hasn’t been a lot that’s wowed me, to be honest. But let me think…

    1. Damsels in Distress
    2. The Avengers
    3. Moonrise Kingdom

    That’s all I got. And I’ve seen a lot of movies.

  4. Mark HarrisonJun 28, 2012 at 1:19 pmReply

    1. The Grey
    2. The Avengers
    3. Shame
    4. The Cabin in the Woods
    5. Moonrise Kingdom

  5. CliffJun 28, 2012 at 1:26 pmReply

    1. Young adult
    2. Shame (UK release)
    3. Prometheus
    4. Hunger Games
    5. Cabin in the Woods

  6. Ro DJun 28, 2012 at 2:24 pmReply

    1. Ill Manors
    2. Headhunters
    3. Young Adult
    4. Moonrise Kingdom
    5. The Raid

    Avengers, Prometheus and Hunger Games might slot into a top 10 at this stage.

  7. Movie EvangelistJun 28, 2012 at 11:14 pmReply

    1. Shame
    2. Moonrise Kingdom
    3. The Cabin In The Woods
    4. Once Upon A Time In Anatolia
    5. Chronicle

    I would be counting The Artist 4th and OUATIA 5th if The Artist went by its nationwide release date of January this year rather than the poxy London release of December last year.

  8. Permanent Plastic HelmetJun 29, 2012 at 12:06 amReply

    1. Killer Joe
    2. Breathing (Atmen)
    3. The Raid
    4. Shame
    5. Once Upon A Time In Anatolia

    Bill Cunningham New York narrowly misses out. Samsara (Aug 31) will be, but not yet.

  9. AndrewJun 29, 2012 at 12:43 amReply

    5. The Cabin In The Woods
    4. In Darkness
    3. The Grey
    2. A Separation
    1. Bernie

    I absolutely hate that I can’t fit Chronicle into my top five, but there you have it.

  10. neil mitchellJun 29, 2012 at 2:58 pmReply

    1 Martha Marcy May Marlene
    2 Michael
    3 Cosmopolis
    4 Shame
    5 The Cabin in the Woods

  11. Robbie CollinJun 30, 2012 at 12:02 pmReply

    1. Holy Motors
    2. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
    3. Berberian Sound Studio
    4. The Hunt
    5. Killing Them Softly

  12. Rob SimpsonJun 30, 2012 at 12:17 pmReply

    1. the cabin in the woods
    2. the raid
    3. 21 jump street
    4. moonrise kingdom
    5. the innkeepers

    But like you alluded in your post, the second half of the year is when it all changes. Expect loads of votes for the dark knight rises when you do this at years end.

  13. Steph DavisJun 30, 2012 at 12:33 pmReply

    1. The Cabin in the Woods
    2. Moonrise Kingdom
    3. Samsara
    4. Damsels in Distress
    5. Young Adult/Chronicle

  14. Edwin DaviesJun 30, 2012 at 10:24 pmReply

    1. Moonrise Kingdom
    2. The Raid
    3. The Avengers
    4. The Cabin In The Woods
    5. The Kid With A Bike

    I think it’s been a markedly strong year so far, with some very good films coming from both mainstream and arthouse. I’m really excited to see how the rest of the summer and the awards season play out.

  15. Alex RowlandJun 30, 2012 at 10:45 pmReply

    1. Avengers Assemble
    2. The Cabin In The Woods
    3. Himizu
    4. Hari-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
    5. The Raid

    Moonrise Kingdom, 21 Jump Street, The Hunger Games, Shame and The Muppets would round out my Top Ten probably.

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  17. davidhunt14Jul 1, 2012 at 3:55 pmReply

    1. Shame
    2. Headhunters
    3. Chronicle
    4. Prometheus
    5. The Descendants

  18. VIPJul 1, 2012 at 8:52 pmReply

    1. Avengers Assemble
    2. 21 Jump Street
    3. The Muppets!

  19. Simon RenshawJul 2, 2012 at 2:35 pmReply

    1. Shame
    2. Michael
    3. The Muppets
    4. War Horse
    5. The Raid

  20. Mike McKennyJul 3, 2012 at 10:50 amReply

    I have seen less theatrical releases than ever this year, what with MA work and all, but I have binged on Festivals when they have come round. Rather than confusing matters with festival entries I will stick to theatrical releases, knowing that I have missed the majority of ones I’d be likely to put in this list (Anatolia, Kid with a Bike, This is not a Film, etc)

    1. The Avengers
    2. The Turin Horse
    3. Breathing
    4. We Are Poets
    5. The Hunger Games

  21. Craig BloomfieldJul 3, 2012 at 11:20 pmReply

    These are in no order:

    The Kid with a Bike
    Young Adult
    Crazy Horse
    Damsels in Distress

  22. FramescourerJul 3, 2012 at 11:25 pmReply

    1. Margin Call
    2. Moonrise Kingdom
    3. The Raid
    4. The Artist
    5. Headhunters

  23. PaulJul 3, 2012 at 11:43 pmReply

    1. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012)
    2. Chronicle (Josh Trank, 2012)
    3. The Raid (Gareth Evans, 2012)
    4. Avengers Assemble (Joss Whedon, 2012)
    5. Jeff, Who Lives At Home (Jay Duplass/Mark Duplass, 2012)

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  26. Simon KinnearJul 4, 2012 at 11:09 pmReplyAuthor

    Voting has closed! Please visit to see the results.

    Thank you so much to everyone who voted, retweeted or otherwise supported this mad endeavour to take stock of six slippery months’ worth of movies.

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