It’s been a while since I’ve seen a great suspense film that blends horror elements and mystery themes perfectly, and I feel that “Stoker” has provided me with such a thrilling example of that balance.
Childhood nostalgia and modern beauty come together for one awesome event.
I’m pretty sure that most beauty and makeup fanatics have already heard about the latest limited-edition line of M.A.C. Cosmetics. This time around, the always hip and trendy megabrand has tapped into the annals of childhood comics and has fashioned a makeup collection based on two iconic characters from the Archie Comics universe—Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge.
Okay, I have a passion for fashion, and I’m not even sorry.
So now that’s out of the way, I’d like to take this opportunity to discuss two of the biggest style headlines (well, in my opinion, at least) that will surely have fellow fashionistas like myself to be excited in the upcoming fall season.
I love movies.
Given my exposure to the magic of cinema at an early age pretty much cemented my lifelong fascination with the film industry. Years of watching countless movies on TV and in the movie theaters have honed my tastes to the point that I became something of a film snob by the time I was rational enough to know what I like and what I don’t like. Every year that passes by, there are always movies that make a large impression on me. Regardless of whether the film is a major Hollywood blockbuster or a relatively obscure European indie film, my list of favorite films gradually gets bigger and bigger with every new release that I immerse myself into.
But stripping away the plot and visual effects of a standard movie, the essential part of my enduring love affair with cinema are the performances of the actors and actresses immortalized in film. There have been numerous fictional characters that I have come to know and cherish since childhood, and as a twentysomething cinephile, I have the utmost faith that I will not run out of such unique personalities depicted on the silver screen until the day I die.
2012 provided me with a bumper crop of good movies that encompassed many genres I like. The many thespians featured on this list are not by any means definitive, but a personal reflection of how such actors made an impact in the way I see the character being played in a particular film. You may have seen some of these famous faces grace your nearest movie theater (or in some cases, viewed on your computer screen via torrent downloads) in the past year or so. You might not agree with some or most of my choices, but like any notable film critic, all things are subjective to the viewer and it is left to the audience whether they agree on the opinions of another.
So allow me to wax poetic on the most memorable film performances of 2012, presented in chronological order of the release dates of the films the actors and actresses starred in. And if you haven’t seen these characters come to life yet, I highly recommend that you see the films they are featured in and judge for yourself whether they made a strong impression on you as they did with me.