A Question of Dates

As part of my Letterboxd addiction I have begun compiling my best of list for 2012.  Now herein lies the question.  Here in Australia we get movies slightly later than most, but just occasionally earlier (like The Avengers for instance).  Films like The Descendent’s and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo for instance were all given January 2012 release dates here in Oz, so theoretically making them eligible for all 2012 lists.  However as they opened in the US and Europe in late 2011 they are officially categorised as 2011 films. Another example is Steve McQueen’s Shame, which was released in the US in December but not till March down under.  All three of these films would probably make a best of list, but for what year?  Therefore should a best of list be based on the official release date by the studio or on the date of release in the country the individual lives?  Thoughts anyone?

Rock of Ages (2012)

  • Director – Adam Shankman
  • Starring – Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta Jones, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Diego Bonetta and Julianne Hough
  • Written by – Justin Theroux, Chris D’Arienzo and Allan Loeb
  • Year – 2012
  • Length –  123 mins

I was a rock child of the 80s.  I used to go to gigs in my denim jacket covered in studs and patches, I grew my hair long (bordering on mullet style on one special occasion) and had posters of Guns n Roses, Europe, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard on my wall at home.  Therefore I was always going to love this movie, no matter how bad it was.   I suspect that most others will not.

Deep down I think everybody wants to be a rockstar; I know I do.  I used to dream of performing in front of thousands of adoring fans and living the rock and roll life.   Sadly though the closest that most of us will get to this is performing air guitar in front of a mirror at home or singing in the shower.  That is of course unless you are Tom Cruise (more…)