The 10 Best On-Screen Couples Of 2012
2. Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, End of Watch
Police officers don’t have partners. They have brothers and sisters. The bonds formed between cops are so formidable, officers often are willing to lay down their life if it means their “brother” or “sister” can spend another day on this earth, in the company of the loved ones they fight to serve and protect. As members of the L.A.P.D., Gyllenhaal and Pena forge an instant kinship marked by sarcastic jabs, loving compliments, and an unshakable trust. It aids them as director David Ayer plunges the duo into some horrific situations around Central Los Angeles. And its that bond that has us glued to the screen, hoping both make it safely to their End of Watch.
1. Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
Looking back at the list, the “bromance” appears to be a unifying factor to the couples chosen for 2012. But no two protagonists were quite as enamored with each others strengths, weaknesses, assets and detriments as Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman) and Freddie Quell (Phoenix) in Paul Thomas Anderson’s arresting doctrine, The Master. But who studied whom? And which man needed the other more? We rarely knew for certain, as PTA often titled the prism and shifted the playing field beneath the feet of both men, forcing the audience – and the characters – to question what they thought they knew about the relationship being forged in the film. Hoffman and Phoenix are intensely passionate in Anderson’s drama, and scenes like their verbal confrontation in adjacent prison cells put them on the top of our list. We’d ride with these two on a slow boat to China any time.
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