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Title: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on January 03, 2013, 04:55:43 PM
A few days late here, but I just moved a few thousand miles, so cut me some slack.

Anywho, nice and easy thread again everyone. List up your favorite movies of 2012, a year form which there is a lot to choose from. Here's mine, in both short and long forms (note: I missed a couple films last year due to my trip, and didn't see Lincoln or Django Unchained until this past Tuesday. As such, I couldn't really put them on my list).

Short:
15. Goon
14. The Avengers
13. Detention
12. 21 Jump Street
11. The Raid: Redemption
10. Moonrise Kingdom
9. Seven Psychopaths
8. Wreck-It Ralph
7. ParaNorman
6. Argo
5. Cloud Atlas
4. The Grey
3. Skyfall
2. Looper
1. The Cabin in the Woods

Long (split into two posts, since it's apparently too much for one):
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Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on January 03, 2013, 04:56:15 PM
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Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 05, 2013, 07:25:37 AM
I've only seen 12 films from this year, so I guess this is my default top list until I see some of the better films years down the line

10. Chronicle - Though admittedly predictable and it strains the found footage premise VERY HARD, this is still a great story of teenagers with super-powers where things go horribly wrong.  The robbery scene is pretty amazing.
9. 21 Jump Street - A very funny movie that works better than a lot of comedy remakes of cop shows (sorry Starski and Hutch).  A lot of great laughs in this one.
8. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - This was not as great as I was hoping, but I enjoyed it and the Riddles in the Dark segment was VERY well done, perfectly mixing horror and humour.
7 Wreck-It Ralph - This one is... odd.  I was excited for it, but for a while, I was afraid there would be to much focus on inside jokes and a flimsy story to hold it all together.  It is a pretty generic story on the surface (character in a world of anthropomorphic ______ wants to change it's lot in life), but it had a strong story (I was sort of surprised that the game had the discipline to focus on one game rather than the visual blow out of different games) and combined my love of sports movies and fantasy adventure in a very unique way (makes sense that the outcome of a world would depend on a seemingly trivial game).  It's not perfect and walking out of the theatre I thought "well, that was good but not great", but I was surprised how often I came back to it in my head for the next few days.  Good stuff.  Also, the Sugar Rush theme got stuck in my head for days.
6. Cabin in the Woods -  Maybe this would have been higher if I had been more into the first half.  It is well done and necessary, but it's really all building up to it's wonderfully insane second half.  I knew a lot of what was coming (despite people's attempts to not spoil it, there were elements I knew ahead of time), but I didn't see the big visual of the turning point (re:"elevator") coming.  What's more it's very funny ("Am I on Speaker Phone?" and the happy frog), goes REAL BIG in it's final act and is a wholly original deconstruction of genre.  If you haven't seen this, it'll make a great double feature with Behind the Mask (though watch Cabin in the Woods second, since that's the show stopper).
5. The Dark Knight Rises - I think this movie made it this high on my list through sheer force of will.  What I mean is that there are a lot of logical flaws and a few story-telling errors, but the film is so compelling and engaging due to Nolan's film-making.  I was ready to almost forget it when making this list, but then going back, I suddenly remembered the impact it had at the time, even though I sort of forgot it sometime I left the theatre.  Intellectually, maybe it shouldn't be this high in terms of writing and pacing but it's just a testament to what Nolan is capable of.  And while Tom Hardy's Bane couldn't quite live up to Heath Ledger's Joker, it was an incredibly telling turn by the performer.  The film is really more of a Gotham City movie, and that ain't bad and the finale is appropriately epic.  Great way to cap off a great trilogy.
4. Brave - While not the best of Pixar films, this is a very good fantasy adventure/fairy tale and deals with 2 smart, strong-willed women who end up hurting each other and must learn to undo the damage done.  Though it is a little more of a classic Disney film, the animation is impressive (as usual) and makes for a fun ride.
3. Argo - I heard some people didn't care for the more light-hearted elements of faking the movie, but I think the 2 elements go together very well.  Ben Affleck is a really talented thriller-director and can keep the tension going even though we all know how the story ends.  There are a few "archetypes" that make the film feel a little... well, like a film (and I don't think it was done in a meta-way), but overall it's a great crowd-pleasing adventure
2. Seeking a Friend at the End of the World - A really great story about what matters when there won't be anything left to matter soon.  I had a few minor problems with it, but nothing that couldn't be argued against easily enough.  I love a good end of the world story, and this was incredibly touching and satisfying.  And most important, it followed through.
1. The Avengers - I don't think I absolutely loved this like everyone else but it was really, really good and one of the most fun movie-going experiences of the year.  Can't wait to see Marvel's next projects.  There were probably better films this year that I haven't seen yet (Django Unchained, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty), but for now, this is my number one.
Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: D.B. Barnes on January 05, 2013, 11:18:13 AM
10. Chronicle - ...it strains the found footage premise VERY HARD...

To the point of distraction for me.

I appreciated the comic relief breaks in Argo, mostly because the rest of it was so high-intensity. Although, I thought the final action sequence a bit over the top. It's as if the film all of a sudden switched genres.
Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: wurwolf on January 05, 2013, 12:33:34 PM
I liked the Avengers, Resident Evil 5 and John Carter. That's pretty much it.
Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: MartyS (Gromit) on January 05, 2013, 03:43:29 PM
Argo, Looper, and The Grey are on my "to watch" list.
Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: D.B. Barnes on January 05, 2013, 04:08:05 PM
I still need to see Looper, too.

The Grey is fantastic. Dragon's write-up is right on the money. It's so much more than what I expected. I'm sort of fascinated with death, and this film became almost like a meditation on death for me. There's a particular death scene that is one of the most powerful, visceral and intimate death scenes I've ever seen. There's a haunting quality to this movie that stayed with me for quite some time.
Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: mrbasehart on January 06, 2013, 03:51:29 AM
There's a lot of the "good" films from this year that I haven't yet seen, so the list will probably change.  In no particular order:

Prometheus - I has its problems, but still really enjoyed it.  It looks amazing, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender are great, and it has some genuinely icky moments.

The Dark Knight Rises - Again, it suffers from some narrative problems, but it caps off a brilliant trilogy rather well.

Avengers - It could've been soooo bad, jamming all these different franchises into one giant lump of a movie, but Whedon and co. do a fantastic job of making it work.

Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!
Maybe I'm a little biased, as its from Aardman Animations, who are based just down the road from me, but it's another fantastic little film from them. 

Woman in Black
- Daniel Radcliffe shows he can move away from Harry Potter in this nicely judged horror movie.  Despite a couple of cheap shocks, it relies heavily on creating an atmosphere of dread that isn't seen in cinema nowadays.

Streetdance 3d & Lockout - Dumb fun with no pretensions to anything other than being a good genre film.

Perhaps the worst film I saw from this year was Chernobyl Diaries.  It takes a decent set-up, an amazing location and completely flushes it down the toilet in the most disappointing way.
Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on January 06, 2013, 02:17:42 PM
I appreciated the comic relief breaks in Argo, mostly because the rest of it was so high-intensity. Although, I thought the final action sequence a bit over the top. It's as if the film all of a sudden switched genres.

I loved that climax, mostly because it got so over-the-top (and also because it was crazy tense. I saw it at a surprise preview screening, and my audience ate it up).

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Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! Maybe I'm a little biased, as its from Aardman Animations, who are based just down the road from me, but it's another fantastic little film from them. 

Fun fact: when I went to the midnight opening screening for this, I was the only one in the audience. That had never happened before. I thought it was cool (even if a somewhat troubling sign as to how the movie would do financially over here). Very enjoyable movie too, even if not quite up to snuff with their best stuff. Also, I just now learned that this has a different title overseas (over here it was called Pirates! Band of Misfits).

And I agree with you on Chernobyl Diaries. That movie was atrocious. What's strangest is that it seemed to really wish it was a found footage film, to the point of even shooting it just like one, and yet it wasn't.
Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: Edward J Grug III on January 06, 2013, 06:03:53 PM
I've got my list ready for my annual guessing game, however I only have a bottom NINE movies. I have never had so few bad movies before.

So, now is your chance to recommend a terrible 2012 movie for me to watch.
Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: mrbasehart on January 06, 2013, 06:21:43 PM
What to Expect When You're Expecting.
Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: Edward J Grug III on January 06, 2013, 06:24:09 PM
What to Expect When You're Expecting.

Oh, good idea! My wife suggested that as we are also expecting.
Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: Johnny Unusual on January 06, 2013, 08:12:36 PM
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D.  It was very, very dumb.  Far from the worst video game movie, but that's kind of like saying "not the worst punch to the scrotum."
Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: ScottotD on January 07, 2013, 12:28:39 AM
Still haven't seen Argo or Django unfortunately.

1. The Avengers
2. The Cabin in the Woods
3. The Raid
4. Wreck-It Ralf
5. Frankenweenie
6. Looper
7. The Muppets
8. 50/50
9. 21 Jump Street
10. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Honorable mentions: The Dark Knight Rises, Corman's World, The Hunger Games, Indie Game & Hugo.



Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: Space version 2.0 on January 07, 2013, 06:11:11 AM
The only one I can think of that hasn't been mentioned so far is Sleepwalk With Me (it's streaming on Netflix now too). Neck-pillow pizza is the best prop ever.
Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: Relaxing Dragon on January 07, 2013, 09:48:59 PM
I've got my list ready for my annual guessing game, however I only have a bottom NINE movies. I have never had so few bad movies before.

So, now is your chance to recommend a terrible 2012 movie for me to watch.

I'm excited you're doing that again! It's always fun.

And folks have already mentioned some bad ones. I saw very few really bad movies in 2012, though the aforementioned Chernobyl Diaries springs to mind, as does the offensively bland, boring, and lazy Lockout.
Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: Edward J Grug III on January 07, 2013, 09:52:36 PM
Yeah, Lookout wasn't great, and I could include that, but I do try to stick to movies that... fall below a certain threshold. If I don't muster up the courage to see one of the above movies, it would probably be my default number 10.

I even enjoyed some of the worst movies of the year - For example, I actually found Battleship pretty fun. And at least one movie that is on my best of list would be on a lot of people's worst...

2012 was a pretty fun year for movies!
Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: ScottotD on January 07, 2013, 10:39:12 PM
I was disappointed in a couple of things like Dark Knight & Man with the Iron Fists but I don't think I saw anything I would call bad, was somewhat picky this year though in reflection.
Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on January 09, 2013, 02:00:21 PM
The Woman in Black was awesome, showed Daniel Ratcliffe could do a character other than Harry Potter, and he did a fine good job too.

The Dark Knight Rises, good ended to Christopher Nolan's trilogy.  Like how he left it open at the end.

The Avengers.  Better than I thought it could ever be.  And I had high expectations to begin with.

Moonrise Kingdom.  Bruce Willis and Bill Murrary are awesome.

Hunger Games.  Better that I thought it would be.

21 Jump Street.  Loved it.  And the cameo was a classic.

Cabin in the Woods.  One of the most original movies I've ever seen.  Very clever.

John Carter.  Didn't expect anything with this.  I know it did horrible in the theaters and with critics.  Shame.

But there's still so many I haven't seen.

Least favorite?  The movie that should be destroyed and never heard of again?  Battleship. 

Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: anais.butterfly on January 09, 2013, 02:47:04 PM
I LOVED 21 Jump Street. It was able to make fun of itself, be funny, have a good story. The perfect remake. On that note, Magic Mike was not that bad. I mean, I was expecting to see nothing but stripper dance scenes, but there was more plot than stripping and the plot was not that bad. I have a lot of respect for Channing Tatum, and I very much enjoyed seeing his naked ass.

In terms of Oscar contenders, I have scene Argo and Les Miserables and both of them were AMAZING. Watch the South Park episode where Butters gets so angry because Ben Affleck is actually an amazing talent, it says it all. Who would have thought Ben Affleck would grow up to do such amazing movies?

As for Les Mis, I would never have thought one could convey such emotion through singing, but Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway OWN it! I have the soundtrack (just highlights, not the complete thing *grumble grumble*) and you can hear it in every note. Wonderful.

Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: Gunflyer on January 20, 2013, 11:00:01 PM
I loved The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. They were two VERY different movies with very iconic superheroes. The Dark Knight Rises though should have been nominated and won for best film. The underlying themes all have very well-thought out subtexts and the symbolism of Bruce Wayne having to himself climb out of that hole he fell down all those years ago is so clear and fascinating that you can't help but let it mesmerize you. Bane was perfect. He was the best villain for the final Batman film. The Avengers was obviously a lot more upbeat and did the near impossible job of giving everyone a clear, dramatic purpose to fulfill in a movie where six or more main characters are all fighting for screen time. It perfectly got these heroes to work with each other yet not without some trepidation. But the performances were excellent, the chemistry between them was great and the humor complimented the film beautifully. I thought that along with The Dark Knight Rises, no other example more perfectly illustrates the analogy of apples and oranges, for those films are exactly like that. There's no comparing the two because while they are both superhero films, they had very different agendas and set out to do different things that had their own equal merits.

I really liked Dredd, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Prometheus. Dredd was dark, gritty, intense and exciting. It was what fans of the comic book always wanted in movie form. The Hobbit I actually liked a bit more. I thought it was a bit slower paced and it definitely did not have the epic scale of LOTR, but it was still a very engaging and joyous romp through some of the darker, never seen places in middle Earth. Prometheus... could have been better had they put a few scenes back in. Nevertheless, I still liked it for its powerful themes and an atmosphere that reminded me of 2001 in some respects.
Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: lassieface on January 20, 2013, 11:18:58 PM
Not in any order:

Cloud Atlas
Argo
Moonrise Kingdom
The Cabin in the Woods
The Avengers
John Carter
21 Jump Street
Skyfall
Looper
Zero Dark Thirty
Django Unchained


Still want to see The Master, Amor, Silver Linings Playbook, or Life of Pi
Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: losingmydignity on January 21, 2013, 10:17:20 PM
Well, I only watched a couple of movies released this year, but I am somewhat dismayed that few love The Master as much I do. Would be a top five best film in any year for me.
Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: TeamRAD on March 21, 2013, 03:17:30 PM

Cabin in the Woods
Safety Not Guaranteed

So great.



Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: Swiffer on March 21, 2013, 03:32:13 PM
My favorite movie of the past few years is Beasts of the Southern Wild. It's something that's really worth seeing on as big a screen as possible, as the environment sucks you in. And following that girl around -- she was amazing. Great story, great everything. Very moving.

Another really cool flick that I think this forum would like is Sound of My Voice. It's about these two documentary filmmakers that are trying to expose a cult. However, the more time that these people spend inside the cult, the more wrapped up in it they become... it's a very cool flick, it's by the same team of peeps behind Another World (Brit Marling is awesome)... not violent, just a really cool, inventive thriller.

Cabin in the Woods and Life of Pi were also awesome
Title: Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
Post by: MightyJack on March 21, 2013, 10:17:33 PM
I usually wait a year before I do a top 20 Blog post on this subject. Allows me time to see the foreign and independent films. I haven't caught many of the biggies. In my Library que I have the Master, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo, Lincoln, Life of Pi... to name a few. So this list isn't anywhere near comprehensive and will likely change before the end of the year. But here's my formative work on what I have so far.

1. Ruby Sparks
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2. Moonrise Kingdom
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3. Searching For Sugar Man
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4. The Cabin in the Woods

5. The Avengers
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6. The Dark Knight Rises
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7. Looper
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8. The Invisible War
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9. Lawless
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10. Silver Linings Playbook
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11. The Hunger Games
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12. Beasts of the Southern Wild
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13. Celeste and Jesse Forever

14. Dredd 3D

15. Wreck It Ralph

16. Haywire
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17. Take This Waltz
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