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Your favorite movies of 2012
« 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

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Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2013, 04:56:15 PM »
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Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
« Reply #2 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.
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Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
« Reply #3 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.
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Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2013, 12:33:34 PM »
I liked the Avengers, Resident Evil 5 and John Carter. That's pretty much it.
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Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2013, 03:43:29 PM »
Argo, Looper, and The Grey are on my "to watch" list.


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Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
« Reply #6 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.
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Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
« Reply #7 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.


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Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
« Reply #8 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.


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Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
« Reply #9 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.
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Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
« Reply #10 on: January 06, 2013, 06:21:43 PM »
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Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
« Reply #11 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.
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Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
« Reply #12 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."


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Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
« Reply #13 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.



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Re: Your favorite movies of 2012
« Reply #14 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.