I know I’ve been away for a bit, I’ll use the “trying to collect my thoughts from the awesomeness of all the movies coming out in December plus holidays” excuse on this one, but really there is no excuse for me remaining silent on all the great stuff that came out in the past 5 weeks, so I’ll just say that it will not happen again, and there will be a review freakin’ BLOWOUT this week – starting with some of the ones I skipped over on my top ten of 2012 list, although most of em you can find on here, particularly the top ones (except Django Unchained, which will be remedied today). So, without anymore grovelling to try and get you to come back and pay attention to my site once more, here is, my TOP TEN MOVIES OF 2012 WITH ALSO TOO MANY HONORABLE MENTIONS AT THE END:
10. Seeking a Friend for the End of The World – I reviewed this one when I first saw it, and you can see how well it did on rotten tomatoes too, which is, how you say, not so good. I’m not really sure why, because this was a criminally underappreciated movie from last year and is one that any sad sack romantic, or anyone with even a passing interest in the apocalypse should see. It’s a different take on all of that, and it is funny, sad, insightful, and overall, wonderful. I said lots of nice things about it already in my review for it back in October, so go there if you want to read more reasons why you should watch it, because you SHOULD.
9. The Grey – Here’s one I haven’t reviewed on here yet, but I will, don’t worry. This was one that I almost forgot about because it came out way back in January of last year, but man, what a ride this movie was. I originally went into this one just expecting TAKEN 2 (since that movie wasn’t out or even announced yet) : THIS TIME HE FIGHTS WOLVES INSTEAD OF DUDES. But man, how wrong I was. My boy Liam has an excellently underplayed performance here, not quite a departure from his usual because you always know he’s going to be a badass at some point, but man, this movie was an intense ride from start to finish. It is not for the weak, that’s for sure, and it is definitely not what you would expect. The ending is brilliant, exactly as it should be, and was nearly as controversial as the ending to No Country For Old Men…which, in my opinion, aside from Lost In Translation, is one of the best endings to any movie ever (spoiler alert, all of those endings are controversial, and most people don’t like them). It’s that good. See it, just uh, don’t expect to be laughing much when you do.
8. End of Watch – This was another one I had a long winded review for, I’ve said enough about it. This one was unexpected, but my god was it incredible, and it was ALSO intense, just not on the same level as The Grey. It also did really well on Rotten Tomatoes, and for good reasons. The chemistry between the two buds in this movie is reason alone to check it out – you wish you had a friendship like they do. It’s out on blu ray next week apparently, so you should probably just go ahead and buy it.
7. Liberal Arts – My last review before I shut down for a bit, you know I said lots of great things about this one. This one, I will admit, is more of a personal opinion choice, because I can relate to it, more so than it is something that will blow your mind, like the last three movies will. It’s a simple movie, but people mostly liked it, and hey, Lost in Translation and Once are simple movies as well, and they are two of my favorites of all time. You don’t need to have explosions and a big grandiose plot to get my attention, or to make a memorable impression on me (although I DO love explosions, I’m just sayin’). And Ted from How I Met Your Mother created a great simple little movie here – I didn’t even like the guy much until this movie, to be totally honest with you. But if his second writing and directing dealie is this good, then he’s one to watch for sure.
6. Cabin in the Woods – for many months after I saw this, this was my #1 movie of 2012. That’s a testament to how great last year was for movies, but also to how fantastic this movie was. You’ve never seen a scary movie like this. I will review this one soon as well, because it comes close to making my top 10 of all time, and after I watch it a few more times this year, it might even earn a spot. It’s that good. I even hesitate to cram it into the “horror” genre, because man, there are just so many of those that are BAD. I don’t want it in a genre with movies like THE BED THAT EATS, when it transcends them so well. This movie is hilarious, it is inspired, it really is just…genius. Joss Whedon IS a genius, my fellow nerds and I have known this for quite some time now, but this movie, as well as The Avengers this year both written AND directed by him, just demonstrates that we are truly blessed to have this guy in Hollywood. I won’t ruin anything for you about this movie here OR in my inevitable review, because you just have to see it for yourself, and have your perception forever changed on what a scary movie can be. And after you see it, come talk to me about that ending, cuz, how about it, eh?
5. Silver Linings Playbook – I’m going to watch this one about three more times just this week, and I will review this one ASAP. Because, my god was it good. I know the picture I chose was weird, I’m pretty…pretty sure it might not be playing at all those places anymore, but hey if you live in California, give em a call and maybe it is! And then send me a ticket to come visit, so I can actually see incredible stuff like this in theaters and not have to resort to…other, less legal means of seeing it. Because I simply HAD to see this one and couldn’t wait any longer for it to maybe show up at my podunk theater in my podunk town. I like the word podunk, don’t you? But anyways, I’ll toss this out there right away – Oscar WIN, not just the nomination, for my tied for favorite person in Hollywood right now, Jennifer Lawrence (Jessica Chastain is tied with her, btw). I always knew she had it in her – how good was Winter’s Bone a few years ago, when she was only SEVENTEEN, for gods sake?! But I use a word I usually don’t like here – she is a revelation in this movie. She’s a force of nature. Every scene she is in she steals, and hey, Bradley Cooper is great in it too, a pretty big departure from his standard role as well – although, not TOO far – he’s still sort of that arrogant jerk that you would probably still want to be friends with) and I wouldn’t even be mad at an Oscar nomination for him for this either – but we all know who’s gonna win THAT one this year, but, man. This movie is hilarious, it is dark, it is sad, it is…LIFE, man! Not to mention Robert DeNiro FINALLY playing to his talents instead of playing in all those garbage comedies he’s been known for the past years – how about a best supporting actor for him too? MY GOD this movie was good. I’ll gush about it (hopefully in 1500 words or less, but no guarantees!) more in my review, but in the meantime, see this by any means necessary.
4. Argo – If there was any movie that was more intense than The Grey, it was this one – and in such a different, brilliant way too. I don’t think Affleck is up for best director for this movie – and that is CRIMINAL, my friends. And this is ME saying that, I don’t even like the freakin’ guy! The fact that the idiot who played in Gigli and other piles of crap found his true calling with directing should be recognized by the Academy, because good lord did he do an awesome job on this movie. I already praised it, I already told you to see it, so will 96% of all the critics out there, so just go ahead and do it. Hell, just buy this one too.
3. Django Unchained – This is another one I haven’t reviewed, and something I will fix this week. This poster sums it up well – this is the man himself, Quentin Tarantino’s version of a fairy tale in the west, and is it ever awesome – it is extremely violent of course, but it has characters you will be discussing for weeks, it has possibly the best maguffin ever put in film in the form of the character portrayed by Christoph Waltz, appropriately named “King”, and what is easily Jamie Foxx’ best performance to date, yes, even over Ray, which I think is highly over rated. Only a director like Tarantino could take a story about slavery like this and have it work on so many levels. It’s a bit overlong – but which of his movies aren’t, he’s a bit of a self indulgent film maker and he always will be – but I (and you) could care less by the end of this movie. It is fantastic, and the best Christmas present I’ve ever gotten aside from maybe my first Nintendo.
2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – speaking of overlong, my review for this movie was, because I loved it. This one IS in my top 10 movies of all time, it blew me away, and I simply cannot wait to own it next month right after Valentine’s Day, which I hate. This movie will cheer me up on that awful wretched stupid pointless holiday. This movie will cheer me up five or ten years from now. It is pretty much a masterpiece on many levels for me, and most of the critics agree with me. And if you were a big dork growing up like I was, you will love it all the more. You must see this movie.
1. Skyfall – C’mon, like it would have been anything else. There was a late contenda in the form of Django, but nothing could top this movie for me last year. I’m not even sure if anything can THIS year – although there will certainly be a fighter come May. This is the best action movie I have ever seen, this is easily the best Bond movie, this is flat out one of the best MOVIES I have ever seen. It cracks my top 5 of all time, it’s that good. I’ve seen it four times in theaters and sadly only once in IMAX, and I will see it at least ten more when I buy it at midnight the day it comes out. And it isn’t just for Bond fans – it is for everyone. Much like a surprising amount of people, male and female alike, loved The Avengers, you will love this too. I don’t know what Oscars it will be up for but I hope it at least is nominated for a few – hows about a supporting actress nod for Judi Dench in this? She’d deserve it. I am also not alone in my gushing about this movie, pretty much everyone loved it. You will too – even if you don’t care about James Bond.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: There are so many of these that I should probably just do an 11-15, which, screw it, I will, but I’m going to say less about them than my top 10:
11. The Avengers – I mentioned enough up there, didn’t I? Obviously I loved it. I saw it in theaters four times too, it was my go-to movie for about two months when nothing was playing in theaters.
12. Dark Knight Rises – people probably wondered where this would show up for me. It wasn’t as good as Dark Knight, which is the best comic book movie ever made and possibly ever will be made, but it’s close enough. It’s also a bit overlong and could do with some editing, but that doesn’t make it any less great, it is.
13. Prometheus – this was a movie I didn’t like right when I left the midnight premiere….yet found myself thinking about it days, weeks, months later. I’ve only seen it once which is somewhat criminal for a movie I’ve thought so much about, and it is for that reason, that I still think about it when most movies are long forgotten, that I put it solidly at 13. It’s worth seeing just for the controversy, and maybe, to make you think too.
14. Moonrise Kingdom – like I could leave a new Wes Anderson movie out of a list of the best of the year, lets be serious. It had some wonderful imagery that stuck with me weeks after, and damn if it isn’t just all around pretty on blu ray.
15. Flight – this is MY pic for the best male performance of the year, give Denzel his second Oscar for this one, but sadly it won’t happen.
More honorable mentions – Wreck-It Ralph (that would be #16), Chronicle (for being incredibly original on such a small budget, hope to see more from that director), The Woman in Black (for being pretty much downright TERRIFYING – probably the best scary movie of last year, who knew Harry Potter had a scary movie in him?!), John Carter (go ahead and judge and make fun, I thought it was pretty much brilliant, it was under rated and a sleeper in my opinion, its sad we likely won’t see any more of them), Take This Waltz, Project X (guess I was sort of alone on that one, critics hated that one, yikes), Pitch Perfect, Wrath of the Titans (another one I think was under rated – this movie ruled! Zeus and Hades wreckin shop together, c’mon now!) Martha Marcy May Marlene (if only for being so STRANGE!) and man, probably a lot more. Comments are open, friends! Tell me if I missed one, if my list sucks, whatever. 2012 was probably the best year we’ve had for movies in the past five years or so, for real, so I’m sure I missed at least another 20 or more great movies. But man, what a year. Here’s hoping 2013 is just as good, a tall order!