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2012: Year In Review


  1. Tripwyre
  2. Justin

An active list of all the films I saw in 2012, ranked from best to worst.

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1
Django Unchained 2012,  R)
2
Seven Psychopaths 2012,  R)
3
Skyfall 2012,  PG-13)
4
Wreck-it Ralph 2012,  PG)
5
Looper 2012,  R)
6
Argo 2012,  R)
7
Prometheus 2012,  R)
8
John Carter 2012,  PG-13)
John Carter
What a shame that the press seems so eager to bury this film under a mountain of schadenfreude, as this is a fine pulp adventure very much deserving of an audience. Who cares what it cost, what matters is that it works. And it really does work. The Barsoom books have been stripped bare by Lucas, Cameron and many others, but Stanton asserts himself as a stronger storyteller than those who've walked this ground before. Lynn Collins is outstanding.

Marketing let this film down hard, however. Especially the title. Can you imagine if Raiders of the Lost Ark had simply been called "Indiana Jones". That seems like it wouldn't be such a bad idea now that Indy's become ingrained in popular culture, but before the film's release, who would have cared? The Carter books are old, yes, but they are not iconic in the way some might think they deserve to be. A suitably pulpy title for this awesomely pulpy film, like John Carter & The Princess of Mars, would serve it much better.

It's sad that it's flopping the way it is. This is funny, thrilling and moving in parts. If I were a kid, I'd have gone nuts over this. Instead, I just liked it a whole heck of a lot.
9
The Amazing Spider-Man 2012,  PG-13)
The Amazing Spider-Man
This feels a lot more like the Spider-Man I grew up with, though I understand that the Spidey I know and love and the Spidey Sam Raimi knew and loved as a kid are really not the same. It's a shameless reboot cash-grab, made necessary by a matter of character property rights, but it's a good movie nonetheless, with the strong characters and wonderful performances. While it feels a tad "comic-booky" at times for what is otherwise a fairly authentic character piece, the fact that the central relationships are so well-drawn ultimately sucks me in on a level Raimi never could.

It will be knocked for following so soon after its forerunner, as perhaps it should, but let that gripe not overshadow the fact that this is a superior film.
10
Dredd 2012,  R)
11
ParaNorman 2012,  PG)
12
This is 40 2012,  R)
13
Brave 2012,  PG)
14
Chronicle 2012,  PG-13)
15
21 Jump Street 2012,  R)
16
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012,  PG-13)
17
The Raid: Redemption 2012,  R)
18
Ted 2012,  R)
19
Haywire 2012,  R)
20
The Bourne Legacy 2012,  PG-13)
21
Men in Black III 2012,  PG-13)
22
The Watch 2012,  R)
23
The Dark Knight Rises 2012,  PG-13)
24
Les MisÚrables 2012,  PG-13)
25
The Dictator 2012,  R)
26
Lola Versus 2012,  R)
27
Red Dawn 2012,  PG-13)
28
Marley 2012,  PG-13)
29
Moonrise Kingdom 2012,  PG-13)
30
Marvel's The Avengers 2012,  PG-13)
31
John Dies at the End 2013,  R)

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