Pardon the double comment, but you should check out Seven Psychopaths if you haven't seen that. Surprisingly great and really funny, with some classic Christopher Walken moments. It kinda caught me off guard with how much I enjoyed it.
So, I've seen a few movies in 2012. OK, a lot. I'm not even sure how many. But I'll focus first on the 2012 releases that I saw and see if I feel like discussing others.
First, the bad movies of 2012
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol- So stupid. Tom Cruise hit his head EVERYWHERE and stood up with a smile afterwards. Way to go Tommy boy! Actually, Tommy Boy is an awesome movie.... Ghost Protocol? One of the worse movies of 2012 I saw.
Skyfall- So utterly stupid I fell asleep. I was woken up by the shock of a girl behind me at the events happening and while I awake I saw a villain that was a Joker knock-off, a Bond that was Bruce Wayan knock-off, an action finale that was a Home Alone knock-off and yes, I'm aware that it's action packed. Big. Freaking. Deal. This. Movie. Was. So. Stupid. Someone told me I must not be a James Bond fan, because if I was I would have loved this movie. Here's the deal, if I have to be a Bond fan to enjoy this crap than Bond fans have sh*t taste.
Brave- Another disappointment. Brave is Pixar's second worst movie. The good news is it isn't horrible. It's definitely watchable. That's really about it though. I mean, you can watch it. That's the best praise I can give for this middling cartoon and a major studio that seems to be losing its way over the years.
The Hunger Games- HEY, IT'S LIKE BATTLE ROYALE BUT FOR B*TCHES AND C*CKSUCKING P*SSIES! YAY!
The Amazing Spiderman- This one wasn't so much bad as it is totally forgettable.
Next, the other movies I saw in 2012
Scott Pilgrim VS. The World- It's entertaining. I'll never watch it again and gamers think it's spectacular. But it's not. It's a fun time. And that's all it will ever be.
The Expendables- OK, I really like The Expendables. It's like a guilty pleasure of mine.
Eyes Wide Shut- I love Stanley Kubrick and I had never seen this movie. It's awesome. I'm glad I saw it.
The Killing- Another classic by Kubrick!
Killer's Kiss- Another Kubrick classic that I missed. I know, I'm bad. But it's cool, I've now seen all of his movies.
The Sword of Doom- A dark Samurai thriller that did No Country for Old Men long before there was a No Country For Old Men.
The Wolves- One of the best Yakuza movies I've seen. The Wolves is one of Japan's finest Crime epics.
House of Flying Daggers- Slick and with beautiful visuals. I doubt I'll watch it again, but it was fun while I saw it.
Now to rank the best releases of 2012!!
10. The Expendables 2- Because Van Damme, baby! Jean Claude Van Damme kicks a knife into someone's chest. HE KICKS A KNIFE INTO SOMEONE'S CHEST! I love The Expendables movies, man. They're great, silly, campy fun.
9. The Avengers- Fun summer fluff. I'll be honest, I think Joss Whedon is the man and that everything he touches is gold and The Avengers is some of the most fun I had in a movie theater ever. I was laughing at the jokes, at the action, at everything, but all in a good way. It's ultimately a forgettable movie, but it worked in providing a great time while it was running.
8. Looper- I'm not sure if I fully enjoyed it or not, but it has remained on my mind and that's saying something. It takes a turn for the bizarre halfway through as it changes protagonists and the roles of different characters. Ultimately I can't tell if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Should I think about what's happening or should I call it lazy and that the filmmakers tried making two movies in one? I'll have to watch it again, but at the least it has remained on my mind more than most movies do. I think that says something interesting about this movie. I just don't know what it is.
7. Hitchcock- It is my personal belief that Anthony Hopkins should be nominated for his performance. A lot of folks didn't like this one, but I thought the acting was superb and I rather liked that it focused on Hitch's relationship with his wife rather than on Psycho. The best way to experience Psycho is to watch Psycho. But Hitchcock has some great performances and I really enjoyed my time with the movie.
6. Zero Dark Thirty- Intense and respectful to the subject matter. Zero Dark Thirty is a suspenseful, gritty and uncompromising movie. It handles the subject matter really well and provides a satisfying conclusion to the events that take place. It's far from the best movie released in 2012 but it is one of the more interesting pieces of the year.
5. The Cabin in the Woods- It turns the genre on its head. If you haven't seen it you're missing out. The moral of this story? Smoke weed and let the world end. It's awesome. It also happens to play with the horror genre in a way that you honestly would have never expected. This one will be remembered and it will be spoken of favorably in the years to come.
4. Moonrise Kingdom- Just a wonderful movie! It's dream-like in nature and just wonderful! Surreal and beautiful are two of many ways to describe it. I loved every minute of Moonrise Kingdom, the performances from everyone are just so well done. And Tilda Swinton, you cold, foxy cougar you. You always manage to steal my breath with your cool, emotionless performances. The movie juxtaposes innocence and its loss from the perspective of adults and children. It has a storybook charm to it that just sweeps you away. It's highly entertaining and genuinely fantastic.
3. The Dark Knight Rises- When I saw Rises in theaters I was happy. I was absolutely content. I walked out with the belief that it wasn't as good as The Dark Knight but that it was still a spectacular movie. I rewatched it and now I'm conflicted: could it be better than The Dark Knight? is the question that popped up in my mind. Rises is a comic book movie for a new age. One in a post Dark Knight world. While the second movie will be the most important to the genre, the third movie is the first true success story to follow it. Some folks say they dislike it. I've only noticed it get better with each viewing. This is pop culture at its most spectacular and I wouldn't be surprised if further viewings raised it higher on my list, because it wasn't number 3 after the first viewing.
2. Django Unchained- Close to being the best, but years from now people will study it and all of Tarantino's works together. Tarantino is a force to be reckoned with. Django Unchained is a masterpiece that I honestly wish I could view back to back in an attempt to catch all of its finer intricacies. This is the first time Django has been black (he was Japanese last time), but Tarantino helps show us conflicted views on violence. When it's justified we feel good, when it's not we feel horrified. His talent as a filmmaker is in making us question why we laugh at certain scenes but are terrified by others. Easily one of the finest movies of 2012, it's depth is unparalleled.
1. Argo- Simply the best, it adds enough Hollywood flair to make it entertaining but keeps the truth of the events at the forefront. Argo is one of the single most thrilling movies I have ever seen. The final hour of it is absolutely breath-taking and Ben Affleck was robbed of a Best Director nomination for his work on this historical masterpiece. The way they recreated the past through photographs shows the tremendous amount of time and effort that went into this intense and exciting movie. If you see only one movie released from 2012 make it Argo. If you see more than one, watch Argo more than once. It's the finest American cinema has had to offer in 2012 (and 2011 and dare I say 2010, this is one of the best movies in years).
SOSOSOSOSOOOOoooooo agreed with you on Scott Pilgrim. It was good (as a bass player I loved that aspect) but I really don't think I'd wanna see it again. Argo's next on my to-watch list too. Didn't see Hitchcock, the Expendables 2 (did love the first one), or the Avengers, but otherwise good list of flicks there, with the exception of the Dark Knight Rises, which I personally felt was bloated, overwrought, and slightly offensive compared to the Dark Knight (I didn't like the anti-populist slant it seemed to take at times). Also agreed on the Amazing Spiderman. I had mad high expectations and it was honestly just ... meh. We'll see where they go with it.
I wasn't aware of The Wolves, but now I know about it thanks to you. I loved Nakadai in other films I've seen by Kurosawa so I think I'll have to check this one out!
I literally walked through the video section of Fry's Electronics and saw a picture of Nakadai. I flipped the box over and the movie had high praise. Well worth checking out, man.
Aww come on you know Scott Pilgrim VS. The World is awesome.Before you know it,you'll be watching it again ;)
Finally, someone else agrees with me that Skyfall was boring. I'll never understand the love for that movie. I didn't fall asleep but I did start playing BrickBreaker on my phone at one point.
I thought Django was great in the first half but lost speed in the second. My favorite part of the movie was the KKK scene.
Argo was a great movie. I'd put it at probably #5 in my top 5 of this year.
The two best movies I saw this year were Silver Linings Playbook and Lincoln. Still need to see Zero Dark Thirty.
I really want to see Silver Linings Playbook. It looks great!
Nice list, like minishdriveby Seven Psychopaths was one of my favorites as well with Lincoln And Flight. Honestly I thought The Cabin in The Woods would be a waste of time, guess I was wrong. But the one movie that stood out the most to me this year was Argo, I don't know why but it seemed like a joke to me at first, but turned out to be the best six bucks on a movie in ages. Expendables 2 was another cool one, it made me chuckle. "You Can't Beat The Classics"
I love Scott Pilgrim though, it did well portraying the graphic novel but did leave out a few thing here and there plus Scott as a character reminds myself of me and how awkward I used to be with girls growing up.
I couldn't stand Moonrise Kingdom. It was Wes Anderson's worse movie. He's getting into a phase where he just does the same thing for every movie and it's getting on my nerves. I could see why someone might like it if it were their first Wes Anderson film.
Django was great at the beginning but I thought it petered out at the end. The one thing QT knows how to do is pick music for movies.
Hardy's performance in TDKR was excellent, but I'm not a big fan of Bale's Batman. Also Anne Hathaway is a freaking sexy Catwoman.
I agree with your opinion on Looper. I thought it was alright, but I found all the praise it got to be a little weird.
My personal favorite movie of 2012 was Seven Psychopaths.
I should also mention, as far as Wes Anderson movies, I really liked Moonrise Kingdom and I've seen my fair share of his movies. My favorite remains The Darjeeling Limited, but I have enjoyed every movie that I've seen of his.
I fully intend on checking it out man. It looks solid!
@Minishdriveby Great movie right there. Some of the funniest moments I've seen in any movie ever.
Great scene from seven psychopaths.
Good list. I'm glad to see my personal favourite thus far -- Moonrise Kingdom there. I approve of Argo too. It's probably my No.2 thus far. I haven't watched ZDT and Django as neither have released here thus far.
I'm not sure I can completely agree with your views on TDKR. I think it's a bloated finale which in its attempt to do too many things at once, manages to give justice to nothing.
P.S: Also, I beat Spec Ops. End result -- Bang. *silence*
I've already mentioned what I thought about Skyfall on @usagi704's movie blog post, as you know. The Amazing Spiderman was pretty far from being amazing. I probably already said this too, but The Expendables was dumb fun, but the sequel was just dumb. Will be watching Looper, Zero Dark Thirty, and Argo eventually this year.
I wasn't all that impressed with Argo. I think its general premise was great, and the efficiency with which Affleck set up the entire hostage crisis within the first ten minutes of the movie was absolutely incredible. Beyond that, however, I didn't see it as much more than a competent (and rather manipulative) suspense thriller with a few nice scenes of Hollywood satire.
My top 3 would be Django Unchained, Flight, and Zero Dark Thirty. Beyond those, I didn't see any movies this year that I'd qualify as truly great.
I loved the jokes. I could stand to watch Argo a few more times in theaters if it was available. I haven't seen Flight, but that also looks really good. I'll have to check that one out too.
I'll have to see Skyfall since I own all the other Bond films. Haven't really liked the franchise since Goldeneye though.
The only movies I've seen out of those is Moonrise Kingdom because my sister bought it, I really enjoyed it. The Avengers, which I also really enjoyed, always lose interest when the more powerful heroes are fighting though I would have preferred a Captain America and Hawkeye movie when it comes to battles. Scott Pilgrim, the only thing I really thought was funny was Scott's roommate, didn't really have much of an opinion on anything else. The Expendables I watched on Netflix, thought it was ok, don't usually like action movies unless it's more martial arts or sword based but I enjoyed it. I never really watched any of the movies that the stars were in so seeing them together didn't matter much to me.
Your thoughts on The Hunger Games is why I didn't want to watch it. I'd like to see Argo eventually.
Yeah, Scott's room-mate was funny. Otherwise, it's No More Heroes without the gameplay.
Skyfall was great, yo. Bond and Bruce have been very similar since Casino Royale/Batman Begins (which were released within a year of each other), and honestly, the Bond since the reboot has been a lot more like the Bond in Fleming's novel. Who just so happens to be a very dark character.
And Silva really isn't a Joke knock-off. Joker is all 'bout dat chaos. Silva has a very specific plan (kill M) and he's got a very methodical way of going about it. They're not really comparable aside from the fact that they're both a little crazy. That does not make him a Joker knock-off.
Personally, I'd say it was the second best movie I saw this year, behind Zero Dark Thirty. Give it another chance. It's a very smart Bond movie and it's very well-constructed. It's certainly better than The Dark Knight Rises, which as much as I love it, falls apart completely in the third act and is filled with plot holes.
But to each their own. Good list.
I don't know man, I have a very difficult time saying a movie is good when I fell asleep on and off again throughout it. Maybe Silva wasn't a Joker knockoff, the movie couldn't keep me awake long enough for me to notice.
I fell asleep at numerous points in time and was only woken up by the shock of that girl sitting behind me. I guess I owe her for letting me see some of the movie. She sure beats the girl during Zero Dark Thirty though who at the end is like, "Did they get Bin Laden? They killed him? I can't believe they killed him!" Like... uh-duh.
Anyway, I notice both Skyfall and Zero Dark Thirty featuring on many lists. I'm good with Zero Dark Thirty though. It's very well made. An excellent movie if you ask me.
@NeonNinja @DarkLink77 I honestly don't know how you could fall asleep. I thought it was a pretty exciting movie, the initial chase scene aside, which drags on a little too long. Then again, I've seen people fall asleep in Lord of the Rings. In a movie theater packed with people. So... yeah.
As for ZDT:
1. What a dumb b!tch.
2. Damn good movie. Damn good. Really well-written and well-filmed. Kind of shocked at Bigelow not getting an Oscar nom. Guessing it has to do with all the torture controversy.
I have no idea man, I just found it dull. Even when awake, I kept falling asleep now and again. The sad thing is, I have never fallen asleep in a movie theater before. This was a first. I remember during the final sequence one of the explosions woke me up so I saw the movie to the end.
And yeah, it is well-written and filmed. It's the kind of movie that doesn't really deserve the Hollywood treatment of its events because they would only detract from it. However, for Best Director, I think they robbed Affleck as well as Bigelow. Both directors deserved a nomination.
There are still some movies I obviously have to see though: Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, Life of Pi and Beasts of the Southern Wild all look great.