The Top 5 Movies of 2012

January 13, 2013 at 9:58 am

The Top 5 Movies of 2012

MY FAVORITE MOVIES OF 2012

2012 is over and I’ve finally caught up enough to make my ‘best of’ picks.  There are some movies I regret missing but overall, I saw more than 30 movies released in 2012.

Before I mention my top 5, I wanted to acknowledge some awesome movies that just missed the cut.

ARGO | Review

LIFE OF PI | Review

DJANGO UNCHAINED | Review

SINISTER | Review

TED | Review

Click here for a complete list of all my 2012 reviews.

THE TOP 5 MOVIES OF 2012

5. SKYFALL

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Skyfall narrowly edged out Django Unchained purely because of the nostalgia it brought back to the Bond franchise.  Casino Royale is one of my favorite movies period but Skyfall felt like a better reboot.  Classic James Bond movie.

4. LOOPER

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I was blown away by Looper’s style and originality.

3. ZERO DARK THIRTY

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A smart and fascinating look behind the scenes of one of the most important events in recent memory.

2. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

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The end of an era.  Though the film didn’t rise above The Dark Knight, it still wrapped up a legendary film series I’ll cherish forever.

1. THE AVENGERS

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I saw The Avengers 3 times in 7 days.  Two of those were matinee viewings before work…  By myself.  I absolutely adored The Avengers.  It was, by far, the most fun I had in theaters in 2012.

Bring on 2013!

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Click here for The Bottom 3: The Worst Movies of 2012

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All Time Best: 2012 Movie Moment

January 11, 2013 at 10:17 am

All Time Best: 2012 Movie Moment

BANE VS BATMAN

“The shadows betray you because they belong to me!”

We waited years for the follow up to 2008′s The Dark Knight and what a follow up it was.  The Dark Knight Rises was a thrilling way to bring Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy to an end.  It was a bitter sweet end as Nolan’s brilliance will never again guide a Batman movie.  It’s a series of epic films that brought us so many incredible moments.  So it’s fitting that my favorite movie moment of 2012 come from The Dark Knight Rises.

XTRA | Check out my review of The Dark Knight Rises

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All Time Best: 2012 Movie Moment | Bane vs Batman The Dark Knight Rises

The second that gate slammed behind Batman trapping him in a cage with Bane, I was at the edge of my seat.  It was time for a battle we were promised for years.  Bane vs Batman.  Who would come out on top?  Would Bane break batman’s back?  Could Bruce Wayne rise to the challenge?

It’s my favorite fight in the entire trilogy by far because of the physical threat Bane is to Batman.  He’s trained by the same people and angry.  I’m pretty sure Bane would win in a fight with Ra’s Al Ghul.  Regardless, it was fantastic to watch a fight that Batman could lose.  The suspense of the scene is truly remarkable and the lack of a sound track adds to the phenomenal atmosphere.  Not too mention, Bane’s clever taunting of Bruce Wayne throughout the battle.

My favorite movie moment of 2012.  Bane vs Batman.

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All Time Best: 2012 Movie Moment

The Bottom 3: The Worst Movies of 2012

January 10, 2013 at 12:14 am

The Worst Movies of 2012

I don’t get to see every movie that gets released theatrically.  I don’t have much time to rent them all either.  There aren’t many who can.  Like many, I have to be selective when it comes to what I see in theaters, what I see On Demand and what I skip entirely.

This year, I’m proud of my selection process.  I only saw two movies in theaters I didn’t like.  Both of them are on this list.  One could argue that I didn’t take too many risks on smaller movies and films that fit into the category of ‘different’.  I would argue that I’m still willing to give many of the films I missed a chance…

I’m just saying I wish I didn’t see these 3 frustrating films.  The Bottom 3.

Click here to see last year’s Bottom 3.

3. THE CAMPAIGN

Click here to read my review of The Campaign.

I saw The Campaign late in the year as a rental while on vacation.  I should have rented something else but the idea of Zach Galifianakis teaming up with Will Ferrell was too good to pass up…  Wait…  Yes it was.

2. JOHN CARTER

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I should have known better.  The production was plagued with problems and the trailers did nothing to sell the film.  It was one of the biggest blockbuster disasters of the year but they got my money.

1. DARK SHADOWS

Click here to read my review of Dark Shadows.

I lost the popular vote that day.  A couple friends of mine are huge Tim Burton fans so I figured I’d give it a shot.  (I’m a so-so Tim Burton fan.)  It looked exactly like a Tim Burton movie except it was a complete mess.  I did NOT enjoy this movie and neither did my friends.   By far the worst movie I saw in 2012.

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Until next year!

The Bottom 3: 2012's Worst Movies

All Time Best: Best Movie Trailer 2012

January 7, 2013 at 9:32 pm

All Time Best: Best Movie Trailer 2012

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TRAILER OF 2012?

I wake up every morning with the hope that another big trailer has arrived.  It doesn’t happen every day but it’s always exciting when it does.  No matter what type of movie the trailer is promoting, I can’t resist hitting play.  I love trailers.

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Selecting the best trailer of any given year is tough with so many standouts in 2012.  For me, (with respect to Skyfall) it came down to two:

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES TRAILER #3

REVIEW | The Dark Knight Rises | Top 5 Moments: The Dark Knight Rises Trailer #3

Of all the trailers for The Dark Knight Rises, this one was my favorite.  Everything from the opening score to the frantic finale was amazing.  I’m still having trouble accepting the end of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.  However, I think that’s why my favorite trailer of 2012 is…

MAN OF STEEL TRAILER #2

Top 5 Moments: Man of Steel Trailer #2

All Time Best: Best Movie Trailer 2012 | Man of Steel Trailer #2

It’s time to get excited for Christopher Nolan’s NEXT franchise.  (Or at least a franchise he’s heavily involved in) I was absolutely blown away by the Man of Steel trailer.  Director Zack Snyder looks to have truly delivered a Superman we’ve all been craving for decades. (Sorry Superman Returns but it’s true)

I absolutely adore the tone of this trailer and we FINALLY got some great looks at Henry Cavill as Superman.

Top 5 Moments: Man of Steel Trailer #2 | Superman 2013

This is hands down one of the biggest events of 2013 and certainly one of my most anticipated summer movies.  It’s safe to say I don’t need much more convincing after a powerful trailer like this.

Congratulations Man of Steel.  You’ve made it a lot easier to get over the end of The Dark Knight Legend.

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More 2012 trailer breakdowns:

Top 5 Moments: Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer #1

Top 5 Moments: Pacific Rim Trailer #1

Top 5 Moments: Iron Man 3 Trailer #1

Top 5 Moments: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Trailer #2

All Time Best: Best Movie Trailer 2012

Top 10 Summer Movies 2013

January 7, 2013 at 9:00 am

Top 10 2013 Summer Movies | 2013 Summer Movie Preview

THE BLOCKBUSTERS ARE COMING AND THEY LOOK GLORIOUS!

It’s that time of year!  The season where all the Oscar contenders are released, discussed & analyzed.  It’s a phenomenal season for film fans.   While I attempt to catch up on my enormous ‘must watch’ list, I’m still thinking about next summer.  It’s never too early to get excited for the next wave of summer blockbusters.

I chose these 10 films for two reasons.  First, they are scheduled to be released between May 1, 2013 & August 31, 2013.  Second, they look awesome.  Simple enough.  Let’s get to it!

Which summer movies are you looking forward to in 2013?

Note: I’ll be updating this page as the official trailers are released.

Let the hype begin!

Honorable Mention: Oblivion (Opens April 2013)

10. KICK ASS 2

June 28, 2013

Kick Ass was a ton of fun having gone in with no knowledge of the comic.  It was packed with over-the-top violence and the sequel is sure to deliver more of the same.  AND They’ve added comedy heavyweight Jim Carrey to the mix.

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9. THE LONE RANGER

July 3, 2013

I’m a big fan of new franchises and Gore Verbinski has launched several.  (I wish he was still bringing Bioshock to the big screen.) There’s no doubt The Lone Ranger will be visually stunning and full of amazing action.  It’s just a shame they forgot to REALLY include the titular character in the first trailer.  I get the thought process behind the marketing.  Johnny Depp is a global star after all and it certainly looks like he has created another memorable character.  But Armie Hammer is an after thought here.  It’s a minor complaint as I’m sure he has plenty to do in the film.  But seriously, Depp does look awesome as Tonto.

[Update] We got a second Lone Ranger trailer that features The Lone Ranger!  Much better.

8. ELYSIUM

August 9, 2013

District 9 was absolutely incredible.  I can’t wait to see what Neill Blomkamp has in store for us next August.  Not much is known about the film outside of the people who saw and raved about the comic-con footage so here is a synopsis:

“In the year 2159 two classes of people exist: the very wealthy who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. Secretary Rhodes (Jodie Foster), a hard line government official, will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve the luxurious lifestyle of the citizens of Elysium. That doesn’t stop the people of Earth from trying to get in, by any means they can. When unlucky Max (Matt Damon) is backed into a corner, he agrees to take on a daunting mission that if successful will not only save his life, but could bring equality to these polarized worlds.”

Top 10 2013 Summer Movies | 2013 Summer Movie Preview

7. FAST & FURIOUS 6

May 24, 2013

The original Fast & Furious came along right around the time I got my driver’s license.  Now, I never pimped my rusted 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier but I did love the movie.  Then 2 Fast came along and ruined everything.  I completely skipped Tokyo Drift but something funny happened.  The 4th installment came along…  And I liked it?  It wasn’t anywhere near the level of the first but at least the whole gang was back.

Fast 5 changed the game and took the franchise in a completely different direction.  They added The Rock and suddenly, the Fast & Furious series became a heist franchise.  I thought Fast 5 was great especially with the revelation in the end credits.  Why not?  I like the characters.  I like the new direction.  Bring on Part 6.

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6. AFTER EARTH

June 7, 2013

A while back, I wrote an article detailing two important streaks on the line when After Earth is released.  Will Smith’s hits vs M. Night Shyamalan’s flops.  One of them will end.  I’m sure many people will bet that Will Smith will be starring in the latest Shyamalan dud…  Or maybe he won’t.

Signs is my favorite movie period.  I always get perplexed looks when I admit that but it’s true.  That movie came along at the right time and stuck with me.  I’ve been waiting a long time for another classic to come from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan.  (The Last Airbender was certainly not it.)

But I really love the concept behind After Earth:

“In After Earth, one thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (played by Jaden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai’s craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.”

Which streak will end?

5. THE WOLVERINE

June 26, 2013

X-Men Origins: Wolverine was awful.  In my opinion, it was the worst movie of 2009.  So why is Wolverine so high on this list?  They are essentially ignoring the first solo movie completely.  Nice.  I love the character and the idea of a bad ass Wolverine adventure is still exciting.  Especially one without plot holes and Deadpool.  Can you even call him Deadpool?

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4. STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

May 17, 2013

I highly enjoy J.J Abrams movies. (Not to mention the excellent TV series he’s created.) Mission Impossible 3 is still my favorite of the four,  Super 8 was actually my favorite movie of 2011 and I adored Star Trek.  Honestly, I was never a Star Trek fan until the new film came along.  It’s not that I didn’t like it, I just never got around to watching it as a kid.  At that time, it was Next Generation so I really had no exposure to Captain Kirk & Spock at all.

Star Trek was a blast to watch even with all those lens flares.  I can’t wait to see what J.J does with the franchise now that the characters & rules are established.  Of course it is a J.J Abrams production so we know nothing about the project yet.

XTRA | Top 5 Moments: Star Trek Into Darkness Trailer #1

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3. IRON MAN 3

May 3, 2013

The Avengers took the Superhero genre to astonishingly new heights.  Marvel pulled it off…  Now what?  Phase Two!

XTRA | Top 10 Moments: The Avengers

The Marvel Cinematic Universe rolls on with a much darker Iron Man.  This trailer may go down as my favorite of 2012 unless another comes along to dethrone it.  It’ll be tough to beat.  Right off the bat, Tony Stark mentions the devastation left in Loki’s wake after his army was defeated.  Now Tony is haunted.  It’s the perfect time for one of Iron Man’s deadliest foes to appear on the big screen.  The Mandarin.  Right off the bat, you can see that Tony Stark is going to get beaten down in this film.  I can’t wait to see how he picks himself up.

XTRA | Top 5 Moments: Iron Man 3 Trailer 1

2. MAN OF STEEL

June 14, 2013

I didn’t like Superman Returns at all.  Where was the action?  Why was it so long?  Much like Wolverine, I’m glad Zack Snyder is rebooting the Man of Steel from scratch with a more realistic approach.  It helps to have Christopher Nolan on board.  Will Superman fill the void left now that Nolan’s remarkable Batman trilogy is over?

In a word: Yes.

I think Man of Steel will be the Superman movie fans have been dreaming of for decades.  The first trailer is proof:

[Update: Second Trailer has arrived]

XTRA | Top 5 Moments: Man of Steel Trailer #2

1. PACIFIC RIM

July 12, 2013

Guillermo Del Toro + Giant Robots + Equally Giant Monsters = My most anticipated movie of the 2013 summer movie season.  By far!  I’m so excited I can’t stand it.  Del Toro is truly blessed with an incredibly visual and COOL imagination.  I think Pacific Rim is poised to become of the coolest movies of all time and I don’t say that lightly.  Giant robots are going to fight giant monsters!  ……….  And Guillermo Del Toro is responsible for the mayhem!

XTRA | Top 5 Moments: Pacific Rim Trailer #1

July 12!  July 12! July 12! July 12!

“When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end.  To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge.  But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju.  On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past.  Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.”

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