Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Movie Wrap-Up

Tom Hiddleston as Loki just makes me smile, every time. 

Anyway, before I finish my list of 2012 movies, my favorite commentary on the year's movies is on WHYY's Radio Times, when host Marty Moss-Coane has the same two friends on every year to talk about the year's movies. Harry at AintitCool has a much more lengthy list. And Roger Ebert's list is always good.

2012 Movies

January 20
Haywire (This is sitting on my DVR, waiting for me to watch, as it has been for weeks. Somehow, I just haven't felt the urge.)

Underworld: Awakening (even though the first one was only mildly entertaining and the second one was so problematic I had to refer to Wikipedia's plot summary to figure out what was happening while I was watching the film on cable, Kate Beckinsale is a lot of fun to watch run around in black leather with double pistols. Maybe on DVD.)

Coriolanus (Marshall and I watched it last month and it was BRILLIANT! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Ralph Fiennes takes your breath away, both in acting and directing, and Gerard Butler and Brian Cox were perfect. I remarked to my husband afterwards that I didn't care how many money-making-but-poorly-reviewed romantic comedies Butler did if he would do something like this in-between.)

February 10
Safe House (Watched it last weekend. The critics are right, Denzel and Ryan are amazing, but the story doesn't quite serve them.)

March 9
John Carter (of Mars. It was awesome! You should have seen it. Rumors of its failure were greatly exaggerated.)

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (looks really sweet. Maybe on DVD.)

March 16
21 Jump Street (Yet another just waiting to be watched.)

March 30
Wrath of the Titans (I saw it right before it left theatres; they ran the movie just for me. It was pretty but rather hard to follow if you know a lot about Greek mythology. If you knew nothing about the origins of the characters, I'm sure it was fun. As always, Sam Worthington and Rosamund Pike are very appealing.)

Mirror Mirror (I went to see it with my mother and really liked it.)

April 13
Lockout (I really enjoyed it even if my husband choked on the serious scientific flaws in the story line. Guy Pearce was so amusingly irreverent and his chemistry with Maggie Grace was remarkable as I've never thought much of her acting. Lennie James was also good, as always.)

April 27
Safe (I did see it in theatres and while it did have plenty of plot holes, Jason Statham is still as appealing as ever)

The Pirates! Band of Misfits (from the makers of Shaun the Sheep, got great reviews but was geared for older kids so we did not see it as a family. Maybe when it comes out on DVD we can watch it together and tackle it in pieces.)

May 4
The Avengers (I did see it twice in the theatre and it was just as good the second time as it was the first. And it was the first movie we bought on BluRay. Definitely favorite movie of the year.)

May 18
Battleship (Tried to watch it last weekend; didn't make it through 5 minutes. Yuck.)

May 25
Men in Black III - (It was really fun and sweet and we had a good time; Josh Brolin was brilliant as a younger Tommy Lee Jones.)

June 1
Snow White & the Huntsman (I dragged my poor husband to see it and we did not like it. Here's why.)

June 9
Prometheus (this is the movie Marshall is most looking forward to in the summer of 2012 and while we liked it, we weren't thrilled. Here's Steven Greydanus to explain why.)

June 22
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (I really enjoyed it, more than I thought I would, and here's why. And the scene on the burning bridge with the train at the end is show-stopping.)

Brave (The story just didn't interest us and the reviews were good but not overwhelmingly so; wait for DVD.)

July 6
The Amazing Spider-Man (Even though this picture has transfixed me for months I still haven't managed to see it. I am going to try to watch it this week.)

July 20
The Dark Knight Rises (We saw it in IMAX, which means my brain felt like it was still spinning for hours afterwards. We had mixed feelings and here's why.)

August 3
The Bourne Legacy (Basically, I'll watch Jeremy Renner in just about anything. And he was good, but either the part didn't give him much to work with or the director was lacking. He's a lot more interesting in Avengers than he is in this, not to mention Hurt Locker or MI: Ghost Protocol.)

Total Recall (It was pretty and I like Colin Farrell, but it just kinda left me empty.)

August 17
The Expendables 2 (the first one was amusing; the second one kinda wore out what was interesting in the first one. The best parts of it were Liam Hemsworth and Nan Yu, although you can tell everyone's having a good time in this definitely over the top film.)

September 21
Dredd (Karl Urban is excellent and it's a good film, but definitely on the gory side, even more than AL:VH.)

September 28
Looper (never managed to see it; DVD)
Hotel Transylvania (still want to see it)

October 12
Argo (It's on so many Top 10 lists for the year, but it left town before I could see it. Dang.)

November 2
Wreck-It Ralph (still want to see this.)

November 9
Skyfall (An excellent film; still need to see it again with my husband. First show was with my dad; family tradition.)

November 16
Lincoln (I know it's good, but it can wait for DVD.)

November 21
Rise of the Guardians (probably DVD.)

December 14
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (I enjoyed it, although we saw it without the hyper-realistic film stuff.)

December 19
Zero Dark Thirty (I know it's a good film, but it would require a lot of emotional energy, like Hurt Locker did.)

December 21
Jack Reacher (still want to see this.)

December 25 
Les Miserables (Got sick last week so couldn't see it when babysitting was arranged. Next week.)


Sybil@PeaceitallTogether said...

The only one of these movies that I saw was Mirror Mirror. I think I need to get out more...or at least watch more movies. :)

Sarah Boyle Webber said...

Marshall and I were always movie people. Before the kids were born, we went out to the theatre a lot.