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My Best and Worst Movies of 2012

19 Dec

There were a lot of great movies in 2012, but also some seriously terrible ones. Here’s a list of my picks (and ones to avoid):

A Few of My True Favorites:

  • Moonrise Kingdom: I love Wes Anderson movies and this one is particularly sweet. It had a great story and lots of nice visual Wes Anderson flair. Also, I was in Girl Scouts for many years so I liked the whole Boy Scout premise.
  • Jeff Who Lives At Home: Really funny and offbeat. I have a soft spot for Jason Segal even though he plays pretty much the same character in every TV show or movie he’s ever been in. The beginning scene about the Porsche is priceless.
  • The Dark Knight Rises: I love Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies and this was a great way to end the trilogy. I’ll admit some of it was not so great: Bane’s sometimes garbled speech and the whole fixing your broken back in prison thing; however, Anne H. was amazing as Catwoman and the cinematography was amazing as usual. The pros definitely outweigh the cons on this one.
  • Looper: Super solid sci-fi flick with a lot of interesting concepts. This is also seriously the only time I have liked Emily Blunt in a movie (she’s not British or snobby in this one). The China flashbacks with Bruce Willis were soooo good.
  • Goon: It’s a hockey movie with Seann William Scott. It’s weird, violent, hilarious and takes place in Canada. I really liked it.

Movies I Wanted to Like, but Didn’t:

  • The Grey: The Grey takes place in Alaska and features Liam Neeson vs. an evil wolf pack (so wolves don’t actually take on packs of humans… at least to my knowledge). There was so much wrong with the Alaska stuff I couldn’t focus on the rest of the movie.
  • Tree of Life: This actually came out in 2011, but I saw it in 2012 (so it counts)… The movie is so beautifully made, but just feels so pretentious. The story isn’t really a story at all, but rather a collection of random scenes. Also, just when I was getting into it a little the ending shut me out again.

Movies to Avoid at All Costs (unless you’re like me who watches all movies no matter what):

  • Battleship: How bad is Battleship you ask? Really bad, like super super SUPER bad. I would easily put it in the top 10 worst movies of all time next to Battlefield Earth and Glitter. The story is incredibly dumb, the acting is bad, and it features some of the most uncreative aliens designs in the business. Too much badness to list.
  • Dark Shadows: This one is especially bad, because I like Tim Burton and most of his movies. However, this was pretty much a train wreck from start to finish. It’s painfully unfunny. Also, I’m getting tired of movies about vampires where everyone ends up being a supernatural creature…. can’t we just stick to the vampires?
  • The Raven: I thought this could actually be OK (I like Edgar Allan Poe and murder mysteries), but I got so fed up I turned it off half-way through (and I watched yeah). The dialog was more 2000s than 1800s and Cusack was a really bad Poe. Like a stereotypical horror film, every mistake in the book is made.

I’m looking forward to adding more to my list once I watch more great and terrible 2012 movies 😀

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