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The Films of 2012

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The Year in Review

2012 was a great year for films. There were so many that I wanted to give the top spot to. I had intended to chose the one that made me laugh the most (the muppets). It's funny that the two funniest films were the muppets and Ted. I guess real live people just aren't funny any more. Anyway, although the muppets hit Australia in 2012 it was actually released in 2011 so instead, the award goes to the Hunger Games.

My Top Picks

  1. The Hunger Games: Great. Not what I was expecting at all. Much, much better. I was expecting this to be half twilight and half Battle Royale. Turned out completely different to my expectations and much better. I wish I'd seen it at the cinemas now.
  2. The Muppets: Yes, It really was that good. The muppets have demonstrated that it's still possible to make a great comedy and musical without pandering to the kiddies and without all the crassness that the post Shrek "kiddie movies for adults" come bundled with.
  3. Prometheus: It had a lot of hype and was very good. I thought it would knock the muppets off but not quite. Unlike most people, I wasn't expecting an action film so I wasn't surprised when one wasn't delivered. Some interesting concepts but it never reached the heights of the first two alien films.
  4. Skyfall: This was the first Daniel Craig Bond film that I've really liked and it would have been much higher on the list in any other year. Unfortunately 2012 had a lot of great films. The Adele song was probably the highlight.
  5. The Dark Knight Rises: It certainly lived up to the hype and IMHO, was much better than the Avengers. It would have been better if I'd had any clue about what Bane was saying. Update: Miles better on Blu-ray with the subtitles turned on.
  6. Chronicle: I'm so over those "found footage" films, but somehow Chronicle was different.
  7. Argo: Finally saw this in 2014. Wow, very impressive.Easily the best "totally serious" film of the year. It deserved the acclaim that it got.
  8. Life of Pi: Funny and very pretty too.
  9. Rise of the Guardians: Unexpectedly good. Great to see a kids film move away from the traditional interpretation of Santa.
  10. The Avengers: It's the biggest box office film this year but I didn't get as much joy out of it as the muppets.

Notable Mentions ("Surprise" Films)

  1. The Muppets: Wow. This was so unexpectedly good. I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard at the movies.
  2. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island: This was so much better than it had any right to be, thanks to the comic relief
  3. The War Horse: It was good considering I probably wouldn't have gone to see it without prompting.
  4. Wreck-It Ralph: Very good, hit a bit of a nerve with me.
  5. The Lorax: This movie is only in this list because of the cute bear.
  6. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, The: I'd forgotten the twist ending to the book, so the film was actually fairly refreshing for me.
  7. Mirror Mirror: I got told that this was terrible, so I waited three years to watch it. It wasn't brilliant but it was far better than expected. Very colourful

The Biggest Disappointments

  1. Raid, The (aka The Raid Redemption): So highly praised and yet, so ordinary.
  2. Wrath of the Titans: Wow. I thought that the only direction left after the terrible remake of Clash of the Titans was Up. How wrong I was.
  3. Total Recall: This was absolute rubbish. Even if they'd copied the Arnie original scene by scene it would have been better than the trash they served up here. It's one of the best demonstrations of why Hollywood has it so wrong these days.
  4. John Carter: I don't remember a lot of this film seeing as I fell asleep but from what I can remember, it was going nowhere fast.
  5. Brave: Not a bad film at all, just less lively by Pixar standards.

All the films I've seen at the Cinemas in 2012

  1. War Horse, The
  2. Muppets, The
  3. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace 3D
  4. Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
  5. Pirates! Band of Misfits, The
  6. Avengers, The
  7. Five-Year Engagement, The
  8. Prometheus
  9. Dark Knight Rises, The
  10. Total Recall
  11. Ted
  12. Taken 2
  13. Skyfall
  14. Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The

Films from 2012 I've seen on the "small screen"

  1. Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter
  2. Amazing Spider-Man, The
  3. American Reunion
  4. Battleship
  5. Big Wedding, The
  6. Bourne Legacy, The
  7. Brave
  8. Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, The
  9. Cabin in the Woods, The
  10. Chronicle
  11. Cold Light of Day, The
  12. Contraband
  13. Devil Inside, The
  14. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
  15. Dictator, The
  16. Django Unchained
  17. Dredd
  18. Expendables 2, The
  19. Finding Nemo 3D
  20. Frankenweenie
  21. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
  22. Grey, The
  23. Haywire
  24. Hunger Games, The
  25. Ice Age: Continental Drift
  26. John Carter
  27. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
  28. Les Misérables
  29. Life of Pi
  30. Lockout
  31. Looper
  32. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
  33. Man on a Ledge
  34. Men in Black 3
  35. Mirror Mirror
  36. ParaNorman
  37. Raven, The
  38. Resident Evil: Retribution
  39. Rise of the Guardians
  40. Scary Movie 5
  41. Silver Linings Playbook, The
  42. Snow White & the Huntsman
  43. Titanic 3D
  44. Underworld: Awakening
  45. Woman in Black, The
  46. Wrath of the Titans
  47. Wreck-It Ralph

What's Left to See from 2012

The boldfaced titles are the ones I'm most interested in;

Those with an asterisk * are ones I've acquired but not watched yet.

  1. 21 Jump Street
  2. 7500
  3. Act of Valor*
  4. Apparition, The*
  5. Beauty and the Beast 3D
  6. Being Flynn
  7. Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The
  8. Big Miracle
  9. Bully Project, The
  10. Butter
  11. Casa de mi Padre
  12. Chimpanzee
  13. Damsels in Distress
  14. Dark Shadows*
  15. Darling Companion*
  16. Deep Blue Sea, The
  17. Dog Fight
  18. Fun Size
  19. Gone
  20. Good Deeds
  21. Great Hope Springs
  22. Halloween 3D
  23. Here Comes the Boom*
  24. House at the End of the Street*
  25. Hunter Killer
  26. I Hate You, Dad
  27. Jeff Who Lives at Home*
  28. Joyful Noise
  29. Lucky One, The
  30. Magic Mike
  31. Marriage Counselor, The
  32. Moonrise Kingdom
  33. Movie 43
  34. My Mother's Curse
  35. Neighborhood Watch
  36. Odd Life of Timothy Green, The*
  37. Of Men and Mavericks
  38. One for the Money
  39. Outrun
  40. Paranormal Activity 4*
  41. Parental Guidance
  42. Playing the Field
  43. Possession, The*
  44. Premium Rush
  45. Project X*
  46. Red Dawn
  47. Red Tails*
  48. Rock of Ages
  49. Safe
  50. Safe House*
  51. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
  52. Savages
  53. Secret World of Arrietty, The*
  54. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  55. Silent House
  56. Sinister*
  57. Sparkle
  58. Step Up 4
  59. Think Like a Man
  60. This Is Forty
  61. This Means War
  62. Thousand Words, A
  63. Three Stooges, The*
  64. To The Arctic 3D
  65. Undefeated
  66. Vow, The
  67. W.E.
  68. Wanderlust
  69. Wettest County, The
  70. What to Expect When You're Expecting
  71. Won't Back Down