Jan 10 2013

Movies I Saw in 2012

As with last year, I’ve catalogued all the movies I saw that were released in 20121.

1. Contraband 25. That’s My Boy
2. Haywire 26. The Amazing Spiderman
3. Man on a Ledge 27. The Dark Knight Rises
4. Underworld: Awakening 28. The Bourne Legacy
5. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 29. The Campaign
6. Safe House 30. The Expendables 2
7. This Means War 31. Total Recall
8. 21 Jump Street 32. Anna Karenina
9. Friends with Kids 33. Dredd
10. John Carter 34. Looper
11. The Hunger Games 35. Resident Evil: Retribution
12. Wrath of the Titans 36. Stolen
13. American Reunion 37. Argo
14. Lockout 38. Frankenweenie
15. The Avengers 39. Skyfall
16. The Cabin in the Woods 40. Taken 2
17. The Five-Year Engagement 41. Rise of the Guardians
18. Battleship 42. The Man with the Iron Fists
19. Dark Shadows 43. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2
20. The Dictator 44. Wreck-It Ralph
21. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 45. Django Unchained
22. Prometheus 46. Jack Reacher
23. Snow White & the Huntsman 47. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
24. Ted 48. Zero Dark Thirty

Here are my random thoughts:

The Cabin in the Woods is the best post-modern horror film since 1996’s Scream. It’s smart, scary, and funny. I.e., everything you want in a horror film.

21 Jump Street was this year’s surprise revelation of a great movie. Hilarious from start to finish, and even respectful of the original television series. I was outright hostile when I heard they were making this, but I was blown away by how much I loved it. It instantly made me a fan of Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.

Rise of the Guardians’s truly original take on the holiday characters it features2 is beyond entertaining.

Anna Karenina is beautiful but insane, not unlike some women I know.

John’s film Frankenweenie was so wonderful. I saw it with a bunch of science nerds, and we all loved how delightfully pro-science education the film was. Plus, it was hilarious. If you missed it for some reason, do yourself a favor and check it out.

Ben Affleck’s Argo is a riveting film. It’s so well done it blows my mind that it was made by the guy that played the jerk in Mallrats.

The only movie I really disliked was Resident Evil: Retribution. I’ve been a big fan of the Resident Evil series, but the last few installments have been pretty dismal. I’d love to see them return to the bleek desolation of the third Resident Evil movie, but that’s not where it looks like we’re headed. Still, the opening sequence of the film is pretty rad.

  1. To be clear, these are the movies I saw this year that were theatrically released in 2012. This is by no means a comprehensive list of every movie I saw this year. Yes, I watch a lot of movies.

  2. E.g., Santa Klaus as a tattooed Russian badass; The Sandman as a mute yet nigh-omnipotent hero.