Movies I Saw in 2012
|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.