Thursday, 27 December 2012

Best of 2012: What An Entertaining Cinematic Year!

2012 has been a pretty good year for movies. There were two HUGE and brilliant superhero movies (three if you count Spidey), a welcome return to Middle Earth, one of the best Bond films ever, and a pretty consistent array of animated features as well (including a decent one from Malaysia as well!).

there were five movies that could have EASILY been the number one movie in my list of favorite films, but in the end, I decided that there could only be one...

1) The Avengers
It really went down the wire, but in the end, Earth's Mightiest Heroes won out over Thorin's merry band of dwarves, because it was just SO SO SO EXHILARATINGLY FUN to watch. I can't remember the last time I came out of a cinema feeling so giddy from all that excitement and fun, and immedietely wanting to go watch it again.

2) The Hobbit
What can I say? I'm a LOTR fanboy, and The Hobbit pretty much lived up to my expectations. It's a wonderful return to Middle-earth, and barring a few parts that really should have been cut out, this was a worthy addition to the LOTR franchise.

3) Skyfall
IMHO, the best Bond film ever simply because it's a movie that actually makes an effort to be an actual MOVIE, and not just another caricature of James Bond as a gadget-wielding, booze-swilling shagging machine going up against another cartoony villain hell-bent on taking over the world.

4) The Dark Knight Rises
As good as this was, it simply wasn't as mind-blowingly awesome as The Dark Knight, and didn't hold up to repeated viewings as well as the other films above it on this list. Still, Anne Hathaway as Catwoman... MEOWWWWRRRRR.

5) Wreck-It Ralph
John Lasseter and his merry band of Pixarists have certainly done a lot of good to Disney's output. Case in point, this awesome tribute to retro videogames that I actually prefer over Pixar's own Brave.

6) Brave
It's not that I don't like Brave, I love it to bits. But it just didn't stand out as much as some of Pixar's best movies. It was beautifully animated and the story is great as ever, but it lacked that extra OOMPH that should have set it apart from Disney's usual Disney Princess stories. But it's still testament to Pixar's quality that I could still watch Brave multiple times and not be bored of it.

7) Looper
One of the better sci-fi movies of the year (Eat your heart out, Prometheus!), with good pace, good acting and a killer story.

8) Life of Pi
Featuring probably the best 3D in a live-action movie since Avatar, this was a mesmerizingly beautiful movie with some great acting and a story about storytelling told by a master storyteller.

9) The Amazing Spider-man
This was not a BAD Spidey movie, in fact, it was pretty awesome - it just suffered a bit from a story that has been done before, and a villain that just wasn't complex enough. BTW, with Peter Parker pretty much gone in the comics now, the movies are the only place where he still lives.

10) Rise Of The Guardians
It was a toss-up between this, Frankenweenie and ParaNorman for this final spot in my top ten, and in the end, this won out because I'm a sucker for super teams like this hehe.

Notable mentions:
- Ted
- Dredd
- Cabin In The Woods
- The Raid
- The Expendables 2
- Frankenweenie
- The Hunger Games
- War Of the Worlds: Goliath
- The Lorax
- Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
- Jack Reacher

Biggest Wastes Of Time

1) The Watch
2) Total Recall
3) Tai Chi Hero
4) Resident Evil: Retribution

Most Annoyingly Catchy Song From a Movie:

1) The Thunder Buddy Song (Ted)
2) Circus Afro (Madagascar 3)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Les Miserable is not included? This is surprising. What do you have against Wolverine!!?