Sunday, December 16, 2012

Top Films of 2012

7.     The Hunger Games
I remember when I first saw the trailer for this movie. Having never even heard of the books before I saw the trailer, I thought the premise was interesting enough but wasn't sure I would really like the film. The trailer didn't really grab me. However, my teenage daughter really wanted to see it so of course I took her to see it. Needless to say, my expectations of the film were low. It did turn out to be a pretty good film. Again, the premise was interesting and as the story moved along I got more intrigued by the idea that the film seemed to be representing. If you are interested, here is the review that I did of it here on Otter Limits back in March.



6.     The Expendables 2
This sequel to the 2010 action-hero super movie returns to formula, adding even more iconic action-hero actors. Simon West took over directing duties from Stallone in this one. This movie was just fun to watch. The one liners in the film were hilarious as were the nods to some of the actors previous films in their dialogue. The only disappointing movie I thought was the final fight scene between Stallone and Jean Claude Van Damme. I really would have liked to have seen Van Damme duke it out with Chuck Norris instead. I guess we can't get everything we want in a movie like this but it was still a joy to watch.



5.     Men in Black 3
This third addition to the Men in Black series, released in May, is just as good as the other two. Not surprising considering the two main actors, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, returned to reprise their roles, not to mention that the same director, Barry Sonnefeld, directed all three of them. A great addition to the cast was Josh Brolin, playing a brilliant rendition of a younger K.



4.     Underworld: Awakening
I am a big fan of the Underworld series. It is probably my favorite vampire movie franchise. Kate Beckinsale returns in her role of Selene in this fourth installment in the film series which was released in January. The screenplay was written by comic mainstay and Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski, who also wrote the screenplay for Thor. This one takes a little bit of a different spin as it takes place in a future where the humans are aware of the existence of vampires and Lycans and they are hunted down to be studies by a sinister medical company.



3.     Prometheus
#3 on the list is Ridley Scott's June "prequel" to the Alien franchise. There was a lot of speculation on the Internet before this movie was released as to whether or not it really was a prequel or not. All I am going to say is you have to see the film for yourself to decide if it is or not. Despite that, you really should see the film anyway. It is a great film. A great science fiction summer blockbuster.



2.     The Avengers
I have to admit that if it had not been for the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, this film, directed by master storyteller Joss Whedon, would have gone down in history as the best super hero movie every made. Unfortunately for this film, that trilogy does exist so The Avengers will have to play second fiddle to it. That being said, this film about the comic book super team, released in April, is amazing. Marvel Studios has done a superb job of putting their iconic characters on the big screen (with the exception of the Fantastic Four) in the past and The Avengers solidifies that mark. Robert Downey Jr returned in his 4th time playing Tony Stark while Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth both revise their roles of Captain America and Thor for the second time. The surprise to me of the film was Mark Ruffalo's portrayal of Bruce Banner. I really didn't have a lot of confidence in the studio's choice for this role but after watching the film I knew that Ruffalo was the right Banner for this film.




1.     The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan returned for what he has said will be his final Batman film and he went out with a bang. Loosely based on the Knightfall and No Man's Land story arcs from the comics and released in July, this film follows the realistic formula of Nolan's Batman work and intertwines that with a great cast and a great story. I wrote a review of this movie for The Red Dirt Report title Midnight Rises. What a great film this was.

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