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Movies I Saw in 2012

  • Jan 5, 2013
I just don't get to the cinema as much as I used to and maybe my taste is varied, but here is a look at what I saw in 2012.
The Three Stooges
The Farelly Brother's take on the famous trio's slapstick and bufoonery is cast well with plenty of material that would find it's home in plenty of the old serials, but Bobby and Peter can't resist hitting low notes with jokes about urinating babies, singing nuns and hitting animals in the balls.
See the full review, "The Man Who Went WOOO WOOOO WOOO WOOOO!".
'The Avengers' Directed By Joss Whedon
I may think Whedon is grossly over hyped and rated, but he does hit a home run with a film 4 years in the planning and it could have easily been a dud. Superheroes from 4 movies all come together for one big adventure in quelling a deposed madman who comes from far out in space. Plenty of action, fun to watch and leaves you satisfied with what you saw.
See the full review, "Excelsior!!".
Ridley Scott's awesome visual style compliments a great story about scientists who travel into space to find answers to the big questions about where we came from and why we are here and as a plus ties it in with his original Alien movie. Not for small children or big babies who may have brought up some continuity snarls, but don't let them deter you from seeing you this film.
See the full review, ""Mother, what is the meaning of life?"".
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012 film)
Pointless reboot to the Spider-Man franchise has a new cast and a new attitude but it doesn't break enough new ground to get me to care, nor did it set up anything all that promising for a sequel that I haven't already seen or have an interest in.
See the full review, "Spiderman and Crane Operators to the rescue!".
The Dark Knight Rises
Lengthy wrap up to Nolan's Batman trilogy which has a broken down Bruce Wayne unwisely donning his costume in a foolhardy attempt to stop a terrorist group from a plot to attack Gotham City. Has a bleak mood that snowballs in it's lifting to a truly rising point in it's climax. Seriously though, don't reboot this character anymore. Pick up where these pieces leave off, or leave Batman alone.
See the full review, "I looked down the tunnel to see that light of hope, anything, just a speck-and thats all it was.".
The Expendables 2
Big testosterone laden action blast has all the old players and a few new ones stepping up to stop a Eurotrash criminal from stealing plutonium and selling nuclear arms. Peppered with more action and adding more characters over the first film. Makes better use of the players involved and keeps itself fun and none too serious.
See the full review, "It's a good thing nobody threw them away.".
The 2000AD comic hero/facist finally gets his due in a small but effective big screen adaption with Karl Urban slipping on the helmet and comfortably into the role of Judge Dredd. It may be small but the action is high and the 3D is actually pretty good at even adding to the story. We may never get a sequel, but at least we got this.
See the full review, "The judge should not be young; he should have learned to know evil, not from his own soul.".
'Skyfall' Starring Daniel Craig and Directed By Sam Mendes
After a 4 year break after the blueballs that was Quantum of Solace, Bond is back and probably more meaningful in recent years with James Bond tackling a techno terrorist and his own failings across the globe. Sure there are a few lapses in logic but the story captures you so well that you really don't care. Lets hope Craig as Bond can crank out at least one more Bond film and even half as good as this one.
See the full review, "The Spy Who Loved Me Came In From The Cold".
Django Unchained
Quentin Tarantino's latest film is also his most talky and lengthy. Taking place just before the civil war, a German bounty hunter frees a black slave and shows him the ropes of his profession. More to the point then Inglorius Basterds was but I don't think there was any reason for this movie to take as long as it did to get where it's going, but cutting out the story robs you at the same time of Tarantino's best gift.
See the full review, "Django broke free of those chains, if only Tarantino could get back on his though.".

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January 09, 2013
Excellent list, happy to say I was able to see all these.
January 07, 2013
Nice one, John!
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Born in Wausau Wisconsin. Move at an early age to Ventura California and lived for 8 years. Growing up in a big city landscape didn't prepare me for my next move: Archbold Ohio with a population of … more
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