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Top 10 of 2012
« on: January 09, 2012, 08:11:31 pm »
Okay so to promote a big year in film here is the place to rate films you have seen and at the end of the year produce a top 10 of 2012.
This year we have The Dark Knight Rises and The Hobbit, bound to be favourites.

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Re: Top 10 of 2012
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2012, 08:24:19 pm »
Looking forward to The Avengers along with those 2.



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Re: Top 10 of 2012
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2012, 04:41:51 pm »
A Monster in Paris- Was impressed with the animation but mainly the soundtrack which was fantastic. I think you have to have an appreciation of French culture to like this one. It was a very odd film but highly original and definitely deserves an Oscar nod for best soundtrack. The story seemed like something you would get from an old classic.

7.5/10

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Re: Top 10 of 2012
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2012, 12:01:12 pm »
The Descendants- Really enjoyed this film, was very dramatic but I love these contemporary drama pieces. The beautiful setting does a lot to aid the film but the characters are what really drives it. Not usually a fan of Clooney but he is great in this and I enjoyed him in Burn After Reading a while back and The American so the days of Batman & Robin are certainly behind him.

9/10
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Re: Top 10 of 2012
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2012, 09:21:44 am »
Hyped for- The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus, The Dictator and The Bourne Legacy
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Re: Top 10 of 2012
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2012, 11:57:04 am »
One film I'm pretty hyped for is The Raid, I've heard it's supposed to be as action packed as Hard Boiled.

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Re: Top 10 of 2012
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2012, 03:40:25 pm »
The Descendants 8/10 (gone down a mark)
The Avengers- 7/10
A Monster in Paris- 7/10
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel- 6.5/10
Mirror Mirror- 2/10

Hyped for- The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus, The Dictator and The Bourne Legacy

Isn't The Descendants a 2011 movie?

Anyway here's my list, going to get much more populated the next 2 months. Ratings might be a little out of order by keep in mind they're graded on their own merits and genres, if that makes sense, and there's also a little hindsight that goes into it.

1. The Grey - 8.5 out of 10
2. 21 Jump Street - 9 out of 10
3. Safe House - 7 out of 10
4. Haywire - 7.5 out of 10
5. Ghost Rider 2 - 6 out of 10
6. The Raven - 3 out of 10

Also if we're adding 2011 movies we saw in 2012, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo would probably be #1 with a 9/10.


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Re: Top 10 of 2012
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2012, 03:48:20 pm »
The Descedants came out around the same time as The Grey if I recall, which you have listed as 2012 :P. Either way, it was a good film.

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Re: Top 10 of 2012
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2012, 04:00:33 pm »
The Descedants came out around the same time as The Grey if I recall, which you have listed as 2012 :P. Either way, it was a good film.

The Descendants - November 16, 2011, wide release on Dec. 9 (played at the Toronto International Film Festival in September)
The Grey - January 27, 2012


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Re: Top 10 of 2012
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2012, 01:17:45 pm »
UK Release Date: 27/1/2012

Stuff gets released at different times here. The thread is probably easier if you stick with what you saw at the cinema in 2012 in your country. I can take it out and we can just do America though if it bothers you.

American Reunion- Pretty lame film to be honest. American Pie was like the pinnacle of high school movies, it was the one to watch but this installment was a second rate high school film. It tries to show that the characters all grew up but I dunno it feels kinda insulting. There a few funny moments but really not that many. The cinema was a lot quieter than would be expected. Last years movie 'The Inbetweeners' was a much better coming of age story than this and a little more realistic. The Sherminator and Stifler were awesome characters when I was a kid but now they just seem gimmicky, lame and dated.
However there were a few funny moments and like a lot of comedies it is not a film where you would get bored halfway through.
6.5/10

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Re: Top 10 of 2012
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2012, 04:32:41 pm »
We Need To Talk About Kevin.

This is a very haunting film and very psychological. It is basically about a child who seems to hate his Mother despite her efforts. Perhaps it boils down to the way she felt when she was pregnant or the indifferent way she acted towards him.
A very memorable film and a hell of a lot more frightening than the majority of gore fest crap passing off as horror these days.

7.5/10

21 Jump Street

This film started off really well. The drug scene was hilarious. The film went down the pan a bit at the end and turned into the generic comedy except for one amazing cameo. However the excellent beginning/middle of the film compensated for that and the chemistry between Hill and Tatum was good. Better than American Pie.

7.5/10
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Re: Top 10 of 2012
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2012, 02:15:51 pm »
Great

The Dark Knight Rises
The Bourne Legacy
The Avengers
The Descendants (UK release date)
We Need To Talk About Kevin

Good

The Amazing Spiderman
21 Jump Street
A Monster in Paris

Average

The Expendables 2
The Hunger Games
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
American Pie: The Reunion
Cabin in the Woods (UK release date)

Awful

Mirror Mirror
Project X

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Re: Top 10 of 2012
« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2012, 09:10:10 pm »
The Hunger Games (2012)

Seemed like a tame version of Battle Royale. I couldn't quite figure out the demographic as it seems too adult for children and young teens yet too tame for older teens to adults. It seems like the target audience would be for like 3 months of a teenager's life. Jennifer Lawrence was great (as she was in 2010's Winter's Bone) but the rest of the film seemed cliched and improbable. I'd give it a 6.5/10 for being somewhat entertaining.

EDIT: Just noticed I have seen 11 films of 2012 now which means Mirror Mirror does not gain a default position in the top 10, thank fuck for that lol. Now just need to see more films before the end of December to get that list looking decent.
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Re: Top 10 of 2012
« Reply #13 on: August 20, 2012, 09:38:44 pm »
Project X

Fucking dire movie. Okay so its about some guys that are geeks and want to become cool by throwing a big party. Obviously this plot is basically the same albeit they are throwing the party. However Superbad is an actual film and it is funny. Project X is a series of clips of people dancing with a few outrageously acted scenes. Yeah the party looks fun, yeah the babes are hot, yeah there's drugs and booze. But its fucking lame.
A midget comes and punches people in the balls (ho ho) then we see the neighbourhood get set on fire (sheesh.) What else happens? The dog gets spray painted. A load of lame shit happens. However there is no fricking narrative. They just constructed what would be an epic party (which it was) but they did it in a way that insulted the viewer's intelligence.
This didn't really put me in the mood to party, I was just left thinking how lame it was. Funniest bit was probably the few parts about Daxflame (internet legend.)

2/10


The Cabin in the Woods (2012- UK release date)
Original but really not as clever as people make it out to be. The movie has promise, then goes downhill a bit then picks right back up but by the end felt they spoonfed the plot too much. It is the weirdest film you will ever see mind.

6.5/10
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Re: Top 10 of 2012
« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2012, 12:39:50 am »
I just rewatched it and The Avengers is at the top of my list for 2012. I still can't believe it all came together and was just the absolute perfect comic book movie.


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Re: Top 10 of 2012
« Reply #15 on: August 30, 2012, 03:58:32 pm »
Weird that I rewatched TDKR and The Avengers online and enjoyed The Avengers more  :confused:
I think it holds up to a repeat viewing better and TDKR flaws can be seen more on a rewatch. Still a fucking good film but I preferred it on initial viewing.

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Re: Top 10 of 2012
« Reply #16 on: August 30, 2012, 04:42:16 pm »
I saw both of them twice and enjoyed both the same amount the second time. Avengers is a popcorn blockbuster that's sort of easy watching, TDKR is a much darker and deeper film. I don't think the flaws manifested themselves anymore, frankly the second time I caught onto more plot points than I did the first time.


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Re: Top 10 of 2012
« Reply #17 on: August 31, 2012, 12:05:25 am »
Weird that I rewatched TDKR and The Avengers online and enjoyed The Avengers more  :confused:
I think it holds up to a repeat viewing better and TDKR flaws can be seen more on a rewatch. Still a fucking good film but I preferred it on initial viewing.
Yeah I think I'll wait a while to rewatch TDKR, but I wouldn't rate the avengers higher. That film just plays out like every other marvel film, kind of enjoyable but didn't really achieve anything new. TDKR is its own film, even if it has its flaws. I think the way they bitched Bane out a bit was weak, like the way they kind of just forget how much he has exploited from Bruce before taking him down. I know Batman had to come back and "rise", but I feel like some of the things Bane achieved before taking down the Bat, such as taking wayne industries armory of tanks, didn't really have the impact it should have. Despite saying all that though, it doesn't take away from the general feeling of doubting the hero of a superhero film, at one point almost making you believe he is dead.  The point of the film is still there though, its original and had me hooked and I know for a fact that The Avengers will never top that.


Anyway, from what I can remember, these are the films I have watched, I'll categorise appropriately:

Thoroughly Recommend
The Dark Knight Rises - Brilliantly dark and achieves the "fall to rise" theme to a point of personal feeling. Excellent film.
The Descendents - Positive feel good film, I don't think its the directors best film, nor do I feel its anything groundbreaking, its just a solid film that I would happily watch again.
The Imposter - Great film on identity and trust, possible film of the year candidate imo.
Searching For Sugar Man - Interesting story about a musician who should have made it, plus it was a gateway to finding this music which gives it extra props, the documentary is well made and has a positive feel good vibe to it.

Good Popcorn Flicks
The Amazing Spiderman - Better then the other two Spiderman films, had some good fight scenes and generally fun. Excited about where they take these films.
Prometheus - Offers the dark horror elements effectively, but the lack of depth, and generally stupidity of the writing for the characters lets the film down.

Average at best
The Avengers - Typical Marvel action film, has its funny moments and some of the action is good, but its nothing groundbreaking.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Has a few funny moments and worth watching on TV, but nothing special.
The Expendables 2 - Some fun action sequences and good for nostalgic value for just seeing the stars but doesn't build on the nostalgia for the full blown 80's/90's action flick.
The Iron Lady - A good performance by Meryl Streep and a brief history lesson on Britain, otherwise its a film about politics, a subject matter I absolutely hate.
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Re: Top 10 of 2012
« Reply #18 on: August 31, 2012, 01:33:36 am »
I would say TDKR is overall better than the Avengers but I think the latter held up to a repeat viewing more successfully. Rises is more of an epic see it once and love it type film.

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Re: Top 10 of 2012
« Reply #19 on: August 31, 2012, 04:49:40 am »
Avengers is one of the best action films of all time. Just the thought of five quality movies being made just to lead up into the one movie is pretty insane and Marvel pulled it off with flying colors. Joss Whedon knocked it out of the park. The attention to detail he put into this movie was pretty great.

You have to understand my expectations for this movie were incredibly high and they were met to the fullest.