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Top Ten Movies of 2012

Postby Schabow » Tue Jan 01, 2013 1:46 pm

I wrote a top ten list of the best movies of 2012. It's on my blog if you want to check it out. I also include some other categories as well.

I think it was actually kind of a shitty year for movies.

http://www.shabhead.blogspot.com/2013/0 ... -2012.html
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Re: Top Ten Movies of 2012

Postby bdog » Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:01 pm

Prometheus as best Sci Fi?

I take back all the nice things I ever said about you.

Oh wait, you liked "Cabin in the Woods". Fine, I take back taking it back.
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Re: Top Ten Movies of 2012

Postby Schabow » Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:59 pm

To be fair, I stated "While I was disappointed in Prometheus, there is a scene where the lead gives herself a Caesarean Section to remove an alien in her stomach. It’s pretty awesome.”

But yes, I do get your point. I thought it was a decent sci-fi movie. Not great. It was most definitely a let down. There just wasn't that many great sci-fi movies this year.
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Re: Top Ten Movies of 2012

Postby bdog » Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:21 pm

I'm shaking my head that you think the c-section scene is a good part of that movie.
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Re: Top Ten Movies of 2012

Postby Schabow » Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:59 pm

bdog wrote:I'm shaking my head that you think the c-section scene is a good part of that movie.


Oh man, that scene is classic. Michael Fassbender is also pretty great in the movie.
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Re: Top Ten Movies of 2012

Postby bdog » Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:24 pm

Adam you're killin' me! Fassbender in his role was almost as useless as Guy Pearce was in his!

I really liked Cabin in the Woods though. Was terrified and laughing out loud at the same time.
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Re: Top Ten Movies of 2012

Postby Schabow » Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:53 pm

I agree that Guy Pearce (and his make-up) was god-awful.

And of course, Cabin in the Woods rocked!
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Re: Top Ten Movies of 2012

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:19 pm

Hooray for Cabin In The Woods!

I was bored stiff during Prometheus and am gonna have to side with bdog here -- the scene you single out was one of the most ridiculous things I've ever seen.

Skyfall was pretty great and it did look spectacular, but for my money, the entire last act was unnecessary. It's kinda cute that they wanted to flesh out his "origin", but honestly, they really needn't have bothered. I really don't care. He's James Fucking Bond. I don't care how he got that way in the least.

I think you are overvaluing Django. It was enjoyable and quite a crowd-pleaser, to be sure, but it's too long*. It drags a lot between the great opening/tavern scene (Tom Wopat!) and DiCaprio's appearance and Waltz is sorely missed for the last quarter. And while Jonah Hill might be funny elsewhere (haven't seen Jump St) he sure wasn't here. The entire KKK(ish) scene was downright embarrassing, if you ask me. Definitely the low point of the film... well... except for Tarantino's accent. I agree, that was a pretty piss-poor decision on his part. Aren't you glad he wasn't in Inglorious Basterds? (Which was a far, far, far better film, IMO.) Waltz was beyond fantastic, though. DiCaprio was also pretty great (Strange interlude: I was struck by how much he's starting to look like Orson Welles [his face, not his girth] which lead me to think just how fucking great Welles would've been in that role.)

But seriously, the best movie I saw all year was The Avengers. It's pretty rare that I pay to see a movie twice in a theater, but I did for this. It was better than fantastic and way better than I had any reason to hope it would be (even given the relatively high-quality of the lead-in films, all of which I've enjoyed.)

*Seriously, why the fuck do filmmakers insist on making their movies so fucking long? There's no reason why Skyfall had to be the second-longest Bond film ever (and even On Her Majesty's Secret Service is too long, and it's my favorite), no matter how awesome it was. I could yank at least 25 min. out of Django and guarantee it would be an improvement. And you didn't even mention Dark Knight Rises (which I found odd, given you being you) but again, why the fuck was that thing so long? Sorry to sound like an old man, but yeah, my ass gets sore and I have to pee, generally around the 1hr.-45min. mark. I am not looking forward to The Hobbit...
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Re: Top Ten Movies of 2012

Postby rabble » Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:30 pm

Prof. Wagstaff wrote:I am not looking forward to The Hobbit...[/size]

I wasn't going to get involved in this one but I can't stop myself. I would like to say that we knew going in that The Hobbit was going to be long but at the end of it we looked at each other and both of us said it didn't feel long. There was a lot of story there.

Maybe seeing it at Sundance with a glass of wine had something to do with it.
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Re: Top Ten Movies of 2012

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Tue Jan 01, 2013 11:34 pm

rabble wrote:
Prof. Wagstaff wrote:I am not looking forward to The Hobbit...

I wasn't going to get involved in this one but I can't stop myself.
No worries. Glad to hear you liked it, but even if you hadn't, nothing anyone tells me will dissuade me from seeing it -- it's a given I will be going.
Seeing it at Sundance would not improve the experience for me, however. I dislike their seats and I dislike their popcorn. When the time comes (and it should be soon -- just waiting for my matinee partner to have a free afternoon), I'll be at Star. (That said, good chance I'll be at Sundance tomorrow for 2001: A Space Odyssey.)
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Re: Top Ten Movies of 2012

Postby fisticuffs » Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:12 am

I haven't seen any of the recent releases but Cabin in the Woods, Moonrise Kingdom and Skyfall are at the top of my list. Prometheus was awful. Avengers was a great action flick and that's it.
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Re: Top Ten Movies of 2012

Postby Schabow » Wed Jan 02, 2013 10:21 am

For those that did not read my top ten list. I want to clarify that Prometheus did NOT make my top ten list. I had subcategories that included Best Sci-fi films. It' included Prometheus, as well as Chronicle, John Carter and Looper.

And yes Wagstaff, I absolutely totally agree with you on length of movies these days. The Dark Knight Rises could have been cut down and flowed so much nicer. Let's stick to 2 hour mark as a general rule.
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Re: Top Ten Movies of 2012

Postby rrnate » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:06 am

Happy new year!

I thought Prometheus was really great and is pretty underrated right now - I'm quite positive that in 10-15 years, it'll have the rep it deserves. I would not stake the rep of the movie on the C-Section scene, but then again, I'm no Schabow. I thought Fassbender was really great in it, and Guy Pearce's character had a real-deal "whoops, this is still in this script?" smell. Still, I'll take a muddled sci-fi movie that looks amazing any day.

Django - totally agree with Wags here, it's over long and not exactly amazing if you've seen a lot of westerns. (Essentially, I think it's impossible for Tarantino to do with Westerns what he did for War Movies, Race Car movies, Crime movies, etc. - Westerns have been in the 'post' phase for what, 40 years?) That being said, it definitely has a lot of awesome things in it and it seems pretty clear that Waltz can handle Tarantino's dialogue with deft. I thought Leo was fine in it, but the part was a good part - an actually good actor (certainly Welles, but any good Character actor - I would have killed to see Walter Goggins in this part instead) would have made it a very memorable role. In addition to Tom Wopat, lots of other awesome cameos (I always love seen Michael Parks, plus Russ Tamblyn!).

Probably the most memorable theater experience I had this year (outside of the WI Film Fest) was seeing The Master, which I really liked a lot.

However, there are a TON of movies I still really want to see but haven't yet, including Looper, Holy Motors, The Deep Blue Sea, Lincoln, Killer Joe...too much weekend stuff this year kept me away from seeing these hopefully rad movies. Also, somehow I have not seen the Avengers yet, something I hope to fix rather soon.
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Re: Top Ten Movies of 2012

Postby Prof. Wagstaff » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:20 am

rrnate wrote:I thought Prometheus was really great and is pretty underrated right now - I'm quite positive that in 10-15 years, it'll have the rep it deserves.
I've got a sawbuck that says in 10-15 years, most everyone will have forgotten it completely.

rrnate wrote:I think it's impossible for Tarantino to do with Westerns what he did for War Movies, Race Car movies, Crime movies, etc. - Westerns have been in the 'post' phase for what, 40 years?
This is an excellent point. And where he did manage to do something "different", it wasn't necessarily good (I again direct your attention to the embarrassingly bad KKK scene.)
rrnate wrote:I thought Leo was fine in it, but the part was a good part - an actually good actor (certainly Welles, but any good Character actor - I would have killed to see Walter Goggins in this part instead) would have made it a very memorable role.
Hell, yes! Goggins would've been great. And as it was, he was mostly wasted (which is particularly strange, as it is my understanding that his role was originally two characters which were combined when other actors dropped out. So there were originally two characters with little to do and almost no screen time?)
rrnate wrote:Probably the most memorable theater experience I had this year (outside of the WI Film Fest) was seeing The Master, which I really liked a lot.
I really didn't like The Master. And the more I reflected on it, the less I liked it. Some good performances, to be sure, but boring as all get-out, and I don't think it amounted to much of anything. You'll have to explain to me what you think I'm missing some time.

And it's really a shame you missed The Avengers on the big screen. Not sure it'll be nearly as impressive at home. Looper, on the other hand, probably won't suffer too much and was quite entertaining.

Oh, and I musta be extremely tired when I posted last night. The edit above was made to correct my bizarre assertion that Casino Royale is my favorite Bond movie (it's not at all -- not the recent one or the absolutely dreadful spoof from 1967 -- and Skyfall is the best with Craig, IMO.)
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Re: Top Ten Movies of 2012

Postby rrnate » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:31 am

Also, since I watch a lot of horror movies, here are the top five best horror movies I saw this year.

5. Detention - if you can stand hyper editing, it's well worth a watch.

4. The Innkeepers - slow burn, fun to watch, pretty creepy.

3. V/H/S - it's over long and uneven, but good god damn, the scary parts are legit scary.

2. Wake Wood (I think this was released last year, but came out on DVD this year) - super awesome, good "Hammer" type horror.

1. Cabin In The Woods - yes yes yes!
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