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  • paulywalnuts 3:14 am on January 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 21 Jump Street, , Chronicle, DJANGO UNCHAINED, ,   

    2012 in Review | My Top 5 Movies of 2012 

    2012 in Review | My Top 5 Movies of 2012

    2012 has come and gone, and some amazing movies have gone with it.  Here are my favorite movie-going experiences with a quick explanation why:

    5. Chronicle
    I expected less than nothing from this film.  Found footage film … Project X would probably be more fun.  Meteor crashes and those who find it get powers … oh please, I’m still upset about seeing Green Lantern last year.  And then, this was amazing.  You feel for the characters.  Their fates meant something to viewers, their struggles meant something.  The “villain” was more misguided and powerful, not just evil.  The fate of the world wasn’t at stake, just the fate of one boy and his family.  Movie-making at its best. 


    5b. Looper
    It was difficult to include Looper, especially with amazing, but controversial movies such as Beasts of the Southern Wild on my honorable mention list. Looper is 5b because – spoiler alert – it’s essentially the same movie as Chronicle, but with a bigger budget.  Sci-fi, action film, both involving super powers (and you thought Looper was about time travel and the mafia).  Chronicle was a surprise because a low budget movie with no superstars had incredible heart.  Looper makes the list because Bruce Willis was actually acting, Joseph Gordon-Leavitt adds depth to a 2 dimensional role, and the plot … wow.  How the hell did they hide that?  The opposite of John Carter, it was the big-budget surprise of the year.


    4. 21 Jump Street
    Forget for a second that this is a remake.  Forget for a second that Channing Tatum became box office gold and Jonah Hill slimmed down this year.  21 Jump Street was a story about the popular kid and the outcast that we all knew from high school switching places.  If it was done by some no name stars back in the 90s, we’d still be talking about it as much as we talk about the Goonies or Stand By Me today … because we can all identify with its premise and characters.  Johnny Depp, Holly Robinson Peete, and an awesome plot make it even sweeter.


    3. Django Unchained
    Not Tarantino’s best, but better than damn near anything done by anyone else. 


    2. Argo
    I expected a great movie, but never expected one of the best movies I’ve seen in years.  Exceeded my expectations and launched Affleck into elite director status with Tarantino, Nolan, and many others.


    And my best movie-going experience was …. drum roll please …

    1. the Avengers
    Long time readers won’t be surprised.  The Avengers had a little something for everyone – a larger than life villain played brilliantly by Tom Hiddleston; a cast of macho men with egos the size of their muscles; an underestimated lady that ends up saving the days when the boys can’t; and the fate of the world that hangs in the balance.  It’s a family film, a teenage boy film, a female empowerment film, and a lot more clever than anyone expected it would be en route to being the third most profitable film in history. 


    Honorable Mention: Beasts of the Southern Wild, We Need to Talk About Kevin, the Hunger Games, Lawless, the Cabin in the Woods.

  • Justin 10:35 pm on October 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Christopher Waltz, DJANGO UNCHAINED, , Kerry Washington, Leonard Dicaprio, ,   

    New Django Unchained Trailer 

    Out is a brand new trailer for Django Unchained. This trailer further highlights the plot and the fact that this is clearly a Quentin Tarantino movie, with all those unique traits that come with his movies; from crazy characters to crazy sequences in the way only Tarantino does it. I’m in.

    Django Unchained opens Christmas Day (against Tom Hooper’s star-studded Les Miserables) and stars Jamie Foxx, Leonard Dicaprio, Kerry Washington, Christopher Waltz, and of course, Samuel L. Jackson. Oh yeah, with a special/funny cameo by Jonah Hill.


  • Justin 3:33 am on October 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , DJANGO UNCHAINED, Flight, Les Miserables, , , , ,   

    2012's Fall/Winter Lineup 

    With the fall season truly about to start, here’s a look at the big movies left for the year.


    ARGO (Oct 12th)

    Director: Ben Affleck

    Cast: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, and Alan Arkin

    Affleck is on a roll from Gone Baby Gone to The Town. Argo is getting a lot of early buzz as well as Oscar buzz. Similarly, Argo is based on a true story, which is a crazy one at that.


    CLOUD ATLAS (Oct 26th)

    Directors: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

    Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon

    While I like sci-fi and the idea of interconnectedness across time Im not sold. While I have not read the book, early screening reviews say the first half is great, and then becomes The Matrix Revolutions. Not cool. I like only one movie by these brothers, and it came out in 1999. Clear rental for me.


    WRECK-IT RALPH (Nov 2nd)

    Director: Rich Moore

    Voice Cast: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch

    Not going to lie, I do like video games, and it’s a story about being true to yourself, and did I mention its about old-school video games? I could be up for seeing this on a Sunday.


     FLIGHT (Nov 2nd)

    Director: Robert Zemeckis

    Cast: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, and Bruce Greenwood

    Another Movie for Nov 2nd, this is certainly for the adult crowd. Honestly between this and Wreck it Ralph I’d prob go see the former. Glad to see Zemeckis doing live-action again. I wasn’t sold at all when I saw the trailer, it honestly turned me off to the movie. But it is Zemeckis and with a strong cast, so it could be pretty good.



    Director: RZA

    Cast: RZA, Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Jamie Chung, Dave Bautista, Cung Le, Pam Grier, Zhu Zhu

    AND… here’s for everyone else on November 2nd, enter The Man With the Iron Fists. Scrap my Wreck it vs Flight battle, this movie makes it easy to choose a winner.  This movie looks absolutely crazy plus has a great cast so this wins for me that weekend. Co-writer Eli Roth called it “a hip-hop, kung fu Avengers.” I’ll be there.


    SKYFALL (Nov 9th)

    Directors: Sam Mendes

    Cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Ralph Fiennes, Bérénice Marlohe, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Helen McCrory, and Javier Bardem

    Four years after the very-rushed Quantum of Solace and MGM’s financial short-term collapse, Bond appears to be returning to form with Skyfall. From the previews to the music, Skyfall is generating a lot of buzz and is on my list to see.



    Director: Peter Jackson

    Cast: Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Ian McKellen, Cate Blanchett, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis

    So you probably know that Im not nuts about this. The Hobbit is ~300 pages long by most standards, and yet here we are with three Hobbit movies. The trailers haven’t done it for me, and I honestly may pass on this; we’ll see. One more thing, the makeup for the dwarves just drives me crazy. Its obvious that they went more childlike/cartoony with the look (Fellowship of the Ring was recently on tv and yeah the makeup looks better/ “more real” in that movie which is ~10years old, so they def intentionally went younger/more playful with the look for this one…)


    ZERO DARK THIRTY (Dec 21st)

    Director: Kathryn Bigelow

    Cast: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Harold Perrineau, Mark Strong, Scott Adkins, Jason Clarke, and Mark Strong

    Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) is back to give us another Middle East movie during Christmas time in another attempt to have a b-school case study written about her and timing and market opportunity. It looks good, though I may wait on this one.

    Zero Dark Thirty has a strong cast and goes into the decade long hunt for Osama Bin Laden.


     DJANGO UNCHAINED (Dec 25th)

    Director: Quentin Tarantino

    Cast: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, M.C. Gainey, Walton Goggins, Garrett Dillahunt, Don Johnson and Leonardo DiCaprio

    And he’s back. This Christmas we get a new Tarantino movie. You know this will be entertaining.  I haven’t gone to a theatre and not been greatly entertained by a Tarantino flick and judging from the trailers, this looks no different.


    LES MISERABLES (Dec 25th)

    Director: Tom Hooper

    Cast: Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried,  Sacha Baron Cohen, and Helena Bonham Carter

    I thought the trailer for this was kinda badass (but hey I saw Les Mis twice on Broadway cause its my favorite). I was also a big fan of The King’s Speech so Im looking forward to this as well. With a strong cast (who does their own singing for the movie), the movie is expected to pick up some Oscars in 2013.

    And yes I did not mention Twilight, I leave that for Jay…

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