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

    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 2:29 am on October 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Hotel Transylvania, , Looper, Taken 2   

    Taken 2 Takes the Box Office 


    Liam Neeson returned as Bryan Mills who used his particular set of skills to have Taken 2  rock the box office this weekend bringing in a estimated $50 million over the weekend. Now the movie reportedly cost $80 million to make, a substantial amount more than the first. And its hard to say if this one will have the amazing staying power that the first had, but there’s no question once you take into account the movie’s international performance, the movie will do just fine. The kids continued to drive Hotel Transylvania’s performance to put it in second place, while Pitch Perfect continues to have great reviews and came in third. Looper dropped from second to fourth place.

    Title Weekend  Total
    1 Taken 2 $50  $50
    2 Hotel Transylvania $26  $75.9
    3 Pitch Perfect $15  $21.5
    4 Looper $12  $40.3
    5 Frankenweenie $12  $11.5
    6 End of Watch $4  $32.8
    7 Trouble with the Curve $4  $29.7
    8 House at the End of the Street $4  $27.5
    9 The Master $2  $12.4
    10  Finding Nemo 3D $2  $38.9
  • Justin 12:45 am on August 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, , Looper, Paul Dano   

    Looper Clip | Bruce Willis vs. Joseph Gordon Levitt 

    The first clip from Rian Johnson’s sci-fi film Looper is now online courtesy of Yahoo!  In looper, time travel exists but is only used on the black market. A looper is someone is contracted to kill people that are sent back in time. Things go south for Looper Joseph Gordon Levitt, when the person who is sent back in time to be killed is, oh yeah, a older version of himself (played by Bruce Willis). In this clip, Willis and Levitt briefly face off in a diner. Its pretty much what was in the trailer but looks great and Im looking forward to seeing this in theatres cause this is def my type of film given the concept alone.The prosethetic work on Levitt is pretty funny, not b/c its not good, just because Levitt obvoiusly looks different/more like Willis.

    Looper hits theatres Friday Sept 28th and  also stars Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, and Paul Dano.

    Clip: http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/looper/trailers/looper-clip-diner-face-off-30452940.html

    • Trev 1:23 am on September 1, 2012 Permalink

      Not really wild about how they’ve gone and used digital effects to try and make JGL look more like Willis. I bought him as a young Willis in the very first trailers with life action Photoshop, and he just looks weird and wrong in the new trailers. Still, the movie looks awesome.

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