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Monday, January 7, 2013

Movies: The Best Of 2012

I'm not a happy camper this morning. Not at all. That noise on the wind is my heaving sobs of abject despair. My poor Irish were massacred by the Evil Crimson Tide in the championship game last night. I need copious amounts of chocolate and wine to get through today. Some one come sing "Soft Kitty" for me, pretty please? On with the show while I mop my pride up off the floor...

Since I tortured you with the Worst, now I'm going to make you smile and give you my Best Films of 2012. Again films are subjective so one woman's treasure is certainly someone else's WTF. Now then without any further ado and in no particular order these are my very best movies this year and ones that I would gladly own and watch over and over. There are a few that I have not seen as yet so they did not make the cut


Hell to the yeah, a woman who can kick ass and actually looks the part. Gina Carano gave us Mallory Kane, a black ops assassin who gets screwed over by her handlers. Superior script, great cast and we get to see Gina kick Ewan's, Channing's and Michael's collective asses. Booyah!

Resident Evil: Retribution

I don't care what anyone says, this franchise just keeps getting better and better. Alice is one of the finest female roles out there. She is far and away unlike any of the typical cliched female characters that are like the tribbles of film, continuing to multiply in spite of all our advancements. The 21st century and I still have to see women as girlfriends and wives of cops instead of being cops, hello End of Watch. It's also nice to see a successful horror film franchise where the women aren't brainless candy canes.

The Avengers

Joss Whedon wrote and directed and it starred a coterie of hot men. I don't need anything else, really. However... This was an epic film that delivered on so many levels, I had to see it three times in the theater. Something I have not done since LOTR.

The Hobbit

Back to Middle Earth with Peter Jackson...I was on board the instant I heard about this. I waited a hell of a long time and was enthralled from the opening scenes.  This was utter perfection.

The Dark Knight Rises

Of course Nolan's final Batman is on my list. I freaking LOVED this. JGL stole the show as did Anne Hathaway. She rocked as Cat Woman. And I don't care what anyone says about the end, Bruce Wayne is DEAD and Alfred was having a hallucination.

The Woman In Black

Daniel Radcliffe blew me away in this old fashioned creeper from Hammer. I saw it all alone in the theater and that made it even more unsettling. Epic ghost story in my opinion and one of Daniel's best performances. Harry Potter doesn't live here anymore.

Moonrise Kingdom

Oh Lord this film made me laugh and laugh. the characters were all brilliantly quirky and the dialogue was stupendous. Edward Norton as a Scout Master had me snorting my Diet Pepsi everywhere. Underneath it all is a tender tale of kids trying to find themselves.

Like I said there are several films I have yet to see like Django and Les Miserables so I could very well expand this list. Hope you enjoyed reading my take on the Best and Worst of Movies for 2012. I am looking forward to all the new stuff in 2013. Now I'm going back to bed...I don't want to face this rotten day after.  Sigh...


  1. note to self, 98% of those i haven't seen. need to see...melissa said so. :D

  2. I haven't seen a lot of those. I really want to see The Woman in Black and Moonrise Kingdom. I loved the Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers.

    And I definitely HIGHLY recommend DJANGO!!! LOVED it. Definitely one of my faves of the year. Haven't seen Les Mis yet--still waiting with baited breath for that one! :)

  3. Haven't seen Moonrise Kingdom. Agree with the three in the middle!
    Yeah, sorry. I was at least hoping for a good game and pulling for ND. But as soon as Alabama scored that first touchdown in less than three minutes, I knew it was going to be ugly. They wait way too long before playing these bowl games.

  4. I just saw The Hobbit and Les Mis this weekend. Both were great. The Avengers was insanely fantastic. Have yet to see any of the others.

  5. as you can guess, sweet sister, THE HOBBIT would be the only one on my list, the rest I wouldn't even watch :P
    OK, OK, I might watch AVENGERS if Kiss Evans requests it personally and pays me in an inappropriate but yet highly appropriate way :)

  6. Avengers was brilliant. Really loved the action AND the dialogue. The Hobbit was fun as expected. And I did love that they cast a real fighter to portray the woman in Haywire. She was so much more believable than one of those wispy-waif actresses they usually put in those roles.

    Haven't even heard of Moonrise Kingdom. Will have to check it out.

  7. Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur
    Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr, purr purr...

    Want to do it as a round next?

    So I've only seen two of the movies on your list (The Avengers and Haywire) and I loved both of those so I'm definitely putting the rest of my Much Watch list. I'll just pretend I didn't read the thing about The Dark Knight Rises.

  8. Haywire was fairly underrated, found it very well done, kind of flew under the radar.

    Moonrise Kingdom is on of my favorites, really enjoyed that film.

  9. I've seen parts of Woman In Black and it was very good. I need to watch it in its entirety. It will bei interesting to see how the cast of HP will do in the years to come.

  10. Yay for TDKR, Hobbit & TWIB!! Haven't seen Haywire yet, but I heard some awesome things about it. I'll try to check it out!

    RE5 wasn't my cup of tea. Milla is still awesome as f***, but the story was too much of a mess.

  11. Oh man the Avengers and TDKR were my favorites from last year. It was a good comic book action movie year. Now I want to watch The Avengers again.

  12. Enjoyed the superhero films. Christian Bale is still hot.

    The kid in me loved Madagascar 3 though. I'm a sucker for animals.

  13. I still want to watch The Woman in Black, though I've only just finished a week-long Potter marathon so it might be a bit weird :P

    2012 was an awesome year for movies. Heres hoping we can beat it this year!


  14. Well...all I can say is, as with your worst list, I haven't seen any of these either. I guess I don't get out much. :)

  15. Thank you for all the movie updates, Mel. I never go to movies, and then when I want to I don't know what to watch. I really do want to see The Hobbit though. I have read the book several times over the years.

    Hope that you are having a great 2013!

    Kathy M.

  16. Excellent choices all around - and of these I can gladly say I HAVE seen most of them!


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