I would just like to point out that I’m not made of money so I have not seen movies like beasts of a southern wild and Armour. Those movies tend to play in Boston which is a 45 minute drive and then parking is$20 so it ends up being a $40 trip. I tend to stay at a theater near me that is also a very nice theater but only plays mainstream movies. I have seen some not all of the Oscar contenders like most people.
10. Moonrise Kingdom- The movie is Wes Anderson at his most quirky.The movie’s adult characters are all played by excellent actors and all are sort of idiotic but, are still likeable characters. There is also a heartwarming romance between two young and troubled kids.
9. Ted- Hands down the funniest movie of the year and features one of Mark Wahlberg’s most charismatic performances of his career.
8. The Avengers- The years biggest blockbuster is also the most entertaining movie of the year.
7. Django Unchained- If I was Ranking Tarantino movies. This would be the 2nd worst behind only Jackie Brown. The good news is that I’ve never given a Tarantino movie less than ***1/2 stars.
6. The Cabin in the Woods- A funny movie that hilariously and lovingly mocks horror movie cliches.
5. Silver Linings playbook- I went into this skeptical that this would be a Weinstein oscar manipulation movie but instead it’s a funny movie with a charismatic performance by Bradley Cooper who gets annoyingly overshadowed in the praise for this movie. He is in every scene of this movie. The reason he gets overshadowed in praise is his starring in a certain film franchise where a naked Asian guy jumps on him from the trunk of a car which is a damn shame.
4. Skyfall- I’m loving mainstream movies making the change from tongue in cheek cheesiness to dark, serious, character focused movies. I know the dark knight trilogy started this trend but Skyfall used this form of dark blockbuster storytelling to better results.
3. Looper- I remember reading an article declaring us in the golden age of genre movies. I agree completely with this years science fiction time travel movie Looper and last years Drive. This movie also includes my favorite line of the year. “I don’t want to talk about time travel or we’re going to be here all day making diagrams out of straws.” This line hilariously addresses the main flaw with most movies and TV shows (Lost) that use time travel. They take way too much time using exposition to explain the rules of time travel.
2. Argo- Ben Affelck not nominated for best director is a joke. Funny, thrilling, and a tad just a tad educational.
Movies I wished I placed at #1 but disappointed- The Hobbit or The dark Knight Rises
The real #1:
1. Lincoln- This movie is getting criticized for being too talky, why are people criticizing a movie that features one of best acted movies I’ve ever seen. I also think Spielberg found the perfect balance of historical accuracy and his patented majesty. I’m glad he didn’t go all out majestic since the movie is about a person Spielberg could have went all out majestic with. Thanks to a more grounded script Spielberg was able to add majestic moments in between more historically accurate depictions of the abolition of slavery.
Movies I’m ashamed I haven’t seen yet: Life of PI, Zero Dark Thirty, The Artist (from last year),
Movies I can’t believe I’ve seen instead of those movies: Snow White and the Huntsman, Taken 2, Men in Black 3,
Most Disappointing movies of the year: 1. The Hobbit (Make this one movie and it probably is a classic), 2. The Dark Knight Rises(Way too many plot holes), 3. Prometheus (Damon Lindelof should be asked to write only the beginning of a movie or TV show and bring in someone who will actually answer the questions he asks.)
- ‘Lincoln’ tops Oscar noms; Bigelow, Hooper and Affleck snubbed for best director (dailyherald.com)
- OSCARS: Who Got Snubbed By Academy? (m.deadline.com)
- Oscars 2013: What happened to ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and ‘Les Miz’? (mercurynews.com)