Dark knight rises should not even be near that list, sorry.
So a guy at hollywood.com went through 53 different top movies lists and gave each movie points, depending it's rank in the list. So his top 10 is:
1. Zero Dark Thirty: 291
2. The Master: 202
3. Argo: 170
4. Amour: 152
5. Beasts of the Southern Wild: 132
6. Lincoln: 156
7. Moonrise Kingdom: 152
8. Silver Linings Playbook: 109
9. Holy Motors: 104
10. The Dark Knight Rises: 74
I mostly agree with his list.. the only two I didnt see were Amour and Holy Motors. I was really surprised Skyfall and The Avengers didnt make the cut and I would probably switch Moonrise Kingdom and Argo.
Last edited by Porkchop; 12-20-2012 at 11:53 PM.
Dark knight rises should not even be near that list, sorry.
The Master was rated #2? Holy shit, no. That was a movie that makes you want to gouge out your eyes out with a rusty spoon and jam a screwdriver through your ears.
Django? I haven't seen it but it's getting good reviews.
Ted isn't on that list, so it's a horrible list.
The only way Holy Motors can end up on a top 10 list is if you rate movies based on their greatest moment (Holy Motors does have some great moments - especially a melancholic singing scene with Kylie Minogue in her best Jean Seberg impersonation) or if you rate the concept rather the execution (the movie is very original and based on a very strange idea, but it's a total mess).
I am surprised to not see Ruby Sparks or The Cabin in the Woods (or is that 2011?).
fuck that pretentious hipster douchebag list. heres a real list
1. Expendables 2
2. django unchained (assuming)
3. the hobbit or avengers
6. the raid
7. taken 2
8. ted/looper/end of watch (havent watched any of em yet, heard good things)
9. i liked dark knight, it wasnt great tho
10. some shitty flick from the first list to watch when your chick is on her period
honorable mentions to case de mi padre, 21 jump street, 7 psychopaths
Last edited by spronk; 12-21-2012 at 07:55 AM.
in no order and i may edit this after today. i also am not going by quality of the film only. i also am judging if it was entertaining
Safety Not Guaranteed
Dark Knight Rises
Cabin In The Woods
actually, there really wasnt much to be excited about this year
Ted was so much better than I thought it would be.
Ted was pretty awesome.
Agreed with the #1 - Zero Dark Thirty was really, really good. Argo was also good. Never saw The Master.
1) Zero Dark Thirty
3) *THIS SPACE RESERVED FOR DJANGO (please don't let me down)*
4) Ted - Funnier than I thought it'd be. Great movie
5) The Hobbit - had a ton of fun watching this.
Had no idea what Zero Dark Thirty was, googled it. Osama's death is already a hollywood movie? Did they hollywood it or take the actual events into the movie too? Guess that would make it more of a comedyish than serious though.
Like adding 4 or 5 different "this is how it ended" before they made a final desicion on how it ended. Could have that black screen thing between the scenes (like The Return of the King did). Maybe add that to the blu-ray version with alternate endings.
Have a large buildup with the chase until the end, just before the final assault it all goes black the 20 minutes where the last action happens because the cameras suddenly stop working.
Then it cuts to the ship where they throw him into an unmarked location in the sea.
Movie ends with the photographer realizing he left his camera on a magnet deleting all the pictures.
During the credits they could have the press conference.
- We got Osama
- YAY! How?
- Not quite sure yet, cameras stopped working in the final part!
- Shit. When can we see him?
- We threw him in the ocean.
- But... Pictures?
- Well, no. You can't have any.
- We got Osama!
Not sure what my list is this year.
Ted will be on it. Going to see the Hobbit tomorrow. Also enjoyed Dredd far more than I thought I would (I figured it would be like the Stallone movie, more of a action comedy).
Last edited by Droigan; 12-22-2012 at 01:35 AM.
overall, movies have been pretty god damn disappointing lately. the only movie i've seen in the theaters over the past few years that i really thought was outstanding was "the king's speech." "the hobbit" was very good, just not as epic as i thought it would be. i'm probably forgetting a few smaller releases and indie movies, but overall my movie going experience has been a lot more shitty movies than really good ones.
Whole lot of nothing
2. intouchables, as hard a time i have watching french movies, this movie was very very amazing.
4. Expendables 2, mindless fun, more badasses, they include a kitchen sink in the next one.
5. The hobbit, feels good to be back in middle earth.
7. Skyfall, will someone please tell the DJ's to stop playing the theme song?
9. Taken 2, not as good as taken, but still pretty awesome.
10. The bourne legacy, and only to show how much the dark knight rises sucked.
Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, The Master and Django will all be 2013 around here :/
I still have some movies to see to make my 2012 list though.
Anyone who says End of Watch isn't a top 10 of 2012 is just fucking stupid.
Zero Dark Thirty probably is the best movie of 2012. Argo will undoubtedly be the most overrated movie of 2012, it's simply a movie that critics and award groups will fucking devour.
Is Silver Linings Playbook really THAT good? It looks like a typical fucking romcom, and none of that shit belongs on a top 10 list.
I can't believe how many people are listing Ted. I mean sure it has some funny moments, but it's not like any of the lines from it are going to be spouted off years from now the way Superbad and Anchorman are. Again I liked it, but it's basically just a 90 minute long family guy episode
I keep thinking the same about Silver Linings, it looked pretty bad from the trailer but it's on like every top 10 list, wtf. I also have a hard time believing Zero Dark Thirty could be that great.
Argo was a good movie, but yeah, it's biggest benefit is that it's coming out in a fairly weak year. I still need to see about 10 more films to even have an idea, since they save the oscar bait for limited December releases anyway
Not surprising that Dredd has made a few lists. Such an underrated film.
Ted might not be a masterpiece but this last year was a pretty weak year overall for films.
I went into Silver Linings with zero expectations and enjoyed it quite a bit. Hangover guy is entirely convincing as bipolar and while the hunger games girl comes off as forced pretty often, she has spectacular moments as well. I think a lot of it is because the things she's saying are really ridiculous and the camera is just held totally still, so when she's not totally nailing it it seems like she is just on a stage screaming because that's what's in the script. Where there's usually a lot of cuts and camera movement when Hangover guy is flipping his shit.
DeNiro could have been used better, him and his son spend so little time together that his character is entirely one-dimensional. Which I get is the point (he just really likes sports and is superstitious) it felt kind of flat. Worth watching with a lady.
edit: ha, i couldnt figure out who the jokester black friend was, apparently its chris tucker back from the dead
Last edited by Candiarie; 12-31-2012 at 05:07 PM.
Anyone seen Seven Psychopaths?
And if any of you have solid streams available for Seven Psychopaths, Silver Linings Playbook, or Killing Them Softly hit a nigga up.
I though Killing Them Softly was Tarantino-wannabe bullshit. Pretty poor imo.
Just watched Dredd (on the other hand) and was quietly impressed.
Word? I'll check them both out, if I could find any fucking quality streams!
The funny thing about Dredd, is that it was honestly the first movie since Avatar that I didn't like nearly as much without the 3D.
that movie ted was god awful. seth macfarlane went overboard with the pop culture references.
Yeah Prometheus should make a top 10 movies list assuming there were exactly 10 movies released in 2012.
I only ever saw bits and pieces of the Alien franchise on cable so I downloaded and watched them in prep for Prometheus. I don't understand the love of the Alien universe in general and subsequently don't understand why Prometheus was so hyped. So with that stance Prometheus was an alright film. Definitely not top 10 worthy but I don't think it deserves the hate that this community seems to have for it.
Last edited by Tarrant; 12-30-2012 at 06:11 PM.
only 3 movies better than 21 jump street this year. time to give up
hey I liked it too, I wasn't knocking you for that...
You've seen zero dark thirty and the master, two that I haven't! So it seems like you've got fair access to 'indie' movies as well
Dredd was a great movie nobody saw (besides you chumps I didn't hear anyone so much as discuss it besides going 'LAAAAW' when it was brought up.)
Skyfall should be on that list.
Dark Knight Rises should not. Hands down the weakest part of the trilogy.
I was almost as disappointed with Skyfall as I was with Prometheus.
Last edited by Tarrant; 12-31-2012 at 02:01 AM.
I get the feeling on most top ten lists and usually most award lists for movies its not really based on the individual persons liking of the movie. I never understood someone saying like oh "this one" is my favorite while "that one" should win the award for best film. I feel that the movie I enjoyed the most is my top movie of the year. I have seen Moonrise Kingdom 3 times and could watch it 3 more times in the next week and still enjoy it. That is why that movie is number 1 for the year for me. I think that the people that write these lists or are critics sometimes base their choices on things other than their sheer enjoyment of the film itself.
I saw The Master and did not understand the hype. I still don't understand people rating it well besides Phillip Seymour Hoffman yet again quietly being the best male actor of this time. Joaquin Phoenix was as he usually is, unfocused, rash when not needed and completely without any seeming direction. This movie honestly made me want to walk out, the only reason I did not was because I was with a group of people. I was bored and felt the movie was empty and devoid of anything redeeming.
Argo was an ok movie but again why all the hype? Ben Affleck is an abomination as an actor in my opinion. This movie did nothing to change my mind. I mean what part of this movie was unpredictable at all. It was watchable at best and certainly not some great cinema.
Zero Dark Thirty, is there anyone who saw this that could say the movie did not go exactly as you thought it would. I mean the movie played out as banally as possible. It was as exciting as driving a car on a track that connects to the wheels were you don't control speed or turning. This movie is nothing extraordinary, typical and average as it gets.
Dredd, I did not want to see this movie. I somewhat enjoyed the first one because I was young, stoned and drunk at the theater. That movie was perfect with a group of friends who are on one thing or another. It was nothing great by any means. The new Dredd however was surprising and completely satisfying. The difference between Dredd and something like Zero Dark Thirty is that Zero Dark Thirty is exactly 100 percent what you think its going to be. Dredd is not at all. Dredd is funny and exciting in a way that few films are. Anyone who see's Dredd will be genuinely surprised at what they saw over what they thought the movie would be. Dredd is worthy of top 10 of the year although low in the pack.
I have thoughts on most of these prominent (to these type lists) movies but figured I would share those for now.
If I made a list it would look like this:
1. Moonrise Kingdom(The movie Wes Anderson has always tried but failed previous. I thought it was just great and profoundly funny.)
2. Beasts of the Southern Wild(I was totally brought into this world and enjoyed the hell out of it)
3. Django Unchained(Just a great movie, very tight very well done in all ways.)
4. End of Watch(This movie should have been better to be honest but still damn good. They could have done so much more with a different pair of actors but its a testament to the director/producer and writer how good it still was.)
5. The Hobbit(I am not sure how folks did not like this. The Hobbit had to have huge, discernible differences in the world and portrayal than the other movies. Peter Jackson should just keep doing Fiction classics as he does them right.)
6. The Avengers(A fun and great movie. Definitely proving to be better than the sum of its parts. If only they chose someone better for the Hulk it would be higher on the list.)
7. Marley(A great documentary type film. Most folks don't mention this movie and I am not really sure why. It was great to watch and left me completely satisfied.)
8. Flight(Denzel is very good in this movie, bordering on perfect. I read some reviews where they claimed Denzel's drunken character was too familiar and not showy. Isn't that a good thing? Some scenes are done so well its hard to sit still or not feel extremely squeamish. The movies only issue in my opinion is the typical, hollywood ending, everything else is very well done.
9. Safety Not Guaranteed(A totally out of nowhere great flick. I cannot see how folks do not enjoy this movie to be honest. I walked away completely surprised and wanting more.)
10. Dredd(A much better movie than anyone would think. Dredd is not a redone Judge Dredd(Sly Stallone=() but a movie of its own. Its funny and much more reliant on and true too the comic books. The visuals are great and you owe it to yourself to see it in 3D if you can. It holds it own without 3D but is more accentuated and actually a movie that benefits from the 3D instead of just a gimmick. Finally a movie that uses 3D right!)
Honorable Mentions :
Ted I loved this movie. Its not going to win awards but perhaps that endemic of the award culture itself.
Killer Joe A great movie that will surprise most people with how enjoyable it is.
21 Jump Street See Ted. A comedy that delivers on comedy. As far as pure laughs go this and Ted are only beaten by Moonrise Kingdom.
Dark Knight Rises I liked the movie more than most. It reminded me somewhat of the movie The Siege at times and I also love me some Batman.
Perks of Being a Wallflower I enjoyed this movie while most folks I know either would not watch it or did nor really like it.
The Master One of the most unwatchable, banal, garbage fest movies of all time. I don't understand this movie being anywhere near a top ten list of anything but the most wannabe artsy fartsy, trite shitfest movies of the year. There was absolutely nothing redeeming about this movie.
Snow White and the Huntsmen What the hell was this abomination? I mean this movie was awful on a level rarely seen.
Prometheus A brilliant cure for insomnia. I fell asleep during this movie three times after which I decided it was not meant to be.
Taken 2 The first Taken did not need a sequel. The first one capitalized on the surprise of seeing an old fart kick a lot of ass. Its not suprising the second time around and actually it started to become unbelievable. Watching Taken 2 has actually decreased my memories of Taken. If that is not an indictment on a movie I don't know what is.
The Campaign I could not wait to see this movie. I really like and identify with the comedy of both Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. I did not laugh or enjoy in really any manner this movie though. I actually turned this movie off a few times to watch something else new that I dl'ed because of how boring and unfunny it was.
The award for worst movie of the year was John Carter. What an absolute disaster and waste of money this movie was. Its not as though they couldn't see some of it coming you would think. The acting was beyond atrocious and the direction was extremely loose. The movie also never seemed to grab you into its world or make it believable. The holes in the plot were earthquakes. Can anyone even think of a more overhyped, spendy super bomb like this in recent memory?
i liked John Carter. went into it with very low expectations and was entertained. Pretty sure Cloud Atlas had more hype and depending on which source was the biggest major bomb of the year.
Cloud Atlas an estimated $100mil budget and made $65m worldwide
John Carter $250 budget and made $282 worldwide
Compelling argument as they were both huge bombs you are right.
On another note I really liked Lawless just kinda forgot about it atm. It was definitely a solid movie and entertaining.
The topic asks for your favourite movie list of the year, not the" what is the globally considered best movies." It's all a matter of personal tastes and likes and by definition everyone is right in their own accord. I loved the avengers, someone else might hate it wich is your own right. It is however, really fun to see wich movies are on the lists and in what place. Sometimes i see someone list a movie and think " hmm saw that one on 3 more lists, i didn't see it so i will check it out."
I didn't see a few movies you guys listed. I will definitely check them out.
finally saw Ted this weekend, was pretty good. Reminded me more of early Family Guy than the last few seasons (which I have hated) in humor. Best part was Mila Kunis, it was great to see a girlfriend character who isn't a total cunt and was written as a well rounded person. Not as much funny in the movie as I'd hope, but the Flash Gordon stuff was fucking awesome. You probably had to grow up in the 80s to like this movie, since there are sooo many 80 refs.
Next up to watch based on this thread, The Watch. I really also liked Looper, which many people put on their lists. Not sure if I want to watch Argo.
Last edited by spronk; 12-31-2012 at 06:09 PM.
Lawless was fantastic. Definitely in my top 3 of the year.
Oh wow I totally forgot about Lawless and The Watch. Lawless probably is in my top 10 just saw it so long ago. I thought it was just great and have watched it about 4 times. The Watch was decent and a fun watch although not great by any means.
I thought Lawless was fucking weird. It didn't really have that "1920s gangster" feel to it at all. The Watch was pretty good, however.
anyone see Killing Them Softly? caught the screener recently and not sure how I feel about it. Social commentary seemed a bit heavy handed
2012 was a pretty crappy year for real quality movies, not many that i can think of that i'll go back and watch again in future years (aside from the movies involved in series), so no real reason to build a top 10 turds on the pile list.
there are a few movies that aren't being mentioned in top lists that i think are better quality than a lot of the movies being talked about though (21 jump street? are you kidding me?), so i'll go ahead and toss their names out there (lot of these are 2011 production but didn't really hit stateside until 2012):
dragon (wu xia) - chinese action/drama - the guy that played ip man is posing as a simple villager, but things get a lot more complicated once he defends the town from thieves and a detective takes notice of him.
get the gringo - action/drama - mel gibson in a mexican "prison".
god bless america - you all should know this one.
goon - comedy - seann william scott is a brainless enforcer on a canadian hockey team.
the imposter - documentary - a french guy pretended to be a missing san antonio child, what happens before/during/after.
once upon a time in anatolia - turkish drama - a group of men go on a lengthy search for a dead body in the anatolian steppe, cue lots of discussion about life and philosophy.
warriors of the rainbow: seediq bale - taiwanese action - tribal formosans fight back against their japanese oppressors.
looking forward to 2013.
recently watched "End of Watch" as well, probably best cop movie since Training Day. Surprised it's slipped under the radar so much
Thread reminded me of how much I hate Hollywood... if a movie makes you fall asleep, 5 STARS, anything else = crap.
Batman and a rom com are on there...
I know what you mean but let's not go all tea party and start criticizing anything that feels smart
The first half of Lawless was great and pretty much only thanks to Tom Hardy's character (Forrest?). Unfortunately, it completely fell flat in the second half when it was about his brother.
End of Watch was good. It reminded me of Southland (the TV series, which is awesome btw). But man, did they completely forgot to give more background/screen time to the bad guys.
is lawless the movie about moonshiners in the south? Shia labouef kinda ruined that movie, maybe I'm being unfair but he just seems to have one shtick and thats to be nervous and excited, always. He seems kinda the same character every time I've seen him on screen. Works for Walken or DeNiro or Nicolas Cage, but those guys earned it.
It was hard to appreciate lawless too when the show takes place in the same timeframe as Boardwalk Empire, which is far far better. Yeah, unfair to compare a TV show to a movie but there ya go.
good harder-to-find list hippos, I've got most of those movies but haven't seen em yet. Also heard Tai Chi 0 is an interesting wuxia movie that came out in 2012.
There are still some 2012 movies I want to see (without mentioning the films that will be 2013 for me), but my Top 10 should pretty much look like this:
1) Himizu - arty japanese drama that goes from black humor to just black about a teenager fighting against all odds to be a stand up guy. Intense.
2) Farewell my Queen - french revolution from the point of view of a servant at Versailles
3) The Cabin in the Woods - intensely satisfying meta-horror film.
4) Oslo, August 31st - the day of a man leaving a mental institution and meeting some friends and family, wondering if life is worth it. Magnificent direction by the Trier from Norway and superb acting by Anders Danielsen Lie.
5) Scabbard Samurai - a ronin can be graced from his death sentence if he manages to make laugh the ill son of a lord. The most odd and hillarious reflection on comedy and performing arts turns into a poignant tale of steely determination.
6) Flying Sword 3D - Tsui Hark delivers a high budget remake of Dragon Gate Inn, full of inventiveness, humor, triple identities and fights choreography optimized for 3D.
7) From Up on Poppy Hill - lush production for this Studio Ghibli anime about teenage impetuosity, teamwork and the lasting ravages of war in small communities.
8) Moonrise Kingdom - teenage love as seen through the oh so strange lens of Wes Anderson
9) Wanishing Waves - a sort of arty remake of The Cell, but without the serial killer and with Tarsem's exuberance turned into super efficient minimalist design
10) People Mountain People Sea - the driest, most haunting, most strikingly beautiful revenge movie ever made. A stone cutter is looking for a killer and his quest takes him in the gutter of China's society; through slums and ultimately illegal coal mines. This would be much higher if the plot was a little more intelligible (nothing looks more like a silent coal covered chinese miner in a dark mine than another silent coal covered chinese miner in that same dark mine).
Four of these 10 films were seen at various movie festivals and as a result might be tough to track down and see. This also explains why the list is not packed with usual suspects.
Some honorable mentions: Anna Karenina, Looper, The Avengers, Ruby Sparks, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Sleeping Beauty, I Wish, Ace Attorney, Coriolanus, etc.
Interesting lists, gonna make an effort to see some of the films here.
Hell I didn't even know there was a Dredd movie come out in 2012. Shows a) how much of a bubble I've been living in b) No TV ads for it so it didn't appear on my radar.
Dredd gets much credit for being a focused, humorless and violent mix of sf and action with a couple plot ideas that allow for neat 3D effects (a drug that make people feel time slows down, a mind reader). So many action movies are unfocused, filled with unnecessary humor or romance and made PG friendly that it makes Dredd stand out. A kind of non-ironic throwback to '80s B movies. It's something, but it's really not much.
Finally got around to watching Dredd, hooooly shit. Really wish I had caught it in the theater.
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