Best/Favorite Movies of the Year 2012

It’s that time of the year folks, where people like me list up their best/favorite movies of the year. I already did my list of my disappointing/worst movies of the year (go check it out) but now it’s time to put the list of movies that were my favorite. Past years I’ve done lists and I always had a “best” (best is like that because it’s my personal opinion) movie of the year but this year has proven to be difficult because for me there has been a lot of great movies this year. So instead of numbering the top ten or twenty, I’m just going to put them in alphabetical order.

 

First up, Honorable Mentions

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: I loved the book and when I saw the movie I understood why they made changes but part of me still felt like seeing some of the things they cut out make it to the big screen. Benjamin Walker did a fine job of playing Lincoln and the action sequences, more notably the so called “Waltz of Death,” were really cool to see.

 

Act of Valor: Many people had a lot to say about this movie. Praising its action sequence but not to fond on the acting despite not having real actors. I looked pass that and still found a lot of fun to have with the movie.

 

Brave: Pixar keeps impressing all of us with the way they keep making great animated films that really stick with us and the upgrade to all their animations. The movie was truly stunning visually and the story can really get you to at least tear up (don’t lie!)

 

Django Unchained: Tarantino has bought his A game once again but this time dealing with the topic of Slavery. The cast of Foxx, DiCaprio, Waltz and Jackson just pushed the movie over the edge. However, the length really bothered me and just about everybody but I still enjoyed it enough to make the list.

 

Flight: You can’t go wrong with Denzel Washington and Robert Zemeckis. The movie was very drama heavy and Washington did an amazing job, as always, playing up his character.

 

Haywire: From what I can remember this had some hype for the fact that it had Gina Carano making the jump from MMA to film. However, not a whole lot of people saw it which is a shame really because it was a really good movie. The fights really made this movie, more specially Carano and Fassbender’s hotel room brawl, and with Carano’s background, J.J Perry’s choreography and Steven Soderbergh’s directing ability they put on a hit. It also showed that Carano can hold her own and can be the next big female action star.

 

John Carter: Although not the heavy success that Disney hoped for at the box office, mostly do to bad marketing, I still found this highly entertaining and those that saw it agreed too. I hope Disney doesn’t quit on this potential franchise because it probably the most underrated movies this year.

 

Killing Them Softly: Would you think hit-men have problems like all of us? Well they do. Although that’s not the main point of this movie it does bring up some cool stuff besides what happens when you cross the wrong set of people (aka Gangsters). Brad Pitt also gave a terrific performance and the last minutes of the film just gave me chills.

 

Lawless: Filled with great performances by the whole cast, the film showed the highs and lows of making moonshine and the legend of the Bondurant Brothers. Besides the performance the movie was very beautiful to look at as well.

 

Lockout: Luc Besson has always made fun entertaining dumb fun action movies and this was another on to add to the list. Add Guy Pearce as the uncommon action hero and it was really fun to watch.

 

Premium Rush: This one kind of flew under the radar when it came out in late August but the movie was very entertaining and had a very cool concept behind it.

 

Prometheus: Just because it didn’t make my Best/Favorite movies side, it doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie. I was able to look over the hype that A LOT of people put on this and I think that’s why a lot of were “disappointed” when they saw the movie. Looking past the hype the movie had fantastic performances by Rapace and of course Michael Fassbender.

 

Red Dawn: I know a lot of people were vocal when it came out that this would be remade. Then it got delayed due MGM financial issues and had to replace anything Chinese to North Korean because the Chinese film market is starting to become big for American films. Nonetheless, I still found this movie a lot of fun and had a good time watching. Also, the movie had lot things different from the original almost making it its own movie.

 

Seven Psychopaths: Martin McDonagh did a great job with “In Bruges” and followed it up with his great dark humor brutal action film. The performances by everyone like Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken and Woody Harrelson made the movie that much better.

 

Sinister: When a movie starts off the way this one did, you know it’s going to be a creepy movie. Sinister pulled off the creep factor and what happens when you become obsessed with something too much.

 

The Amazing Spiderman: I think a lot of doubts were at ease when this finally came out. Although we never really saw the highly promoted “Untold Origin Story” the movie still was pretty good. Garfield’s Peter Parker was in my opinion better than Maguire’s and the chemistry between him and Stone’s Gwen Stacy really made the movie for me.

 

This Means War: I’m not going to lie I thought this wasn’t going to be any good but I gave it the benefit of the doubt because of Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. Thankfully I was wrong. I had a real fun time watching this movie and laughed a lot.

 

The Possession: As much as it being a horror movie it was also a family drama and not in the normal horror movie sense of the word. It really dealt with how a broken family would pull together. Add in a creepy old foreign ladies voice, eerie lighting and I was very crept out.

 

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: When you think of spy thrillers you probably think of Bond or Bourne movies but TTSS played it probably a little closer to what really happens. With a great British cast and compelling dialogue scenes it certainly was a good film.

 

Before you read the list I should point out movies that I’m pretty sure would have made the list (or at least a place on the Honorable Mentions) if I had seen them before I put out this list.

Sound of My Voice, Zero Dark Thirty (if it came out widely this year), Life of Pi, The Master, and Cloud Atlas

 

Now, it’s time for the best of the best. Remember these are in alphabetical order.

Argo: Based on the true story of how the CIA did indeed get people out of war torn country Ben Affleck proved he can be a great director no matter what you give him. Great scenes and suspense really made this movie one of the best this year.

 

Chronicle: A new fresh take (yes there is an Akira connections we get it) of what would happen if somebody got superpowers. Would they use it for good or evil? Josh Trank and Max Landis answered that with one of the most impressive superhero movies that doesn’t have the label Marvel or DC attached to it.

 

Dredd: A much more grittier and dark toned movie than the terrible Stallone version, it prove that the Judge Dredd character can make a great film. Although not a box office success the movie did find a pretty big following for those who saw it. Also it should be noted that Karl Urban did an amazing job with his Dredd and it also goes under the list of “Underrated movies of the year”.

 

End of Watch: I’ve been a big fan of David Ayer (writer/director of Harsh Times, director of Street Kings and writer of U-571, The Fast & The Furious, Training Day, S.W.A.T) for a while now. I really liked what he did with the camera work and how real and different this movie felt from his past cop films.

 

Goon: Probably one of my surprise pick/movie of the year candidate. Goon was not just a hockey comedy but also have some fun brutal action sequences.

 

Headhunters: Swedish crime thrillers are all the rage nowadays. Starting with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and now this. However, the only thing that they have similar is that they are Swedish. But if you’re in to great crime thrillers, amazing twists, and some dark humor then you should definitely check this out.

 

Looper: Time travel movies are always a hard sell but Rian Johnson managed to bring a great film that just happens to have time travel. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis gave some of the best performances this year and bought a lot of depth to their characters which also made the movie a great character piece.

 

Lincoln: One of the hardest things for a historical fact based drama is keeping the audience interested because we already know the outcome. Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis’s terrific performance as Abraham Lincoln didn’t make that a factor at all. Truly one of the best films this year

 

Moonrise Kingdom: Wes Anderson has done yet another quirky film and I had a lot of fun watching this movie about young love.

 

Safe House: Another surprise pick of the year is one from new director Daniel Espinosa (Swedish film Snabba Cash) that stared Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. The trailers got me into watching it but the end result of the film was much more than I thought it would be.

 

Silver Linings Playbook: With great performances from the cast of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence the movie was a great story and funny. Not to bad for a movie I hardly knew nothing about.

 

Skyfall: The third of the Daniel Craig ‘Bond’ movies and probably one of the best. Craig has proven that he is the best Bond and had a great dark tone that made the movie more emotional and powerful.

 

Sleepless Night (aka Nuit Blanche): A great French film that proves how far a father will go for his love one in one night at club.

 

Ted: Seth McFarlane, creator of Family Guy and American Dad finally made the jump from the small screen to the big screen with this hilarious comedy that didn’t feel like a longer Family Guy episode but its very own thing.

 

The Avengers: It took almost five years to finally bring this ambitious adaptation of “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” to the big screen. Of course who better to bring it than fan favorite nerd Joss Whedon (Firefly, Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, Serenity, Dr. Horrible). Besides the movie bringing everything some of us could ask for, it also set up the future of Marvel films or as Marvel is calling it “Phase 2.”

 

The Cabin in the Woods: Delayed for three years due to MGM financial troubles, Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s much anticipated horror movie finally came out and for many it did not disappoint but for other it probably did. For me, one of the best things about this movie was its real “theme” and how they executed it but also the classic Whedon sense of humor.

 

The Dark Knight Rises: Arguably one of the best endings to a trilogy and one of the best trilogies to be made, Christopher Nolan made Batman cool again (at least on the big screen).

 

The Expendables 2: The movie was a lot more tongue-in-check then the first one and maybe for the best. With some over the top action and cheesier one-liners the movie was everything more than the first movie should have been.

 

The Grey: Although it came out at the beginning of the year, Joe Carnahan’s survival thriller is still easily one of the best of the year. Liam Neeson gives a tremendous performance as the lead dealing with the weather, other survivors and deadly wolves.

 

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: A new trilogy is upon us and it’s off to a good start. I was not really that excited to watch this but I’m glad I did because it was way better than I thought it would be and I’m looking forward to what Jackson and Co. bring next. Also for a long movie it really just flew by.

 

The Raid: Easily one, if not the best, action movie this year. Filled with amazing and brutal fight sequences it became one of my favorite martial arts action movies ever.

 

Wreck-It Ralph: The best animated movie of the year is also the best video game movie that’s not based on an actual video game. Disney has managed to make another great animated movie (along with the short before the movie actually starts) with great animation and story.

Award Show Nominees

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3) Voting will end Jan 10th (if I have a change of heart I will let all of you know)

4) Winners will be announced Jan 11th

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Worst and Disappointing Movies of 2012

It’s that time of the year folks, where people like me list up their best/favorite movies of the year. But of course we can’t avoid talking about the movies we disliked, hated, or at least for a few movies were disappointed by. Here in this list you’ll be doing the latter. Remember we don’t have to agree and I know I’ll at least piss off one person (maybe).

 

Worst: Chernobyl Diaries

This movie had some things going for it. 1) It was a horror movie that was set in the middle of nowhere in a different country and that place was Prypiat. 2) The atmosphere and 3) It was produced and written by Oren Peli, creator of the Paranormal Activity series (I’m still a fan, expect for part 4).

The movie did have its moments but there came a point where I just didn’t care for any of the characters and by the end it felt almost like a big “F$%K You” to the audience.

 

Disappointing/Worst: Paranormal Activity 4

Hey speaking of Paranormal Activity it’s also on the list. Now, I have always been a supporter of the PA movies and liked that it worked as a horror movie without falling into the typical “gore and nudity” territory. But, at this point I did feel like they were just cashing in on their cow and watching this I knew they no longer have the same drive and heart they had with the first three.

Any sense of the story they tried to tell us was jammed in the last fifteen minutes and wasn’t explained or just said in a quick form of dialogue. Also, nothing really happened, even the few jump scares that the movie is known for (and pretty much what makes them scary) weren’t that good. Let’s just say for the first time in the last two years, I’m not looking forward to the new PA movie.

 

Honorable Mentions: The Aggression Scale and Dragon Eyes

 

 

The “I Have No Idea Where to Put Them” List

Total Recall

I think everybody disliked the idea of Hollywood redoing Total Recall especially when Len Wiseman was attached. Even though the movie did do many things differently from the Arnold version it still was just okay (I use that term very strongly). There was nothing really special about the movie and I felt the best part of the movie was Kate Beckinsale’s character.

 

Snow White and the Huntsman

I think some of you are thinking I put this on my list because I didn’t like the movie. When in fact I actually enjoyed the movie for the most part but there was something about the movie at random times where I couldn’t like it. I felt that the better parts of the movie involved anything with the Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth (nothing against Stewart, I don’t hate her as much as other people).

Possibility the best parts of the movie were the visuals that looked amazing with the gritty dark tone of the movie.

 

The Hunger Games

Now, this is one will definitely tick out a lot of people off but before you write something like “oh you just think it’s another Twilight” and to that I say NO. I’ve read the Collin’s books and liked them and with that said the movie captured, at least for me, only some of the strong moments from the book.

I, despite like a lot of people, actually liked that Jennifer Lawrence played Katniss and she did a good job of capturing the character for the most part. However, again the movie captured only some of the strong moments from the book and lacked on some of the others. I can also accept the fact that they had to change things because some things have to be changed when adapting a book into a movie. Nonetheless, I did enjoy the movie but it wasn’t what I thought it would be.

 

Taken 2

The first Taken took a lot of people by surprise and since then Liam Nesson has become the new action hero. When word got out that another was being made a lot of people were hesitant and thought, rightly so, “what can they do?” Well we found out the answer this year and the answer was…meh.

The idea of the fathers and brothers of the villains from the Taken 1 was pretty cool and to a point it actually worked but the final execution was a mixed bag. Nesson did a good job as always and even Maggie Grace had more to do but the movie failed to be as good as the first. However for me I think what made this movie disappointing was Oliver Megaton’s “direction.”

Anticipated Movies of 2013 Part 3 (Last One)

Last part of my anticipated movies for 2013

Oct

4th: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

            Many people have been waiting for a sequel to one of the few great comic book adaptations and after years of waiting directors Frank Millar (one of the creators of the original source material) and Robert Rodriguez are going to fulfill our wishes.

 

11th: Oldboy

            One of the best revenge thrillers I’ve seen and one of the best Korean movies as well. Even though many people are against it some were eased into it when Spike Lee was announced as the director and Josh Brolin was cast as the lead with Sharlto Copley as the villain and rising star Elizabeth Olsen joining too. Brolin has been talking up how the film has original director Chan-wook Park’s blessing and is not holding back on the brutality and dark tones.

           

18th: Malavita, The Seventh Son, No Good Deed

            Malavita is directing by Luc Besson who in my mind always makes enjoyable movies. This one has a mob family being relocated and having to fit in. Although not awesome sounding Besson is not the one who makes “dramas” so we can only assume that theirs going to be some action. Seventh Son is a 18th century movie that deals with magic. No Good Deed stars Idris Elba and is directed by Sam Miller who has worked with Elba on his hit show Luther so I’m in.

25th: The World End

The last installment in their so called “Blood & Ice Cream” trilogy, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are back again. This time dealing with five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival. The rest of the cast includes semi-regular co-stars Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan.

 

Nov

1st: Ender’s Game

            I’ve never read Orson Scott Card’s book (I intend to do that before this comes out) which this is based on but a lot of people are very excited for this. I’m in for another reason, the impressive cast. Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield (Hugo), Abigail Breslin, Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Viola Davis and Ben Kingsley

 

8th: Thor: The Dark World

Although some thought Thor wasn’t a good movie or Marvel movie for that matter, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Not just because it was a Marvel proptery that was setting up The Avengers but because it had such great performances by Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. With The Dark World it’s promising an even dark tone that Thor was hinting at and who better to bring that then Alan Taylor, the man responsible for many great episodes of Game of Thrones

 

22nd: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Frozen

Although I didn’t really enjoy Hunger Games as much as I thought I would I’m still looking forward to Catching Fire since it’s a pretty nice set up for the final installments. Disney going for another hit animated movie in Frozen which is about a young girl named Anna journey to find Snow Queen and end the perpetual winter prophecy that has fallen over their kingdom.

 

Dec

13th: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

I was very surprised with An Unexpected Journey and I can’t wait to see what Peter Jackson and Co. do next.

 

20th: Anchorman: The Legend of Continues, Saving Mr. Banks,

            Anchorman was probably one of the funniest/dumbest (dumb in a good way) movies I’ve ever seen and I can’t wait to see what they do next. Saving Mr. Banks is about how Walt Disney tried to get Mary Poppins to the big screen and how better to play Walt then Tom Hanks himself right?

 

25th: 47 Ronin, Jack Ryan

            47 Ronin has been delayed multiple times within the last two years for various reasons and it looks like it’s finally coming out. Set in the 18th century it centers on a band of samurai who set out to avenge the death of their master and who’s playing one of the samurai’s? That’s right Keanu Reeves. Jack Ryan is a Tom Clancy’s creation that has been played by Alec Baldwin (Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (Sum of All Fears) but now will be played by rising star Chris Pine and I for one can not wait.

Anticipated Movies of 2013 Part 2

Let’s continue the list starting from May to September

May

3rd: Iron Man 3

            The teaser really set the mood on what’s to come for the third entry in the Iron Man series. With the darker tone and the long gestured villain The Mandarin I think we’re all in for a great movie.

 

17th: Star Trek Into Darkness

            J.J Abrams did an awesome job with his Star Trek reboot that I fully trust him with whatever he does with the series. Now with Into Darkness the villain is being kept firmly under wraps but has been speculated to be Khan, Gary Mitchell, a combination of the two or a brand new villain like Nero from the first film. After seeing the first nine minutes I can fully say this is probably the movie I’m most excited for.

 

24th: The Fast and the Furious 6

            At the moment that I’m writing this there is no official plot synopsis. However, with the new cast of Luke Evans, Gina Carano and Joe Taslim (The Raid) and a possibly exciting story, I’m in.

 

 

June

7th: Much Ado About Nothing

A modern re-telling of the Shakespeare play with director Joss Whedon and many Whedon alumni part of the cast it seems like it’s going to be pretty good.

 

14th: Man of Steel

            Everybody seems to be excited for this one. Either because they want to see how good it is or how bad it is. I’m really on the fence about this one for a couple reasons. The trailer shows us that it will bring us a new tone of Superman that we’ve never seen before.

 

21st: World War Z

            Now this one may have some of you scratching your head. Fans of the book have been looking forward to this. However, some general audiences may not know of the behind the scenes cluster-fuck this has gone through (pretty interesting stuff if you want to look for it). So why did I put this on here? Well I don’t know how many of you reading know me personally but I end up enjoying A Lot movie movies then everybody. Good or bad I just want to see how this turns out.

 

28th: Kick-Ass 2

            A surprise hit back in 2010, Kick-Ass didn’t necessarily changed the comic book genre but it did get a following and made the comic book probably more noticeable. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait for this.

 

 

July

5th: The Lone Ranger, Despicable Me 2

Yes, I’m looking forward to Despicable Me 2. I didn’t watch the first one until last year and I really enjoyed it. As for Lone Ranger the trailers have really bought me around but I’m not sold on Depp and Tonto. Sorry Depp fans.

 

12th: Pacific Rim

            I’m a huge fan of Guillermo del Toro and when I heard about the idea of giant robots and monsters I knew he could be one of the few that pull that idea off. The trailer proved that and since then everybody has been talking about.

 

19th: R.I.P.D, The Conjuring

            I’ve heard of R.I.P.D for a while now and the concept of supernatural cops dealing with supernatural crimes seems pretty cool. As for The Conjuring, done by James Wan and based on real Ghost Hunters (not the SyFy Chanel guys) you know it’s going to be creepy.

 

26th: The Wolverine

            You can probably put this in the same category as Man of Steel in where it can be good or can be bad. Everything makes it look like it can be good, taking the popular Japanese arc from the comics and promising statements by director James Mangold and Wolverine himself Hugh Jackman, I think it can be good.

 

 

Aug

2nd: 300: Rise of an Empire, Red 2

            Although not really a sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300 it does take place during the events of the first and it’s also a standalone movie, taking place during another battle when the Persian’s attacked Greece. As for Red 2, I loved the first one and with another star studded cast I can’t wait.

 

9th: Elysium

            Neill Blomkamp surprised everyone with his original sci-fi film District 9 and everyone has been waiting for his follow-up. Now comes Elysium with Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and reuniting with District 9 star Sharlto Copley who’s playing the villain this time around. While District 9 dealt with racial issues Elysium well apparently deal with health care. But with sci-fi of course.

 

16th: 2 Guns

            An interesting casting partnership with Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington were they play a DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence officer who have been tasked with investigating one another find they have been set up by the mob.

           

30th: Insidious Chapter 2

            James Wan bought the creep factor with his surprise hit Insidious and I can’t wait to see what he does with part two

 

Sept

6th: Riddick

            Vin Diesel returns as everybody’s favorite killer Richard B. Riddick. The story has Riddick left for dead on a dangerous planet and people ready to collect their bounty. Diesel and returning director David Twohy have promised to go back to its darker tone from Pitch Black so you’ll see.

 

13th: I, Frankenstein

            Frankenstein’s creature (played by the always reliable Aaron Eckhart) finds himself caught in an all-out, centuries old war between two immortal clans. Directed by Stuart Beattie who directed the Australian film Tomorrow, When the War Began (highly recommend by the way) and wrote the Pirate of the Caribbean movies, Collateral, and 30 Days of Night. It seems like a cool concept and besides Eckhart the lovely Yvonne Strahovski and Bill Nighy will join him.

           

20th: Prisoners

            About a Boston man kidnapping the person he suspects is behind the disappearance of his young daughter and her best friend, sounds like a good revenge type thriller don’t you think? Then with a cast like Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo and Mario Bello, you really can’t complain.

Anticipated Movies of 2013 Part 1

Well 2012 was a great year of movies don’t you think? Well 2013 seems to be another great year too. As you can tell from the title, this is going to be a list of my anticipated movies of 2013. Of course to spare you from reading a long list I’m going to separate it months at a time. Remember this is my list so don’t think that all of these movies are going to be a home run.

Jan

4th: Zero Dark Thirty

Although it gets a wide release the following week, here in Chicago it comes out a little earlier. Nonetheless, Kathryn Bigelow did an amazing job with her first war film The Hurt Locker that sprung the careers of Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie. Now, she comes back with yet another war movie about the biggest manhunt of Osama bin Laden with an already star studded cast of Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain, Kyle Chandler, Joel Edgerton and Mark Strong.

 

11th: Gangster Squad

Just look at the cast and you can see why everybody is excited for this. Add in newcomer director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and the gangsters and you got me hooked.

 

18th: The Last Stand, Broken City, Mama

The first stacked weekend of the year with the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger in a leading role, a political thriller with Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg, and a Guillermo del Toro produced horror movie based on a creepy short film.

 

25th: Movie 43, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Parker, John Dies at the End

Another stacked week with a comedy of different stories with different actors and directors, a twist on a well known fairy tale and another Jason Statham movie with Michael Chiklis and JLO (besides her I’m actually looking forward to the movie). Finally John Dies at the End has been making waves at film festivals and sometimes with good buzz comes a good movie (talking film festival wise)

 

Feb

1st: Bullet to the Head

            Based on the graphic novel of the same name, the movie looks pretty cool. Add in Sylvester Stallone’s “sense of humor” and the movie’s look of action then am in.

 

8th: Side Effects

Directed by Steven Soderbergh and what looks like a great thriller I can’t wait for it. Even if it has Channing Tatum.

 

15th: A Good Day to Die Hard

            While some think that the Die Hard franchise has past its “prime” or welcome point. I still find them highly entertaining and great fun. Now this adds John McClane’s son into the mix.

 

22nd: Snitch

Based on what is said to be a true story of a father going undercover for the DEA in order to free his son who was imprisoned after being set up in drug deal. The movie stars The Rock, I mean Dwayne Johnson as the father and it stars some other heavy hitters like Barry Pepper, Benjamin Bratt, Jon Bernthal, Susan Sarandon and Michael Kenneth Williams.

 

Mar

1st: Stoker

Directed by the awesome Chan-wook Park (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, Lady Vengeance, Thirst) the trailers make the movie look like a crazy psychological thriller.

 

8th: Dead Man Down, The ABCs of Death

            The first American movie directed by Niels Arden Oplev who did the fantastic Swedish version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and even stars original Lisbeth Salander, Noomi Rapace. Then there’s a 26-chapter anthology that showcases death in “all its vicious wonder and brutal beauty.”

 

15th: Carrie

            Although many are against the remake, I was at first too but being against remakes nowadays isn’t really the worst thing, after seeing the teaser, the impressive cast of Julianne Moore and Chole Grace Mortez, and the fact that they are going to stick closer to the Stephen King book then De Palma 76’ film, (although that is really good) really makes me excited for this.

 

29th: G.I Joe: Retaliation, The Place Beyond the Pines

Although the first Rise of Cobra was more a dumb fun summer popcorn movie, it had its small moments. But even then the movie was not really good. So how do you make a sequel that makes you forget about the first one? Reboot of course, well a sort of reboot anyway. With a brand new cast of characters and more realistic looking action sequences I am highly excited for this. As you some of you know I was not happy with the year long delay either. Place Beyond the Pines looks pretty interesting with a respectful cast with Ryan Gosling leading the charge.

 

Apr

5th: Jurassic Park 3D Re-Release

            I mean come on lets face it. It’s a chance to see Jurassic Park again on the big screen.

 

12th: Evil Dead

Yet another remake of a classic horror movie I know but what does this have going for it? Well, first Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell are producing. Raimi hand picked the young new director Fede Alvarez to redo this. Also, the red-band trailer that came out in the summer really helped put me (and maybe others) at ease that the movie was not going to disappoint.

 

19th: Oblivion

            By new visionary director Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy) the movie looks pretty good with Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman leading the cast. Set in the future where humans managed to win a war against aliens but Earth was destroyed in the process seems pretty cool.

 

26th: Pain and Gain

Many of you know about my feelings for Michael Bay but after seeing the trailer for this and the cast of Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Ed Harris and Anthony Mackie, I’m kind of excited.

My Award Show Rules and News

Alright folks, it’s the end of the year and when everybody is making their list of best and or favorite movies of the year (I will put that up when I finalize the list) it’s also the time to pick the best of the best when it comes to actors/actress, supporting roles, directors and more.

In my previous account I did just this. I did pretty much all the hard work and now it’s your turn. It’s pretty easy, vote for your favorite in the categories. It should be noted there are a lot of movies and a lot of people in those movies. There will be people or movies missing in the categories, please forgive me, it’s not because I don’t want those people on the list (because maybe you think they deserve to be at least in the winner’s circle) it’s because I just forgot. Obviously the lists are long so you can hopefully see why some people/movies would be missing.

Rules:

1) You can vote up to 5 people/movies/fights (expect the Comic Book category you only 2 votes and the Animated category you get 3 votes)

2) You can vote as many times as you want but PLEASE DO NOT SPAM. It makes the wins more legitimate and spamming is just a dumb and selfish thing to do. If I feel that there is a spamming problem then I will stop all the voting and this will be canceled.

3) Voting will end Jan 7th (if I have a change of heart I will let all of you know)

4) Winners will be announced Jan 11th

The nominees will be up soon (most likely around Christmas time or Dec 25th for those of you that don’t celebrate Christmas) so once their up just start voting. Enjoy and if you can spread the word so we can get more votes and make this interesting then please feel free.