Monthly Rewind – January Movie Releases 2010-2018

Hello, everybody!

I’m starting a new feature here on Movies with Chris called Monthly Rewind! Given that the decade just ended, I figured I do something a little different than a “Best of” or “Favorite of” the Decade list. Instead of naming all of my noteworthy movies, I thought I would look at the movies I’ve seen in the last ten years in those given months and give my thoughts on them all these years later, or just how they have held up.

It’s something new, and potentially, a lot of fun. So join me won’t you? Let’s get started and take a look at January’s past. The only year we won’t do is 2019, given that we just went through all of it. Again, these are movies that I have seen.

If you know something came out during that month, or year, and it’s not on here. It’s a good chance that I haven’t seen it – yes, even after all these years – or I just completely missed it while putting the list together. It’s a lot of movies after all.

Alright, let’s get started with 2010!

 

2010

Daybreakers

The Book of Eli

Legion

Edge of Darkness

Thoughts: It’s rather weird bunch of movies here. The four of these don’t have a lot of staying power with me, and presumably with audiences. Daybreakers, a world where almost everyone is a vampire, still has its fans and it is still an underrated vampire movie starring Ethan Hawke.

The Book of Eli probably still holds some weight because of the twist at the end, plus some of the visuals by directors The Hugh Brothers. And of course seeing Denzel Washington kick some ass.

Legion I think has been forgotten about, even though it got a short-lived sequel TV series on SyFy. At least some of the visuals still work and stick around like Doug Jones’ Ice Cream Man.

Finally, Edge of Darkness, one of the last movies Mel Gibson led, before his public meltdown (also, his first since Signs in 2002), which I don’t think anyone really remembers. I know I barely remember it.

 

2011

The Green Hornet

A Somewhat Gentle Man

Ong-bak 3

The Housemaid

The Mechanic

Ip Man 2

Thoughts: This month actually had two movies I had seen at the Chicago International Film Festival – A Somewhat Gentle Man and The Housemaid. The problem is I can’t remember if it was the year before, or if they played during the festival this year (both got limited releases in theaters this month). As for the other movies;

The Green Hornet was a really bad misfire, even by today’s standards. Of course, the only big highlight anyone remembers about this is Jay Chou’s Kato, and Kato Vision. Since honestly, it probably the only thing people should remember.

Ong-bak 3 is still, to this day, a mess. Tony Jaa had made the biggest name for himself with the first Ong-Bak, and later Tom yum Goong aka The Protector, but it was when Jaa took it upon himself to try and direct and completely different story under the Ong-bak name, and it just didn’t work. It also didn’t help that the movie suffered because Jaa basically suffered a panic attack trying to direct this and part 2, which were suppose to be one movie.

The Mechanic, a remake of the 1972 film, this was at the time when Jason Statham was in those small, independent feel action movies that were mostly forgettable. The Mechanic stills fits that mold, but I think the more surprising thing is that the movie got a sequel, that we’ll talk about later.

Ip Man 2, I mean come on. The Ip Man movies are all known for the impressive fight sequences with Donnie Yen playing the titular character so well.

 

 

2012

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Contraband

Underworld: Awakening

Haywire

The Artist

The Grey

Thoughts: This was a weird January, for me. I remember thinking back then, that this a good January in a while. First, we had two highly divisive films in the spy thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Artist. One was a very slow-burn spy film that many said was too dragged out, while the other went back to the old ways of Hollywood with a black-and-white, silent film, that has sadly been thrown to the wayside.

Contraband was a remake of the Icelandic film, which ironically, its lead star Baltasar Kormakur directed this. It’s probably one of more forgettable Mark Wahlberg-led movies, but also because he had Giovanni Ribisi playing the lead villain as a tough guy gangster. No disrespect to Ribisi, but come on.

Underworld: Awakening, the forth movie in the series, I’m sure it was meant as a way to bring back the franchise after its last film – which was technically a prequel to the first movie – but instead we got, probably, the most forgettable Underworld movie which didn’t do anything new for the series, other than give Kate Beckinsale’s Selene a daughter, who doesn’t even factor into the next movie (and they even recast), and introduce Theo James’ David, who is the most boring character in the series.

Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire was, to me, the start of Hollywood’s more brutal, gritty realistic take on fight scenes. It helped that Soderbergh cast MMA star Gina Carano as the lead, which got her more mainstream attention. The movie itself, slugs on a tad, with an ending that I remember kind of just happens.

Finally, Joe Carnahan’s The Grey, arguably, one of the only real movies that came out in January to have really a true amount of staying power. Anytime someone brings up The Grey it one of two things. One, how great it is or two, we never see Liam Neeson actually fight the Alpha wolf.

 

 

2013

Gangster Squad

Zero Dark Thirty

The Last Stand

Mama

Broken City

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Parker

Movie 43

John Dies at the End

Thoughts: I didn’t remember all these movies dropping in January, but here we are. I did manage to see Zero Dark Thirty in its limited release in December, but the wide release was this month.

Oh Gangster Squad, so much potential, and yet, such a disappointment at the end. Tragedy for the release date shift and reshoots aside, it’s hard to see how they wasted such a great cast and story, even to this day. Plus, the movie takes the Hollywood action route instead of the true takedown of Mickey Cohen.

John Dies at the End was one of those genre film festival favorites, which admittedly I watched much later, and I’ll admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of it. But I can see why it was, and still has, a midnight movie fan base.

Parker, for me, is the most forgettable Jason Statham one-word title films, which had him playing a thief that gets double-crossed and left for dead, only to take a new identity and work with Jennifer Lopez’ character – a real estate agent who wants more of life – who happens to have a connection to Statham’s old crew.

Broken City starred Mark Wahlberg as an ex-cop trying to take down the mayor of his city played by Russell Crowe. I honestly don’t remember anything about this movie. I had to look up what the movie was about to even write that short synopsis.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters was my guilty pleasure of 2013, and it still kind of is. It knows exactly what it is and doesn’t try to be something different. Plus, you get to stare at Gemma Arterton for an hour-and-a-half.

Mama, the film that brought up It and It Chapter Two director Andy Muschietti, and based off his own creepy short film. I think Mama gets some undeserved bashing – it’s not perfect or even all that great – but it’s definitely worthwhile, even though it does have a couple cheap pop scares.

The Last Stand, which I saw again recently, was highly more enjoyable than I remembered. It has the right amount of seriousness, humor, and quirkiness to Arnold Schwarzenegger getting older.

Then there’s Movie 43….ugh

 

 

2014

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Her

Inside Llewyn Davis

Lone Survivor

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

Ride Along

I, Frankenstein

Thoughts: Her, Lone Survivor and Inside Llewyn Davis are the wide releases, and I’d say that Her probably has the most staying power over the other two mainly because of relevant it is still till this day. Inside Llewyn Davis does have a loyal fanbase, but I think it’s one of those movies that you don’t pop in regularly.

Ride Along was, arguably, the start of Kevin Hart’s film career stardom. Starring with Ice Cube as future brother-in-laws with Cube playing the hardened, no-nonsense cop, and Hart, a security guard, trying to prove himself. It was funny for the time and the chemistry between Hart and Cube worked, and still works.

I, Frankenstein was one of those movies I was weirdly looking forward to, even though I knew it was going to be bad. Then I watched it, and yeah. It’s not very good. Aaron Eckhart playing Frankenstein’s monster – named Adam – stuck in a war between Gargoyle angels and demons is a bit sloppy and overall things we’ve seen before.

Kenneth Branagh’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit starring Chris Pine was an okay movie then, and an okay movie now. Pine does fine with what he’s given against Branagh’s thick fake Russian accent.

Finally, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, the only real spinoff of the horror franchise (there was a foreign spinoff that isn’t “canon”), it’s also considered a “cousin” film as it follows a Hispanic group of friends dealing with a demonic entity that does end up being connected to the main series. It’s not best Paranormal Activity movie, but definitely one of the better, and underappreciated, movies.

 

 

2015

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

[REC] 4: Apocalypse

Taken 3

Predestination

Inherent Vice

Paddington

Blackhat

Foxcatcher

American Sniper

Red Army

A Most Violent Year

Thoughts: Some more wide releases of limited releases a couple weeks prior in Inherent Vice, American Sniper and A Most Violent Year. American Sniper, still to this day, gets flake, mostly deserved, and that fake baby man. Come on, Eastwood! Inherent Vice is still the weird movie where people don’t really know what’s going on and A Most Violent Year is mostly forgotten, even though it has some great performances by Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain. Maybe it will get some more eyes on it as something is in the works to bring it back.

I believe Foxcatcher, was also a limited release gone wide this month. It was the first time we saw Steve Carell in a different light after The Office, and it was the first time I saw Channing Tatum as a real actor. Red Army was a documentary of the Soviet Union’s famed Red Army hockey team, which was very good, even if you aren’t a hockey fan.

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, is probably one of the forgettable movies this month, which is reasonable in my mind considering I really don’t remember anything about the movie. The same can be said for the thriller Blackhat, directed by Michael Mann, which starred Chris Hemsworth as a hacker who gets entangled in a dangerous, potentially worldwide threat. The only thing I truly remember about the movie – besides being a very diverse cast – is the sound going out in my theaters for what was probably the most exciting part of the movie, only for it to come back once the scene ended.

Taken 3 was a weird sequel, and honestly I can’t remember too much about this one either, other than the weird “twist” the movie does out of the blue. [REC] 4: Apocalypse, the final [REC] film, had a great set-up of bringing back original star Manuela Velasco as Angela, and trapping the action in a boat in the middle of the ocean, but the execution was kind of lacking, which is a huge bummer considering how great the series started.

Predestination, based on the short story “All You Zombies” by Robert A. Heinlein, not only brought us the great Sarah Snook, but a weird, twisty sci-fi mystery drama about a multitude of different themes that is definitely worth the rewatch or first-time viewing.

Finally, Paddington, I mean what’s left to say about the loveable Paddington, voiced by Ben Whishaw – originally voiced by Colin Firth, but him and director Paul King agreed they needed to go a different route – and his crazy adventures.

 

 

2016

The Forest

The Revenant

Ride Along 2

13 Hours

Carol

The 5th Wave

The Boy

Ip Man 3

Room

Kung Fu Panda 3

Jane Got a Gun

Thoughts: Weirdly, only three wide release here in The Revenant, which is still the bear basically rag dolls Leonardo DiCaprio that got him an Oscar. Carol, which I don’t hear too much about anymore, but Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are fantastic in it, if you haven’t watched it yet, and then there’s Room, which gave us Jacob Tremblay and a fantastic performance by Brie Larson, which fans have turned on because…reasons?

This year might be the “worst” January in the decade to be honest. The Forest and The Boy were the horror films released this month and neither of them really did the job they set out to do. The Forest had the concept of basing it in Japan’s Suicide Forest with Natalie Dormer, while The Boy had Lauren Cohen in what was teased as a “is the doll supernatural or not?” Of course, only one of these is getting a sequel.

The 5th Wave, which was based off a pretty descent YA book, was a complete disappointment for me, personally. Even with the pretty much reliable Chloe Grace Moretz and pre-mega star Maika Monroe, the premise was perfect set-up for them to only make the most bland and boring “action” movie that year.

Speaking of disappointing, the Natalie Portman-led western Jane Got a Gun was most likely a product of behind-the-scenes troubles with original director Lynne Ramsay dropping out literally the first day of filming, and actors swapping in-and-out of lead roles and supporting roles.

Ride Along 2, a couple years after the first movie, brings back Kevin Hart and Ice Cube together moving the action to another city and bringing in Olivia Munn and Benjamin Bratt as the villain. I honestly can’t remember anything about this movie, which seeing how cheap these movies are to make, I’m surprised they didn’t make another one.

Ip Man 3’s main marketing push was having a fight scene between Donnie Yen’s Ip Man versus Mike Tyson’s Frank, and if you saw the movie, you know that the fight only happens once and it isn’t even the end of the movie. The movie itself is a fine action movie, and also introduces Jin Zhang’s Cheung Tin-chi, who got a spinoff movie.

The third and final Kung Fu Panda film came out this month, and brought an end to the movies in a perfect way. Not only did Po find his family and his people, he finally reached the end of his arc of becoming a great fighter.

Finally, 13 Hours, the Michael Bay-directed movie about the U.S. compound in Libya that got attacked, and the security team there defended it. It’s basically the “ill-timed” movie about the attacks in Benghazi. Bay isn’t really that kind of director so the movie was all about the action, and for that, I was thoroughly surprised. The cast is also pretty great with John Krasinski beefing up for the role.

 

 

2017

Hidden Figures

A Monster Calls

Patriots Day

The Founder

Underworld: Blood Wars

Monster Trucks

The Bye Bye Man

Sleepless

Live by Night

xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Split

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Thoughts: Four limited releases turned wide this month in Hidden Figures, A Monster Calls, Patriots Day and The FounderA Monster Calls is the one that sticks with me the most because I didn’t expect the movie to hit me as hard as it did. The Founder, the story of Ray Kroc who turned the family owned burger restaurant into what we know now, saw Michael Keaton be a ruthless, ambitious former salesman that made us loathe him. Hidden Figures and Patriots Day, both based on true stories, with Hidden Figures probably being the one of the two that sticks out to more people.

Ben Affleck-directed Live by Night was considered a huge disappointment by all accounts, and lead to some personal problems for Affleck. Speaking of disappointing, especially one that essentially killed a franchise, Underworld: Blood Wars made Selene into, basically, superhero with no real purpose other than “trying” to do something different, but it was a big heap of NOPE.

On that front, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter did end the long running franchise that was more of the same from what we’ve seen, with a twist I’m sure they thought was smart, but really came off as dumb. Monster Trucks was a weird take on the brand, but you know what, if I was a kid, I would have dug the hell out of this. As an adult, it was still an okay family movie.

Sleepless was actually a remake of a VERY good French film Nuit Blanche, which followed the same basic premise of a cop who goes to a nighclub where his son is being kept after a deal gone wrong. The remake was kind of lifeless despite its descent cast of Jamie Foxx, Michelle Monaghan, Scoot McNairy, Dermot Mulroney and David Harbour.

The Bye Bye Man…*sigh*

Honestly, the only thing that got me in for xXx: Return of Xander Cage was that it starred Donnie Yen…that’s it. I mean, yes the movie was as ridiculous as you would think it would be.

Finally, Split came out this month, in what was one of the best surprises of the month and best surprise twist sequels that I can remember. Even before that though, we got an amazing performance by James McAvoy, and it made Anya Taylor-Joy a household name.

 

 

2018

Molly’s Game

The Post

Phantom Thread

I, Tonya

Insidious: The Last Key

Paddington 2

The Commuter

Proud Mary

12 Strong

Den of Thieves

Maze Runner: The Death Cure

Hostiles

Thoughts: Four limited releases this month in Molly’s Game, I Tonya, The Post and Phantom Thread; five if you count Hostiles – which kind of came and went without much fanfare despite a solid performance by Christian Bale. The Post and Molly’s Game have pretty much, at least it feels like, been forgotten. Phantom Thread was Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis’ last team-up as this was Day-Lewis’ last film, and what a way to go out. As for I, Tonya, this arguably made Margot Robbie the true household name that she is now, with her portray as Tonya Harding. Plus it gave us Paul Walter Hauser.

This month also gave us Proud Mary, which I thought was a nice homage to 70s action movies, but it failed to really leave an impression. Insidious: The Last Key was the last Insidious movie we got, which acted as an origin story for Lin Shaye’s Elise and a prequel to the very first movie. It’s not the best entry in the series, but at least Shaye got one more ride of the character.

We also got the ending of the Maze Runner movies with the third entry The Death Cure which admittedly was a little too long for its own good, and lacked a certain punch for me. The same could be said about 12 Strong – the certain punch – the based on a true story war film that starred Chris Hemsworth leading a small group of soldiers to stop an attack from the Taliban after 9/11. The movie was more of a character movie than an action film like it was marketed, but seeing Chris Hemsworth, Michael Pena and Michael Shannon play off each other was a nice please.

Now for two movies that were surprisingly good in their own way, The Commuter and Den of Thieves. The Commuter could have easily been another Liam Neeson action thriller that most people forgot about – and maybe this one is too – I happen to watch it again recently and thoroughly enjoyed it again. When it comes to Den of  Thieves, this could have easily been a forgettable action crime thriller with everyone chewing up the scenery. And in some part, it really is, but there was something about the wannabe-Heat to it all that I really liked.

Finally, Paddington 2…again, how can you NOT love these movies!

 

And that’s it everyone. Admittedly, this was a lot. So I’ll probably tone down the lists going forward, especially since this is going up at the end of January. But more importantly, I want to know what you guys think about this. Let me know what your favorite movies in January were?

Award Show Winners

So here we are again. With the Oscar nominations coming out it’s time to start raising your pitchforks in rage for the snubs that happened. However here YOU made the decision on who won or lost. While I didn’t get as many votes as the past two years I’ve done this there was a descent amount of votes. But, there was a lot of cases where there was a big tie so with those categories I’m going to name the winners but make a decision of my own to announce a winner. So let’s get things started

Now remember, instead putting that long list again I’m only going to put the nominees that actually got votes.

Best Animated

Nominees: Brave, Rise of the Guardians, Wreck-It Ralph

Winner: Tie

Thoughts: Since I started doing the “Show” (on my previous account) the animated category never really got a clear winner. Obviously things haven’t changed. I actually happened to watch these three movies and if you saw my “Best/Favorite Movies of the Year” list you know that Wreck-It Ralph was, at least in my opinion, the best animated movies this year. So if I played tiebreaker then Ralph would definitely get my vote.

 

Best Horror

Nominees: Paranormal Activity 4, The Possession, Sinister, The Cabin in the Woods

Winner: The Cabin in the Woods

Thoughts: No real complaints here. I loved Cabin in the Woods and not because I’m a big Whedon fan. I loved what they did for (and to) the horror genre.

 

Best Comic Book:

Nominees: The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises

Winner: The Avengers

Thoughts: I think every comic book fan had a hard choice with this one. I loved both movies and both were very different in tone and in overall product so choosing one would be really tough.

 

Best Fight

Nominees: Skyfall: Bond vs Patrice (Tower)

The Dark Knight Rises: Bane vs Batman (Sewer)

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: Abraham vs Adam’s Vampires (Plantation)

The Avengers: Thor vs Iron Man vs Captain America, Haywire: Mallory vs Paul, Ted: John vs Ted

Winner: Ted: John vs Ted

Thoughts: I mean lets face it, it’s a teddy bear against an actual person and it’s going to be funny. I actually loved all the fights that were voted but if I had to add another to the list it would be the fights from The Raid (The Raid: Redemption in America).

 

Best Villain

Nominees: (Write In)Giovanni Ribisi – Ted

Samuel L. Jackson as Stephen – Django Unchained

Javier Bardem as Sliva – Skyfall

Kate Beckinsale as Lori – Total Recall

Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candie – Django Unchained

Tom Hardy as Bane – The Dark Knight Rises

Tom Hiddleston as Loki – The Avengers

Winners:

Tom Hiddleston as Loki – The Avengers

Tom Hardy as Bane – The Dark Knight Rises,

Leonardo DiCaprio as Calvin Candie – Django Unchained

Thoughts: Three great choices and I loved all of them for multiple reasons. It was fun seeing Leo do something different from usual. If I had to add another it would be Bardem’s Sliva from Skyfall.

 

Best Supporting Actress

Nominees: Willow Shields as Primrose Everdeen – The Hunger Games

Anne Hathaway as Fantine – Les Miserables

Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill – The Avengers

Charlize Theron as Meredith Vickers – Prometheus

Naomie Harris as Eve – Skyfall

Winners: Tie

Thoughts: All of these ladies deserve some sort of recognition for their work in 2012. Hathaway seems to making waves and may end up winning the Oscar this year, while Theron played a very cold role in Prometheus

 

Best Supporting Actor

Nominees: Colin Firth as Bill Haydon – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Woody Harrelson as Haymitch – The Hunger Games

Richard Jenkins as Sitterson – The Cabin in the Woods

Bradley Whitford as Hadley – The Cabin in the Wood

Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson – The Avengers

Idris Elba as Janek – Prometheus

Michael Caine as Alfred – The Dark Knight Rises

Chuck Norris as Booker – The Expendables 2

Christoph Waltz as Dr. King Schultz – Django Unchained

(Write In) Leonardo DiCarpio – Django Unchained

Winners: Tie

Thoughts: All great choices and not a single complaint from me. If I had to add in anybody it would be Alan Arkin in Argo and Bruce Willis in Looper.

 

Best Actress

Nominees: Gina Carano as Mallory – Haywire

Kerry Washington as Broomhilda – Django Unchained

Anna Hutchison as Jules – The Cabin in the Woods

Mila Kunis as Lori Collins – Ted

Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy – The Amazing Spiderman

Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle – The Dark Knight Rises

Anna Kendrick as Janet – End of Watch

Judi Dench as M – Skyfall

Jennifer Lawrence as Tiffany – Silver Linings Playbook

Winners: Tie

Thoughts: The ladies of Hollywood always bring their A game and everybody here did that once again. I really enjoyed all of these performances and probably the highlights of this list are Hathaway’s Selina Kyle, Lawrence’s Tiffany and Dame Judi Dench as M.

 

Best Actor

Nominees: Michael Fassbender as David – Prometheus

Ben Affleck as Tony Mendez – Argo

Brad Pitt as Jackie – Killing Them Softly

Suraji Sharma as Pi Patel – Life of Pi

Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln – Lincoln

Liam Neeson as Ottway – The Grey

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man – The Avengers

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America – The Avenger

Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk – The Avengers

Winner: Michael Fassbender as David – Prometheus

Thoughts: The men have been stepping up their game and everybody on this list completely deserves to be here. Daniel Day-Lewis as Lincoln is obviously one of the frontrunners if not the favorite for the Best Actor as the Oscars.  Neeson gave a tremendous performances at the beginning of the year with The Grey and Downey will be Downey. But the winner is Fassbender’s equally tremendous performance as the android David in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

 

Best Director

Nominees: Joss Whedon – The Avengers

Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight Rises

Mans Marlind/Bjorn Stein – Underworld: Awakening

Joe Carnahan – The Grey

James Watkins – The Woman in Black

Gary Ross – The Hunger Games

Drew Goddard – The Cabin in the Woods

Steven Soderbergh – Magic Mike

Rian Johnson – Looper

Ben Affleck – Argo

Henry Joost/Ariel Schulman – Paranormal Activity 4

Sam Mendes – Skyfall

Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained

Winners:

Joss Whedon – The Avengers

Christopher Nolan – The Dark Knight Rises

Thoughts: Well this is interesting. A tie between two great directors and directors that made two of the best films of the year. Nolan gets a lot of love pretty much everywhere else but not at the Academy. This also gives Nolan’s second win here at my Award Show. He won two years ago now with Inception so Mr. Nolan is popular around these parts.

 

Final Thoughts: Thank all of you that voted this year. It was interesting to see who would pull through this year considering this year was a great year of movies. I’ll be doing this again at the end of this year so be on the look out for that at years end. Otherwise, be sure to stick around to check out Reviews, News, and other cool things happening here.

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

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

4) Winners will be announced Jan 11th

Director

Actor

Actress

Supporting Actor

Supporting Actress

Fight

Villain

Horror

Animated

Comic Book

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.”