Fab Five Films of 2012

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Amazingly, I’ve watched 60 movies this year, and that’s not even counting foreign releases. Just pure Hollywood product. That’s more than a movie a week, and still, there are films out there I wanted to see, but missed. So it was somewhat difficult to make a list of my favorite five films of the year. Looking back, I’m glad there was a decline in sequels and remakes and hopefully this trend will continue.

I only considered two things while selecting my Fab Five Films for the year — did the movie entertain me, and was I still thinking about it a few days after seeing it? Here are my picks. What were your favorite films of 2012? Leave a comment and let’s discuss!

Worst Five Films

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Let's start with the five films I disliked the most. It may have been a good year for cinema, but it had its share of stinkers too. There is no order to this list because to be honest, it's be a huge waste of time to invest any more thought into them.

"John Carter"

This film literally had me squirming in my seat, anxiously waiting for it to end so I could be released from its torture. With this and "Battleship," it was a tough year for Taylor Kitsch. His agent should be fired immediately.

"Wrath of the Titans"

Cinematic noise. A waste of everyone's time.

"People Like Us"

Shouldn't a "feel good" film have characters that are likable? I couldn't really care less if any of the characters in this film didn't end up with the money.

"Step Up Revolution"

Now I know I'm not the target audience, but it's obvious the filmmakers didn't even try on this one.

"Red Dawn"

If there ever was a convincing argument to stop Hollywood remakes, "Red Dawn" would be it.

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CodyZamboni1
CodyZamboni1

I agree with you on "Django : Unchained"

Saw it a week ago.

A week later, I still can't get the movie out of my head

Amazing filmmaking.  Grand performances. 

Best movie of the year.

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

MC:  Thanks to you I have not seen your Worst 5.  I liked those on your Honorable Mention except did not see Cloud Atlas.  Skyfall is good, Life of Pi is excellent.  I have not seen Django yet.  I passed on Wallflower as it seemed way too young for my taste.  Did not see End of Watch (no time...pun intended).  I enjoyed Lincoln...I think this one is Oscar material.  Silver Linings was quite good...I really am not into chick flicks too.  Jennifer Lawrence does have some pretty good acting chops.  DeNiro was also good.  I hope you do another post on foreign films of the year.

DianeSeo
DianeSeo

Great post, Myong. I haven't seen any of the films, but at least I know what to get on DVD.

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @CodyZamboni1 Yeah, I think QT is really maturing as a filmmaker which is saying a lot, considering he started off as strongly as he did. Looking forward to more from him. Any news on a Vega Brothers movie? Althought Madsen and Travolta are probably too old by now, LOL.

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @Annoddah_Dave Lincoln is a shoo-in for a number of awards, especially for Daniel Day Lewis' performance but I just couldn't connect with the film, as excellently made as it is. I also really enjoyed Silver Linings Playbook a lot but found it to be somewhat forgettable after viewing. I enjoyed the director's previous film The Fighter much more. And I don't know what it is about Jennifer Lawrence but I'm still not seeing the appeal. I think her line delivery in any movie she's in is virtually the same.

 

What was your favorite film this year? I still remember you recommending Incendies last year and I really enjoyed that thanks to your advice.

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

 @MyongChoi MC:  Contrary to most my favorite is "Hara Kiri Death of a Samurai".  As mentioned earlier this one is very artistic, but slow with so much going on that is not seen.  For US flicks...I enjoyed "Lincoln" best.

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @Annoddah_Dave Speaking of Lincoln, I just watched There Will Be Blood last night, also starring Daniel Day-Lewis. I liked it a lot.