The Best Movies of 2012: #80 – #61
Alright, alright, alright. Now we’re getting somewhere, folks. As for Day 2’s selections, we’ve got some pretty good ones and a couple that I imagine might ruffle some feathers out there (not that that’s my intention here, folks). But before we get started, a heads up for anyone just joining:
And without further ado, the next 20…
80. Goon (Full Review)
It’s no Slap Shot, and I’m in the crowd that thinks Slap Shot‘s just alright. Still, points for heart and some chuckles throughout.
79. Sound of Noise
Major points for originality, but when your movie revolves around Stomp-like performances, you really gotta get your audio synched up with your instruments, son.
78. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (Full Review)
An underwhelming showing from the gang over at Aardman. Amusing for what it is, but hard not to compare it to what they’ve done in the past.
77. Friends with Kids (Full Review)
Sweet, but forgettable. That’s all I’ve got, folks.
76. The Turin Horse
Folks, I am a patient man, but staying awake during this thing proved to be a true test of willpower at times. That aside, appreciated it for what it is, and it’s got some striking cinematography to boot.
Lots of potential, mostly squandered. If only they had left the directing up to Ti West and Radio Silence…
74. Magic Mike
The novelty is there, and so is a great, natural rapport among the cast members. As a result, this thing was a freakin’ hoot for the first hour or so. But then the already-weak story gave way to non-stop stripping and partying, then I stopped caring about the predictable characters and their predictable problems, and by the last half hour, I was ready to move on with my life. Still, points to Soderbergh for making this work for as long as it did. And points to Tatum for reinventing himself like a boss last year.
73. The Hunter
Takes a bit to get into and there’s not much about it that stands out, but still wound up being a pretty compelling little murder mystery supported by some truly gorgeous scenery.
72. The Do-Deca-Pentathlon (Full Review)
Liked it when I saw it, and it’s only grown on me since. Us men and our competitions…
71. Zero Dark Thirty
Well made and it flew right by, but the more I think about it, the more I don’t care for it. Too cold and punishing for its own good, also can’t help but wonder about what to take at face value.
70. The Master (Full Review)
Can absolutely appreciate what so many people loved about this movie, and to tell you the truth, I would love to see Joaquin upset Daniel Day at the Oscars this year. With that being said, and with a much greater understanding of it to go off of, it just didn’t click with me, much in the way There Will Be Blood didn’t. And it’s not that I didn’t like it, and I’m not saying it’s a bad movie, there are just other P.T. Anderson efforts that have resonated with me far more than this did. Alright, I’m rambling now. Stepping off the witness stand…
69. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (Full Review)
An admittedly semi-ridiculous movie to edge out The Master, but after a year spent watching grown-up movies with grown-ups, it sure was nice to lighten up for a change with something that made me feel like a kid again. Can’t think of another movie that my wife laughed harder at either.
68. 21 Jump Street (Full Review)
Better and funnier than I think anyone was expecting. And so began the rebirth of Channing Tatum…
67. Bully (Full Review)
Wish it had been more of a call to action than it ended up being, nor can say that it’s really lingered with me since. On the other hand, it is undeniably important and deserves to be seen if only out of respect for the interviewees and their families.
65. The Hunger Games (Full Review)
Still think it’s better than the book, and seeing it on opening night in a theater crammed with teenage girls was one of the more hilarious moviegoing experiences I’ve had in recent memory.
64. Take This Waltz (Full Review)
Worth it for the final Act, and bonus points for the best use of “Video Killed the Radio Star” in any movie ever.
63. Oslo, August 31st
A little too long-winded for my taste, but a memorable and uncompromising story of addiction and recovery nonetheless.
As a character study, it’s interesting (dare I say fascinating); as a mob drama, not so much. However, serious bonus points are in order for one stellar performance from Matthias Schoenaerts.
61. Kill List (Full Review)
One strange, haunting movie that’s proven to be one hell of a discussion point. Also a clear winner for the single-most disturbing scene of 2012.
Alright, gang, just 60 more to go. Looking forward to these Zero Dark Thirty and The Master debates I’ve set myself up for, and make sure to check back tomorrow for the next 20. Word to your mother.