The Big Picture: The Best Movies of 2012

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The Best Movies of 2012

MovieBob gives us a Christmas present with the best movies of 2012.

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Batman didn't make the list. Hmmmmm. Personally, I agree with the decision (TDKR had plot and pacing issues), although I sense many people may be....a little annoyed by Batman's absence.

And most of those were ones I wanted to see but wasn't able to... Stupid Australian cinemas.

Yeaahhh... I really can't get behind the whole Avengers thing. Don't get me wrong, it was a fun movie and I enjoyed watching it. But I also found it rather... forgettable I suppose. The action was disappointing. Perhaps you have to be more familiar with the industry to appreciate its ambition, but just seeing comic book shenanigans on the screen did not even come close to impressing me.

On the other hand, I recently saw Cloud Atlas and yeah, it's pretty good. Granted, I might well be biased since I absolutely adored the book and I'm happy to see it get a movie that somehow manages to not suck donkeys. Although the book was still better. A movie, even a long movie, was never going be able to contain the sheer volume and density of each story. The Sonmi-451 arc in particular, my personal favourite, suffered a severe trimming. Also, I found the actions scenes decidedly flat and unconvincing.

Typically I tend to agree with Bob's opinions on movies, games, and the like; I'm glad he did this. Especially on Christmas, because now I have the money to engage in the best this year had to offer. And if the third movie is as good as he's implying, tonight's gonna be a good night.

When I got to number 3 I was thinking "wait a sec, he hasn't gotten to that movie yet....oh....is he?" And Moviebob did. I actually really like his number one choice.

The only two movies I haven't seen on this list are Casa De mi Padre and Ted, but even then, my list is going to be really different.

I'm waiting to see Zero Dark Thirty and Django Unchained before I make a list though.

Can't wait to see your worst movies now!

Django: Djon't miss it!
As someone who has actually READ history, it pisses me off how every election year, people wring their hands and say "When did everyone become so mean?" Newsflash: people SUCK and they always have >(

And as well done as the Hobbit was, it really went over the top. And I can't understand for the life of me why Peter felt the need to resurrect a past a past villan to serve as the primary antagonist. Was really unnecessary.

Worst of 2012? On the New Year? Sounds legit. Great list!

Okay, taking bets now:

Which position will The Expendables 2 take? Personally, I cant say completely, but atleast the top five...

I hoped Skyfall will manage to get on that list. Well, if everybody had hated LotR as I do, it would have been there :)

4 of those aren't released in the UK till 2013 so yeah.

The thing about your Avengers pick is that it's not a movie it's a very, very extended action scene, a good one but still just an action scene.

Also for all your bitching about comic characters not wearing the correct outfits 2 of the 6 wear black leather/plastic things you hate when non disney films have them, 2 are CG and of the 2 that wear costumes Thor doesn't even wear his helmet even though in the comics he does 90% of the time.

Not surprised to see The Avengers on top of that list. Well deserved though. It was amazing.

Disagree with the first two, and four more haven't made it over here yet (as far as I'm aware). Great.

Urh:
Batman didn't make the list. Hmmmmm. Personally, I agree with the decision (TDKR had plot and pacing issues), although I sense many people may be....a little annoyed by Batman's absence.

First comment is right on the money. xD Nolan's Batman is like the movie equivalent of the bible, and they're gonna be mounting a crusade for this injustice.

I guess I just don't 'get' Tarantino. Don't get me wrong, his movies are entertaining, I liked Pulp Fiction but it didn't change my life. It was fun, irreverent, and entertaining. I'll admit to not seeing Inglorious Basterds, because it looked like his other movies, just another good action movie, so maybe I'm missing something. They're certainly not mindless but they're not mindful either, they really have nothing to say or really interesting stories to weave. To me Django just seems like Tarantino trolling the country. "Oh, you liked my story about Jews slaughtering Nazis? Well let's see how the south likes this one!" But is it a good STORY? Or is it just another fun, well-made and entertaining killing spree movie?

Those kinds of movies just don't seem worthy of the kind of widespread critical acclaim and Oscar nods that they always seem to get, it seems like people are paying for and praising the brand (Tarantino) and not the product which might have a hard time getting a Fresh rating on the tomatometer if the same movies were made by another director.

Just like a lot of critics, your top ten list is filled with things you saw recently. You saw Hobbit, Cloud Atlas, and Django recently, which I feel is a bit unfair to older movies from the year.

I've seen the Avengers a couple of times and I feel that you are overhyping the movie. It is nothing more than a dumb, loud explosion laden movie, the type of movie that we get every summer. It is the same formula that built Dark of the Moon. Light on plot, which needs to be paper thin at best because too much of it would detract from the action beats. Also, it's big on action set pieces.

Before anyone wants to correct me, I did not say Avengers is the same as Dark of the Moon. I said it's the same formula that built both. Formula does not dictate that one is executed better than the other. It is simply scaffolding for which the rest of the movie is built upon.

What Avengers did was confuse and muddle the conversation about comic book movies. Just because you were waiting for a comic book style continuity to leap from page to film does not mean everyone else was. If anything, it was a conversation that most people were not having because not enough people cared about it. Most people want to see a movie and went to see that.

Also, seen Cabin in the Woods and did not care for it. I really hate when people say it reinvented the Horror genre. The last time the horror genre was reinvented was with the Scream movies and it took eight years for the damage to be mostly reversed. All that I needed to know about the movie is it was sitting in the studios vault for a few years.

No skyfall or batman??!?! GOOD!

I need to watch cloud atlas and End of watch (not on the list).

And avengers is amazing the first time round and then pretty stale thereafter

Well, I kinda disagree about the whole Avengers thing. I've never read comics, like, at all. I live in a country where this kind of thing just isn't popular. So, I guess, I'd swap The Hobbit with The Avengers if I were making my own list of top ten movies of the year, just because I couldn't care less for all those people in colorful costumes, while Bilbo was one of the characters I grew up with. I know it's the other way round for most people. I'm not saying that The Hobbit is better than The Avengers, and I'm not saying that The Avengers is a bad movie, I just honestly can't see why people call it the best movie of the year. For me, it's just another movie based on a comic book.

What? Not even a NOD to Skyfall? I'd put that as my Number 2!

I also checked Bob's top 10 from the Boston Online Film Critics Association; it's basically the same movies, but in a different order, with the exception of #1 (which is the one that counts the most). I find it funny though that in the BOFCA list he included Zero Dark Thirty, but in here it seems to have been replaced with Casa de mi Padre

I know The Avengers is a good movie but its not the best moive to come out this year. At best maybe like the 8th best movie. Well it is your list so not like I can fault it.

And to the suprise of no one, The Avengers was number one. The most overrated film of the year. It is fun but you forget it a week after you have seen it.Also, No Argo or Skyfall?BUU

maximalist566:
I hoped Skyfall will manage to get on that list. Well, if everybody had hated LotR as I do, it would have been there :)

I'd wager Skyfall just barely didn't make the cut, along with Dark Knight Rises. Both good movies, but neither did anything shockingly spectacular like most of the films on this list. Only one I can't speak for is Django, cause it's not out yet and I personally hate Tarantino's style.

Shame Skyfall didn't make it but understandable, also I know some peeps are gonna bitch about how Bob placed Avenges so highly but, come on, thats Bob's bread and butter, YOU DON'T MESS WITH A MANS BREAD AND BUTTER!!! Wreck It Ralph isn't out in the UK till Feb... gonna be a loooooong wait.

Zhukov:
Yeaahhh... I really can't get behind the whole Avengers thing. Don't get me wrong, it was a fun movie and I enjoyed watching it. But I also found it rather... forgettable I suppose. The action was disappointing. Perhaps you have to be more familiar with the industry to appreciate its ambition, but just seeing comic book shenanigans on the screen did not even come close to impressing me.

I've got a funny feeling that we're going to see a Big Picture video about the flaws of the Avengers in about 3 years. Right now Bobby's still in the post-"This-Didn't-Suck-That's-AWESOME!"-orgasmic bliss of the Avengers. He spent literally years stoking the fires for it (unlike most of the rest of us, who didn't give it a whole lot of thought) so he's going to have a bit harder of a time coming out of that bliss, but when he does he's going to look back at the Avengers, at his reaction to the Avengers, and will have to find some way of making a mea culpa without making a mea culpa.

Oh, and on the subject of TDKR not being on the list? Good. It didn't deserve to be on this list. It wasn't a top 10 movie, and just being Batman isn't enough to get it on any list.

Ronack:

Urh:
Batman didn't make the list. Hmmmmm. Personally, I agree with the decision (TDKR had plot and pacing issues), although I sense many people may be....a little annoyed by Batman's absence.

First comment is right on the money. xD Nolan's Batman is like the movie equivalent of the bible, and they're gonna be mounting a crusade for this injustice.

I dunno about that, really - TDKR got quite a bit of flack, and not nearly as much defense as I expected. I think many of the fans were annoyed with the way the movie seemed to play fast and loose with the fans loyalty, as if Nolan expected the fans to just fill in the blanks and go with the weaknesses of the plot.

I really hope Disney doesn't milk Wreck it Ralph.
It was really one of the best Disney movies (not attached to Pixar) that I've seen in years and it would break my heart to see the spew out a bunch of sequels and spin-offs to make a quick buck.

I was actually a bit disappointed by Ted :(
I'm a big Seth McFarlane fan and the trailers looked great for this, but I left the movie feeling unfulfilled.
Maybe it's precisely because I had my hopes up and high expectations.

From that list I really want to watch Django, Lincoln, Wreck-it Ralph.

Avengers? Forgettable. Hobit? Boring. Cloud Atlas... Hm okay I guess, we need movies like that. But Padre and Bob in the top? Hold on while I go puke.

Cabin in the woods is #1 if anything.

Yeah I pretty much watch Movie bob to know in advance which movies I won't enjoy. It's those Bob thinks are the best.

daxterx2005:
I really hope Disney doesn't milk Wreck it Ralph.
It was really one of the best Disney movies (not attached to Pixar) that I've seen in years and it would break my heart to see the spew out a bunch of sequels and spin-offs to make a quick buck.

You do realize we're talking about Disney here right? (Straight to DVD sequels ahoy!)

OT: I haven't seen a lot of those movies yet but I agree completely with The Hobbit and Wreck-it Ralph. The Avengers is a love letter to comic book geeks so I don't really blame him for making it his number 1.

I'm wondering if he's going to be brave enough to put The Rising Batman movie on his hate list? I know he said he liked it, but I've been watching it a lot lately since we got it on video and I got to say, every time I watch it I hate it a little more because the plot holes become more obvious. And I'm sure The Amazing Spider-man will be on his hate list as well, hopefully he doesn't make it number 1.

I'm a little disapointed that Argo missed out but I can mostly back this list.
Except for a few I haven't seen yet.
Damn it Australia.

While I certainly can't say that this list wasn't predictable, it was still a little disappointing. Bob's reviews have consistently shown that his personal biases trump any considerations of quality (good or bad) when he looks at a film. The Avengers was mediocre. Unremarkable acting, a generic script with plot holes galore, no serious artistry in its filming or visual effects, and, well, nothing much happening. There weren't any moral dilemmas, there was no intriguing mystery, it was just a bunch of flat, predictable characters beating each other up.

Ignoring Skyfall isn't really anything other than a snub; it was just as much of an "impossible dream project" as The Avengers was, with the bonus of actually being a good film on top. Oh well. Some of us have stopped playing with action figures; Bob may eventually catch up.

Interesting list Bob, I really oughta give some of these a look. Also, I agree with his number 1 pick... but that's just me.

Can't wait to see your worst of list!

Terragent:
While I certainly can't say that this list wasn't predictable, it was still a little disappointing. Bob's reviews have consistently shown that his personal biases trump any considerations of quality (good or bad) when he looks at a film. The Avengers was mediocre. Unremarkable acting, a generic script with plot holes galore, no serious artistry in its filming or visual effects, and, well, nothing much happening. There weren't any moral dilemmas, there was no intriguing mystery, it was just a bunch of flat, predictable characters beating each other up.

Ignoring Skyfall isn't really anything other than a snub; it was just as much of an "impossible dream project" as The Avengers was, with the bonus of actually being a good film on top. Oh well. Some of us have stopped playing with action figures; Bob may eventually catch up.

Wow, like being a dick much? Having preferences is not the same as having biases! Furthermore, The Avengers was incredible. An amazingly witty script with the greatest action sequence I have ever seen making up its entire third act. And the acting wasn't unremarkable either, all the actors were perfect in their roles. And there weren't any plot holes that I noticed. Also, a film not having any "moral dilemmas" or "intriguing mystery" is not a legitimate criticism of a film like The Avengers, which is just about being a fucking awesome movie.

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