The Big Picture: The Best Movies of 2012

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Looper was better than at least half of the movies on this list (and I fucking LOVED Avengers, Wreck It Ralph, Django, and the Hobbit). It's fighting Cloud Atlas for my favorite film of 2012.

Missing Dredd.

Also sorry Bob, not going to see Django considering Tarantino bores me to tears.

The Dictator is better than TED.

But in both cases and almost all comedy movies, having a plot worsens it.

I got a very american-centric feeling from your top-ten list. They're american films of course, but many of them dealt elements of american culture and history that doesn't export so well. Take that Will Farrow flick, it translates as well as a parody of yorkshire farmlife would to water. Perhaps a foreign watcher could follow the story, laugh at the jokes, but the ultimate spirit of its intention is lost. Bob strikes me as a very patriotic guy, and I remember him saying once that he had trouble transitioning from the local presswork of his early career to the global realms of the internet. That shows strongly, and it's one of the factors that leads bob to be mistaken for bias and favoritism. That, and the blazing-green geek badge he projects.

LobsterFeng:
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'd bet money that ASM is going to at least be on his hate list if not #1 considering how much he bitched about it both before and after it came out, neither of which being justifiable. I normally agree with what he says about most movies that I've seen, but with ASM he was WAY off.

hentropy:
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.

This is kind of my take on Tarantino as well. Take an outlandish-but-plausible setting, introduce quirky characters, give them eminently quotable dialogue about foot rubs and tipping, have some memorable action sequences, lather, rinse, repeat.

I thought Reservoir Dogs was excellent, and Pulp Fiction was good, but by the time I got to Kill Bill I'm thinking to myself, this is feeling a little formulaic to me.

aaaaaaaaand this is the part where the Tarantino fans call me out for having a shallow view of the films and missing out on all the subtle nuances of what makes Tarantino the Great Director of His Time. And that's fine. Tim Burton is formulaic, too, it's not necessarily a bad thing. I just don't get enough out of Tarantino's work to justify sitting through another two hour swearathon cum visceral bloodbath.

Blood Brain Barrier:
Moonrise Kingdom?
Amour?
Beasts of the Southern Wild?

Bob needs to start watching some good movies and not only mainstream crap.

See that's what confuses me about this list. Bob said a few months ago that Moonrise Kingdom and Beasts of the Southern Wild were the best movies of the year so far (he even did an Intermission on them). And while I get that most of the movies on this list came out after them, I find it strange that they got knocked off altogether.

Kumagawa Misogi:

The Tall Nerd:

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.

as a comic book movie the first and last batman movies in that trilogy were kinda bad, they were pretty good movies, bad comic movies.
they threw away too much, well in rises case it threw away to much then tried to re-up some of the more "fantastic" nature of the comic books and didn't really blend well. the 2nd one didn't really have to throw away anything the joker being kinda of a semi realistic villain anyway because he is just a crazy dude that likes the clown theme and 2 face being just a bitter guy with a deformity left the writers open to make psychologically complex characters.

its one of the reasons why i kinda didn't want them to do bane, bane isn't that great, i also didn't like how they made him eastern European , dude was Hispanic, whats wrong with that. could incorporate some new life blood in the actor stream or got like a really good male Hispanic actor, nope.

the marvel movies made by marvel didn't throw away much of anything, ( though they have the advantage of being the less "fantastic" of the big two) they just decided to make the best comic book movies they could, not movies who have characters from comic book, that are just enterchangable

Yeah having Bane be hispanic as he is in the comic books in todays USA would have looked so racist to the 99.9% of americans who don't read comics.

how so, he is a wrestler type character with weird steriod powers

Can't wait to see the Amazing Spider-man's inevitable appearance next week.

Also, I am rather confused because I could have sworn that Bob said he liked Paranorman even better than the Avengers. This is supposed to be a subjectively based list, isn't it?

I'm not complaining, I prefer it when these internet reviewer types come out with a year-end list that is just what they personally liked and disliked the most. See, if you had just done that, Bob, you wouldn't hear shit from me if Amazing Spider-man (no doubt) makes the list next week. Because you didn't like it. I can't fault you for being unfair if you just straight up didn't like it.

I have a huge to-watch list, i haven't seen any of these, TDKN, looper and many more. I know, i've been living under a rock.

Anyone else remember Chronicle? The movie Bob asked The Avengers, Amazing Spider-Man, and Man of Steel to take notes off of? The movie with fantastic, well-rounded characters and action scenes? No? *Sigh* Oh well.

Really Bob? Really? Avengers at #1?

I mean, yeah, it was a fun movie. It was a good vehicle for summertime popcorn calories. But #1? The movie had no spirit, no heart. And no amount of Whedon-esque quipping is going to make up for that. Maybe it deserves some praise for its technical writing achievements, but to say it redefined it's genre is stretching things a tad. I know the Internet atheists love to bash on Prometheus, but at least it gave me something to think about after I left the theater. Avengers was fluff- fun, but it ultimately it didn't stimulate a single brain cell after the credits rolled. And I'm not saying that mindless fun is bad, but seeing as how Bob is usually all about trying to promote the smart movies, it's a little disappointing to see him not give his #1 spot to one of those.

TheDrunkNinja:

Also, I am rather confused because I could have sworn that Bob said he liked Paranorman even better than the Avengers. This is supposed to be a subjectively based list, isn't it?

That was his opinion straight after seeing it, though. Once someone has been given even more time to think about a film, their opinions can shift slightly. This is probably why some of the newer films can be found near the top.

I want Bob to make a video or column going over what he thought of the movies on his "most anticipated" list from last year, though that doesn't seem to matter, since quite a few of them are already covered here in this list.

10.) Maybe I'll check this movie out someday..

9.) This one, too. Even though I don't care for new Family Guy or The Cleveland Show (at least not that much), I think American Dad is surprisingly witty with it's jokes. Not to mention, I totally agree that Seth MacFarland is a genuinely talented guy, from comedian to voice actor to an INCREDIBLE singer.

8.) Totally good movie, and I don't usually watch serious dramas... Maybe now I will, because of this movie! What Bob said is basically true, Lincoln was on the right side, yet he had to kind of "work the system to his advantage" because it was a different time, and people weren't willing to go in the "right" direction, as it were. There's a lot of moral grayness here, and I actually kind of like that, at least in this movie.

7.) Still REALLY want to check this out, even though I'm not a fan of horror movies... I've heard more good things about it since Bob's review (as well as some not-so-good things, but whatever).

6.) Definitely one of MY favorite movies of the year, if not number one! I've seen it at LEAST twice already!

5.) Again, passed this one by, mostly because I couldn't find anyone to go see this movie with me... :(

4.) I have heard a LOT of negative things about The Hobbit since I saw it. Honestly, I really do like it! Maybe I really should track down and watch it in 46 fps just to see what everyone's bitching about, but I still found it to be an entertaining movie!

3.) DAMMIT, I need to see this movie, but nobody wants to see it with me! Luckily, a co-worker of mine wants to see it, too, so I can probably go see it, too.

2.) My mom wanted to see this with me... but we never made the time... probably because she wanted to read the book first... Either way, I'll definitely have to rent it or watch it on pay-per-view.

I think I can guess what number 1 is...

1.) Eeyup. Called it. Fun, awesome movie!

I can't wait to see what Bob's worst movies of 2012 are!

I would have at least put Skyfall in an "honorable mentions" list...

The Avengers was a fun movie, great dialogue but weak story and villain definitely, but does that deserve a number one spot? Personally I find the dark knight rises better. It didn't have nearly as many plotholes as people say it did and I will debate anyone who thinks it does.

I still really need to see Django Unchained. Maybe Looper too deserves to be somewhere slightly low on the list?

This is a pretty good damn list. I was surprised by Casa de Mi Padre, but then I remembered how I was laughing in my seat the whole time.

Wow those were some unsurprising choices especially number 1 .
Also about wreck it ralph I don't think Vanellope was supposed to be a parody of 90 style cute kid character she just was one still really liked the movie and I hope they make a sequel preferably taking place in my pc.

Actually, yeah, not a single problem with that list. All great movies. Can't wait to see what makes the other list.

Strain42:
Worst of 2012?

I can't wait to see the new Spiderman make that list.

Well lemme rephrase that, I can't wait to watch angry forum posters get oddly defensive about the fact that a purely subjective list that is based completely on one man's opinion has a movie that you may not agree with.

The funny thing is that Amazing Spider-Man is actually better than Spider-Man 2 or Spider-Man 3... sure, subjective opinions ahoy, but if you're looking at it purely from a critical angle, the only thing really keeping it from being better than the first Sam Raimi Spider-Man is the fact that the writing for the Green Goblin was miles better than the story arc for The Lizard, and that the CGI used for The Lizard's face is completely ridiculous.

OT: When I saw Cloud Atlas at #2 I actually had to ask myself what Bob was going to put at #1, then The Avengers popped up and I went "Oh yeah."

It was a fun movie, but as I've previously mentioned, I wouldn't put it in my Top 5.

Eww, Lincoln made the best movies list?!

Lincoln was HORRIBLE. Lincoln wasn't about Lincoln, it was a boring period piece that attempts to take an event we have known the outcome of for about 150 years now, and attempt to make it dramatic. Oh my, who is going to vote YAY and NAY?? I'm on the edge of my seat! No really, I was on the edge of my seat, because I was falling asleep and sliding out of my chair. Its was LITERALLY as entertaining as turning on C-SPAN for 2 hours, no lie.

Lincoln is one of two movies I've almost walked out on in my lifetime (its not something I like to even think about as self imposed movie buff)....the other, was Batman & Robin. Yes, I think Lincoln is AS bad or WORSE...than Batman & Robin.

Lincoln doesn't even get a decent on screen death, truly a pathetic piece of directing that shows that poor Spielberg's best days are LONG behind him. DDL was great as Lincoln though, great acting, just a terrible film.

i have not seen any of those movies. i really don't watch many movie these days anyway. i do plan on at least seeing the hobbit

Blood Brain Barrier:

Bob needs to start watching some good movies and not only mainstream crap.

what you said said sounds very hipsterish?

Cabin in the Woods was the worst movie I ever saw, and I have seen Birdemic: Shock and Terror. The only people who found that movie edgy or game changing, won't be born until 2046. To everyone else, what that movie had to say was old news.

Reincarnatedwolfgod:
i have not seen any of those movies. i really don't watch many movie these days anyway. i do plan on at least seeing the hobbit

Blood Brain Barrier:

Bob needs to start watching some good movies and not only mainstream crap.

what you said said sounds very hipsterish?

Maybe, but I didn't mean that anything mainstream can't be good. All his movies are big blockbusters from the multimillion studios. Why?

Crimson_Dragoon:

Blood Brain Barrier:
Moonrise Kingdom?
Amour?
Beasts of the Southern Wild?

Bob needs to start watching some good movies and not only mainstream crap.

See that's what confuses me about this list. Bob said a few months ago that Moonrise Kingdom and Beasts of the Southern Wild were the best movies of the year so far (he even did an Intermission on them). And while I get that most of the movies on this list came out after them, I find it strange that they got knocked off altogether.

Who are we kidding. Is there any chance bob isn't being paid for selecting these movies for his list?

Damn right!

Not looking forward to hearing Spider-Man hit number one and Bob going ape on it again, though.

While I will never say that you can be wrong on a ''my favorites list'' I will say that I was surprised that he put The Avengers on the #1 spot. It was definitley genre-defiying, but he said it himself, iconography can only get you so far, and I do think that while good, it doesn't make first. Second in my case.

Good choices, though I'm a little disappointed that you decided to put Ted on there, mainly because I absolutely loath Seth MacFarlane and every art crime he chooses to cough up. I would probably have given The Hobbit the #1 spot, though. I loved The Avengers, but Peter Jackson's latest masterpiece feels a bit more... meaningful. For lack of a better term.

I'll put my eye-rolling about The Avengers aside (okay, one gripe: Awesome fight scenes? Oh, please: the opening sequence of TDKR was more imaginative and suspenseful than ANYTHING in The Avengers) and say that I saw The Hobbit, and really? The fourth-best movie of the year?

The Hobbit bugged the hell out of me. It was too long (admittedly, I'm not a Tolkien fan), and there were a lot of contrivances that made me say "oh. come. ON." repeatedly (for instance, the two sequences with the horses...they basically turned the horses into a plot point rather than an organic part of the story), and then every fight sequence where nobody could end up separated for too long, or no danger was particularly lethal.

It was like Peter Jackson took lessons in ridiculous from Zack Snyder. And I'm someone who LIKED both 300 and Sucker Punch!

To be fair, The Unexpected Party was done really well, as well as The Game. And frankly, the scene with Gandalf and the elves and you-know-who...well, there was a LOT of awesome on that screen. And Martin Freeman was a-freaking-dorable.

Really disappointed in this list but I respect the choices. I completely forgot that Avengers was a 2012 movie but, for all the praise lavished upon it by fanboys/girls, I can't see it but anything other than a decent summer action blockbuster. I liked TDKR better personally, if only because it felt more suspenseful than putting a bunch of superheroes into a room together.

Also, why in the world is Django on there? No real intentions on seeing it but this movie, of all of them, made it onto the list? Really? Skyfall should have taken its place in the list, particularly because you loved Skyfall so much (and I as well).

Things I've learned: Movie Bob is rather inconsistent with his picks and choices. I like what he has to say but can never understand the overall message about the movie. Rather frustrating.

The Avengers was so uninteresting to me that I actually forgot that it came out this year.

I think the only real effect it had on me was a personal re-evaluation of the superhero genre in comics and how bland and unimaginative I was finding it.

Katatori-kun:
Really Bob? Really? Avengers at #1?

I mean, yeah, it was a fun movie. It was a good vehicle for summertime popcorn calories. But #1? The movie had no spirit, no heart. And no amount of Whedon-esque quipping is going to make up for that. Maybe it deserves some praise for its technical writing achievements, but to say it redefined it's genre is stretching things a tad. I know the Internet atheists love to bash on Prometheus, but at least it gave me something to think about after I left the theater. Avengers was fluff- fun, but it ultimately it didn't stimulate a single brain cell after the credits rolled. And I'm not saying that mindless fun is bad, but seeing as how Bob is usually all about trying to promote the smart movies, it's a little disappointing to see him not give his #1 spot to one of those.

I got more of a post-credits intellectual impact out of Ghost Rider: Spirits of Vengeance than The Avengers. And I agree that the movie had no spirit or heart, and that it's stretching to say the movie redefined the Genre. At best, the Avengers showed that it is possible to have a whole universe of interconnected movies instead of a single line of sequels.

Daria.Morgendorffer:
I'll put my eye-rolling about The Avengers aside (okay, one gripe: Awesome fight scenes? Oh, please: the opening sequence of TDKR was more imaginative and suspenseful than ANYTHING in The Avengers)

Really? TDKR was so boring I barely remember anything from the movie. The only part of that movie that was enjoyable was Bane choking Batman while he was using his "scary" voice and just for a second, Batman sounded like Cartman from South Park. Literally the only good part of that movie was the unintentional humor of the moment.

MonkeyPunch:
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.

Ditto on everything. McFarlane got caught up in a comedy trap that happens from time to time. He had a story to tell and he forgot to be funny and started concentrating on telling his story. The laughs, such as they were, stopped.

I very much want to see those movies, and Paranormin.

Casa De Mi Padre is on Netflix streaming. I'll have to give it another shot. I stopped watching about 1/2 way through.

Bob...Where's The Grey?
But, looking at the list I can't really think what I'd knock off in favor of it. Maybe The Hobbit? Naaaaaa
I can't wait for next week's list.

Blood Brain Barrier:
Who are we kidding. Is there any chance bob isn't being paid for selecting these movies for his list?

Eh, I agree that this list says a lot about Bob's, shall we say, unrefined tastes, but now you're just getting into conspiracy theory territory. He makes short video capsule reviews on a middling sized video games web site. Who could possibly care enough to pay him?

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