2012 Year End Review|
January 7, 2013
The curtain comes down on 2012 and the ultimate goal of two-movies-per-weekend continues to elude! The final tally at the Movie Manifest came to 102, just a couple shy of the mark. The two-per average will make for a nice target in 2013, which will be the 20th anniversary of the Manifest. We also failed to knock out our final two Kurosawa films (Dreams and The Quiet Duel). No excuse for that.
The five winners this year were 13 Assassins, Looper, Django Unchained, The Hobbit, and, let's say, Cabin in the Woods.
There really weren't any films that stood too far out from the pack in 2012. Cabin in the Woods or Looper could easily be swapped out with Trollhunter, The Raid Redemption, Ip Man, or Argo. Other solid entries to the lineup included Safety Not Guaranteed, Jiro Dreams of Sushi, The Front Line, and Prometheus, which fired on every cylinder except story, which is almost forgivable given how flat out gorgeous the whole thing looked. Almost.
Losers were The Wolfman, Green Lantern, and Cars 2. I'm convinced Cars 2 went to theaters instead of straight to DVD just to get a lemon on Pixar's previously unblemished track record and take off some of the pressure. Other movies we wish we could unsee for 2012: The Grey (despite what you may have heard, it was blah.), Resident Evil: Retribution, Taken 2, and The Amazing Spiderman.
Looking into 2013, expectations are high for: Only God Forgives (Nicolas "Drive" Refn and Ryan Gosling), Pacific Rim, Elysium (Neill "District 9" Blomkamp), Oblivion, and of course Star Trek Into Awesomeness. We'll also be gettin' The Hobbit 2: Smaug Alert next Christmas. World War Z and Man of Steel each contain the ingredients necessary for greatness, but the recipes are tricky and prone to failure.
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