2012, the best year for movies in many years, finally draws to an end. We’ve finally gotten to 2012’s ACTION MOVIES, the type of film I love most. I’ve been waiting a long time for some of these movies, and many of them were fantastic, most of them surprisingly so. Let’s rock…
Dark Knight Rises – Of course it was awesome, of course it looked great, of course the acting and direction were perfect. I have been a hardcore Nolan fan since Memento, which is probably one of my all-time favorite movies. Bane in this movie was likely the scariest villain in my movie memory. Yeah, the Health Ledger Joker was better overall, but Tom Hardy’s Bane was far more frightening. You felt a strong sense of danger every time he was on the screen, and man, that’s really, really hard to pull off. I love how his voice was an almost happy tone despite the audio effects, and it was still menacing. Very cool. So yes, the movie was awesome, but that being said I’m going to tell you what I didn’t like. The film definitely suffered from pacing problems. There were times I wanted the movie to just get on with it (never a good sign) and then suddenly an action scene or even a romance scene just popped up out nowhere for a few minutes, then it dropped back into dialogue-heavy slowness. I also did not like Anne Hathaway as Catwoman. Look, Anne Hathaway is not hot. Anne Hathaway is not cool. Yeah, she’s a good actress, but she’s not Catwoman. Sorry, she’s just not, I don’t care how good the writing or direction is. Lastly, Heath Ledger’s absence is really felt in this film, at least it was for me. Not the director’s fault of course, but when you see all the villains released from jail and you see Scarecrow (played by Cillian Murphy ) in the movie but not the Joker, a part of you thinks “Aw….shit.” Still a great movie though.
Here we go again with micro-movie reviews from movies over the last few months. This covers the summer months, so were talking the big-budget blockbusters in this post. That means we’re in for some serious Hollywood insanity…
The Avengers – Awesome. I don’t have a single complaint. Marvel Comics made the very smart (and very risky) move of setting up their own movie studio several years back so they could make movies with 100% control over their own intellectual property. With the Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor movies, they’ve been leading up to The Avengers for several years now. People don’t realize how stupid and disastrous this movie could have been. Instead, it was fantastic. Action, special effects, plot, characters, acting, script, all well done. By the way, Scarlett Johansson is still really hot. I was distracted from the movie whenever her black leather ass was in the camera frame.
2012 is the best year for movies probably in my lifetime…not only lots of movies but lots of good movies. Here we are only four months into the year and I’m already quite impressed.
I’d love to do an expanded review on some of these like I’ve done for other films, there’s just so many this year this blog would get cluttered with movie reviews. So for the time being, I’ll be doing these occasional mini-summaries instead of full blown reviews.
Here we go:
2012 is the year of the movie. I’m seeing at least one movie a week this year. Here we go:
Red Tails – Oh, the acting. Oh, the script. Oh god it was bad. Great special effects but who cares when the rest of the move is sooooooo fucking bad? A real shame, since I was really looking forward to this one. Dammit…this could have been amazing.
Underworld Awakening – Underworld Evolution was one of my favorite movies. So this movie had a high bar to cover, and it missed. Not once was I involved in the story or the outcome or the action. Well, hell. It’s the fourth movie in the series so what do you expect? Kate Beckinsale is still hot as ever even though she’s almost 40. You just can’t take your eyes off her. She’s the only reason to watch this movie.
“In about five seconds I’m going to be kickin’ the shit out of you, and you’re going to be swallowing a lot of blood just for a billfold.” ~ Liam Neeson in The Grey
The first Alpha male movie of 2012, and holy crap, it’s fantastic. It’s rare a movie comes along and accomplishes exactly what it sets out to do and hits all the notes just right. This movie really effected me at a deep emotional level, and for a guy like me, that’s saying a lot. I mean, a lot. The Grey isn’t perfect. No movie is. But damn, it’s awfully close.
Ah, another testosterone movie. It’s been too long. Other than Fast Five (which was fuckin’ awesome and the best in the series by far), Conan The Barbarian, and Killer Elite, we haven’t had much of those this year. I had high hopes for Captain America and Cowboys and Aliens, but both of those movies fell flat for me. 2011 has been a very bleak year for Alpha male movies.
So now we have Immortals. I knew nothing about this movie going in (other than the trailers looked like 300) and had no expectations at all, positive or negative. The day before I saw it I discovered it was directed by Tarsem Singh, the guy who directed The Cell. On one hand, this made me happy because the visuals in The Cell were groundbreaking. On the other hand, I was worried that Singh would turn a movie about Greek gods into an artsy-fartsy flick.
Whenever a movie releases that’s an adaptation of one of my favorite books, I always put my money and my big mouth behind it, regardless of what the critics (or box office) says about it, especially if it promotes Alpha characters, something sorely lacking in Hollywood for several decades now. Sometimes I agree with them and sometimes I don’t. Warning: minor spoilers ahead.
I was prepared to dislike this movie after reading all the negative reviews. I was honestly surprised when about ten minutes into the movie I was thinking “Holy crap…this looks good.” By the end of the movie I wasn’t quite as excited, but I still liked the movie a lot. This is right after I saw Fright Night, another movie I expected to hate but turned out to be a surprisingly good movie. In terms of a guy like me who loves fantasy, loves action movies, and loved Robert E. Howard’s original Conan stories, I put Conan The Barbarian at about a 7.0 on the 1 to 10 scale.