2012 is the bag and we're looking forward to 2013! We're going to be recapping some of our favorites from 2012, and sharing with everyone. Today, we're taking a break from music and moving to movies... check out Seggie's Top Movies of 2012!
SEGGIE'S TOP MOVIES OF 2012
Here's my list of my favorite movies and biggest let downs of 2012. These movies are not in any particular order.
Daniel Day Lewis is incredible. This is obvious. I imagine his process is this, "Hmm, its been a couple of years, I'm ready for another Oscar. ::Picks up phone:: Hey Steve-O (Spielberg), I'm ready for another Oscar, whatcha got for me?". It's almost inevitable that he's a shoe-in for a nomination anytime he accepts a role. This movie was fantastic. While historians debate the validity of facts, there was still a lot to be learned from this film. If you didn't learn something, then you're probably Don Nottingham. The cast was great, the script was solid and the directing was Spielberg. This movie will probably win the Oscar for best movie.
I saw this movie and I didn't even mind that Affleck was in it. Ben Affleck is the butt of many jokes and while most of the time its valid (see: Gigli/Daredevil), this time, he comes away a winner. He's now 2 for 2 in as many years with directing very solid films (The Town 2010) but was snubbed by the academy for Directing this year. This movie was great. Winner of the Golden Globe for best movie, this is definitely worth a visit to the theater if its still out. Don't expect an Oscar for Best Movie, but its in the conversation.
Waltz, Fox, DiCaprio, Jackson. Killer cast. This movie is very intense and vulgar, but you know what you're getting with a Tarantino film. Same with Affleck, he's 2 for 2 with great movies (Inglorious Basterds 2010). While he won't win any Oscars since the Academy hates Tarantino, he hit a homerun with this movie. He got incredible performances out of his cast and this movie, in my opinion, should win Best Movie, but won't. If you can handle Tarantino's style, definitely see this movie.
ZERO DARK THIRTY
2012's War movie. But wait, where is all the action? Well, smash and dash isn't Kathryn Bigelow's style. She brings the necessary feminine touch to such an important moment in US and World history. Another Oscar snub for directing, this movie is getting a lot of buzz thanks to Jessica Chastain's killer performance as the woman behind finding Bin Laden. I wouldn't be surprised if this film pulled an upset for Best Movie, but will probably take the back seat to Lincoln. This movie was very well done and worth all the accolades.
DARK KNIGHT RISES
Full Disclosure, I'll probably see any movie with Bale and Hardy (2 of my current favorite actors). Christopher Nolan does it again with Batman. Bane, was such an incredible villain and Hardy/Nolan teamed up to make that possible. I'm sure you've all seen this movie, if not, go see it. Oh, Anne Hathaway kills it in this movie as well!
Tom Hardy, again. This depression-era movie was intense. If you can look past Shia LeBeouf on the billing, please do so. This film is worth a watch. Hardy does it again with his quiet intense swagger.
Oliver Stone's best movie in a long time. He gets back to the nitty gritty and put together this sexy thriller. Benicio Del Toro bring a violent, yet hilarious character to life. It's violent and gory (if thats a word), so if you can handle it, check out this film.
"But Paul Rudd is the same in almost every movie". That is more than ok, because he was hilarious in this movie. Going in, I didn't think this movie was going to be any good, but I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself laughing the entire time. Probably my favorite true comedy of the year.
Had to throw this in the mix because well, I usually go into comic inspired movies with low expectations. This movie was very solid. Solid performances from the actors and they even brought some solid humor (see: Hulk punching Iron Man) to curb some of the action. If you're into comic book movies, you have probably seen this, if not, see it.
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
When the trailer was released for this movie, I was less than impressed. I'll be the first to admit, I was wrong. I still think the trailer failed to do a good job representing the movie. This movie was great. Cooper, Lawrence, DeNiro and Rock all put in solid performances. I don't think Cooper was worthy of the Best Actor nod, but he was still solid. This movie was real and had some rawness to it. Ladies, you'll see it for Cooper, guys you'll see it for Lawrence, so everyone wins. David Russel is also 2 for 2 with solid direction (The Fighter 2010).