I know that we can all pretty much agree that Tim Burton's movies have been uneven at best as of late. However, the guy directed so much gold (Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Beetlejuice) that he could still probably direct 5 more duds before he completely ruins his reputation as an incredible director. Big Fish is one of my favorite of his films and likely the one that still has a hold on my heart.
Safety Not Guaranteed made it on to my Best of 2012 list as an honorable mention. Partially because it gets points for originality and starring Aubrey Plaza but only on the honorable mention as the story is very all over the place and I can't decide if the twist at the end is brilliant or just plain hokey. Now...you can watch and decide.
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|1. Big Fish|
What’s a good story without a little hyperbole? If you agree with that statement, then you likely have seen Tim Burton’s masterpiece, Big Fish. A touching story that garnered multiple award nominations and captivated audiences with visual flair and a great performance from Obi Wan himself (Ewan McGregor not Alec Guinness).
|2. Safety Not Guaranteed|
The coming out party (cinematically at least) for Aubrey Plaza who has been adored by nerds all around the US for her character in Parks and Recreation. This film is actually worth a watch if you haven’t seen it, it involves a guy who placed an ad in the classifieds seeking a time travel companion (Not Doc Brown).
|3. The Mask of Zorro|
A Spanish action flick starring none other than Antonio Banderas playing…Antonio Banderas, er I mean, Zorro. He has a mask on in this movie, and it’s black. So it’s different from all those other Banderas movies you’ve seen, trust me.
|5. Black Snake Moan|
Perhaps one of Samuel L Jackson’s stranger films. It follows a young abused woman (Christina Ricci) and her boyfriend (Justin Timberlake…yep) and Samuel L Jackson’s quest to rehabilitate this young troubled couple. Interesting? Yes. Entertaining? Yes. Good? You tell me.
|6. Hustle & Flow|
Terrence Howard’s Oscar nominated performance is captivating and this film actually took home an Oscar for Best Song with a song that would likely make Oscar voters’ heads explode had they heard it as a standalone on the radio.
|7. Jay and Silent Bob Down Under|
Wait a second? There’s another Jay and Silent Bob?
|8. Pretty in Pink|
Oh Jon Cryer, these were the good ol’ days before you had to show up to set and deal with a hungover coke ridden Charlie Sheen. It’s Ashton Kutcher now, but still. Oh wait, we’re talking about Pretty in Pink. It’s a classic. Which suggests you should watch it if you haven’t already done so. And no fellas, the movie isn’t about being Pretty in Pink.
|9. Friends with Kids|
An interesting concept where two friends decide to have kids without the romantic component which is usually destroyed by kids anyway. Am I right married couples?? AM I RIGHT? Awkward…I’m gonna head out now.
This is a bio flick on Che Guevera the revolutionary who helped Castro take over Cuba. That’s all I got.
A documentary that follows the Manassas Tigers football team, an underprivileged squad that became the ultimate underdogs under coach Bill Courtney.
|12. Mona Lisa Smile|
Holy Pretty Woman Batman! A Julia Roberts sighting! Granted a sighting from 2003 but a sighting nonetheless. The film follows Julia Roberts teaching women from the 50s to reevaluate their places in society.
|13. Futurama Vol. 7|
For those who are actually interested in spending their time on Netflix watching Futurama Vol. 7, you likely don’t even need a description for this one.
|1. Saw 3D|
Likely titled “Saw: The Final Chapter,” because putting the number 7 after the word Saw was just too embarrassing. Anyways it’s the final chapter in the tired franchise until they decide to make “Saw: The Final Chapter 2” followed by “Saw: The Final Chapter For Sure” (Or Saw 9, but who’s counting at this point, me I guess?).
|2. Dorian Gray|
Anybody remember this 2009 Colin Firth flick? Me neither. But you have until March 9th to refresh your memory!
Honestly one of the creepiest movies ever made. It follows one of the weirdest serial killers I’ve ever seen on screen and there is one scene in particular that still creeps me out. Save this one for a rainy day!
|4. Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids|
Oh how innocent were the days youth and watching Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. Also, I have a strange craving for a pudding pop now.
|5. Basic Instinct|
|6. Steel Magnolias|
Break out the tissues and the ice cream because this one is going to be a real tear jerker, whether they be tears of apathy or in the case of most boyfriends dragged into this one, tears of pain and suffering.
|7. The Last Exorcism|
Remember how I said “Saw: The Final Chapter” would be followed by “Saw: The Final Chapter 2”? It’s movies like this that legitimize that claim. “The Last Exorcism 2” is now in theaters…I’ve written a letter to the makers of The Last Exorcism demanding that this film be renamed to “The Last Exorcism (Kind of)”. They have yet to get back to me. *fingers crossed*
|8. A Bronx Tale|
What is more gangster movie than Robert De Niro and the Bronx? If you have yet to find out, do so before it's too late.