So I put a blog post about doing a commentary about the movies I saw last year. I will try to do about 33 a day so I can get them all done in a week (very possible it might be two weeks). We shall see how that goes. I might do a ten favorite movies of the year list after I am done but I will be inclusive of every movie from this list not just the ones from 2012. I could also do a separate top ten of 2012, but at what point are there too many lists so at the very least I will do just the ten favorites. I am not a big fan of ranking them so they will be in no particular order. I hope I can provide some laughs and interesting commentary along the way. Hope everyone has had a great start to the new year =D!
1. Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol
I have become rather disenfranchised with action movies as of late, but looking back I did have some fun with Ghost Protocol even with its ridiculous plot. Since I saw it in IMAX, some of the landscape establishing shots like that of the Burj Khalifa definitely blew me away. I am kind of a sucker for pretty landscapes. It was also cool to see Brad Bird take the helm. Get an animation director and see what they can do with a live-action movie is always fun. Not much else to say except it was a fun ride with beautiful, globe-trotting landscapes.
2. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
I am mainly here for the Jude Law/RDJ chemistry. Plot not really the best thing going for it. Which is sad since it is a Sherlock Holmes movie but whatever. I mean I liked Jared Harris as Moriarty. Just the plot and some of the action scenes just didn't do it for me. Still I am interested to see where Guy Ritchie decides to go from here.
3. War Horse
First off anytime I do not like a movie, I feel the compulsion to go back and watch it again to see if I maybe missed something, or maybe I was in a shitty state of mind to watch the movie. I don't know. Either way I was kind of disappointed by this and Tintin from Spielberg. In the case of Tintin, I just fell asleep while watching it, so that definitely needs revisiting. With War Horse though, it felt way too saccharine and something along the lines of a Lifetime original movie. All I know is when something happened to the horse the middle-aged lady sitting next to me was bawling while I sat stone faced. Completely not invested.
4. Infernal Affairs
So apparently this is the film that the Departed was based on, except you know, a lot less cussing compared to the Departed. It was fun. Very much a Hong Kong crime thriller. Probably should watch it again just to be able to fully appreciate the comparison to Departed...but whatever you should watch it if you enjoy crime thrillers.
5. The Music Room
This is the fourth movie by Satyajit Ray. And to be honest I had to look at the wikipedia page to remember anything concrete about this film. I would like to delve more into Ray's work but right now the only link I can make is that this could be seen as Citizen Kane (end of days for a rich man). Not in the way the story is told but strictly the premise. So sadly this movie did not have a big impact on me :(.
6. The Adventures of Tintin
So as I started in my comments on War Horse, I was disappointed by Tintin. I will say up front though that I did fall asleep in the theater and I think it was because I was up late the night before. And no matter how interesting the movie is if you are tired you will fall asleep. So in this case I am deriving my feelings of this movie based on the fact I fell asleep during it. In other words, I just need to watch it again to get a better grasp of how I felt about it. It definitely felt like a swashbuckling movie that I could enjoy from the bits and pieces I remember of it.
|8. The Sword of Doom|
|9. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance|
|10. Blade Runner|
|11. The Apartment|
|12. Lady Vengeance|
|13. American Psycho|
|14. Samurai Princess|
|16. The Grey|
|17. It Happened One Night|
|18. The Trip|
|19. Woody Allen: A Documentary|
|20. Louis C.K.: Hilarious|
|21. No Direction Home: Bob Dylan|
|22. Ghost in the Shell|
|23. Take the Money and Run|
|24. The Pixar Story|
|25. I Saw the Devil|
|26. And Everything Is Going Fine|
|27. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest|
|28. Michael Clayton|
|29. Season of the Witch|
|32. Great Directors|
|33. Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade|
|34. Mulholland Dr.|
|35. Room 666|
|36. The Outsider|
|38. Tokyo Drifter|
|39. 21 Jump Street|
|40. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang|
|41. Play It Again, Sam|
|42. Mean Streets|
|43. The Hunger Games|
|44. Raging Bull|
|46. Picasso and Braque Go to the Movies|
|47. Taxi Driver|
|48. These Amazing Shadows: The Movies That Make America|
|49. Stray Dog|