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The Best Movies of 2012


The Best Movies of 2012

 

Below is my list of the best movies that I have seen that were released in 2012 (even if some were made in 2011).  I have included trailers for each movie.  Click on the highlighted titles for my full reviews of each of those films.  The movies that are not highlighted, I have not reviewed yet, but I still highly recommend them.  I will continue to add to this list if I see any more movies from 2012 that are worthy of this list.

 

The Impossible (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

End of Watch (2012)

The Raid: Redemption (2011)

Django Unchained (2012)

Jack Reacher (2012)

Contraband (2012)

The Grey (2011)

21 Jump Street (2012)

The Hunger Games (2012)

Dark Shadows (2012)

Ted (2012)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Lawless (2012)

Looper (2012)

Sinister (2012)

Frankenweenie (2012)

Argo (2012)

Lincoln (2012)

Skyfall (2012)

Hitchcock (2012)

 

Movies that were good, but did not quite make the list are:

The Bourne Legacy (2012)

Total Recall (2012)

The Expendables 2 (2012)

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Man of Tai Chi (2013)


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Man of Tai Chi (2013)

 

Keanu Reeves returns ruthlessly with a vengeance.  Not only is he a star in this film, but he also made his directorial debut.

The fact that this is a martial arts movie was intriguing to me because after watching Keanu’s fighting skills in The Matrix (1999), I was thirsty for a little bit more of his flying jump kicks and karate chops.  It’s just a bit of a shame that he waited so long after The Matrix Trilogy to showcase his combat expertise.  He is probably a little more known for his slow-motion bullet dodge than his actual fighting skills, but he has proved that either one can be sufficiently entertaining.  The bottom line is, Man of Tai Chi is Reeves in a fighting movie.

The Man of Tai Chi Chen Donaka

The film is about wealthy businessman Donaka Mark (Keanu Reeves), who discovers uniquely talented fighters who he then convinces to fight for him in underground and illegal fighting matches in China.  His most recent fighter, Tiger Chen (Chen Lin-Hu), has a special and virtually one-of-a-kind style of hand-to-hand combat with a Tai Chi base.  Tiger Chen needs the money, and the fights pay, but once he is in the game, Donaka Mark makes it difficult to stop.

The rest of the noteworthy cast includes Iko Uwais, Simon Yam, Karen Mok, Silvio Simac, and Jeremy Marinas.

The movie goes back and forth between spoken English and Chinese with subtitles.  It’s a foreign film with American and Chinese actors.  I believe that the joining of the two cultures in the film works to successfully portray the mix of each cultures’ fighting style.

The martial arts in Man of Tai Chi is depicted gracefully and eloquently.  The choreography is amazing.  The movie has some of the best fighting scenes that I have seen since The Raid: Redemption (2011).  Each move seemed so intentional that it almost felt like the fighters were dancing, but the dance was a work of art.

The  Man of Tai Chi Fighting

The film’s soundtrack helped to give what was happening on screen a deeper, more intense feel.

The movie started off impressively and this continued until probably the last quarter of the film.  It certainly had potential to be better, but I felt like the ending fell short.  This was pretty disappointing because it was so good up until that point.

Iko Uwais, who became famous for his role in The Raid: Redemption, was way underused in the movie.  If his character was given the chance to show what he was made of, the film could have reached the same caliber as The Raid: Redemption.  Instead, his part was cut far too short.

Man of Tai Chi was certainly crammed with action-packed goodness.  If it weren’t for the ending, I would give the movie a higher rating.  Even though the film was a bit of a letdown towards the end, it was still fun to watch.  Keanu did his job well, but his martial arts skill unfortunately didn’t add up to the rest of the fighters in the movie.

The Man of Tai Chi Reeves Fighting

I rate this movie a 7 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Rent.

“Silent Night” Movie Titles Lyrics Remix


“Silent Night” Movie Titles Lyrics Remix

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First Verse:

Silent Hill (2006), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

All is Lost (2013), All is Bright (2013)

Rounders (1998) Young Guns (1988) The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) Mother’s Boys (1994) Child’s Play (1988)

Holy Man (1998) Love Me Tender (1956) Mild Afternoon (2011)

Sleepless in Seattle (1993) War and Peace (1956)

I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (2003) Heavenly Creatures (1994)

 

Second Verse:

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The Son of No One (2011) Friday Night Lights (2004)

Radiant City (2006) Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam (1986)

Dawn of the Dead (2004) The Raid: Redemption (2011) Maria Full of Grace (2004)

Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), Lord of War (2005) Birth (2004)

Jesus of Montreal (1989), Lord of the Flies (1990) Birth of the Living Dead (2013)

 

Third Verse:

Silence of the Lambs (1991), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

The Good Shepherd (2006) Out of Sight (1998)

Glory (1989) Love Streams (1984) Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

Oh Heavenly Dog (1980) The Host (2013) The Hallelujah Trail (1965)

The Passion of the Christ (2004) Savior (1998) Natural Born Killers (1994)

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) Six Gun Savior (2014) Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

 

My wife and I started changing the lyrics to “Silent Night” to different movie titles and it started off as a joke.  I decided to see how far I could take it and this was the result.  I will never think of “Silent Night” the same way again.  Which version will you sing this Christmas?

Teaser Trailer for The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)


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The Raid 2: Berandal (2014)

 

If you are a fan of The Raid: Redemption (2011), you will want to check out this teaser trailer for the sequel called, The Raid 2: Berandal (2014).  If you are an action movie fan and you have not yet seen The Raid: Redemption, do yourself a favor and just go out and buy it.  You will not be disappointed.  Simply click on the title for my full review.

The plot of the sequel is unknown, but the trailer looks like it all continues where it left off.  If the sequel is half as good as the first film, it will be worth seeing.

The film is written and directed by Gareth Evans and the noteworthy cast includes Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Raiden Integra, Donny Alamsyah, and Tio Pakusodewo.

The Raid: Redemption blew me away, and I have seen tons of action movies.  The sequel promises to be quite entertaining.  I can’t wait!

The film is set to release on 03/14/14.

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 3


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Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 3

If you are thinking about renting a movie from the Redbox, you might want to read this list to help you decide exactly which movie to rent.

Here is another edition of my top 13 current Redbox movies, back by popular demand.

Click on this link to read Vol. 1 from 2/10/13.

Click on this link to read Vol. 2 from 3/14/13.

Click on this link to read Vol. 4 from 5/9/13.

Click on this link to read Current Redbox Movie Reviews July 2013.

Click on this link to read Current Redbox Movie Reviews August 2013.

Click on this link to read Current Redbox Movies Reviews September 2013.

I have updated the list based on all the movies that are currently available to rent at the Redbox as of 4/21/13.  They will change some of the titles weekly, but the list should still be pretty accurate for a while and hopefully be able to help you find a good movie to rent.  I have included the DVD covers and previews.  If a movie doesn’t have a cover or preview above it, simply click on the title for my full review of the movie along with the poster artwork and preview.

I do not claim to have seen all of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox, but I have seen 77 of them.  Of those 77 movies, here is the list of my top 13 Current Redbox movies:

1.  Django Unchained (2012)                      My Rating: 10

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2.  What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)    My Rating: 10

3.  Ted (2012)

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4.  The Dark Knight Rises (2012)               My Rating: 9

5.  Hitchcock (2012)

6.  Skyfall (2012)

7.  End of Watch (2012)

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8.  Looper (2012)                                           My Rating: 8.5

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9.  Titanic (1997)                                           My Rating: 8.5

10.  Frankenweenie (2012)

11.  Flight (2012)

12.  Sinister (2012)

13.  Lincoln (2012)

These movies in my opinion, are the best movies that are currently available at the Redbox.

Django Unchained has taken over the number 1 spot.  Both The Machinist (2004) and The Raid: Redemption (2011) are no longer available to rent at the Redbox and therefore they have vanished from the list.  Newcomers Hitchcock and Lincoln have knocked Moneyball (2011) out of the park and off of the list.  The other movies continue to hold strong.

Now that you have seen my Top 13 Current Redbox movies, click on this link to check out my Top 13 Disappointing Current Redbox Movies from 3/27/13.

Netflix Clouds

Are you a fan of Netflix?  Click on the following links below for Netflix related material:

Netflix Watch Instantly Movie Reviews September 2013

20 Best Drama Movies Based on Real Life Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

20 Best Classics Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Mind-bending Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Comedy Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Romantic Comedy Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best War/Military Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Gritty Action/Thriller Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

Happy Movie Watching!

Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 2


Top 13 Current Redbox Movies Vol. 2

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If you are thinking about renting a movie from the Redbox, you might want to read this list to help you decide exactly which movie to rent.

Here is another edition of my top 13 current Redbox movies, back by popular demand.

Click on this link to read Current Redbox Movie Reviews September 2013

Click on this link to read Current Redbox Movie Reviews August 2013

Click on this link to read Current Redbox Movie Reviews July 2013

Click on this link to read Vol. 1 from 2/10/13.

Click on this link to read Vol. 3 from 4/21/13.

Click on this link to read Vol. 4 from 5/9/13.

I have updated the list based on all the movies that are currently available to rent at the Redbox as of 3/14/13.  They will change some of the titles weekly, but the list should still be pretty accurate for a while and hopefully be able to help you find a good movie to rent.  I have included the DVD covers and previews.  If a movie doesn’t have a cover or preview above it, simply click on the title for my full review of the movie along with the poster artwork and preview.

I do not claim to have seen all of the movies that are currently available at the Redbox, but I have seen 67 of them.  Of those 67 movies, here is the list of my top 13 Current Redbox movies:

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1.  What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)     My Rating: 10

2.  The Machinist (2004) 

3.  Ted (2012)


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4.  The Dark Knight Rises (2012)               My Rating: 9

5.  The Raid: Redemption (2011)

6.  Skyfall (2012)

7.  End of Watch (2012)


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8.  Looper (2012)                                           My Rating: 8.5


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9.  Titanic (1997)                                            My Rating: 8.5

10.  Frankenweenie (2012)

11.  Flight (2012)

12.  Sinister (2012)


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13.  Moneyball (2011)                                     My Rating: 8

You really can’t go wrong with any movie on this list.  Next time you’re going to the Redbox, I recommend consulting this list.  They are in my opinion, the best current Redbox movies.

Now that you have seen my recommended Redbox movies, check out my list of movies to stay away from.  Click on the link below:

Top 13 Disappointing Current Redbox Movies

 Netflix Clouds

Are you a fan of Netflix?  Click on the following links below for Netflix related material:

Netflix Watch Instantly Movie Reviews September 2013

20 Best Drama Movies Based on Real Life Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

20 Best Classics Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Mind-bending Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Comedy Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Romantic Comedy Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best War/Military Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly

13 Best Gritty Action/Thriller Movies Available on Netflix Watch Instantly