Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Erich's Five Favorite Movies of 2012
The embarrassing truth is that I just don't get out to the theater that much, which means I have to wait for movies to hit Blu-ray, which means there are a ton of 2012 movies I haven't seen. My list isn't the best movies of the year. They're just the best movies I saw -- and YES I saw more than five movies is year...smart ass. Just for that, I'm gonna list them in reverse chronological order.
Read my review at DVD Verdict)
4. The Avengers - Four years and five hit-or-miss Marvel comic book movies in, it seemed the best fans could expect from The Avengers is a flick that didn't totally suck. Joss Whedon did much more than that, juggling characters, plot threads and action sequences with humor and insight. It's not the flawless masterpiece some fans would suggest, but it's the best possible example of an overstuffed blockbuster. My only fear is that it will inspire a cycle of bloated comic team movies made by people who learned all the wrong lessons.
3. Beasts of Southern Wild - For some reason, I went into this film expecting Pan's Labyrinth in Louisiana. Although the story has a heavy fantasy element, the strength of director Benh Zeitlin's feature film debut is the characters, especially six-year old Hushpuppy (an amazing performance by first grade first-timer Quvenzhane Wallis) and her father, Wink. Their father-daughter relationship is complicated in ways that movie relationships are rarely allowed to be.
2. Moonrise Kingdom - As the site's resident Wes Anderson nut, this one might seem like a gimme. But it took a few viewings to see what audiences went crazy for this past Summer. Namely, the performances of pre-teen leads Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman, who bring the shy sweetness of young love to the director's signature stylish filmmaking. This isn't my favorite Anderson movie, but it is one of the year's best. (Read my review at DVD Verdict)
The Cabin in the Woods - My favorite movie of 2012. This Josh Whedon/Drew Goddard deconstruction of the slasher genre could have been just an academic exercise for horror fans, but it's not. It's the most fun I had watching any movie this year. So much fun, in fact, that nine months after it came out, I'm still cautious about spoiling the twists and turns for anyone who hasn't seen it yet. It's not a spoiler to say the movie is brimming with ideas, details and cameos that will send you scrambling for the pause button on the remote. The Avengers showed you what Joss Whedon can do when someone hands him a backpack full of movie stuff. The Cabin in the Woods shows what Whedon and Goddard can do when they get to fill that backpack out of their own imaginations.