Old 01-16-2013, 09:50 AM
Top 5 of the year

1. The Raid-This movie kicks all kinds of ass. Relentless from about 5 mins in. Yes it was straight action and yes there was zero character development. This was not a film with "lofty" goals, it was not trying to be Citizen Kane. It does one thing (action) and does it better than any movie has done anything this year, IMO.

2. Killer Joe-Sick, twisted, and trashy. If these are traits you like to see in characters in stories, movies, shows, etc. than this film is for you. It delivers the goods better than most. I personally loved it and like movies with characters like these (despicable and sympathetic at the same time). I have recommended it to people who say it was terrible and now wonder if there is something wrong with me, lol. Basically, you will either love it or hate it.

3. Flight-Mr Washington almost always makes great movies. He has had a couple clunkers but far more rarely than most A-lister's do. Whoever he has for a team, whoever picks his scripts, does an impeccable job. This is my favorite roll by him since Training Day. Here we get a fascinating character study of a man that is not only despicable and sympathetic, but also contemptible and admirable as well. In fact, this was previously 4 on my list but has moved up to 3. Another re-watch could vault it past Joe.

4. The Paperboy-This was the flick that came out of nowhere to blow me away this year, my surprise hit. Every year there are one or two movies that completely fly under the radar and hit me like a ton of lead. This was the one this year. Great cast, great characters, great story, and an overall quality film. I liked everything about this movie.

5. Killing Them Softly-I would have to think back a moment to be sure but this very well may be the best gangster flick since Goodfellas. It sure felt that way to me shortly after watching it. The only downside, the only thing to me personally, that keeps it from being a good as Scorcese's classics (Casino and Goodfellas) was Brad Pitt. I just don't believe him as a bad ass. But even with that, to me this was much better than the many recent attempts to make another great gangster flick (The Departed, American Gangster, Road To Perdition, Eastern Promises, Public Enemies, etc).

5b. Argo-It didn't break any new ground, it doesn't redefine the thriller genre, but it does do two things really well; thrill and entertain. Mr Affleck is rapidly becoming this generations Eastwood minus the "starring in sappy romantic movies". He is just as solid and reliable behind the camera as he is in front of it.

Honorable mentions, all very good movies just not quite top 5 material.

The Grey
Kill List
End of Watch
Jeff Who Lives at Home
Rock of Ages
Easy Money (Snabba cash)
This is 40

Also of note, I haven't seen The Master yet. So that will probably bump Argo down to the honorable list.

Last edited by rustysyringe; 01-16-2013 at 09:58 AM.. Reason: oops I went 6 movies
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:49 AM
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:49 AM
In no order

Django Unchained

Moonrise Kingdom

Killing Them Softly


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Old 01-19-2013, 03:31 PM
Still have a lot to see (Les Mis, The Impossible among a bunch of others). But here is my top 5 for now:

1. The Dark Knight Rises
2. Life of Pi
3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
4. The Grey
5. Looper

Honorable mentions: Argo, Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln, John Carter, Skyfall.
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:19 PM
Only saw a handfull of movies in theatres this past year, here's mine:

1. Prometheus
2. Django Unchained
3. Paranormal Activity 4
4. The Dark Knight Rises
5. V/H/S
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Old 01-19-2013, 04:45 PM
1. Chained
2. The Dark Knight Rises
3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
4. Killer Joe
5. The Raid

Haven't seen The Master or Killing Them Softly yet though.
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