My Top 10 Favorite Movies from Summer 2012 (JimmyO)The hype for the 2012 summer movie season was massive. Ridley Scott was returning to a world in which he helped create. The Dark Knight was about to rise and face a brand new enemy. And of course the Marvel Universe was ready to collide into one gigantic production. The excitement was almost excruciating. However as good as many of these films were, very few lived up to audiences expectations. Many were downright angry at the disappointment this blockbuster season held. Thus, the challenge of putting together a list of the ten best summer movies was much more difficult than I’d expected.
While looking back at the last few months, most of the films that I had been looking forward to failed to really stand out. SAVAGES looked like it could have been a return to form for Oliver Stone. With a strong cast and a nice concept, it had moments that were near brilliant yet it suffered from a terrible ending and unnecessary narration. Many other features were only mildly amusing including THE DICTATOR or MEN IN BLACK 3. As for horror, one of the highlights was the ho hum CHERNOBYL DIARIES - which featured another lousy ending. Mostly, this past summer left many audiences at home watching "Breaking Bad" and avoiding theatres all-together.
To be fair, there are a few flicks that might have made my best of list that I missed. The beauty of having more than one reviewer for the site is also an occasional curse in that you may miss out on some amazing flicks during their original release. KILLER JOE, MOONRISE KINGDOM and BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD escaped my theatrical viewing experience so I’ll most assuredly be playing catch-up further on down the year. Until then, the following is a list of the flicks that struck a chord with me this summer and made the movie going experience a pleasant one.