Friday, January 4, 2013

The Vern's Official Best and Worst of 2012: Part 2.

Top 10 Best Movies of 2012.

These are the ones that should be re watched again and again.  They will find their way into my collection at some point.   (Click on a few of the  titles to read the full review).  I did not write ones on all the movies, because mainly some weeks I don't get the chance to write much and other times there are already tons of reviews by other bloggers that it seemed kind of pointless to post another one.

10.  The Raid: Redemption.

Holy fuck balls was this ever a great action movie.  Take the best action movie you have ever seen times it by a million and your still nowhere close to how far the action level goes in this one.  Even when it slows down to tell you the story.  Those moments are filled with enough suspense to make your heart stop.  If you are one of those wimpy movie goers who hates reading subtitles.  You will enjoy this movie because you don't have to understand what they are saying to know how the story is going.. Besides they are doing much more fighting then talking anyways, so don't be a little bitch.  O.K.

9.  Carnage.

I have seen this flick at least 3 times, and each time I pick up on a few more jokes that were not noticed before.  To most people the basic premise of having four characters stuck in one room talking will not be appealing, but I found everything that was said to be very fascinating.   It's also a great character study about human interaction and of class politics as well.  The more these characters try to remain civil and polite the more they  become just a violent as their kids who were in a scuffle earlier that day.   Neither side wants to compromise.  They just want to prove they are right.

8.   2 Days in New York.

A romantic comedy where I actually liked the two leads instead of wanting to rip their heads off is a rare thing.  Julie Delpy and Chris Rock have such great chemistry that I want to see them appear in more movies together.   This is a fun movie that had me smiling from the start all the way to the end.  I had a 24 hour viewing period when I rented it from Itunes and watched it twice the same day.

7.Cabin In The Woods.

If you call yourself a horror fan, this is one that needs to be seen.  Joss Whedon and Drew Godard dissect the genre so well and go into the tropes that were only used in parodies before.  If your not a fan of horror movies it's still an enjoyable flick simply because it tells you a story you have never seen before.

6. Compliance.

A person pretending  to be a cop, tricks a fast food manager and some co workers into assaulting a young girl.   Many have said that this movie is sick, and misogynistic.  During one of the viewings I saw at least three people leave.  The ones that stayed just got more and more angry at the characters who complied to this prank caller.   I got angry too, but I got even more upset when I found out that this was true.  It's a story that is hard to believe, because we all like to think that people are basically good.  I wish that were true, but human beings are basically fucked up.

5.  21 Jump Street.

Any time a remake calls itself on being a remake gets huge points from me.  Usually whenever a dramatic  television series is remade as a comedy for the big screen the results are tragic.  I'm so glad that is not the case here.  Both Channing Tatumn and Jonah Hill are incredible in this and have great screen chemistry together.  Each character got to see high school from a different perspective and I liked that they each discovered something enjoyable.  The scene where they each take the drug is one of the funniest moments this year.

4.Django Unchained.

Quentin Tarantino has a distinct style that either your on board with or your not.  His latest is a revenge story about a slave who seeks vengeance against the owners who hold his wife captive. Some tend to think that the comedic tone in many scenes makes fun of slavery. If it is making light of anything at all.  It is all of the racists and bigots who are then brought to justice by Django himself.

3.  Ruby Sparks.

If Rod Serling and John Hughes teamed up together to write a romantic comedy,  The results would look something like this.  Screenwriter Zoe Kazan takes what normally could have been a sitcom pilot into an interesting study on if we had the power to control someone.  Would we do it?  I like very much that it is not afraid to go dark in many places. The ending is sort of a let down, but the rest of it is so good that it still is worth seeking out.

.2.  Argo.

Ben Affleck as an actor has made some really good films and some really bad ones.  But as a director, he has made one great film after the other and has been put in the same league as Christopher Nolan, Sofia Coppola, Wes Anderson, and other young directors.  "Argo" is a masterpiece because it balances both the comedic elements with the more serious issues and drama that was going on at that time.    Even though I know how the story ends before I saw this.  Those last fifteen minutes were extremely tense and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time.

1.  The Avengers.

The single best movie watching experience I had this year was watching Joss Whedon's "The Avengers".   I know this is a Marvel movie and that they too are a major part of this feature, but this was still totally  Whedon's show.  He has managed very successfully to have all the main superheroes share equal time on screen and tell each of their stories if you have not seen their individual features. He even gives both Hawkeye(Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow(Scarlet Johannson) a very interesting back story when most other movies would have just discarded that idea.  All of the same actors from before are great at reprising their roles, but Mark Ruffalo as both Bruce Banner and The Hulk is amazing.  Not putting him in the spot light, and just having him do his thing was a genius decision.  When the movie ended I was amongst not only movie fans but of people who have seemed to rekindled their youth as well.  A great time.

Honorable Mentions.

Killer Joe.


Beasts of the Southern Wild


The Grey



  1. ZOMG our numbers 1 and 3 are the same! Thank god for Ruby Sparks being in someone else's list, I thought I was going mad :P

    Awesome, awesome list :D

  2. You are going mad Nikhat, but wouldn't life be dull if we weren't all just a little bit. Thanks for the comments

  3. Well shit Vern. I saw one of them and that was only because my husband talked me into it. Ugh. I'm so behind. Gotta go catch up!

  4. The Avengers was damn good. Great list... even though I really didn't care much for 21 Jump Street I do realize the rest of the world liked it.

    1. Comedies are very subjective. What one person finds funny the other may not. Thanks for the comment. Love your Anti-Social Commentaries

  5. LOVE seeing Compliance here. I'm not sure if I've seen that on anyone else's list yet. It'll be in my Top 5 for sure.

    Great list all together!

    1. It's one of the most disturbing horror films of this year. Thanks for the comment

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