FEATURE: Ror's Best & Worst Of 2012 Part 1

FEATURE: Ror's Best & Worst Of 2012 Part 1

We'll start with the best. Many of my favorite movies of 2012 weren't comic book movies or covered here on CBM, but a few were, so what follows are my top 5. Click on to see if you agree/disagree, and sound off in the usual place..


Disappointing? maybe a little - if you were expecting another Fellowship Of The Ring, but the first part of Peter Jackson's new Middle Earth trilogy was always going to be a different beast from a narrative and tonal standpoint. It's a simpler, lighter story yes, but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. The humor works well, and all of the performances are spot on. If you're not a fan, this won't make you one, but a few problems aside The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - much like its diminutive hero - comes shining through in the end.


Two of the biggest money-spinners in Hollywood today are the found footage and Superhero movies, so I guess it was only a matter of time before someone saw the sense in combining the two and making a packet. Luckily for us, that someone was Josh Trank, for while it might have been easy to be cynical, I think Chronicle turned out top be a Hell of a lot better than anyone thought it would be. I had a few minor quibbles with the last act, but overall the movie juggles a lot of elements brilliantly, and manages to be smart, funny, exciting and tragic without ever overdoing it or pandering to our emotions. I can't wait to see what Trank has in store for us next.


Rian Johnson's masterful third film easily earns a place in the top five. It may have been slightly overpraised by some critics, who labelled it as almost the second coming of sci-fi. It isn't - but it is is a brilliantly acted, directed, and exciting movie with a great - and mercifully, no sequel bait - ending. Looper may not be a "game changer", but not everything needs to be. It's still one of the best sci-fi movies we have had in a very long time.


Okay, so my top 2 won't come as a surprise to most but I wan't excluding them or changing the order just because it was predictable - both deserve the tops spots and that's that. What else can I say about Christopher Nolan's final Batman movie that hasn't already been said in two separate (theatrical release and Blu-ray) reviews. The movie most definitely has its critics - some fair, some not - and while I do have some issues with the movie myself, none are big enough to tarnish what I believe to be a flawed masterpiece. Nolan was under a lot of pressure to deliver after the critical and commercial juggernaut that was The Dark Knight, and he has succeeded. Is it better? I really don't know, but the point is it is a worthy follow up, and a more than satisfying ending to the trilogy. I will echo a few other reviews by saying whoever reboots Batman - whether they deliver a more faithful interpretation or not - is going to have their work cut out.


I struggled with the order to put these final 2 in, as I honestly don't prefer one over the other. Yes they are both comic book films, but as far as I'm concerned it's like comparing Star Wars and Fight Club - I love them both but for very different reasons. But in the end Marvel's superhero team-up flick takes the top spot for sheer entertainment value and the spectacle of not just seeing all of these characters on screen together, but seeing them brought together so damn brilliantly by a man who clearly knows and loves his comic books. Did it live up to expectations? Well considering most fans were expecting a frackin religious experience I'm not really sure anything ever could, but it genuinely comes pretty close.

Honorable mentions: Skyfall, The Hunger Games, DREDD, Cabin In The Woods. Tune in tomorrow for my 5 worst.

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DrCrusader - 12/30/2012, 11:47 AM
nice one..
charlie2094 - 12/30/2012, 11:51 AM
Oh no! You said you liked The Dark Knight Rises! Prepare for five pages of comments focused solely on that, by those who can't accept it's a good film.

Good list! My own list would more or less be the same, with Argo somewhere in the top 5 too. Looking forward to seeing the 5 worst. Wrath of the Titans was by far the worst film I saw this year.
RorMachine - 12/30/2012, 11:53 AM
Yeah, Hunger Games gets an honorable mention..deal with it:)

Charlie, my top 5 - if none CBMs were included - would be different too.
siggisuperman - 12/30/2012, 11:54 AM
Solid list. I would have a very similar list but TDKR would be a little lower. Just didn't enjoy it enough
ALmazing - 12/30/2012, 12:03 PM
Best 2012 movies this are based on spectacle and entertainment value:

3. Prometheus
2. The Hobbit
1. The Avengers

Most disappointing movies of 2012:

3. John Carter
1. Wrath of the Titans
charlie2094 - 12/30/2012, 12:04 PM

Ah, I see. Be interested in knowing how you'd place these 5 when included with non-cbm films like Argo. Glad to see Hobbit getting some love too, critics have been far too harsh on that film I think, I personally really enjoyed it.
RorMachine - 12/30/2012, 12:07 PM
I'd have to have another good think about it but Chronicle might not make the cut in favor of The Raid, and maybe The Hobbit in favor of something else..maybe Argo!
TayDee - 12/30/2012, 12:10 PM
I haven't seen the Hobbit yet, but The Fellowship Of The Ring is what I did not want to see. That was the weakest of the trilogy imo
SmellofDuty - 12/30/2012, 12:11 PM
Good list! No Django? Or is it not overseas until the new year?
dezdigi - 12/30/2012, 12:12 PM
I felt the criticism of The Hobbit was too harsh. I'm not one to make lists but I know TDKR, Skyfall, and The Avengers were probably my favorite three. I still haven't seen Argo and Looper yet.
mkilban2 - 12/30/2012, 12:13 PM
@Ror it's okay I liked Hunger Games too.. the 2nd book is my favorite.
Scooby - 12/30/2012, 12:15 PM
Nice list :) I agree with the whole ". . . whoever reboots Batman . . . is going to have their work cut out." I definitely want some Bat Spanking in the next one :P

And kudos to Joss Whedon for successfully bringing together the first superhero team up and for playing a huge role (10%) in re-energizing the movie industry.
TheGothamKnight1939 - 12/30/2012, 12:16 PM
Nice list. Personally, my top 5 is:
5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
4. Zero Dark Thirty
3. Skyfall
2. Looper
1. The Dark Knight Rises

Avengers comes in at 8th favourite movie this year for me, ahead of Django and Les Mis and behind Argo and Lincoln.
MJPETTY7 - 12/30/2012, 12:21 PM
For me it was
1. Avengers/The Dark Knight Rises
2. Amazing Spider-Man
3. Les Miserables
4. Skyfall
5. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
6. Lincoln
7. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - 3D
futurealmatt - 12/30/2012, 12:24 PM
Chronicle was terrible.
Mrcool210 - 12/30/2012, 12:25 PM
i disagree with you on dark knight rises, other then that, good list with good reasons as to why they are your favourites. although only 2 of these movies may be on my list,
kadetra - 12/30/2012, 12:27 PM
No Tasm?
marvel72 - 12/30/2012, 12:29 PM
favorite films of 2012

1st looper
2nd the raid
3rd skyfall
4th argo
5th moonrise kingdom

comic book movies

1st the avengers
2nd dredd
3rd the dark knight rises
4th the amazing spider-man
5th men in black 3
6th ghost rider 2
DukeAcureds - 12/30/2012, 12:30 PM
youradick@ What was bad about Hunger Games? I think it's a really significant generational landmark. Those stupid [frick]ing kids who grew up loving Harry Potter films and those insanely bad Twilight flicks are watchin Hunger Games. It shows that this generation is actually aware of all the stupid and potentially dangerous shit around them, in the world, today. It's The Running Man meets Nineteen Eighty-Four, only with a more contemporary relevance. And this is one of those bloody YA books? I think that's really good. Doesn't it just reaffirm your faith in ... well, in young adults?
Niuhll - 12/30/2012, 12:34 PM
1. Avengers
2. Dredd
4. Looper
5. Skyfall

Though I really want to fit Argo in there too.
Maximus101 - 12/30/2012, 12:39 PM
My Best movies of 2012 in this order.

End of watch
Zero dark thirty
hungar games
DukeAcureds - 12/30/2012, 12:41 PM
DukeAcureds - 12/30/2012, 12:42 PM
I got nothing.
RorMachine - 12/30/2012, 1:15 PM
Ummm, yeah, personally I just though it was a good movie.
Ranger14 - 12/30/2012, 1:16 PM
I tried to watch Chronicle twice and fell asleep both times, so that one wouldn't make my list. Looper and TDKR would not make my list. Life of Pi, Skyfall, Django Unchained would replace those...off the top of my head anyway.
TheFascinatingMan - 12/30/2012, 1:28 PM


Non-CBM Favorite:
Seven Psychopaths

Honorable mentions:
Men in Black 3
Les Mis

Hunger Games
Bourne Legacy
Snow White and the Huntsman
Rise of the Gaurdians

grabass - 12/30/2012, 2:20 PM
NO Raid-Redemption????
manofmidgard - 12/30/2012, 2:41 PM
LOL! Dork Knight Rises #2 and Prometheus didn't make the list! Very amusing. This means that Nolan's Turd (as i like to call it) won't be on the 5 worst list where it belongs. Looper was pretty good but it shouldn't have made the top five. I didn't get to see Chronicle but i want to. Avengers was a lot of fun, and i enjoyed it the most, but to be fair, i can't say it was the best movie of the year. I'd have to give that to Prometheus. To be fair, i haven't seen Hobbit yet either, and if its as good as the other LotR movies, it would be my #1 pick. by a looong shot.
Maximus101 - 12/30/2012, 2:56 PM
@grabass technically the raid was released in 2011 even though it was not released in north America and the uk until 2012. The raid was nominated and won during the 2011 Grammys if memory serves me right.
graveyardtramp - 12/30/2012, 3:11 PM
Prometheus was easily the biggest let-down of the year for me...so much promise for such a lousy non-event of a pay-off.

Argo and God Bless America were my two personal faves of the year, but CBM wise TDKR was the clear highlight, followed by Dredd and then The Avengers. Amazing Spider-Man had decent lead cast but a very ho-hum plot and a terrible CGI lizard.
RorMachine - 12/30/2012, 3:12 PM
The Raid isn't CBM related. ..it makes my all inclusive top 5 easily though.

Ranger14 - 12/30/2012, 3:36 PM
I don't see The Raid being any less CBM related than Looper. Neither are actual comic book movies.
RorMachine - 12/30/2012, 4:06 PM
I'm not going into the criteria again, you know them .Bottom line is we covered Looper on CBM, we didn't cover The Raid.
Ranger14 - 12/30/2012, 4:32 PM
I guess you should have qualified CBM.com related as opposed to CBM related in your prior post. The criteria is pretty grey here, considering The Expendables got covered here and that is no different kind of film than The Raid. *shrugs shoulders*.
RorMachine - 12/30/2012, 4:39 PM
The Expendables has a comic spin-off..unshrug shoulders.
Ranger14 - 12/30/2012, 5:05 PM
The Raid does as well. ;-) *shrug shoulders*
RorMachine - 12/30/2012, 5:20 PM
It does NOW yes, but it didn't at the time it was released or for quite a while after. Since we never covered it at the time because of this, I wasn't about to put it in a best of list for this site.
deanwilkins - 12/30/2012, 7:07 PM
Here are my top 5 of the year:

1. Avengers
2. Amazing Spider-Man
3. Looper
4. Cabin in the Woods (that was 2012, right?)
5. Expendables 2

Honorable mention goes to Skyfall.

Most disappointing:

1. Prometheus
2. Ghost Rider 2
3. Dark Knight Rises
4. Episode 1 in 3D. It's bad enough this was released even once. Twice... what a garbage movie.
5. Sinister
eleven59 - 12/30/2012, 7:13 PM
I plan on buying both dredd and looper despite missing them in theaters...
Supes17 - 12/30/2012, 8:27 PM
1.The Dark Knight Rises
2.The Avengers
4. Django Unchained
7.The Hobbit

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