Mark Julian Ranks The 2012 CBM Film Slate

We've covered a lot of films here at CBM that were released in 2012 and this geek cinephile runs down his top films of the year. Ordered not in terms of artistic achievement or technological feats but ranked on pure entertainment experience.

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By Mark Julian - 12/24/2012


At the end of the day, the one, simple thing we want out of a trip to the movie theater is to be entertained. A few films that were released in 2012 received more forgiving reviews from critics because they sought to accomplish something unique [Cloud Atlas]. Other films were subject to more harsher reviews because of their attempts at technological advancement [The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey]. Here I'm going to circumvent such things and rank the films we covered here at comicbookmovie.com purely on their ability to entertain.

1. The Avengers - This was definitely the year of Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios. Back when Whedon was first announced as the director of the film, there was a general, nervous murmur - "He's never done anything this big, who's really in charge Whedon or Marvel and will he be able to manage all the egos on set." As 2012 comes to a close, there can be little doubt left about Whedon and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. | Click HERE to ready my full review.

2. The Dark Knight Rises - A film with monumental expectations due to the colossal success of The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan found himself in an unenviable position of having to closeout one of the most successful and critically acclaimed trilogies of our generation. Add an unfortunate and senseless tragedy to the mix and The Dark Knight Rises may not receive the true appreciation it deserves until a few years have passed and the masses are able to judge it solely on its own merits. | Click HERE to ready my full review.

3. Chronicle - It's rare these days that unheralded films go on to reach the level of success and acclaim that Josh Trank's debut feature film achieves. What's even more impressive is the fact that Trank and co. accomplished this on a relatively shoe-string budget of just $15M. | Click HERE to ready my full review.

4. Looper - Time travel is an incredibly tricky subject. One misuse of this ability and the entire film becomes hokey. Looper avoided this potential pitfall by setting some tight parameter around who, why and when time travel is used. Some fine performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis also help to elevate the film from good to great.

5. Dredd - There aren't enough adjectives in the dictionary to describe just how much of an injustice it was to see Dredd earn so little at the box office. Hopefully those involved with the Robocop reboot took note and won't repeat the same marketing missteps.

6. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Honestly, not as good as Peter Jackson's earlier Lord of the Rings films but that's entirely due to the source material and not the director. A novel that very much intended for children, An Unexpected Journey turned out much better than I anticipated and subsequent films should only improve as the kiddish undertones make way for traditional medieval fantasy.

7. The Cabin in the Woods - The film certainly picked an ideal time for release. With the moviegoing audience hungry for anything Whedon-related, Drew Goddard's spin on classic horror tropes was one of the few surprise films of 2012. There's now two factions divided on whether the film warrants a sequel and I'm definitely in he pro-sequel camp.

8. Skyfall - I liked Skyfall but I didn't love it. Bond came off as old, broken and battered but then inexplicably regained all his skills to take down the bad guys. Luckily, there's some gorgeous cinematography, beautiful Bond girls and fine supporting performances that distract you from thinking too hard while the film is playing. | Click HERE to ready my full review.

9. The Amazing Spider-Man - Story issues aside, there's some really nice VFX and fine civilian performances on display in Marc Webb's introduction to big-budget Hollywood. Hopefully, we'll get a more focused story in the sequel. | Click HERE to ready my full review.

10. Ted - Another surprise film of 2012, I went in not expecting much from this movie and was pleasantly surprised. If you like the humor in Family Guy then you'll love Ted.

11. Wreck-It Ralph - The best animated film of the year in my opinion. John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman were wildly entertaining in their respective voice-over roles. The film makes a nice full rotation as well, introducing us to seemingly trivial elements early on that come back to have great significance as the film closes.

12. Prometheus - In parts this film was really great, some of the scenes and visuals are up there with some of the very best of 2012. But other parts of the film are truly terrible, particularly the nonsensical decision-making of the excavation crew which could quite possibly be the worst to ever grace a movie screen.

13. The Man With The Iron Fists - The story surrounding the lead character played by RZA is forgetful but the action scenes, fighting styles and camp speak to a forgotten period of classic martial arts cinema. Won't appeal to everyone but it will definitely strike a chord with martial arts enthusiasts. | Click HERE to ready my full review.

14. The Expendables 2 - An improvement upon the first film and Jean-Claude Van Damme made a pretty entertaining villain for Stallone and crew. In the future, I'd like to see the cast shrunk down a bit as it as the number of actors on screen became too unwieldy at times.

15. Cloud Atlas - Over hyped and by all estimations not as good as the book. Cloud Atlas is a film that you can't simply watch but requires a certain level of preparation and foreknowledge in order to get the cinematic experience it promises. | Click HERE to ready my full review.

16. Men in Black 3 - A serviceable entry into the franchise that featured solid performances from Will Smith and Josh Brolin but not enough screen time for Tommy Lee Jones. | Click HERE to ready my full review.

17. Snow White & The Huntsman - Visually astounding and a plot that had the potential for a wondrous fantasy epic, the story was hamstrung but questionable editing decisions and wooden dialogue. | Click HERE to ready my full review.

18. The Hunger Games - Aside from Jennifer Lawrence everything about this film is forgettable.

19. John Carter - Not as bad as the critics made it out to be, the true misstep in the film was made by whoever approved the budget.

20. Silent Hill: Revelations 3D - A poor follow up to the best video game adaptation to date. | Click HERE to ready my full review.

21. Brave - Entertaining for the target audience, but anyone outside the target demographic will have a hard time finding entertainment here.

22. Mirror, Mirror - A more comedic undertaking than the other Snow White film of 2012, the impressive cast is woefully underutilized in this snoozer.

23. Wrath of the Titans - All the profit from this film should be split between VFX comapies The Moving Picture Company and Method Studios.

24. Ghost Rider: SOV - The best thing that can be said about this film is that there probably won't be another one, at least not from Sony.

[Note] Films covered on CBM that I didn't see or had no interest in watching: Life of Pi, Total Recall, Django Unchained, The Bourne Legacy, The Muppets [UK 2012 release date], Battleship

Have your own 'Top films of 2012' list you want to share? Feel free to discuss in the comments section below or write up your own list in the features section.

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comiccow6 - 12/24/2012, 11:05 PM
You didn't see the Muppets?Dude, it was great!
SageMode - 12/24/2012, 11:12 PM
Avengers número UNO.
tomr - 12/24/2012, 11:14 PM
the muppets came out in 2011... (still amazing)
3XmenAndaBabyHope - 12/24/2012, 11:15 PM
Muppets was also 2011
Jordanstine - 12/24/2012, 11:45 PM
John Carter was 2012? Felt like that thing came out 2 years ago.

Good list MJ.
Newbus - 12/24/2012, 11:50 PM
"purely on their ability to entertain."

And that's what matters when you need to put butts on seats. And the Avengers entertained.

95 - 12/24/2012, 11:54 PM
The Cabin In The Woods was the biggest surprise of the year (for me). It was a hilariously brilliant concept.
95 - 12/24/2012, 11:55 PM
A lot of agreeable points, Mark.
Good list.
Hudson3D - 12/25/2012, 12:35 AM
Happy Christmas CBM brothers and sisters!!!!
norseman79 - 12/25/2012, 12:43 AM
Good list
Danbojohnj - 12/25/2012, 12:44 AM
At least somebody remembered Dredd.

MY film of the year!
TheFox - 12/25/2012, 12:56 AM
People want Goddard and Whedon to make a sequel to Cabin in the Woods?

... Um, HOW???

Did you SEE the end of that movie? There's no way to pick up from there! Nada-- zilch! That was the atomic bomb of endings-- it doesn't get any more "scorched earth" than that! The story is as done as it is conceivably possible to get! It would take a screenwriting GENIUS to make that...

...

... On second thought, I would definitely watch that if they tried to do it.

Z
Parker2017 - 12/25/2012, 1:13 AM
well TASM is STILL A PILE OF CRAP!


so other than that misfire in your countdown Mark, its a pretty good list.

@TheFox agree with you thousand percent. there is no way to do a sequal unless...
THEY focus on another group in a different contry, or make it an end of the world story with Cathulu.
TheFox - 12/25/2012, 1:14 AM
And personally, my ranking for these films (the ones I've seen, anyway) would be like this:

OBJECTIVE ANALYSIS:
1. Looper
2. Skyfall
3. The Avengers
4. The Dark Knight Rises
5. The Cabin in the Woods
6. Chronicle
7. Dredd
8. Ted
9. Men in Black 3
10. John Carter
11. The Amazing Spider-Man
12. Prometheus
13. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

PERSONAL OPINION/TASTE:
1. The Dark Knight Rises (TIE)
1. The Avengers (TIE)
3. Skyfall
4. Looper
5. The Cabin in the Woods
6. The Amazing Spider-Man
7. Men in Black 3
8. Ted
9. Chronicle
10. John Carter
11. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
12. Dredd
(Then everything else that came out this year, even the really crappy stuff like Wrath of the Titans and Silent Hill 3D; then, finally...)
Dead Last. Prometheus

Keep in mind, everything above #12 on my personal opinions list, I actually wholeheartedly enjoyed. But good GOD, Prometheus was awful. Beautiful to watch, objectively quite well-made, but just mind-numbingly awful. Ghost Rider was far and away a better movie than Prometheus. So, I'm sure, was everything else that was released this year.

Films I'm looking forward to seeing, but haven't got around to yet, include Cloud Atlas, The Man with the Iron Fists, and (to a lesser extent) The Hobbit. And tomorrow, I'm seeing Django Unchained, so I'm sure that's going to be somewhere pretty high up on my list when I do.

Until then, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Parker2017 - 12/25/2012, 1:17 AM
anyways my list:
John Carter
The Avengers
Wreck it Ralph
Dredd
Cabin in the woods
Skyfall
TDKR
Looper
The Hobbit


yep thats jsut about the ones i saw and really enjoyed the rest where forgettable to boring, event he hobbit is liek the phantom menece but a good version of it.
superpooper - 12/25/2012, 1:24 AM
I agree with most of this list, but I would switch Looper with TDKR. Looper was just a more entertaining film. It's sad, because Nolan could've easily followed up with an awesome finale to TDK but he just chose not to. This is a film where the typical trilogy formula would've worked and would've been what we wanted to see, but he chose to skimp on the action and force feed the audience the melodrama and psychobabble that would've been better suited to another one of his "Inceptionesque" type films. I haven't seen enough of the films further down this list to really formulate an honest opinion of how they measure up to each other. Surprised to see Skyfall as low as it is though..
Kayo - 12/25/2012, 1:25 AM
cool list
thewonderer - 12/25/2012, 1:37 AM
The fight between Avengers and Dark Knight as best CBM will be fought for a while.

Depends on your definition of CBM actually

COMIC BOOK MOVIE

A. COMIC BOOK movie - a movie that replicates its comic at the expense of film quality.

B. comic book MOVIE - a movie that tries to be just that, a narrative structure thematical events and story. This comes at the expense of exact comic accuracy.

As for the years best,
My enjoyment:
The Dark Knight Rises
The Avengers
Looper
Argo
Skyfall
Hobbit
Moonrise Kingdom
21 Jump Street
Chronicle

Actual film quality -
Argo
Moonrise Kingdom
Looper
Skyfall
TDKR
Avengers
Chronicle
Hobbit
21 Jump Street
thewonderer - 12/25/2012, 1:39 AM
And superpooper, stop Asserting like its fact Nolan didn't do a good conclusion, because in my opinion, the finale was perfect and everything i wanted it to be and more
Godzillafart - 12/25/2012, 1:47 AM
Good list, although whatever you had to say about it, Prometheus made your #12. That movie was garbage. You fail here.
EarOne - 12/25/2012, 1:58 AM
1. The Avengers - ABSOLUTELY...NO argument here.

2. The Dark Knight Rises - Not the fact that Nolan made this in the shadows of its MUCH better predecessors..NOT for the Aurora tragedy that i think The Dark Knight Rises is just a poorly thought-out movie. i even consider it UN-finished and badly need to be REDONE by Nolan & co. (with more time spent on drawing up a more cohesive and complete story).

and i TRULY do not believe THIS last chapter would get the 'true' appreciation (it clearly does NOT deserve) a few years from now. and the masses HAVE judged it solely on its own merits. i don't think i've seen or heard anyone think negatively about the movie BECAUSE of any outside factor (like the Aurora tragedy). that's got NOTHING to do with the movie being as it is, which is really sloppy, narrative-wise, and has so many poorly staged action scenes and ideas (the cops running towards Bane and his HEAVILY-ARMED army thugs for a brawl..!!! and let's not mention the fact that Gordon ordered the WHOLE Gotham police force into the sewers to get trapped inside... just ridiculous). the movie's just okay, but, since it SHOULD'VE and COULD'VE been great, it leaves bad taste in my mouth for being soooo super disappointed by the result.

3. Chronicle - considering its footage-found concept, i almost dismissed it. good thing, i gave it a shot. it's my second favorite super hero movie, this year.

4. Looper - quite smart twist on the time-travelling stuff.

5. Dredd - i just saw this last night..and i do think this movie shouldn't've been made at all. Lena's pretty menacing as the main villain, but Karl 'Eomer" Urban...he's just totally miscast as dredd. Sly, at least, got the right intimidating physique and look for the role. the story reminds me of Sean Connery's Outbound and Assault at 13th Precinct..meaning, it's not so original. this along with Ghost Rider make up the properties that should NOT be made anymore.

6. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - surprisingly GOOD. and i won't even bother comparing this with TLOR, since like everyone knows Tolkien had different ideas behind the two stories. with this in mind, though, Jackson & co. i think manage to make that 'connection' between the two stories more smoothly than tolkien ever intended by making this one NOT a straight kiddie movie. but the so-called kiddie stuff, i think, is the very flavor that make this one seems fresh and entertaining.

7. The Cabin in the Woods - it's fun and pretty clever, but overall..it's pretty light.

8. Skyfall - Like you, Mark, I liked Skyfall but I didn't love it. but, i definitely like this one way more than TDKR.

9. The Amazing Spider-Man - the romance scenes are great..but the action ones are dull and very poorly directed and shot. and since this IS a super hero flick, i gotta say, it's not ready for public viewing.

10. Ted - Love it.

11. Wreck-It Ralph - haven't seen it, but can't wait to.

12. Prometheus - it's got great cinematography, it's got great talents behind it, but...SO F***ING what??!! as a whole, the movie, much like TDKR, is a coulda, shoulda epic cbm, and for them to fail at this, just makes me MAD.

13. The Man With The Iron Fists - SUCKS..and the fights scenes are just lousy.

14. The Expendables 2 - An improvement. and

15. Cloud Atlas - haven't seen it.

16. Men in Black 3 - entertaining and better than MiB II.

17. Snow White & The Huntsman - FORGETTABLE.

18. The Hunger Games - needs more Jennifer Lawrence sans clothes.

19. John Carter - Not worth the price tag and certainly NOT worth being made.

20. Silent Hill: never cared for a video game-based flicks and haven't seen a movie that makes me think otherwise.

21. Brave - the first GIRLY pixar flick. amusing, but not much else.

22. Mirror, Mirror - FORGETTABLE. but i prefer the more comedic tone than the other's serious one.

23. Wrath of the Titans - not a bad movie. it's well made enough to entertain. and seeing Rosamund Pike in leathers never fails to 'engage' my attention.

24. Ghost Rider: SOV - they shoulda stopped after the first movie.

PS: Mark..you SHOULD see Life of Pi.

TheSensationalSpiderman - 12/25/2012, 2:11 AM
Yes Avengers was the most entertaining film of the year. I agree with that but The Dark Knight is still the better overall film.
giannhs - 12/25/2012, 2:13 AM
1) The Avengers. Best comic book movie!

2) The Cabin in the Woods. I'm on the prequel side!

3) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. I enjoyed it a lot more than LOTR: The Fellowship of the Ring. And, the HFR 3D is brilliant, I want more movies to be shot in this format.

4) The Amazing Spider-Man. The best Spider-Man movie, at least for me.

5) Ted. I didn't expect to like it, and I ended up to love it!
DevilHulk666 - 12/25/2012, 2:16 AM
The Avengers FTW!
Jollem - 12/25/2012, 2:16 AM
i'm not ranking these, just throwing in my two pennies

The Avengers

"how can they pull this off?" haven't ya ever seen a movie before?. you just take some people in crazy costumes and have them talk and interact and fight and stuff. more and better character development for certain characters couldn't have hurt. i have qualms with how light was shown on certain characters, or lack thereof. ultimately entertaining and satisfying. a good, fun romp with a lot of comedy and other feels. me and the entire theater at the midnight show was with it the entire way. the tracking shot had me with my mouth open and probably looking dumbstruck-most likely because i was.(maybe a better showing of cap in that scene would have been nice?)

The Dark Knight Rises

epic trilogy accomplished. if i wasn't 98% sure miranda was talia i might have enjoyed it more, but that would have taken a complete media blackout or something. i'm sure there are things that could have been better-as with most every movie-but i wouldn't even start to pretend to know what. christian bale is definitely my favorite movie batman/bruce

Chronicle

did not see. kinda interested, tho

Looper

was damn good. i like 12 monkeys better, but not by a whole lot. i really want to see more from rian johnson

Dredd

i really wanted to catch this in the theater, but couldn't. i will buy on day one

The Hobbit

i haven't seen. i've heard a lot of good stuff from personal word of mouth

Cabin In The Woods

it's horror. it's whedon. c'mon, i'm sold. felt fresh and unique, as well

Skyfall

liked it more than quantum, but less than casino royale. i'm not a huge bond fan so i may have no idea what i'm talking about :)

The Amazing Spider-Man

i had no hang-ups about the fact of it being a reboot. more spider-man is good, imo. great cast, good spidey action, and a good story that left me wanting more

Ted

i enjoyed it. the humor is similar to family guy's. nice and solid movie. seth has got some directing chops

Wreck-It Ralph

toy story, but with video games was good. the caring and heart of your typical family cgi film. i wasn't sold by the fact that a popular game would be an all-female characters minus one racing game that was all girly and stuff. they should have put some boy characters in the game. there were two boys that seemed more of the "mortal kombat" type that were fighting over who got to play which girly character...would not happen. but that's nit-picking and i'm not about to start chanting "PLOT HOLE" :)

Prometheus

i really enjoyed the movie. i haven't put any stock into the reasons why some people have said it wasn't good

The Man With The Iron Fists

did not see. i heard it was good for what it was

The Expendables 2

i dug it just like i did the first one

Cloud Atlas

crazy awesome. lots of good stuff going on

Men in Black 3

better than 2, not as good as the first. mib 1 is just incredibly re-watchable for me, tho. mib 3 reminds you of why you liked the first one all over again and has you seeing the movies in a different light

Snow White & The Huntsman

smacks you in the face with the visuals a lot of the time. the story had hits and misses

@KristenStewart - i'm thinking about becoming a movie director ;)

The Hunger Games

macabre. downtrodden. dirty, bastard government. people controlling your life. you have to appease certain people. i can relate sometimes :) not a big fan, but i didn't hate it

John Carter

did not see it, but i will

Silent Hill: Revelations

did not see and probably won't. i thought the first one was okay

Brave & Mirror, Mirror

had no interest

Wrath of the Titans

better than the first in many ways. lot's of "big boss" battles

Ghost Rider: SOV

crazy, fun action and lot's of it. i like the kinetic style of neveldine & taylor. neat camera work. ghost rider looked better and cooler than the hulk, imo. good vfx. the story is about as complex as the avengers is. if you were already on the "i hate nic cage" train before, well...what can i say? you probably still will be. a good, crazy, fun romp

Life Of Pi

all i knew about the movie before seeing it was that there was a dude and a tiger in a boat. it turned out to be one of my favorite movies of the year. very impactful and beautifully done

Total Recall

was okay. can't top the first one, tho :)

Django Unchained

have not seen and will shortly

The Bourne Legacy

not my favorite bourne. not entirely ungood

Flight

denzel at his best, doing what he does. damn good movie. i know a dude similar to the character denzel played and he must have too, because that was spot-on. the whole cast was pretty damn good as well

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

was alright. you get what you pay for

Lawless

i didn't know anything about it beforehand and just wanted to see it 'cause i was bored and wanted to see what the leboof had for me. turned out to be a damn good movie. and leboof wasn't so bad either :)

21 Jump Street

was okay

American Reunion

hit some nostalgia notes

Moonrise Kingdom

was pretty good

Battleship

wasn't entirely horrible

The Devil Inside

i dig these kinds of movies. some good, scary parts. ending sucked

Underworld: Awakening

i like it good enough as much as the other ones

Wanderlust

was alright

Project X

better than i expected

Three Stooges

for many years as a kid, i watched the three stooges marathon on every new years eve with my family. the movie did the stooges justice

Dark Shadows

i was pleasantly surprised

The Dictator

was pretty funny. have not seen borat or bruno

That's My Boy

i actually saw this shit

The Campaign

was alright

Cosmopolis

i really wanted to see this

Rock of Ages

for some reason, i enjoyed it

Obama's America 2016

get outta here with this shit

The Possesion

was the "meh" for the most part. tho, it did have one of the most genuinely scary sequences that i have seen in a horror movie in a long time. too bad they followed it up shitily

Taken 2

was alright. can't beat the first

Argo

well directed. pretty damn good

Seven Psychopaths

really wanted to see this

Paranormal Activity 4

again, i really get into this stuff. my second favorite out of the series

Chernobyl Diaries

was pretty good and freaky. and then the end ruined it for me
AmazingFantasy - 12/25/2012, 3:57 AM
TL; DR
thalidomide - 12/25/2012, 4:43 AM
Lmao, a non comic book reader pretending he knows something about comic books. Smh

Nice article Mark Julian.
Edmundo - 12/25/2012, 5:55 AM
While Wreck it Ralph is not my top film of the year it is a fun film to watch. The short before Wreck it Ralph is really wonderful. Loved Paperman
ATrueHero1987 - 12/25/2012, 5:58 AM
@thewonderer-Question: did you use to collect comics or collect them now because I NEVER see you on the articles dealing with comics? Did you even collect Batman? I'm just asking that's all.

People stop getting mad at Mark Julian. It's HIS list!
Merry Christmas everyone.
RorMachine - 12/25/2012, 6:37 AM
Expendables 2 was complete and utter cinematic shitsplat, otherwise good list:)
Maximus101 - 12/25/2012, 6:50 AM
It's a good thing his word doesn't mean anything rather than personal opinion lol
Maximus101 - 12/25/2012, 6:53 AM
@elguason not sure how Nolan had an easy task when he made two of the best cbm ever and had to make an ending to it lol whedon already had all the characters individual movies made so the hard part there others did for him. The fact that ghost rider on your list says that your word means nothing.
Kyos - 12/25/2012, 6:54 AM
"The Dark Knight Rises may not receive the true appreciation it deserves until a few years have passed and the masses are able to judge it solely on its own merits."

Agreed. I'm just not sure we agree about what "the true appreciation it deserves" is. ;)

All in all, nice list!
Jolt17 - 12/25/2012, 6:59 AM
Nice stuff, Mark. Was about to compile my own list, but I'll just do it here...

1. Looper - I have this belief that there is NO movie is perfect, but this one is pretty damn close to it.
2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (HFR 3D) - A nearly flawless return to Middle-Earth, a piece of breathtaking art which tells a great tale in an epic proportion.
3. Skyfall - Perhaps the best 007 movie to date. 'Nuff said.
4. The Avengers (Which I'm currently watching again on DVD, at the moment) - Light-hearted, yet full of awesomeness; to me, this is the absolute CBM.
5. The Raid (Or The Raid: Redemption, if you prefer it so) - I'm really proud to be able to call this movie a local production of my country, as it is simply one of the greatest action movies of this year.
6. John Carter - It doesn't have the simple yet engaging charm the book originally has, but its attempt to widen the scale works, and it lives up to the sci-fi epic it's meant to be.
7. Life of Pi - The movie's like one big painting on a canvas; visually stunning, although the storytelling may get weak at times, but the pleasant message is well-delivered.
8. Chronicle - A very pleasant surprise. It features a handful of unique moments and great performances, although the forced found-footage method in some parts degrades it as a whole, to me.
9. Dredd - I personally dislike a big portion of the visuals' presentation, but its brutality, grit, and mainly Karl Urban's performance in the title role makes this movie a great watch.
10. The Dark Knight Rises - Filled with flaws as much as it is filled with iconic, fanboy-pleasing moments, this movie closes the trilogy it belongs to very well, but it may not be able to stand on its own that strongly.

I haven't seen Lincoln, Cloud Atlas, Django Unchained (all of which are most likely going to be 2013 releases here), Wreck-It Ralph, The Cabin in the Woods, among others, and I believe most of those titles I mentioned above could've made a difference to the list.
Jolt17 - 12/25/2012, 7:05 AM
Darn, and Argo will never meet a theatrical release here. I guess I'll have to painfully wait for the DVD...
MarkJulian - 12/25/2012, 7:08 AM
Thanks guys and I saw plenty of other films in 2012 but this list is limited to the movies we covered here on the site. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!
TheAmazingAvenger - 12/25/2012, 7:57 AM
Snow White and the Huntsman is higher that The Hunger Games? I'm out of here.
TheCaptainIsRight - 12/25/2012, 9:04 AM
YES!!! Ghost Rider the 24th best CBM of the year.

I'd put Skyfall at number 2 on the list. Granted it wasn't exactly a movie about Bond, but it had layers to it. It reinvigorates the series and there were some serious fanboy moments. I nearly lost it when he walked into the old M office at Universal Exports. And for the record, Craig is the best Bond - he actually represents the character in the book, who knows his sole purpose to exist is to serve Queen and Country. Collateral damage be dammed.

In entertainment value Rises is pretty high. The whole thing was pretty silly and I got the distinct impression that Nolan wanted to tone down the seriousness. He seemed to try to make it a comic book movie again, not an Oscar contender (even if he might have missed some of the characteristics that define Batman).
Bread - 12/25/2012, 9:23 AM
1- Avengers
2- Looper
3- Spiderman
4- Skyfall
5- Ted
6- MIB3
7-Dark Knight Rises (Purely for the Bane Speeches and fights, I hated the rest)

My most anticipated of 2013-

1- Man of Steel
2- Kick Ass 2
3- Thor 2
4- Iron Man 3
thewonderer - 12/25/2012, 2:09 PM
@Dangerstranger

Chill, and let me express my opinion like the rest. You actually do care, considering you took the time to respond.

I'm also not 14 and care about the comics deeply, so stop being mean alright?
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