2012 Watched It 100 Movie List

Here is my list of 100 movies from 2012 I intend on seeing. I did my best and managed to see 56 before the Oscars. I will update this as I continue to make my way through this list. Watched It Awards come out tomorrow night!

2012 Movie List

59/100

January 2012 – (3/6)

  • Haywire
  • Man on a Ledge
  • The Grey
  • Contraband
  • The Iron Lady
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

February 2012 – (3/4)

  • Wanderlust
  • Chronicle
  • Safe House
  • Big Miracle

March 2012 – (7/11)

  • The Hunger Games
  • 21 Jump Street
  • Project X
  • Wrath of the Titans
  • John Carter
  • The Raid: Redemption
  • Goon
  • Friends with Kids
  • A Thousand Words
  • Jeff Who Lives at Home
  • Bully

April 2012 – (7/8)

  • Cabin in the Woods
  • The Five-Year Engagement
  • American Reunion
  • The Three Stooges
  • Disconnect
  • Bernie
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Think Like a Man

May 2012 – (6/8)

  • Avengers
  • Dark Shadows
  • Battleship
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Men in Black 3
  • The Dictator
  • God Bless America
  • The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

June 2012 – (7/11)

  • Ted
  • Prometheus
  • Magic Mike
  • That’s My Boy
  • Brave
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
  • Safety Not Guaranteed
  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  • Beast of the Southern Wild
  • Take This Waltz
  • Your Sister’s Sister

July 2012 – (4/5)

  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Amazing Spider-Man
  • The Watch
  • Savages
  • Killer Joe

August 2012 – (5/12)

  • The Bourne Legacy
  • Lawless
  • The Expendables 2
  • Total Recall
  • ParaNorman
  • The Campaign
  • Premium Rush
  • Robot and Frank
  • Celeste and Jesse Forever
  • Compliance
  • For a Good Time, Call…
  • Sleepwalk with Me

September 2012 – (4/8)

  • Pitch Perfect
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Dredd
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Looper
  • End of Watch
  • 10 Years
  • The Master

October 2012 – (4/8)

  • Cloud Atlas
  • Here Comes the Boom
  • Argo
  • Seven Psychopaths
  • The Sessions
  • Taken 2
  • Butter
  • Frankenweenie
  • The Oranges

November 2012 – (6/11)

  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Skyfall
  • Flight
  • Lincoln
  • Life of Pi
  • Red Dawn
  • Anna Karenina
  • Rise of the Guardians 
  • Killing Them Softly
  • Hitchcock

December 2012 – (3/7)

  • Django Unchained
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • This is 40
  • Jack Reacher
  • The Impossible
  • The Guilt Trip

Django Unchained (2012)

Quentin Tarantino’s latest film is a smashing hit for me. I absolutely loved it and Christoph Waltz is a big reason why. That man can act and deserves all the recognition and praise he is getting. Without him this is a good not great film. Waltz is German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz, who teams up with freed slave Django, played by Jamie Foxx, in search of his bounties as well as Django’s long lost love. This journey leads them straight to Calvin Candie, played by Leonardo DeCaprio, and his Mississippi plantation. Here they find Broomhilda Von Shaft played by Kerry Washington who is Django’s long lost love. This film is filled with several other stars including Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, and of course a cameo by Quentin Tarantino himself.

Django Unchained was one of my can’t wait movies for this year and it met all my expectations and then some. Like all Tarantino films, it is long and nearly feels like 3 small separate movies wrapped in one. It combines hilarious moments of dialogue with extreme violence and harsh racial language.

Rating – 10/10

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Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)

Beasts of the Southern Wild is a powerful film directed by Benh Zeitlin. It’s set around a 6-year-old girl named Hushpuppy, played by Quvenzhane Wallis, who is growing up in a bayou community called the Bathtub. She lives there with her hot-tempered father Wink, played by Dwight Henry, and follows them as Wink prepares Hushpuppy for a day when he is no longer around. Ice caps melt, the bayou floods, Wink’s health begins to fail, and prehistoric beasts called Auroches are unleashed. With Wink’s tough love combined with an almost desire for a daughter as tough as a man, Hushpuppy is ready to take on the world.

Quvenzhane Wallis’s performance as Hushpuppy is absolutely amazing. She steals every scene of the movie and captivates the audience, while seamlessly pushing herself into the Top Actress category come award season. For a young girl to fully wrap herself into a character and give a performance like this is rare. Dwight Henry was excellent as her father Wink and his repore with Hushpuppy was powerful, as you felt and saw his emotion. I love films with a heart and purpose bigger than their budget. It’s beautifully scored and the cinematography is amazing. The second the credits began to roll, I was ready to hit play again.

Rating – 9/10

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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Moonrise Kingdom is a film that I was extremely excited to see once I saw the trailer and read a little about it. The film is set in New England on an island in the 1960s and based on a pair of kids who are in love. On one side of they island you have Sam Shakusky, an unpopular member of Troop 55 of the Khaki Scouts and is spending the summer with his troop at Camp Ivanhoe and on the other side of the island is Suzy Bishop, a somewhat angry child who is up for being rebellious and adventurous. The two pen pals decide it’s time to runaway together as a large storm is approaching the island.

The cast was able to be deep and filled with stars but didn’t cross that thin line of over powering the two young actors, Jared Gilman as Sam and Kara Hayward as Suzy. Those two kids were excellent and portrayed their roles very well. Bruce Willis plays Island Police Captain Sharp while Bill Murray and Frances McDormand play Walt and Laura Bishop, the parents of Suzy. Edward Norton was excellent in his role a Khaki Scout Master Ward, his scenes with his troop were some of the most enjoyable moments of the film. Tilda Swinton and Jason Schwartzman also have small but engaging parts.

Rating – 9/10

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Friends With Kids (2011)

In Friends With Kids, best friends Jason Fryman played by Adam Scott and Julie Keller played by Jennifer Westfeldt decide to have a baby together and basically move forward as a divorced couple. They will split their time with the child 50/50 and still be able to search for their true loves and or one night stands because they are strictly co-parents with no feelings for each other. Let the shenanigans ensue… right? Well… sorta. The thing that attracted me to this movie the most was the cast. Jennifer Westfeldt, who I hadn’t heard of, not only plays Julie but also was the writer and director of this film. I was very impressed with her performance in all aspects especially with this being her directorial debut but the people who drew me in are Adam Scott (Parks and Rec.), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Chris O’Dowd (The IT Crowd), Kristen Wiig (SNL, Bridesmaids), and Maya Rudolph (SNL, Away We Go.) It seemed like a cast that was hand-picked by me.

The movie is decent. It has its laughs but also shines a “bright” light on how Jason and Julie’s plan “might” not be a good one in what I would consider a mild chick flick sort of way.

Rating – 5/10

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