The Best (and Worst) of 2012

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It’s finally done, my favorite movies of the twelve consecutive months known as two-thousand and twelve. It’s been a year of extreme highs and extreme lows for the movie business. Here at Did You See That One? there have been more highs than lows, but here are both ends of the spectrum.

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Here are some of the low points:

The Oogieloves In The Big Balloon Adventure – What!?

A Thousand Words – Eddie Murphy… how far you’ve fallen. You’re like the black Adam Sandler.

That’s My Boy – Adam Sandler… how far you’ve fallen. You’re like the white Eddie Murphy.

Dredd – Definitely wise to save your money on this questionable remake.

Big Miracle – The only big miracle in this film was the fact that the studio ever let someone make it to begin with.

Wanderlust – Sorry, but two awkward stars (Aniston, Rudd) didn’t draw many fans.

Rock of Ages – Ended up sounding more like elevator music once it was done.

People Like Us – Is this even a real movie? I never heard anything about it.

Premium Rush – Who knew a movie about bike delivery boys wouldn’t take Best Picture?! I wonder if they’ll scrap the plans for the UPS-themed romantic comedy? (I heard it was going to be titled Waiting for Your Package. I think it might be a European film.)

Red Tails – I guess there might have been some red faces when this one bombed. Maybe some red butts when this got whupped in the box office.

Haywire – If you read my review you’ll know why this is on the list.

Now for the Best 11 of 2012 on

2012 Best Of

11. The Hunger Games – This was a fun movie for someone who hasn’t read the books. I don’t know how die-hard fans of the novels felt, but it was entertaining and I’m ready for the sequel.

10. The Dark Knight Rises – I know some people will rank this higher, but in the grand scheme of things, it took a lot to crack to top ten this year. Sadly, it appears that the Nolan/Batman collaborations have come to an end.

9. Being Flynn – This was an unrecognized gem this last year. The story is awesome and the acting did a great job with difficult parts. If you’re not familiar with this one, look it up.

8. Skyfall – What a glorious addition to the Bond saga. This time I think they took the series to a new high, even the title song was awesome. Hooray for Javier Bardem and all his creepiness!

7. The Bourne Legacy – Another great addition to another great series of films. Like the Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall, this movie really held up its end of the bargain.

6. Total Recall – If you’re going to remake a movie that is oddly popular and a borderline cult classic, make sure it’s exciting, action-filled, and really well-done. They managed to do this one right!

5. The Avengers – This movie was surprisingly fun to watch. I thought this might be a tired concept by now, but they’ve done a good job keeping this interesting and making the story fresh each time around.

4. Life of Pi – I think this is the first movie that I’ve seen in a couple of years that really made me sit back and think about something totally unrelated to the story, but still a massive part of the message of the film. The message behind this visual spectacular is worth seeing this film for. The story is also amazing, making for a great experience.

3. Looper – Joseph Gordon-Levitt took a huge step forward in his career with this unique and action-filled film. I loved every minute of the story and, for once, a science-fiction story didn’t become predictable halfway through.

2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – I can’t wait for part two of this amazing story. I loved The Lord of the Rings and now I love The Hobbit.

1. Lincoln – This powerful film is already pulling in large numbers of nominations from all corners of the awards world. I loved everything about this movie, literally everything. I think this will be the Best Picture winner at the Oscars and a number of other award shows.


  1. I’ve heard that Dredd is actually surprisingly enjoyable, and Red Tails wasn’t outright terrible, just super mediocre. In any case, nothing would convince me to see A Thousand Words, either.


    1. I’ve not heard anyone say that Dredd was terrible, only that it doesn’t do anything to make it good. Red Tails is one that seemed to fall way short of expectations, especially considering the people behind it.


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