Note: I basically haven’t seen any dramas/Oscar bait all year and reserve the right to update this list at least 10 times, starting after I see Up in the Air tonight. That said, all of these movies are exuberant and great and life-affirming and I recommend them whole-heartedly.
1. Star Trek
2. (500) Days of Summer (Review)
3. Where The Wild Things Are
5. I Love You, Man
6. Zombieland (Review)
7. The Hangover (Review)
8. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
9. Inglorious Basterds
10. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Review)
Hon. Mention: Coraline; X-Men Origins: Wolverine, an admittedly pretty bad movie I loved anyway.
Worst Movie: 2012, the most infuriating piece of trash I’ve seen in a theater, since, well, Year One. 15 minutes of effects and two hours of John Cusack playing an unsympathetic sad bastard. A festival of awful. G.I. Joe, on the other hand… Also: Angels & Demons (well, duh) and Observe and Report, which played like a Mad TV parody of Taxi Driver.
Biggest Disappointmentt: Watchmen, a film I mostly liked but was done completely the wrong way.
Still To See: Up In The Air, An Education, The Hurt Locker, A Serious Man, A Single Man, District 9, Avatar, The Road. Probably more.
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