Every year we are told that movies aren’t as good as they used to be – and every year, we get enough good movies that picking a top ten/fifteen/twenty list for the year is hard work. Of course, there weren’t as many cries of ‘why don’t they make movies like they used to’ because not only were records set at the box office (thank you 3D, IMAX and #D IMAX), but the total number of bums in seats was higher than it’s been since 2009.
The biggest surprise for me this was that two superhero movies were among the best I saw all year. I love superhero movies, but could never have expected this. Not again, anyway. The bigger surprise was the number of indie flicks that not only impressed me when I saw them, but stayed with me ‘til the end of the year.
Anyroad, that’s enough preamble. Follow the jump to read my Favorite 15 Movies for 2012.
Over the last few years Ben Affleck has become one of the best directors around. He does a lot with very little. His latest flick Argo is a gripping, sometimes fun movie that feels like it is trying to hard to be a best picture.
This week on GeekScholars Movie News, presented by Eclipse Magazine, we dive into a whole slew of preview reviews as we look at a trio of films gearing up for release later this year: The Campaign, a political comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifinikas, Argo, a historical thriller about the Iran hostage crisis of 1979, and Gangster Squad, a cop/mob actioneer set in 1960s Los Angeles starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, and Sean Penn.
From there, even though the GeekScholars wanted to go see The Avengers for a 2nd, and in some cases, 3rd time, GeekScholars Jill and Fox headed to the theaters to give the gothic soap opera adaptation, Dark Shadows, a quick peek, so listen in to hear what they had to say about it. After that we have some quickies including news about James Cameron,Prometheus, Red 2, and Kick-Ass 2.
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Ben Affleck’s third film as a director, Argo, is based on the true story of how an imaginative CIA Agent [played by Affleck in the film] saved the lives of half-a-dozen employees of the American embassy in Iran in the ‘70s by persuading the the Iranian government they were part of a Canadian film crew shooting a science-fantasy movie called Argo. Check out the first trailer for Argo, above.