Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Top Ten Favorite Movies of SUMMER 2012
Below is a list of my top ten (10) favorite movies from the Summer of 2012. Any movies missing from this list either have not been seen by me or simply failed to impress me.
TOP TEN FAVORITE MOVIES OF SUMMER 2012
1. "The Avengers" - In what probably is my favorite comic book hero movie of all time, various Marvel heroes band together to battle an alien invasion led by Thor's stepbrother, Loki. The movie featured superb writing and direction by Joss Whedon.
2. "Men in Black 3" - In this well written and entertaining addition to the MEN IN BLACK franchise, Agent J travels back to 1969 to prevent his partner Agent K from being erased from existence and prevent an alien invasion. Directed by Barry Sonnefeld, the movie starred Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin.
3. "The Bourne Legacy" - In this latest action-filled addition to the BOURNE franchise, government assassin Aaron Cross and a medical researcher evade Federal assassins after their black ops program is ended, following a political scandal. Written and directed by Tony Gilroy, the movie stars Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz.
4. "The Dark Knight Rises" - Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale collaborate for their exciting, yet flawed last entry in the DARK KNIGHT trilogy, in which Batman resurfaces to deal with a brutal terrorist named Bane. Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway co-star.
5. "Snow White and the Huntsman" - In this surprisingly entertaining spin on the Snow White tale, the princess manages to convince Erik the Huntsman, who had been recruited to find her, to help her evade the evil Queen Ravenna. Directed by Rupert Friend, the movie starred Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron.
6. "Lawless" - Shia La Beouf, Guy Pearce and Tom Hardy starred in this fascinating Depression era tale about three Appalachian brothers, whose bootlegging operation attract the unwanted attention of a malevolent Federal officer. Based on Matt Bondurant's 2008 novel, "The Wettest County in the World", the movie was directed by John Hilcoat.
7. "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" - Benjamin Walker portrays the 16th U.S. president in this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel about the political's second career as a vampire slayer. Timur Bekmambetov directed.
8. "Dark Shadows" - Johnny Depp starred as Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton's hilarious adaptation of the ABC television series about the vampire and his 20th century descendants. Michelle Pfieffer and Eva Green co-starred.
9. "The Amazing Spider-Man" - Andrew Garfield starred as the web slinger in this entertaining reboot of the Marvel Comics comic book hero. Directed by Marc Webb, Emma Stone and Rhys Ifans co-starred.
10. "Total Recall" - Colin Farrell starred in this second adaptation of Philip K. Dick's 1966 novella about a post-apocalypse worker, who discovers that he is actually a spy. Unlike many others, I enjoyed this version, which was directed by Len Wiseman and co-starred Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale.