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2012 Viewing List

by kedward
Last year was a disaster. Let’s do better this year. 1. Ides of March — This was fucking brilliant, no two ways about it. Raw, straight-shooting and intriguing. 4/5 2. The Winning Season — Total surprise in quality, if not in content. Quite endearing and funny at times. 3/5 3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Fincher) — I’m a huge fan of some of Fincher’s work (Zodiac, TSN, Se7en), no so with other works. This was fantastic. Mara is absolutely killer (Craig doesn’t stand out) as is the score, making it easier to forget some problems with the pacing (bottom heavy with regards to the story). 4/5 4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Oplev) —… Read more

Last year was a disaster. Let’s do better this year.

1. Ides of March — This was fucking brilliant, no two ways about it. Raw, straight-shooting and intriguing. 4/5
2. The Winning Season — Total surprise in quality, if not in content. Quite endearing and funny at times. 3/5
3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Fincher) — I’m a huge fan of some of Fincher’s work (Zodiac, TSN, Se7en), no so with other works. This was fantastic. Mara is absolutely killer (Craig doesn’t stand out) as is the score, making it easier to forget some problems with the pacing (bottom heavy with regards to the story). 4/5
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Oplev) — Figured I should check out the original adaptation after enjoying Fincher’s so much. Mistake. The film as a whole was completely lifeless and largely devoid of value. Rapace did a solid job though, quite the contrast to Nyqvist’s absolutely abysmal performace. 1/5
5. Old School — I’ve got a soft spot for this one. As far as the raunch-comedy goes, this is about as good as it gets. 3/5
6. Moneyball — Full disclosure: I am a huge baseball fan. Hill exceeded expectations here greatly; he really made the most out of what turns out to be not a TON of screen time. A beautifully made film about an unsung franchise; it’s strongest trait is the way it celebrates the game, unabashedly. 4/5
7. Somwhere — I’d give this a 3.5 if I could. I enjoy most of Sofia’s work and I was pleased with this one, especially the first half. Super impressed with Elle Fanning. I wish the problems of Cleo and Johnny’s relationship were explored a bit more (although I loved watching the strengths of their relationship). Rounded down instead of up as the ending was fairly daft, but I’ll watch this one again and as far as 90 minutes of my night were, closer to a four. 3/5

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