Need further proof that film critics aren’t a secret society, where everyone’s all in on the boring movies, while spreading the hate thick on the fun stuff? Look no further than this recollection of the year in film. I asked ten different entertainment writers twenty different questions about the last twelve months in movies. They in turn gave me two hundred(!) individual answers to my questions.
So what films were critics afraid to watch with their moms? What movies did they hate with a blind passion? What movies were they positive would suck – but then magically didn’t? Read on to find out.
Here’s who participated:
Jorge Carreon MediaJor
Chris Sawin Houston Movie Examiner
Tom Clocker Baltimore Movie Examiner
Tom Santilli Detroit Movie Examiner
David Wangberg Chico Movie Examiner
Joe Belcastro Tampa Bay Movie Examiner
Brian Zitzelman Seattle Movie Examiner
Glenn Percival Playstation Nation
Tim Hall Seattle PI People’s Critic
Jason Roestel National Movie Examiner
Here’s what I asked us:
1) I Could Have My Film Critic’s Card Pulled For Admitting This…. But I kind Of Liked:
Jorge Carreon MediaJor: Two words — Parental Guidance. I know, I know. But Billy Crystal and Bette Midler made me laugh out loud in a film destined for a permanent berth on TBS.
Chris Sawin Houston Movie Examiner: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance – I understand why people hated this; it had this really weird storyline, most people aren’t fans of Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, and Nicholas Cage somehow managed to outdo himself by not only being over the top, but his awkward cobra movements were mesmerizing in this awful kind of way. I loved the special effects though, especially with how Ghost Rider looked and how his costume was kind of melted. The camera angles were insane, too. I enjoyed it mostly because I hated the first one more than the pain you have when you accidentally sit on one of your balls. Spirit of Vengeance was surprisingly fun for me. A few other movies that could be put in this one’s place: Wrath of the Titans and Lockdown.
Tom Clocker Baltimore Movie Examiner: Dredd 3D. This is a perfect example of me being the ‘everyman’s critic’. Most critics I talked to hated this film. But, I gave this an 8.8 out of 10 because it is so much better than the original with Stallone, and is everything a Dredd film should be. It was 90 minutes of pure bloody action and the 3D was actually pretty good. They used a separate character for the emotional connection so Dredd could be Dredd and didn’t even bother explaining the plot too much. Bloody brilliance!
Tom Santilli Detroit Movie Examiner: Jason Roestel. Had a major crush on him in 2010 (being comfortable enough in my masculinity I can joke this way, however uncomfortable enough to point out to you that this is, indeed, a joke. Not that there’s anything wrong with him. Ahem). I’m stalling in answering this question, but the real answer is that I enjoyed the look-at-me documentary, Katy Perry: Part of Me. Really Roestel? This is your first question? Way to establish credibility. We are so over.
David Wangberg Chico Movie Examiner: The Expendables 2. It’s such a dumb movie, but it’s so fun to watch all the ‘80s action heroes blowing up stuff and killing people.
Joe Belcastro Tampa Bay Movie Examiner: In the effort to not completely follow the rules, I have two: The latest Resident Evil installment didn’t bother me. Perhaps I’m just getting used to seeing flaws in horror flicks. And you know what, Lay the Favorite – a comedy with Bruce Willis and Rebecca Hall – had a decent thought.
Brian Zitzelman Seattle Movie Examiner: Apparently Show White and the Huntsman. It wasn’t the bees knees or anything, yet it was fairly enjoyable, gorgeous to look at and while it ripped off better things (Hayao Miyazaki, Ridley Scott), at least it had the brains to rip off good things.
Glenn Percival Playstation Nation: Battleship. I went-in with insanely low expectations, but I have to say that I really liked the cheese-filled ride. The first time I heard that Hasbro was actually going to try and produce movies under their boardgame licenses, I guffawed with the rest of the world, but in terms of action and true popcorn-movie fluff, it was a blast.
Tim Hall Seattle PI People’s Critic: I really liked This Means War It stars Captain Kirk and Bane so I figure my card is safe.
Jason Roestel National Movie Examiner: The Chernobyl Diaries. Normally the less-is-more approach is universally praised in horror films, unless you happen to make a horror flick about an attractive group of bohemians getting torn to shreds by nuclear mutants in the radioactive ghost town of Chernobyl. Oren Peli understands the three adages of modern horror entertainment: Location, location, location. Locations don’t get any more threatening, or more creepy, then a seemingly vacant, radioactive Russian city. I loved this spooky little movie. And if I could commit a sacrilege most unpardonable… I liked The Bourne Legacy so much more than I liked Skyfall. One more Aaron Cross movie please.
2) I Hated, Hated, HATED this movie:
Jorge Carreon MediaJor: The Paperboy made me want to self-harm. Lee Daniels should be kicked out of the DGA for unleashing this tripe on an unsuspecting world.
Chris Sawin Houston Movie Examiner: Battleship was my original answer. Why the hell was Liam Neeson there to begin with? He sat around, talked on the phone, and made Taylor Kitsch feel like sh*t. Like Kitsch needed another reason to feel bad after John Carter. Pretty sure they just brought in Rihanna to vocalize sound effects (“BOOM!). The screening I went to for this was public and there was this…incredibly considerate gentleman who refused to take his obnoxious child out of the theater. But even with all of that, I feel like I should say The Vow. I ended the review with saying something about hoping whoever sees it gets into a car wreck on the way home just so they can get brain damage and forget everything they just saw. I pissed off so many people on Amazon with that review. It was pretty great.
Tom Clocker Baltimore Movie Examiner: Well, I could pick something easy like Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance, but I will go with a movie I expected more from and pick Resident Evil: Retribution. I have actually been a pretty big fan of this series, but it has finally run out of steam and started catering to the hardcore fans of the video games without much thought for the average moviegoer. This sequel had nothing new, tried to rehash all the old gimmicks and even had a character that was pivotal to the film and was never explained (the part for the fans). The Resident Evil franchise found the fiscal cliff…and jumped off.
Tom Santilli Detroit Movie Examiner: Oh, there are a handful of films worthy of a mention, but at the top of my list is a film called Alex Cross. It’s not just a bad movie, but it’s a horribly inaccurate movie that defiles my beloved hometown of Detroit, a city that is already thought of nationally as the Lindsay Lohan of urban America (think about it). Non-Detroit critics rightly panned Alex Cross for being a horribly thought-out, poorly directed piece of crap, but those of us who live in the D were shocked at the city’s portrayal. Referring to our “people mover” as a train? Edward Burns having a thick NY accent even though his character was supposedly born and raised in D-town? Busy bustling streets (not around here) where Tyler Perry is the only black dude in sight? These travesties are akin to going to DC and calling The White House “the Presidents Building” or the Washington Monument “God’s penis.” And do you remember the film’s final, laughable, line, when Matthew Fox mutters: “I….made…you…” before (spoiler alert!) falling to his death? Rumor has it this was the same line uttered by confused director Rob Cohen upon witnessing his own big-budget poopy. Way to ruin a franchise man. Oh yeah, also hated, hated Cosmopolis, Damsels in Distress and Jeff, Who Lives at Home while I only plain hated Total Recall, High School, Mansome and Chronicle.
David Wangberg Chico Movie Examiner: I still think The Devil Inside is the absolute worst movie of the year, but one that REALLY irritated me was Act of Valor. Every time I tell people I didn’t like the movie because of the atrocious acting, some of the responses I get include: “Well, they’re not real actors, so you shouldn’t criticize them” and “You’re unpatriotic.” It just makes me hate the movie even more.
Joe Belcastro Tampa Bay Movie Examiner: You know what, it’s not my least favorite flick of the year, but I was really angered after seeing the documentary, Bully. This just seemed way too generic based on the sensitive subject matter it covers. Next time, have Werner Herzog tackle this topic.
Brian Zitzelman Seattle Movie Examiner: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for being tedious when it could’ve been fun. Additionally, it was one of the ugliest, tackiest looking productions of recent memory.
Glenn Percival Playstation Nation: Dark Shadows. Definitely falling into the “Flops of Tim Burton” category, he took something that a good deal of people really loved and turned it instead into a farcical comedy of errors and missed opportunities. I really, truly love some of what Tim Burton brings to the screen, but this was definitely not one of them.
Tim Hall Seattle PI People’s Critic: Wrath of the Titans. I thought just maybe they’d get the second one right, but it was pretty terrible. Zeus and Hades teaming up at the end was an absolute tragedy.
Jason Roestel National Movie Examiner: Better warm up my seat in Hell…. So Act of Valor gets my pick for worst movie of the year. I’ve seen great films with real soldiers – Restrepo and Armadillo – and they didn’t look anything like Act of Valor. Dress it up however you want it – in this case a corny, crudely veiled action thriller – this trend in filmmaking, (using real soldiers in Hollywood action movies – Act of Valor and Battleship) is starting to feel like coercion. As if these movies are kindred to L. Ron Hubbard’s Dianetics, in that if we don’t buy up every copy on the store shelves and consume the content with beams of pure sunshine radiating in our hearts and minds, then we’re somehow apostate agents to the cause. I don’t want real soldiers playing soldiers in movies. Or cops playing cops, or firefighters playing firefighters, or rodeo clowns playing rodeo clowns for that matter – it cheapens the dignity of the occupation. I also don’t want actors fighting the Taliban – because they’d get their toned little asses kicked.
3) Best Opening:
Jorge Carreon MediaJor: Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. The first 30 minutes alone make you appreciate this man’s incredible artistry and passion for both film and nature. Inspiring and gorgeous.
Chris Sawin Houston Movie Examiner: Oh man. This one is tough. The obvious answer is Skyfall, but the one for Rust and Bone is really stylish yet everything you see has meaning and hints at the events to come. The bloodstream/nerve ending opening for Dragon is great, too. I think it’s a toss up for me between those three.
Tom Clocker Baltimore Movie Examiner: I always hate these questions. I don’t have a good memory for this kind of thing. I guess I’ll go with Flight for this one. The movie starts out with a little nudity to get things going and then has an awesome plane crash sequence. Not bad…not bad.
Tom Santilli Detroit Movie Examiner: Of all of the films that I saw this year, no other film informed me that I was in for an entertaining, wild ride more than the intense action sequence that kicked off Skyfall. It only took a few minutes to get Quantum of Solace out of my head and for me to know that everyone’s favorite super-spy man-whore was in good hands this time around.
David Wangberg Chico Movie Examiner: Skyfall had an incredible opening, though that’s expected for a James Bond flick. I’ll also say Flight, since that plane crash sequence was pretty intense.
Joe Belcastro Tampa Bay Movie Examiner: Without going through a list of everything I saw, the one that instantly comes to mind is how The Dark Knight Rises introduced Bane.
Brian Zitzelman Seattle Movie Examiner: The opening act of The Master is mesmerizing as we’re introduced to Phoenix’s Freddie Quell, a loner whose peculiar nature and odd mix of talents is revealed by Paul Thomas Anderson in visuals that can’t be matched.
Glenn Percival Playstation Nation: The Dark Knight Rises. They tore a jet in half while suspended from another, larger aircraft! It was between this one, The Avengers, and Skyfall, all three of which I truly loved this year. The Avengers started with a huge bang as an entire facility was swallowed by a huge implosion. Skyfall, as in many Bond films, didn’t mess around as the movie started in 5th gear and setup the tone of, probably one of the most complex stories in the series. My impressions of The Dark Knight Rises’ opening may also have to do with the fact that it was shot in IMAX, and when viewed in that format, was just too amazing for words.
Tim Hall Seattle PI People’s Critic: Skyfall! The opening action sequence plus Adele belting out “Skyfaaaaaaaaaaaall” during the title sequence was awesome.
Jason Roestel National Movie Examiner: I loved the first few minutes of Prometheus. It’s such an elegant set-up for what ultimately turned out to be a creature feature. You have Henry Gregson-Williams gorgeous score layered over the microscopic spark of life on an unknown world – all caused by the ritual suicide of a pale-skinned alien god. It’s an auspicious opening to a film that never really recaptured the promise of its first minutes, but did manage to hum along smartly until its cliff hanger ending. I want to know more about these “Engineers.”
4) Best Ending:
Jorge Carreon MediaJor: The Home Alone inspired finish to Sam Mendes’ Skyfall. James Bond’s origins revealed AND we see Dame Judi Dench kick ass. What else can you ask for in life?
Chris Sawin Houston Movie Examiner: I know someone is going to come in here and change my mind, but Killing Them Softly. Jackie’s last lines are some of the best to be written and put to screen all year.
Tom Clocker Baltimore Movie Examiner: I’m going to use this question to my own end. I’m going with The Grey, but, only if you take the stinger after the credits out. [SPOILERS] I loved the way the movie ended before the credits started.Then, they tried to get cute with a vague stinger. Why can’t more movie heroes die, especially in a film like this where it would have been fitting and perfect? No need to leave the possibility open that he lived.
Tom Santilli Detroit Movie Examiner: By far, my favorite ending of the year is the NC-17 rated, Killer Joe. It was all that and a bucket of chicken wings, if you get my meaning. You see, he takes a chicken wing and…um, nevermind.
David Wangberg Chico Movie Examiner: That would have to go to The Grey. I would have preferred it to not have the credits stinger, but it was still a great ending.
Joe Belcastro Tampa Bay Movie Examiner: Once again, The Dark Knight Rises. Love how Christopher Nolan basically said to whomever takes on the next Batman installment, “Top this!”
Brian Zitzelman Seattle Movie Examiner: The Kid with a Bike concluded with a shocking moment, that is unbelievable and entirely perfect for the film leading up to it. Pure cinematic bliss.
Glenn Percival Playstation Nation: Skyfall. As an unapologetic Bond fiend, the way they ended this one just had me smiling from ear-to-ear. I was sad to see Dame Judie Dench go, but replacing her with Ralph Fiennes couldn’t have pleased me more, and the return of Ms. Moneypenny (even though I figured that out pretty early in the story) just couldn’t have made me happier. I just saw this for a second time, and being able to look for even more, I can’t enough how much I love what they did at the end of this film. The coat rack, the padded leather door, just everything!
Tim Hall Seattle PI People’s Critic: The Dark Knight Rises. It’s not the nerd in me, I promise. I remember saying “Holy sh*t!” when the credits rolled and I don’t curse much.
Jason Roestel National Movie Examiner: I was pretty sure that nothing would top the ending of The Grey… until I sat in stunned nirvana during the last thirty five minutes of Katherine Bigalow’s Zero Dark Thirty. This is how you exit a room boys.
5) I Was Pretty Sure That This Movie Was Going To Suck… But It Didn’t:
Jorge Carreon MediaJor: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I actually prefer this to Spielberg’s all-too-important Lincoln. It knew what it was and it delivered in ways I did not expect. Handsomely produced and 3D that didn’t suck with action sequences that were visceral and fun.
Chris Sawin Houston Movie Examiner: Life of Pi. I’m not the biggest fan of Ang Lee and I didn’t read the book. I was expecting this to be incredibly boring with some decent visuals. I was completely blown away by this film though. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an extremely close second.
Tom Clocker Baltimore Movie Examiner: Easy choice for this one: Looper. I was so sure this film was going to suck, but it turned out to be one of my favorites of the year. It just looked like it would be a tired, cliche-riddled sci-fi action plot with a couple of big name stars to sell the tickets. It turned out to be a lot smarter and more entertaining than that. Sure, it has some plot holes since it was about time travel, but none of them were so glaring that it killed the flick. I really enjoyed this one.
Tom Santilli Detroit Movie Examiner: I knew with all my heart that Pitch Perfect was going to be excruciating. I would have bet the proverbial farm that Pitch Perfect was going to be the specific two hours of my life that I would later think about on my death bed, cringe, and then die. Wow, how low expectations can make for some of the most enjoyable movie-going experiences. It ended up being one of the better comedies of the year and by far the biggest pleasant surprises of 2012.
David Wangberg Chico Movie Examiner: I thought Chronicle was going to be another lame, found-footage film. But it ended up being one of the most suspenseful and emotionally gripping features for that genre. There are a few flaws, yes, but it really holds you for its short run time.
Joe Belcastro Tampa Bay Movie Examiner: The only time I had that “This movie is going to suck feeling” was walking into the last Twilight installment. Problem is, it did suck. So I guess I can’t fully answer this question Mr. Roestel.
Brian Zitzelman Seattle Movie Examiner: 21 Jump Street by several miles. The adverts did little to sell me on it being anything more than a lengthy gag about how silly its concept was. What we received was one of the funniest movies of 2012, with Channing Tatum immediately making a believer in me.
Glenn Percival Playstation Nation: Men in Black 3. I had insanely low expectations, and it had so much going against it, including a dismal 2nd film, and the problems they had getting the 3rd finished (production shutdowns and delays, script work on set, Tommy Lee Jones being resistant to being involved.) But when I finally watched it with my friend and his wife, we not only liked it, we thoroughly enjoyed the whole of the movie. The time travel element was actually used well, and nods to the culture in the past were well handled. The funny parts were actually funny, and how they wrapped the story up was not only unexpected, but touching and just plain cool. I also listed Haywire, Ted (one of my favorites of the entire year), John Carter, American Reunion (hilarious and well done), and Dredd (what a surprise!). Also, The Cabin in the Woods genuinely surprised me, with a complete shake-up of the teen slasher genre. I was incredibly resistant to this one because I’m not a fan of the slasher flicks at all, but I’m glad that I was talked-in to finally watching it. So unique, and so well written, and really, what a great cast!
Tim Hall Seattle PI People’s Critic: End of Watch. I thought it was a cliche of all the buddy cop movies we’ve seen before. Instead, it was pretty original and one of the best films of 2012.
Jason Roestel National Movie Examiner: I was pretty sure Rock of Ages was going to be one of the worst films of Summer vacation, turns out that it was The Amazing Spider Man. To put it mildly – and obviously – Rock of Ages rocked. Tom Cruise is my venerated God of Rock. Imagine my surprise when I sat down and finally watched Pitch Perfect… and I didn’t hate it. Usually I treat movies about singing and dancing like I do people who sing and dance. Like they’re coated in piles. Don’t Google that last word incidentally…
6) I Was Pretty Sure This Movie Was Going To Rock… But It Didn’t:
Jorge Carreon MediaJor: I should have known that Adam Shankman’s Rock of Ages wore out its welcome in the trailer. The camp, like its eyeliner, was too thick and completely obliterated what was designed to be populist entertainment.
Chris Sawin Houston Movie Examiner: The Dark Knight Rises. I liked it, but I wanted it to be my film of the year and it’s no where close to being that good. It’s not as good as The Dark Knight. Cosmopolis was really disappointing, too. I was hoping we’d finally see David Cronenberg return to his ridiculously detailed sci-fi and explosive horror roots and instead we received this verbose THING that just kind of left you wondering if every man’s prostate was asymmetrical.
Tom Clocker Baltimore Movie Examiner: Another easy one for me: The Bourne Legacy. Now, don’t get me wrong. I didn’t go into this one expecting to be blown away. This late in the series it was getting harder and harder to come up with anything fresh. But, my God, this one was a total regurgitation of bits and pieces of all the other Bourne films. It was one of the laziest sequels I have seen in years.
Tom Santilli Detroit Movie Examiner: Prometheus, for me, was supposed to be epic and it was…an epic fail. I was also pretty certain I would enjoy a handful of comedies such as The Dictator, Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love and The Watch. But they all pretty much sucked. But you know what was the biggest disappointment of all? The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It was…unexpectedly…as hollow as a Hobbit hole and the first feeling of tediousness I’ve experienced in Middle-Earth.
David Wangberg Chico Movie Examiner: I love all the Bourne films, but The Bourne Legacy was the biggest disappointment of the year. I loved Tony Gilroy’s directing for Michael Clayton, but Bourne Legacy was just a step in the wrong direction. I also like Jeremy Renner and the rest of the cast, but it would have been better to end the franchise after Bourne Ultimatum.
Joe Belcastro Tampa Bay Movie Examiner: In 2012, there was only one movie I was looking forward to seeing,The Hobbit. I was expecting this prequel to rock my world just as the Lord of the Rings Trilogy did. Obviously, it didn’t, but I can’t say I hated it. It’s similar to that reaction of when someone says, “I’m not mad at you. I’m just disappointed.”
Brian Zitzelman Seattle Movie Examiner: While I haven’t been crazy for a lot of Tim Burton works of late, I had a good gut feeling for Frankenweenie. People I tend to agree with were enamored with it as well. On a Saturday morning I sat down, I watched, I laughed a few times, but was mostly uninterested. Far from a terrible movie, Frankenweenie felt largely lifeless, odd considering its concept.
Glenn Percival Playstation Nation: The Amazing Spider-Man. This movie had everything going for it, new writers, new director, a new a and quite talented cast… everything except for a good story. The new visuals were amazing, but a villain with a complete lack of motivation for his actions and aspirations, and a complete breakdown of what took place in the third act made this one a complete disappointment to me. Andrew Garfield is 10 times better in this role, and Emma Stone always raises the bar, so hopefully they get their act together in the next one, because there’s a lot to work with in this great cast.
Tim Hall Seattle PI People’s Critic: The Master. I’m still pissed I spent time watching that. Cloud Craplas almost supplanted it, but nope. The Master still holds the #1 spot.
Jason Roestel National Movie Examiner: Nakoula Basseley Nakoula’s The Innocence of Muslims. So much fuss, so little movie to fuss over. Seriously though, I’ve been waiting for Pascal Laugier’s follow-up to Martyrs for three years now – and then The Tall Man showed up at my house. And he was boring and confused and kind of lost and hopeless… and now I’m wondering if Laguier’s just another Pierre-come-lately in the French new wave of horror. Also, and I’m not proud of this, there was a time when I thought The Amazing Spider Man was going to trump The Avengers in both box-office and quality. Sometimes my stupidity is absolutely breathtaking.
7) Greatest Film That Nobody Saw?
Jorge Carreon MediaJor: Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock. Reviews killed this gem quick and that pissed me off. Very much the kind of cinematic bauble the master of suspense would have enjoyed himself. And both Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren lead an ensemble of talent that enjoyed being together, something that permeates the film with a certain warmth and wit. It all adds up to a great piece of entertainment that is wonderfully crafted.
Chris Sawin Houston Movie Examiner: I have a few and they’re all foreign stuff; War of the Arrows, Dragon, Deranged, Tai Chi Zero, The Viral Factor, and The Front Line. If you’re reading this and you haven’t seen Bullhead or The FP, you should get on that as well.
Tom Clocker Baltimore Movie Examiner: The Raid: Redemption. Holy fantastic foreign film, Batman. ‘Raid‘ is a subtitled Indonesian action film and it’s like a cross between Die Hard and Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior. Add a lot more shooting and blood to your average American martial arts film and that will give you an idea what ‘Raid‘ is like. I haven’t cringed and smiled some much during an action film in a long time.
Tom Santilli Detroit Movie Examiner: One of the greatest advantages of being in a Critics’ Society is the incredible opportunity to see nearly every film released in a given year. This has definitely let to some hidden gems. I keep cheating and listing multiple films for each of these questions, but it’s my way of sneaking in movies that deserve some extra attention, good or bad But if I had to pick one film that I’m sure nobody saw, it would be a film called Boy. It’s a very quirky comedy about a little New Zealand-er named “Boy” who is obsessed with Michael Jackson. Seek it out. It’s fantastic and I’m sure you’ve never even heard of it. Beyond Boy, there is not a soul alive who wouldn’t love the incredible documentary, The Imposter. Most Americans don’t see or appreciate foreign films, but The Kid With A Bike is also one of the best films of 2012.
David Wangberg Chico Movie Examiner: I’m torn between Bernie and The Grey. The former had a remarkable performance by Jack Black, but the film was a limited release. The latter was horribly marketed as an action film and given a release date in January, a month that is considered death for many movies.
Joe Belcastro Tampa Bay Movie Examiner: A documentary titled, Side by Side. The world’s greatest filmmakers talk about their preference for shooting on film to going digital. It’s a fascinating discussion led by Keanu Reeves of all people.
Brian Zitzelman Seattle Movie Examiner: Are we going strictly box-office, then it’s assuredly Kill List, a brutal thriller from overseas that made less than $30K. Kill List is scary as hell, expertly told and well worth catching up with. As for more mainstream fare, I’m pretty sure two years from now everyone’s going to be wondering, “Why didn’t I see Seven Psychopaths in theaters?”
Glenn Percival Playstation Nation: Goon. It’s not perfect, but I really enjoyed this one. Jay Baruchel wrote a pretty funny script, and Seann William Scott is the perfect to play this brutal simpleton. There are many hilarious moments peppered-in with a small bit of heart exuded throughout. Also, the cast of characters really keeps you interested, especially the character played by Liev Schreiber, who’s always a treat to watch. I didn’t expect anything from this movie when I pulled it up on Netflix, but it quickly became a movie that I was telling everyone to try.
Tim Hall Seattle PI People’s Critic: Your Sister’s Sister. It’s such a fun movie with an original plot and three pretty good actors. It also reminded me I have a crush on Emily Blunt.
Jason Roestel National Movie Examiner: For being on Netflix streaming for as long as it has, I’m still shocked that people have been ignoring Michael Dowse’s Goon. Don’t let the goomba title and cast selection fool you. There’s one viciously funny sports comedy hiding behind the hockey checks and stitches. It almost killed me cutting this film from my Top 10 list this year. People didn’t go to the theaters in 2012, and they ended up missing genuinely great mainstream movies that they would have ended up easily loving. End of Watch, Rock of Ages, Lawless, The Inbetweeners Movie, and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, instantly come to mind. Especially End of Watch and Lawless, both of which were phenomenal. And if you haven’t seen the documentary The Imposter..? See it as soon as possible. And prepare to have the post-film discussion of a lifetime when it’s over.
rootshed.com’S 2012 YEAR IN FILM REVIEW: PART II – PART III