On this episode, Mike slaps together some hasty coverage of a smorgasbord of films before he gets buried in work. But never fear, the show will go on! Covered on this episode: Pacific Rim, Only God Forgives, The Hunt, Detention, Lore, Trance, and I Declare War.
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Going to jump into things quickly today as there are a few bits of news floating around that I’d like to address…
The Golden Globes are a thing First off, the Golden Globes happened last night. I didn’t watch. I don’t have some big aversion to them – I just more or less can’t be bothered to care about the whole “road to the Oscars” thing. When it’s actually Oscar time, then I’ll tune in. Until then I’m not so interested in all the other shows that go on, except for using them to predict Oscar winners. On that front, Ben Affleck winning the Globe for best director may have thrown a wrench into things, since he’s not even nominated for the same award at the Oscars.
For what it’s worth, I heard hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were very funny. So maybe someday I’ll reconsider my stance. Ah, probably not. In any event, you can find the list of winners here.
First off, I hope your Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) was as good as mine. I gorged on turkey, spent time with my family (most of whom I haven’t seen in months), and didn’t get sick! We’re actually doing a “Christmas: Part II” this weekend because my sister and brother-in-law got sick and couldn’t make it to our secret Santa exchange.
On the movie side of things, I missed out on seeing Django Unchained. I’m really hoping to see it this weekend, and get a podcast done as well. A lot of it will depend on travel schedules. Fingers crossed!
Alright, on to the news…
Top 10 of 2012… for now First up today is my top 10 films of 2012. It’s an extremely early look at what the final list will be. I won’t have a proper list until just before the Oscars. And that list will include write-ups for each entry, unlike this one which is just the titles. But I thought since it’s the end of the year now, I’d at least give out what my current top 10 are, just for the sake of interest. Without further ado…
10. The Master
9. The Raid
8. The Sound Of My Voice
6. The Dark Knight Rises
4. The Grey
3. Moonrise Kingdom
2. The Cabin In The Woods
1. The Avengers
Again, I can’t stress enough how incomplete this list is. There are a ton of films I haven’t even seen yet that stand a very good chance of stealing a spot. And some of what’s there already could very well shift around. For example, The Master is almost surely a better film than The Raid, but The Raid is much easier to size up. The things it does well are plain to see, whereas the virtues of The Master are much subtler. Long story short, I need to see The Master again to get a better handle on it.