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2012 Movies: Likes and Dislikes

Love those superheroes!

Love those superheroes (“Marvel’s The Avengers”)!

Most people we know will see a movie every few months or wait for the DVD to come out via Netflix.

But the Mister and I aren’t “most people.” We love seeing films on the big screen, usually AMC’s as we exercise its Stubs card. In 2012, we parked our carcasses in the plush seats 50 times. That’s a lot of indentions!

So does that make us experts when it comes to picking which movie will win the Oscar for best picture? Absolutely not (but I’ll bet “Lincoln” takes home the gold statuette). But that still won’t stop me from listing my selections for the year’s best and worst flicks that we did see (we tend to avoid the scary, ultra-violent, and just plain dumb movies, especially if they star Adam Sandler or Seth Rogen). I know what I like and dislike.

Drumroll, please!

John Goodman, Alan Arkin, and Ben Affleck in “Argo”

John Goodman, Alan Arkin, and Ben Affleck starred in “Argo.”

The Best 2012 Movies

1. “Argo.” With a plethora (my 25-cent word of the day) of wonderful movies, it’s really hard to pick a favorite. But what I really liked about “Argo” was how surprised we were at how well the story was told. Yes, even with Ben Affleck as the lead actor. If you didn’t see it in the theater, be sure to rent it.

2. “Lincoln.” Although it’s too long and tends to drone a bit, “Lincoln” is a great history lesson. Daniel Day-Lewis, who likely will win the Oscar as best actor, makes you believe that he really is Abraham Lincoln.

Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne

3. “Les Misérables.” Amazing singing, especially by Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks, as well as a compelling plot makes this a must-see for those who love musicals. Unfortunately for the Mister, who I dragged to this, it amounted to a $6 nap.

4. “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” It’s nice to have a movie that works well for younger and older audiences. The acting was great, as was the story.

5. “Flight.” Denzel Washington. Enough said!

Honorable Mentions: “Marvel’s The Avengers” and “Looper.” I’m a sucker for superhero movies, possibly because the Flash is my animated husband. “The Avengers” was fun to see with my guys, especially on Mother’s Day. As for “Looper,” I loved the acting by Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as well as the plot.

“The Expendables 2”: Truly a dud

“The Expendables 2”: Truly a dud

The Worst 2012 Movies

1. “The Expendables 2.” This was possibly the worst flick I’ve ever seen! Bad, cheesy acting, ridiculous violence, and the dumbest storyline ever. Avoid, avoid, avoid!

2. “The Expendables 2.” Yep, it was that bad!!

3. “This Means War.” What was Reese Witherspoon thinking when she signed on for this creepy flop?

4. “Fun Size.” It just falls flat. All the good scenes were in the trailer.

5. “Jeff, Who Lives at Home.” Good cast, but the bad language ruins it.

What do you think of this list? Got your own faves and flops? Comment away!

Movie Mania

Walter, Mary, and Gary travel to Hollywood.

During the long Thanksgiving weekend, we really gave our AMC Stubs card a workout. We saw four movies . . . but only one together. That one, “The Muppets,” was everyone’s favorite.

I especially liked seeing the Muppets together once again, because I have such great memories of the “Muppet Show,” which originally aired on TV in the late 1970s and early ’80s. So corny and cute! In the movie, the gang reunites to stop an evil oilman, Tex Richman (Chris Cooper), from tearing down the long-abandoned Muppet Theater to drill for oil.

Helping the Muppets are Walter, his brother Gary (Jason Segal), and Gary’s girlfriend Mary (Amy Adams), who live in Smalltown. Even though Walter and Gary are related, Walter is a muppet (genetics gone rogue!) who yearns to be part of the “Muppet Show.” Can dreams come true? As long as you can sing about them, they can!

Two thumbs up!

“The Descendants”

The King family: Dad Matt and daughters Alex and Scottie

While “The Muppets” was marvelous, “The Descendants,” which the Mister and I saw, was meh. Even though it starred my second husband, George Clooney, I didn’t enjoy this family drama. George plays Matt King, an emotionally absent husband and father, who has to step up the parenting when his wife suffers a severe injury in a boating accident.

As usual, the foul language turned me off, especially when it came from the girls playing Matt’s daughters, Shailene Woodley and Amara Miller. Really, Hollywood moguls, just because a movie is rated R doesn’t mean the f-bomb is necessary in the majority of its scenes. How about working on good plot and character development instead?

“The Descendants” definitely is Netflixable.

“Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1”

Bella and Edward pose for an unusual wedding portrait.

My final flick was “Breaking Dawn Part 1.” I’m an admitted Twihard, really enjoying the Stephenie Meyer’s books. For the fourth time, my older son accompanied me; he so enjoys making snarky remarks about the movie in my ear.

Meyer’s fourth book is divided into two movies, just like the final Harry Potter novel (although there truly is no comparison in terms of writing and filming). In Part 1, human Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and hunky vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) get married and, amazingly, are able to consummate the deal. Which, of course, improbably results in Bella becoming pregnant with what could be a vampire child.

I truly enjoyed “Breaking Dawn,” despite the wooden acting of  Stewart and Pattinson. The last 20 minutes or so when Edward delivers his daughter and then tries to save Bella’s life had me on the edge of my seat . . . even though I knew what would happen. And the absolute final scene? Wow!

I was surprised to see so many young girls in the audience, by the way. “Breaking Dawn” definitely is not for young teens; the birth scene is too graphic. And be sure to stay for the credits, because there’s a creepy teaser for part two.

By the way, my guys saw “Jack and Jill,” with both my sons thinking it was a hoot and a half, while the Mister was mildly amused. Why did I stay home? Two words: Adam Sandler. Ugh!

Not Wild About “The Zookeeper”

Keep out!

As I was checking my Timex while watching the insipid “Zookeeper” yesterday, I had two thoughts: What could I have done with the six bucks I just wasted, and, more importantly, what could I have accomplished with the two hours I was throwing away.

Ken Jeong, Kevin James, and Rosario Dawson work at the zoo together.

This was such a terrible, stupid movie! There’s just no sugarcoating it. Look up “awful” in the dictionary, and you’ll not only see a photo of Kevin James but also one of Ken Jeong. Ken, get a new schtick! I’m tired of you and Julia Roberts ruining movies for me.

I guess I should’ve known that I probably would dislike “The Zookeeper” once I saw that Adam Sandler was involved as a producer and an animal voice (the monkey). He even torments me in movies he doesn’t star in!

Sidebar: Think I’m going to see Sandler’s new flick “Jack and Jill” where he plays both lead characters, fraternal twins? Think again. Sounds doubly horrible!

Zookeeper Griffin Keyes relates to Bernie the gorilla.

So what’s so bad about a movie with talking animals? When it comes to “The Zookeeper,” what isn’t?

Shallow and ditzy but beautiful Samantha (Leslie Bibb) rejects the marriage proposal of Griffin Keyes (James) because he’s a lowly zookeeper. Five years later he’s still happily watching out for the animals when he sees her again. The wild things decide to break their code of silence with humans and help win back someone that no guy in his right mind should ever be interested in . . . especially when the perfect mate in fellow zoo employee Kate (Rosario Dawson) works right beside him.

Kate and Griffin feel a connection as they swing at Griff's brother's wedding.

I’d say that “The Zookeeper” was written by a 12-year-old boy, but that would be an insult . . . to the preteen. The script is dreadful plus there’s no feeling of investment with any of the characters. You don’t care what happens to any of them. I like this quote from Peter Rainer of the “Christian Science Monitor”: “I think there should be a subdivision of the ASPCA — American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Audiences.”

Exactly!

So what did my family’s males think of the movie? Of course, my sons liked it. They laugh at anything stupid. As for the Mister, he’s a huge Kevin James fan. He was going to enjoy it just because of him.

But me? I wish I had spent my six bucks at Chipotle.

Ending My Adam Sandler Boycott

Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler star in “Just Go With It.”

Here’s a little known fact (LKF) about your humble blogger: I boycott Adam Sandler movies.

I never allow my morning-matinee five dollar bill to be tainted by being associated with one of his flicks. Meaning that the Mister always has taken the boys to the theater when they want to see Sandler’s latest bomb feature. He’s not only too lewd and crude for my tastes, but I don’t think he’s funny or talented at all.

Plus he bears a distinct resemblance to an ex-boyfriend. Ugh!

So what made me actually go see Sandler’s latest attempt at a romantic comedy last Saturday?

Ah, my tousled-haired, blue-eyed #1 son! In person!!

This beautiful boy, my older son. We made a quick trip to visit him in San Antonio over the weekend, where I decided to swallow my aversion to Sandler and watch “Just Go With It” with my guys. Surprise, surprise! It wasn’t the worst movie ever!! It was loads better than “Going the Distance” and other recent rom-coms.

Maybe I’m only one of the three people who like her as an actress, but Jennifer Aniston saved the movie for me. I appreciate her light touch, passion, and humor. Playing his assistant Katherine, she was a great comedic foil for Sandler, who can be so obnoxious that you just want to smack him.

Here’s a quick summary of the movie: Sandler plays Danny, a plastic surgeon who pretends to be married to pick up women. Yeah, I know . . . how lame is that? He falls for a gorgeous, young schoolteacher played by gorgeous, young model Brooklyn Decker, who finds a wedding band in his pocket and doesn’t want to be involved with a married man.

So instead of being honest (resulting in a very short movie), Danny concocts a series of lies that spiral out of control once Katherine, who he convinces to play his soon-to-be ex-wife, adds to the charade with a whopper of her own. It makes for a fun romp in Hawaii with surprising results.

Danny rents a couple of kids.

I really enjoyed Danny’s scenes with Katherine’s kids, wonderfully played by spunky Bailee Madison and Griffin Gluck. They provided the only believable part of the movie . . . they truly acted like children of a divorced mom who miss their oft-absent father.

“Just Go With It” (rated PG-13 but absolutely NOT appropriate for younger teens) really belongs more in your Netflix queue; however, it’s not bad for matinee prices. Did it make me an Adam Sandler fan, ready to permanently lift my boycott of his movies?

Probably not!

Oscars kudos

It’s hard to tell what the movie is about from this poster’s graphics.

Bravo to “The King’s Speech,” which won the Oscar for best picture of 2010 last night at the Academy Awards! So well-deserved! I love, love, love this movie. Colin Firth, of course, snagged the statuette for best actor . . . he was bloody brilliant.

Adam Sandler could learn a thing or two about good acting from that British bloke!