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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!

“This Means War”: A 10 on the Creepiness Scale

Chris Pine and Tom Hardy are best friends and romantic rivals.

Are you younger than, say, age 30 or so? Then you might like “This Means War.”

For the rest of us in the, ahem, older demographic, it’s just a waste of time that we could’ve spent, say, seeing “The Artist.” Please, Mister, can we finally see what might win the Oscar for Best Picture?

Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) spends time with FDR.

Top CIA operatives, Tuck (Tom Hardy) and FDR (Chris Pine), are partners and best friends. They, unknowingly  to each other, make a play for Lauren (Reese Witherspoon), who ends up dating both of them. I think you can fill in the blanks about what happens next.

While there were funny parts to the movie, the ick factor was just too great. Because Tuck and FDR work for the CIA, they’re able to bug Lauren’s house and spy on each other in an attempt to derail each other’s efforts to woo her.

Creepy. Creepy. Creepy. Creepy! Slimy even. And Lauren takes forever to figure out that something’s going on. What supposedly savvy gal would be so clueless? Most of the late action was formulaic and easy to figure out. Well, it was for us, not for Lauren.

Surprisingly, Chelsea Handler livened up the movie in a positive way. Normally, I would be cringing at her profanity, but as Lauren’s friend, she was refreshing, funny, and wise.

Wish I could say the same about the rest of the flick.

Rental!