Archive for December, 2012

B+ Movie Blog: Year Two

Another year is in the books here at B+ Movie Blog. Hasn’t felt like one, yet I know it’s been one, because of the sheer amount of stuff I’ve written over the course of it. And my, what a year it’s been.

Last year, at this time, I posted what was my 800th post. This will be my 1,703rd post. So last year, I posted 800 times, this year I posted 903 times.

Last year, I had about 33,000 total blog views by the end of the year. This year, I’m at 225,000. Last year, I had 38 people following the blog. Now, I have 154. I averaged 150 views per day last December. I averaged about 1,185 this month. I got more views (separately) last month and this month than I did all of last year.

It’s insane to me how many people are stumbling upon this blog in a given day, week and month. And how many people (for whatever reason) keep coming back to it.

Last year was mostly the foundational year for the blog. I wrote some articles that I wanted to write at the beginning, and then I started writing up my Oscar Quest. That carried over into this year. Though, this year, I finished writing up that Quest. The last Oscar Quest article officially went up on July 4th. Since then, I wrote a bunch of other articles, about Disney, about Bond, about music, and about the Oscars. I continued a bunch of traditions I started in year one and started some more traditions that’ll likely continue being upheld for as long as this blog continues running.

I also watched a shit ton of movies this year. I don’t know how many in all, but I do know that I’ve watched close to 2,500 movies in the past two and a half years, which is insane on its own. I wrote another script this year, too.

I don’t really have a plan for 2013. Mostly, right now, all I have planned are my usual January and February articles, building up to the Oscars. But after that — I don’t really have too much planned. I guess it’s gonna come down to ho much free time I have. I’ve had two straight years with something being posted on this blog every day. I doubt that’ll continue for a third year, but you never know.

Right now, I’m just glad to be coming off the high of all those great movies on my top ten list for the year, and going into another year of previewing stuff and following the Oscars, which I love so much. That’s really all I need. Everything else… I’ll take as it comes.

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Mike’s Top Ten of 2012

Another year, another Top Ten list.

I was very pleased with this year. Definitely more so than 2011. This year felt like it had a lot of strong choices for inclusion on this list. Last year’s list was probably easier to compile, but that’s because I knew right off the bat seven or eight of the films that would make it. This year, I didn’t really know what was gonna make it, but I did know I’d have a lot of great films to choose from. And overall, it just felt like I was happier with the amount of choices available to me for this list.

In case you didn’t know — what I do every year is list my ten favorite films of the year, along with an 11-20 (as I do on all my top ten lists for each year), and then I also create lists of second and third tier films, which are basically my way of ranking as many movies as possible that I liked. The top ten are my absolute favorites, the 11-20 were my next favorite, and so on and so forth. The entire thing ends up being a top ten plus fifty more films. Last year, I struggled to round out tier 3. This year I had to cut off an extra ten films I could have included. So overall this felt like a strong year. Or maybe that’s because I wasn’t as negative about everything this year.

The other thing to note, before we get into the films, is that this is the only time I really ever rank my top ten. After this, it pretty much reverts to alphabetical order. It’s not really about the numbers so much as what’s on the list. I also, as I always say, try to think of the long game when I rank these films. I try to think of films that are most likely to remain on my top ten list when I revisit it in one, two, five years. So let’s get right into it. Here are my Top Ten Films of 2012: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Why didn’t you just let me die?”


The Unforgivable Films of 2012

This list is getting harder for me to create every year.

I’m more positive about movies now than I’ve ever been. I don’t gather deep-seeded dislikings of movies before I even see them, and I generally stay away from all the trailers and stuff for movies before they come out and the online reaction about movies after they come out. It just makes me a happier person to stay away from all that shit. And I’m more about looking at the positive in every movie, rather than looking for shit to attack. So it makes it harder, after trying for a whole year to be like, “Well, no, it wasn’t good, but let’s not be too harsh on it,” to go, “Fuck that movie, it made me want to beat up harmless animals.”

That said… I have developed a soft spot for this list. So of course I was gonna do it. And honestly, the more I started honing in on ten movies I didn’t like the most, it made it real easy to say bad things about them. Since the movies on this list — they’re not good. They either aren’t trying, were made only for the money, or are just so unspeakably executed that they do a disservice to the art form that is cinema. Why shouldn’t I shit all over them when they’re that bad? I know how hard it is to make a movie, and I know nobody tries to make a bad movie — but the people on this list made bad movies. So let’s make fun of those movies. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Alicia, does our relationship warrant long-term commitment? I need some kind of proof, some kind of verifiable, empirical data.” “I’m sorry, just give me a moment to redefine my girlish notions of romance.”


2012: The Year in Reviews (Part VIII: Observations & Wrap-Up)

So I’ve gone over everything, now let’s tally shit up.

Here are all my articles of all the films that came out in 2012, whether I’ve seen them or not. For reference.

This article is basically gonna be me mediating between what I thought I’d think about the films and what I did think about the films. Compiling all my ratings, January and now, and seeing how close I ended up being. And I can see which films surprised me for the better and for the worse, and see which films I was way too overeager on.

At the bottom of all the films in the articles, I did the “How close was I?” section, which is basically where most of this article is coming from. This list really has no importance except to me. But whatever. It’s my blog. So let’s see how close I was/wasn’t: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Nothin’. A handful of nothin’. You stupid mullet head. He beat you with nothin’. Just like today when he kept comin’ back at me – with nothin’.” “Yeah, well, sometimes nothin’ can be a real cool hand.”


2012: The Year in Reviews (Part VII: Films That Didn’t Get Released)

I went over all the films that did come out in 2012 (for the most part. Anything I missed in those articles isn’t something that will be missed), now let’s talk about all the films that didn’t come out in 2012.

I’m talking specifically of all the films that I previewed back in January, in my series of Film Release Calendar previews of 2012 films. When you preview as many films as I do, there are bound to be a bunch of ones that don’t end up coming out. Plus, just going through the year on its own, there’s stuff that gets pushed for whatever reason. The Great Gatsby, World War Z, Gangster Squad, 47 Ronin — stuff gets pushed. It happens.

So, I’m taking a moment to go over all the ones that didn’t come out. I’ll say when it was scheduled for 2012 (if it was at all), when it’s scheduled to come out in 2013 (if it is at all), what I said about it when I previewed it back in January, and some final thoughts on it before I move on.

Let’s finish up 2012, shall we? (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “My grammy never gave gifts. She was too busy getting raped by Cossacks.”


The Box Office Report – December 28-30

Last week, in Box Office…

While we don’t have complete totals (some studios aren’t announcing what the films actually made until just into the new year), we know that The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was the one that scorched the sky. Or something like that. it made $36.9 million and has made $150 million after two weekends domestically. God only knows what the budget on that was.

Jack Reacher opened to $15.6 million. Which makes sense. I bet they were hoping for more. But that’s what was expected.

This Is 40 opened to $11.6 million and third place. Meh.

Rise of the Guardians was fourth, with $5.9 million. Lincoln was fifth, with $5.5 million. The Guilt Trip was sixth with $5.4 million. Monsters, Inc. opened to seventh and $4.8 million. Oh, and Skyfall made $4.7 million in eighth place. It’s really close to overtaking Twilight‘s domestic total. (more…)


2012: The Year in Reviews (Part VI: November & December)

Today, we finish the year with the films of November and December.

To run down the intro quickly — every January I go over all the movies that are scheduled to come out that year (as they are scheduled — or not — at the time). I try to get as much in as I can. I preview the films and try to guess what I’m going to think of them when I do see them. (I don’t look at what I write after I write it. Until I do these articles, of course.) Then, over the course of the year, in April, in August, and in December (which will go up later today), I post reviews of all the films I saw by that point in the year.

Then, what I do is, at the end of the year, to recap, I take every film that came out that year, post what I wrote about them in January (if anything), post what I did think about them when I saw them (if I saw them), and then post what I think about them now, having had some time to think about them (either a few days or a few months, depending). And I also post all the films that didn’t come out that year (pretty much all of which I’ll have previewed), so that way no film goes unaccounted for. (No Film Left Behind.)

I’m doing this two months at a time, and in the final article, I’ll go over how I did throughout the year — which films I guessed correctly, which films surprised me for the better and which films surprised me for the worse. All of this leading into my two favorite articles of the year, the Unforgivables list and the Top Ten list.

Here’s November and December: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “There are two people in this barracks who know I didn’t do it. Me and the guy that did do it.”

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2012: The Year in Reviews (Part V: September & October)

Today, we recap all the films of September and October.

To run down the intro quickly — every January I go over all the movies that are scheduled to come out that year (as they are scheduled — or not — at the time). I try to get as much in as I can. I preview the films and try to guess what I’m going to think of them when I do see them. (I don’t look at what I write after I write it. Until I do these articles, of course.) Then, over the course of the year, in April, in August, and in December (which will go up later today), I post reviews of all the films I saw by that point in the year.

Then, what I do is, at the end of the year, to recap, I take every film that came out that year, post what I wrote about them in January (if anything), post what I did think about them when I saw them (if I saw them), and then post what I think about them now, having had some time to think about them (either a few days or a few months, depending). And I also post all the films that didn’t come out that year (pretty much all of which I’ll have previewed), so that way no film goes unaccounted for. (No Film Left Behind.)

I’m doing this two months at a time, and in the final article, I’ll go over how I did throughout the year — which films I guessed correctly, which films surprised me for the better and which films surprised me for the worse. All of this leading into my two favorite articles of the year, the Unforgivables list and the Top Ten list.

Here’s September and October: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “I don’t like violence, Tom. I’m a businessman. Blood is a big expense.”

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2012: The Year in Reviews (Part IV: July & August)

Today, we recap all the films of July and August.

To run down the intro quickly — every January I go over all the movies that are scheduled to come out that year (as they are scheduled — or not — at the time). I try to get as much in as I can. I preview the films and try to guess what I’m going to think of them when I do see them. (I don’t look at what I write after I write it. Until I do these articles, of course.) Then, over the course of the year, in April, in August, and in December (which will go up later today), I post reviews of all the films I saw by that point in the year.

Then, what I do is, at the end of the year, to recap, I take every film that came out that year, post what I wrote about them in January (if anything), post what I did think about them when I saw them (if I saw them), and then post what I think about them now, having had some time to think about them (either a few days or a few months, depending). And I also post all the films that didn’t come out that year (pretty much all of which I’ll have previewed), so that way no film goes unaccounted for. (No Film Left Behind.)

I’m doing this two months at a time, and in the final article, I’ll go over how I did throughout the year — which films I guessed correctly, which films surprised me for the better and which films surprised me for the worse. All of this leading into my two favorite articles of the year, the Unforgivables list and the Top Ten list.

Here’s July and August: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: ♫ “Fahoo fores / Dahoo dores / Welcome Christmas / Come this way. / Fahoo fores / Dahoo dores / Welcome Christmas / Christmas day. / Welcome, welcome / Fahoo ramus / Welcome, welcome / Dahoo damus. / Christmas day is in our grasp / So long as we have hands to clasp.” ♫


2012: The Year in Reviews (Part III: May & June)

Today, we recap all the films of May and June.

To run down the intro quickly — every January I go over all the movies that are scheduled to come out that year (as they are scheduled — or not — at the time). I try to get as much in as I can. I preview the films and try to guess what I’m going to think of them when I do see them. (I don’t look at what I write after I write it. Until I do these articles, of course.) Then, over the course of the year, in April, in August, and in December (which will go up later today), I post reviews of all the films I saw by that point in the year.

Then, what I do is, at the end of the year, to recap, I take every film that came out that year, post what I wrote about them in January (if anything), post what I did think about them when I saw them (if I saw them), and then post what I think about them now, having had some time to think about them (either a few days or a few months, depending). And I also post all the films that didn’t come out that year (pretty much all of which I’ll have previewed), so that way no film goes unaccounted for. (No Film Left Behind.)

I’m doing this two months at a time, and in the final article, I’ll go over how I did throughout the year — which films I guessed correctly, which films surprised me for the better and which films surprised me for the worse. All of this leading into my two favorite articles of the year, the Unforgivables list and the Top Ten list.

Today is May and June: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”

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2012: The Movie Year in Reviews (September-December)

Here’s the final batch of 2012 reviews. As we’re already in the middle of the end of the year articles, these reviews will (and have already, to an extent) pop up in those. Not that anyone’s really paying too much attention to what goes on with this blog.

This list is simple — it’s all the films I saw since the last article went up (by the way, here are Part I (January-April) and Part II (May-August) for reference purposes).

I’m not even going to waste your time with the list of films I haven’t seen. Those you’ll find out from the other articles. This one is mostly for housekeeping, since I’ve been keeping the reviews all along, and they’re helpful so when you look at the other ones, you can double check that I did, in fact, say what I said I said.

The only real thing I should say is — here are the films that, as of right now, haven’t come out yet/ones that came out recently that I haven’t been able to see yet. Those are: Jack Reacher, The Guilt Trip, Not Fade Away, Parental Guidance and Les Misérables. I’m gonna definitely see Les Mis on Tuesday when it comes out, and the rest I’m gonna do my damnedest to see before their article goes up, which won’t be for a few days.

Let’s not waste time, here are the reviews: (more…)


2012: The Year in Reviews (Part II: March & April)

Today, we recap all the films of March and April.

To run down the intro quickly — every January I go over all the movies that are scheduled to come out that year (as they are scheduledor not — at the time). I try to get as much in as I can. I preview the films and try to guess what I’m going to think of them when I do see them. (I don’t look at what I write after I write it. Until I do these articles, of course.) Then, over the course of the year, in April, in August, and in December (which will go up later today), I post reviews of all the films I saw by that point in the year.

Then, what I do is, at the end of the year, to recap, I take every film that came out that year, post what I wrote about them in January (if anything), post what I did think about them when I saw them (if I saw them), and then post what I think about them now, having had some time to think about them (either a few days or a few months, depending). And I also post all the films that didn’t come out that year (pretty much all of which I’ll have previewed), so that way no film goes unaccounted for. (No Film Left Behind.)

I’m doing this two months at a time, and in the final article, I’ll go over how I did throughout the year — which films I guessed correctly, which films surprised me for the better and which films surprised me for the worse. All of this leading into my two favorite articles of the year, the Unforgivables list and the Top Ten list.

So let’s get to March and April: (more…)


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Pic of the Day: ♫ “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer / Had a very shiny nose / And if you ever saw it / You would even say it glows. / All of the other reindeer / Used to laugh and call him names / They never let poor Rudolph / Join in any reindeer games. / Then one foggy Christmas Eve / Santa came to say / Rudolph with your nose so bright / Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight? / Then how the reindeer loved him / As they shouted out with glee / Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer / You’ll go down in history.” ♫


2012: The Year in Reviews (Part I: January & February)

Another year, another set of movies to go over.

Every January, I go over all the movies that are going to come out that year, as they are scheduled at the time. Or not. I’m usually thorough enough to get 90% of the stuff that’s coming out. Usually the only stuff I miss are those independent movies I know nothing about that pop up after hitting all the early film festivals, like Sundance and Cannes and etc. Or ones that just pop up out of nowhere without that. And that’s usually countered by me previewing certain films that just don’t come out by the end of the year or ones that I just don’t really care about that I preview and then never see. Point is — most of what comes out, I’m ready for.

Then, over the course of the year, I keep track of every movie I saw from that year. Every third of the year, I post reviews of all the films I saw, once in April, once in August, and once in December. (The December article will go up tomorrow night. Don’t worry, it won’t factor into today’s article at all, I don’t believe.)

I post links to all those articles in case you don’t believe what I write in these ones and want to double-check me. Don’t worry, you don’t need to have read them at all. Because what these articles are is me excerpting what I wrote about the films in January (which is pretty much what I expected I’d think about them when I saw them, which I do not look at after I write it), excerpting the reviews I wrote as I saw the films, and mediating the two. I post the two sets of comments, then I write my final thoughts on the film, having had time to digest my feelings about them, either over a couple of days or 11 months, depending. Then I’ll decide how close I felt I was in guessing what my opinion of the film was going to be. This is mostly so I can see how accurate I was overall and also so I can get a good handle on which films surprised me for the better or for the worse.

I’ll go over the films two months at a time, and even post an extra article of the films I previewed that didn’t come out at all, and discuss those. And by the end of that, I’ll post my stats for the year, all as preparation for the big end of the year lists — my Unforgivables list and my Top Ten list. (more…)


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Pic of the Day: “Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian.” “Uh, I think that says FRAGILE, dear.” “Oh, yeah.”


The Most Underseen Films of 2012

I should say “criminally” underseen, but that’s a different article entirely. This is just a list of films that are underseen, for better or for worse. I don’t care if people like these films or don’t like these films, I still think they should be seen by more people.

This is basically an unedited version of a Hidden Gems list (a list I will not be making for 2012 until at least the end of next year). I’m not even gonna write blurbs or anything, since basically I’d be saying the same thing — these films need to be seen by more people. What I’m gonna do is put them under headings, and that’ll be my blurb for the film. The point here is to get people to see more movies that shouldn’t have been as ignored (for whatever reason) as they were, not to argue about whether or not they’re good movies.

Also, I can only go by what I’ve seen at this point. I’m still finishing up a bunch of stuff before the end of the year, and there definitely seems like there’s some stuff I haven’t seen yet that’ll fit into these categories. But I can’t, in good conscience, recommend it until I’ve seen the films. Too often do people list shit they haven’t seen on lists because that’s what’s supposed to be on them. So I may come back and add them once I see them, and I may not. We’ll see what happens.

Now let’s get to the most underseen films of 2012: (more…)