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:

March

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

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What I said about it back in January:

“They’ve been making a killing off of these for the past decade.”

“I can pretty much call this one exactly — 3 stars. I can 95% guarantee that.”

“I don’t particularly love these movies, and if I do end up giving it 3.5 stars, it’s because it’s so beautiful-looking. Otherwise, these movies are always a throwaway 3 stars, enjoyable and kiddie.”

What I thought about it:

“This was exactly what I expected it to be. It was a perfectly harmless children’s movie.”

“Though I can’t help but feel like it again proliferated the alarming trends in animation nowadays (which, I guess, is rubbing off from live-action), which is a crazy reliance on action scenes over character, as well as unnecessary unreality. Humans moving the way humans don’t move. There’s no reality there whatsoever. At least Disney would have their human characters mostly adhere to the bounds of — you know — gravity. This isn’t Looney Tunes. I’m not a fan of that stuff at all.”

“But, this was a harmless kid’s movie, so you’re getting exactly what you think you’re gonna get here.”

3 stars.

Final Thoughts:

When I’m right, I’m right.

How close was I?: Exact

Project X

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What I said about it back in January:

“As soon as they announced that Todd Phillips was behind this, I lost all hope of it being funny.”

(Note: I have a long and complicated history with Todd Phillips movies. He seems like a great guy, but I got really turned off with Due Date and The Hangover Part II.)

“Anyway — he’s not directing this, so that only prejudices me so much against it. But seeing as how he’s producing it (and his name is all over the fucking thing), I have to assume he has creative input, and that will create situations I just will not like.”

“I’m really not looking forward to this at all. I can see all of the films he’s taking inspiration from, and I almost know there will be nothing original that happens here at all, and that it will make money regardless.”

2 stars. I have to assume I will dislike it. I’m sure 2.5 or even 3 can happen, but I will gladly be wrong if that’s the case. I say 2. I have to go back to being strict with comedies. I cannot accept giving shitty, unoriginal comedies a pass and having everyone else think they’re hysterical.”

What I thought about it:

“I fucking hated this. And I knew I would. First off — documentary style. I hate that. Second — it’s so goddamn stereotyped. And everything that’s said is so one-dimensional. The kid that wants pussy. The parents saying their kid is a loser. The “cool” kids bullying the “loser” kid. All the standard dumb “high school” party scenes. I hated this.”

“There’s no logic to this whatsoever, and it was clearly designed to make money. This movie is like Iron Man 2 to Superbad‘s Iron Man. They just escalated the party chaos and cut out the story. That does not a good movie make.”

“Maybe it’ll be Unforgivable, maybe it won’t, but I guarantee you this will be in my bottom 25 for the year.”

1 star.

Final Thoughts:

Hated this.

1 star.

How close was I?: I thought I’d dislike it, but I’m not sure if that included out and out hate. So let’s say I underestimated how much I’d hate it.

Being Flynn

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What I said about it back in January:

“This was originally called “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City” (which is what got me interested in it in the first place — you stop and look at a title like that). I understand the title change.”

“Sounds interesting. I can fucks with this.”

3 stars, though. I’m not presuming the cast is a sure-thing. Dano’s indie movies tend to be a bit flat in the execution.”

What I thought about it:

“Typical indie movie. Underplayed, meant to be like “real life,” though overly quirky, which directly negates the first aspect, and “cute” dialogue, which either thinks it sounds cute, or is improperly delivered.”

“You can get through it, but these movies always end up falling through the cracks. Why? Because it’s not truly indie and abstract enough to be liked by the pretentious crowd, and is too ho-hum to be liked enough to be highly recommended by anyone except those with — shall we say — subpar tastes.”

“This movie is exactly that. Decent, unspectacular, falls into way too many indie traps. Specifically the shitty, on-the-nose music choices that scream indie and make us want to feel something.”

“This is a pretty standard film. One I’m actually going to forget come December.”

3 stars.

Final Thoughts:

Yeah, I’ve pretty much forgotten it.

3 stars.

How close was I?: Exact.

Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie

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What I said about it back in January:

“Who are Tim and Eric? Is this one of those things that has a very small, but very rabid fan base?”

“I can’t imagine I’ll ever see it or be interested in it, though.”

2.5 stars? Why not. I’ll probably never see this.”

What I thought about it:

I never saw it. Still have no idea who they are.

How close was I?: I knew I wouldn’t see it. That’s something.

A Thousand Words

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What I said about it back in January:

“Ha ha. You can only delay the inevitable so much.” (I told the story of how long this film was delayed after this.)

“I cannot wait to see what kind of train wreck this is gonna turn out to be.”

“I’m gonna say this is 2 stars. I know most people assume this should be Unforgivable. And I’m expecting that it might be. But the reason I’m assuming 2 stars and not 1 is because I like the central conceit too much. Unforgivables are such because, as I watch them, they make me angry. With a concept like this, I don’t think I’m gonna get angry. I think I’ll be so interested in the concept that I’ll be thinking about how I’d have handled it.”

“I don’t think this will necessarily be Unforgivable, even though — oh yeah, I’ll keep the light on the porch on for this one.”

“Also, no one actually thinks this will make anything more than 2 stars, right? Okay, just checking.”

What I thought about it:

“What a piece of shit.”

1.5 stars.

Final Thoughts:

It’s not Unforgivable, but it’s bottom 25.

How close was I?: I’m calling it exact. I said it wouldn’t be Unforgivable. That makes up for the half-star.

The Raven

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What I said about it back in January:

This is a wild card for me. I can see myself either really liking this or really not liking it. Which is why, before I even give you a synopsis, I’m just gonna say 3 stars. Let the film decide if it’s better or worse, but I see a lot of elements that could really work here, and have enough experience to where I can see and expect this to not be good at all.”

“This sounds interesting. I like the period nature of it. I like how a lot of the film will take place at night, in the rain, on gothic sets — there’s a lot to like here.”

“Of course, the downside is obvious — this could really suck. It could be a shitty thriller. But I see more upside than down here (not major upside, just enough to get it to stability), so that’s why I say 3 stars. The more I read about it, the more I assume it’ll probably be exactly 3. I won’t guarantee that, but it seems like a safe bet. I think this will be okay.”

What I thought about it:

“You know, this got bad reviews, but — I liked it. I enjoyed it. I was perfectly entertained for the 110 minutes.”

“I have absolutely no need to ever see it again, but honestly, it’s not as bad as one would suspect. If one were to go into this with an open mind, I feel you’d be adequately entertained.”

“What were you really expecting out of this, honestly?”

3 stars.

Final Thoughts:

Oh, I’m good.

3 stars.

How close was I?: Can I get two points for how exact I was on this one?

John Carter

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What I said about it back in January:

“What a shitty title change. Why not tell people he’s from Mars? Do you think a film will do better because it has the name of the title character? Motherfucker, this isn’t Forrest Gump.”

“They’ve been trying to make this for 80 years. They’ve been trying to make this since Robert Duvall’s been alive (and James Earl Jones, Rip Torn, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Leslie Caron, Regis Philbin, Phillip Baker Hall, Ian Holm, Angie Dickinson, and others). That’s fucked up.”

“Anyway, what I’m getting at was, from that first trailer, I’d have automatically said 4 stars for this. But that second one — it worries me a bit. I’m still gonna say 4 stars, because no matter what, it’ll still look gorgeous, and that should, if I don’t really like it that much, bump it up the extra half star to 3.5.”

“I’m expecting either 3.5 or 4 here, but more likely 4. The reason I go 4 despite all the elements in that second trailer that I’m not exactly a fan of — Andrew Stanton is directing. The man who made Wall-E and Finding Nemo should know how to make this story worth telling, despite the action.”

What I thought about it:

I” don’t get this movie. Why make it? It’s not like the story isn’t particularly interesting. You’ve seen it dozens of times over the years, since this text is basically your template for most modern sci-fi.”

“It’s fine. I got through it. I just don’t understand why it needed to exist. It’s kind of like spending $200 million to make a new type of shoe, one that ends up being exactly the same type of shoe as all the others, and doesn’t seem to stand out in any way, shape or form, outside the fact that you know they spent a lot of money to make that shoe. So what’s the point?”

“The movie was entertaining enough, and it was well-made, but I still don’t see why it needed to be made at all. It broke no ground, did not differentiate itself from anything else, and by the end of the year, it’s not like I’m gonna remember this as being particularly good. I’m gonna remember it is, ‘Yeah, it was okay.'”

“I will honestly put Man on a Ledge closer to my Top Ten list than I would this. Because at least there, I gave a shit about what I was watching. I was actively entertained, rather than, ‘Yeah, this isn’t bad.'”

3.5 stars.

Final Thoughts:

Honestly — I really only enjoyed this as a 3 star movie. So if I’m wrong, let’s at least be totally honest about it. Though I will say I think the fact that it looked good bumped it up that extra half-star to 3.5.

How close was I?: I was off. I had a feeling I might not like it, but the rating was still kind of off.

Silent House

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What I said about it back in January:

“This is fucking fascinating. I love how this country no longer thinks up its own horror movies. All horror movies released in this country are either remakes of older horror movies or are American versions of horror films from other countries that were made within five years of us remaking them. Or, in certain cases, when a central conceit is actually original, it’s redone over and over and beaten into the ground until we can’t stand it anymore (a la Saw and Paranormal Activity). Actually, the horror genre might be one of the most accurate allegories for what Hollywood is today. (No wonder I hate it.)”

(Wow. Go me.)

“What I find most fascinating about these American remakes is that they’re always watered down and almost never capture the quality of the original. I’m not sure why. Let Me In was a good film, but it just wasn’t as good as Let the Right One In (if we’re calling that a true horror movie). Quarantine was nowhere near as good as [Rec]. And all the Japanese remakes — laughable. The GrudgeOne Missed Call? So I’ll actually end up seeing this one and the original just to see how they do. (I love seeing shit like this. It fascinates me to see what Americans think they can improve upon other people’s shit.)”

(Seriously. Go me.)

“Now, I won’t have too high hopes for this one. I’ll still say 3 stars, since I can’t see how, even if they recreate the 78-minute continuous take (which, if they do, it automatically earns the film 3 stars), how they can improve upon whatever the Spanish version is. But we’ll see. If they do it in one-take, and do it well, I’ll bump it up to 3.5. For now, we’ll say 3.”

What I thought about it:

“I’m torn about these movies — this one and the original. I love the conceit of the horror movie done in one take. You can really do some great stuff there. Unfortunately, the original film is pretty bare in terms of tricks. There’s not really much to make things scary. And then there’s that twist they threw in — what the fuck was that?”

“This movie suffers from the same narrative problems that one did, though it does overcome it by having Elizabeth Olsen in the lead. She does a good job with it. Though unlike the original, this one isn’t done in one continuous take. (That one might not be either, but at least there, it feels more like a continuous take.) This one was done in segments edited together.”

“This wouldn’t be a problem, if the narrative was stronger (see: Rope), but this has the same twist in it. And for that to be the twist, it really ruins the point of the single take.”

“So, while it’s a decent film — it’s not great. I feel like a stronger narrative, and more work into actually trying to make things scary, would have made this a much better movie.”

3 stars

Final Thoughts:

Yeah, 3 stars. It was all right, but the single take is really the only reason to see this.

How close was I?: Exact.

Friends with Kids

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What I said about it back in January:

I didn’t. Because I’d seen this in 2011 and reviewed it then. And they finally released it here, so I just wanted to plug this one more time, since I know no one saw it.

What I thought about it:

“This was quite enjoyable.”

“It wasn’t perfect, but it was better than just okay, hence the rating. Check it out if you ever get the chance.”

3.5 stars.

Final Thoughts:

Seriously, it was good. It’s worth seeing.

3.5 stars.

How close was I?: N/A

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

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What I said about it back in January:

“What is it with the vague titles this year? Do they not want anyone to know what these films are about?”

“This doesn’t sound particularly interesting to me. I’m sure it will be decent but forgettable.”

3 stars. What else could it be? (Remember, it’s March.)”

What I thought about it:

“Yeah — it is. It exists. I didn’t really get that much out of it. It’s there. It’s all right. I barely remember what happened.”

3 stars.

Final Thoughts:

Well, fucking really.

3 stars.

How close was I?: Exact.

21 Jump Street

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What I said about it back in January:

“I thought this was a bad idea from when they first announced it however many moons ago.”

“I saw the trailer — red band even — I’m still not entirely impressed. I like Jonah Hill and I don’t mind Channing Tatum — I just don’t expect this movie to be any good.”

“I expect it to be funny in the sense that, I find like four jokes throughout the entire movie funny. I chuckle twice, smile three more times, and then maybe once or twice more, without reacting, go, “Oh, that’s a pretty nice gag,” or, “Nice line.” And yet, I know — the rest of the country, “Funnyest movie evahh!!!!” I know the country will go apeshit for this movie, because that’s what they’re supposed to do.”

“Me? 2.5 stars. If it’s 3 stars, I can’t imagine it’ll be a very strong one. I’ll give it 3 if it’s enjoyable enough and doesn’t grate the nerves that much. But I’m expecting it to. I don’t want to hate this movie, but something tells me I’m not gonna like it that much.”

What I thought about it:

“I owe this film a huge apology. I know I do. I went into this thinking it would not be funny. But it was. Really funny. To the point where this almost managed to make 4 stars.”

“It’s like a 3.75 for me. Gave it a 4 on Netflix and a 3.5 here because I don’t want to overrate it (as people tend to do).”

“But this was very funny. I laughed consistently all the way through and was thoroughly entertained by all of it. So I will very publicly say that I was very wrong about this film. It was very funny.”

3.5 stars

Final Thoughts:

Seriously. Very funny. And I hate comedies nowadays.

3.5 stars

How close was I?: Wrong, but for the better.

Seeking Justice

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What I said about it back in January:

(It was in my “Films Without Release Date” article.)

“This used to be called “The Hungry Rabbit Jumps,” and was gonna come out last year. Then (as I said back on the end of the year recap), it was gonna get some sort of January date and be released on DVD, but that seems to not be the case anymore.”

2.5 stars. I’m worried. Based on all the problems with it (and the fact that Trespass wasn’t very good) in terms of release, it might actually be bad.”

What I thought about it:

“Serviceable Cage movie.”

“Cage seems to be in his “generic action movie” period. He has a lot of this straight to DVD fare coming out lately. None of it is particularly memorable.”

“This one at least has a somewhat engaging premise that does sustain most of the film. So I’m grateful for that.”

“But, in the canon of Cage films, this one’s more of a one and done instead of anything memorable. I got through it okay, but otherwise — nothing special.”

3 stars.

Final Thoughts:

Nothing too memorable, but not worse than some of the stuff he’s done the past few years.

3 stars.

How close was I?: Off by a half-star. Not totally wrong, not totally right, either. But closer to right than wrong.

Casa de Mi Padre

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What I said about it back in January:

“The film is going to be entirely in Spanish. That’s interesting to me. It’s picking a style and sticking with it. It’s going telenovela. I think this can be really interesting. Or could suck majorly.”

2.5 stars? Sure. 2-3 really seems like the only range for this one. I really just want to see what it’s all about more than anything.”

What I thought about it:

“I didn’t really find anything in it funny, and was pretty bored during the whole thing. And it was only like 80 minutes long too. Which is saying something. But, I didn’t hate it, I just — didn’t like it.”

2.5 stars.

Final Thoughts:

Forgot about it the minute it was over.

2.5 stars.

How close was I?: Exact.

Detachment

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What I said about it back in January:

“Interesting.”

“Let’s say…3 stars3.5 stars. I can’t tell. The cast has to assure you at least one of those, right?”

What I thought about it:

“It’s watchable, but it thinks it’s way more clever than it is. The visual cutaways, and the one-dimensionality of the characters — it feels like the work of a first time writer who thinks they’ve written the greatest thing in the world.”

“The finished product’s not that bad, and it has lots of famous faces in it, but on the whole it’s just okay. Watch it for the actors, because otherwise, it really doesn’t offer much in the way of value. But it was decent enough. (Though it does seem to represent teachers and students about as well as Avatar represented scientists and soldiers.)”

3 stars.

Final Thoughts:

Yup.

3 stars.

How close was I?: Exact.

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

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What I said about it back in January:

“Not quite sure what this one’s about. Maybe they should think about making the title more descriptive.”

“I’ll say 3 stars. I can’t imagine this goes higher than 3.5 or lower than 2.5.”

What I thought about it:

“I should probably have given this 3.5 stars, but honestly — I really liked this. I don’t know why. It was so simple and low-key, and yet — I was always interested.”

“I really enjoyed this. A lot. I like how, even though there was a mixture of no resolution/indie movie resolution, it still felt okay.”

“Like I said, it’s probably more like 3.5 stars (and probably will be come January), but for now — I really enjoyed this, and my gut said to make it 4 stars, if only to recommend it to people.”

“I really enjoyed this, and I really only thought I was getting a one-and-done 3 star movie. So this was a pleasant surprise.”

4 stars.

Final Thoughts:

I don’t know. I haven’t thought about this one since I saw it. It might be a 3.5 star movie, but I didn’t expect to like this one, and still remember it as being pleasant, so let’s stick with 4 stars.

How close was I?: Off by a star.

Mirror Mirror

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What I said about it back in January:

Basically I explained my feelings about the dueling Snow White movies and how I was originally more excited for this one, but then the trailer came out and looked horrible.

“I’ve lost any hope that this is even remotely a good movie. I mean, have you seen that trailer?”

“I have to assume 2 stars. Now, if it looks great and I give it a 2.5, I’m still gonna say I was right, since giving something a half-star for its look does not affect the quality of the actual film.”

“Based on that trailer I saw — there’s no way I can go higher than 2 stars here.”

What I thought about it:

“This movie, to me, is exactly why I’ve stopped watching trailers. Because when this trailer came out in November, it looked bad. I mean really bad. I thought this was gonna be a huge train wreck of a film. And you know what? When I saw it — I liked it. I liked it quite a bit.”

“Sure, it’s got its bad parts, and stupid parts, but ultimately, this is supposed to be a fun, goofy family film. And it succeeds admirably. Plus you have Tarsem, and his predilection toward great sets and costumes, so really, anything that’s a bit too kiddie for me still ended up not being that bad.”

“The film does have a great deal of charm to it. The scenes with Lily Collins and Armie Hammer are jaunty. (I already used charm. Jaunty felt like a fun alternative.) Plus, I give them major props for showing some love to dwarf actors.”

“Overall here, the good greatly outweighs the bad, and I bet I wouldn’t have been nearly as down on this film had I not watched that trailer. Sometimes I just won’t learn.””

3.5 stars.

Final Thoughts:

No. It’s 3 stars. Let’s not get too crazy. But still, it’s much better than I was expecting.

How close was I?: It was better than I was expecting. Glad to be wrong.

The Hunger Games

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What I said about it back in January:

“Apparently the world is more excited for this than I am.”

“Is this how it was with Twilight?”

“The fact that so many people are interested in this makes me wary. It’s gonna be impossible for me to see this with an open mind.”

“Anyway, I’m just gonna assume 3 stars. I have to. I can’t assume 3.5, because I haven’t watched a trailer (if there is one), because everyone’s so fucking apeshit about this, I need to go in as cold as possible. So I don’t know anything past a general plot synopsis.”

“This could be entertaining and be a 3.5, but I have to assume 3 stars until then. It has too many major stars (or, at least, people I like) for it not to be at least 3. Plus, these young adult movies, most of the time they’re entertaining (like City of Ember), but they’re just not for me. I’ll assume that until I see differently.”

What I thought about it:

“I expected this to be, at the very least, good. The concept isn’t Twilight, so I expected this would be an interesting film. And I was right. Though I didn’t expect it to be quite as good as it was.”

“They really didn’t try to make it young adult at all. And I respect that. I also liked how they doled out exposition. They never really laid it out all at once and did it as we went along. It was nice. This film did a lot of things right.”

“While I’m slightly upset they cheated the central conceit, I understand it, and think they at least did it in a way I can get behind. Plus I like how they set up for the rest of the franchise. So, I really did like this, and this will definitely be on the upper end of my year-end list. (Though those Battle Royale comparisons — completely warranted.)”

4 stars.

Final Thoughts:

Yes. Quite good. 4 stars. Not solid 4, but I enjoyed it enough to feel okay about 4.

How close was I?: Off by some amount. Enough to call it as being wrong.

The Raid: Redemption

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What I said about it back in January:

“This feels kind of like District B13, which was an awesome film that got US distribution because it was so awesome.”

“This sounds pretty badass. I’m really excited to see this. 3.5 stars.”

What I thought about it:

“This was fun. I enjoyed it quite a bit. It’s the closest thing to badass action movie since District B13. I’m excited to see the next to they’re planning for the trilogy. This will almost definitely be a tier 3 film come year’s end.”

3.5 stars.

Final Thoughts:

It was badass.

3.5 stars.

How close was I?: Exact.

Bully

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What I said about it back in January:

“I don’t do documentaries unless they’re nominated for Oscars, get insane word of mouth (Man on Wire, The Cove – which coincidentally were nominated for (and won) Oscars), get a lot of (continuous) acclaim (Grizzly ManMurderball, both of which I saw at least two years after they came out because I kept seeing them listed among the best films from recent years) or make a shit ton of money (March of the Penguins).”

“Though, generally, it takes a really interesting and offbeat topic to pull me in (like Exit Through the Gift Shop, which I still haven’t even seen).”

“So chances are, I won’t see this, and I’m baffled by the fact that not one, but two documentaries somehow have release dates the 2012 in Film article.”

What I thought about it:

Didn’t see it. I knew.

How close was I?: Of course I didn’t see it.

Natural Selection

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What I said about it back in January:

I never mentioned it, oddly. Even though I knew about it. Or maybe I knew about it once Rachael Harris won Best Actress at Sundance. Either way, it was on my radar after that happened. I’ve been trying to find this one since then.

What I thought about it:

“I liked it a lot. Really solid film. Rachael Harris’s performance is as good as advertised. Definitely one of the more underrated films of the year. (Though, technically it’s a 2011 film.)”

3.5 stars.

Final Thoughts:

Really liked this.

3.5 stars.

How close was I?: N/A

The Deep Blue Sea

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What I said about it back in January:

“It’s based on the same play that spawned the 1955 film of the same name that Vivien Leigh starred in. This time, Rachel Weisz is in it.”

“The original was 3 stars, so I’ll assume the same here.”

What I thought about it:

“Yeah, it was all right. Not particularly memorable, no wholly forgettable, pretty watchable. That’s it. Just decent across the board. Flat 3.”

3 stars.

Final Thoughts:

Can’t argue with that.

3 stars.

How close was I?: Exact.

Wrath of the Titans

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What I said about it back in January:

(This will be long, but it’ll be worth it.)

“Oh, boy. They made a sequel…. Hollywood — why do they never listen? When will they ever learn?”

“(If you got that, you’re awesome.)”

“Just to keep track, this is a sequel of a remake of a film that’s only moderately awesome, mostly because it’s so of its time.”

“When the Titans remake came out — (even though) there was that one moment of, “Oh man, Liam Neeson just said “Release the Kraken,” yes!” — we all just kind of knew it was bad.”

“But what the hell is it gonna be about? Let’s find out together, shall we? Ooh, it’s a long one… And just to spice it up, I’m gonna do a live-reaction to it:

A decade after his heroic (Really?) defeat of the monstrous (Way to hurt its feelings.) Kraken (What’s kraken, bitches?), Perseus is attempting to live a quieter life (it’s actually starting like a western. No, Mike, don’t do it. Keep your expectations down. It’s only going to disappoint you. Treat it like a child. Treat it like a child.) as a village fisherman (aww…like your dead adopted father. Which is sad, because Pete Postelthwaite is actually dead.) and the sole parent to his 10-year-old son, Helius (Couldn’t get Gemma Arterton back, could you?).

Meanwhile, a struggle for (Bourne) supremacy rages between the gods and (Monsters? Generals? Does anyone even know the movies I’m referencing?) the Titans (If I remember, the Titans lost 23-17 and were stopped on the goal line to end it). Dangerously weakened by (AIDS) humanity’s lack of devotion (Oh, so not AIDS. How about ALS? Lupus? Is it Lupus?), the gods are (sitting in nothing but their boxers, watching The Notebook and drinking all day) losing control of (their motor functions) the imprisoned Titans (This is exactly like the Nelson Mandela story) and their ferocious (whoa. Action word) leader (is it Fearless Leader? That would be awesome if it was “ferocious leader, Fearless Leader.” No? Ah, schweinhund), (Captain) Kronos (Vampire Hunter), father of (Did anyone get that last reference?) the long-ruling brothers Zeus (Ohh nooooo!), Hades (Creator of Haderade), and Poseidon (Yeah, but are we really counting Poseidon? Danny Huston was barely in that first movie. I’m pretty sure he only spoke like one line).

The triumvirate (that’s like a classy name for a threesome, right?) had overthrown (that’s like a classy name for vomiting, right?) their powerful father long ago (in a galaxy far, far away?), leaving him (NOOOOOOOOO!!!!) to rot in (New Jersey) the gloomy abyss (What did I say?) of Tartarus (that sounds like something you get on your dick), a dungeon that lies (Jesus. What ever happened to dungeons that told the truth?) deep within the cavernous underworld (of Lindsay Lohan).

(Oh shit, there’s another paragraph. This is really detailed for a movie no one cares about.)

Perseus (Honestly, you should just call him Jake Sully and see what happens.) cannot ignore (the feelings deep inside) his true calling (for interior decorating) when Hades (viciously rapes him in a ten minute sequence at the center of the film), along with Zeus’s godly son (ouch), Ares (Édgar Ramírez) (Zeus has a Mexican son?), switch loyalty (Is that a classy way of saying gay?) and make a deal with (Captain) Kronos (Vampire Hunter) to capture Zeus (Ohh nooooo!). The Titans’ strength grows (over 9000!) (harder, better, faster) stronger as Zeus’s (vas deferens) remaining godly powers are siphoned (I’m picturing this being like siphoning gas. Yeah, you see what I mean), and hell is unleashed on earth (Chelsea Lately?).

Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) (who was definitely not the person who played Andromeda in the first movie. Way to go, continuity!), Poseidon’s demigod son (is that a classy way of saying mudblood?), Agenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Bill Nighy) (What if it were Bill Nye instead? How much better would that be?), Perseus bravely (Really?) embarks on a treacherous (Really?) quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus (Is this a road movie? And didn’t Zeus try to kill him last time?), overthrow the Titans and save mankind.

“And they thought this was worth a sequel?”

“Does anyone think this is gonna be good? At all?”

2.5 stars. Let it be 3. I don’t give a fuck. The first one was (maybe) barely a 3 (if at all), and I refuse to believe this is on par with that one. No way.”

What I thought about it:

“Holy shit, was this boring. I mean, the first one was boring too, but at least I got through it. I guess because it followed the outline of the original and because all I really wanted was to see Liam Neeson say, “Release the Kraken.” But this — I checked out by about fifteen minutes in.”

“I couldn’t tell you what happened for long stretches of this movie. It was competent and all, but goddamn, who wants to see this? (Apparently everyone but America, because this movie’s done more than double its domestic business overseas.)”

“Unless you’re really looking to shut your brain off or have no taste in movies whatsoever, don’t even bother with this. Seriously, there’s nothing of value here whatsoever.”

2.5 stars.

Final Thoughts:

Seriously, though. (My preview was better than the movie.)

2.5 stars.

How close was I?: Exact.

Goon

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What I said about it back in January:

“I heard decent things about this, so let’s assume 3 stars. It sounds mostly generic, but it could be okay.”

What I thought about it:

“The rating I gave this feels high, but honestly — it’s just 90 minutes of people beating the shit out of each other.”

“There’s no plot here to speak of, and it’s so childish it’s sickening at parts (Jay Baruchel, what the fuck were you doing in this movie? Did anyone actually find that funny?). But you know — it’s entertaining enough. And the fact that it moves along, and doesn’t give a shit about trying to tell a story, I’ll bump it up the half-star.”

“This was really a 3-star for me. The half-star is purely because they got in, got out, didn’t add any frills, and they literally beat the shit out of each other for almost half the movie. I respect that.”

“This isn’t a good movie, but if you’re at home (probably drunk), and want to see people beating the shit out of one another — this isn’t a bad choice.”

3.5 stars.

Final Thoughts:

No, it’s a 3 star movie. But one I respect admirably.

How close was I?: Exact, ultimately.

– – – – –

Let’s recap March:

Films I liked: The Raven, John Carter (very moderately), Friends with Kids, 21 Jump Street, Jeff Who Lives at Home, Mirror Mirror (moderately), The Hunger Games, The Raid: Redemption, Natural Selection, Goon.

Films I didn’t like: Project X, A Thousand Words, Casa de Mi Padre.

Films I was indifferent toward: Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Being Flynn, Silent House, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Detachment, Seeking Justice, The Deep Blue Sea, Wrath of the Titans.

Films I didn’t see: Bully

And here’s what I said about the box office…

The Lorax wins. Should be an easy $30-40 million weekend.” It made $70.2 million. I wasn’t wrong.

John Carter is an easy winner, I think. If it doesn’t open to $30+ million, then Lorax wins second week in a row. But John Carter should easily win.” John Carter didn’t open to $30+ million, it opened to $30.2 million. The Lorax won two weekends in a row.

Silent House might do a couple million, seems like a smaller release.” It made $6.7 million. I was right.

The Raven might not open at all, or it’ll do like $10-12 million.” It opened to $7.3 million. They also apparently opened it at the end of April. Apparently I missed that and left it here. Whatever. I’m leaving it.

“Third week is probably 21 Jump Street, or John Carter again. 21 Jump Street feels like a $21-22 million opening.” It made $36.3 million.

Mirror Mirror shouldn’t do much at all.” It made $18.1 million. Actually pretty solid.

“Fourth week — Hunger Games. Easy.” $152.5 million.

“Fifth week — Wrath of the Titans. Also easy.” Nope. Hunger Games again. But Titans made $33.5 million, so it was solid.

“Any potential good films in March?: John Carter should be pretty good. Lorax should be watchable. The Raven, I think, could also be pretty good, if it works out. The Hunger Games will probably be pretty good, I’d imagine. Maybe not. Who knows? … And The Raid also sounds awesome.” Seems entirely dead-on-balls accurate.

“Unforgivables?: Not sure. Probably none. Mirror Mirror could be laughably bad. Not sure how Unforgivable it might be. I don’t see much here that looks like a strong possibility. They might turn out to be, but nothing jumps out at the moment as being a definite look. They could turn out that way, but nothing immediately makes me assume it will be.” I was right. Nothing is a definite lock, even if one might end up on there.

– – – – –

April

American Reunion

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What I said about it back in January:

“Hmm… this could go either way. On one hand, I think they’ve taken enough time off to where, if they were gonna do another one, they could make it work. Of course, “make it work” really only gives it 3 stars, maybe 3.5 if it’s really funny (but I don’t know if I see that happening).”

“But I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt. The others were enjoyable. (Then again, I was 15 when the last one came out.)”

“I’ll say 3 stars. I’m sure it’ll be enjoyable. I can’t see this being much else other than 3.”

“I’m really wondering if I’ve outgrown this franchise or not.”

What I thought about it:

“It was definitely watchable, I’ll give it that. It’s a bit too in love with the franchise, though. It references events the way people reference inside jokes. But also in that movie way that also sounds a bit like exposition.”

“Plus — if you’ve seen the other three movies, you know the deal by now. This is them doing it again. And it’s not bad. It’s a bit too — it doesn’t have the charm of the first two, because it’s trying to tell a story and make you care about the characters, but on the whole, if you made it this far, this is a perfectly acceptable film.”

3 stars.

Final Thoughts:

Yeah — flat 3 stars. I’ll never see this again or care to.

How close was I?: Exact.

Damsels in Distress

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What I said about it back in January:

“Uhh…this doesn’t sound very good.”

2.5 stars.

What I thought about it:

I didn’t see it.

How close was I?: N/A

Keyhole

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What I said about it back in January:

Nothing. Had no idea about it.

What I thought about it:

“God damn, this was weird.”

“I don’t know what the fuck this was. But it was shot really nicely and always has good to look at.”

“It’s completely surreal. I leave shit like this to the people who go for this sort of thing.”

“Otherwise — great visuals, really interesting, but otherwise, I don’t know what the fuck it is.”

3 stars.

Final Thoughts:

No idea.

3 stars.

How close was I?: N/A

The Cabin in the Woods

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What I said about it back in January:

“Well, the poster’s interesting, I’ll give it that. The downside, though? Everything else about it.”

“It’s a horror movie. That gives it a maximum 3 star rating out of me. Joss Whedon co-wrote it. That docks it a half-star. I’m just not interested in anything that man makes. At all. Not even a little bit. And then the final nail in the coffin — it was co-written and is being directed by the dude who “wrote” Cloverfield. Yeah…”

2 stars. There’s no way I’m gonna like this movie. (If I even see it.)”

What I thought about it:

“Here’s the thing with this one — I thought it would be a standard shitty horror movie. It wasn’t. The original premise was very smart. I don’t want to give it away, because saying anything about it gives away its secrets.”

“To me — the original conceit was great, but it’s that second twist on it (the real horror/sci fi twist) that just makes me lose interest. I can buy the first twist if it’s grounded in realism. That supernatural shit is just not my bag at all. So right there, the film drops down for me. But it has fun with itself and generally has some intelligent moments.”

“So I will give it three stars. That said — I didn’t love this…. but it’s worth three stars. So I’ll give it that. Still — I’d have liked it so much more if they kept it realistic and didn’t explain why this was happening. Don’t tell me this shit, just make me think about it for a while and come up with my own explanation.”

3 stars.

Final Thoughts:

Better than I expected, but also within my realm of expectations.

3 stars.

How close was I?: I said it was maximum 3, and it was 3. I guessed 2 though, so we’ll figure it out at the end.

Lockout

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What I said about it back in January:

“Do I wanna guess 3.5 here? I don’t think I do. I feel like this is a film that needs to be awesome. I know Luc Besson is involved, I still need to see it work to be convinced.”

3 stars. Interested in it, though.”

What I thought about it:

“It was enjoyable. I liked it. It’s your standard action movie, wise-cracking protagonist going in and kicking some ass. Simple premise, good execution — decent movie. This is all you really need. (P.S. You know I love these kinds of movies. This was an inevitability as soon as it didn’t suck.)”

3.5 stars.

Final Thoughts:

It’s either 3 or 3.5 stars.

Let’s say 3 stars, trending upward. It was enjoyable, though. It’s right in between those two.

How close was I?: I’m saying I was right, since it wasn’t quite 3 and wasn’t quite 3.5, and I said I’d guess 3 and let it be 3.5.

The Three Stooges

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What I said about it back in January:

“Oh god. Let’s just call it Unforgivable now.”

“There is no way this will be good. None. Not even a little bit. I will openly call “shame” on myself if I’m wrong, but I guarantee you this will not go higher than 2 stars.”

1 star. I can almost guarantee you it’ll be Unforgivable.”

What I thought about it:

“I thought this was gonna be a guaranteed Unforgivable. But you know what? I didn’t hate this. I mean, it was awful, but it wasn’t awful enough to make me angry. It was just bad.”

“You’ve got to show them a little respect for the fact that they went for it. They stuck with that style of comedy all the way through. And it did suck, but I don’t think you can really hate this like you could some other bad movies. It’s more one you wonder why they even bothered. It’s 2012.”

“This will probably be a bottom 25 film, but I don’t think it’ll be Unforgivable. (Though that Jersey Shore stuff might put them closer come years end.)”

2.5 stars.

Final Thoughts:

No, 2 stars. I was being nice.

How close was I?: I said it wouldn’t go higher than 2, but I also said 1. So we’ll figure it out at the end.

The Lucky One

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What I said about it back in January:

“‘Based on a Nicholas Sparks novel,’ the synopsis said, as though it were a boast.”

“Nicholas Sparks, starring Zac Efron. Tell me no more…”

2 stars. Potential Unforgivable watch, but I doubt it. It’ll probably just suck and that’ll be that.”

What I thought about it:

“Like it wasn’t going to be two stars.”

2 stars.

Final Thoughts:

That is that.

2 stars.

How close was I?: Exact.

Think Like a Man

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What I said about it back in January:

“Hey, the urban (romantic) comedy of the year.”

“Yeah, I guarantee you 100% that I won’t see this. But, in the interest of fairness — 2 stars. I’m not the audience for this film. I won’t enjoy it. But that’s assuming I’ll see it, which I won’t.”

“But I see it was based on a Steve Harvey book, so that’s nice to know. Still won’t see it, though.”

What I thought about it:

Didn’t see it. I’m psychic.

How close was I?: N/A (But exact on knowing I wouldn’t see it.)

Chimpanzee

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What I said about it back in January:

“Ah, the annual Disney nature documentary. This has become an April staple.”

“Oh, also — I don’t see these. So, it’ll get released in some theaters, make a maximum of $6 million in its opening weekend and I won’t see it.”

“But if I do — 2.5 stars.”

What I thought about it:

Didn’t see it. Big fuckin’ surprise.

How close was I?: N/A

Darling Companion

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What I said about it back in January:

“This one’s more about the pedigree (you’ll see why that’s a pun in a second) than the synopsis.”

“The story of a woman who loves her dog more than her husband. And then her husband loses the dog.”

“I’m actually quite intrigued by this. (Also, note the pedigree pun.) Let’s say 3.5 stars.”

What I thought about it:

“Yeah, it was okay. I thought at worst it would be this. I was hoping it would be better, due to the people involved. But, the real surprise to me was that this got trashed. Holy shit. Look at the scores this has on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB. That’s fucking crazy.”

“This movie’s not that bad. It’s certainly not great, but it’s not that bad.”

“Unless you really like the people involved, you can just skip this… It’s not good enough to recommend and it’s not bad enough to say bad things about. Which means we leave it alone.”

3 stars.

Final Thoughts:

Yeah.

3 stars.

How close was I?: Off by a half star. Not totally off my expectations, but I guessed higher.

The Five-Year Engagement

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What I said about it back in January:

“Decent enough premise. I hope they don’t go nonlinear here.”

“Let’s say 3 stars. I don’t want to have hope and see this fail. So let’s say 3, and let it win me over. I can easily see this going 3.5, though.”

What I thought about it:

“I’m not sure what Segal was going for here. An Apatow thing? How do you market a movie like this? I think they marketed it as a comedy, which it is not. But it’s also not a drama. I’m guessing he wanted to make something true to life that’s also a comedy. Which, by definition, it can’t really be.”

“It’s watchable, it’s okay. I just wished they chose a side between realistic and comedy. Plus you have these situations that are so “movie,” when the film is setting itself up as something not “movie” in its set-up. Plus it’s too long. Shave off twenty minutes and tighten up that pacing.”

“This movie would have been great if they made it in the 70s. 1971/1972 — this would have been amazing. (I won’t even add the caveat of “and made by John Cassavetes.” That’s just an added bonus. We can start small.) But it came in 2012, where something like this had to take on this kind of tone, and that’s a shame. Because the basic premise is very interesting, and the execution is just — ehh.”

3 stars.

Final Thoughts:

Definitely one of the biggest “missed opportunity” films of the year.

How close was I?: Exact.

The Pirates! Band of Misfits

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What I said about it back in January:

“Yeah…I’m really considering not seeing this one, based on the feeling that poster just gave me.”

“If I do see it, there are only two possibilities for this film. That’s it. I guarantee you this will either be a 2.5 star movie or a 3 star movie. It’ll be one or the other. If it just is, it’ll be 2.5. If it’s moderately enjoyable, it’ll be straddling between 2.5 and 3, and I’ll probably give it 3 because it’s stop-motion. So it’ll definitely be one or the other. If I see it. That’s the real question here.”

What I thought about it:

I didn’t see it.

How close was I?: N/A

Safe

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What I said about it back in January:

“This is a Jason Statham film. That automatically narrows down what it’ll be rated. They’re all of the same quality, for the most part.”

“Sounds interesting enough. I won’t go above 3 stars though. Let it decide how good it wants to be. Still, Statham always makes decent movies.”

What I thought about it:

“Statham always makes watchable movies. This is not surprising. It took a while to get going, but once he started looking after the girl, things picked up.”

“This isn’t bad. It’s definitely worth the one watch. I doubt I’ll ever watch it again, but for the one time it was pretty entertaining.”

3 stars.

Final Thoughts:

Yup.

How close was I?: Exact.

Headhunters

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What I said about it back in January:

Didn’t know about it. It got great reviews and that made me want to check it out.

What I thought about it:

Final Thoughts:

How close was I?: N/A

Hysteria

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What I said about it back in January:

Knew nothing about it.

What I thought about it:

“Incredible film. I stumbled upon this randomly, while going back to double check that 2012 in film article. They tend to add movies to it after the fact. So I saw the cast list and said, “What’s that?” And as soon as I saw the synopsis, I was in.”

“It’s about a doctor in 19th century London who treats women with “hysteria,” which was basically the term for them being horny as shit and undersexed. And the medical treatment is basically masturbation (by a doctor), and, over the course of the film, he develops the first vibrator. It’s awesome.”

“It’s such a great movie. It has its problems, but on the whole, it’s thoroughly enjoyable. (Best capsule review of this film you’ll ever get: “On the whole, it’s thoroughly enjoyable.”) This will be one of the better films of 2012 (even though it was technically finished in 2011) that almost no one will have seen come the end of the year.”

(Ha ha. Come the end of the year. I’m a child.)

3.5 stars.

Final Thoughts:

On the whole, it’s thoroughly enjoyable.

3.5 stars.

How close was I?: N/A

Bernie

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What I said about it back in January:

(It was on my Films Without Release Dates article.)

“Interesting. Not sure if it’ll deliver, but interesting.”

3 stars. (Also, the reason I go 3 stars on these is that independent films, to me, always hold a lot of promise in the premise — hence why they got made — but always seem short on the execution. (Not always, but you get what I mean.) They always feel like nothing happens, and they’re about inner angst that never shows, and they all seem to follow the same format, and all seem to try to inject quirk for no reason.)”

What I thought about it:

“It’s a black comedy. And it’s pretty good. But for some reason, I just didn’t care. I don’t know. I didn’t care about anything, and I didn’t even laugh all that much. It just — was.”

“I’m pretty indifferent about the whole thing. Black is terrific here, though. And McConaughey’s on a real nice streak lately. But otherwise — meh.”

3 stars.

Final Thoughts:

Isn’t it great when I say something in January and basically prove it by what I say when I see the film?

3 stars.

How close was I?: Exact.

The Giant Mechanical Man

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What I said about it back in January:

3 stars. Let’s hope it gets a decent release. I like offbeat things.”

What I thought about it:

Too indie. The writing was way too indie and on the nose.

2.5 stars.

Complete indifference, all the way.

Final Thoughts:

Yup.

How close was I?: Off by a half-star. My hope was not met.

Sound of My Voice

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What I said about it back in January:

Didn’t know anything about it.

What I thought about it:

“I liked this. Didn’t love it, but it was one of those that I liked more than a three star movie, but wouldn’t want to watch again like a three star movie.”

“It was really solid. I like how it slowly builds and how there’s a dramatic shift in the characters. I love when films do the pendulum narrative.” (The pendulum narrative is when the characters start off with set opinions, and you can see the pendulum start to swing in the obvious direction based on those opinions, and then over the course of the film, they swing completely in the opposite direction. I love when films do that.)

“Plus — the ending of this film — I like how they did it. They don’t explain it, they don’t provide answers for it — it just happens. And I like that it’s left open like that. Because it’ll get you thinking and get you talking. And for a film like this, it’s terrific. Anything to keep people thinking about it once the film is over.”

“I was a fan of this one, and I think people should check this one out. It’s really good, and almost no one’s seen it.”

3.5 stars.

Final Thoughts:

Seriously, give this one a shot. No one’s seen it, and it’s too good to not be given a chance.

3.5 stars.

How close was I?: N/A

– – – – –

April recap:

Headhunters, The Giant Mechanical Man

Films I liked: The Cabin in the Woods (very moderately), KeyholeLockout, Hysteria, Sound of My Voice

Films I didn’t like: The Three Stooges, The Lucky One

Films I was indifferent toward: American Reunion, Darling Companion, The Five-Year Engagement, Safe, The Giant Mechanical Man

Films I didn’t see: Damsels in Distress, Think Like a Man, Chimpanzee, The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Bernie

Here’s what I said about the box office in January…

Titans could hold for a second week, or American Reunion wins. Or, the wild card — another 3D release! Titanic is being released in 3D.” Hunger Games held for like, four weeks. Wasn’t even close.

Most of the other stuff involves movies that were bumped, so it’s not worth sifting through the land mines.

“But seriously — look at this… it’s horrible. When did January and February and March and April get flipped? Why am I more excited for January and March than I am for February and April? There must be more films coming out, right? Or are we so run out of ideas as an industry that things are just gonna get worse and worse?”

Good point. This April was terrible for movies.

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Tomorrow is May and June.

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One response

  1. Hey, I like your style and format. Your reviews gave me a couple movies to add on my “To Watch” list, so thanks!

    December 23, 2012 at 3:18 pm

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