Posts tagged “Year in Review

2013: The Year in Reviews (July)

Every January, I go over almost the films that are scheduled to come out that year. I use Wikipedia’s year in film article as it exists at the time, and preview all the films. I look at their loglines, their casts, their directors, set photos, posters, trailers — whatever is available. I use it to familiarize myself with what’s coming out, and, most importantly, use it to guess what I’m going to think about all of the movies. I like to guess what I’m going to rate all the films because, at this point, I know myself pretty well, and I selfishly like to see how close I can guess things, up to twelve months out. Plus, it allows me to see which films at the end of the year surprised me, for better or worse. But mostly, it’s so I know what’s coming out. Sometimes I just want to know what to be excited for.

Aside from the films scheduled, I also go over films that have been finished (or are shooting), that, in all likelihood, will probably come out over the course of the year. I’ve gotten much more thorough about this since starting the blog. In 2011, I previewed January through December, plus 30 more films that didn’t have release dates. In 2012, I had 90 more. This year, I had 157 films without release dates, 52, films that were, at the time, unshot (at least one of which actually came out) and 27 holdovers from previous years. At this point, there’s not much that I miss.

How these articles work — I recap of what I said about the films in January, write up my review of the films based on the initial watch, and then I give some final thoughts about the film, after having had time to think about it some more, and finalize my ranking. Typically, I’ll have posted reviews articles throughout the year, so the Final Thoughts space is for me going, “Well, in April, I gave it 3.5 stars, but now, it’s more like 3 stars.” But this year, I spent the first nine months doing Fun with Franchises, so most of the films were watched between September and December. So, while my Final Thoughts won’t be me rethinking ratings from ten months ago, they’re still going to allow me to rethink my feelings past those from the initial watch, which, in many cases, can be misleading.

So we’re going to start with January, recap all the films that came out, month by month, through December, then I’ll recap the ones that didn’t come out (almost all of which will be somewhere in the 2014 articles that will go up next month), and at the end of it all, I’ll analyze all the numbers, see how accurate I was in guessing back in January. Then, of course, we’ll end the year with the Unforgivables list and my Top Ten list. But that’s all not for another two weeks. Right now, we’re recapping July: (more…)


2013: The Year in Reviews (June)

Every January, I go over almost the films that are scheduled to come out that year. I use Wikipedia’s year in film article as it exists at the time, and preview all the films. I look at their loglines, their casts, their directors, set photos, posters, trailers — whatever is available. I use it to familiarize myself with what’s coming out, and, most importantly, use it to guess what I’m going to think about all of the movies. I like to guess what I’m going to rate all the films because, at this point, I know myself pretty well, and I selfishly like to see how close I can guess things, up to twelve months out. Plus, it allows me to see which films at the end of the year surprised me, for better or worse. But mostly, it’s so I know what’s coming out. Sometimes I just want to know what to be excited for.

Aside from the films scheduled, I also go over films that have been finished (or are shooting), that, in all likelihood, will probably come out over the course of the year. I’ve gotten much more thorough about this since starting the blog. In 2011, I previewed January through December, plus 30 more films that didn’t have release dates. In 2012, I had 90 more. This year, I had 157 films without release dates, 52, films that were, at the time, unshot (at least one of which actually came out) and 27 holdovers from previous years. At this point, there’s not much that I miss.

How these articles work — I recap of what I said about the films in January, write up my review of the films based on the initial watch, and then I give some final thoughts about the film, after having had time to think about it some more, and finalize my ranking. Typically, I’ll have posted reviews articles throughout the year, so the Final Thoughts space is for me going, “Well, in April, I gave it 3.5 stars, but now, it’s more like 3 stars.” But this year, I spent the first nine months doing Fun with Franchises, so most of the films were watched between September and December. So, while my Final Thoughts won’t be me rethinking ratings from ten months ago, they’re still going to allow me to rethink my feelings past those from the initial watch, which, in many cases, can be misleading.

So we’re going to start with January, recap all the films that came out, month by month, through December, then I’ll recap the ones that didn’t come out (almost all of which will be somewhere in the 2014 articles that will go up next month), and at the end of it all, I’ll analyze all the numbers, see how accurate I was in guessing back in January. Then, of course, we’ll end the year with the Unforgivables list and my Top Ten list. But that’s all not for another two weeks. Right now, we’re recapping June: (more…)


2013: The Year in Reviews (May)

Every January, I go over almost the films that are scheduled to come out that year. I use Wikipedia’s year in film article as it exists at the time, and preview all the films. I look at their loglines, their casts, their directors, set photos, posters, trailers — whatever is available. I use it to familiarize myself with what’s coming out, and, most importantly, use it to guess what I’m going to think about all of the movies. I like to guess what I’m going to rate all the films because, at this point, I know myself pretty well, and I selfishly like to see how close I can guess things, up to twelve months out. Plus, it allows me to see which films at the end of the year surprised me, for better or worse. But mostly, it’s so I know what’s coming out. Sometimes I just want to know what to be excited for.

Aside from the films scheduled, I also go over films that have been finished (or are shooting), that, in all likelihood, will probably come out over the course of the year. I’ve gotten much more thorough about this since starting the blog. In 2011, I previewed January through December, plus 30 more films that didn’t have release dates. In 2012, I had 90 more. This year, I had 157 films without release dates, 52, films that were, at the time, unshot (at least one of which actually came out) and 27 holdovers from previous years. At this point, there’s not much that I miss.

How these articles work — I recap of what I said about the films in January, write up my review of the films based on the initial watch, and then I give some final thoughts about the film, after having had time to think about it some more, and finalize my ranking. Typically, I’ll have posted reviews articles throughout the year, so the Final Thoughts space is for me going, “Well, in April, I gave it 3.5 stars, but now, it’s more like 3 stars.” But this year, I spent the first nine months doing Fun with Franchises, so most of the films were watched between September and December. So, while my Final Thoughts won’t be me rethinking ratings from ten months ago, they’re still going to allow me to rethink my feelings past those from the initial watch, which, in many cases, can be misleading.

So we’re going to start with January, recap all the films that came out, month by month, through December, then I’ll recap the ones that didn’t come out (almost all of which will be somewhere in the 2014 articles that will go up next month), and at the end of it all, I’ll analyze all the numbers, see how accurate I was in guessing back in January. Then, of course, we’ll end the year with the Unforgivables list and my Top Ten list. But that’s all not for another two weeks. Right now, we’re recapping May: (more…)


2013: The Year in Reviews (April)

Every January, I go over almost the films that are scheduled to come out that year. I use Wikipedia’s year in film article as it exists at the time, and preview all the films. I look at their loglines, their casts, their directors, set photos, posters, trailers — whatever is available. I use it to familiarize myself with what’s coming out, and, most importantly, use it to guess what I’m going to think about all of the movies. I like to guess what I’m going to rate all the films because, at this point, I know myself pretty well, and I selfishly like to see how close I can guess things, up to twelve months out. Plus, it allows me to see which films at the end of the year surprised me, for better or worse. But mostly, it’s so I know what’s coming out. Sometimes I just want to know what to be excited for.

Aside from the films scheduled, I also go over films that have been finished (or are shooting), that, in all likelihood, will probably come out over the course of the year. I’ve gotten much more thorough about this since starting the blog. In 2011, I previewed January through December, plus 30 more films that didn’t have release dates. In 2012, I had 90 more. This year, I had 157 films without release dates, 52, films that were, at the time, unshot (at least one of which actually came out) and 27 holdovers from previous years. At this point, there’s not much that I miss.

How these articles work — I recap of what I said about the films in January, write up my review of the films based on the initial watch, and then I give some final thoughts about the film, after having had time to think about it some more, and finalize my ranking. Typically, I’ll have posted reviews articles throughout the year, so the Final Thoughts space is for me going, “Well, in April, I gave it 3.5 stars, but now, it’s more like 3 stars.” But this year, I spent the first nine months doing Fun with Franchises, so most of the films were watched between September and December. So, while my Final Thoughts won’t be me rethinking ratings from ten months ago, they’re still going to allow me to rethink my feelings past those from the initial watch, which, in many cases, can be misleading.

So we’re going to start with January, recap all the films that came out, month by month, through December, then I’ll recap the ones that didn’t come out (almost all of which will be somewhere in the 2014 articles that will go up next month), and at the end of it all, I’ll analyze all the numbers, see how accurate I was in guessing back in January. Then, of course, we’ll end the year with the Unforgivables list and my Top Ten list. But that’s all not for another two weeks. Right now, we’re recapping April: (more…)


2013: The Year in Reviews (March)

Every January, I go over almost the films that are scheduled to come out that year. I use Wikipedia’s year in film article as it exists at the time, and preview all the films. I look at their loglines, their casts, their directors, set photos, posters, trailers — whatever is available. I use it to familiarize myself with what’s coming out, and, most importantly, use it to guess what I’m going to think about all of the movies. I like to guess what I’m going to rate all the films because, at this point, I know myself pretty well, and I selfishly like to see how close I can guess things, up to twelve months out. Plus, it allows me to see which films at the end of the year surprised me, for better or worse. But mostly, it’s so I know what’s coming out. Sometimes I just want to know what to be excited for.

Aside from the films scheduled, I also go over films that have been finished (or are shooting), that, in all likelihood, will probably come out over the course of the year. I’ve gotten much more thorough about this since starting the blog. In 2011, I previewed January through December, plus 30 more films that didn’t have release dates. In 2012, I had 90 more. This year, I had 157 films without release dates, 52, films that were, at the time, unshot (at least one of which actually came out) and 27 holdovers from previous years. At this point, there’s not much that I miss.

How these articles work — I recap of what I said about the films in January, write up my review of the films based on the initial watch, and then I give some final thoughts about the film, after having had time to think about it some more, and finalize my ranking. Typically, I’ll have posted reviews articles throughout the year, so the Final Thoughts space is for me going, “Well, in April, I gave it 3.5 stars, but now, it’s more like 3 stars.” But this year, I spent the first nine months doing Fun with Franchises, so most of the films were watched between September and December. So, while my Final Thoughts won’t be me rethinking ratings from ten months ago, they’re still going to allow me to rethink my feelings past those from the initial watch, which, in many cases, can be misleading.

So we’re going to start with January, recap all the films that came out, month by month, through December, then I’ll recap the ones that didn’t come out (almost all of which will be somewhere in the 2014 articles that will go up next month), and at the end of it all, I’ll analyze all the numbers, see how accurate I was in guessing back in January. Then, of course, we’ll end the year with the Unforgivables list and my Top Ten list. But that’s all not for another two weeks. Right now, we’re recapping March: (more…)


2013: The Year in Reviews (February)

Every January, I go over almost the films that are scheduled to come out that year. I use Wikipedia’s year in film article as it exists at the time, and preview all the films. I look at their loglines, their casts, their directors, set photos, posters, trailers — whatever is available. I use it to familiarize myself with what’s coming out, and, most importantly, use it to guess what I’m going to think about all of the movies. I like to guess what I’m going to rate all the films because, at this point, I know myself pretty well, and I selfishly like to see how close I can guess things, up to twelve months out. Plus, it allows me to see which films at the end of the year surprised me, for better or worse. But mostly, it’s so I know what’s coming out. Sometimes I just want to know what to be excited for.

Aside from the films scheduled, I also go over films that have been finished (or are shooting), that, in all likelihood, will probably come out over the course of the year. I’ve gotten much more thorough about this since starting the blog. In 2011, I previewed January through December, plus 30 more films that didn’t have release dates. In 2012, I had 90 more. This year, I had 157 films without release dates, 52, films that were, at the time, unshot (at least one of which actually came out) and 27 holdovers from previous years. At this point, there’s not much that I miss.

How these articles work — I recap of what I said about the films in January, write up my review of the films based on the initial watch, and then I give some final thoughts about the film, after having had time to think about it some more, and finalize my ranking. Typically, I’ll have posted reviews articles throughout the year, so the Final Thoughts space is for me going, “Well, in April, I gave it 3.5 stars, but now, it’s more like 3 stars.” But this year, I spent the first nine months doing Fun with Franchises, so most of the films were watched between September and December. So, while my Final Thoughts won’t be me rethinking ratings from ten months ago, they’re still going to allow me to rethink my feelings past those from the initial watch, which, in many cases, can be misleading.

So we’re going to start with January, recap all the films that came out, month by month, through December, then I’ll recap the ones that didn’t come out (almost all of which will be somewhere in the 2014 articles that will go up next month), and at the end of it all, I’ll analyze all the numbers, see how accurate I was in guessing back in January. Then, of course, we’ll end the year with the Unforgivables list and my Top Ten list. But that’s all not for another two weeks. Right now, we’re recapping February: (more…)


2013: The Year in Reviews (January)

Every January, I go over almost the films that are scheduled to come out that year. I use Wikipedia’s year in film article as it exists at the time, and preview all the films. I look at their loglines, their casts, their directors, set photos, posters, trailers — whatever is available. I use it to familiarize myself with what’s coming out, and, most importantly, use it to guess what I’m going to think about all of the movies. I like to guess what I’m going to rate all the films because, at this point, I know myself pretty well, and I selfishly like to see how close I can guess things, up to twelve months out. Plus, it allows me to see which films at the end of the year surprised me, for better or worse. But mostly, it’s so I know what’s coming out. Sometimes I just want to know what to be excited for.

Aside from the films scheduled, I also go over films that have been finished (or are shooting), that, in all likelihood, will probably come out over the course of the year. I’ve gotten much more thorough about this since starting the blog. In 2011, I previewed January through December, plus 30 more films that didn’t have release dates. In 2012, I had 90 more. This year, I had 157 films without release dates, 52, films that were, at the time, unshot (at least one of which actually came out) and 27 holdovers from previous years. At this point, there’s not much that I miss.

How these articles work — I recap of what I said about the films in January, write up my review of the films based on the initial watch, and then I give some final thoughts about the film, after having had time to think about it some more, and finalize my ranking. Typically, I’ll have posted reviews articles throughout the year, so the Final Thoughts space is for me going, “Well, in April, I gave it 3.5 stars, but now, it’s more like 3 stars.” But this year, I spent the first nine months doing Fun with Franchises, so most of the films were watched between September and December. So, while my Final Thoughts won’t be me rethinking ratings from ten months ago, they’re still going to allow me to rethink my feelings past those from the initial watch, which, in many cases, can be misleading.

So we’re going to start with January, recap all the films that came out, month by month, through December, then I’ll recap the ones that didn’t come out (almost all of which will be somewhere in the 2014 articles that will go up next month), and at the end of it all, I’ll analyze all the numbers, see how accurate I was in guessing back in January. Then, of course, we’ll end the year with the Unforgivables list and my Top Ten list. But that’s all not for another two weeks. Right now, we’re recapping January: (more…)


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…)


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…)


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…)


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…)


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…)


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…)


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…)


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…)


2012: The Movie Year in Reviews (May-August)

Here is my next batch of reviews for 2012, this time counting all the films I saw between May and August. Most of them are all the films released during that time, and the rest are ones from the first third of the year that I never got around to seeing or couldn’t see before the first article went up. As you’ll notice — I’ve seen pretty much everything, as I always do.

As you should know by now, the reason I do this is to write down what I thought about all of the films of 2012 while they’re still fresh in my mind, and so I can juxtapose those thoughts with what I end up thinking about them come December, after I’ve had time to reflect, and either warm to a film or cool on it considerably. No movie deserves a singular “review.” I like to give them as many days in court as I can.

So — before we get into everything, let’s link to all the 2012 reviews from January through April, and then, as always, since I am fiercely loyal to these articles, link to the Wikipedia 2012 in film article. The latter, of course, is what I consider the most useful resource for finding out what is coming out each year (aside from this blog, of course, since I previewedshitload of films in January, and would guess that I’ve covered about 90% of everything that will come out this year). (more…)


2012: The Movie Year in Reviews (January-April)

This is something I do every third of the year to keep track of how I felt about the films I saw. I use these reviews at the end of the year as comparisons to what I thought I’d think about the films (which I’ve not looked at since I wrote them). It’s fun seeing what I thought I’d think and then what I thought (since I won’t look at these until December as well).

Two things to note about 2012 before I get into the reviews: first — I changed the name. The Movie Year in Reviews is the pun I wish I thought up last year. Alas, I came up with it too late. So, I use it now. I’m very proud of this. The other thing is — I don’t remember what 2011 was like, but this year I didn’t watch anything. I mean, I did, but, I didn’t watch anything until April. I got through January all right, but after Ghost Rider I barely watched anything until April. I just did not give a shit about anything at all this year. The first four months are not like the summer, where you pretty much have to see everything within a week of release otherwise you need to avoid the internet entirely because you’re the only person in America who hasn’t seen it yet. So that was weird for me. Just not caring enough to watch the movies until they piled up so high I needed to get to it.

So that’s the preface. Let’s put the break here and get into specifics afterward? Mmkay? Mmkay. (more…)


2011: What Have We Learned?

I like to think of this title as being spoken the way it’s spoken in that episode of Family Guy, when Stewie is at the baseball game and has a ball in his hand, and he turns to the kid next to him who has a bat and tells him he’ll trade one for the other. And then he gets the bat and knocks the kid out with it and goes, “What did you learn?” That’s how I picture this article. What have we learned?

I like to sit down at the end of each film year and just reflect. See if things are getting any better (or any worse), see what the trends are, what’s changed, you know the deal.

It is 2012 now. So this is my way of, with a little bit of distance (granted, it’s been three days, but still) from 2011, just going over what the trends were. The big things that happened. There’s a really big thing I want to talk about, but I feel like, once I do that, the article is anti-climactic after that. But on the other hand, I don’t really have the strength to sit there and layer this like an essay that builds to a big point. I’m just not that academic. Honestly, what I’m going to do is just make my points in a rambling, bullet-point manner, and hopefully they’ll speak for themselves.

So let’s, one last time, take a look at what 2011 had to offer. (more…)


2011: The Year in Review (Observations & Wrap-Up)

I did the compiling — now it’s time to actually figure out what it all means.

I have made a list of every film that appears on Wikipedia’s 2011 in film article (and even some that don’t), as a list of all films that came out in 2011. I’ve cross-checked that list with every film I’ve seen this year (every single one has been reviewed in my Movie Year in Review articles: here, here and here), as well as all of the films I previewed back in January as they were, at the time, scheduled. Then I wrote a final review of my thoughts on the films as they stand now, days, weeks and even months after seeing them. And then I concluded with a quick analysis of how close I was, based on what I thought I’d rate the film back in January and what I actually thought about the film.

So now what? Now it’s time to add everything up, and really see how close I was, all things considered. Admit it, you don’t remember anything I said in those articles. You probably didn’t even read them. Come on. I know you. You know you can’t read. I’m compiling everything here, so you don’t need to go back and look at all those. I’m not sure exactly how I’m gonna go about it, so we’re both gonna find out together. Keep reading, it’ll be exciting. (more…)


2011: Year in Review (The Post-Script)

So we took care of everything that came out. Now — let’s talk about everything that didn’t come out.

That is, everything that either was scheduled and was pushed, or was not scheduled but was in the process of being shot/edited/tinkered with/reshot/shelved/what have you, and still hasn’t been heard from.

First, we start with a shitty Julianne Moore movie. (The only film from the first six months of the year to not come out at all.)

Shelter

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2011: The Year in Review (Part III)

And we reach the final portion of the year in Review. Don’t worry, this isn’t the end (technically that’s next year. Right Mayans? Right? Oh, right, you’re all dead. Too bad. I was curious to know if you guys had an enzyme called Mayan-ase). Later on today, I’m gonna put up an article about all the films I previewed back in January that didn’t come out at all (it’s not many), then tomorrow I’ll put up some numbers about all of this — how well I did and such, as well as talk about the films that surprised me, for better and for worse. That stuff.

But before we do that, let’s finish this up. First, a quick recap: In January, I previewed all the films coming out this year (that were scheduled at the time), and guessed what I’d think of them. This article will cover the films in the September & October and November & December articles. Also, over the year, as I saw the films, I kept track of what I thought about them. I did that here, here and here. Now what I’m doing is taking what I said in January (which I didn’t looked at after writing it, until now), taking what I actually thought about the movie, summing up what my thoughts on the films are now (having digested the films more), and then writing how close I was or not. Got it?

Okay then. Let’s get into the final batch… (Ha ha. Gremlins.) (more…)


2011: The Year in Review (Part II)

Today we continue seeing how well I did with my January predictions. To recap:

In January, I laid out the 2011 Release Calendar, previewing all the movies (as they were scheduled at the time) and writing what I thought I’d think of them. I thought it would be interesting to see how right (or wrong) I was. I’m cross-checking what I said with January with what I wrote in my reviews for the films as I saw them (in those Movie Year in Review articles). Today, we’re doing May through August.

You can see the January reviews here (should you want to. Read the rest of the intro before you click): The 2011 Release Calendar (May & June) and The 2011 Release Calendar (July & August).

Here are all my Year in Review articles: The Movie Year in Review (So Far) — the first third, January through April. The Movie Year in Review (2/3 of the Way Through) — May through August. And The Movie Year in Review (The Final Third) — September through December.

I wrote the films up as I saw them, so the reviews could be on any one of the three. But I quoted parts of what I said in January and the reviews (the pertinent sections) here. The links are so you can double check if you don’t believe me. It’ll be just like yesterday: what I said in January, what I actually thought, a final review, and how close I felt I was in guessing. Now, let’s get reviewing… (more…)


2011: The Year in Review (Part I)

Back in January — within the first ten days of the start of this blog, even — I previewed the entire 2011 release calendar. You can see those articles here:

The 2011 Release Calendar (January & February) and  The 2011 Release Calendar (March & April). We’ll stick with these two for now, since this will be split into three parts. (You won’t need to read them first, though. They’re only there in case you want to double check that I did, in fact, say what I said. You can cross-check what I thought I’d say from there alongside my Year in Review articles here, here and here.)

What I did was, I went and looked at all the films (as they were scheduled at the time) — what they were about, who was in them, who directed them — and basically formed an opinion on what I thought I’d think about the films. It was the kind of thing where — by this point, I know exactly what I’m gonna think about certain movies, or at least I think I do. So I figured I’d preview all the movies that were coming out, guess what I’d think of them, then revisit the list at the end of the year and find out just how right (or wrong) I was.

It’s that time. Now I get to go back — I deliberately didn’t read those preview articles after I wrote them. I didn’t want my actual opinions of the films to be swayed by what I thought I’d think. And now — I get to see which films surprised me, for better and for worse, and which fell precisely within my expectations (for better, and for worse). I’m excited to see how I did. (more…)