Films I have seen in 2012, so far . . .

It’s that time of year again, folks! The Academy Award™ nominations are just around the . . . wait, not quite.

But, still, I’ve seen a fair amount of movies so far, and graded each of them, below. As an educator, I stick to the A-F scale, which – in spite of modern grade inflation – is something that we can all relate to. Many of the films are not new films from 2012, but films that I had just never gotten around to seeing before. And there are a few films on the list from the 2012 Maryland Film Festival, including some of the better short films I saw (I left out the shorts that made no impression at all). Here goes:

January 1 – September 8, 2012:

  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Timur Bekmambetov): F
  • Amazing Spider-Man, The (Marc Webb): A-
  • Avengers, The (Josh Whedon): B/B-
  • Banlieue 13 (Pierre Morel): B+ [great “Parkour”]
  • Battle Royale (Kinji Fukasaku): F
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin): B+
  • Bourne Legacy, The (Tony Gilroy): B/B-
  • Brave (PIXAR): B
  • Bridesmaids (Paul Feig): F – I tried to finish this, but only made it through 45 minutes.  Hated it.
  • Contagion (Steven Soderbergh): B/B-
  • Cowboys & Aliens (Jon Favreau): C+
  • Crazy, Stupid, Love (Glenn Ficarra, John Requa): B-
  • Dangerous Method, A (David Cronenberg): D
  • Dark Knight Rises, The (Christopher Nolan): B
  • Dark Horse (Todd Solondz): B/B+ [MD FILM FEST]
  • dernier combat, Le (Luc Besson): B+
  • Drive (Nicolas Winding Refn): B/B-
  • 88:88 (Joey Ciccoline): B+/A- (Short) [MD FILM FEST]
  • Fallen (Gregory Hoblit): D+
  • 50/50 (Jonathan Levine): B/B-
  • Footnote (Joseph Cedar): A
  • Freaky Friday (Gary Nelson – 1976 original): B
  • Freaky Friday (Mark Waters – 2003 remake): B/B+
  • French Lieutenant’s Woman, The (Karel Reisz): B
  • From Morning Till Midnight (Karlheinz Martin): C-/C [MD FILM FEST]
  • gamin au vélo, Le (Jean-Pierre et Luc Dardenne): B
  • Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The (David Fincher): B
  • Grey Gardens (Michael Sucsy – 2009 HBO version): B+/A-
  • Guard, The (John Michael McDonagh): B/B+
  • High Maintenance (Shawn Wines): B+/A- (Short) [MD FILM FEST]
  • Higher Ground (Vera Farmiga): B
  • Horrible Bosses (Seth Gordon): C+/B-
  • Hunger Games, The (Gary Ross): D
  • Ides of March, The (George Clooney): B
  • J. Edgar (Clint Eastwood): B
  • Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino): B
  • John Carter (Andrew Stanton); B+
  • Killing, The: Season 1 (AMC – Veena Sud): from A to C (the structure breaks down over the course of the season, though the atmosphere rocks, throughout)
  • Lawless (John Hillcoat): C/C+
  • Lincoln Lawyer, The (Brad Furman): B+
  • Lockout (James Mather & Stephen St. Leger): C
  • Lorenzo’s Oil (George Miller): B-
  • Love Free or Die (Macky Alston): B+ [MD FILM FEST]
  • Lucky Luke (James Huth): D
  • LUV (Sheldon Candis): B-/C+ [MD FILM FEST – good for a first feature, though, with strong performances – problems are all in the script]
  • Magic Mike (Steven Soderbergh): A-
  • Margin Call (J.C. Chandor): B+
  • Me and Orson Welles (Richard Linklater): A-
  • Men in Black III (Barry Sonnenfeld): B/B+
  • Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen): B
  • Mirror, Mirror (Tarsem Singh): C
  • Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (Brad Bird): B+
  • Moneyball (Bennett Miller): A-
  • Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson): C+
  • Muppets, The (James Bobin): A-
  • My Week with Marilyn (Simon Curtis): B-/C+ [Michelle Williams is surprisingly very good as Marilyn, however – Kenneth Branagh is terrible as Olivier]
  • No Subtitles Necessary (James Chressantis): B- [good material; terrible direction]
  • Now, Voyager (Irving Rapper): B/B+
  • OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (Michel Hazanavicius): B
  • OSS 117: Lost in Rio (Michel Hazanavicius): B
  • Outbreak (Wolfgang Petersen): B
  • petits mouchoirs, Les (Guillaume Canet): C/C+ [comedy is delightful, the dramatic portions are nauseating]
  • Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (Morgan Spurlock): A-
  • Prometheus (Ridley Scott): B-
  • Puss in Boots (Chris Miller): B-
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Rupert Wyatt): B+
  • Rock of Ages (Adam Shankman): C+
  • Rolling on the Floor Laughing (Russell Harbaugh): B+/A- (Short) [MD FILM FEST]
  • Savages (Oliver Stone): B
  • Skin I Live in, The (Pedro Almodóvar): B
  • Snow White and the Huntsman (Rupert Sanders): B-
  • Star Trek: Nemesis (Stuart Baird): B-
  • Taken (Pierre Morel): C/C-
  • Ted (Seth MacFarlane): F
  • Thing, The (Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr. – this is the 2011 “prequel”): C/C-
  • This Is Not a Film (Mojtaba Mirtahmasb/Jafar Panahi): B [MD FILM FEST]
  • Thumbsucker (Mike Mills): B/B+
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Tomas Alfredson): B/B-
  • To Rome with Love (Woody Allen): B/B-
  • Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds (Tyler Perry): C
  • Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection (Tyler Perry): D
  • Under African Skies (Joe Berlinger): B+ [MD FILM FEST]
  • War Horse (Steven Spielberg): B/B+
  • Water for Elephants (Francis Lawrence): B-
  • Whistleblower, The (Larysa Kondracki): B/B-
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Gavin Hood): D+/C-
  • Young Adult (Jason Reitman): B/B+

What have YOU watched this year so far, and which of my ratings do you dis/agree with?

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