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Question Time VII (Part 2) – Best Movie 2012

question time 7 pt1Part 1 of this end-of-year Question Time asked you what the worst movie you witnessed in 2012 was. Films such as Prometheus, The Devil Inside & The Dark Knight Rises were the most popular choices. This time round I want to hear what your viewing highlights were, so I’m looking for your favourite movie from 2012.

I don’t see many blockbusters to be honest, and I tend to catch films at home rather than in the cinema. My choices will be very different to most I imagine, but that’s why variety is great! Personally, living in the UK, the one film I have been waiting to see doesn’t come out here until January so Django Unchained will have to be my pick for next year. I’m instead going to offer up a couple of my choices here, and for the ones I’ve reviewed just click their name to see my thoughts (if you are interested of course!). Drive should count, since I only saw it on Blu-Ray this year, and it is now one of the greatest movies I have ever seen, but the rules are a 2012 release, so here goes!

TED was my highlight comedy wise. Being a huge Family Guy fan, I was eagerly anticipating TED, and boy did it deliver. I cried with laughter all the way through it, and cannot wait to see how they top it with TED 2.

Next up would be my favourite horror movie The Thompsons. Considering it’s a sequel, about vampires, I imagine not many people have seen this. Man, what a great film! A real surprise which is always nice to find, especially in my beloved horror genre. As a slight cheat, The Loved Ones was actually released in US cinemas this year, so even though I saw it way back in 2009, I thought it deserved a mention for my American friends! 🙂 An honourable mention goes to The Tall Man, which wasn’t the gore fest I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it a great deal.

Action wise, nothing can compete with The Raid: Redemption. What a balls-to-the-wall, all out feast of action and martial arts that movie was. Incredible stuff.

My overall winner? LOVE. I have never put so much effort into a review as I did with LOVE. Despite being a slightly biased fan of the guys who provided the music, whilst it wasn’t perfect, LOVE was just a beautiful film, and I can’t wait until it hits home video so more people can see it.

Over to you know, so please let me now what your favourite movies were from 2012. I appreciate it’s now the last day of 2012, so before I sign off, I hope you all have a great time seeing in the New Year, and I’ll see you all in 2013 for part 3 of Question Time! 😛

Question Time VII (Part 1) – Worst Movie 2012

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  1. Cabin in the Woods, Skyfall, Django Unchained, Looper.

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  2. My choice for this year would be Beasts Of The Southern Wild. Such an great little art-house drama that restores your faith in fresh and original cinema, instead of all the retreads, reboots and remakes of recent times.

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  3. Favorite horror would be Sinister, Favorite Comedy would also be Ted, Favorite Action would also be The Raid, but Favorite Overall would have to go to Django Unchained. I’ll be putting together my own best of list soon so I’ll let you know the rest of my picks there 🙂

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  4. My favourite was Skyfall and agree w u Tyson, am so jealous they have seen Django already…

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  5. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower & Ted. Untouchable was probably the most “worthy” film I saw.

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  6. jmount43

     /  December 31, 2012

    I didn’t see enough theatrical releases to make a choice here.

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  7. Skyfall 🙂

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  8. Still trying to sort out my favorite of the year. I have a couple of movies that I’m waiting to see before I do.

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    • Fair enough Keith. Feel free to pick and post a few in the meantime if you fancy! Look forward to seeing what you ultimately choose 🙂

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  9. Everyone has seen such great films..whereas I might end up seeing all these in 2013 since in a few hours I`m going to see Les Miserables. Can I answer you in a few hours? haha! I’m pretty sure that movie will kick any other movie I’ve seen this year in the ass (excuse my language).

    As much as I’d like to say Magic Mike or Resident Evil: Retribution, those are guilty pleasures. Can I say the short right before Brave? La Luna? I really LOVED it! If full-length, its between The Lorax and Amazing Spiderman 🙂

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    • Swear away Kim, swear away 🙂

      I’m not allowing Magic Mike, my wife tries to tell me that isn’t a porn film but she won’t stop going on about Channing bloody Tatum!

      Nice choices and feel free to add les mis if you decide it should be there! Enjoy!

      Thanks Kim 🙂

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      • Oh…but I don’t watch it for Channing Tatum, although of course, in this one, his acting has gotten better but then rumor has it its loosely based on his life..so maybe that makes it easier…I watch it for Joe Manganiello (aka Alcide in True Blood) SO HOT! haha! I was shocked to see him in it actually…

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        • She also loves him from True Blood 🙂 I dont know why I put up with it. Men never watch films just for women 🙂

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        • Haha! She has good taste. True Blood and Alcide are both very awesome!

          By the way, Les Miserables is the best movie of 2012. Although it did make my NYE afternoon into a slight cry fest.

          Happy 2013!

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        • I have gone off True Blood recently, not as good as it used to be in my opinion.

          Les Miserables it is! I guess you enjoyed it?! 🙂

          I was going to review New Years Eve like you, but I just couldnt watch it. Even though De Niro is in it. I will get to it one day. Happy 2013 to you! 🙂

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        • I think True Blood has been pretty awesome still. I thought its low point was Season 2. But you actually thought there was a “good” time…thats already pretty amazing. My boyfriend wanted to kill himself watching just the Season 1 and vowed to never watch another episode because it was so boring to him

          Chances are I won’t want to watch New Year’s Eve again (in a while). I was rolling my eyes for a good half of the movie.

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        • I liked it up until panthers………..then I stuck with it but havent enjoyed it as such. Sookie is a good enough reason to watch 🙂

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        • You know, I had thought the same thing about panthers. Have you seen Grimm? Man, that show is weird, but in a kind of good way. Panthers are nothing..haha!

          Wait, are you saying that you’re watching a movie for a woman? Didn’t you just say that you don’t do that? 😮 haha!

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        • TV show, that makes it different enough to be ok! LOL

          Not seen Grimm, I try and keep away from supernatural kind of stuff, I like my shows realistic. Dexter for example 🙂

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        • Whatever you say Tyson 😉

          I have never seen Dexter, I have heard that its pretty good.

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        • Wow really??? Dexter is incredible. Since The Sopranos ended it is my favourite TV show. Funny, bloody and so clever. I cannot recommend it highly enough 🙂

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        • I never saw Sopranos either. It was in a time when there was no streaming tv series and since I only have bunny ears, there’s limited shows that I can get. I will try to give Dexter a shot..its added onto my tv series queue. 🙂

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        • Hope you love it. If you don’t you are staying on the Desert Island until you do! 🙂

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        • I thought we were supposed to be already stuck on the Desert Island. But you know, sitting there and watching Dexter till I love it sounds like a one way trip to insanity…

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        • Fine, I’m replacing all of your choices with Dexter! Season 4 is the best season of any show 🙂

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  10. My favorites of 2012 that played in the theater were Seven Psychopaths, Wreck-It Ralph, and The Woman in Black, but I haven’t seen The Hobbit or Django Unchained yet.

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    • Nice to see Woman in Black get some recognition. I have seen bits of it, but had the ending ruined for me by a ‘friend’ so never watched it all 😦

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  11. Well, I still need to see Django and Zero Dark Thirty, but I think I agree with you that Amour (Love) is the best film of the year. My other choices would be The Master, Lincoln, Moonrise Kingdom, and Beasts of the Southern Wild.

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    • Oh sorry, I thought you were talking Amour, which was made by Michael Haneke. I haven’t seen the one you mentioned, though I’ll try to catch it on DVD.

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      • Ah, no worries. Yeah my choice was a little known space themed civil war movie 🙂

        I havent seen the one you mentioned either. Thanks for sharing, nice choices buddy.

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  12. I can’t pick just one favorite, especially since I saw so many great films this year. The Dark Knight Rises was fantastic, Skyfall really surprised me, Lincoln was seriously moving, and The Avengers was the best popcorn flick ever. But my pick for best made movies has to be Argo. It’s definitely at the top of my list, and everyone should see it.

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    • Dark Knight Rises took some stick in the worst movie post, good to see someone liked it at least!

      Wasnt a fan of Avengers personally, but I get why people liked it. Argo & Affleck are getting lots of praise at the moment, I totally missed it at cinemas but will definitely purchase the blu ray.

      Cheers William 🙂

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      • It confuses me why TDKR gets so much hate. Although it didn’t quite reach the heights of its predecessor, it finished up a great trilogy in a great way in my opinion. Glad you liked it too! 🙂

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        • People have crazy high hopes, and there were a few moments which were a little dull, and maybe it missed the joker, but overall I thought it was still very good 🙂

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  13. wordschat

     /  December 31, 2012

    My top remains Moonrise Kingdom, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel tied for first. I still have yet to find the Thompsons but so enjoyed the first vampire outing.

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    • Best Exotic is on Sky Movies this week over here, the main premiere, so I might watch it since everyone raves about it.

      I hope you get to see The Thompsons soon, but more importantly I hope you like it! 🙂

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  14. It’s still The Dark Knight Rises, with Killer Joe as close second.

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  15. theipc

     /  December 31, 2012

    Very easy – Killer Joe and Bloody Bloody Bible Camp.

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  16. You’ll soon know my favourites, Mwahahaha

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  17. Thomas Priday

     /  December 31, 2012

    The Master: Anderson’s directing, Hoffman and Phoenix’s acting, Greenwood’s music, all of it works exquisitely, but even without these traits, The Master would still be a masterpiece; it defines not only the era it is set in, but also when it was made. It makes you think, which in-turn warrants repeated viewings, and that’s the sign of a new American classic in my eyes.

    Others include: Skyfall, Argo and Beasts of the Southern Wild. 🙂

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    • I really wish I commented as eloquently and precisely as you Thomas. Always puts me to shame when I read your stuff. Thats why I love using your work 🙂

      Cheers dude!

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      • Thomas Priday

         /  January 1, 2013

        Aww gee, thanks, Tyson. 😀

        Glad to be able to write and. And equally you; although you don’t write as much as I’d like. 😛

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        • Ha, I don’t write enough in my comments to you or enough reviews? Critiquing me now eh!?

          I am planning to steal/use something from you again soon, I’ll be in touch 🙂

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        • Thomas Priday

           /  January 1, 2013

          Enough reviews. 😛 I like reading them, not a criticism. 🙂

          Sure thing. Email me anytime, anywhere.

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        • Fair enough 😉 I know, but its like spinning plates, have to try spread them out with the excellent guest ones and desert island posts, all about variety! Although I will be getting some of the IMDB ones up myself very soon. Starting with Goodfellas 🙂

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  18. Drive – great choice, The Grey was another good one. There were a lot I liked this year – The Dark Knight Rises had to be my favorite – clapped when the bat signal lit up the first time. The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, Cabin in the Woods were also great movies. There are others, but those jump off at me.

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    • Thanks, sneaky but in some places Drive opened in 2012 right?! 😉

      You clapped? Annoying, noisy cinema people! 🙂 Thanks for sharing my friend.

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  19. After some debate, I went with Wreck-It Ralph.

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  20. De Rouille et D’Os, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Impossible, Killer Joe

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  21. Is it fair to vote if we only saw one movie and that was because we knew it was the movie we most wanted to see and were sure we’d love it? Because that was, “Lincoln.” Yes, we loved it. We knew we would. I don’t know if you would call it the “best” movie. That’s rather subjective, after all. It was the best for US.

    We did see other movies, but they were classics being shown on a big screen. Usually, unless it’s something special, we wait for movies to show up on cable or on DVD. These days, it isn’t a long wait, either. Avatar was out on DVD before it finished running in theaters … never did understand that.

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    • Yeah totally fair to vote that way! Its good that you love something you hoped you would.

      Thats why I dont mind waiting for the dvd, as you say its never too long to wait. I never understood the love for Avatar never mind the time it spent in theaters 🙂

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  22. That’s a tough question! I am having trouble putting in order my favorite films of the year but amongst my favorites are “Amour”, “The Master”, and “Argo”. I’m waiting to see “Zero Dark Thirty” before completing my Top 10 ’cause it’s at the top of all the critics’ lists!

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    • Yeah its getting a lot of praise, and as a Sopranos fan I’ll see anything with James Gandolfini in 🙂

      Thanks for the comment, I hope you enjoy the movie!

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  23. Garry Armstrong

     /  January 1, 2013

    “Lincoln” gets our vote!! We saw several classic movies on the big screen but I can’t remember any other new flicks seen this year. Hold it!! Just remember we saw “The Dark Knight Rises”. Thought it was okay. We just don’t go to the movies much any more.

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  24. gregory moss

     /  January 1, 2013

    Zero Dark Thirty and The Impossible (unfortunately there’s an embargo on with these two films – so I can’t actually post anything about them until they are released in a few weeks time). Followed by … This Must Be The Place (Sean Penn as The Cure’s Robert Smith hunting Nazis). Moonrise Kingdom. Seven Psychopaths. Love. Another Earth.

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    • You manage to score some preview screenings? Damn you Greg!

      I kept seeing a lot of negative stuff about This Must Be The Place, nice to see someone who liked it. It is so cheap to buy on dvd here I have been meaning to check it out, always loved watching Penn.

      Great to see you pick LOVE too, cheers Greg 🙂

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  25. It has to be The Master for me; simply unforgettable. Honourable mentions have to go to Argo, The Raid Redemptiion, Cabin in the Woods, Headhunters, The Imposter, Looper and TDKR. Still have to catch up with the likes of Lincoln and Amour and am waiting patiently for Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty.

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    • Some great choices in there buddy, fully agree with The Raid. Django is my most anticipated for sometime, mid January cannot come soon enough! 🙂

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  26. Carly

     /  January 1, 2013

    I’m going to get disowned for this but favourites of the year have to be Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, Drive, The Dark Knight Rises, Magic Mike (it’s def not porn they’re very talented dancers) and here we go……. Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2.

    I’m a sucker for action movies and as a fan of the Twilight books it was great to see the final chapter on the big screen.

    There are a lot of films I’ve missed in 2012 so look forward to catching them in 2013.

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  27. thunderrockerri

     /  January 1, 2013

    “The Cabin in the Woods,” absolutely! I also really loved “Sinister.”

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  28. I really liked The Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall, but my two top choices have to be Perks of Being a Wallflower and Silver Playbook Linings. I have to agree with williamjepma that The Avengers was the BEST popcorn flick. An honorable mention to The Woman in Black because I love old-fashioned haunted house stories 🙂

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  29. Victor De Leon

     /  January 1, 2013

    “Skyfall” hands down for me. I have “Love” lined up to watch soon. 🙂

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  30. Just posted my top ten on my page. To pick a few: Looper, Safety Not Guaranteed, The Dark Knight Rises, Les Miserables, and Dredd.
    I did’t realize how good a year in movies it was until I tried putting together a list.

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    • Dredd? I really didnt like it. The slo-mo bits went on for ever! But, this is all about your choices, and I like the others you picked!

      Thanks! 🙂

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  31. There was so much I missed out on this year that 2013 will probably be amazing because of 2012’s films! But from what I did see I would say Perks of Being a Wallflower, Seven Psychopaths, The Avengers and Life of Pi were my highlights.

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  32. It was Skyfall for me; it completely lived up to the hype, and as I saw it on my local’s first showing the atmosphere was incredible. I also want to give Lawless an honourable mention, it was one of the better films this year and yet was savaged by critics. Still don’t really understand how so many people seemed to hate that film.

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  33. I’ll just do my top 5 starting with the fifth one…

    5. Wreck-It Ralph. So funny and enjoyable, I’m not a gamer and I loved the heck out of it.
    4. Argo. So intense and it’s such a great story.
    3. Silver Linings Playbook. Great performances all around, the story is so memorable, and it’s freaking hilarious.
    2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. My favourite film of the year, right until December. It’s so poignant and resonant, often funny, and it had great performances. I never wanted it to end.
    1. Django Unchained. It’s my favorite Tarantino flick yet (but Kill Bill’s pretty close). DiCaprio is amazing in it, and it’s very enthralling.

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    • Cheers Daniel, great choices dude! As I mentioned I havent seen Django yet, but I cant see it being better than Pulp Fiction 🙂

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      • You know, PF is only about a 9 for me ;D Don’t expect it to be better than PF and you’ll like it 🙂 I at least hope you enjoy it! I’m about the only one who thinks it’s Tarantino’s best yet (if not, at least funniest, if memory serves me correctly!) but I haven’t seen Reservoir Dogs… He’s such an amazing writer/director though!

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        • I love everything QT has done. Seen them all, loved them all. Can’t wait till next week when Django comes out here. Nice to see your a fan too 🙂

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  34. kidmiracleshitter

     /  January 3, 2013

    I can’t say enough good things about Kill List.

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  35. simon

     /  January 3, 2013

    loved ones

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  36. I liked Looper and Argo. And for a comedy, realy liked The Campaign.. or the Five Year Engagement

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    • Nice to see someone else who liked The Campaign! I loved it, especially Ferrell stealing the cop car 🙂

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

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  37. Dredd……that is all. That movie blew me away and completely redeemed it from the terrible stallone one. Its one of the few dvds I will buy the day it comes out.

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  38. Dredd. Simply an amazing action movie that completely made up for the terrible Stallone one.

    Oh….and Battleship…Just kidding…I am interested in a fan fic of the captain from Battleship actually being Ra’s Al Ghul.

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    • I didn’t really like Dredd to be honest……I mean, it was fine, but didn’t blow me away. Maybe there were too many slow mo bits for me. BUT thats not the question here, glad you loved it!! 🙂

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      • To be fair, it was right after seeing Dark Knight Rises and Battleship for a review, so honestly, anything would blow me away, but ill see when i buy the dvd

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        • Maybe I saw it as a poor version of The Raid. Which is ridiculous but all it kept reminding me of.

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        • To each their own, i may have just been comparing it to the stallone one, anythings better than that, I could make a movie about wolverines having a tea party and BAM better than Judge Dredd 95

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        • Haha, I loved the Stallone version!! Ah nostalgia 🙂 I would watch your movie though!!

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        • ill start scripting lol, the stallone one would be passable if Rob Schneider wasnt in it.

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        • I’d watch it!

          You know, its so long since ive seen the original Dredd. Maybe I’m remembering it better than it is! Schneider is in it? Jesus wept……… 🙂

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  39. Good lord, is it too late for me to contribute? Was there a deadline? If not, then by far and without a doubt Skyfall was my favorite, for so many reasons. I was completely amazed by how superior it was to the previous two installments, and being a Bond fan, I was overjoyed to see the fimmakers do everything right, from the pre-credit sequence, to the opening credits, the title song, the cinematography, and everything else, right down to the ending and wrap-up.

    My Top 5 of 2012: Skyfall, Moonrise Kingdom, Seven Psychopaths, Argo, and Life of Pi. Django Unchained was there until Life of Pi knocked it out late in the game!

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    • Never too late man!!

      Im gonna just throw this out there; I was bored during Skyfall. I just didnt like it. And I hate Adele, so that made is worse. BUT this is not my choice, and I love your reasoning, I wish I enjoyed it as much as you did Todd!

      Thanks for contributing, and nice to see Seven Psychopaths listed there, seen some bad reviews on that so its good to see someone be positive 🙂

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      • Interesting to see someone NOT enjoy Skyfall! But I’ll admit, I never expected as many people to like it like I did. And I hadn’t even HEARD of Adele before her Bond contribution…so you’re saying I should give away that front-row ticket I bought to her concert? 🙂

        And I was glad to see Seven Psychopaths listed by other commenters
        as one of their favorites…I really loved it, probably as much as I did In Bruges, and will be buying the DVD next week!

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        • Maybe because Adele is on he radio, adverts, tv shows, everything over here, since her breakout stuff, I never really liked her voice anyway, but that was a bad sign for me straight away.

          I liked Skyfall, of course, its a good film, but I prefer lots of other Bond films to it.

          Criminally, I own In Bruges but have still not seen it! 🙂

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        • I see an In Bruges/Seven Psychopaths at-home double feature in your future!

          I guess what helped me get such a kick out of Skyfall was that, for the first time since For Your Eyes Only, I saw a Bond film at the theater that I actually really liked. However, the Connery era is still my favorite!

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        • Yeah, I need to watch them both, definitely due!! I loved both previous Daniel Craig bond films, but only liked this one. Maybe when I rewatch it on blu ray I’ll appreciate it more!!

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