Posts tagged "Best Of Lists"

The 5 Most Disappointing Movies of 2012 So Far

1. THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN.  I had my doubts that it was too early to reboot the Spider-Man franchise, but I liked the casting and early footage looked good, so my Spidey fandom got the better of me.  This new film pales in comparison to the first two Sam Raimi Spider-Mans.  Marc Webb lacks a compelling vision, the script leaves plot threads dangling (hello?!  What happened to the "untold story"?), and the Lizard makes for one lame-ass villain.  Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are likeable together though, so maybe there's room for improvement in the inevitable sequel.
If you build up expectations, chances are you’re going to be disappointed more often than not.  This year is no exception.  Many  highly anticipated movies have come and gone, leaving a wake of missed opportunities and disheartened fans.  Here are five movies (and one special mention) that let me down this year, for one reason... Read more »

My 5 Favorite Movies of 2012 So Far

1. MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS.  This five years in-the-making, herculean event movie lived up to the hype and then some.  Full of dynamic action, excellent dialogue, brilliant character interplay, and a healthy dose of humor, The Avengers is not only one of the best superhero movies ever made, but an excellent ensemble action movie.  The cast is terrific (everyone gets a chance to shine) and Joss Whedon deserves a lion's share of the credit for making this behemoth production work as well as it does.  Truly awesome.  My favorite so far this year.
Now that we’re at the midpoint for the year, it seems like the perfect time to look back at the movies released so far and see what might have a shot at making the Top 10 list at the end of the year.   I’ve seen over 90 movies so far and here are my... Read more »

Movie Review: The Cabin in the Woods (****1/2)

Movie Review: The Cabin in the Woods (****1/2)
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS Genre: Horror Premise: Five friends go on vacation to a remote cabin in the woods, where unspeakable horrors await them.  You only think you know the story. Behind-the-Scenes: Completed in 2009, The Cabin in the Woods was one of the victims of MGM’s bankruptcy, until Lionsgate rescued it from the shelf.  Co-writer/director Drew... Read more »
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Hammervision's 10 Worst Movies of 2011

10. HALL PASS.  The Farrelly Brothers used to strike comic gold back in the late '90s.  Here, they just feel like relics of a bygone era.  Hall Pass plays like a straight to video comedy that should have had "National Lampoon's" in front of the title.
And just like that, we go from best to worst.  There were a ton of mediocre movies this year – movies that fell somewhere in the 2-3 star range on the 5-star scale.  But looking back, I didn’t give one star to as many movies this year as I previously have.  Don’t worry though –... Read more »

Hammervision's 10 Best Movies of 2011

10. THE MUPPETS.  From the moment it started to the time the credits rolled, I couldn't wipe the ecstatic smile spread wide across my face while watching Kermit and friends.  Call it nostalgia if you wish, but The Muppets is one of the finest comedies of this or any other year.  Jason Segel's passion for the Muppets shines through, and Bret McKenzie's songs are the movie's secret weapon.  Welcome back, old friends.  So good to have you on the big screen again.
Everybody always complains each year that it was a terrible year for movies.  Looking at the 10 movies I’ve selected below, I’d say this was a very good year.  In fact, some of these movies will be in heavy rotation in the Hammerle household for years to come. What you won’t find in my list... Read more »

Best Of/Worst Of Movies 2010

Bad acting, idiotic plotting, and ugly character design make this cheap-o sci-fi creature feature an embarrassing resume entry for all involved.  Writer/directors the Strause Brothers have threatened to do a sequel.  Please.  NO.
As a frequent moviegoer, the big payoff to seeing 125+ movies each year is sorting them, ranking them, and picking your favorites at year’s end.  There’s a fine line between one’s “favorite” movies and what one considers to be the objectively “best” movies.  My line is usually so fine that I can’t even distinguish between... Read more »
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How "Essential" Are You?

31 years (starting from my birth year).  310 movies.  The Essential movies.  It’s been quite a journey getting to this point.  Now that we’re all caught up, and while we’re waiting for the remaining big-ticket flicks of 2010 to be released so I can finally unleash my Best Of/Worst Of list for the year, I... Read more »

Mid-Year Movie Recap plus Top 10 So Far...

Splice works more as a sci-fi drama on the dangers of scientific experimentation than it does a horror movie.  The creature design is fantastic, and though the movie goes way off the rails in the last act, I kinda dig the fact that it does.  (In theaters, if you can find it)
Well, we’re midway through 2010, and to call this year an underwhelming one movie-wise is a bit of an understatement.  Heck, until June 11, when both The Karate Kid and The A-Team managed the back-to-back feat of providing actual entertainment value, I was beginning to worry.  So was the rest of the industry.  Luckily, Toy... Read more »