Monday, December 31, 2012

A Collection of All My 2012 Movie Reviews! Nearly 100 Reviews and Tons of Special Features!

Happy New Years Eve, everyone! It has been a long, fruitful year for reviewing and discussing movies, and tomorrow, the cycle shall start anew.

I have spent a lot of time these past few weeks reminiscing on the year in film, with Top 10 Lists of all shapes and sizes, but before moving on to 2013, I wanted to publish one final retrospective – one that took an awful long time to put together but is, I hope, worth the effort.

I have compiled, in this post, the links to every single movie review I published in 2012, with their publication dates and original letter grades. In addition, many films were mentioned in other articles, or had other articles written about them, so I have linked to those as well when applicable.

This is my final, definitive guide to the movies of 2012, and I hope it serves as a nice resource for those looking to brush up on what they missed, or to simply look back on the many, many films released and reviewed this year.

The indexed list of reviews begins after the jump. Enjoy…

Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Top 10 TV Shows of 2012

Due to a new job and increased responsibilities reviewing movies, I did not get to write about television this year as much as I normally do. This is a shame. I often feel that TV has surpassed cinema as the greatest repository for smart, enriching entertainment – both drama and comedy – and 2012 seemed to bear that theory out even more than in years past. As I said in my Top 10 Films of 2012 article, this was a fantastic year for film – and yet when I sit back and look at my list of the Top 10 TV Shows of 2012, I find myself even more passionate about these titles, and regretful about all the shows I did not get the chance to watch.

That being said, I kept up with more than enough this year to make the list competitive, and was shocked to see some former favorites fall out of serious contention. Doctor Who, number 5 on lastyear’s countdown, disappointed in many ways during its brief 5-hour run this fall, and Homeland – 2011’s #4 – delivered a pretty wretched second season I would like to forget sooner than later. Chuck certainly did not disappoint in its final episodes, but neither did it deliver enough great content to be a contender for this list.

I also saw some horrible TV this year – even as I agree with every political point made, Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom was an inhumanely torturous experience I hate myself for watching an entire season of – but even as there were minor disappointments along the way, I really enjoyed watching TV in 2012, and had a lot of fun putting this list together. If nothing else, returning to TV writing for this article reignites my desire to write more about television in 2013, and I hope it offers some good recommendations and insight to the reader.

Begin reading after the jump...

Friday, December 21, 2012

2012 Retrospective Round-Up Spectacular!

Since I have not updated this blog since October, I wanted to check back in before the year ends to give some notes on what I have been up to recently, and to remind readers who may have forgotten - or simply did not get the memo - that I am now writing for entertainment website We Got This Covered, where I serve as Associate Editor and lead Film Critic.

Speaking of We Got This Covered, I have been quite busy this month watching the final films of the year, and then summing up 2012 with a whole bunch of Top 10 lists and other retrospective articles - pieces I would like to link to in this post, both for those who have not seen them and to create a central hub for all my year-end countdowns.

The first, of course, is my Top Ten Films of 2012. As you may know, this is always one of my favorite articles to write, publish, and share every year, and as 2012 was a particularly fruitful 12 months of moviegoing, this list is a good one. With pictures, mini-analyses, guides to where you can find the films, and links to my original reviews of each titles it's a very comprehensive retrospective.

To complement this list, I also published a Best of 2012 Runners-Up list, which includes 21 more titles and fleshes the original Top 10 out to #30. It is written largely in the same style as the Top 10 list, again with pictures, descriptions, and links to all the original reviews. For a deeper look at the year in film, you will definitely want to give this list a look.

And because every action must have a reaction of equal force, there is also my annual Worst 10 Films of 2012 countdown, a bitter look at the films that made me angriest these past 12 months. Again, it includes links to the original reviews, which I highly recommend reading, as they are all some of my favorite pieces of my own writing this year.

I have also published a countdown of the Top 10 Film Scores of 2012, a very fun article highlighting one of the most important parts of filmmaking. I had a very good time putting this list together, and I hope you enjoy it - of all my year-end lists, I think this one may be the most unique.

There will be more coming in the next few days. Before Christmas, We Got This Covered will also feature my Top 10 Movie Moments of 2012, a list I will link to here when it is published.

Also, my Top 10 TV Shows of 2012 list has published exclusively at, right here on the blog! I did not get to write about a lot of TV this year, but I am still an avid TV viewer, and watched more than enough to compile a competitive Top 10 list. You may, in fact, be surprised to see what I left off!

In any case, I am happy to share that article with my blog readers, and look forward to posting more personal content here in the months to come. My Mad Men reviews, a big hit last Spring, will likely resume here at the blog when the show comes back, and I have some other fun plans in the work as well.

Remember to check We Got This Covered every day, not just for my movie reviews and feature articles, but for all the TV, Movie, and Video Game news and reviews published by our talented writing staff. We have also recently redesigned the site, improving it in every possible way.

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Thanks for reading, and I will see you all again very shortly with much more content, both here and at We Got This Covered. Enjoy!