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It’s amazing we’re now halfway through 2012, a year that has offered plenty in the way of both blockbuster films and the smaller, more intimate indie fare. Taking that into account, it seems only fitting to offer up something a long the lines of a best of/worst of post for the first half of 2012.

Worst Of

Unfortunately, as is the case typically with both Hollywood and the early months of any year, 2012 has been chock-full of some, well, crap. It’s the unfortunate by-product of an industry that can often be maddeningly indifferent to its artform. Perhaps selfishly, I managed to avoid some films which seemed to be universally despised. But I did my best to bare the burden of terrible movies to better inform the public (read: the few readers who actually take me seriously) on what to avoid.

That being said, I have certainly not seen everything. In fact, I’ve only seen 40 new releases in 2012 so far, which is by no means all of them, but probably enough to have a decent idea of what’s out there.

But let’s get to it; the lowest of the low. The worst ten films of the first half of 2012:

#10. Brave

Brave definitely takes the cake for the most disappointing film of the year. That being said, it’s not on the level of “complete trash” as some other films are farther down the list. But by no means is Brave a good movie, on the contrary I found it to be shockingly bad. The “least-Pixar” Pixar has ever been, Cars and Cars 2 included. The only saving grace here was the expert animation, which saved the film from being your run-of-the-mill direct-to-DVD Disney flick. Oh yeah, and the $185 million budget.

#9. Man on a Ledge

Man on a Ledge gets the edge above Safe House as it takes its self slightly less seriously. The grit and general tone of this one lends itself more to “popcorn fun,” but that doesn’t really mean much when you have a movie this preposterous and bad.

The truly maddening part here is that Man on a Ledge has flashes of what is actually a decent thriller, but those are so few and far between you’ll be pulling your hair out at the sheer stupidity of this film. When it comes down to it, there aren’t really any redeeming qualities here. [review]

#8. Red Tails

What is it about World War II fighter plane movies that makes it impossible to tell a good story about them? This was the case with James Franco’s Flyboys, and, to a lesser extent, with the George Lucas-produced Red Tails. There is clearly a story here worth telling – the first all African American fighter pilot squadron. Yet, the film opts to feature spectacle over character, drama or really any significant substance. What a pity. [review]

#7. Safe House

What a complete mess. Safe House is everything an action thriller shouldn’t be. Uninteresting, choppy, excessively unwatchable. Oh yeah, did I mention the “twist” can be seen coming from a mile away? It’s sad, considering Denzel Washington is in a role that should make a film interesting on its own merits.

What Safe House succeeds at is confirming that choppy grit does not mean style, particularly when there is nothing of real substance here. What a disappointment this film was when you take into account the talent involved. [review]

#6. Dark Shadows

Here’s a movie that could have been fun. A Tim Burton and Johnny Depp take on the tired vampire genre could have been something special, but oh what a mess it was. This felt so much to me like the filmmakers was just being strange because they could, not for any specific reason.

While showing signs of promise early on (like in the first fifteen minutes), and featuring a whole host of capable actors, Dark Shadows was derailed fast and by the time the terrible final act came around, I was completely checked out. What a waste of a movie! [review]

#5. Contraband

Contraband is essentially akin to Safe House, but without Tobin Frost and the exotic locations, hence the slightly lower rating. It does suffer from the same pitfalls, however. An overly gritty and dark film with a mind-numbingly stupid plot and twists, plus no real characters or intrigue completely ruins this thriller. [review]

#4. The Vow

I’ll admit, I saw this film at a dark time. It was in the midst of a series of truly terrible movie releases and I was fed up. That being said, my perhaps overly-critical review wasn’t far off. The Vow is a pretty horrendous film.

From the top-down, The Vow fails on basically every narrative level. The characters are unlikable, and uninteresting as they operate in cliches and archetypes. The only saving grace here is that Rachel McAdams seems to always be able to pull the audience onto her side. But even my boy C-Tates can’t save this piece of melodramatic trash. [review]

#3. This Means War

Now this movie is what I like to call “lousy.” Apart from a tad bit of chemistry between Chris Pine and Tom Hardy, This Means War is an absolute nightmare. Terrible plot, characters, execution, jokes, action…er, everything. [review]

#2. The Lucky One

Here we have what is essentially akin to The Vow, but without Rachel McAdams and a plot-line that includes some truly appalling storytelling decisions which raise the stupidity over the top. This is not to say that I’ll automatically hate a chick-flick, because clearly they can be done right. But c’mon, some of the stuff here is just preposterous and actively aggravates me. The Lucky One really is a Terrible, terrible film. [review]

#1. Act of Valor

Here we come to the cream of the – er, “scum” of the crop. Act of Valor a movie that is not only terribly executed, but the fact that it exists deserves my wrath. In my review, I likened watching this to watching your friend play Call of Duty, but with a worse story.

I forgot to mention that at least there you’re with your friend, possibly having a good time. Here there are no redeeming qualities. I’m going to finish this sentence and hopefully never think about this movie again. Done. [review]

There you have it. The ten worst movies (I’ve seen) from the first half of 2012. Now for the fun part: follow the jump to the next page for a glimpse at the ten best films of the first half of 2012. There are some good ones in there, I promise.

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  • http://twitter.com/thepotterpeople The Potter People

    Wow…I TOTALLY disagree with BRAVE being number 10…how was it disappointing? They played up the whole Merida vs. Elinor, and that’s what occurs in the film. You really have to look at it from a universal standpoint, not just a personal opinion. My mother and sister bawled at the end of this film, and my mother, who told me that she usually “can’t wait” till other children’s films end, said it’s become her special film with her nine-year-old daughter. The film has only been out for a matter of weeks, and it already means a lot to many people, so I don’t really see where the disappointment comes in.

    • Adan Ayala

      I would look at the gender of the article’s author.  I’m finding that most guys are not impressed by Brave, while the women are swooning for the movie.  

      As a father, I found the message that, when we actually communicate and try to understand the other person, we can come up with solutions that can heal families and the world to be a great message not usually found in many movies.  

    • http://www.facebook.com/heather.smith07 Heather Smith

      It’s only disappointing if you were expecting brilliant, which is a mistake to begin with, seeing as it was a fairytale story. I knew it wasn’t going to be Pixar’s best going in, and ended up really liking it! I don’t think it was disappointing at all, it was just different from what I expected, but that doesn’t mean it was bad.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jason.lalljee?ref=tn_tnmn Jason

      It’s a disappointment when you consider the expectation of the Pixar name, and the expectations of fantasy- a lot of people were expecting Brave to be an epic fantasy and instead got a sweet mother/daughter tale, which is fine, but it would have been less surprising if Disney marketed it as such. 

  • Beckybaby1996

    The raid was elfin awesome! I seen it three times!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.lalljee?ref=tn_tnmn Jason

    Brave was definitely the most disappointing movie of the year, but I thought that was because of the expectations of Pixar, not because it was a bad movie. I personally liked it, a little more than A Bug’s Life and certainly more than Cars 2 but perhaps not Cars. I haven’t seen The Cabin in the Woods or Magic Mike- Moonrise Kingdom is my favorite of the year and I’m on par with pretty much the rest of the list. I know it’s going to come up, and I think that The Avengers is monumentally overrated. I liked it, but I didn’t find it spectacular or even rank it with my favorite superhero films. That said, it would still be like #11 or #12 on my list. 

    And I really love the new graphics and thumbnails being used for these features!

  • Guest

    What about the Avengers? And by no means should Magic Mike be in the top 10. Terrible movie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.smith07 Heather Smith

    John Carter on the Best and Brave on the worst? 
    Unreliable article is unreliable. 

    • Timshel

      How exactly can an opinion piece be unreliabe….?

      • jghike

        Therein lies my main problem with this article: Where does it say “opinion?”

        • CliveRogan

           Oh come on.  Did you seriously read an article about a top 10 and expect something factual?  Of course it’s an opinion as there’s no non subjective way to rank films.

          • jghike

            I know it’s an opinion piece, I just wish it would say it somewhere.

  • Sarah

    STOP BASHING BRAVE

  • Briannasdaddy2008

    That’s hilarious! We obviously have different tastes in movies. I would have reversed those lists LOL

  • Lotte

    Haven’t read the ‘best’-list yet, but funnily enough I avoided all movies on the ‘worst’ list, because I truly disliked the storylines and trailers. Yep, including Brave, which never appealed to me (maybe I am strange). Proves me once again, I should listen to my intuition ;).

    • Lotte

      Considering that I am the 1% population of the world who didn’t like THG as movie, I only half agree with the best list. Cabin was actually one of my biggest disappointments of the year.

      However, I can always accept personal opinions and I like your writing style. So don’t bother with me disagreeing. I accept different tastes.

      • Jack

        I didn’t like the Hunger Games either. We are the 1%! We have to stick together! lol

        • Liderc

          I thought the Hunger Games was insanely boring, so count me in the 1%. 

          • Lotte

            I am obnoxiously happy that there are actually people who share my mind. I seriously started to wonder if my brain is wired incorrectly, because EVERYONE seemed to love it :D. Thanks, guys.

          • jghike

            I wrote a fan review for the Hunger Games, but it was negative so it didn’t get published on the front page, just the User Submitted area. Then again, I was in a pissy mood when I wrote it, so maybe it wasn’t the most well written article. :P

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1045615098 Riana-Tiana Menezes

          I didn’t like it too. I wanted to like it, I really did, but the movie just wasn’t as good as it should have been.

  • jghike

    This article really should have the word “opinion” some where in it. I took my girlfriend to see Brave last weekend and we both loved it. It’s a tale about family relationships. If you call that boring then you’re calling half of Disney’s vault boring.

    And how in the world is Magic Mike in the top 10? Granted, I haven’t seen it, but from what I can tell most women are just going to see it to see all those guys shirtless. What do we know about the plot other than its about male strippers?

    Finally, The Avengers. As soon as I saw it I decided it was my personal favorite superhero movie of all time. I realize for some people that’s a bit much. But I thought the way Joss took all those individual heroes and made them fight against each other then work together was brilliant. I thought it was a great interpretation of what The Avengers group would act like if they were actually real. For the love of the TARDIS, at least put it on the bottom of the top 10!

    And while everyone seems to love the Hunger Games, I have to be the only person in the world who didn’t like it. I felt like it didn’t follow the book very well, and if you hadn’t read the book, that you would have been very confused while watching the movie. But that’s my opinion, and I’m not afraid to say that, unlike this article.

    • jghike

      I forgot to gripe about John Carter being in the top 10, but I feel like that’s pretty self explanatory. Also, I’ve never even heard of Beasts of the Southern Wild. When did it come out, and what’s it even about?

    • Lotte

      I second your opinion about THG. Just posted the same statement 30secs ago.

    • Emma

      Magic Mike is hardly a movie about stripping; that’s almost like a subplot. I thought it was pretty good, but most of the people I have known who saw it have hated it, and I think it’s because they were expecting a movie only about male strippers.

      • jghike

        What I’m saying is, people complain about the Brave trailers not accurately depicting the movie, and from its trailers, all I can tell about Magic Mike is that it’s about male stripping. People need to complain about both or neither, not just one.

  • Pixie

    Stop accusing Jeremy Baril of being sexist simply because ‘Brave’ is on #10 of his worst movies list (he’s only expressing his opinion, if you think he’s being sexist, that’s your problem, not his). And yes, I’m a girl. If I’m not mistaken, ‘The Hunger Games’ (which has one of the most kickass females in Katniss Everdeen) is at #10 on the Best Films list, and at #1 is ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’ which has a strong little girl as its lead character. So, stop complaining. 

    Personally speaking, if I had to review a film, and if I hated it (despite the film being “pro-female”), I’d give it a bad review (I don’t look at the gender of the protagonist before reviewing the film).

    • jghike

      Umm, I retread all the comments to make sure, but I didn’t see the word “sexist” used anywhere on this page except for your comment. So I’m a little confused.

      • http://www.facebook.com/aaccss Alex Smith

        LOL!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4P37OIFRKDSXVAF34ZSTBSNFLE Paul

    Dark Shadows was typical Burton/Depp funny weirdness… meant to be enjoyable and it was just that

  • Brittany

    John Carter on the best and Brave on the worst? I dont know about those picks, but I’m glad you recognized Cabin in the Woods, def one of the best movies i’ve seen so far this year!

    • Liderc

      No kidding, John Carter was the biggest piece of junk in years. 

  • Samdanley

    I think Brave is one of Pixar’s best, actually.

  • Amberlynnbob

    My family and I loved Brave.  I think it was a refreshing change to have an animated movie that portrayed a mother in a good light.  In most animated movies, the mom is either dead, or an evil stepmother.  I enjoyed the mother/daughter storyline.

  • Luigi_barraza

    John cárter included And NO avengers? Otherwise grest list

  • http://twitter.com/vonchambers Devon Chambers

    I would’ve not included Brave on the worst of list (Did you not see project X) and I still think 21 jump street was a really funny but overlooked film – better than borefest john carter. 

    • http://hypable.com/author/jeremy-baril/ Jeremy Baril

      21 Jump Street was so close to making it. Really solid comedy.

  • RussellTurner

    chronicle? really?! 

    • fcanaj

      its a great film. i liked it a lot not #2 a lot. maybe #10 a lot 

      • 7Starrchasers

        Same

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=690341156 Andrew Davies-Land

    Being stange because they can and for no specific reason thats just tim burton in general your point is invalid lol..

  • elskokan

    I’m sorry but Brave was incredible! What about The Intouchables from France or Liberal Arts with Josh Radnor? Both film festival movies, but incredible and deserve to be up there.

    • http://twitter.com/Snapescape Laura Cain

      Les Intouchables was incredible!

    • http://hypable.com/author/jeremy-baril/ Jeremy Baril

      Liberal Arts doesn’t get a release until the fall, I don’t think. But I can’t wait to see it!

  • http://twitter.com/AntaraC Antara Chowdhury

    The only movie I’ve seen on the Worst Films list is The Vow, and I definitely agree that it belongs on that list. As for the Best Films, I mostly agree, but my top 10 best films of 2012 would definitely include The Avengers as #1 and The Amazing Spider-Man as #2 (though most people probably have not seen that yet).

    • http://hypable.com/author/jeremy-baril/ Jeremy Baril

      Yeah, Spider-man wasn’t eligible for the list. But I did like it!

  • http://twitter.com/eiVega eiVega

    I COMPLETELY disagree with the ranking of Brave.  It was not what I was expecting, but I loved it even more for that.  We have plenty of over-done, epic fairy tales, to have something so sweet, emotional and meaningful in the context of a rarely explored mother-daughter relationship was absolutely refreshing.  People are being unjustly harsh against Brave and it’s incredibly frustrating.  People need to not compare it to any other film or Pixar movie or go in with ridiculous expectations.  Just take it for what it is and judge it by itself.  Brave is a solid film and even 76% of those film snob critics agree.  More than that, families in the audiences are loving it and that’s what really counts.

    • http://twitter.com/taylie27 Taylore Thompson

      I completely agree with everything you just said!! I adored Brave!!! It was so touching to see that type of relationship between a mother and daughter, which has never been done before. I know I, and i’m sure many other girls, have had that sort of relationship with their mom and as you grow and get older you release why they do some of the things they do. I think it’s important and touching that Pixar decided to something like that. Plus all the scenes with little Merida were so adorable and touching!

  • Alexis

    My personal best-of list would have included “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.” To each his own though!

  • http://twitter.com/Killward A

    I disagree with ‘Dark Shadows’.

    • Enelya

       I agree, I thought it was silly fun

      • http://twitter.com/Killward A

         It was! I’ve never watched that soap opera but I really enjoyed the film. My friend, who isn’t a fan of Burton’s films, get sucked into the action of this movie since the first minute of the film.

  • Hind K G

    WRONG WRONG WRONG!!!!!

     Take it off your site guys….

  • http://www.facebook.com/sara.lv1 Sara L-V

    You picked John Carter to be on the Best list and Brave to be on the Worst list? Please go get you head examined! 

    • http://hypable.com/author/jeremy-baril/ Jeremy Baril

      I’ll do that first thing tomorrow morning.

  • Delena

    Where’s the Avengers for best? I mean, come on!! But I agree with the ranking of Brave. I was pretty darn disappointed with that movie. It seemed more like a Dreamworks animated film rather than Pixar. I agree with the worst list- but a lot of the best…eh. 

  • Jprince610

    ….Avengers? Anyone? Bueller?

  • http://www.facebook.com/aaccss Alex Smith

    “Andrew Stanton has created an excellent adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic novel The Princess of Mars”

    Let me just ask… have you ever READ that book? Because most people who have wouldn’t say that about John Carter.

    and Magic Mike over The Hunger Games, The Grey, TONS of other movies? If it wasn’t for Cabin In The Woods at #3, I would’ve thrown my computer across the room just now.

    Then again, Chronicle is at #2 so maybe I SHOULD chuck it…

  • mr.Z

    act of valor was good contraband was good  and were is the Avengers u think it wasnt good…quite frankly my dear i dont give a damn

    • RenaissanceOK

      You’ve got some questionable taste.  I bet you thought Battleship was “awesome!!!”

  • tG

    go watch avengers then feel ashamed of yourself

  • RenaissanceOK

    Jeremy, good lists.  Don’t let these fandom kids get you down.  Generally, I feel like they’re going to appreciate good film anyways.

    • RenaissanceOK

      *not going to appreciate that is.

    • jghike

      Kids? And I happen to always appreciate a good film. Brave was a good film. The Avengers was a good film. John Carter was not a good film. The Hunger Games was not a good film.

  • CliveRogan

    Of the films I’ve seen, I’d have to generally agree with these lists.   I’d probably replace The Grey with The Avengers though.  I don’t fully understand everyone’s love for The Grey, it was good yes, but not top ten material.  I loved John Carter though, it dragged an extreme amount at times but on the whole was incredibly entertaining.

    Also, what’s with all the hate for Chronicle, it is definitely my favorite film of the year so far, which will probably change when I get round to seeing Beasts of the Southern Wild.

  • Alyssamz

    John Carter! Exactly <3

  • Kayla

    I would have put the Avengers somewhere on the best list, not saying it’s number one, but it was a great movie! Hey to each his own though :) overall good lists!

  • Ann

    Brave as one of the worsts? Really? I can see why someone would be disappointed with it, but it by far isn’t one of the worst. This is why I don’t come to Hypable for movie recommendations.

  • http://twitter.com/Snapescape Laura Cain

    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel anyone? Such a cute little film :)

    • Morsmordre79

      I just saw it a few days ago! It was wonderful! :)

  • Emma

    So happy The Cabin in the Woods and Chronicle are so high up on your best lists! They’re probably my two favorite movies that have come out this year.

  • Taylor Rayne

    I think Brave and John Carter should switch places. Brave was funny, inspirational, and even made me tear up in the end. John Carter on the other hand made me think “what the hell is going on?” throughout the entire movie, and Taylor Kitsch is a poor actor.

  • d3erudite

    I have some issues with this list . Like how the @$&* is avengers not on here?!!

  • Jael

    I thought Brave was awesome. 

  • Dlmarvin05

    This is a horrible list…

  • lorepottter

    You lost me when you put John Carter in the best movies

  • hsmith

    I can’t wait to see Beasts of the Southern Wild! Great list (if you appreciate well made movies).

    • jghike

      Wait, is that movie not out yet?

  • David

    As opinions go, these were terrible opinions. But you know, that’s just my opinion. It’s also my opinion that The Avengers should unequivocally be somewhere on the “Best” list.

  • http://mrsreidstartedposting.tumblr.com/ Loony

    Guess The Avengers is just too damn good to be on this list.
    No other explanation.

    • http://www.facebook.com/nikolausaldrich Nick Aldrich

      Avengers really shouldn’t be on any top or bottom 10 lists. It’s not a great movie. It’s decent and it was pretty to look at. But it wasn’t a well written movie on a plot level at all. Dialogue was great but the story needed A LOT of work. Having said that it was a nice, entertaining film. It’s no Dark Knight, Iron Man, X2, or Spider-Man 2. That’s for sure.

      • jghike

        I respect your opinion, but I have to disagree. The Avengers was much better than X2 and spiderman 2. And I think it was incredibly well written, especially given that the director had to take these characters that were already established in their own movies, and make them work together without one dominating the entire thing. I think it took a lot of talent to write The Avengers, and that it was done incredibly well.

        • http://www.facebook.com/nikolausaldrich Nick Aldrich

          Avengers should not have worked. I agree. Having that many characters is tough. They made a decent, watchable movie. But it is very flawed. For example, who were the aliens? Why did they want Earth? Why was Loki so obsessed with getting his revenge on Thor by attacking Earth. I understand Jane Foster (Thor’s love interest) lives there, but she’s not even in the movie so it’s not a viable reason. Also, There’s no stakes. Theres never a point where it feels like these heros are mortal. Hulk throwing Loki around like a rag doll makes the movie feel cartoonish and inconsequential. Back to the aliens, where they robots? Why did they all die when their ship blew up? Who were the shadowy figures telling Nick Fury what to do? I understand some of this is setup for the sequels but we need something to grasp. On a filmmaking level and story telling level The Avengers is very sloppy. Motives are not clearly explained. Perhaps if you read the comics you know. But i didn’t. I’m a filmmaker and I’m judging the film as that. I’m not saying it’s wrong to find entertainment in the film. It’s an entertaining movie. It’s fun. It has a few nice character moments. But the film has serious flaws that many people over look because of the spectacle. I think Avengers was probably more entertaining than X2 and Spider-Man 2. But it wasn’t as well constructed. 

          • Guest

            1. the aliens didn’t want earth. Loki did. The only reason earth was targeted was because the tesseract, the object the aliens wanted in exchange for giving Loki something to rule, was there. If the tesseract was on another planet they would have attacked that world. As to who they are, even Thor doesn’t know, but seeing as they were talking to a future villain in the mid-credits scene, we will find out in a future film/s.

            2. Loki’s psychotic need for revenge on his brother, Thor (who is the GUARDIAN OF EARTH, as is stated in the movie) made Loki the perfect tool for the aliens to get the tesseract.3. The aliens (like in Ender’s Game) are all connected and when the queen dies (on the ship where Tony sent the nuke) they all die….they aren’t robots….4. the Shadowy figures are presumably some people that run the world, but unbeknownst to the general populace. This is commonplace in this genre.The answers are in the movie. They may have been easy to miss the first time (I picked up on more the second time through), but they were there. I hope that helps.I’m not sure what you meant by they weren’t mortal enough, as they were injured quite a bit, particularly ironman, but I do have to agree with the Hulk thing. The Hulk is the only part of the movie that bothered me. He can’t control himself and then he suddenly can. If someone has an explanation for that I would love to hear it because it’s been bothering me.

          • http://harrymyland.com/ Harry Myland

            My understanding is that Banner is able to control ‘the other guy’ (grin) by “always being angry”, particularly whenever a potentially hazardous moment arises. Like he can see a situation going to the crapper, but instead of actively avoiding getting mad he seeks it out so he can better control it – but if he gets too overwhelmed by a situation he loses that control.

            It took me a while to accept that conclusion, but it does more or less make sense. Like how you can have a handle on a project but then ten things go wrong and you lose that momentum and everything falls apart.

          • http://www.facebook.com/nikolausaldrich Nick Aldrich

            But Loki had the tesseract. Why didn’t he just leave afterwards? About the Aliens. This is never stated. I don’t even know what their race is. You see no problem with this? Again, the movie is fun popcorn entertainment but too many assumptions need to be made about the characters. My comment about mortality is this…. Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man all fighting using various powers destroying the environment. yet they dont have a scratch on them. Thor Vs. Hulk seems pretty even matched but when Hulk fight Loki he’s thrown around like a rag doll. Then we see him 10 minutes later still lying there with some dirt on his face. But when he’s arrested he’s walking around fine. Why didn’t he get up? What happened? And then there’s black widow and hawkeye jumping off buildings and flying through the streets. This is even worse considering they aren’t super human at all. see my above comment about why mortality and stakes matter.

          • Guest

            Thanks Harry! That helps. :)

            Nick:

            1.) “Why didn’t [Loki] just leave afterwards?”
            Um, he hasn’t conquered earth yet. He wants to RULE something. He wants to be supreme leader of earth, he doesn’t care about the tesseract, only the aliens do. The earth is his REWARD for handing over the tesseract, which the aliens would pick up and take back with them through the portal AFTER the planet is taken. It’s right there in the movie!

            2.) “I don’t know what their race is” THE AVENGERS DIDN’T KNOW EITHER NOT EVEN THOR AS IS STATED IN THE FILM. The fact that the nuke killed them all was a surprise. I’m sure that the original plan was that if they closed the portal they could just kill the stranded aliens. The fact that they died like that was a plot device to help the plot move faster…..get over it. The audience doesn’t know any more than the superheroes do about the alien race. It was a STROKE OF LUCK.

            3.) everything you’ve said about mortality:

            Coulson is a character that most fans are very attached to and his death was very painful for a lot of them. He represented the common man who all the avengers had a connection to. If you were not stirred by it then GTFO.

            If Tony had hung around in space he would have DIED IN A NUCLEAR EXPLOSION…there is NO WAY THAT COULD HAVE LED TO A SEQUEL. PAY ATTENTION. Now if he would have actually died that could have shown some mortality, but since he had a sequel coming that option was not open to Whedon.

            Hawkeye and Black Widow. I don’t recall either of them doing anything someone of their respective skills couldn’t do. Black Widow was “flying” with the help of Captain America’s shield boost and by using one of the aliens so she just used what was around her. Hawkeye’s arrow skills are ridiculous…THAT’S WHAT MAKES HIM AWESOME….

            Captain America is injured quite a bit, but since one of his powers is that he heals quickly that doesn’t slow him down for long. Tony changes suits quite often because of damage and almost dies. (there’s mortal for you) and Loki is hanging around because he is injured and by the time he would recover from that shock he had already clearly lost. he realized that it would be better to go back with his brother than run away and be caught by the aliens who threatened torture if he failed….that’s why he didn’t do anything. PAY ATTENTION AND STOP MAKING BIG DEALS OUT OF NON-EXISTENT PLOT HOLES

          • jghike

            I have nothing more to add to the comment below me, cause they said it all. The answers were right there in the film, you just have to look.

            Wait, I got something. Why do they have to seem mortal? That’s the way every other super hero movie works. This was different. I know they’re not mortal, so why do they need a moment where they seem mortal? Treat them like the heroes they are. The moment where they all get scattered or give up is this versions “mortal” moment.

          • http://www.facebook.com/nikolausaldrich Nick Aldrich

            Because if there’s no stakes then there’s nothing to fear. If these characters can do everything without the threat of injury, death, or failure then what’s the point? There’s no way to get completely invested in the characters because they’re not even remotely relatable. The movie missed a great moment. When Tony goes through the portal he almost doesn’t make it. Imagine, after he’s been repeatedly told that he doesn’t stand for anything but him self he finally proves he’s a hero and he gets lost. That’s how it should have ended. That would have set up a very different and exciting Iron Man 3. But they didn’t even have to do that. We just needed to feel like these people can be injured and can fail. It never really feels like that in this movie. That’s the problem with having all your cast reliant on different franchises. This is kind of an issue with The Dark Knight. You know batman wont die, so the threat comes from what the Joker will do to batman’s loved ones. There’s stakes. Even if Batman lives his friends can die. The movie didn’t have that. It (SPOILER) killed off a generic expository character who wasn’t really even given personality traits until this film. It’s a problem with this type of movie and why I suspect it wont last very long. They made a fun movie here. But It isn’t building to anything other than a sequel and more sequels after that until it stops making money. Marvel doesn’t know how to make movies, they know how to make comics. Movie franchises cant just be continuously inflated until it becomes nothing. One reason I love the Dark Knight trilogy (so far) is the desire to tell a complete arch in 3 films. This seems to be the case with the new spider-man too. It just seems lazy to me. I liked the film. But it had far too many problems to be considered a great film. It’s very good entertainment. There’s nothing wrong with that. 

          • jghike

            Nick – Phil was not a very minor character who didn’t have any personality traits. Also: not building to anything? Go read the new article about the Avengers. They speculate that all the movies could be leading to the Civil War story line.

      • http://harrymyland.com/ Harry Myland

        To even fathom that they could get the Avengers right is mind boggling. To please the studio, the general public and fanboys alike? Virtually impossible, but Joss did it. It might not be the greatest movie or even greatest popcorn movie ever made, but I have no problem sticking it with the likes of The Dark Knight and Spidey 2.

      • rdh014

        You make me not want to live on this planet anymore.

        • http://www.facebook.com/nikolausaldrich Nick Aldrich

          Why is that?

      • Clarinet2357

        I can’t agree.  I actually felt that The Avengers FAR outstripped any of the previous superhero films.  Dark Knight was okay, but overhyped and too dark to watch comfortably for me, and the Spiderman movies make me sad…  They were NOT very good at all!!!  The Avengers did a great job of making a good story without abandoning the source material!!!

      • THOR ODINSON

        HOW DARE YOU INSULT THE SON OF ODIN AND HIS SUPERHERO CHUMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IN REGARDS TO YOUR PETTY COMPLAINTS ABOUT MORTALITY….I AM A DEMI-GOD YOU NITWIT….AND THE LOSS OF THE SON OF COUL WAS INCREDIBLY TRAUMATIC FOR ME AND MY COMPANIONS…HE WAS NOT AN INSIGNIFICANT CHARACTER….HE WAS A HERO WHO DIED TRYING TO SAME MY LIFE!!!!!!!!! I HAVE SEEN THESE OTHER FILMS OF WHICH YOU SPEAK AND FOUND THEM AN EXCELLENT SOURCE OF ENTERTAINMENT, BUT TO DIMINISH THE COMPLICATED EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE ON MIDGARD WITH MY BROTHER AND HIS ALIEN MERCENARIES IS TO INSULT MY HONOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        GROW UNSIGHTLY WARTS THOU DRONING CODPIECE-SNIFFING CANKER-BLOSSOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/brookesalmons brooke salmons

    The Hunger Games is the first book-to-movie film I have seen where I didn’t complain about “changes from the book.” I loved it, and Ive been a fan of the books since 2008, mind you. Also, as many others have mentioned, AVENGERS?! I would make my top 3 The Hunger Games, The Avengers, and Chronicle.

    • jghike

      Are you sure we read the same book? Cause I hated the movie version compared to the book.

      • http://twitter.com/brookesalmons brooke salmons

        Hm, sounds like your problem lol.

    • http://twitter.com/fotogurl44 Chelsea Combs

       I agree!!  I came out of Hunger Games impressed with only very minor complaints!  Avengers was completely amazing, and was my #1

      • http://twitter.com/brookesalmons brooke salmons

        I’m glad the majority of us have some sense :) lol

  • http://twitter.com/HUGzO7 hello.

    John Carter??? really?!

  • KristenKranz

    I still have a lot of movies to catch before I could even begin to debate what should or should not be on a best & worst list… However, I was a little surprised to see This Means War so high on the worst list. I agree its certainly not gonna win movie of the year or anything, but I found it funny and entertaining for the most part, but to each his own.

    I really liked Chronicle, so I was tickled to see it rank so highly here. It was really well done & made me think twice about found-footage-type films. I HATED Act of Valor, so I am completely with you on its ranking. Moonrise Kingdom charmed the pants off me, so its nice to see that listed here. 

    I love seeing people’s top ten lists & how they vary, so thanks for this one! I have a lot of films to catch in the second half of the year (Beasts of the Southern Wild is pretty much at the top of that list). 

  • potterjay

    I’m surprised that the Hunger Games was at the bottom of the top 10, and am even more surprised that Avengers Assemble wasn’t on here at all in the top 10! 

  • Elphaba Thropp

    Everyone I talked to said that Brave was awesome…I’ve yet to see it, but I don’t think it’s THAT disappointing.

  • Josh

    I’d agree with your worst, except Brave, but I disagree with most of your best.

  • http://twitter.com/titans1fan93 Jake Sephton

    I loved brave…. That would be on one of my top 10 movies of the year…

  • HungerGamesLoony

    AVENGERS = NUMBER 1 in my book… 

  • Tomas

    Snow white and the huntsman is one of the best.
    The Hunger Games was THE worst movie… EVER

  • http://twitter.com/fotogurl44 Chelsea Combs

    you must have a VERY different opinion of movies than I do, since I would probably switch most of those lists

  • bethanny23

    I think it should say ‘opinion’ in the title of this article somewhere, because I would have to disagree with most of these choices. And judging by the comments so would a lot of people

    • Again

      Decent writers don’t point out that something that can ONLY be an opinion is an opinion.  It’s insulting to the reader, and 100% unnecessary.

  • fcanaj

    You missed The Avengers at #1 

    • http://hypable.com/author/jeremy-baril/ Jeremy Baril

      my bad.

      • fcanaj

        did you not like the avengers at all?

        • http://hypable.com/author/jeremy-baril/ Jeremy Baril

          I liked it. But it wasn’t great.

          • http://harrymyland.com/ Harry Myland

            Are you sure? The Avengers I saw was preeeetty great.

          • http://www.facebook.com/heather.smith07 Heather Smith

            Glad I’m not the only one who didn’t think Avengers was the best movie ever. 

          • Jack

            But you thought John Carter was great? I’m confused….

  • http://twitter.com/Tran_Nagwaian Tran Nguyen

    It is an opinion list, people. That’s what reviews are… Thanks for that, Jeremy! And to all those doing their heads in over contrasting opinions, congratulations! You’ve made these comments somewhat resemble a rottentomatoes comments page.

    • jghike

      Please show me where in this article the word “opinion” is used.

      • Blaze

         
        ‘these are just the thoughts of one film fan, leave your thoughts on the
        best (and worst) 2012 has had to offer so far in the comments”
        -from the final paragraph

  • http://twitter.com/rblascc Rachel

    i agree with majority of this except for a few films such as magic mike being so high on the best list I think it should be lower or not even on it at all 

  • nevillefan74

    Sorry, can’t take this article seriously-ya lost me at the first movie on the worst list…anyone who puts Brave on a worst of the year list and John Carter on the best of the year list…everyone’s entitled to their opinions, but really????

  • akacj18

    i think i understand your movie tastes a little bit better now Jeremy.

    • http://hypable.com/author/jeremy-baril/ Jeremy Baril

      I hope so! 

  • Katie

    Everyone’s complaining that The Avenger’s didn’t make your list…. don’t fret, Jeremy, for the record, i didn’t like it either. 

    • DJ Duncan

      netheir did I

  • Jessica Lancaster

    I’m glad I wasn’t the only one disappointed by Brave. I guess that objectively it wasn’t that bad, but when you compare it to (a) what the trailer led people to believe it would be about and (b) Pixar’s other excellent films, it’s quite disappointing. 

    Also, too much animal cruelty for me–I’m just glad it was animated!

  • Ashley

    Hypable, I love you guys, but your movie reviews a seriously the worst.

  • Eja_us

    wow… this is the worst list ever.. #1  of you don’t know film

  • guest

    John Carter is on your “best” list?! ew are you blind?!

  • Evltwin3003

    I can’t believe you said Brave was one of the worst…I actually highly enjoyed the movie, and having read a review for it on this website beforehand, was very pleasantly surprised when I got around to the movie.  I thought it was the opposite of ‘disappointing’; it had a unique story line and beautiful music and art, as well as memorable characters.  Yes, it was a bit predictable and yeah, this isn’t one of Pixar’s greatest.  But it sure doesn’t deserve this abuse, or a ‘worst movie’ spot.

  • Denicajo

    john carter and prometheus are on your good, but brave is on your bad? you dont know movies. Prometheus although great effects (weta digitals fine work) is an awful excuse for a sequel with horrible character development, that is only exciting to die hard Alien fans. and john carter just shouldn’t exist. brave may not be top 10 of the year for most (is in top 10 for me) is an amazing well written story that people dislike because they seemed to think it would be an action movie.    

  • WellspringOfWisdom

    I don’t think I’ll be reading any more movie based articles from you anymore…Brave on the worst and John Carter on the best? I don’t see how that happened.

    • Liderc

      Possibly the worst “best” list I’ve ever seen lol. 

      • http://hypable.com/author/jeremy-baril/ Jeremy Baril

        Glad I was able to win something then.

        • DJ Duncan

          I think you did a decent job and anyways it was a column, what did you guys expect

  • WeasleyWrock

    I wasn’t a big fan of Magic Mike, but Channing’s final dance where it was more dancing than stripping was amazing.

  • ladybirds

    Brave? Worst? lol

  • gcw07

    rofl. This is one of the funniest lists I’ve seen in a while. Guess I know why I haven’t taken any movie review on this site serious and now really won’t.

    • http://twitter.com/Kellelucas Kellelucas

      that was the first thing i said when i saw THG at #10 in best [easily in the top 5 for me] and Brave as #10 in worst [also in my top 10.] I haven’t even HEARD of most of the top 10. 

  • Plat

    Lol I actually really liked Brave and Dark Shadows.  The Hunger game too, but this list is just awfully opinionated.

  • Clarinet2357

    Avengers, anyone???  My mom HATES superhero movies, but my whole family, her included, LOVED that movie!!!  I saw it 3 times in theaters!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Nevermore1001 Josh Owen

    I wholeheartedly agree with John Carter being on the best list, I loved that film. But Brave on the worst list? I mean, I don’t like the Cars films, they are the only Pixar films I have ever disliked on any level, and I would still put them on the best list for their respective years. And Brave was much better than Cars. And Avengers… Third highest grossing film of all time, highest grossing film this year… I think that’s worth a mention on the best list whether you liked it or not. Clearly everyone else would put it there, based on it’s box office.

  • Cray

    The title is a bit misleading as it is a personal opinion (which I think should’ve have been kept at the author’s blog, if there is any).

  • Smartonehailee

    i feel like this entire list is SO strictly opinion based that it was a waste of my time to even look at. sorry.

  • http://www.youtube.com/thegarbar13 TheGarBar13

    Considering The Vow and The Lucky One are more chick Flicks, and you are a guy… it is sort of biased

    • http://hypable.com/author/jeremy-baril/ Jeremy Baril

      I was afraid of this too, but I feel like I went into these as open as possible and from what I’ve heard from female friends, most thought they were terrible too. But of course this list should be taken with the realization that it’s just my perspective. Obviously, it doesn’t mean these are terrible movies…They just are to me. 

  • Bridget

    it’s funny when you’ve never even heard of the number one best movie of 2012. could just be me, but…still funny

    • http://hypable.com/author/jeremy-baril/ Jeremy Baril

      Read my review! http://www.hypable.com/2012/06/27/hypable-movie-review-beasts-of-the-southern-wild/ 

  • GinnyWeasley002

    Personally, I loved Brave. I thought it was cute, and I LOVED how there wasn’t any stupid romance for once.

  • http://twitter.com/BmVc1 Brandon

    Stopped reading the moment I saw Brave on the worst of list.

  • Gabebigdog

    ARE YOU F’N KIDDING ME ):-( ACT OF VALOR is not a bad more. you just didn’t like the “call of duty” pov. it didn’t have that call of duty felling. it shows how much the the seals had to go through. and magic mike and the grey are not good. ARE YOU FN kidding me . go back to living under a rock.

  • Amy F.

    you guys, there’s no reason to get angry over this. how would such a list ever not be subjective, at least in one way or another… ^^ well, unless you had a poll where EVERYONE who had seen ALL of these movies had voted on them… but since that’s pretty unlikely, of course it’s biased and the writer’s personal opinion. no need to take offence, i would say… chill! ;)

  • SH

    How did Revenge of the Titans not make the worst list?  Am I off on my dates? was it just so bad that now I have a mental block? what a wretched  movie.

  • lotrgeek

    Where’s Avengers?  That movie was awesome.

  • WhatTheGrace

    This list is way too subjective and kind of biased. Though i agree with some of the best and worst films you chose, they certainly aren’t in the order i or many other people would put them in.

    • Andy

      Of course it’s biased, it’s his opinion. Plus you then go on to say ”they certainly aren’t in the order i or many other people would put them in” Wouldn’t that have been a biased list as well?

  • http://twitter.com/20619T Craig Thomson

    I don’t think it’s possible to take this ‘film critic’ seriously, I have seen about 80% of these films and they are all wrong.
    I mean, you put the film that broke the records for making the biggest loss ever in your top 10 films of the year. Seriously?!?

    • Jimmy

      i mean… it is possible for a movie to be good without making money

  • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

    Brave and Dark Shadows shouldn’t be on the worst list I feel. And where’s The Avengers? I loved Hunger Games as much as the next fan, but The Avengers was a more exciting, better film all around. Did they see it? I don’t think Chronicle belongs up that high, I saw it twice and the second time wasn’t as impressive. And though I loved Prometheus, putting it before Moonrise Kingdom doesn’t seem right with all its plot holes and gimmicky ending. I also would put 21 Jump Street in my top 10, because it’s a brilliant comedy that is still funny the second time, but I can understand why that one isn’t there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=696295987 Joseph Saba

    Where’s The Avengers?

  • http://frankifoni.tumblr.com/ Frankie94

    I completely agree with Man on a Ledge being a crap movie. While it was a little bit thrilling and slightly entertaining, I nearly died of embarrassment because of Sam Worthington’s acting. I think his not-so-American accent did it for me, making the movie completely unbelievable. I know accents are supposed to be difficult or something, but if you are a professional actor, you should try to be good at them. That being said, Tom Hiddleston, and amazing Shakespearean actor has a shocking American accent as well.

    While I don’t agree with all of these selections, I respect your opinions, Jeremy, and your reviews are always in the top three I look at before I see a film. :D

  • http://buzzhub.tk/ Lucien

    Best- Avengers, Moonrise Kingdom, Hunger Games, Ted, MIB3
    Worst- A Thousand Words, Dark Shadows, Brave, Carnage, This Means War

  • jamesyd

    dark knight as got to be my favourite, here’s my list for anyone interested
    http://www.infobarrel.com/Best_Films_of_2012_so_far

  • MOVIE GEEK

    I COMPLETELY DISAGREE WITH EVERYTHING YOU GOT WRITTEN THERE. “MAGIC MIKE” #4 BEST MOVIE??????? ARE YOU MAD??????? ” BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD” #1 MOVIE. I JUST WENT THRU ALL THE COMMENTS ON THIS PAGE AND I DON’T THINK I FOUND NOT 1 PERSON WHO AGREES WITH YOU.

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