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Two of my most anticipated films heading into the year were undoubtedly The Dark Knight Rises and Prometheus. How strange it is then to see that neither came close to making this year end summation. Technically both films were exquisite, and demonstrated the visual prowess of two industry giants, but were unfortunately marred by some truly hackneyed writing. The theme of disappointment was continued in Disney / Pixar’s Brave which, while quite cute, failed to live up to its proud lineage of animation greats (Up, Wall-E, Ratatouille, et al.) Imagine my surprise then when I found myself enjoying the remake of 21 Jump Street and Tony Gilroy’s continuation of the Jason Bourne saga better than all three of these sure fire bets.
Big Directors showed up in a predictably big way in 2012. Paul Thomas Anderson, against all odds managed to get his latest effort, The Master, a brilliant look into the psychology of cult behavior, out amidst the a studio system that considers such a topic taboo. Quentin Tarantino continued his quest to rewrite American history in his own bloody image in Django Unchained and did so with fantastic style and visual flourish. Wes Anderson brought his usual charm to the beautiful and touching Moonrise Kingdom. Rian Johnson proved that he can’t be pigeonholed into any particular genre as he quite masterfully tackled heavy science fiction in Looper. The list goes on and on.
All said and done, 2012 brought with it some truly fine cinema with a few head scratchers mixed in for good measure. Looking forward, 2013 looks to be going for broke with Stoker, Only God Forgives, The Place Beyond the Pines, Before Midnight, The World’s End, Inside Llewyn Davis and The Wolf of Wall Street to name a few. Plus some pretty terrific looking popcorn fare like Man of Steel, Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness and Pacific Rim.