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BOT: THE REVISITING -- TOP 25 of 2012 | accursed Nolanites are triumphant again

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The lists have been tabulated, the movies have been ranked, the write-ups are almost done. Me and @Tele Came Back will be revealing the top 25 now.

 

I will take 25-21, Tele will do 20-11, I will do 10-6 and then the top 5 for Tele again.

 

I will start 25-21 in about 15 minutes' time.

 

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The final top 25 (along with point totals):

 

1 The Dark Knight Rises 499.5
2 Silver Linings Playbook 466.5
3 The Avengers 459
4 Life of Pi 410.5
5 Django Unchained 401
6 Skyfall 338.5
7 Argo 321
8 Wreck-It-Ralph 299
9 21 Jump Street 295
10 The Hunger Games 287
11 The Raid 268.5
12 Zero Dark Thirty 265
13 Looper 265
14 Perks of Being a Wallflower 261.5
15 Lincoln 234
16 Cloud Atlas 229
17 Moonrise Kingdom 202.5
18 The Grey 188
19 The Master 174.5
20 Pitch Perfect 131.5
21 Beasts of the Southern Wild 118.5
22 Dredd 112.5
23 Cabin in the Woods 111.5
24 Les Miserables 105
25 The Impossible 105
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#24 (Tie)

 

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The Impossible
written by: Sergio G. Sanchez, from a story by Maria Belon
directed by: J.A. Bayona
starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland 


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Number of first-place votes: 0 

IMDB synopsis: The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

 

Tomato meter: 81%, 7.3/10 average rating  

 

Academy Awards: 0 wins, 1 nomination 

Even though this is an English-language film, it’s actually a co-production between two Spanish companies, and employed most of the crew from THE ORPHANAGE.

Director J.A. Bayona chose not to specify the nationalities of the main characters to emphasize the universal nature of the experience. Despite this, the film came under some criticism upon release that the protagonists were all played by British or Australian actors despite being Spanish in real life. But regardless of criticism, the film was very positive and it grossed 180 million worldwide (on a budget of about 45 million). 

Random critic comment: “An intense and compelling family melodrama from Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona that sets a new standard for disaster cinema.” —Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com 

Random RTM comment: “This is a really touching/emotional film. The tsunami scenes are absolutely incredibly well done and real. Watts definitely gives a top notch performance, as well as Tom Holland.” — @acsc1312

 

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Les Miserables
written by: William Nicholson & Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg & Herbert Kretzmer, based on the stage musical by Boublil and Schonberg (which was based on the novel by Victor Hugo)
directed by: Tom Hooper
starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne 


  
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Number of first-place votes: 0 

IMDB synopsis: In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever. 

Tomato meter: 69%, 6.9/10 average rating 

Academy Awards: 3 wins, 8 nominations 

Les Mis is one of the most famous and popular musicals in the latter half of the 20th century, and the story has been adapted into film and TV multiple times (not to mention, of course, that the musical itself is an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel).

 

Director Tom Hooper chose to have the cast sing “live” and not re-record in post-production — he felt this would give rawer, more emotional performances. The result was a bit of a mixed bag, depending on each actors’ singing ability, but it paid off in spades for Anne Hathaway, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Fanzine. The final movie wasn’t quite as well received critically as was expected, but it was a huge international hit regardless, grossing 441 million worldwide. 

Random critic comment: “One of the most emotionally devastating and gratifying movies I've ever seen.” —Joy Tipping, Dallas Morning News 

Random RTM comment: “It's a masterpiece of a movie, cinematography was fine, it was emotional and well made. ” — @riczhang

 

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Les Miserables
written by: William Nicholson & Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg & Herbert Kretzmer, based on the stage musical by Boublil and Schonberg (which was based on the novel by Victor Hugo)
directed by: Tom Hooper
starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne 


  
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Number of first-place votes: 0 

  

IMDB synopsis: In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever. 

  

Tomato meter: 69%, 6.9/10 average rating 


Academy Awards: 3 wins, 8 nominations 

  

Les Mis is one of the most famous and popular musicals in the latter half of the 20th century, and the story has been adapted into film and TV multiple times (not to mention, of course, that the musical itself is an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel).

Director Tom Hooper chose to have the cast sing “live” and not re-record in post-production — he felt this would give rawer, more emotional performances. The result was a bit of a mixed bag, depending on each actors’ singing ability, but it paid off in spades for Anne Hathaway, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Fanzine. The final movie wasn’t quite as well received critically as was expected, but it was a huge international hit regardless, grossing 441 million worldwide. 

  

Random critic comment: “One of the most emotionally devastating and gratifying movies I've ever seen.” —Joy Tipping, Dallas Morning News 

  

Random RTM comment: “This is a really touching/emotional film. The tsunami scenes are absolutely incredibly well done and real. Watts definitely gives a top notch performance, as well as Tom Holland.” — @acsc1312

 

tom holland and naomi watts were so good in les mis, i agree.

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The Cabin in the Woods
written by: Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard
directed by: Drew Goddard
starring: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford 


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Number of first-place votes: 0 

IMDB synopsis: Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods. 

Tomato meter: 92%, 7.9/10 average rating 


Academy Awards: 0 wins, 0 nominations 

Joss Whedon and his good friend Drew Goddard felt the horror genre had “devolved” into torture porn, and the two of them wanted to satirize and put a new spin on horror movies. 

Whedon dubbed CABIN IN THE WOODS a “loving hate letter” to the genre. The movie was produced for about 30 million and was originally slated to open in 2010. MGM pushed the release to 2011 so they could convert it to 3D, but in mid-2010 the studio ran into financial trouble and delayed the release indefinitely. Finally MGM sold the movie (along with the RED DAWN remake) to Lionsgate, who promptly released it in 2012. The film garnered near-universal praise and was a modest success at the box-office (at best), grossing 66 million worldwide. It captured a greater audience on home video and quickly attained cult status. 

  

Random critic comment: “Ranks among one of the most wryly self-aware works of American pop culture entertainment in years.” —Eric Kohn, IndieWire 

  

Random RTM comment: “A highly enjoyable mindscrew of a movie. Goddard and Whedon's conceit is just so wonderfully twisted and is a lot more fun to imagine than just simply waiting for a bunch of hot young teens to get gruesomely murdered. I don't think I'm ever going to be able to take horror movies seriously again after seeing it.” — @tribefan695

 

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Dredd
written by: Alex Garland, based on characters created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra
directed by: Pete Travis
starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey 

 

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Number of first-place votes: 0 

IMDB synopsis: In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug Slo-Mo. 

Writer Alex Garland first began work on the script for DREDD in 2006, although the movie wasn’t formally announced in development until 2008. Garland worked through his first draft during the post-production period of SUNSHINE, and finished it while serving as executive producer on 28 WEEKS LATER.

A group of international financial partners put up about 45 million to cover the production and the movie was shot and produced in South Africa. The film ran into some minor controversy during post-production when the LA Times reported that director Travis had been barred from the edit bays following a series of creative disagreements between him and producers and other executives. Garland took over the post-production process and felt he had made enough of a contribution to seek a co-directing credit (unusual because he had never directed a feature before). Travis had been removed from participating in editing but still was monitoring the process, and he and Garland managed to resolve their immediate disagreements and put out a joint statement that they had agreed on an “unorthodox collaboration” before production began. Garland withdrew his co-director claim and Travis remains the sole directing credit on the finished product. 

Tomato meter: 78%, 6.5/10 average rating 

Academy Awards: 0 wins, 0 nominations 

Random critic comment: “It's savage, beautiful and loads of fun.” —Joel Arnold, NPR 

Random RTM comment: “It was a fucking blast. I seriously haven't walked out of the theater grinning like that in a LONG time. It was just really well made all around.” — @Ozymandias
 

 

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Okay so I guess I tend to notice things way after everybody else does sometimes LOL. Just realized that the director of The Impossible is the one directing Jurassic World Part 2.

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Beasts of the Southern Wild
written by: Lucy Alibar & Benh Zeitlin, based on the stage play by Alibar
directed by: Benh Zeitlin
starring: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry 

 


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Number of first-place votes: 1 

IMDB synopsis: Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. 
  

This tiny independent film was put together by a filmmaking collective led by director Benh Zeitlin called “Court 13”. The cast was largely non-professional and had never acted before, and in fact Dwight Henry (who plays the protagonist’s father) had never planned on acting and wasn’t seeking an acting career.

He owned a bakery across the street from the casting agency and developed a relationship with the filmmakers, who often came over to eat breakfast or lunch. Despite his lack of experience, Henry delivers a powerful performance, in part from what he described as his personal experience from living through Hurricane Katrina (as an adult) and Hurricane Betsy (as a two-year-old). Despite (or perhaps because of) coming together in such a unique way, the movie was a big hit at festivals and a surprise box-office success, grossing 21 million worldwide. Even more impressively, it received four major Oscar nominations, including Best Director, Best Picture, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. 

  

Tomato meter: 86%, 8.2/10 average rating 


Academy Awards: 0 wins, 4 nominations 

  

Random critic comment: “Beasts of the Southern Wild is sheer poetry on screen: an explosion of joy in the midst of startling squalor and one of the most visceral, original films to come along in a while.” —Christy Lemire, Associated Press 

  

Random RTM comment: “I loved this movie. Its an absolute joy to watch.” — @Jack Nevada

 

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