Sven's Watched in 2012by svenning123 | created - 01 Jan 2012 | updated - 23 Nov 2013 | Public
Movies and TV shows I've watched in 2012
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1. Hostel: Part III (2011 Video)
R | 88 min | Horror
Four men attending a bachelor party in Las Vegas fall prey to the Elite Hunting Club, who are hosting a gruesome game show of torture.
Better than the 2nd, but not as good as the 1st. 5/10
2. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)
G | 90 min | Documentary, History
Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity.
Votes: 14,519 | Gross: $5.23M
Very interesting subject, but needed either more detailed information or to be 40 minutes shorter. The part with the albino crocs was pointless and lost credibility for Herzog. 6/10
3. Abduction (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Mystery, Thriller
A thriller centered on a young man who sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.
Votes: 74,284 | Gross: $28.09M
Sandra summed it up best "it started off bad, then got really good, then got really bad" 4/10
4. Dolphin Tale (2011)
PG | 113 min | Drama, Family
A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.
Votes: 21,519 | Gross: $72.29M
Good story. Not so good everything else. 6/10
5. Soul Surfer (2011)
PG | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Family
Teenage surfer Bethany Hamilton overcomes the odds and her own fears of returning to the water after losing her left arm in a shark attack.
Votes: 43,294 | Gross: $43.85M
Terrible acting from Helen Hunt and Dennis Quaid. Lead actress was good, and not just because she looks like Lindsay Lohan. 6/10
6. Metropia (2009)
TV-14 | 86 min | Animation, Drama, Mystery
A complex story of a misaligned man, though good intent, creating a nightmarish Dystopian existence.
I usually don't like movies with animation that tries to look realistic (see waking life or polar express) , but I really liked the animation in this one. 7/10
7. Beginners (2010)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer and that he has a young male lover.
Votes: 85,559 | Gross: $5.79M
Good movie. Far from exciting, but nice original subject matter. Better than expected. 7/10
8. Hunger (2008)
Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Drama
Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike.
Votes: 63,139 | Gross: $0.15M
Best Steve McQueen movie since The Great Escape. ;) 6/10
9. Jurassic Park (1993)
PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A pragmatic paleontologist visiting an almost complete theme park is tasked with protecting a couple of kids after a power failure causes the park's cloned dinosaurs to run loose.
Votes: 819,509 | Gross: $402.45M
Just got the Blu Ray in the mail, so wanted to re-watch this one. Its as good as ever. I have to say it is disappointing to not even hear a single MF from Samuel L Jackson. 8/10
10. Restless (I) (2011)
PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Romance
The story of a terminally ill teenage girl who falls for a boy who likes to attend funerals and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII.
Votes: 17,058 | Gross: $0.16M
Definitely not Gus Van Sant's best movie. Didnt really like characters and couldnt get into the story. 5/10
11. The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
PG-13 | 129 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
A research team is sent to the Jurassic Park Site B island to study the dinosaurs there, while an InGen team approaches with another agenda.
Votes: 361,031 | Gross: $229.09M
The first one is definitely better, but this one makes up for a slightly lacking story with lots more dino fighting and Godzilla moments. 7/10
12. The Snowtown Murders (2011)
Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.
Votes: 16,246 | Gross: $0.01M
I was excited to see this one as it was one that I missed seeing at TIFF. Turned out to be a disappointment. Very slow. 5/10
13. The Innkeepers (2011)
R | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay.
Votes: 31,999 | Gross: $0.08M
I watched this based on Mike's review. I agree with Mike's assessment, slow burn, but good in the end. My rating however is a bit lower. 7/10
14. Catch .44 (2011)
R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama
3 women are sent to intercept a major drug deal at a diner at 3 AM and get the money. Simple - save for Murphy's law: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
Votes: 16,274 | Gross: $0.00M
It's funny that Bruce Willis is so prominently featured on the poster for the movie since he is only in the movie for about 5 mins. I enjoy watching anything with Malin Ackerman in it, but this was pretty bad. 3/10
15. Rammbock (2010)
R | 63 min | Action, Drama, Horror
Just when Michael arrives in Berlin to visit his ex-girlfriend Gabi, a terrible virus starts spreading across the city at a rapid pace, turning people into mindless homicidal maniacs. Much ... See full summary »
Another one recommended by Mike. Nice and short. Kept a good pace throughout the hour. Alot of movies could learn from that. So many movies are ruined by being 30-40 mins too long. There is definitely nothing wrong with a movie being 60 mins long. 8/10
16. The Art of Getting By (2011)
PG-13 | 83 min | Drama, Romance
George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who has made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, is befriended by Sally, a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.
Votes: 54,924 | Gross: $1.43M
There was something enjoyable about this movie despite it being Supremely blah. Maybe it was just Emma Roberts. 5/10
17. The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011)
PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Fantasy, Romance
A master monk tries to protect a naive young physician from a thousand-year-old snake demon. A contest of psychic powers results in mayhem.
Votes: 7,860 | Gross: $0.02M
I don't think I can find the words to explain how terrible this was. I was expecting Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, but it turned out to be more Chronicles of Narnia: The Tiger, the Dragon and the Wardrobe. Terrible visual effects, terrible make-up, terrible cgi. Terrible. 3/10
18. Dream Home (2010)
Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
Cheng Li-sheung is a young, upwardly mobile professional finally ready to invest in her first home. But when the deal falls through, she is forced to keep her dream alive - even if it means keeping her would-be neighbors dead.
Interesting look at the housing market, and killing, and blood. 8/10
19. Alyce Kills (2011)
Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Thriller
After accidentally knocking her best friend off a roof, Alyce is haunted by guilt and delves into a brutal nightmare wonderland of sex, drugs and violence, her mind tearing itself apart along with anyone else who gets in her way.
Very fun chick kills everyone kinda movie. 8/10
20. Tyrannosaur (2011)
Not Rated | 92 min | Drama
Joseph, a man plagued by violence and a rage that is driving him to self-destruction, earns a chance of redemption that appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker.
Votes: 29,317 | Gross: $0.02M
No matter what the title suggests, this is not a Jurassic Park sequel. Slow going movie, but pretty good nonetheless. Both of the lead actors were good. Seems like something that stands an outside chance at an acting nom. 6/10
21. Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (2008)
R | 114 min | Adventure, Comedy
After being mistaken for terrorists and thrown into Guantánamo Bay, stoners Harold and Kumar escape and return to the U.S., where they proceed to flee across the country with federal agents in hot pursuit.
Votes: 127,685 | Gross: $38.09M
We watched (part of) the top 100 music videos of the decade. After being disappointed with the idea that much music has of a good video this movie came on. We decided to keep it on in the background as we made dinner and ate. Its good enough for that. 5/10
22. Little Deaths (2011)
Not Rated | 94 min | Horror
Composed of three disturbingly sensual and terrifying short narratives, unified by the twin themes of sex and death.
3 kinky stories involving killing and sex. Can't go wrong with that. Unless you forget to hire good actors. Not bad anyway. 5/10
23. Transit (I) (2012)
R | 88 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A gang of bank robbers hide their loot in the car of a family going camping. They chase down the family to kill them and get the loot back, but run into a fight.
Never heard of this movie. Not bad actually. Decent action thriller with a not so original story. 6/10
24. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
R | 122 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley (Gary Oldman) is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6.
Votes: 179,887 | Gross: $24.15M
I guess it was pretty good, but I had a really hard time getting into it. Seemed very slow. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for it but I might have been a 9 for me if it had been 20-30 mins shorter. 7/10
25. Haunters (2010)
Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Cho-In can control other people's minds when they are within his field of sight.Except one man.
Wow 50 titles in 9 days. This one wasnt too bad. Didnt know much about it going into it, but it was a fun thriller. A few laughs to go with it. 6/10
26. Curio (2010)
Not Rated | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Supernatural thriller, featuring 'Pink Floyd with Fangs' soundtrack by the UK's no 1 musician Graham Coxon. What started out as a bonding holiday between an American mother recently ... See full summary »
Horrible, horrible, and even more horrible. 2/10
27. Johnny English Reborn (2011)
PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
Johnny English goes up against international assassins hunting down Chinese Premier Xiang Ping.
Votes: 115,159 | Gross: $8.31M
About as bad as you might expect. Some funny parts but mostly just bad. I definitely like him much better as Mr Bean. 4/10
28. Dream House (2011)
PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Soon after moving into their seemingly idyllic new home, a family learns of a brutal crime committed against former residents of the dwelling.
Votes: 61,432 | Gross: $21.28M
Better than expected. Turned ou t to be an average thriller, rather than the below average horror I was expecting. 6/10
29. The Help (2011)
PG-13 | 146 min | Drama
An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African American maids' point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis.
Votes: 407,277 | Gross: $169.71M
I wasn't really interested in seeing this movie, but decided to watch it based on all the Oscar buzz its been getting. I'm glad that I did. It definitely deserves all the buzz its getting. Great performances by all and a great story. 9/10
30. The Hunters (2011)
R | 111 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller
A new police officer wants to meet up with somebody in an abandoned fort in the woods. What he doesn't know is that the place also serves as a meeting point for a group of hunters - whose prey aren't animals.
Story is OK. Acting is pretty bad. 4/10
31. This Is Not a Movie (2011)
Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy, Drama
Twisted, apocalyptic satire, THIS IS NOT A MOVIE envisions the end of the world through the bi-polar mind of a strung-out pop-culture addict. Starring Edward Furlong and Peter Coyote, with a jagged, atmospheric score from Slash.
OK. So first off I watched this thinking it was This Is Not A Film. It was not. Instead is was one of the worst 'movies I've ever seen. Edward furlong at his worst (I know thats not saying much). Somebody out there probably thinks this is creative and artistic. They are wrong. Its very rare that a give a 1/10, but I will for this because IMDB won't let me give a 0. 1/10
32. War Horse (2011)
PG-13 | 146 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.
Votes: 141,296 | Gross: $79.88M
A bit slow and majorly cheesey at parts, but otherwise quite good. 8/10
33. Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)
Not Rated | 121 min | Documentary, Crime
A further followup of the case of the West Memphis Three and the decades long fight to exonerate them that finally gained traction with new DNA evidence.
Very compelling documentary. Kept me interested for the full 2 hours. Might consider watching Paradise Lost 1 & 2 at some point. I hope to see this one earn a nomination. 8/10
34. Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)
R | 83 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home.
Votes: 87,672 | Gross: $104.01M
These movies seem to get a bit better each time. I didn't really like the first one at all. The 2nd one wasnt so bad. The 3rd one I actually liked. It started out slow while it was building up, but then the last half or so was entertaining along with a few good scares. 7/10
35. Project Nim (2011)
PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary
Tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s.
Votes: 8,048 | Gross: $0.41M
Interesting documentary, but very sad pretty much from start to end. I guess I should also mention how eerily similar the storyline of rise of the planet of the apes is to the progression of Nim. 8/10
36. Conviction (II) (2010)
R | 107 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A working mother puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother, who has been wrongfully convicted of murder and has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders.
Votes: 40,933 | Gross: $6.78M
Good movie based on a true story of somebody who goes through law school to try to get her brother, who she believes is innocent, out of prison. Very similar story to Paradise Lost 3. 8/10
37. In Their Sleep (2010)
Not Rated | 84 min | Horror, Thriller
Sarah and her husband have moved to a house in the country; their son, Loic, a college student, chaffs at the isolation and a tragedy occurs. A year later, Sarah lives alone in the house; ... See full summary »
Decent french thriller. 7/10
38. The Descendants (2011)
R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama
A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.
Votes: 227,330 | Gross: $82.58M
Well scripted, well acted. Pretty slow going. I can see it getting nominations, but I'm surprised it won the best drama golden globe. The help was definitely better than this. The ids of march and money all were at least more entertaining. 7/10
39. Special Forces (2011)
R | 109 min | Action, Drama, War
A French journalist in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban.
Votes: 17,336 | Gross: $0.01M
Not bad. Interesting that it has 2 actors from Inglorious Basterds in it. 5/10
40. Warrior (2011)
PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, Sport
The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother.
Votes: 417,815 | Gross: $13.66M
Didn't expect much out of this movie. Similar story line to The Fighter except with MMA instead of boxing. I enjoyed this one as much(or more) than the fighter. Good performances by all the main cast. 8/10
41. The Oregonian (2011)
Not Rated | 81 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A woman leaves the farm and enters the unknown.
Like a David Lynch film without all the good stuff like acting and directing. One thing I can say is that it has the best scrambled eggs in an open wound scene of any movie I've seen. 3/10
42. The Big Year (2011)
PG | 100 min | Comedy