Sven's Watched in 2012

by 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.

Director: Scott Spiegel | Stars: Kip Pardue, Brian Hallisay, John Hensley, Sarah Habel

Votes: 26,991

Jan 1

Better than the 2nd, but not as good as the 1st. 5/10

2. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)

G | 90 min | Documentary, History

86 Metascore

Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Werner Herzog, Jean Clottes, Julien Monney, Jean-Michel Geneste

Votes: 14,702 | Gross: $5.23M

Jan 1

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

25 Metascore

A young man sets out to uncover the truth about his life after finding his baby photo on a missing persons website.

Director: John Singleton | Stars: Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, Jake Andolina

Votes: 74,893 | Gross: $28.09M

Jan 1

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

64 Metascore

A story centered on the friendship between a boy and a dolphin whose tail was lost in a crab trap.

Director: Charles Martin Smith | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr., Nathan Gamble

Votes: 21,806 | Gross: $72.29M

Jan 2

Good story. Not so good everything else. 6/10

5. Soul Surfer (2011)

PG | 112 min | Biography, Drama, Family

53 Metascore

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.

Director: Sean McNamara | Stars: AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood

Votes: 44,162 | Gross: $43.85M

Jan 2

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

47 Metascore

A complex story of a misaligned man, though good intent, creating a nightmarish Dystopian existence.

Director: Tarik Saleh | Stars: Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis, Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård

Votes: 7,314

Jan 2

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

81 Metascore

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.

Director: Mike Mills | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic

Votes: 86,145 | Gross: $5.79M

Jan 3

Good movie. Far from exciting, but nice original subject matter. Better than expected. 7/10

8. Hunger (2008)

Not Rated | 96 min | Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Stuart Graham, Laine Megaw, Brian Milligan, Liam McMahon

Votes: 63,764 | Gross: $0.15M

Jan 3

Best Steve McQueen movie since The Great Escape. ;) 6/10

9. Jurassic Park (1993)

PG-13 | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

68 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 831,755 | Gross: $402.45M

Jan 3

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

47 Metascore

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.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Henry Hopper, Ryô Kase, Schuyler Fisk

Votes: 17,157 | Gross: $0.16M

Jan 4

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

59 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 365,865 | Gross: $229.09M

Jan 4

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

66 Metascore

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.

Director: Justin Kurzel | Stars: Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris, Bob Adriaens

Votes: 16,505 | Gross: $0.01M

Jan 4

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

64 Metascore

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.

Director: Ti West | Stars: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis, Alison Bartlett

Votes: 32,294 | Gross: $0.08M

jan 5

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.

Director: Aaron Harvey | Stars: Malin Akerman, Nikki Reed, Deborah Ann Woll, Forest Whitaker

Votes: 16,385 | Gross: $0.00M

Jan 5

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 »

Director: Marvin Kren | Stars: Michael Fuith, Theo Trebs, Anka Graczyk, Emily Cox

Votes: 5,095

Jan 5

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

36 Metascore

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.

Director: Gavin Wiesen | Stars: Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Sasha Spielberg

Votes: 55,351 | Gross: $1.43M

Jan 5

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

41 Metascore

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.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching | Stars: Jet Li, Shengyi Huang, Raymond Lam, Charlene Choi

Votes: 7,922 | Gross: $0.02M

Jan 5

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.

Director: Ho-Cheung Pang | Stars: Josie Ho, Ching Wong, Helen To, Man Jan San

Votes: 4,661

Jan 6

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.

Director: Jay Lee | Stars: Jade Dornfeld, Amara Zaragoza, James Duval, Eddie Rouse

Votes: 2,864

Jan 6

Very fun chick kills everyone kinda movie. 8/10

20. Tyrannosaur (2011)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama

65 Metascore

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.

Director: Paddy Considine | Stars: Peter Mullan, Archie Lal, Jag Sanghera, Mike Fearnley

Votes: 29,565 | Gross: $0.02M

Jan 6

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

57 Metascore

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.

Directors: Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg | Stars: John Cho, Kal Penn, Neil Patrick Harris, Rob Corddry

Votes: 128,487 | Gross: $38.09M

jan 7

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.

Directors: Sean Hogan, Andrew Parkinson, Simon Rumley | Stars: Luke de Lacey, Holly Lucas, Siubhan Harrison, James Oliver Wheatley

Votes: 2,916

jan 8

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.

Director: Antonio Negret | Stars: Jim Caviezel, James Frain, Elisabeth Röhm, Diora Baird

Votes: 10,538

Jan 9

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

85 Metascore

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.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong

Votes: 181,843 | Gross: $24.15M

Jan 9

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.

Director: Min-suk Kim | Stars: Dong-won Gang, Soo Go, Eun-chae Jung, Da-kyeong Yoon

Votes: 1,476

Jan 9

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 »

Director: Steven Nesbit | Stars: Jennifer Bryer, Jane Buckle, Christine Howe, Joel Jackson

Votes: 140

jan 11

Horrible, horrible, and even more horrible. 2/10

27. Johnny English Reborn (2011)

PG | 101 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

46 Metascore

Johnny English goes up against international assassins hunting down Chinese Premier Xiang Ping.

Director: Oliver Parker | Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Rosamund Pike, Dominic West, Roger Barclay

Votes: 116,528 | Gross: $8.31M

Jan 12

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

35 Metascore

Soon after moving into their seemingly idyllic new home, a family learns of a brutal crime committed against former residents of the dwelling.

Director: Jim Sheridan | Stars: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts, Elias Koteas

Votes: 61,986 | Gross: $21.28M

jan 12

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

62 Metascore

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.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard

Votes: 412,091 | Gross: $169.71M

Jan 13

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.

Director: Chris Briant | Stars: Steven Waddington, Tony Becker, Dianna Agron, Chris Briant

Votes: 2,013

jan 15

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.

Director: Olallo Rubio | Stars: Edward Furlong, Peter Coyote, Miguel Ferrer, Edi Gathegi

Votes: 646

jan 15

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

72 Metascore

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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch

Votes: 142,790 | Gross: $79.88M

jan 15

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

85 Metascore

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.

Directors: Joe Berlinger, Bruce Sinofsky | Stars: Gary Gitchell, Todd Moore, Dana Moore, Pam Hobbs

Votes: 8,945

Jan 15

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

59 Metascore

In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home.

Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman | Stars: Chloe Csengery, Jessica Tyler Brown, Christopher Nicholas Smith, Lauren Bittner

Votes: 88,309 | Gross: $104.01M

Jan 17

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

83 Metascore

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.

Director: James Marsh | Stars: Nim Chimpsky, Stephanie LaFarge, Herbert Terrace, Wer LaFarge

Votes: 8,084 | Gross: $0.41M

Jan 17

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

61 Metascore

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.

Director: Tony Goldwyn | Stars: Hilary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Melissa Leo, Thomas D. Mahard

Votes: 41,257 | Gross: $6.78M

jan 18

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 »

Directors: Caroline du Potet, Éric du Potet | Stars: Anne Parillaud, Arthur Dupont, Thierry Frémont, Jean-Hugues Anglade

Votes: 1,367

jan 18

Decent french thriller. 7/10

38. The Descendants (2011)

R | 115 min | Comedy, Drama

84 Metascore

A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Amara Miller, Nick Krause

Votes: 228,766 | Gross: $82.58M

jan 18

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

37 Metascore

A French journalist in Afghanistan is kidnapped by the Taliban.

Director: Stéphane Rybojad | Stars: Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou, Benoît Magimel, Denis Ménochet

Votes: 17,487 | Gross: $0.01M

jan 19

Not bad. Interesting that it has 2 actors from Inglorious Basterds in it. 5/10

40. Warrior (2011)

PG-13 | 140 min | Drama, Sport

71 Metascore

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.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton, Jennifer Morrison

Votes: 423,057 | Gross: $13.66M

jan 20

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

46 Metascore

A woman leaves the farm and enters the unknown.

Director: Calvin Reeder | Stars: Lindsay Pulsipher, Robert Longstreet, Matt Olsen, Lynne Compton

Votes: 623

jan 20

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