5. PIXAR AND BRAVE
It wasn’t as though it was a terrible movie, it just wasn’t in the realm of what I think all of us have grown to expect from Pixar. The story felt lazy and done before, the fable and morality lesson too obvious, and while the voice overs were charming and animation as usual exemplary, the film itself could have passed as one of Dreamworks mediocre pieces.
4. JOHNNY DEPP
You are one of the most talented and brilliant character actors of the past several generations. You are handsome, charismatic, intriguing, mysterious, and talented. Men and women alike adore you. Please stop doing Tim Burton films. You all need to move on from each other and challenge yourself elsewhere.
3. SAM WORTHINGTON
A personal irritation watching Chris Hemsworth, my sparkly eyed scruffy manly man, and the chiseled Adonis that is Channing Tatum be so successful in roles that I felt he could be so good at, and knowing his career may finally have had it’s moment and like Vin Diesel, not really ever be able to gain the momentum he started with.
2. JOHN CARTER
Not that I found the movie to seem so great, or the trailers even all that epic, but my oldest son and plenty of America certainly thought it looked awesome and glorious. I figured at the very least it would be action/fantasy eye candy, and I couldn’t even stomach that. It’s a rarity that I won’t finish a movie no matter how terrible it was, but John Carter failed my attempts at watching it FOUR times. Shame on you.
1. SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN
Unlike John Carter I was psyched about this movie, the cast, the director, the trailers completely changed my thoughts on a Snow White movie, and I was really excited to see it. To no fault of Charlize Theron or Chris Hemsworth this film sank because of Kristen Stewart and her absolutely horrid monotone souless performance. I wanted her to die, I wished for her to be one of the sacrifices in Cabin In The Woods. No such wish was granted, and I’ve only come to the conclusion that she in fact may be a sociopath with no soul. That is all.
5. MAGIC MIKE
With Channing Tatum as a lead and a movie about male strippers, the advertisements obviously geared towards bored middle aged housewives that haven’t gotten taken to the sack properly in a long time was a complete turn off, however when I remembered Soderbergh was at the helm, and I have a soft place for my surfer dufus that is MM, I sat down and was pleasantly surprised. It had it’s faults, but overall was a really good film, and hey for the guys out there, there was just as much boobies as there was half naked men.
4. 21 JUMP STREET
Another Channing Tatum film, but also a movie that I didn’t really think would translate from 80’s charm to a feature film. I certainly didn’t anticipate laughing my big fat ass off as much as I did. It was quirky, charming, and had a great sense of humor about itself, never taking it too seriously. I’m a huge fan.
3. MIB 3
Was it a stellar brilliant piece of film making? Absolutely not, but it was damn well better than it had a right to me after the atrocity that was MIB 2. Some of that cheese and lack of ingenuity was still present, but Smith proved what a real lead man still is and turned on the charm flawlessly, the time continuum stuff was fun, and Josh Brolin was brilliant. And there was a “unicorn”. I’m sold. Good family movie.
To the rest of you that’s Joseph Gorden Levitt. It’s not that I underestimated his ability to act, but I certainly did to LEAD, and he not only was a strong lead man in an action/sci-fi flick, but he took that movie away from the great Bruce Willis, and there is something to be said for that, because that man couldn’t have been anymore in his niche. It didn’t hurt that it was one of my favorite movies of the year either.
1. MICHAEL FASSBENDER
Now, my learning curve on his talents and his “endowments” is much slower than some of you movie fans, but I had high expectations and he fully exceeded them on Prometheus, the film that I still love and hate at the same time. There was no questioning his low key, subtle, and intense performance showing a very different interpretation of androids than our preconceived notions about “Ash” and “Bishop.” He was incredible and it was by far one of my favorite performances of the year.
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