If you’re like me, watching so many films year in and year out can lead to a diluted memory, especially with the slew of mediocre films available. However, every now and then even the lamest of films makes a lasting impression. Below are the Top 10 moments from 2012 movies that have etched an indelible memory onto my brainpan. It should go without saying, but ahead there be spoilers.
10. Haywire – Losing the Hotel Deposit
Reaching way back to the start of 2012, I still recall the mood set by Gina Carano and Michael Fassbender as they get down and dirty. It’s brutal and violent and perfectly continues the realistic tone set for the tale of this betrayed solider’s fight to survive. Plus it sets Carano up as a force to be reckoned with in many, many more action films to come.
09. Snow White and the Huntsman – The Queen, a Murder of Crows, and Puddle of Black Goo
I can’t say that I found the story of Snow White and the Huntsman all that engaging, but it had some of the most exhilarating visuals of 2012. Especially for a movie one wouldn’t expect them from. The single-most impressive moment is when Ravenna, having tricked the dreary Snow White, morphs into a murder of crows, returns to her castle where they morph into a wicked pool of obsidian goo from which Ravenna emerges. It’s a sensational visual effect and why I’m cheering for this underdog at the Oscars.
08. Take This Waltz – The Roller Coaster Ride that is Margot’s New Life
Folks are getting a lot of mileage out of the nude scene from Take This Waltz, but I’ve got an even better moment for you. Margot’s wish comes true and, in a brilliant sequence, director Sarah Polley illustrates through camerawork and time lapse how the thrilling and exciting view from the other side of the fence quickly becomes the same all-too-familiar entrapments.
07. Cabin in the Woods – Our Hero Goes for Help
I had my doubts about The Cabin in the Woods going in, and even throughout the first third of the film. Then the curtain is pulled back to reveal the cleverness of it all and I was double-fisting popcorn ’til the end. My favorite moment is when 2012’s ubiquitous hero, Chris Hemsworth, saddles up to go get help. Audiences have been forewarned of the dangers ahead, but the buildup to his failure and all the bouncy sadness that follows is unforgettable.
06. The Expendables 2 – Vilain emphasizes his “point”
Seeing Jean Claude Van Damme back on the big screen was a 2012 highlight for me. As Vilain, he casually threatens Barney and his crew of what will happen if they interfere with his diabolical plans and to punctuate his threat, he gives Barney’s massive blade the patented JCVD leg treatment into poor Billy. Funny thing is, had he just not been such a show off, he wouldn’t have had such hell rain down upon him.
05. Moonrise Kingdom – The Innocence of True Love
Mad props to Wes Anderson for this moment. Though the idea of two adolescent teens escaping to a secluded beach to romp around in their underwear is hard not to be seen as sexual, Anderson illustrates just how pure and innocent the love between Sam and Suzy is.
04. The Raid: Redemption – Two Brothers, One Mad Dog
Scrawny and diminutive, Mad Dog doesn’t look like much of a match for Rama. Then he goes and allows Rama to release Jaka from his shackles to take them both on. But neither of them are laughing when Mad Dog comes off his chain! Thanks to those most phenomenal seven minutes, I expect we’ll be seeing a lot more of Yayan Ruhian in the future.
03. Wanderlust – “Fixins’ ta fuck ya” Pep Talk
On the whole, the laughs were few and far between in Wanderlust, but when Linda gives George permission to sleep with the hottest woman in the commune, he can’t believe his luck and I still can’t forget the hilarity. Rudd’s comedic genius shines as he gives himself a little sex pep talk before offering up his prowess to Eva.
02. Magic Mike – “Stick It”
The bandana, the speedos, the banana-colored belly shirt. As Dallas, McConaughey owns every ounce of this moment wherein he teaches Adam the finer points of male stripping. It’s a spectacular, mesmerizing performance on par with Burt Reynolds’ Jack Horner in Boogie Nights. I am still upset McConaughey was snubbed his supporting actor nod.
01. The Avengers – “I’m Always Angry”
And with those simple words amid the chaos of the invading Chitauri Army, mild-mannered Dr. Bruce Banner unleashes the massive green awesomeness known as the Hulk and regulates on a giant flying alien worm ship. A shining brilliant moment in a terrific film.
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