2012 is almost gone, so it’s time to rattle off the 10 best movies for geeks that came out this year. Depending on your love of comic books this could have been one of the greatest years for movies in quite some time. Both The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises made more money than most third world countries produce in a year, and let’s not forget that Peter Jackson also released his Hobbit film. Without further adieu I’d like to present our Top 10 geeky movies of 2012 list. You’ve been needing to watch all of these…
Top 10 Geeky Movies of 2012
(Click on the title names to read full review/impressions)
10. The Hunger Games
I’ve never read the books, and don’t plan to, but the first film of the trilogy was quite entertaining. For having no prior knowledge of this series I had a great time watching the live action version, and can recommend it to anyone who may be on the fence. This isn’t just a series for women and children!
9. Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope
I don’t have a full review of this Morgan Spurlock and Friends documentary on geeks and the SDCC, but trust me, it’s well worth a viewing if you like Star Wars, Star Trek, Marvel, DC, etc, etc, etc. If you’ve never been to the SDCC this film is about as close as you can get without being there.
8. John Carter
Some of you may be making funny faces at this pick, but I truly enjoyed Disney’s epic John Carter flop. It’s one of those films that just makes you feel like a kid, and the world that Edgar Rice Burroughs first created in book form translated well to the big screen. If you’ve been avoiding this movie just because it got lambasted by some stuck up critics you’re doing yourself a disservice. Disney didn’t market it right, and that’s why it failed; not because it’s a sucky movie. Trust me. Just watch it on a rainy weekend afternoon and enjoy being transported to a new world.
7. Cloud Atlas
For some reason this is another sci-fi film that I absolutely loved, but most of the professional movie critics hated it. I think the Wachowski Bros. and the mega cast of stars did a fine job bringing this former novel to life. It’s a thought provoking movie that will keep you on your toes, but in the end it’s a story of redemption and love. If you like thoughtful films that have a flare of geek added to them, then Cloud Atlas will be right up your alley.
Old school action stars-a-plenty in a movie that only features bloody shoot outs and death? Yeah. This flick is meant to be watched by men across the globe. If you haven’t seen it yet and you have a set of balls, then you should chop them off.
At first glance this movie kind of let me down, but after two more viewings I actually think it’s a great sci-fi film. Just don’t go into it thinking that it’s a prequel to the Alien movies, because it’s not. Regardless, it’s a visual masterpiece that looks great in 3D. I think when it’s all said and done the Prometheus series will be a stalwart in the sci-fi genre.
Looper is a time traveling gangster flick with heart. It’s one of those movies that has great acting, great action, and a time traveling story that you can follow. Joseph Gordon-Levitt may look more odd than a dog with three legs, but he kicks ass alongside Bruce Willis, and they both get to star with the very sexy Emily Blunt, so everybody wins in Looper. It comes out on Blu-ray/DVD next week, so if you haven’t seen it yet make sure to grab it. You won’t be disappointed.
These next three movies are a toss up, and they’re honestly interchangeable at the #3, #2, and #1 spots, but based on my initial review ratings I have to give Chris Nolan’s final Batman film the third spot. This is a film that some fans hated, but I loved it. The first time I saw it I was full of emotion due to the way Nolan decided to wrap his trilogy, which is difficult to do for a comic book film. I think TDKR wrapped up the trilogy beautifully, and for now Christopher Nolan is hands down the king of gritty superhero films.
Once again this genius has managed to capture the world that Tolkien created all those years ago with perfection. I loved it in IMAX 3D, and I loved its use of the new 48 FPS camera technology. This movie proved that there really is a trilogy to be found in one book, and I can’t wait to see how the rest of the films play out. Again, ignore the haters and just go into this flick with an untainted mind. It’s awesome.
1. The Avengers
Like I mentioned earlier any of these top 3 movies could have taken the coveted #1 spot, but considering that I gave The Avengers a perfect score way back in May; I had to honor it with our top pick. Joss Whedon blew the comic book movie world to pieces with this epic superhero film that tied in multiple characters from Marvel’s Phase One movie projects. I saw it four times in the theater, and have watched it twice at home. It’s that damn good! Did I mention that it made a gazillion dollars too? If you haven’t watched this movie yet you truly aren’t a geek. Get your shit together and plan on watching this movie before the new year.
Thanks for checking out our Top 10 Geeky Movies list! Feel free to skewer our opinions in the comments section below, because that’s the fanboy thing to do!
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