Posted on Friday, December 21st, 2012 by Germain Lussier
Around this time every year, for as far back as I can remember, I pick and write about the ten movies I’m most looking forward in the coming year. Here on /Film I did it for the movies of 2011 as well as the movies of 2012 and, in the coming days, I’ll do it for 2013.
Before that, though, we thought it would be fun to look back at the films I chose as my ten anticipated for this year and see how well I did. Did any of these films make my top ten of the year? Did they at least meet expectations? Check out some of my embarrassing, and not so embarrassing, picks after the jump.
Much as I did last year, we’re going to go in descending order. I’ll list the movie then decide, with a simple YES or NO if it warranted such a coveted spot. Reviews are linked when I wrote them.
First the runners up, very quickly: John Carter (NO), This is 40 (NO), World War Z (Delayed), Gangster Squad (Delayed), Wreck-It Ralph (YES), Lincoln (YES), The Amazing Spider-Man (NO), Brave (NO), American Reunion (NO), Looper (YES). Admittedly, not a good start. But it got better with the real ones.
10. Les Miserables – (YES) Out of the ten films I picked as my most anticipated, this is one of the two I’m most proud of in retrospect. The film opens in a few days and, if you saw my review, I absolutely adored it. It’ll most certainly be on my top 10 of the year and a true contenders at the Oscars. When I picked it, there wasn’t even a photo yet. Read my review here.
9. The Hunger Games – (YES) As a fan of Suzanne Collins’ novels, I knew The Hunger Games had the potential to be a big hit. But I had no idea just how big. It was one of the year’s most successful films and will have its follow-up released in late 2013. The film itself was solid (read my review here) but even though I was looking forward to it, no one could have predicted its massive success.
8. Moonrise Kingdom – (YES) It’s hard not to get excited for a film by Wes Anderson, especially with a cast like this one. Still, I was right on the mark. Moonrise Kingdom is fantastic, a definite best of the year contender. And while my review was criticized for harping on some minor flaws, those aside, I still feel Anderson made a fantastic movie.
7. Ted – (YES) Here’s the movie I’m most proud of myself for putting on this list. If you look in the comments of my original article, people definitely took issue with me choosing this. What happened? The movie was hilarious (read my review here) and became the biggest comedy of the year.
6. Django Unchained – (YES) Another super solid pick, if I do say so myself. Again – it was hard to go wrong picking a film by Quentin Tarantino, but when Django opens next week, everyone will see a master filmmaker on the top of his game. It’s more straight forward than his usual fare, but Tarantino plays the audience beautifully. Great film.