The genre movies of 2012 were plentiful, but the quality was less so. I attended more theatrical films this year than I have for many years. Partly, so that I could write more timely reviews for this blog, but also because I had been anticipating most of them long enough that I knew I didn't want to wait the extra four months before being able to rent them on disc. As I have written in this blog in the past, I am also a firm believer that if, as a genre fan, you wish more Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror films to be made, the best way to tell the film industry to do this is by seeing these films at the theater, where most of the profit for films is still made.
Here is a list of all the genre films I saw in 2012 and most of them I reviewed here in GOTG! I have listed them from best to worst, using my numerical grading system to place them in order.
THE CABIN IN THE WOODS - 96
JOHN CARTER - 96
PROMETHEUS - 95
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN - 95
TOTAL RECALL - 91
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES – 90
MEN IN BLACK 3 - 90
IRON SKY – 90
RED LIGHTS – 89
RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION - 88
UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING - 87
THE HUNGER GAMES - 86
DETENTION - 85
CHRONICLE - 82
BATTLESHIP - 82
DREDD – 80
ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER – 79*WEREWOLF: THE BEAST AMONG US – 78 *
BAIT – 75 *
STARSHIP TROOPERS: INVASION – 72 *
NAZIS AT THE CENTER OF THE EARTH – 70 *
THE TALL MAN – 65 *
THE DIVIDE – 63
* These films were not reviewed on GOTG! either from lack of time or lack of interest. I still have a difficult time mustering up the effort to write reviews of bad or boring films.
I’m looking forward to 2013 and the many genre films that will be released. At the top of my most anticipated genre movie releases for 2013 are: Pacific Rim, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Iron Man 3, Ender's Game, Elysium, Riddick, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Thor: The Dark World, The Man of Steel, World War Z, Oblivion, I, Frankenstein, and though technically not a SF, Fantasy or Horror film - Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
I’d like to apologize ahead of time because this year I will not be reviewing every genre movie that I see in this blog. I almost made my goal of doing so in 2012 and even then I omitted a few – although only one of them was a theatrical viewing. I find the process of writing film reviews to be more work than fun and my primary goal in starting this blog was to have fun. The most pleasure I get from writing film reviews is the comments that I receive on them and lately there have been fewer than I would like. I hope that it is not the quality of the reviews themselves that have caused this sparsity of comments; but rather the ridiculous CAPTCHAs that Blogger uses to prevent spammers from posting comments. I find these extremely irritating and they have definitely reduced the number of comments that I post on other people’s blogs.
I will still be posting my opinions, my interests and the Zombzany videos on GOTG! I will also still be writing film reviews if time and interest permits.
Thank you to all the followers of this blog for reading and contributing comments to it and to anyone else who has taken the time to read or leave comments here.
Happy 2013 everyone!