A few days before the ceremony, the folks at Mondo advertised to the press that they would be placing several posters for Oscar-nominated films up for sale during the broadcast of the 85th Annual Academy Awards. They previewed the new collection – their second annual – with posters for The Master, ParaNorman and Les Misérables, with the promise to unveil several more during the Oscar telecast.
Over 40 million rankings have been made in 2012. You’ve added every movie you’ve seen from the year to your Flickchart, and pit them head-to-head against the best movies of all time. This breakdown of the year’s best is the result of each and every one of your rankings aggregated together to form the combined chart of the highest ranked, best movies of 2012.
Without further adieu – out of over 1000 total movies released this year – here are your current picks for the Top 20 of 2012:
Last year I decided it would be in my, and by extension your, best interest to do a year-end review in the Flickchartiest way possible. The four people who read it were very vocal about how it was an adequate way of spending their break at work therefore I decided to repeat the feat this year. Luckily for you I watched an absurd amount of movies this year – too many – and to make me feel like I didn’t waste much of my time and money I will be doing a series of battles throughout the next few weeks. To get us warmed up for the ensuing blood bath, the first movie will be about a bunch of teenagers killing each other…
Women Be Shootin’
The Hunger Games was the first big release box office wise of the year. While it seemed to satisfy most of the diehard fans of the franchise many people who hadn’t smashed through the books in 5 total days had reservations. The biggest complaint was that it took too many ideas from Battle Royale, but it also garnered a heavy amount of questions beyond potential idea borrowing. Why did the elite have such bizarre hair styles? Why did the citizens of District 12 give their children such dumb names? What the hell was going on in those shaky-cam action scenes? Am I not supposed to be disconcerted with the idea of children killing each other? Some of these complaints will be satiated by Gary Ross being replaced by a new director for the sequels. A director who hopefully doesn’t keep his camera at the end of a rope that he is swinging around in a circle above his head.
Not to be outdone in the “first” department, Brave was the first big disappointment of the year for most people. Pixar has been spoiling us for so long that when they released a movie that was simply “good” we as a society rejected it and marked it as a major let down. While it had its problems I still think it was a good movie and a nice change of pace from the normal princesses that young girls get to see in movies. It’s important that they see strong females on the screen whose sole purposes in life are not finding the perfect man.
The title is Brave but perhaps it ought to have been Proud. It is ultimately pride, not bravery, that lies at the heart of the latest Disney Pixar film. Scottish Princess Merida (voiced by Kelly MacDonald), a headstrong tomboy, has reached marrying age. Per tradition, the three other clans all submit their candidates for her hand. Tensions flare between Merida and her mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson), precipitating the young woman to run out into the forest to blow off some steam. There is where things take an unexpected turn. Merida encounters a witch, who sells her a potion to “change” her mother.
Pixar’s first cinematic fantasy tale featuring a female lead debuted its new teaser poster today. The film centers around a Scottish princess (Kelly Macdonald) who is an unruly, but skilled archer. When she accidentally defies a local custom, she brings chaos to her kingdom and must seek the wisdom of an old wise woman (Julie Walters) to set things right.
First-time feature director Mark Andrews explains: “What we want to get across [with the teaser poster] is that this story has some darker elements. Not to frighten off our Pixar fans – we’ll still have all the comedy and the great characters – but we get a little bit more intense here.” His previous directorial effort was the Pixar short One Man Band (the opening short to Cars), along with Andrew Jimenez.
Pixar’s Brave hits theaters next summer on June 22, 2012.
UPDATE: Watch the teaser trailer.