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(Den Of Geek)   10 underrated film performances of 2012. If you don't agree with this article, Liam Neeson will punch more wolves in the face   (denofgeek.com) divider line 63
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2012-12-19 05:07:25 PM
I only saw The Grey out of all of those films and I thought it was pretty damn good. You need an impressive attention span to stay attentive during some of the parts, but it's a great film. 
 
2012-12-19 05:14:38 PM
List fails without David Strathairn in Lincoln. I don't know if it was just casting, but with Daniel Day Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones getting most of the attention for this film, there was a lot of great work from smaller roles. Everyone I've known who's been into history has cited Strathairn as a standout. Also, Jared Harris is in the film for under five minutes as Ulysses S. Grant, and sells the role completely.
 
2012-12-19 05:21:17 PM
I heard that the issue with The Grey was that he doesn't punch enough wolves in the face.
 
2012-12-19 05:24:22 PM
Also "Goon" was one of the best movies I've seen this year, and definitely underrated.
 
2012-12-19 05:25:12 PM

WhoIsWillo: List fails without David Strathairn in Lincoln.


David Strathairn is all sorts of awesome. He needs to get heartier roles.
 
2012-12-19 05:37:06 PM

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: David Strathairn is all sorts of awesome. He needs to get heartier roles.



I absolutely agree. He was, by far, the best part of We Are Marshall, a movie I enjoyed more than most people.
 
2012-12-19 09:16:26 PM

WhoIsWillo: I absolutely agree. He was, by far, the best part of We Are Marshall, a movie I enjoyed more than most people.


Even in guest roles (like that one episode of Monk where he played the villainous chessmaster), he's still boss.

I really liked what he did in Good Night, and Good Luck.
 
2012-12-19 09:56:08 PM
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2012-12-19 09:59:32 PM
The Grey was an ok movie but the sequential deaths were stupid. Two guys could've easily died at once.
 
2012-12-19 10:00:31 PM
Matthew McConaughey in Killer Joe.
Tom Hanks in Cloud Atlas (I want to see an entire movie based on the writer character he played).
 
2012-12-19 10:04:29 PM

WhoIsWillo: List fails without David Strathairn in Lincoln. I don't know if it was just casting, but with Daniel Day Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones getting most of the attention for this film, there was a lot of great work from smaller roles. Everyone I've known who's been into history has cited Strathairn as a standout. Also, Jared Harris is in the film for under five minutes as Ulysses S. Grant, and sells the role completely.


In addition to the above, I was impressed by the guy who played Wood as well.
 
2012-12-19 10:05:42 PM
I thought just about everyone in End of Watch was very good (even actors I'd previously dismissed like Anna Kendrick seemed to step up)
 
2012-12-19 10:06:27 PM
I liked the movie John Carter.
/Fark off haters
 
2012-12-19 10:10:12 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: I liked the movie John Carter.
/Fark off haters


More people seemed upset about the title than the actual movie. The movie was ok, I didn't turn it off or anything.
 
2012-12-19 10:13:56 PM
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2012-12-19 10:17:52 PM
Goon was awesome.
 
2012-12-19 10:21:42 PM
The Grey was awesome and the ending was perfect.
 
2012-12-19 10:22:42 PM
 
2012-12-19 10:26:57 PM

Popcorn Johnny: The Grey was awesome and the ending was perfect.


I teared up, but then again my basement is a bit dusty most days.
 
2012-12-19 10:30:31 PM

scottydoesntknow: Also "Goon" was one of the best movies I've seen this year, and definitely underrated.


Agreed, it only showed on two theaters here in Chicago, but I loved every minute of it. Even my lady friend thought it was hilarious. Great movie. It should've been bigger. It was the best movie about face-punching, swearing, face-punching, prescription drug abuse, swearing, and face punching of the year.

/have ya got any percocets?
 
2012-12-19 10:36:29 PM

carnifex2005: In addition to the above, I was impressed by the guy who played Wood as well.


That was Lee Pace, of Pushing Daisies. And yes, he was fantastic. As were Stephen Spinella and the always fantastic Walton Goggins.
 
2012-12-19 10:45:47 PM
The Grey made northern wolves look like some kind of huge werewolf- a man-eating scourge that roams the arctic wastelands. I know suspending reality for a movie is often required, but come the fark on. Plus the stupid river death at the end just pissed me off since it was avoidable but seemingly required to serve a very shallow plot. Still thought it was a decent flick for a late Friday night.
 
2012-12-19 10:46:20 PM
SWS have a great performance in Goon. I have newfound respect for him. Mcconoghey in killer joe was excellent as well. Both guys impressed me with a range I didn't know they had
 
2012-12-19 10:53:02 PM
I had to stop watching Goon because of Jay Baruchel's character, or Baruchel himself (I'm not sure which). I made it through about half the movie. Premium Rush was one of the better movies I've seen this year (it was basically like watching a Rockstar video game play out, with missions and everything). I didn't like The Grey. John Carter was kind of dumb, okay really dumb, but still better than the Avengers. I'll watch it again in two years when they show it on TNT three times in a row. I want to see Life of Pi. Haven't seen any of the others.
 
2012-12-19 10:54:16 PM
I've heard The Grey is fantastic, but I still haven't gotten around to seeing it... I guess because it's supposed to be a bit depressing.
 
2012-12-19 10:59:29 PM
Liam neeson is a shiatty actor
 
2012-12-19 10:59:43 PM

sonnyboy11: The Grey made northern wolves look like some kind of huge werewolf- a man-eating scourge that roams the arctic wastelands. I know suspending reality for a movie is often required, but come the fark on. Plus the stupid river death at the end just pissed me off since it was avoidable but seemingly required to serve a very shallow plot. Still thought it was a decent flick for a late Friday night.


The man vs. wild best conflict often has supernatural undertones. Think moby dick.
 
2012-12-19 11:06:47 PM
While I didn't care too much for the film, Guy Pearce was frigging excellent in Lawless.
 
2012-12-19 11:07:12 PM
Liam Neeson is a character actor. Nothing wrong with that, but it seems silly to praise his performance when he's playing the same character he always plays.
 
2012-12-19 11:07:47 PM

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Malcolm McDowell and John Waters? Oh yes, I'm going to have to see this.
 
2012-12-19 11:16:51 PM

myusernameisariddle: Liam neeson is a shiatty actor


He's good in some things. He has a particular set of skills.
 
2012-12-19 11:36:02 PM
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2012-12-19 11:37:11 PM
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/courage wolf: B3ST. M3M3. EV4R!
 
2012-12-19 11:47:11 PM
The Grey was only a little less depressing than The Road. I liked it a lot, but there's no way in hell I could watch it again. The Goon was AWESOME. Perks of Being a Wallflower was one of the best coming of age movies I've ever seen. It skillfully avoided most of the teen movie cliches.

/Going to watch Premium Rush real soon.
 
2012-12-19 11:57:08 PM

sonnyboy11: The Grey made northern wolves look like some kind of huge werewolf- a man-eating scourge that roams the arctic wastelands. I know suspending reality for a movie is often required, but come the fark on. Plus the stupid river death at the end just pissed me off since it was avoidable but seemingly required to serve a very shallow plot. Still thought it was a decent flick for a late Friday night.


Personally, I look at the wolves as not even being real. Ottway died in the plane crash. (Or what some people suspect, ate his rifle.) Now he is stuck in limbo with walking, talking personifications of aspects of his personality. God, who he cursed and lost faith in, is the wolves. And He is killing the personifications as punishment for Ottway's lack of faith and ego. Which is why, God didn't answer Ottway when he prayed in the end. He had His own plans. The whole movie can be seen as one man's struggle with the God he almost seemingly loathes.
 
2012-12-20 12:28:44 AM
The Grey is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. The plot is simplistic and shallow, follows the same progression until its conclusion (dialogue, death, dialogue, death) and its survival aspects are laughably inaccurate. I understand the need to suspend disbelief, but that's no excuse to insult your audience.

But, then this movie tries to pretend it has depth with the most pretentious dialogue I've seen from mainstream releases. Every exchange comes off as fake, the movie constantly reminds you you're watching a movie! Again, no regard for a semblance of realism.

You get the sense that the movie wants to effect you emotionally, but it just doesn't work because the characters and their plight never seem real. Cap it off with a terrible non-ending and the only genuine emotion your feeling is anger for wasting two hours of your time.
 
2012-12-20 01:00:16 AM
Roger Ebert had an intense atypical reaction to The Grey:
 
http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120125/R EV IEWS/120129984 
 
2012-12-20 01:07:17 AM

browneye: Roger Ebert had an intense atypical reaction to The Grey:

http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120125/R EV IEWS/120129984


IIRC he walked out of the next film because he felt it was unfair to write a review of it after seeing The Grey.
 
2012-12-20 01:18:17 AM

FutureWars: The Grey is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. The plot is simplistic and shallow, follows the same progression until its conclusion (dialogue, death, dialogue, death) and its survival aspects are laughably inaccurate. I understand the need to suspend disbelief, but that's no excuse to insult your audience.

But, then this movie tries to pretend it has depth with the most pretentious dialogue I've seen from mainstream releases. Every exchange comes off as fake, the movie constantly reminds you you're watching a movie! Again, no regard for a semblance of realism.

You get the sense that the movie wants to effect you emotionally, but it just doesn't work because the characters and their plight never seem real. Cap it off with a terrible non-ending and the only genuine emotion your feeling is anger for wasting two hours of your time.


Consider yourself fortunate if The Grey is one of the worst movies you've seen.
 
2012-12-20 01:26:46 AM

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I love that, partly because that dog is the spitting image of one I had as a kid.
 
/RIP, Shep.
 
2012-12-20 01:46:55 AM

WhoIsWillo: List fails without David Strathairn in Lincoln. I don't know if it was just casting, but with Daniel Day Lewis and Tommy Lee Jones getting most of the attention for this film, there was a lot of great work from smaller roles. Everyone I've known who's been into history has cited Strathairn as a standout. Also, Jared Harris is in the film for under five minutes as Ulysses S. Grant, and sells the role completely.


Strangely enough, I also really enjoyed James Spader in Lincoln.
 
2012-12-20 01:59:44 AM

browneye: Roger Ebert had an intense atypical reaction to The Grey:

http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120125/R EV IEWS/120129984


this
1. made me watch the grey
2. made me hate roger farking ebert

the grey was a pretty normal farking movie
 
2012-12-20 02:17:13 AM
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2012-12-20 02:28:28 AM

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2012-12-20 02:45:53 AM
I just finished watching Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. How can one not like a film about a US president killing Civil War vampires with an axe and silver bullets?
 
2012-12-20 03:05:00 AM
Wait. I just saw in Ebert's review that there's another shot after the credits. Does anyone know what it was?
 
2012-12-20 03:17:01 AM

LDM90: Wait. I just saw in Ebert's review that there's another shot after the credits. Does anyone know what it was?


Link
 
2012-12-20 03:32:28 AM
For a wolf expert he sure didn't know much about wolves...also, they had a knife, they had bootlaces, they had plenty of sticks...why not make spears? If cavemen can figure out how to stay alive why couldn't he? I know it's a movie and if they did everything right, then the movie would be boring...but not to at least address the idea of building spears or staying with the plane feels like it detracted a lot from a really good movie.
 
2012-12-20 03:34:15 AM

LDM90: Wait. I just saw in Ebert's review that there's another shot after the credits. Does anyone know what it was?


There is at the 1:57:12 mark. It's really brief - only about 5 seconds. A close up of a wolf's back as it lies on it's side. The wolf's breathing is labored, slowly in and out. Resting on top of the wolf's shoulder is the top of what looks like Ottway's head as if he were lying on his back. I can't tell if Ottway is alive or not.
 
2012-12-20 03:37:54 AM

moothemagiccow: LDM90: Wait. I just saw in Ebert's review that there's another shot after the credits. Does anyone know what it was?

Link


I should really know better by now.
 
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