8 Overlooked Films from 2012 That Deserve a Second Look

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8 Overlooked Films from 2012

Not every film hits the mark. Hell, some films don’t even get the chance to take aim at the mark, either going straight to DVD or getting buried on some distributor’s shelf, only to finally sneak their way onto the shelves of video stores around the country (they still have those, right?) years later. Or dumped onto VOD without fanfare, as is the fashion nowadays. Just to be clear: I’m not saying these movies are great or destined for cult classic status, but in my very humble opinion, they are very watchable, and definitely deserve a second look if you skipped them the first time around for whatever reason.

In no particular order…

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Author: Nix

Editor/Writer at BeyondHollywood.com. Likes: long walks on the beach and Kevin Costner post-apocalyptic movies. Dislikes: 3D, shaky cam, and shaky cam in 3D. Got a site issue? Wanna submit Movie/TV news? Or to email me in regards to anything on the site, you can do so at nix (at) beyondhollywood.com.
  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Solid list. I haven’t seen a few on here that I really wanted to like Dredd, but you having Man With The Iron Fists on here makes me happy. I like Nix hope this will pick up as a cult classic. It wasn’t perfect but it was a very decent first outting for RZA as a director and was a fun Kung-Fu Homage.

  • ErickKwon

    Thanks for the heads up on “Baytown”. Fun little movie and felt like “Smokin’ Aces: The Tremor Bros.”

  • venom_aa

    I have Dredd in my top movies of the year. Only problem I might see with it its that you must see it in 3D to get the full potential of the movie, and this is coming from a guy that hates 3D. I really hope Dredd gets a deserved sequel

    • Gerard Kennelly

      the body language was amazing when dredd says ”she’s a pass”

  • Candysniper

    Get the gringo was pretty good I must say it had me hooked the entire time…man with iron fists had a horrible plot line in my opinion but the fighting was superb, brass body was an awesome villain and Rick yune was the best character in my view.

    • Gerard Kennelly

      I’ll get you a fu****** vet

  • WarlordofMarsGuy

    John Carter, It was and easy watch, and wasn’t too bad, not as bad as Conan. I wish they would have used a different title, it was dead in the water!!!!!

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      I definitely agree about John Carter. Definitely should’ve left the “Of Mars” part. Also I’ve said it time and again, it’s a victim of it’s own legacy. The JC books basically gave film makers lots of ideas which ended up in many of the prominent Sci-Fi flicks. That said Brad Bird would work for a Star Wars director.

      Have to disagree on Conan. I enjoyed it. Was it as good as the original? No, because the villains was under used, and the script wasn’t that good. But the action was pretty good, and Momoa was spot on as Conan and I wanted more of him and Artus.

      • Aegon the Conqueror

        Am I the only one that thinks the original Conan the Barbarian is a horrible movie? The only thing good about it was James Earl Jones. New Conan was a bit disappointing but liked the way Jason played him.

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          It wasn’t that it was a good movie persay but it was memorable. Especially because of James Earl Jones, but I agree Momoa was beast as Conan.

        • Darwin Rivers

          Blasphemer! The original Conan The Barbarian was an accidental masterpiece … and not just because of James Earl Jones (although he was great). Awesome, near-perfect musical score by Basil Poledouris. A script co-written by an early (and angry) Oliver Stone. The script was also co-written and directed by the great John Millus. And more importantly, the movie had a philosophy permeating it’s every frame. Conan opens with a Friedrich Nietzsche quote: “That which does not kill us, only makes us stronger.” Every scene that follows builds off this philosophical premise. Yes, the special effects and acting were minimalist … but that worked to Conan’s advantage. To this day, I consider it one of the greatest movies to come out of the ’80s … although that’s probably an indictment on the decade that was the 1980s.

          • Aegon the Conqueror

            You have a giant muscular piece of wood as the lead actor, there’s not much a of a story going on. And you are defending the movie by name dropping the guy who directed Alexander. Yeah that’s a very compelling argument right there.
            Action movies from the 80s are horrible! I finally got round to seeing the original Robocop and I must say it’s probably the archetype of 80s action flicks. A straightforward script with no twists, turns or surprises. Lots of blood and people getting chopped or blown to bits. A wooden actor in the lead who shows almost no emotion and whose acting can only be called robotic (although in this instance the lead character is a robot). And finally a villain whose actually more memorable than anything else in the movie.

          • Darwin Rivers

            Name dropping a guy who was one of Hollywoods greatest talents for many years before he jumped the shark, and 2 of the best screenwriters at that time. But basically, I’m defending the movie b/c I love it. And Conan had a philosophy I still reference to this day: when things get tough, persevere, get stronger, and ultimately overcome the obstacles in your life.
            However, I appreciate the rebuttal: it was intelligent and well thought out. BTW, I like Robocop too … but it’s no Conan.

          • Aegon the Conqueror

            Well their careers must’ve spiked before my time, I’m a child of the 90s you see.
            Ah, that must’ve been in the days before saying stuff like that got cheesy. You are allowed to think it though.
            I appreciate your civil response, too many times I’ve seen a simple difference of opinion break down into a name calling session.
            So gratitude.

          • Darwin Rivers

            Gratitude to you too Aegon. Yeah, I’m a child of the 70s, I guess. I saw Conan when I was around 14, so it caught me when I was real impressionable. So I’m not saying it’s perfect … But there are certain elements of the movie that stayed with me.

            Re: Oliver Stone, with “Platoon”, and “Wall Street”, he was one of the most heralded directors in the 80’s. But by the late 90’s, he just kind of fizzled out.

          • Max X

            I never understood why you kids think you can come on here and trash old movies/actors from the 80’s when you weren’t even around at the time! I hate to break it to ya but if you’re 35 n under then you have no place raggin on movies from the 80’s. Your opinions hold no credibility. Any comment and or argument you try to make is invalid and should not be takin seriously!

            Good day sir!

        • Max X

          I’m sorry but if you’re 35 n under then you have no place raggin on such a classic film. Your opinion holds no credibility.

  • NM2000

    So “The Day” looks like they just took the post-apocalyptic cannibal house seen from “The Road” added more cannibals, and stretched it out over 2 hours.

    • David Nathaniel

      The Day wasn’t amazing, but it’s definitely worth a look.

  • Geeksoncaffeine

    Dredd…saw it…TWICE! this film begs for a sequel featuring the baddies from the comic, like Judge Death or the Angel Gang, that made it one of the greatest comic series ever. All indications are that this will depend on the sales of the DVD and the buzz it generates. The good news is that Dredd cost $40 million to make, so part two could be produced at that budget level…though obviously a bigger budget could make it that much better!

    I’m doing my part and buying a copy as soon as it hist the shelf! Buy one for yourself! You will not regret it!

    • mjwannabe

      My brother harped on me to watch Dredd and I would not watch it cause it just didn’t appeal to me. I finally broke down and watched it a few weeks ago and now I am kicking myself for not giving it a chance when it was in theaters. I immediately bought my own copy. Awesome flick.

    • Mr Spock
    • Bri

      The original Judge Dredd movie with Stallone was silly but fun. The reboot of Dredd was utter and complete garbage.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        Funny cause the CREATOR says the exact opposite but okay. Won’t lie the original had the look, and if it had continued the way it started it would’ve been perfect, but it fell off a HUGE cliff. Especially with him taking the helmet off, and Rob Schneider being involved. Him and Stallone had bromance or something cause he was equally annoying in Demolition Man even with a smaller part.

        • Bri

          In terms of staying true to the original, I’m sure the reboot is more faithful. My issue with the reboot was a complete lack of plot, story or character development. It ended up being an uninteresting 90 minutes of shooting people. If I wanted that I’d pick up a video game.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            See that’s the thing the world is the character in Dredd. Since Dredd himself is the faceless representation of the Law. Judge Anderson could’ve/should’ve gotten more background maybe but what we got can be fleshed out later. Story was as it should’ve been straight forward police situation gone horribly wrong. If the film isn’t your cup of tea I get that, but it was pretty much exactly what fans wanted. Granted an extra 15 min to add to something wouldn’t have hurt but they were low on budget.

  • Interrocitor

    First – Mel Gibson belongs in a Mexican prison, not a movie about a being in a Mexican prison. Secondly, Mel would never go to Mexico cause its full of dirty immigrants who haven’t managed to jump the fence yet – remember? He’s a racist.

  • Critic

    Dude, this list is disappointing. Put good movies on this list, not gory blood baths that suit only gory blood bath movie-goers. Boo.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LAVODUSZ2FEAQOYU6NOCI6TREI James F

    The Tall Man was absolutely terrible.

    • odiasura

      It was one of the worst movies I’ve seen in 2012. Second only to Cloud Atlas probably.