Brent’s Top Ten Movies Of 2012

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Cabin in the Woods

Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, and Chris Hemsworth in Cabin in the Woods (2011) Movie Image

“Cabin in the Woods” came as close to making me feel like I described above as any movie this year. It’s best to go in not knowing anything in advance (the same can be said of most movies, but this one especially), and this Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard team up delivers the goods. The smartest, wittiest love note to the horror genre you’ll see anytime soon, watching “Cabin in the Woods” is like putting together a puzzle. You get bits and pieces, but without context they don’t mean much. However, as the spaces fill in, the bigger picture becomes clear, and each reveal becomes a real revelation. Part horror, part comedy, part deconstructionist essay on genre tropes, “Cabin in the Woods” is just what horror needs.

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Author: Brent McKnight

Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight
  • Juggernaut

    Great list. A few of my personal faves like The Avengers and Cabin in The Woods and some like The Raid and Haywire which I have been meaning to check out with. Even the swerve, Pitch Perfect, which I loved.

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    Nicely done, agree with several of your choices.
    Did my list two or three days ago
    http://www.wicgeeks.com/t52069278/aegons-top-ten-films-of-2012/

    • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

      Nice list.

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

    Good list. Nice choices and the few that I haven’t seen I either already wanted to see or they were on my to see list anyway. Good stuff.

  • Eagle Eye

    Nice list, but about “The Avengers”, i happen to care about Hawkeye, DUDES AWESOMEEEEEEE!!!

    Favorite 3 Super-Heroes Hawkeye, DeadPool, Spider-Man :D

    • Juggernaut

      I’m torn between agreeing with you and Brent about Hawkeye. He is one of my favorite characters in the Avengers comics. However, his personality in the comics is so close to the movie version of Ironman that it seemed like Whedon just didn’t have any dialogue to give him. I loved his look and the nod to the comics having him essentially be a villain first before becoming a hero and joining the team. Hopefully he finds a niche in the next appearance. I vote for a Hawkeye and Black Widow spin-off film in the future.

    • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

      It’s not that I don’t like Hawkeye (in all honesty I was just trying to be funny, though I knew that would raise some hackles), but he’s by far the least developed character (most of the work on him actually comes through Black Widow’s response to him), and honestly, I didn’t miss him. Maybe it’s just that there are so many other stories going on he gets lost, but I felt like if any of the others had been gotten such a short shrift, it would have hurt the movie.

      I also second Juggernaut’s sentiment down below, I’d love to see a Hawkeye/Black Widow movie, one where he gets his due.

      • Juggernaut

        You’re right he was definately not as developed as the other members of the team but it was bound to happen to one of them. I honestly thought that Whedon was going to short change Banner and Cap from some of the early previews that I saw. I was certain that it was going to be the Ironman & Friends movie. Lol. Glad I was wrong but some had to suffer and unfortunately that was Hawkeye. Even Widow had some cool interaction with Loki and the group. I’ve heard a lot of people asking if Hawkeye and Widow even needed to be included in the film at all since the weren’t technically “Superheroes”. I personally liked their inclusion and feel that with some better material they could bring a cool dynamic to future films in the series. I really think that in Avengers 2 Whedon will make more of an effort to write something for the character since there was such an outcry from the fans about his lack of developement in the first one. However, it is going to be a packed roster! All of the likely members will be back (Ironman, Cap, Hulk, Thor, Black Widow, Hawkeye) along with the possible addition of War Machine, Falcon and Ant-Man. It will be extremely tricky to let every character have a chance to shine.

        • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

          That’s going to be the hardest part with such a huge ensemble, making sure that everyone gets enough screen time. I’m curious to see how they pull it off with even more characters. No matter what, someone is going to get the shaft, and that’s going to piss some people off.

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

            If/when the Nick Fury and SHIELD movie gets made Hawkeye and Widow should feature heavily.

      • Eagle Eye

        Sorry, i didn’t mean to lash out at your article, its a good one, and i did understand with a joke, i hope i didnt come across rude :/

        But i agree with you guys, Hawkeye had great action scenes, that’s sure, but apart from the bit with Cap “It would be my genuine pleasure”, there were no moments where i thought, he is a great addition to the team dynamic…

        Lets hope in the sequel, they can tone down someone else and give Hawkeye a little more time to shine…

        • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

          No worries at all.

          You make a great point about him having nice action scenes, but there’s just very little to the character. And that is too bad, because Hawkeye is an awesome character in the comics.

          I think we’re all in agreement that we hope Hawkeye gets his due, either in AVENGERS 2 or perhaps in a Hawkeye/Black Widow spin off. That would be rad. He’s proven he can handle the kick ass side of things, now we just need to see a kick ass story to go along with it.

          • Eagle Eye

            Couldn’t say it better myself xD

          • Eagle Eye

            And by the way, did you like “The Amazing Spider-Man”?

          • http://twitter.com/BrentMMcKnight Brent McKnight

            I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t love it either. It was one of those movies I watched, it, mostly, kept my interest for a while, and I never thought about it once I left the theater. You?

  • Darrenjenner74

    i loved avengers more so than DKR. i was a bit dissapointed with banner/hulk tho. i thought ruffalo was far too bulky to play the thin, puny banner that ed norton played to perfection. to be honest i was just hoping for a hulk 3 and with ruffalo signing up for a few movies looks like i`m gonna get my wish, unfortunatley with ruffalo but beggars can`t be choosers.