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The 2012 Biggie Awards

The 23rd Annual Biggie Awards

aka The Biggies

for achievements in film for the year 2011

MMXI (that’s 2011 in Roman numerals, noobs), it was a strange year at the movies. Very strange indeed. For the first few months of the year, I thought it might end up being the worst overall year for the number of quality films in my adult life. Though there were a couple nice surprises early on (The Lincoln Lawyer, The Adjustment Bureau), it wasn’t until April that I finally saw a movie I truly loved (Hanna). After that, we went most of the rest of spring and almost the entire summer without a truly great movie, which instead was an unending string of disappointments and bland sequels. And I mean real bland, bland by even modern Hollywood standards (I mean, even Pixar made a subpar movie this year). That includes almost all of the major summer “tentpoles”. The big Marvel Avengers tie-in comic book flicks (Thor, Captain America) were both okay, but just okay. Then there was Green Lantern, which can only be described as godawful. I’m still having nightmares over the fact that a giant cloud of diarrhea was a villain in a movie that cost more than $250 million. Michael Bay continued crushing the memory of my childhood heroes with another shitty mess of a Transformers movie (Dark of the Moon, which was only 8.2% better than that atrocity Revenge of the Fallen), while Todd Phillips followed up one of the greatest comedies ever made (The Hangover) with an offensively lazy sequel that was almost literally a carbon copy of the first. I wanted more from J.J. Abrams‘ much-hyped Super 8 (hated the creature design, hated the ending), and although I enjoyed X-Men: First Class, it didn’t hold up as well upon a second viewing recently on Blu-ray.

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Can We Talk About the Second Tintin Trailer for a Minute?

For reference purposes, watch this (switch video quality to 720p) before reading ahead:

I’ve written a lot here and there about my lack of excitement for The Adventures of Tintin, the much-hyped 3D performance capture CG-animated collaboration between director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson. Most All of that discussion has been negative due to my inherent hatred of both 3D and CG-animated performance capture movies. Actually, I’ve been bitching about it since the day the project was announced. Literally. To sum up what I’ve said in fragments in other posts; I believe this was an immense waste of time for everybody involved, from Spielberg to Jackson to the actors to composer John Williams, all the way down to the brilliant people at Weta Digital in New Zealand whose computers brought this film life. The plan has always been for Spielberg to direct this first movie, and if it did well enough, Jackson would direct a sequel soon after. I’m sure there are some people out there excited about those prospects, but I am not among them. The movie has actually opened already in several other countries (the UK included), but won’t open in the U.S. until December 21. I know, you can’t wait.

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