U.S. moviegoers spent around $10.8 billion at the nation’s movieplexes during this past year—a 6% increase over 2011’s haul of $10.2 billion.
Even more important, actual theater ATTENDANCE—bodies in seats was up 5% over last year and finally giving the industry something to smile about.
To that end I once again submit my picks and favorites that I had the pleasure of reviewing during the past year.
JACK’S Top 10 FAVES, BEST OF THE BUNCH:
# 2—MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS! Super hero fun that’s as good as it can get.
# 3—Director Sam Mendes‘ first crack at James Bond in SKYFALL—and a damn good one!
# 5—Ang Lee‘s wonderous fateful voyage of adventure and discovery in LIFE OF PI.
# 6—Christopher Nolan‘s epic Batman trilogy swan song THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. (Sadly it was overshadowed by a midnight massacre at the Cinemark in Aurora, Colorado.)
# 7—One of Denzel Washington‘s career BEST! Director Robert Zemeckis’ action-packed mystery thriller FLIGHT co-starring John Goodman and Don Cheadle.
# 9—THE MASTER, Paul Thomas Anderson’s fascinating 1950’s-set drama centering on the relationship of a charismatic intellectual (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and his faith based religious group. And the drifter (Joaquin Phoenix) who becomes his right hand man.
# 10—Seth MacFarlane‘s talking teddy TED starring Mark Wahlberg. WHY? Because it made me laugh. And boy did I need a good laugh in 2012.
First Runner Up Bonus Title: Richard Gere‘s Wall Street-like high finance drama and hedge fund thriller ARBITRAGE co-starring Susan Sarandon and Tim Roth.
And finally, an honorary tribute to a small movie that overcame some mighty big obstacles, THE CABIN IN THE WOODS. This sci-fi gem got lost for nearly three year’s in MGM’s bankruptcy and finally surfaced on the screen in 2012.
I can’t really say too much about it without giving it away. Suffice it to say that just when you think you know the story–YOU DON’T!
Rent it! It’s now on DVD. You’ll thank me for it later.