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Seems like a good day to list my favorite films from last year. Of the ones I saw at least. Which is becoming less and less the further I make my way into fatherhood.

Really though, only films I'm kinda bummed I missed were (in order) Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, Lincoln, and Perks of Being a Wallflower (which admittedly are all films that'll be just as good (or bad) in my living room anyhow). But at least I'm finally seeing Django Unchained this weekend! So anyhow, again, here are my faves of the ones I saw.



  1. The Avengers
  2. Cloud Atlas
  3. Wreck-it Ralph
  4. Moonrise Kingdom
  5. Cabin in The Woods
  6. The Hobbit
  7. Skyfall
  8. John Carter
  9. Dark Knight Rises
  10. Brave
  11. ParaNorman (had to add it!)

For 2013 I'm most looking forward to Star Trek Into Darkness! I'm sure there's some other stuff coming out too but not as important.
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smokesomelime Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So glad you have Cabin in the Woods on your list. Such a great movie : D
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mikemaihack Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional General Artist
was so fun!
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PadawanLinea Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The Avengers, Wreck it Ralph, and Dark Knight Rises are my top 3 for the year. Especially Ralph; I haven't been this excited over an animated film in a looooooong time!
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mikemaihack Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
it was one of those rare films that every act was better than the last. i thought those didn't exist anymore!

(avengers was also like this)
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PadawanLinea Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Agreed!! Just when you think "it can't get any better than this!" the movie tops itself! Here's hoping there's more films like that in the coming year!
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LittleJohn312 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
I'm glad I wasn't the only person that enjoyed John Carter. I started feeling like something was wrong with me. I've seen it a few times now and really enjoy it a lot.
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mikemaihack Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
i know a lot of people who liked it! just all the cool folks i guess. ;)
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AndrewKwan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
When I took a quick look I was wondering if you'd checked out Django and then I kept reading. Hope you like it! I haven't met anyone who hasn't. I still need to check out Moonrise Kingdom and Brave for myself.
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mikemaihack Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Looking forward to it!
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Oh man, John Carter over Looper? Crazypants.
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mikemaihack Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Looper left me feeling all bitter. Specially as a new father. Actually enjoyed the new Men in Black over that when it came to time travel movies this year. More fun. ;)
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caanantheartboy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Artist
I don't know if you enjoy indy comedies at all, Mike, but I'm gonna give you some anyway, based on your placement of Moonrise Kingdom up there.

Safety Not Guaranteed is brilliant. As it escalates, you're not sure if they're gonna go there, but they do. Oh, they go there! ...Also, Your Sister's Sister and Friends With Kids are really smartly written. Ruby Sparks is funny, thought provoking, and mildly disturbing (it would have been a very different film if it were written by a dude), and The Giant Mechanical Man will appeal to any artist out there.

I have to say for 2013 I'm most looking forward to Edgar Wright's new comedy, The World's End. :)

(Paranorman was amazing! For me, I almost felt like I was a kid again in the 80s.)
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mikemaihack Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
I actually do enjoy indie comedies. The more dry the better I think. I get bored when everything is spilled out for me. So i'll check those out!

Looking forward to World's End too! Anything by Wright is worth watching. I think 2013 is going to be the year of End of the World movies. There's like at least 10 coming out.
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Redcavalier Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Argo was really good! And I'm hoping to catch Silver Linings Playbook sometime too. And did you see Looper? Cuz man, I loved Looper
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mikemaihack Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
I did see Looper, but it left me all bitter feeling. Didn't like the whole killing kids aspect to it. Was super hyped to see it too! Ah well. That, Prometheus, and Hunger Games all disappointed me.
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Redcavalier Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ah ok. I get taht. And yeah I thought that part of it was really heart wrenching, and really drew an emotional response from me. Part of why I liked it, along with the other great stuff about it. But to each their own! Haha, and yeah I was disappointed by Hunger Games too. I think the overly shaky shaky-cam really annoyed me along with some of the creative choices they made. Like the appearance of the mutts at the end. And what was wrong with Prometheus? I think I'm one of the few people who liked it. Haha, but I've also never seen Alien/Aliens before
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mikemaihack Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Prometheus LOOKED great. And for that I was actually artistically inspired by the whole production. But story and character wise, well... there were problems. ;)
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Cheetaur Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Wreck it and Brave are up for best animated movie...;)
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mikemaihack Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
I know! And ParaNorman. Good list this year.
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Twitchyteleporter Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
You Americans are sooo lucky, Silver Linings Playbook isn't even in cinemas here yet. Is Moonrise Kingdom any good, I'm thinking of watching it?
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mikemaihack Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Haha. Well, it's number 4 on my list so *I* thought it was good. ;)

Wes Anderson is my fave director tho so I'm completely biased.
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Amaniwolf Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I'll need to see Cloud Atlas, Moonrise Kingdom and Cabin in the Woods. The rest i've seen and love! Even Paranorman.
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mikemaihack Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Man CLoud Atlas- it was just amazing. But you gotta let the film process for a few days. Don't go in expecting to be wowed right away.
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Amaniwolf Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Good to know, thanks for the advance warning.
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mexican-polarbear Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Those were my favorites too. Besides John Carter and Moonrise Kingdom. I'd add Spiderman though. Django Unchained was extremely good! Leonardo DiCaprio was just... perfect in it. I hope you like it too :D
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mikemaihack Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Spider-Man I thought was half good. Loved the Parker/Stacy stuff. Hated the Lizard stuff.

Looking forward to Django!
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mexican-polarbear Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah, the lizard was a little weird.
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