Al looks back at the films of 2012

HorrorSo, apparently one of the downsides to previewing 52 films is that a bunch of them never actually came out. I did, however, try to make up for it by seeing as many of these as I could in 2012, and wound up liking a bunch of movies that I never would have given the time of day! So maybe that means 2012 can be known as “The Year I Totally Ate My Words”? Maybe not. Well, anyway, onto the recap:

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Al does A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas

hk3poster“They serve pancakes in hell!”

The Scoop: 2011 R, directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson and starring John Cho, Kal Penn, and Neil Patrick Harris

Tagline: Get Mistle-toasted.

Summary Capsule: An estranged Harold and Kumar must reunite on Christmas Eve and venture into New York City, where they must find the perfect Christmas tree, avoid the Russian mob, and discover that true love comes in the shape of a waffle.

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Al does The Thing From Another World [Remake Week]

“Watch the skies, everywhere! Keep looking. Keep watching the skies!”

The Scoop: 1951 18, directed by Christian Nyby and Howard Hawks, and starring Kenneth Tobey, Margaret Sheridan, Robert Cornthwaite, and James Arness.

Tagline: Where did it come from? How did it get here? WHAT IS IT?

Summary Capsule: Bland, white humans are menaced by blood-eating vegetable man. Film at 11.

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Al does From Russia With Love

“I think it’s a very lovely mouth. It’s just the right size. For me, anyway.”

The Scoop: 1963 PG, directed by Terence Young and starring Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, and Robert Shaw

Tagline: Meet James Bond, secret agent 007. His new incredible women… His new incredible enemies… His new incredible adventures…

Summary Capsule: Bond deals with planes, trains, and automobiles as he smuggles a love-struck defector into Western Europe. But everything may not be as it seems…

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Al does Dr. No

“World domination. The same old dream. Our asylums are full of people who think they’re Naploeon. Or God.”

The Scoop: 1962 PG, directed by Terence Young and starring Sean Connery, Ursula Andress and Joseph Wiseman

Tagline: NOW meet the most extraordinary gentleman spy in all fiction!…JAMES BOND, Agent 007!

Summary Capsule: Secret Agent 007 James Bond must infiltrate an island hideout, drink like a fish, meet a good lookin’ girl in a 60’s era bikini, fight a dragon, and save the USA moon rocket!

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Black Snake Moan [retro review]

“If you wanna quit on me, I understand. But please don’t.”

The Scoop: 2006 R, directed by Craig Brewer and starring Samuel L Jackson, Christina Ricci, and Justin Timberlake

Tagline: Everything is Hotter down South

Summary Capsule: A lonely old bluesman discovers a promiscuous, self-destructive young girl half-dead on the side of the road and takes a bet from Colonel Pickering that he will be able to transform her into a refined Victorian lady. There are chains involved. It’s pretty cool.

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