My Ambitious 2012 Movie Extravaganza.
(200 movies in a year)

Number: 32
Title: Rango (2011)
Synopsis: Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Tomatometer: 88%
Watched on: 03/12/12
Watched at: At home via Netflix (Blu-Ray)
Thoughts: This is one 2011 Academy winner I can actually get behind. Besides being a lot of fun, the film is not beautiful but also chock full of amazing film references. Very well put together. Timothy Olyphant as the “Spirit of the West” was a wonderful addition.

1 year/ 200 Movies

#220. “The Hobbit” (2012, directed by Peter Jackson)

Staring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen and Richard Armitage

“Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? That’s because I am afraid and it gives me courage.“

My Ambitious 2012 Movie Extravaganza.
(200 movies in a year)

Number: 25
Title: Another Earth (2011)
Synopsis: On the night of the discovery of a duplicate planet in the solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.
Directed by: Mike Cahill
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Tomatometer: 64%
Watched on: 02/22/11
Watched at: On a Plane via Red Box (DVD)
Thoughts: A 64% rating on Rotten Tomatoes? Really? This movie deserves much more respect. A unique idea with pitch perfect direction. Highly recommend.
Fun Fact:

1 year/ 200 Movies

#176. “Star Wars: Episode V” (1980, directed by Kevin Kershner)

Staring: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher

Oscars: Best Sound

“Ready are you? What know you of ready? For eight hundred years have I trained Jedi. My own counsel will I keep on who is to be trained. A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away… to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things. You are reckless.”

1 year/ 200 Movies

#102. “The Breakfast Club” (1985, directed by John Hughes)

Staring: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson and Molly Ringwald

“Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did *was* wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us… In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…and an athlete… and a basket case…a princess… and a criminal.”

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#81. “La Vita E Bella” (1997, directed by Roberto Benigni)

Staring: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi and Giorgio Cantarini

Oscars: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Foreign Language Film, Best Music, Original Dramatic Score.

“You can lose all your points for any one of three things. One: If you cry. Two: If you ask to see your mother. Three: If you’re hungry and ask for a snack! Forget it!“

My Ambitious 2012 Movie Extravaganza.
(200 movies in a year)

Number: 36
Title: The Hunger Games (2012)
Synopsis: Set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match.
Directed by: Gary Ross
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Tomatometer: 87%
Watched on: 03/21/12
Watched at: At United Arts, King of Prussia (digital projection)
Thoughts: Didn’t know a ton about this film going in (Didn’t read the book), so I was pleasantly surprised by it. A lot darker then expected, which is a good thing. Felt the end was a tad rushed, and it suffered from some of the usual big tent pole pitfalls, but think it was pretty successful overall.
Fun Fact:Composer Danny Elfman left the film due to a scheduling conflict and was replaced by James Newton Howard.