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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.

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.
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My Ambitious 2012 Movie Extravaganza.
(300 200 movies in a year)

Number: 11
Title: Swingers (1996)
Synopsis: Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the scene.
Directed by: Doug Liman
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Tomatometer: 87%
Watched on: 01/23/11
Watched at: At Home via DVD collection
Thoughts: While it may not hold up to my first viewing of it 8 years ago, Swingers will always be one of my go to comfort films. A well-deserved launch pad for Liman, Vaughn & Favreau.
Fun Fact: Vince Vaughn’s father plays the lucky gambler at the $100-minimum blackjack table and Jon Favreau’s grandmother, Joan Favreau, is the lucky gambler at the $5 minimum blackjack table. Love 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.