Sunday, September 30, 2012

Third Quarter of 2012

Time flies.  We're already three quarters through 2012 and so it's time to reflect back on the films released in the third quarter.  (You might also want a refresher on the films of the first and second quarters.)

Overall I saw 55 new releases that I am considering third quarter releases.  (Sure a few of them came out earlier in the year, but I didn't see them until now.  Sue me.)  As expected, the third quarter was much better than the first and second.  (The last two weeks alone I gave out six A's, which is more than the first and second quarters combined!)  No, I haven't gone soft.  It's just that the best films tend to come out between September and December so they're fresh in voters' minds come year end.

If you're on Oscar watch, there really haven't been many possible contenders for Best Picture yet.  Some are speculating that 'Moonrise Kingdom' and 'Beasts of the Southern Wild' are possibilities (though I didn't think either was anywhere close to worthy.)  Though I'd certainly approve if 'The Dark Knight Rises' made the cut.  And 'Perks of Being a Wallflower' and 'Looper' are garnering great reviews and are also very good.  But, to me, the only lock for a nomination so far this year is 'The Master'.  It won't win, but it just feels like an Academy Award Best Picture nominee, and both Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman (and maybe Amy Adams as well) will likely get nominated.  But there are lots of buzzed about films to come in the next thirteen weeks (including 'Argo', 'The Sessions', 'Cloud Atlas', 'Lincoln', 'Hitchcock', 'Silver Linings Playbook', 'Hyde Park on Hudson', 'The Hobbit', and 'Django Unchained'), so anything can happen.  I'm excited for the fourth quarter!

Without further ado, here is a summary of my grades for releases in the third quarter of 2012 (including some I never posted about previously, and few whose grades I tweaked).  I look forward to your comments.

The Dark Knight Rises       Grade: A+

The Master                         Grade: A

Looper                                 Grade: A

Hello I Must be Going        Grade: A

Sleepwalk with Me            Grade: A

Celeste and Jesse Forever      Grade: A

Killer Joe                              Grade: A 

Won't Back Down              Grade: A

Perks of Being a Wallflower    Grade: A

End of Watch                     Grade: A

Ruby Sparks                        Grade: A-

Robot and Frank                Grade: A-

Liberal Arts                         Grade: A-

Cosmopolis                          Grade: A-

Savages                                Grade: A-

The Good Doctor                Grade: A-

Arbitrage                             Grade: A-

The Odd Life of Timothy Green       Grade: B+

Get the Gringo                  Grade: B+

Premium Rush                 Grade: B

Hit and Run                     Grade: B

The Bourne Legacy          Grade: B

Little White Lies             Grade: B

The Words                      Grade: B

Dark Horse                        Grade: B

Lawless                             Grade: B

2 Days in New York         Grade: B

Extraterrestrial                Grade: B

The Campaign                  Grade: B

To Rome with Love          Grade: B

Total Recall                       Grade: B

Pitch Perfect                    Grade: B

Trouble With the Curve     Grade: B-

Silent House                         Grade: B-

Woman in the Fifth            Grade: B-

Take This Waltz                Grade: B-

Hope Springs                    Grade: C+

The Giant Mechanical Man      Grade: C+

Searching for Sugar Man         Grade: C+

For a Good Time, Call...       Grade: C+

Side by Side                         Grade: C+

Beasts of the Southern Wild         Grade: C

The Watch                                Grade: C

4:44 Last Day on Earth           Grade: C

The Possession                      Grade: C

The Amazing Spider-Man     Grade: C-

Dredd 3D                               Grade: C-

Ice Age: Continental Drift     Grade: C-

Branded                              Grade: D+

Do-Deca Pentathlon         Grade: D+

Jesus Henry Christ             Grade: D+

Sparkle                              Grade: D+

The Apparition                 Grade: D

The Deep Blue Sea            Grade: D-

Goats                                 Grade: D-

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