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 Favorite film of 2012 - PART 1 (Mainstream) 

What is your favorite mainstream film of 2012?
The Avengers 18%  18%  [ 3 ]
The Dark Knight Rises 24%  24%  [ 4 ]
The Hunger Games 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Skyfall 6%  6%  [ 1 ]
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
 12%  12%  [ 2 ]
The Amazing Spider-man 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Brave 6%  6%  [ 1 ]

Ted 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
MIB 3 0%  0%  [ 0 ]

21 Jump Street
 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Wreck-It Ralph
 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
This Is 40 6%  6%  [ 1 ]

Looper
 6%  6%  [ 1 ]
Pitch Perfect 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
The Cabin in the Woods
 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Prometheus
 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
The Expendables 2
 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
The Bourne Legacy
 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
Cloud Atlas
 12%  12%  [ 2 ]
Other 12%  12%  [ 2 ]
Total votes : 17

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My 2012 decade in review article: http://wokj.worldofkj.com/the-decade-in-review-2012/

I had trouble getting this down to 20 films so I'm splitting it up into mainstream and awards/indie, then the winners can face off. Please check the other thread before voting other, for example Django is in the awards poll

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My favorite is This Is 40, but I have a soft spot for Ted, The Hobbit, Cloud Atlas as well, and TDKR has grown on me, the Nolan Batman era was just cool

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My favorite is This Is 40, but I have a soft spot for Ted, The Hobbit, Cloud Atlas as well, and TDKR has grown on me, the Nolan Batman era was just cool

1. Cloud Atlas

but this was an impressive year for box office hits. Avengers, Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall, Looper, Pitch Perfect. all amazing

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Strong year for mainstream/blockbusters:

1. Hobbit
2. The Cabin in the Woods
3. Looper
4. The Amazing Spider-man

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Lawless, followed by Zero Dark Thirty, Cloud Atlas, and Prometheus

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Pretty weak year IMO actually.

Looper tops the list for me and I have a hard time calling any of the other films listed anything better than just very good.


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The Avengers. Though at the end of that year, my favorites were Django, Skyfall and Life of Pi, and I voted for The Dark Knight Rises at the KJ Awards. All fantastic movies, but Avengers has crept its way up through (very) many repeated viewings.


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1. The Avengers
2. Prometheus
3. Cabin in the Woods

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The Avengers

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I don't know where to draw the line between these two threads in the case of several movies. Does something like Dredd count for this one or was it too small/niche? I could also have voted for Lawless here, but it's in the other thread. Mud and Spring Breakers were probably too "indie", too. Drug War by Johnnie To was quite good, but not quite American/English enough, I suppose.

From this poll, Spider-man was ok, as were The Hobbit and Wreck-It-Ralph. Still voted for "Other" on account of some of the aforementioned movies.

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Dark Knight rises, Django and Skyfall for me.

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It was a tossup between TDKR and Looper for me. I went with TDKR.

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GuybrushX McMurphy wrote:
I don't know where to draw the line between these two threads in the case of several movies. Does something like Dredd count for this one or was it too small/niche? I could also have voted for Lawless here, but it's in the other thread. Mud and Spring Breakers were probably too "indie", too. Drug War by Johnnie To was quite good, but not quite American/English enough, I suppose.

From this poll, Spider-man was ok, as were The Hobbit and Wreck-It-Ralph. Still voted for "Other" on account of some of the aforementioned movies.


Dredd is a borderline case, but it wouldn't have made the poll on either list anyways. I lean it being a poor performing mainstream film I guess. Mud and Spring Breakers would definitely be indie/awards, I missed them because for some reason they were missing from BOM's yearly chart. One of them could have been on the poll instead of The Sessions for sure.

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lol someone cited Dredd as mainstream. :rofl:

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lol someone cited Dredd as mainstream. :rofl:

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You can be a mainstream film and a bomb at the same time. Dredd had a reasonable 45 million budget

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It wasn't mainstream in the slightest. Nobody really knows or cares about the character of Judge Dredd. The $45m budget was a mistake and still not exactly proof that it was mainstream. The only proof would be if it did well, and we all know how that ended.


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Dredd wasn't a big box office mainstream hit, but it's neither one of the indie/art house/awards films that the other thread is supposed to be about either. That's why I asked where it belongs, since it's too niche for this one and not prestigious enough for the other one. Then again, the other thread has several movies that I would regard as having a large amount mainstream appeal (not necessarily box office numbers, but who knows), so I don't really know where the distinction is being made between these two threads. It seems like it's being made based on critical acclaim vs average moviegoer appeal rather than budget or pure box office performance. Dredd didn't perform strongly in either of these categories, but I liked it better than the other movies listed here.

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Umm, it's an indie movie. Indie means independent. It's not that hard to understand. Dredd was not made by one of the big studios, therefore it's an indie.


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Is the Hunger Games series indie, too?

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Yes, as it's not part of the studio system. Dude, it's not my fault if you associate the term "indie" with small $5m grossers that are released in 200 theaters.


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But The Hunger Games is also in THIS poll.

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GuybrushX McMurphy wrote:
But The Hunger Games is also in THIS poll.


Yes, because Shack didn't make an Indie vs Studio threads. He made Indie/awards vs Mainstream. Hunger Games is a mainstream indie release. You're getting indie mixed up with not mainstream.


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What makes an indie movie mainstream indie as opposed to just indie? The box office result?

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How popular it is. And one way to judge that is the box office, but there are others.


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That sounds rather arbitrary, which is why I asked where it's supposed to go, assuming it's too "small/niche" for this one, but as a straightforward action shooter feels much more out of place in the prestigious other crop than it does here, among similarly natured movies.

That question seems a lot less outrageous than checking every parameter (a random, yet strictly defined box office gross threshold, a random, yet precise amount of "popularity", an absolute lack of awards, the correct studio) of every movie on the list and every movie that comes to mind, to see which one qualifies for this apparently extremely exclusive thread.

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