Top 10 Everything of 2012

Top 10 Everything of 2012

In 55 wide-ranging lists, TIME surveys the highs and lows, the good and the bad of the past 12 months.

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TenelKa
TenelKa

What the heck? I thought it was really good! It just got the unfortunate circumstance of not being filmed before its predecessors who based their movies off of this. I wish the studio had gone to better lengths to tell people the origin of the story. How amazing it was when it was first penned. It is the ORIGINAL science fiction.

rusrm
rusrm

My little brother loved the film. He watched it at least 6 times. Great movie. Go watch it again. 

StephFoster
StephFoster

If your son was around to see Jar Jar Binks, wouldn't he NOT be a "kid" anymore?

SharinKhosa
SharinKhosa

John Carter is a brilliantly smart movie, has a very intelligent plot and displayed John Carter's motive to all his actions subsequently. I have never read John Carter, but was enthralled by the story telling and appreciated the complexity of the story and the manner in which the movie sequenced its scenes. I do not think the movie was well promoted. It is a pity the critic, pretends to know more but does not, the above commentary is evidence. The fact that the critic has to use a child as a platform for an argument depicts two thing: 1) the critic's employer should hire the son instead of the critic because a child can do an adult's job, 2) the critic lacks independent thought which is a prerequisite to being a critic, this critic has taken the job to the lowest level using a child's opinion.

 The connection to Tarzan's creator Edgar Rice Burroughs, brings a very nice dimension from past to the future ie: from Tarzan to John Carter. As Jules Verne takes us on a journey to the center of the earth, Edger Rice "beams" us to Mars. John Carter - The Princess of Mars novel was published in 1917 and had another 10 sequels. It is critics like the above ruin it for the rest of us, we would like further movie sequels of the John Carter and the adventures on Mars. All hail "Virginia!"

AdamNoyce
AdamNoyce

Fantastic movie,  Ignore the critics, see for yourself.  John Carter has become a new favorite for me, destined to be a classic.  I took  my two nieces (magic word: Princess)  my nephew  and they loved it and so did us adults,  we were grinning from ear-to-ear,  just like our kids, through the whole movie!

Take me back to Barsoom, I want a John Carter Sequel!

JanAustin
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John Carter was a BRILLIANT movie.  My sons came out shouting "VIRGINIA"!!  A wonderful cast (if you liked the HBO ROME series, you will love this cast!), and beautifully directed by Andrew Stanton.  A story that made you want to go back and see it time and time again.  So don't listen to all the negative reviews.  Check it out for yourself on DVD.  You too will want to go Back To Barsoom!

ScottAlexander
ScottAlexander

Well the reviewer obviously didn't watch "John Carter" or "The Lorax" (even though she claims she did), because those movies weren't terrible and don't belong on the list.  I haven't seen "Cloud Atlas" and some of the other films, but I have seen "Abraham Lincoln:  Vampire Hunter".

ALVH was indeed awful and took a lot of liberties, not just with Lincoln fighting vampires, but the fact that Lincoln actually cared about stopping slavery because of the morality of it.  Lincoln could have cared less if slavery went on as the only reason he put forth the Emancipation Proclamation was to force the South to follow a rule they didn't want to follow.  There were many good people who did want to abolish slavery for the right reasons (unlike Lincoln), but nobody's going to learn that watching the very stupid movie where the 16th President is fighting vampires.

DariaBrooks
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I've been preparing for months to spend December doing exactly what I've done most of this year: Following around idiotic pundits correcting their ridiculous misconceptions about "John Carter." I really don't care what some supposed film critic's little kid thought of this amazingly creative rendition of Edgar Rice Burroughs' 100 year old adventure tale "A Princess Of Mars." (It's a PG-13 film, by the way, so young children shouldn't even be viewing it). Until early 2011, this was meant to be the first live-action Pixar film for Disney Studios, but executive in-fighting, stock manipulation, marketing ineptitude and Disney's own sabotage campaign (ever notice that there were almost no licensing deals for toys--for a Disney flick?!) turned what should have been Taylor Kitsch's first hit of the year into every copy-cat blogger's joy. The film broke box office records across Europe, plus remained in US theaters for four months--longer than 70% of other film releases this year. It went straight to No.1 on DVD/Blu-ray on June 5, and was so popular that it is now the No.1 most pirated film of all time. However, you'll never hear any of that in the press here in the States. The lesson: Stop relying on the opinions of people who write reviews based upon the quality of the press junkets and the gift bags they receive. "John Carter" is a fabulous paean to the movie serials of the 1930s and a great adventure outing indeed--see it! 

AbContador
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@DariaBrooks Thanks for the reality check, It does seem that this reporter is a bit "off" on more than one of these reviews -- she is trying too hard to be funny for me to take her seriously