Jan 31, 2013

Highlights: 2012's Silver Lining...

... is the improving box office numbers for quality films.

You might remember how disappointed I was with the top twenty films in the box office chart last year. It was occupied almost entirely by sequels and spinoffs, 90% of which were unbearable and immediately disposable. I'm not naive enough to assume this year's semi-reversal is going to remain the permanent state of affairs. Still, it's heartwarming to see so many people eager to see films like Argo, Lincoln, Django Unchained, Wreck-It Ralph, Brave and Ted. Furthermore, several franchise entries were of much higher quality than last year's output. Skyfall was one of the best Bond films to date. The Hunger Games had its problems but it kick started a potentially thrilling trilogy. Madagascar 3 was the best in the series. And best of all, 21 Jump Street was really, really funny and a great film too.

It's an important for studios to be reassured that an adult-oriented film with something substantial in its bag can make big money on a relatively small budget. Here's hoping next year isn't all about spandex-clad superheros and the destruction of the world.

All 'Best of 2012' Entries...

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