Book Of Eli – Sure, Gary Oldman and Denzell Washington are great actors, but I had no clue that this was going to be one of my favorite Action Adventure movies, not just of Film Quest 12, but of all time. The fight scenes were awesome, the plot was interesting, and the twist at the end was great.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – After somewhat lackluster installments 2 and 3 in the series, I wasn’t especially looking forward to seeing this film, but with Simon Pegg in the cast and some decent reviews, it stayed on my radar, and I was blown away at how entertaining this film was – probably my favorite in the series thus far. Needless to say I’ll be looking forward to the 5th film in the series.
Casa De Mi Padre – I don’t always like Will Ferrell movies, and I was expecting this film to be yet another disappointment… but I actually really enjoyed it. Spanish subtitles and all.
Attack The Block – This wasn’t on my radar at all until some of my friends saw it and raved about it, but even at that point, an indie British horror/sci-fi film isn’t exactly something I’m expecting much from, and now it’s one of my favorites from the genre, and I’ll absolutely be watching it again.
Sherlock – I had heard that the BBC was producing a high quality series featuring the world’s most notorious detective, but I wasn’t expecting each 90 minute episode to be a film which ranks up with some of the best mysteries I’ve ever seen.
Trollhunter – A Scandanavian mocumentary about people who are looking for trolls isn’t something that I’d expect to enjoy, but the way it was presented drew me in and has me ready for a second viewing.
The winner of Best Surprise…
Serenity – I had heard Joss Whedon’s FIREFLY series was great, and it was, but I still wasn’t expecting its follow-up movie to be as great as it was. I’m actually disappointed that this movie didn’t get a sequel. If you like science fiction films, I’d highly recommend this movie… though I’d also recommend watching all 13 episodes of FIREFLY first.
With films like Dogtooth, Holy Rollers, He’s Just Not That Into You and I’m Reed Fish, it’s not a big deal that they weren’t great, because I wasn’t expecting much from them. But with the following films, I was really let down:
This Means War – I shouldn’t have high hopes for Reese Witherspoon movies, but I thought with the interesting premise and the involvement of Tom Hardy, it could actually be really enjoyable. With some questionable decisions from how they established things and the progression of various aspects, it was a far cry from what it could’ve been.
From Dusk Till Dawn – A horror movie with George Clooney, Salma Hayek and Harvey Keitel should be much better than this, especially since it’s from Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, but it was a big disappointment. It takes forever for them to get to the bar, and once the action gets going the special effects are groan-worthy.
Batman: Year One – Typically DC Animated films are enjoyable, but I almost always go into them with hopes of something simply “above average”. That’s all I was expecting from this, and it still let me down.
The Crow – Perhaps it just hasn’t aged well, but given all the praise it got, the sequels it spawned and the loyal cult following it has, I was expecting much, much more. Very disappointing.
The winner of Biggest Disappointment…
Hesher – You’ve got Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman and Rainn Wilson in the film, and it turns out sub-par? Huge disappointment.
Next, the “supporting” awards…