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Top 10 Most Interesting Movie Parts of 2012  

posted by James O'Brien on 1/11/2013 2:29:00 PM
Movies: The Avengers , Lincoln , The Dark Knight Rises
Parts: Hulk / Bruce Banner , Abraham Lincoln , Bane , Kenneth Calloway , Jack Reacher
Actors: Mark Ruffalo , Quvenzhané Wallis , Daniel Day-Lewis , Tom Hardy , Tom Cruise

As most of you know, Oscar nominations were announced on Thursday and we’ll be debating for weeks over actors and directors who got snubbed, who made the cut and who should or shouldn't have been nominated. That's not my focus, I want to talk about the actual characters in the 2012 movies. Here’s who made my list of the most interesting characters from last year. And please forgive me, I’m still catching up on 2012 movies so there may be some characters missing.

Jean Valjean in Les Miserables

Jean Valjean in Les Miserables

Jean Valjean was the French revolution’s Al Bundy. He couldn’t catch a break and was singing the entire time. I never knew Wolverine could sing until the Oscars a couple years ago and boy did he sing. He and everyone else sang the entire movie.

Joe Simmons in Looper

Joe in Looper

Did they have to make JGL look like Bruce Willis with a fake nose? Because I have to tell you it really took me out of the movie - I just couldn’t get past the nose. I would have enjoyed the movie more if JGL looked like JGL and not Bruce Willis. I just don’t think it was needed and took away from the film. This guy had to kill himself mainly because he had to wear the dumb thing on his face!!!

Ted in Ted

Ted in Ted

Yes, I’m a fan of Family Guy so a talking Teddy Bear that sounded like Peter Griffin was right up my alley. Ted delivered what I expected; a CGI politically incorrect rude @sshole and that’s what I wanted. He was like a Teddy Ruxpin playing an Eddie Murphy stand-up tape. See what I did there … I added an 80’s pop culture reference - Get it?

Jack Reacher in Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher in Jack Reacher

Jack Reacher is 6' 5" tall (Tom Cruise 5’ 7”) with a 50-inch chest (Tom Cruise not even close), and weighing between 210 and 250 pounds (Tom Cruise 170 at best). He has ice-blue eyes (Tom Cruise green) and dirty blond hair (Tom Cruise dark brown). He has very little body fat (Maybe), and his muscular physique (Not really) is completely natural. He is exceptionally strong (What?), has a high stamina (Who knows), but is not a good runner (He’s old).

Kenneth Calloway in Safety Not Guaranteed

Kenneth in Safety Not Guaranteed

This nut Kenneth posts a wanted ad looking for a partner to join him for trip in a time machine. He’s completely crazy but likable and he’s always looking over his shoulder like anybody else cares. What was great is that he really believes his delusions and the only question in the end is “will we?”.

Bane in The Dark Knight Rises

Bane in The Dark Knight Rises

Whether you liked the voice or not, Tom Hardy did a pretty good job following Heath Ledger as Batman’s foe. We all wondered how this character was going to be played out in Christopher Nolan’s realistic Batman Universe. I really liked how they converted an overly cartoony character into a larger-than-life villain on the big screen.

The Engineers in Prometheus

The Engineers in Prometheus

What were they up to? Were they good or bad? Did they mean for all this to happen? What did David say to the one engineer before having his head ripped off? Why were they so tall and what gym do they go to? Because they were diesel.

Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln

His portrayal of the great President will now, and forever be, what I imagine when I think of the powerful icon. From the time when the first pictures hit the web, I never doubted that Daniel Day-Lewis could nail this part, or any other part for that matter. Give him the Oscar now.

Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild

Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild

Because of the the hand-held camera technique during the first half of this movie I thought it was a documentary. I still don’t quite understand the movie completely, but enjoyed Quvenzhane Wallis as Hushpuppy. It’s an extraordinary performance from the young actress. She was natural, innocent, and imaginative, but most of all – she was brave.

The Hulk in The Avengers

The Hulk in The Avengers

By far stole the show in the biggest and best movie of the year. And we finally got all the Hulk Smash!!! we were looking for during both Hulk (2004) & the reboot The Incredible Hulk (2008). Yes - we loved the CGI version of the Hulk, but Mark Ruffalo was spot on as the tortured Bruce Banner.

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