Is 2012 the best movie year since 1939?

Is 2012 the best movie year since 1939?

Many movie buffs consider 1939 the best movie year ever, and there are a lot of good arguments for that. We still quote The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind, and that barely scratches the surface.

There are so many memorable and distinctive movies from that year that I even once threw a 1939 films party…and the guests all had no trouble coming dressed as a character from that year (I gave them a list, but they were still able to find something that suited them).

I’ve written before about 1984 as a contender, but I honestly think that you could do a 2012 films party thirty years from now, and really make it work.

The year is far from over, but just think about the costume possibilities with these:

  • The Three Stooges gives you a group costume, and an easy one…it would also appeal to people who like several other eras
  • Resident Evil: Retribution gives you zombies
  • Savages is that obscurity, but one that had distinctive looks…the fact that it is directed by Oliver Stone makes it easy to explain to people
  • Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance could make for a really cool costume, especially with effects that might be available then…and the comic might mean that people knew the character, even if they didn’t know that movie
  • Wreck-It Ralph is rife with possibilities!
  • Madea’s Witness Protection: I think people will know the Madea character for some time
  • Looper might be obscure by then, but it could be that Rian Johnson has a significant career
  • Dark Shadows lets the Johnny Depp fans have a go (and yes, I think Johnny Depp will be a well-know star for decades)
  • Magic Mike: paaaaarty!
  • Prometheus (although I’m not sure people would know what it was, there are those sexy spacesuits to attract folks)
  • Snow White and the Huntsmen was distinctively visual
  • Men in Black III makes for simple costumes…glasses, anyone?
  • Dr. Suess’ the Lorax
  • Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (rainbow wigs, natch)
  • Ted (for the wild partygoer)
  • Hotel Transylvania (another one that lets you re-use costumes)
  • Brave (it will have been re-released several times by then…if people are still going to movie theatres on the theatre’s schedule)
  • The Hunger Games: the starter for a series, and a huge hit
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild (perfect if you bring a kid…)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, and The Dark Knight Rises

Starting today and through the rest of the year, we’ll have several more good costume ideas, including: Skyfall; The Hobbit; The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2; Life of Pi; Rise of the Guardians (re-purpose that Santa suit); Hyde Park on the Hudson; Les Miserables; The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey; and Django Unchained.

There are also plenty of catchphrases…here are a few:

  • “May the odds be ever in your favor.”
  • “Avengers assemble!” (even if it wasn’t said in the movie, it will still count)
  • “You have my permission to die.”

The box office total for the top ten movies of 2012 has already smashed that of 2011, and it’s going to grow.

What do you think? Is this one of the best movie years ever? Feel free to let me know by commenting on this post.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

3 Responses to “Is 2012 the best movie year since 1939?”

  1. 2012 The Year in Movies « The Measured Circle Says:

    […] strong that it will be particularly difficult.  I wrote back on November 10th that I thought that 2012 is a strong contender for the best movie year since 1939 and its odds have only increased since then. Even for technical awards, the Academy would rather […]

  2. 2013 Oscar noms! « The Measured Circle Says:

    […] As I’ve written, I think 2012 was arguably the best movie year since 1939. That makes this a difficult year to make choices, and will make our annual BOPMadness a particular challenge. […]

  3. My take on…2012 Best Picture nominees « The Measured Circle Says:

    […] I’ve written before about how I think 2012 may have been the best movie year since 1939, and the nine nominees for Best Picture Oscars demonstrate that. […]

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