This Was the Year That Was….At Least to Me – By Brian Morton

As usual, when we get to the end of the year, I like to sit down and take a look at all the movies I watched throughout the year, and, after I’m done weeping about all the hours of my life that were wasted on terrible movies, I find some that I can actually feel good about watching. And, it’s those movies that I like to share here at the start of a new year with everyone, so here are my personal top ten movies (that I watched for Rogue Cinema) from 2012…in no particular order.

First, how about Albert & Juliet. This amazing short about an abused girl and her teddy bear nearly had me in tears when it was over…a thing that I can’t say about too many movies. It’s one of the best shorts of the year and if you can find it…do yourself a favor and see it!

Even though I’m sure that it will bring me no end of harassment from the other dudes here at RC, my second movie is also a bit of a tear-jerker. It’s Far, Brian Crewe’s cool movie about a boy, a girl and a first date that you’ll never forget. If you too, enjoy a nice romantic comedy, then you’ll love Far, it was one of my favorites of the year!

Okay, let’s switch things up with a comedy. It’s called Is This A Joke? And it’s a very cool throwback to movies like Kentucky Fried Movie and The Groove Tube. If you loved those movies (and let’s be honest, who didn’t?!?) then you’ll love Is This A Joke? It’s one of the rare movies I watched this year that made me laugh out loud!

Alright, let’s get away from all this happiness, and get into something completely different. It’s Spirit Stalkers from Big Biting Pig Productions. Big Biting Pig always comes through with something unique and original and Spirit Stalkers is no departure from the norm. If you’re a fan of any of those ghost hunting reality shows, then you’ll love this movie!

Vampires seemed to be everywhere in 2012, from those stupid Twilight movies to the soap-opera-ish vampires on any number of TV shows, we were entranced with blood suckers. Well, Ann Teimann Loggins took the genre in a bit of a different direction with her short, Braamen. A vampire movie that mixes in a bit of ghost story is something so different that you won’t be able to forget it….like me!

Jim Haggerty is among that handful of filmmakers who I’m always excited to see new work from. And, in 2012, he didn’t disappoint, he gave us When Death Calls, an anthology movie that gives us all the thrills and chills that we’ve come to expect from Haggerty and still manages to capture that certain something that defines an exploitation movie! When Death Calls is, start to stop, full throttle fun!

Okay, let’s get back to the romantic comedy portion of our article. Yep, it’s Over Coffee and it’s an office romance that will make you smile. If you’ve ever had a ‘thing’ for someone you work with, you’ll appreciate this, and if you’ve actually married someone you once worked with (like me) then you’ll love this! It’s funny and romantic and a terrific short!

I know what you’re saying right now, but Brian, what about movies about hit men….any of those this year? Well, you’re in luck, Fate Accompli is an excellent short about a hit man who’s meeting something strange in his hotel room! Shot all in one small room, Fate Accompli still manages to keep you on the edge of your seat and surprise you in the end.

Speaking of people who never seem to disappoint, Levrock Pictures is among them. Mark Lewis and crew always manage to capture a slice of life that’s fun to watch and makes you wish you were there. They did it again this year with Wild Girl Waltz, the story of a trio of friends who spend the day having fun together. It might sound slow, but there’s something about Lewis’ movies that always makes me wish I could spend more time hanging out with my friends.

And last, but certainly not least, how about a super hero movie? Or do you prefer a political movie? Well, in Problem Solving The Republic, you get some of each. When The Taxpayer is kidnapped, it’s up to Common Sense, Personal Responsibility and Birth Control to save him. Part super hero movie, part political commentary, Problem Solving The Republic manages to hit all the marks nicely!

Well, that’s ten of my favorites from 2012, it’s not all the great movies I saw, but it’s the ones that really stand out in my mind and that I managed to watch more than once. Let’s hope that 2013 is a bright and wonderful year for all of us, and brings us all nothing but great movies!