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We’re trying something new here at Couch Geek. We’re calling it Saturday Shorts. We will scour the internet every day for our favorite short films, then on Saturdays you get to see our top pick. This one is called “The Ark” by Grzegorz Jonkajtys of Poland. Watch it and you’ll see why we picked it as our favorite. Let us know if you like it and if want to see more. Enjoy!

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My better half and I again sat down to watch a movie per evening for three days. This time around we watched The Lorax, The Watch and Total Recall. Like my last ‘movie evenings review’ blog post, I won’t provide a synopsis of the movies I’m reviewing, but have again embedded the trailers to help give you an overview.

Evening 1 – The Lorax 3/5

The Lorax is based upon a Dr. Seuss story, and after being impressed by Horton Hears a Who!, I was looking forward to this story. This animation doesn’t have the punch and pizzazz as the Horton movie, but it is in a different league to the disappointing ‘Brave’, which I watched recently.

With a great voice cast, including Danny DeVito as the Lorax, both the vocals and visuals did the storyline justice. The movie is filled with plenty of laughs and coming in at 86 minutes, doesn’t outstay its welcome. It wouldn’t probably make it into my top ten list of animations (if I ever created a list!), but it was good to watch.

Evening 2 – The Watch 2/5

The Watch is a Ben Stiller comedy with Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill. I’ve enjoyed Ben in ‘Meet the Fockers’ and ‘Night at the Museum’, so was hopeful this was a better than average comedy.

This movie isn’t a great comedy, and many supposed funny moments are somewhat lacking. I do enjoy watching American comedies and I did enjoy some parts, but it is a movie I intend to never watch again. If you want to watch a Ben Stiller movie, then watch ‘Night at the Museum’, as it is superior. If you want to watch a Vince Vaughn movie, then watch ‘Wedding Crashers’, as it is a better comedy.

Evening 3 – Total Recall 4/5

I loved Arnold Schwarzenegger’s version of Total Recall, and was excited to see what a version with the latest special effects could offer. Plus it was good to see a movie with two strong female roles, being acted by Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel.

I enjoyed this movie, but know I would of enjoyed it more if I had never seen the original, and especially didn’t keep mentally comparing the two throughout watching!

The special effects didn’t disappoint, but the storyline did at times. Bill Nighy’s character was disappointingly little used, which was a huge shame. I would say the original Total Recall has more oomph, with a superior storyline. However Colin Farrell’s version is definitely a great watch, and there is no lack of action and grand special effects. The pace of the remake keeps the story flowing smoothly, and it did bring its own personality to the table, and isn’t just a remake.

About the author: This guest post was written by Andrew, a thirty-something Englishman who devours too much tea and biscuits.

Happy New Year followers. It’s 2013 and we are all ready for new and exciting movies to come, but let’s take a look back at the best and worst of 2012. First up is Hunger Games, although not really on the Couch Geek list for 2012, we still went to see it. The movie was not quite what we expected it to be, but it wasn’t the worst of 2012. We felt that the director left out so much for the film and could have done a much better job on Katniss. Next Wrath of the Titans….Well…. let’s just move on. Cabin in the Woods really earned its place for the thumbs up list for us. Why you ask? Well the movie was not meant to be a true horror film, but a tribute to all the horror and thriller movies in history. Don’t agree? Go back to watch it, we know you will agree.

The Avengers was completely amazing. This movie really kicked some serious ass, as did the cast. This was by far the best of 2012 for us, even though some of the cast picks we really didn’t agree with, we still went to see it 3 days in a row. In May the long awaited Men in Black III, and what an amazing job. We have to say that it was a long time between 2 and 3 but wow what a job they did keeping the story and what an ending. June brought us Prometheus. Watching this movie was like drinking too much and waking up to a disaster. What was wrong with this movie? EVERYTHING! Also in June Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, who knew that our 16th President was a badass vampire killer? What was so great about this movie is they were able to take historical fact and make it work with the movie. Good job!

The Amazing Spider Man, what can be said it was AMAZING! Makes you forget about the Toby McGuire mistakes that preceded this. Dark Knight Rises was another disappointment for us and there are really just too many reasons to list so, on we go. Total Recall was a total disaster and they called it a remake? The story was supposed to be about Mars, not Earth. The Expendables 2 came to rescue just when we thought that the 2012 movie year was about to come crashing down. The movie included some of our favorite action heroes all together on one screen. Lawless, Looper, Resident Evil 5 and Iron Sky were movies we weren’t able to catch in theaters due to our busy schedules, but we have now seen them and can add them to the list of the best of 2012. If you saw them, well you know why.

Dredd a remake of the 1995 Judge Dredd was quite the ride. A great job on remaking the movie and so much better than the original but you know you still love it. For November Sky Fall and Lincoln stole the show. Skyfall just confirms that Daniel Craig and his takeover of the James Bond movie series has been the best ever, while Daniel Day-Lewis gave us an intimate view of our 16th President. We ended 2012 with 2 of the most awaited movies for us at Couch Geek. The Hobbit we were excited from the moment we heard that it was in the works, and what a disappointment. Unlike The Lord of the Rings, we felt they took so long so make but went lazy with the Orcs and used CGI instead of real people. All we can say is it provided us with a few short naps during the 2 hours and 49 minutes that we sat there. Les Miserables ended the year for us on a better note and a few tugs at our hearts. The cinematography was just amazing and recording the actors singing live was a very smart decision. It was a Broadway show on the big screen. Some may not have liked it because of the lack of dialogue but it did was it was suppose to and we believe it will clean up at the Oscars.

So that’s it folks, our rather lengthy review of the 2012 movie year. Let us know what you think; we always love to hear from our fans and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @CouchGeek and facebook.com/CouchGeek