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Each night over the last three evenings I watched a movie, and this blog post contains my reviews of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, ‘Brave’ and ‘Looper’.

The trailers for each movie have been embedded in this blog post, to help give you a feel for each movie, rather than me writing a synopsis.

Evening 1 – The Dark Knight Rises 4/5

As a child I watched Michael Keaton’s Batman take on Jack Nicholson’s Joker. I’ve watched the Batman animations, read the comics and played some of the computer games during yesteryear. Recently I sat down and rewatched Christopher Nolan’s first two Dark Knight movies, and a few days back it was time to watch the final movie in the trilogy, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’.

Tom Hardy played one of the lead baddies, and his ‘Bane’ is enjoyable to watch, especially if you had previously read the ‘Knightfall’ comic book series. Anne Hathaway as ‘Catwoman’, brought much needing grounding to her character.

Whilst on the whole the movie was enjoyable, it was undoubtedly too long, and the ending whilst good for the final part of a trilogy, didn’t resonant in my humble opinion with the Batman from the comics. If you’ve watched the first two movies in the trilogy and enjoyed them, then you should enjoy ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ as well.

Evening 2 – Brave 1/5

The trailers for Pixar’s ‘Brave’ looked good, so the following evening I sat down to watch the animation. Twenty minutes later I find myself hating the lead character, and frankly not particularly interested in how it was going to end.

This movie isn’t in the same league as Pixar’s ‘The Incredibles’, Wall-e’ or ‘Up’. Whilst visually the animation looked stunning, the storyline felt weak and insulting to endure at times.

Evening 3 – Looper 3/5

I’m a time travel nut! When Hollywood does a time travel movie, I will often watch it. When I saw the trailers to ‘Looper’, I knew it wasn’t if, but when I watched this movie.

With Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Emily Blunt in some of the lead roles, this movie was reasonably good. It was the strength of the acting talent on hand that carried me through to the end. Don’t get me wrong, this movie is superior to much of what Hollywood regurgitates, and it does an excellent job of showing the talent of Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It was also enjoyable to see Bruce Willis play a darker character, one whose moral compass doesn’t reflect many of his usual characters.

There are many non-acting reasons to enjoy Looper, but the storyline didn’t quite satisfy me, but I’m glad the movie was made. One of the lead characters was played by Jeff Daniels, and if you want to watch a better time travel movie, I recommend the movie ‘Timescape’ from 1992, which Jeff was the lead character in, and in my humble opinion is superior to Looper.

Do I want to own any of these movies?

The answer is no, and I’m glad I rented them rather than brought them. Brave was a big disappointment, and Looper’s storyline didn’t feel solid. I feel that the recent Dark Knight trilogy is very good, but for me Batman is always better either in comic form or animation.

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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