Well, another year has come and gone and once again Hollywood has done its best to outdo the previous year. Fortunately for movie fans, 2012 did not disappoint (well, that’s not entirely true).
Here at Blockbuster, we see a unique side of the movie industry, the movie rental side. Sometimes a movie performs poorly in theaters, but has a great run as a video rental. Sometimes a movie does great at the theaters and then continues to dominate as a rental too. Either way we’ve listed the top DVD/Blu-ray rentals from 2012 with our favorite moments from each film.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a great example of the so-so theatrical run turned to rental gold. Sometimes, a movie just isn’t worth paying $10+ per person to see, but to split a $3 rental between a group of friends…sure!
Why we liked it: It’s a reinvented President Lincoln that hunts the undead and is an amazing fighter! What’s not to like?
Our favorite moment: The first time you see Honest Abe wield that silver ax of his and take care of business Quentin Tarantino style.
The Expendables 2
The original Expendablesmovie proved that just because action stars get old, doesn’t mean that people won’t go pay to see them. The Expendables 2 upped the ante and brought in even more old men to deliver the punches to the world’s bad guys.
Why we like it: Well, obviously, this film franchise rides on the star-power of its overloaded cast. But it’s pretty hard to not enjoy a Read More
The enchanting Snow White (Kristen Stewart) joins forces with the fierce Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), who was recruited by the diabolical Queen (Charlize Theron) to kill the fair beauty, and together they fight to rid their kingdom of evil in this bold new take on the fairy-tale classic from commercial director Rupert Sanders. Obsessed with being the fairest woman in the land, the Queen learns that Snow White will soon surpass her in beauty, and seeks to achieve immortality by consuming the young girl’s heart. But the Huntsman is the only one capable of braving the dark forest to seek out Snow White. Threatened with death should he refuse to follow his order, the Huntsman finds Snow White, and begins training her for the arduous battle ahead. Meanwhile, a handsome prince (Sam Claflin) falls hopelessly under Snow White’s spell.
Marvel Studios delivers the ultimate comic-book film, which ties together such characters as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) for a big-screen franchise team-up like no other. Taking center stage this time is Nick Fury (played once again by the note-perfect Samuel L. Jackson), leader of the peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Fury, along with former Russian spy Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), recruits a super team to combat Thor’s ever-deceptive brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) after he brainwashes ace archer Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) while stealing a cosmic cube from an underground base. Thus the heroes must learn to work together alongside outlaw scientist Bruce Banner (Ruffalo), who can track down the artifact’s gamma signals when he’s not hulking out into a giant green monster.
A small-town girl and a big-city boy find their fates intersecting on the Sunset Strip, riding a wave of romance through the height of the “hair metal” scene as the off-Broadway musical rocks its way to the big screen courtesy of choreographer-turned-director Adam Shankman (A Walk to Remember, Hairspray). Arriving in Hollywood with stars in her eyes, Sherrie (Julianne Hough) meets Drew (Diego Boneta), and together they plunge headlong into the local rock scene. Meanwhile, as Sherrie struggles to stay afloat in a churning sea of rock ‘n’ roll excess, she gets swept off her feet by audacious rock star Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise).