Spoiler Alert: Best of 2012

John Seiler/Sun Star Reporter
February 5, 2013

Spoiler Alert is back  this semester for more previews and reviews of the biggest things in media. Before we get back to the usual, I would like to take some time and write about my favorite games, movies, comics and TV shows from 2012. There were lot of things to love in 2012, but I’ve narrowed it down to my absolute favorites.

django_unchained_ver9Favorite Film: Django Unchained
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio

Another fantastic film from Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained was his love letter to classic  blacksploitation and spaghetti westerns. Jamie Foxx plays freed slave Django as he travels with Dr. King Shultz played by Waltz to find Django’s wife, Broomhilda. I can’t point out just one  great performance  because the main cast is so amazing and each person plays there character to perfection. Tarantino creates an amazing soundtrack that highlights all the emotions of each scene. Since I love most of Tarantino’s films, it’s hard to say if this is my favorite of his work, but this was defiantly my favorite film of 2012.

Runner Up: Wreck-It Ralph

Favorite Game: The Walking Deadthe-walking-dead-logo
Developer: Telltale Games
Publisher: Telltale Games

Not since Mass Effect 2 have I felt so emotional while playing a game. Set within in zombie infected Atlanta, the gamer plays Lee, a convict who escapes a police car after an accident. After rescuing a young gild named Clementine, the gamer  and Clem try to find her parents. Playing like classic point and click adventures, The Walking Dead’s biggest strength is the story and the character interactions. With each choice, the story becomes tailored to your every tough decision. One decisions that I found difficult was having to ration out food for 10 people, but only having enough for six. One of the moments. I was more tense playing this game then anything else this year and by the end I was a wreck. This will defiantly be one of the best games of this console generation.

Runner Up: Hotline Miami

Favorite TV Show: Avatar: The Legend of KorraNICKELODEON THE LAST AIRBENDER
Network: Nickelodeon
Starring: Janet Varney, JK Simmons and David Faustino

Being a huge fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender, things were looking pretty dire for the franchise after M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. Then a miracle occurred and the original show’s creators bestowed fans with The Legend of Korra. Set 70 years after the events of The Last Airbender, Korra, a young water tribe girl and the new avatar, travels to Republic City to learn airbending and stop a new threat known only as The Equalist.  The Legend of Korra has some of the best animation to ever come from an American TV show, a voice cast and characters that are just as strong as the original and a fantastic soundtrack. With Book Two débuting sometime in 2013, it’s going to be fun to see what they do next.

Runner Up: Gravity Falls

Favorite Comic: Chewchew-cover-photo
Writer: John Laymen
Artist: Rob Guillory
Publisher: Image

Hit by a couple delays in 2012, it didn’t stop Laymen and Guillory from producing one of the best books in comics, Chew. Most writers wouldn’t remove the main character from the story for an extended amount of time, but not John Laymen. With main character, Tony Chu, beaten in to a coma, led side characters, Olive and Toni Chu to take the spotlight and added another view of events in the story. One of the many things I love about this book is that each issue can handle many different emotions at once and not feel out of place.  The events after Chew #30, marked the official halfway mark to the series and a shocking change that’s going to make the next 30 issues interesting.

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