TOP 5: End of the Year Edition – Disney Buys Lucasfilm, Limited Paper, Lessons from BATMAN: THE MOVIE, THE COLLISION Podcast, Thomas Jane’s THE PUNISHER Short Film

     December 29, 2012


In this, the final Saturday of 2012, it’s time to extract five topics from a year’s worth of Top 5‘s for our second annual “End of the Year Edition”. Given that this is a year-end list that exists on the Internet, I’m fully prepared for obligatory statements regarding my choices and how they prove my own ineptitude. That said, in an attempt to preempt such backlash, I’d like to welcome any and all readers to respectfully disagree with me in the comments section. Let’s keep it classy and enjoy a highlight reel of some of the best 2012 had to offer after the jump.

1. Disney Buys Lucasfilm; New STAR WARS Trilogy to Begin in 2015


This is a pretty easy choice. When Disney announced that it had purchased Lucasfilm for a cool $4 billion at the end of October, and that a new Star Wars trilogy would kick off in 2015, the Interwebs were set ablaze. From that point on, it seemed like Star Wars news, rumors, debate, etc., became part of our daily routine. Do you know who will be directing Episode VII? Yeah, me either. But it’s pretty amusing to toss around names and play “What If?” until official word drops.

2. Limited Paper Debuts; My Walls Become Increasingly Cluttered


Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest ones. Wall art, movie posters, etc., was an interest of mine before Mr. Scott Wampler’s Limited Paper became a regular entry on the site. As such, taking the widespread news regarding said topics and condensing it down into a single recurring post was a basic stroke of genius. Add in regular interviews, giveaways, etc., and we have something that I for one always look forward to reading.

3. What Contemporary Superhero Films can Learn from BATMAN: THE MOVIE


You may have noticed that Superhero films have a pretty big place in our collective heart here at Collider. We like to watch them, talk about them, critique them, so on and so forth. So, with the genre at arguably the height of its mainstream popularity, Matt’s editorial plea for it to take a step back and learn a thing or two from the campfest that was Batman: The Movie was somewhat of a bold move that I don’t wholeheartedly agree with but respect and see value in all the same.

4. A Podcast to Call Our Own: THE COLLISION


There’s something to be said for being able to take the personality of the site and transfer it from the written word to the spoken one. While the topics, opinions, and such largely stayed the same, the introduction of our own podcast, The Collision, afforded readers of the site a new format through which to partake in our content.

5. DIRTY LAUNDRY: Thomas Jane’s THE PUNISHER Short Film


This one isn’t such an obvious pick but it was one of my more pleasant surprises of the year. In short, Thomas Jane showed up at San Diego Comic-Con this year with a surprise: a short film, Dirty Laundry, that saw him revisit The Punisher character in brutal fashion. The moral of the story? Don’t mess with people on The Punisher’s laundry day. If you do, it’s a foregone conclusion that you’re gonna have a bad time.

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