This year… is looking to be a good year for movies. A friend of mine in the office, who I can comfortably geek out with about things like this, just sat with me and helped me come up with a list of films we absolutely MUST SEE this year. I’ve decided to provide that list of films here, each followed with a short explaination as to why I’m friggidy-freakin’ out about ‘em. Click the link for their trailers (if I can find one)!
March 25 – Suckerpunch
I really like the director (300, Watchmen, Legend of the Guardians), and this is the first time he’s done a movie that isn’t based on a comic or children’s book. If you watched that trailer, you saw ninja schoolgirls fighting giant robots and samurai and dragons with swords and guns. The plot can be utterly retarded, and I’d still love it just because of that.
April 29 - Dylan Dog: Dead of Night
May 6 - Thor
Here’s our first Two-Movies-That-Must-Be-Seen (TMTMBS) Weekend!
The Beaver stars Mel Gibson, directed by Jodie Foster, and Mel’s character is a depressed, probably a little crazy, married man who discovers a beaver puppet that helps him work through his problems. The script was apparently amazing, I love Mel (even if he is going nuts in real life), and this looks awesome.
TMTMBS Weekend Part II!
I saw the first Kung Fu Panda in theaters about 7 times. I don’t think that number is an exaggeration at all. In my mind, it was the first time that Dreamworks Animation produced something that was even slightly close to anything by Pixar in terms of quality, and I loved it. I’m hoping they can continue that.
The Hangover was a ridiculous romp that came out of nowhere and smashed you in the face with how fun it was. Nobody thought this movie was going to do anything close to what it did… and again, I want to see if they can make magic twice.
June 3 - X-Men: First Class
The last two entries in this series (X-Men 3 and Wolverine) both sucked. But with a new director, new direction, new cast of characters (mostly), excellent group of actors… I’ll give them another shot. (Even though I’ve never really been fond of the X-Men.)
June 10 - Super 8
TMTMBS Weekend Part III!
I enjoy Ryan Reynolds as an actor. He does good work. I think he’d make a better Flash than Green Lantern, but we’ll see how this movie goes. I’m excited to see one of my favorite super heroes on screen, and I’ve heard good things about the plot.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins stars Jim Carrey as a guy who gets a penguin in the mail. Then he gets a second one, a female this time, to keep the first one company. They have babies. Now, Mr. Popper has many many penguins. This was a children’s book that I adored, and while I wouldn’t have thought “Jim Carrey” to play him, it is not a choice I’m upset with. Nostalgia dictates I see this film.
June 24 - Cars 2
Easily the weakest addition to Pixar’s pantheon of stellarness, Cars mostly creeped me out (I’ll talk about why later). That said, it was still a good movie, just not, say, Finding Nemo-good. Or even Bugs Life-good. Definitely not Incredibles- or Toy Story-good… but not bad. It was a mere Triple as opposed to their usual Home Runs, and a triple is still something I’ll gladly pay to see.
July 1 - Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Transformers has been like an abusive relationship. The first one didn’t rape my childhood as much as it… I dunno, made my childhood put on a bathing suit and run through the sprinklers. A little off, but nothing really wrong.
The second one sucked. The end.
They’ve said that they understand what they did wrong, and are trying to do better this time. And like a fool, I sort of believe them. If they hit me again, though… I’mma Lorena Bobbitt those monsters.
If you read my review of the first one, you know why I need to see this.
July 22 - Captain America: The First Avenger
AAAAAHHHH! Oh, good gravy. I’ve been wanting to see this film since I was a child. I could never understand why it’s been so hard to do correctly, but I know the director can do old-timey settings (he did The Rocketeer for pete’s sake, which was amazing) and I have faith in the cast.
July 29 - Cowboys and Aliens
August 19 - Conan the Barbarian
Iffy here. I’m unimpressed by the trailer, and the guy playing Conan used to be on Baywatch. That said, I love Conan. The stories (cause the entire franchise is based on a whole bunch of short stories that are awesome) blew my mind. So, again, I’m hoping this won’t suck.
October 7 - Real Steel
Dec 16 - Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol/Sherlock Holmes
TMTMBS Weekend Part IV (after another couple-month-long dry spell)!
I want Tom Cruise to not be crazy anymore. I want him to get on screen and look like he’s having fun, like he did with Risky Business, Top Gun, Jerry McGuire. He’s a good actor. Also, again, there’s a good director, and hey! Simon Pegg is in it! Yay!
So! There you go. That was a long one, and I hope we get at least a few gems out of that.