Ten Movies to See in 2012: A List of Anticipation

Today is January 3rd, and I’m calling it: 2012 will be the best year for movies so far in the 21st century.*

Could this be a reaction to 2011’s very mediocre crop of films?**  Perhaps.  Or maybe, just maybe, I’m right.

Here’s a quick list of ten movies I can’t wait to see in 2012. (In order of “can’t wait to see”…ness.)

1. The Dark Knight Rises – The follow-up to one of the best comic book (and non-comic book) films of all time.   Actually, I take that back.  I’m sure it won’t be good.  No need to go opening day.  I for one, won’t be in line.  Seriously.  Stay home.  :)

2. The Hunger GamesThe second trailer got me.  I’m rooting for you, Katniss.

3. The Avengers – Hope it lives up to the hype.

4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – The subtitle should be “So Much Expected” seeing how we’ve read the books and own the LOTR films.***

5. Prometheus – A prequel to Alien?  Let’s do this.

6. The Amazing Spider-Man – A prequel to Spider…wait a second.  What the hell is this?  I’m a sucker for Spidey, so I’ll see it, but if there’s another reinvention of Spider-Man in five years…well, I’ll probably see that too.

7. Jack the Giant Killer – Bryan Singer re-teams with screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie to kick some giant ass.  No, really.

8. The Five-Year Engagement – Loved Get Him to the Greek and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, so how can I not be excited about this?  Also, it may be friend-of-the-podcast Randall Park‘s breakout movie.  Go Randy!

9. Django Unchained – Make us proud, Quentin.

10. The Great Gatsby – A great book.  What could go wrong?  :)

I know what you’re thinking: What about Snow White and the Huntsman?  Those Abe Lincoln films?  Battleship?

Battleship?  Really?

At this point, you never know.  Some of the most anticipated movies may be huge disappointments; other films might turn out to be great surprises.  As they say, the only thing we can expect is the unexpected.

And a good Batman movie.

See you at the theater!

-Eric

* The century technically starts Jan. 1st, 2001.  Which works out well, since the year 2000 had some amazing movies.

** A Best Movies of 2011 list is forthcoming.  Will it have better films than those on the Best Movies of 2010 list?  Wait and see. (Hint: No it won’t.  2010 was a very strong year.)

*** In multiple versions.  Damn you, Peter Jackson!

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