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 Games – The 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?
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!
* 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!