One post that I did last year that was really helpful for me was a post where I listed all the movies I wanted to see that were coming out between March and September. Once I hit September I was running out of movies, which was why I arbitrarily stopped finding movies. I ended up seeing all the movies on that list, with the exception of Cowboys & Aliens because I heard it was kind of poopy. Haha, I called a movie “poopy”. Anyways, these are the movies I want to see, and I encourage you guys to share your thoughts on what I might have left out!
DISCLAIMER: I know there are plenty of movies that are going to come out in this time that I haven’t seen the trailer for yet and I did not include it on this list. I did that on purpose. I try to avoid trailers as much as possible, because it turns into an endless spiral of watching more and more bits from the movie that are edited together by someone trying to coax you into watching it. In other words, you don’t need to sell me on a movie that’s coming out then, because if it comes out and I hear good things, I might still check it out.
The Cabin in the Woods – April 13th
I know that this is a Joss Whedon movie and is supposedly a tribute film to movies that involve cabins being in the woods. I’m trying to avoid the trailer because I’ve heard this movie has a similar tone as Drag Me to Hell? I think? I don’t know, I hope it’s good. Then there’s that OTHER Joss Whedon movie…
The Avengers – May 4th
WELL OF COURSE I’M GOING TO SEE THIS! I think the most difficult part about the whole thing will be who the movie focuses on. Iron Man already has two movies under his belt, so the obvious choice would be to have his character driving the story. Then again, you have Captain America getting involved, who most would agree is THE leader of the Avengers, were you to pick only one person. Thor will most likely just show up out of nowhere and fuck things up, but that’s okay, because his movie last year didn’t impress many people. Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Hulk will probably all just poop around in the background, and then Samuel L. Jackson will say something very Samuel L. Jackson-y, and everyone in the audience will giggle. I can pretty much guarantee that this movie will be a lot of fun, but might not necessarily be all that good.
Chernobyl Diaries – May 25th
Something from some guy who apparently had something to do with Paranormal Activity? Okay, maybe not the biggest selling point (just ask that TV show The River), but shit going down at Chernobyl is something I can get behind.
Piranha 3DD – June 1st
The first one was a lot of fun, and what this movie lacks in Adam Scott I hope it makes up for with Katrina Bowden. It’s possible that this installment will get TOO wacky, considering the addition of David Hasselhoff, but I guess wackiness isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Alexandre Aja isn’t directing this time, and directing duties have been passed over to John Gulager, who I feel was kind of hit and miss with his Feast movies. I guess as long as there are boobs in 3D, this should be worth price of admission.
Prometheus – June 8th
I really, really, really, really, really don’t want to consider this the best movie of the year after only having seen a trailer, but how can I not? The confusion over whether this is or isn’t a prequel to Alien or if it just takes place in the same universe or whatever doesn’t really matter, because it’s Ridley Scott coming back to sci-fi with the help of Damon Lindelof. I am also glad that no one really has any goddamn idea what this is about, and since it’s a prequel, it’s hard to have any preconceived notion of what might happen. It just….looks so….awesome.
The Amazing Spider-Man – July 6th
I wish I could be more excited for this than I am, but I’m not. Did that make sense? Shut up. At its best, I’m pretty sure this movie will only be considered “pretty good”. At its worst, it will probably be considered “bad”. Some of the footage from the trailers looks kind of cool, but there wasn’t one sequence or bit of casting that made you sit there and think “WOW” the way the trailer for Raimi’s version did in 2002. I mentioned last summer how I did get chills when I watched the video of Andrew Garfield at SDCC going up in front of an audience to proclaim how proud he was to be Peter Parker, so I’m happy for him, but I guess we all just have to wait and see.
The Dark Knight Rises – July 20th
The way I feel about Prometheus might just be my way of taking the pressure off of this movie. Everyone knows that at its worst, this movie will still be good, and at its best, it will be fucking incredible. Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight is one of the best superhero movies of all time, and I don’t there is any way he can fuck this up. This is another one that I don’t want to look too much into, because the more I see now, the less stuff there will be to blow my fucking mind when I see it in theaters. I guess I just wonder if Nolan will have the balls to permanently cripple Bruce Wayne so someone needs to take over forever, or if Bane will hurt him just enough to take a nap or something. AHHHHH I SHOULD JUST STOP THINKING ABOUT IT NOW!!!!
HOLY SHIT, IS THAT IT?! Last year I had a bunch of movies and I was totally stoked. I thought this summer was going to be just as good, but clearly it won’t. I guess last year there were a lot of movies I kind of wanted to see, but between Avengers, Prometheus, and Dark Knight Rises, there are a few films that I really want to see. And next thing you know, it’ll be the summer of 2013 and we’ll all get to watch Anchorman 2! Yay!
I wholeheartedly agree with you when it comes to trailers. These days they give you everything you need to know and jsut ruin the movie. I try to avoid all that I can.
As for your list, I would agree with most. The Cabin in the Woods is apparently amazing, The Dark Knight can’t fail, The Avengers is like what 5 movies in the making now? It’s not something you can’t see. The Chenobyl Diaries is intriguing(I saw that trailer) as well as Prometheus.
I wouldn’t agree with Piranha or the spider-man reboot, they can wait for dvd. Only things you might have missed are Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter and The Bourne Legacy, which I’m on the fence on.
But yah, this summer does seem kinda dull for movies.
I saw Piranha 3D once and it was in theaters, and it was a lot of fun. I haven’t seen it since then, because I’m sure it won’t hold up. Same thing is expected of Piranha 3DD, so if I see it at all, I’ll be seeing it in 3D. I’m sure I’ll see Spider-Man while it’s in theaters, but depending on what kind of reviews it gets will determine how many weeks I’ll be waiting.
AL:VH is one I’m on the fence about. The title alone makes me want to see it, and the first couple of teaser posters were pretty cool, but the trailer seemed to take itself a little too seriously. I’ve seen Wanted and thought it was pretty cool, but AL:VH doesn’t seem to have a sense of humor to it. As far as Bourne is concerned, I thought the original trilogy was entertaining, but spy movies aren’t really my thing. For me, if a movie is going to have action in it, it needs to be completely insane and over the top like Crank, or it needs to be in a horror or sci-fi context.
I expect a Chicago viewing of Cabin in the Woods opening weekend.
what? no snow white movies?!
I couldn’t pick just one and didn’t think it would be fair!