Posted by Jen
It’s a new year with new movies and one thing I want to do is to go to the theatre more often. It’s hard to get there between work, school, housework, and life in general to find time to go, and then to try to go with someone else and work around their schedule of work and school and all that good stuff. And it’s starting to get so expensive to go the movies (if you don’t sneak your own food in) that I forsee a lot of movies bypassing the theatre in favor of straight to DVD releases or Comcast On Demand. But until that happens, it’s the theatre for me, and to motivate me to want to go more often, I compiled a list of movies I’m looking forward to in the new year.
A Haunted House (January): It’s a spoof on scary movies, and since the Scary Movie Franchise (coming out with number 5 later this year) had overkept its welcome, I’m looking forward to moving in a different direction. It won’t be anything profound and it will probably have a few recycled jokes in it, but it should at least be an enjoyable waste of a few hours.
A Good Day to Die Hard (Feb): I know this is kind of far into the series, but it should be a good old fashioned action movie. There’ll be a lot of shootouts, car chases, and just enough plot to satiate the viewers. A good “popcorn” movie.
Oz The Great and Powerful (March): This is made by Disney, so it’s either going to be really good or appallingly bad. I like Mila Kunis, I like the magical land of Oz, and I like the spin they’re putting on it. However, Disney might make it extremely family friendly and if there’s a scene where everyone dances to a song that was popular a year ago, I’m going to punch a baby.
Carrie (March): I’m not a big fan of Stephen King or remakes (though on occasion they both work out nicely) but making Carrie today is a good move. We have better special effects than when the original came out, and bullying is a hot topic today. If done right, it can really smashing and relatable to a lot of people.
Jurassic Park 3-D (April): Because who doesn’t want to see that t-rex coming right at their face?
The Great Gatsby (May): A lot of people are angry that this is being made into (another) movie, but the one thing it has going for it is Leonardo DiCaprio. I’ve never seen a movie of his that I didn’t like (even 1997’s Romeo + Juliet has a saving grace about it). It’s about the Roaring 20s, love, tragedy, and personifies a bygone era. Even if it’s bad, it’s still something that should be seen at least once from what you’ll be able to take away from it. Plus, more people will pick up a copy of the novel.
World War Z (June): I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t really afraid of this becoming another Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter shitstorm. The book was so fantastic, but was split up between different narrators in different parts of the world during different periods in the war against zombies. Already there’s a difficulty in making the movie. And early rumors had it that the movie will be about trying to prevent the war from happening, which would be a waste.
One movie I really REALLY don’t want to see:
A Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (Feb): I don’t know know how you can have the name Connecticut in the title and have the movie set in Georgia, and I really don’t care. The first one was so unwatchable that every time I think of it, it makes me want to slit my wrists. If this sequel (and sequels of horror movies are never as good as the first) follows in its predecessor’s footsteps, it will have terrible acting, no plot, and a lot of nothing happening except me sitting in the back of the theatre crying over the time I’ve wasted watching it.