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03 January 2013 @ 08:52 am
The (New Release) Movies I Saw in 2012, and the Movies I MIGHT Plan to See in 2013  
Hello! For some context, I will begin with the following points for your consideration.

1) With a baby/little one in the house, it's always hard to take time off for ourselves. Both because it requires a babysitter, and it requires us to free us from the guilt of leaving him alone when he already spends so much time in day care anyway. So naturally, our filmgoing has been reduced.

2) In addition to the above consideration, we've had to prioritize our chosen hobbies in other ways. I've opted to mostly use my personal time for video games. Maria mostly uses hers to read books or listen to audio books. So really, movies aren't even at the top of our list anymore, which means we often opt not to see things on video, ultimately.

3) On rare occasions, Maria and I will see things without one another. Sometimes we'll take turns, but more often, this leads to one of us seeing something that the other skips. I didn't care that much about Joyful Noise or Men in Black 3 at the time of their releases, but Maria cared enough to go. On the flip side, Maria couldn't have cared less about hitting the theater for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance or Skyfall. And these are but a few examples.

Despite these points, we did all right in 2012. We saw our fair share of movies. What movies did I personally see which were new releases in 2012? All of these:

Big Miracle
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
John Carter
The Avengers
Battleship
Snow White and the Huntsman
Prometheus
(x2 viewings)
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Dark Knight Rises
The Bourne Legacy
Resident Evil: Retribution
Taken 2
Pitch Perfect
Silent Hill: Revelation 3D
Wreck-It Ralph
Skyfall
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II


2012 releases not seen until video:
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
The Hunger Games
The Cabin in the Woods


DTV New Releases:
Justice League: Doom
Superman vs. The Elite


That's not so bad for someone with a new baby, but we did skip some things we wanted to see because they came ever-so-close to not making it past our "We REALLY want to go" justification sensation, or weren't available to us anymore once we finally had the time to go out to them.

As for 2013, well. We might see all of the movies below, or we might not. We might even see some things that aren't on this list. Sadly, there's not a lot of originality in this list: We've gotta stick with relatively sure things these days to avoid even more guilt from leaving our son, so we have many familiar franchises below. Regardless, here's what I'm keeping on my radar for the new year... so far.

February 1: Warm Bodies - This is a "zombie romance" that looks truly hilarious. It's based on a novel, and the trailer really got us both excited about this. Might see.

February 14: A Good Day to Die Hard - There's no question that I have to see the fifth Die Hard film. To date, this is a rare franchise that I don't feel has a single bad entry. Might wind up going with my dad, however. Either way, will see.

March 29: G.I. Joe: Retaliation - Another must-see for me, and another one that Maria will likely skip out on. Yo Joe!

March 29: The Host - Do we care about Stephanie Meyer's "adult" (read: "sexful") alien invasion/possession love triangle story? Maybe. All those Twilight movies were alternatively silly fun/unintentionally comedic with dashes of genuinely exciting engagement, so I'm kind of interested in seeing how her other story pans out. I'm not sure?

April 12: Evil Dead - This is definitely one I'd wind up seeing alone if I bother to go. Nobody else wants to go with me to this freaky-looking remake of the horror-focused classic. I consider this a "maybe" leaning towards the "yes." It looks like it might do justice to how unsettling the original is...

May 3: Iron Man 3 - The Mandarin emerges at last. Yes, we're going. No question.

May 17: Star Trek Into Darkness - We're almost certainly going to see this, too, given how much we enjoyed the initial reboot, but man, I wish summer movies were more spaced out, because...

May 24: Fast Six - The first in a two-part saga about Letty's return! PROBABLY another given attendance, because I usually enjoy this series and I've always LOVED the even-numbered sequels, but man, I need a break now.

June 14: Man of Steel - Yeah, looks like they dropped "Superman" from the title. And it's another absolute, no-question, I will be there and so will Maria.

July 26: The Wolverine - Thanks for the break, Hollywood. The X-Men saga finally moves forward in time after The Last Stand with this story of Logan in Japan. We'll see it; it's another certainty.

August 2: 300: Rise of an Empire - It's a "maybe." As fun as the original 300 is, I'm not sure if we were clamoring for a side-quel about a simultaneous naval battle, and c'mon, no Gerard Butler? But... not even in a flashback cameo, maybe?

August 16: Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters - The first one is one of my favorite Harry Potter movies, so YES.

September 6: Riddick - FINALLY. SO ABSOLUTELY YES. God this list is starting to sound long.

October 4: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For - My feelings on this start out sounding the same as my opinion of the 300 side-quel. "Yeah, the first is great (and I like it more than 300 really), but I don't know that I want more of that." Now add to that the fact that this one contains a new story written by MODERN Frank Miller, who is one of the worst and most hateful writers I've ever tortured my senses with. And this falls down a bit lower for that. It's kind of an "eh, I dunno."

October 25: The World's End - Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost team for their third and supposedly final genre-fusion comedy, where a group of guys decide to go on a pub crawl that ends at a pub called "The World's End" on the very night that the world is actually friggin' ending. Sadly, as excited as I am to see this, I don't know if it'll be enough to get me in the theater for it... but I think it will.

November 8: Thor: The Dark World - It's Thor. Y'know. Thor, Loki, NatPort, etc. We'll be there.

November 22: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - I bet we'll see this with some of our local friends.

December 20: Anchorman: The Legend Continues - I'd love to go with my pal Holly to see this, given that she was there when I was introduced to the first one. In reality, I dunno if I'll make it to the theater for this, but it makes it on the list anyway

That list is little too long for comfort - 18 movies in total - so I figure we'll skip out on some of the above with impunity, or wait for video on a few of the lesser entries. But now you know, and knowing is half the battle.
 
 
 
Matt: monologuingumrguy42 on January 9th, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
My watched list for 2012 looks like: Dark Knight Rises, The Hobbit. So far, for 2013, Man of Steel is a maybe, and Hobbit pt 2 (I'm assuming they're doing 1 year releases, as with LotR), is a must. The Wright/Pegg/Frost thing sounds interesting, but I dunno about getting to the theaters.

(On a side note, when did LiveJournal start requiring captchas for commenting?)