With the New Year upon us, I have decided to let you all see the movies I anticipate seeing for the 2012 year. These are my top 15 movies that are ranked according to the interest I have that was generated by movie trailers or prior personal interest.
1. The Avengers: After seeing the build up in Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America, the big payoff of seeing the Earth’s Mightiest Super Heroes together on-screen is upon us. This was my favorite comic book hero team in the 80s.
2. John Carter: This is the character that got me into reading books back when I was 12 years old. The 11 book series by Edgar Rice Burroughs chronicling the adventures of John Carter on Mars was my favorite set of novels as a teenager. Although the first book is actually called “A Princess of Mars” and not John Carter doesn’t bother me much. I have been waiting for this for 30 years!
3. Batman: The Dark Knight Rises- The third and final film in the trilogy of Batman movies that redefined the super hero genre in the 21st century.
4. Red Tails- I know George Lucas has been talking about making this film about the Tuskegee Airmen, Black fighter pilots that fought in WWII since the 80s. I thought he had waited to long to do the film, especially when HBO released their movie the Tuskegee Airmen, but after seeing the trailer he may be right on time. The trailer gave me goosebumps. I did a detailed study about the Tuskegee Airmen and Benjamin O’Davis back in 1992, so I am really looking forward to the movie.
5. The Hobbit- Actually the first book in the series of books entitled Lord of the Rings. I hope this is just as good as the original three movies.
6. The Amazing Spiderman- I said to myself a reboot already? But the comics have 3 or more different versions of Spiderman going at the same time. What can I say I am a sucker for Spiderman. The Avengers were my favorite hero team as a kid, but Spiderman was my favorite hero.
7. Chronicle- This was an interesting trailer filmed in the vein of Blair Witch and Cloverfield. A trio of young men come across a meteor and gain superpowers. They start off pulling pranks using their powers, but then one of the kids goes on a power trip and all hell breaks loose. The tone of the trailer really got me excited.
8. Battleship- A movie based on a board game? Please! That is what I thought until I saw the trailer and they were battling aliens at sea. Hey you know me. I am a sci-fi geek.
9. GI Joe: Retaliation- Hey I liked the first GI JOE movie. I grew up with the Joes and had the toys. Yo Joe! The Real American Heroes!
10. Coriolanus- Never heard of it until I saw the trailer of this modern-day military style film based on a ruler who feels betrayed by his people. I looked it up and its based on work of Shakespeare. Looks good.
11. Haywire- An action packed CIA thriller in the vein of SALT. Its action scenes caught my attention. We shall see.
12. Safehouse- Another CIA action film with Denzel Washington as a rogue CIA agent. Looked pretty interesting.
13. James Bond: Skyfall- I haven’t seen the trailer yet, but you can’t go wrong with James Bond, especially Daniel Craig’s Bond.
14 Wrath of the Titans- sequel to the revamped Clash of the Titans. I wasn’t thrilled with the first one. I may give this one a chance.
15. The Raven- A movie based on a serial killer who kills people using the deaths that take place in Edgar Allen Poe’s stories. Edgar Allen Poe is hired by the police to help with the investigation since he wrote the stories. This seems like a very intriguing film.
I have posted a link that shows a number of trailers for the upcoming year, for not only the movies on my top 15, but others as well that you may find interesting.