It’s time for my annual(ish) list of movies I want to catch this year. Strap in and let the trailers wash over you like pure adrenalin. (Not that I know what an adrenalin shower is like, ’cause I kind of think that would be a bit… icky. Though that’s not really the feeling I think you should take away from watching these trailers… so… look, just get excited, okay? Sheesh, you people are so literal.)
I kind of liked last year’s categorical approach as opposed to the standard calendar approach, so we’ll be doing that again.
Last year, my mother was on the verge of sale to the Russians. Luckily for her, I had enough cash to get through 6 of the 7 movies I had listed, and enough sense to hold off on the 7th. The Avengers, Dark Knight Rises, Amazing Spider-man, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Brave, and Skyfall were all very good (though the first half of the list easily outshines the second). Taken 2, the 7th on the must-see list, I still haven’t seen – and I’m not convinced that’s a bad thing.
From my Priority 2 list last year, I caught Snow White and the Huntsman (not bad), MIB3 (eh, liked it better than 2), and Looper (superb). I still want to catch the others at some point – and one of them was delayed for release all the way to this year, so we’ll get to that in a minute. The only other one I saw was at the bottom of the list, buried in Priority 4 – Expendables 2. That one was completely worth it, if only for Chuck Norris’ scenes.
This year I’ve discovered that the Russians have no interest in my mother. So I guess I’m on my own coming up with the funds for this year’s crop.
Priority 1 – Impede me at your own peril (seriously, you could get hurt)
Iron Man 3 (May 3) – This is the kick-off to Marvel’s Phase 2 and Caddick’s “insanely anticipated movies list” (aka, CIAML)
Star Trek Into Darkeness (May 17) – The battle for top spot on the CIAML between this and Iron Man would be EPIC.
Man of Steel (June 14) – I think we’ve been burned by Superman movies so many times that people are overly wary about this one. I think it’s gonna be great (and I hope I’m right).
Thor: The Dark World (November 8th) – I don’t think there’s any surprise at where this sits. No Trailer available yet.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (December 13) – Again, no surprise. No Trailer available yet.
Priority 2 – Impede me and I’ll be very cross with you (there may even be retaliation)
The Wolverine (July 26) – The only reason this isn’t in priority 1 is because of its predecessor. If this had come first, things would be different. They’ve abused my trust. But that trailer looks really good.
Pacific Rim (July 12) – This looks awesome, and squarely in my wheelhouse, but for some reason I’m not quite invested in it enough for priority 1.
Red 2 (July 19) – The first one was absolutely perfect. Helen Mirren as an action star is an idea whose time has come.
Oblivion (April 19) – This one’s teetering on the edge of priority 3 for me. It does look like something I’d like.
After Earth (June 7) – Kind of in the same boat as Oblivion.
Elysium (August 9) – By the guy who did District 9. Looks like a quality flick.
Ender’s Game (November 1) – I know nothing of this except the book’s reputation. Pretty sure I’ll love it. No trailer available yet.
Priority 3 – Impede me and we may end up going out to eat together, but I might try to sneak out to the 2nd run theater later, or maybe we can rent the DVD together
GI Joe: Retaliation (already out) – the only returning contender ever across these lists, I’m pretty sure this is 2nd run material.
Monsters University (June 21) – I don’t know enough about this to know where it fits in the list, really. Monsters Inc is one of my all-time favorite Pixar flix, but the idea of this one doesn’t really appeal to me. Still, I trust Pixar.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (August 6) – I enjoyed the first one.
Riddick (September 6) – Oh, come on… Vin’s in it, it’s sci-fi… when has that ever gone wrong…
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (November 22) – This is a DVD series for me, but I’ll go to the theater if someone wants some company. No trailer available yet.
Jack Ryan (December 25) – I don’t know enough about this one… it might move up on the list. I really like this character. No trailer available yet.
Priority 4 – Impede me, please – at least until DVD
The Lone Ranger (July 3) – This trailer isn’t horrible, but it reminds me too much of Wild, Wild West. Plus, the teaser trailer made such a hugely negative impression on me that I don’t know if I’ll be convinced to spend any money on this one.
Priority 5 – If you make me watch this, make no mistake – I will hurt you.
Smurfs 2 (July 31) – I’m not even going to find out if there’s a trailer.
Honestly, I’m surprised there aren’t more films on this list. The ones in the first category, though, look INCREDIBLY AWESOME.
What do you think of these? Any disagreements? Anything I missed that’s on your list?