Reviewing the ‘Paranormal Activity’ Franchise

Reviewing the ‘Paranormal Activity’ Franchise

Reviews of ‘Paranormal Activity 1’, ‘Paranormal Activity 2’, ‘Paranormal Activity 3’, ‘Paranormal Activity 4’, ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’, thoughts on each film individually, as a whole, and the future of the franchise.

by Mitch Burns

Downloads27‘Paranormal Activity’ (2007 Limited / 2009 Wide Release)

Director: Oren Peli

Starring: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat and Mark Fredrichs

The film that started not only the ‘Paranormal Activity’ franchise, but in a lot of ways, the hand-held camera craze. It also saw a trend of studios putting faith in smaller budget horror films, with a decent story and some originality, and reaping the rewards.

‘Paranormal Activity’ is about a young couple, Katie (Katie Featherston) and Micah (Micah Sloat), who move into a new home and begin to notice many strange things beginning to happen to them. Katie is convinced that they are being “Haunted”, so Micah begins recording their life, and the two of them while they sleep. The recordings capture something horrifying and things only start to worsen for the young couple.

On the surface, it’s very easy to see the issues with ‘Paranormal Activity’, The acting isn’t great, the characters are a bit one note, and in the case of Micah, slightly annoying. These issues aren’t entirely bothersome in the grand scheme of things, as the movie does so much with a reported $15,000 budget. ‘Paranormal Activity’ is freaky and creepy, I’m glad I didn’t see this in theaters as I can only imagine how much scarier it would have been amplified on the big screen.

The creators found a way to make something incredibly spine-tingling, on a small budget, avoiding a low-budget feel. I often found myself asking “How did they do that?”. The film creates a compelling mystery as well, one that has spanned 5 films, and I am still intrigued to learn more about. After making almost $200 million ‘Paranormal Activity’ has surpassed cult classic, and become a straight up classic, a notion that I know will be correct on even in 20-30 years.

Grade: A-

‘Paranormal Activity 2’ (2010)

Director: Tod Williams

Starring: Molly Ephraim, Sprague Grayden, Brian Boland, Seth Ginsberg, Vivis Cortez, Micah Sloat, and Katie Featherston

‘Paranormal Activity 2’ continues with the story established in the first of the series, instead of being a direct sequel, they decide to go the prequel route, which is an interesting premise. ‘Paranormal Activity 2’ centers on Kristi (Sprague Grayden), the sister of Katie (Katie Featherston), and Kristi’s family, her husband Dan (Brian Boland), their young son Hunter, and Dan’s daughter from another marriage Ali (Molly Ephraim).

Several weeks before the events of the first film, Katie’s sisters family has their house broken into and trashed, so Brian has security cameras installed throughout the entire property. The security cameras begin to catch some Paranormal Activity…

Unfortunately, ‘Paranormal Activity 2’ takes a major plummet in quality from the first film to the second. ‘Paranormal Activity 2’ has some issues, among those issues are terrible writing and bad dialogue and two terrible characters, Kristi (Sprague Grayden) and Dan (Brian Boland), who are not helped as the actors playing them give appalling performances.

If the film was as scary as the first I may have been able to overlook some of the problems the film has, but not only is the film lacking in scares, it can be dull in spots. I started to feel some fatigue with the product as well, as I found myself thinking that the film felt quite like “More of the same”, and ‘Paranormal Activity 2’ shouldn’t have these problems being only the second in a franchise.

The franchise overall may have a problem with this film (and the fourth, but more on that later), as there are questions raised in ‘Paranormal Activity 2’ that the creators may never be able to answer and will forever remain plot-holes. luckily, myself and most audiences won’t see this film as so bad because the last 20 minutes are shocking, interesting and leave you wanting more.

Grade: C-

‘Paranormal Activity 3’ (2011)

Director: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman

Starring: Chris Smith, Lauren Bittner, Chloe Csengery, Jessica Tyler Brown, Hallie Foote, Dustin Ingram, Sprague Grayden and Katie Featherston

‘Paranormal Activity 3’  is a prequel to a prequel, taking place in 1988, nearly 18 years before the events of ‘Paranormal Activity 1′ and 2. With a larger amount of story layered in, in order to weave the films together, and it makes ‘Paranormal Activity 3′ all the more interesting.

In ‘Paranormal Activity 2′  we were never shown that a box of video tapes were stolen from Kristi (Sprague Grayden) and Dan’s house in the robbery that resulted in them installing the security cameras. These video tapes belonged to Kristi and Katie’s (Katie Featherston) mother Julie (Lauren Bittner) and boyfriend Dennis (Chris Smith). The tapes were made by Dennis, a wedding photographer, who began to notice some supernatural events surrounding a young Katie (Jessica Tyler Brown) and Kristi (Chloe Csengery), and began to film the house.

The decisions made actually feel necessary and interesting instead of forced like in ‘Paranormal Activity 2’, (and all of ‘Paranormal Activity 4’). Taking the film back to the beginning of the haunting’s surrounding Kristi and Katie, which were only hinted at in 1 and 2, actually answers some questions, creates a few new ones, and remains scary. ‘Paranormal Activity 3’ is probably the most well made film of the entire series, it has a larger budget, and  likeable characters, good acting, and it may take a bit to get moving it does have an interesting, multi-layered story.

‘Paranormal Activity 3’ falls victim to an irritating trend that besieges most horror films, and even the first two in some fashion, those moments when no one will believe anyone. It’s basically just common knowledge that if you are in a horror film, and you see a ghost or something creepy, nobody will believe you, no matter if it’s your significant other, parents, siblings or best friend, they won’t believe you, and it’s irritating.

Also, put the damn camera down if you’re being chased, you’re trying to save someones life, and it is a life or death situation. The first two didn’t have this problem, but 3, 4 and the spin-off do, and it is quite unbelievable that these people would still be holding a camera while running scared, and so well.

Grade: B-

‘Paranormal Activity 4’ (2012)

Director: Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman 

Starring: Kathryn Newton, Matt Shively, Aiden Lovekamp, Brady Allen, Alexondra Lee, Stephen Dunham, and Katie Featherston

It’s now 2011, a young girl named Alex (Kathryn Newton) and her family, her Mom (Alexondra Lee), her Dad (Stephen Dunham) and her littler brother Wyatt (Aiden Lovekamp), get some new neighbors across the street. One night, cops and ambulance’s surround the new neighbors house, and Alex and her friend Ben (Matt Shively), discover the child, Robbie (Brady Allen), who just moved in across the street in their treehouse.

After Alex’s mom discovers that Robbie’s mom is in the hospital, she decides to take him in to their home. Shortly after, mysterious things begin to happen and Alex, with the help of Ben, begin to film the house using webcams, phone cameras and more to capture what is going on.

The film immediately makes my blood boil as they treat the film’s star Kathryn Newton, who was 15 at the time of filming, as a sexual object. Her friend Ben (Matt Shively) is the most irritating character I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing on-screen and he is consistently trying to seduce the young Alex, trying to get her to show her boobs, talks about being cock-blocked and watches her sleep!

The film then begins to shit on any good reputation the first three films had already built up. The scares aren’t handled well in ‘Paranormal Activity 4’, while the first 3 developed a creep factor, and worked to scare you, here the imagination is completely turned off and they throw anything at the audience to try and make the jump. The film fails, miserably. and you won’t be scared at all, in fact you will definitely find yourself rooting for the evil to win.

I don’t know how the franchise is going to work themselves out of the hole ‘Paranormal Activity 4’ dug, the first 3 created a mystery, and the 4th screws it up, at least in my opinion. I don’t know what they have planned for future installments, but the logic flaws, plotholes and lack of information actually makes me angry.

I’m trying to remind myself why I went with a D- and not an F, I know I didn’t completely hate it, probably because it is in the ‘Paranormal Activity’ universe which I do like. Although, when you take all the issues I’ve stated above, it can only get worse when you add the typical bad acting (Matt Shively), underdeveloped characters (supposedly Alex’s parents are fighting?), the predictability (if you don’t see what’s coming, you’re an idiot), and no one puts the camera down even when they are being chased.

Grade: D-

‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ (2014)

Director: Christopher Landon

Starring: Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Gabrielle Welsh, Renee Victor, David Saucedo, Gloria Sandoval, Molly Ephraim, Micah Sloat and Katie Featherston

‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ is a spin-off according to creators, after having seen it, I would call it essential viewing if you are a fan of the franchise. The spin-off takes place in 2012, essentially after all four films, although (for all spoiler-free purposes) it doesn’t really connect to those first four films (but it does, but I didn’t tell you that).

The film is set in a small apartment complex, where new high school graduate Jesse (Andrew Jacobs) lives with his Grandmother (Renee Victor) and his father (David Saucedo). He has two close friends in Hector (Jorge Diaz) and Marisol (Gabrielle Welsh), they buy a camera from a pawn shop and begin to film their surroundings. When one evening Jesse’s neighbor below him, Ana (Gloria Sandoval), is murdered, he teams up with Hector and Marisol to figure out what is happening.

‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ takes a while to get going, and if it weren’t for the likeable characters, the beginning would be a complete bore. These characters are probably the most likeable characters since Katie in the first film, the film actually builds some good relationships, friendship and family. I applaud the franchise for adding some ethnicity into the series, while most films wouldn’t dare trying something like this, I think adding a Latino family adds something different and fresh.

While the film is interesting and actually funny at points, the first hour goes by without almost a single scare, which is very odd for a horror film, it leans more towards thriller or even mystery. I think at this point the franchise needs something to liven it up, this could have been it but it still wasn’t as scary as I would have liked it to be, but still a lot scarier than the fourth film. Again, I will decry the handheld camera portion as the last 20 minutes of the film are spent with a lot of running and screaming, and any sane person would discard the camera for certain.

Although, I enjoyed ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ for its differences, for its characters, and maybe because I had just come off ‘Paranormal Activity 4’ and anything is better than that. This is a direction the film should go towards, but amp up the scares and get the story moving a little faster please, some editing and cuts would make this a tighter, scarier thrill.

Grade: C

Thoughts on the entire Paranormal Franchise

It’s 2015 and I’m just watching the Paranormal franchise, so what are my thoughts? 1 and 3 are definitely the best, 2 and The Marked ones aren’t bad, and 4 is almost unwatchable.

Ranking: In order from my favorite to least favorite, although it’s probably pretty obvious by my grades.

#1- ‘Paranormal Activity’
#2- ‘Paranormal Activity 3’
#3- ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’
#4- ”Paranormal Activity 2′
#5- ‘Paranormal Activity 4’

Did I enjoy my time watching these films? Yes, it’s a fun little franchise, and there were many points that I had to turn the volume down or almost closed my eyes. They’ve tapped into something scary, using the handheld camera style makes the horror seem real and tangible.

Am I looking forward to more? Yes! The mystery the franchise has built up intrigues me, I’m hoping they can wrap it up in one or two more films, but these movies make so much money that I could see why they would continue forever.

The Future of the Paranormal Franchise

Seeing as I am now excited about the Paranormal Franchise and where it is going, I’ve looked into it a bit. Christopher B. Landon, who helped write all but the first film, has said that there is an end planned, and that it will take a few more films to see that out. If fatigue doesn’t hit the franchise at all, I could see that being 2, maybe 3, more films.

The next film in the franchise is titled ‘Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension’, a title that suggests a link to events that happened in ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ , which should be interesting. It is also being seen as the fifth film in the ‘Paranormal Activity’ franchise, as  ‘Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones’ was a spin-off. The film is due in theaters October 23, 2015, but after having been delayed about three times already, and not knowing much else about the film, I’m a little worried if we will see it on that date. It will center on a family of four, with Katie Featherston reprising her role as Katie, the only actor to have been in every film so far.

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85th Academy Awards Predictions!

Predictions for the 85th Academy Awards (Oscars)

This Year has been Crazy, each one of the movies Nominated for Best Pictures has been a frontrunner at some point, in most cases they’ve been the front runner several times but now it seems like Argo is the one to watch, even though Ben Affleck was snubbed for Best Director! 
It’s going to be a fun night, Seth MacFarlane hosting, the Cast of the Marvel’s The Avengers is presenting an award, and Adele is singing her James Bond theme song Skyfall for the first time live, but above everything I’m calling this years Oscars Unpredictable. 
Oh sure, there are a few locks, like Anne Hathaway  and Adele, but besides those two, I’m not sure who will be walking out with awards, I’m excited to see. 
If you want to see who I think are the winners of 2012 click here for my first annual Mitch Awards
With out further ado, Here are my predictions, I could be way off so please don’t bet money on these picks, but here’s hoping I’m close because I always play a little game and see how close I can get, Good Luck everyone! 
Best Picture:
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Django Unchained”
Who Will Win: Argo
Who Might Win: Lincoln
Who Should Win: Argo
The Best Picture Race is the toughest one of the night, Argo seems to have the biggest steam at the moment but Lincoln Will give it a run for it`s money for sure, but don`t be surprised if Zero Dark Thirty or Silver Linings Playbook come out of nowhere and win it. 
Best Supporting Actor:
Christoph Waltz, “Django Unchained”
Philip Seymour Hoffman, “The Master”
Robert De Niro, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Alan Arkin, “Argo”
Tommy Lee Jones, “Lincoln”
Who Will Win: Tommy Lee Jones
Who Might Win: Christoph Waltz
Who Should Win: Tommy Lee Jones

Oh, Tommy is a favorite of mine and I hope he wins, the aging actor has only had one nomination since his 1993 win for The Fugitive, Christoph Did a great job in Django, but I thought his performance was lackluster compared to his costars Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L. Jackson, and Waltz just won 3 years ago for Inglourious Basterds! 
Best Supporting Actress:
Sally Field, “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway, “Les Miserables”
Jacki Weaver, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Helen Hunt, “The Sessions”
Amy Adams, “The Master”
Who Will Win: Anne Hathaway
Who Might Win: Anne Hathaway
Who Should Win: Anne Hathaway

Even though she`s worse than Taylor Swift at pretending to be surprised, she definitely deserves it and I can handle sitting through one more Hathaway acceptance speech… even though there will probably be many more to come in the coming years! Early Congrats Anne!

Best Director:
David O. Russell, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Ang Lee, “Life of Pi”
Steven Spielberg, “Lincoln”
Michael Haneke, “Amour”
Benh Zeitlin, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Who Will Win: Steven Spielberg
Who Might Win: Ang Lee 
Who Should Win: Steven Spielberg
This is Ang Lee`s First Oscar worthy movie since 2005`s Brokeback Mountain, and while it`s astounding, I would love to see the lovable and Talented Spielberg take the award home for the amazing Lincoln, especially if Lincoln doesn`t take Best Picture.

Best Actor:
Daniel Day Lewis, “Lincoln”
Denzel Washington, “Flight”
Hugh Jackman, “Les Miserables”
Bradley Cooper, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Joaquin Phoenix, “The Master”
Who Will Win: Daniel Day Lewis
Who Might Win: Bradley Cooper
Who Should Win: Daniel Day Lewis
I`m about 99% sure Daniel Day Lewis has it in the bag here, and i`m 100% certain he deserves it, but if anyone could beat him here, it`s Cooper. 

Best Actress:
Naomi Watts, “The Impossible”
Jessica Chastain, “Zero Dark Thirty”
Jennifer Lawrence, “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva, “Amour”
Quvenzhané Wallis, “Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Who Will Win: Jennifer Lawrence
Who Might Win: Jessica Chastain
Who Should Win: Jessica Chastain 
I love Jennifer Lawrence, and her performance in Silver Linings was astounding, but I felt that Jessica Chastain was spectacular in Zero Dark Thirty, of course the cat fight rumors have started between them (just rumors) because this is a very tight race, and could go either way. I`ll be happy either way! In fact, I`d be happy with an upset in this category also! 

Best Original Screenplay:
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Django Unchained”
“Moonrise Kingdom”
Who Will Win: Zero Dark Thirty
Who Might Win: Django Unchained
Who Should Win: Zero Dark Thirty
I can only imagine the painstaking research, time and energy that went into writing Zero Dark Thirty, That`s why I`m rooting for ZD30 all the way, but Quentin has a pretty good chance at winning it with Django Unchained. Hell, some people even say this is the category Haneke slips in and wins something for Amour!

Best Adapted Screenplay:
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Life of Pi”
“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
Who Will Win: Argo
Who Might Win: Lincoln
Who Should Win: Argo
The writing categories are pretty unpredictable, as are most of the categories this year, but I`ll put my money on Argo for this one, even though it could go to the Play Based Lincoln or even David O. Russel`s screenplay for Silver Linings.

Best Animated Feature:
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
“Wreck-It Ralph”
Who Will Win: Brave
Who Might Win: Wreck-it Ralph
Who Should Win: Wreck-it Ralph

Unfortunately the old farts who vote for these movies probably hate Video Games since their grandkids pay more attention to video games then they do their grandparents, so they`ll probably give this one to Brave, Which was good but Wreck-it Ralph deserves it more, even ParaNorman or Frankenweenie deserve it more than Brave!

Best Foreign Feature:
“A Royal Affair”
“War Witch”
Who Will Win: Amour
Who Might Win: Amour
Who Should Win: Amour

If you’re the only Best Picture Nominated movie in your field doesn’t that make you a shoo in to win? It’s like when 2009’s Up being nominated for Best Picture and Best Animated Feature…. hmmm… I wonder?

Best Visual Effects:
“Life of Pi”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“The Avengers”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”
Who Will Win: Life of Pi
Who Might Win: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Who Should Win: Life of Pi
An Indian boy spends 75% of the movie on a boat with a CGI tiger, and surrounded by CGI Fish, Whales and CGI islands? I think Life of Pi is the winner here, especially since it was beautiful and adapted from a book that most said was un-adaptable. 

Best Cinematography:
“Anna Karenina”
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
Who Will Win: Life of Pi
Who Might Win: Skyfall
Who Should Win: Life of Pi

Unfortunately Skyfall’s Cinematographer Roger Deakins has been nominated in this category for the last 10 years and never won. Unfortunately, he probably won’t win this year either…

Best Costume Design:
“Anna Karenina”
“Les Miserables”
“Mirror Mirror”
“Snow White and the Huntsman”
Who Will Win: Anne Karenina
Who Might Win: Les Miserables
Who Should Win: Lincoln
As you can see I’m all over the board on this one, if Lincoln won I would be happy, If Les Miserables won, I would be happy, if Anna Karenina wins… I won’t be surprised or happy. 

Best Documentary Feature:
“Searching for Sugar Man”
“How to Survive a Plague”
“The Gatekeepers”
“5 Broken Cameras”
“The Invisible War”
Who Will Win: Searching for Sugar Man
Who Might Win: How To Survive a Plague
Who Should Win: How to Survive a Plague

I’m almost certain that Searching for Sugar Man is going to take this one home, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the very real How to Survive a Plague

Best Documentary Short:
“Open Heart”
“Kings Point”
“Mondays at Racine”

Who Will Win: Mondays at Racine
Who Might Win: Open Heart
Who Should Win: Open Heart
Best Film Editing:
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Life of Pi”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
Who Will Win: Argo
Who Might Win: Zero Dark Thirty
Who Should Win: Either One

The Editing Award usually goes to the movie with more action, fast pacing, quick cuts etc. and both Argo and ZD30 had top notch editing, I’m betting on Argo on this one just because it’s the one to beat. 
Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Miserables”
Who Will Win: Les Miserable
Who Might Win: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Who Should Win: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Let`s be honest, Les Miserables will win because they made pretty people look dirty and scummy, but I`m sure it took 10x`s longer to make 13 men into ugly Dwarves. Let`s give Hitchcock a little pat on the back, before it came out everyone assumed it would be the one to beat, then everyone saw it and now it only has one nomination… good job ruining that!

Best Music (Original Score):
“Anna Karenina”
“Life of Pi”
Who Will Win:  Lincoln
Who Might Win: Life of Pi
Who Should Win: Lincoln

Everyone`s putting their money on (Life of Pi`s) Michael Danna, But I`ll take a chance and give my vote to fan favorite John Williams (Lincoln) Because he gave us a wonderful Score in Lincoln that perfectly accompanied the uplifting Lincoln. 

Best Music (Original Song):
“Before My Time” from “Chasing Ice” 
“Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from “Ted”
“Pi’s Lullaby” from “Life of Pi”
“Skyfall” from “Skyfall”
“Suddenly” from “Les Misérables”
Who Will Win: Skyfall
Who Might Win:Suddenly 
Who Should Win: Skyfall
If you`re nominated in the same category as Adele, I think it`s safe to stay home in your sweat pants. 

Best Production Design:
“Anna Karenina”
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
“Les Misérables”
“Life of Pi”
Who Will Win: Lincoln
Who Might Win: Les Miserables
Who Should Win: Either 

I`ll give this one to Lincoln although it and Les Mis are neck in neck and both are deserving of the award for their grand and authentic set pieces. 

Best Short Film, Animated:
“Adam and Dog”
“Fresh Guacamole”
“Head over Heels”
“Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare'”
Who Will Win: Paperman
Who Might Win: Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’
Who Should Win: Paperman
All of the above Animated Shorts are wonderful and have a definite “Cute Factor”, and assuming all the Academy Voters actually watched these shorts than the award should go to Disney’s Paperman, but if the voters just go by Familiarity than Maggie Simpson in ‘The Longest Daycare’ could scoop this one up.

Best Short Film, Live Action:
“Buzkashi Boys”
“Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)”
Who Will Win: Curfew
Who Might Win: Asad
Who Should Win: Curfew
It looks Like Curfew has this one down, but don’t be surprised if Asad steals it. 

Best Sound Editing:
“Django Unchained”
“Life of Pi”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
Who Will Win: Argo
Who Might Win: Skyfall
Who Should Win: Skyfall

None of us are quite sure who will take the Best Sound Editing Award this year, it could go to either Skyfall, Argo, or even Life of Pi!

Best Sound Mixing:
“Les Misérables”
“Life of Pi”
Who Will Win: Les Miserables
Who Might Win: Les Miserables
Who Should Win: Les Miserables
Mixing Live singing with Instrumentals and all the other background noises has to be a huge task, that’s why all of my chips are on Les Mis! 

The 1st Annual Mitch Awards

The First Annual Mitch Awards are here, this is something I’ve always wanted to do and with the Academy Awards coming up, and following a year of cinema that was amazing, I’ve decided now would be a great time to start this silly little project. 

So with out further ado, let’s start with the first category: 

and the winner is: 

The Cabin in the Woods

and the winner is: 

Parks & Recreation

and the winner is: 

and the winner is: 

This is 40

and the winner is: 

The Walking Dead

and the winner is: 

Jennifer Lawrence
and the winner is: 

Matthew McConaughey
and the winner is: 

Rebel Wilson
and the winner is: 

Tom Holland/Quvenzhane Wallis 
and the winner is: 

The Dark Knight Rises
and the winner is: 

Jessica Chastain
and the winner is: 

Anne Hathaway
and the winner is: 

Daniel Day-Lewis
and the winner is: 

Leonardio DiCaprio
and the winner is: 

Wreck-It Ralph
and the winner is: 

Ang Lee

and the winner is: 

Zero Dark Thirty/Argo

and the winner is: 


and the winner is: 

Channing Tatum

and the winner is: 

Leslie Mann

and the winner is: 

Sarah Silverman

and the winner is: 

Life of Pi

and the winner is: 

Les Miserables

The Worst Movies of 2012

The Worst 




Sorry 2012, for all of your good times, you also had some incredibly bad times! It happens though, I don’t want you to feel bad about yourself 2012! You’re like a beautiful woman with a great personality, a solid ten,  but then you meet her crazy, annoying family (if that makes any sense).

2012 was awesome, you can click here to see The Best Movies of 2012, so many good movies that I had to make my list 20 movies long.

Let’s get this started, and keep in mind this is the worst of 2012 in my opinion. Some movies from 2012 were so blatantly awful, That I didn’t even see them, like the final Twilight movie, This Means War, One for the Money, What to expect When Your Expecting, Gone, Ghost Rider 2, The Oogieloves etc. The upcoming movies are the movies that I saw and that I hated and that disappointed me the most. These movies are (in my opinion) bad movies, but on top of being bad they also disappointed me. That’s right, I am playing the disappointed father here, These are the movies that I went into with an open mind and (occasionally) high expectations and was horribly disappointed.

10. The Lorax

What they did wrong:
Let’s be honest here, I am not The Lorax’s targeted market here, but I should have been! I am the kid that grew up loving The Lorax, I am the kid that had and read everything Dr. Seuss ever wrote, and now I am the man that has grown up to live in a time where global warming, deforestation, and pollution are huge threats to our way of life. The book, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, is a love story to the environment, and a warning sign to humans about keeping our environment healthy, all of this deeper meaning and environmental love is lost in the movie version, Hollywood takes over and zany antics and cute animals take over. The environment
becomes second fiddle to a young boy just trying to get laid. P.S, I didn’t need to hear Taylor Swifts voice anymore, Blah!

What they did right:
let’s end this on a good note, The animation is good, Danny Devito is perfect as The Lorax and yes, the animals are cute and funny.

“Dr. Seuss Wouldn’t approve

9. Total Recall

The action is amped up, but the plot and characters took a blow to the head. This is one of those movies remakes where they had everything they could have asked for, the technology and special effects, a great cast and a juicy summer release date, and they just messed it up. They couldn’t pull it off, they needed to stick closer to the original, and they needed to care more about the characters, because what we’re left with is these awesome actors who are so plain that we can’t help but not give a crap about them or their story.

What they did right:
they got the right actors, Colin Farrell deserves to have action star power, and Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Beil are hot and cool, unfortunately they were left hanging, The action was great, that alone will keep most people happy and entertained, but I couldn’t help but seeing through it all.

“Shit Jessica, we’ve found ourselves in a terrible remake!”

8. The Amazing Spiderman

What they did wrong:
Let’s talk about unnecessary remakes! Let’s take Spiderman Sam Raimi’s spiderman and remake with it different actors, and a different bad guy, and make more money off of a movie that was in theatre’s ten years ago! How stupidly frustrating is this? Very!

What they did right:
Oh, they did a lot right, I’ll be the first to admit that, but they made their first mistake when they even gave this movie the green light! To be honest, this was the movie that should have been made 10 years ago, only because this time around they picked way better actors, but that doesn’t warrant a new Spiderman movie being made with the exact same story as the 2002 version!

“Wait, I’m still confused, are you supposed to be Mary Jane or Gwen Stacy? Who cares!”

7. Piranha 3DD

What they did wrong:
2010’s Piranha did something awesome, it gave the monster movie genre new legs (or fins), I loved it! Piranha 3DD became everything that Piranha wasn’t, Piranha 3DD took the monster movie genre back down to the lowest of lows, terrible, terrible acting, completely misplaced comedy, a terribly over the top, implausible storyline and violence and gore that felt miles away from the first, it completely didn’t work and shouldn’t be associated with 2010’s Piranha in anyway.

What they did right:
Not much….

Oh look, it’s that girl who’s in every horror movie!

6. Rock of Ages

What they did wrong:
In a year where musicals were pretty great (Les Mis, Pitch Perfect etc.), Rock of Ages wasn’t so great. I’ve never seen the musical, and I’m sure it’s great, but the movie version is so bland and generically bad that I found myself skipping huge portions and not caring about the characters. In my opinion, Glee could have done better versions of all the songs sung in the movie, and in some cases they have. Rock of Ages was, at times, barf worthy. The two main characters, played by Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta, were so terrible that during a scene where they sing bellow the Hollywood sign, I secretly hoped one of the letters would fall and crush them both.

What they did right:
Tom Cruise wasn’t terrible I guess, Alec Baldwin and Russel Brand were the best part of the whole movie thanks to their comedy chops, but unfortunately their singing leaves something to be desired. The monkey, Hey Man, is pretty cool also.

“Shit Russel, it’s sad that we’re the only good part about this movie”

5. Savages

What they did wrong:
I don’t even know what this movie was supposed to be, I basically had this recurring thought the whole movie “What am I even watching?”
Blake Lively and Taylor Kitsch are terrible, they play the two leads, who are in a three way relationship with one of my upcoming favorites, Kick Ass’ Aaron Johnson, and for the first half hour we watch them smoke pot, that they grow, and have sex. Then they get caught up in a big mess where everyone wants their pot, and then John Travolta’s in it, and Benecio Del Toro is in a movie for the first time in like 20 years, and Salma Hayek is as beautiful as ever but she can’t help this unnecessarily confusing and drab story, I feel like Oliver Stone thought he had something, but he really didn’t.

What they did right:
John Travolta, Salma Hayek and Benicio Del Toro bring their A-game, they really do, I can’t deny that they are all good actors, but they can’t do anything for this story.

“Who cares if this movies any good, at least we all look hot”

4. Dark Shadows

What they did Wrong:
Tim Burton & Johnny Depp, I love you both, with a deep passion, but I think you two need to take a break. Lets branch off and do some new things, let us miss you together! This could have been good, but the humor is so terribly off kilter and the story needed a huge jolt of electricity, it felt incredibly ant-Tim Burton. Tim Burton sold out for this movie, I think he thought he could make a buck off of putting Johnny Depp in a Vampire costume and sell it, all it does is fall incredibly flat.

What they did right:
I love all these actors, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Moretz are all terrific, but they can’t save this story.

“Okay Tim, for this picture lets pretend we actually have serious discussions about our movies, haha!”

3. The Campaign

 What they did Wrong: 
They took two of the biggest funnymen from the last decade and put them in a movie where every laughable moment is in the trailer, every other moment that could have been funny is ruined, and the story behind all of this is so stupid, illogical and implausible that I couldn’t even shut my brain off enough to enjoy the stupidity of the jokes! I love Will Ferrel, and I love Zach Galifinakis, but this is the worst movie either of them has made. 2012 was an election year, and unfortunately The Campaign stayed out of current politics, making jokes out of nothing. 
What they did right:
Zach Galifinakis and Will Ferrel play two awesome characters right out of an SNL skit, and if they had better jokes to work with they could have been remembered for many years to come. 

“Don’t worry Zach, with both of us in the movie, no one will care how unfunny it is! Trust me!”

2. John Carter

What they did wrong:
I like to read, and from what I’ve heard from friends and the Internet, the book this movie is based on (John Carter of Mars) is really quite good! Unfortunately, it doesn’t transfer to the screen well, at all! The movie has so much wrong with it, I’m surprised it even got made, the characters are boring and it doesn’t help that the acting is bad, the plot is all over the place and the pacing is completely loopy and terrible. As soon as something gets your heart slightly pumping, they slow down everything down, the movie is actually incredibly boring! blah!!!!

What they did right:
The special effects were good, that’s it! The cute little dog like alien thing that follows John Carter around the whole movie is pretty cute as well, it’s the only character worth liking.

“Look John Carter! This Stone is more interesting then our movie… and  Taylor Kitsch” 
1. Battleship

What they did wrong:
First, basing a movie off of a board game is probably a bad bet, but crazier things have been done so I can understand the studio’s willingness to try. Then they kill off True blood’s Alexander Skarsgard, Who plays Taylor Kitsch’s brother, and that made me mad, because Taylor Kitsch is terrible and Alexander Skarsgard is great and deserves to stay alive over Kitsch, Sure they leave Liam Neeson alive but he’s absent for huge gaps at a time. The plot is extremely askew, extremely unbelievable and there is no visible authenticity given to the Navy serving characters. Almost every single actor on board gives terrible a terrible performance, especially Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, and yes, even Rihanna (sorry). The action wasn’t even memorable, the whole movie is just 2 forgettable hours of screeching metal and explosions, it had me begging for a Transformers movie! 
What they did right: 
Okay, that’s a lie, I laughed quite a bit, but I don’t think I was supposed to be laughing… 

“Yepp, looks like this is the end to both of our acting careers, sorry Ri-Ri, at least we know you can rock Navy Blue and a ball cap”

The Best Movies of 2012

2012 was a great year for movies, I am not speaking economically, although it was a great money making year for movies, I mean critically. This year was absolutely amazing, especially if you compare it to last year which was a miserable year for movies; I barely even enjoyed all of the movies up for Academy Awards last year. This year, any one of the nominated movies for Best Picture could have won Best Picture, if released last year.
2012 was full of beautifully crafted original ideas like Moonrise Kingdom and Amour, movies based on true events that took our breath away like Lincoln, Argoand Flight, Sequels that give a better name to sequels like Skyfalland The Dark Knight Rises and even a couple of remakes that were pretty great like Dredd and 21 Jump Street.
Obviously 2012 had its fair share of duds, I’m looking at you Twilight and Battleship, but overall I am very, very happy with 2012 in Film. Last year it was the Indie movies and the ones that flew under the radar that made 2011 worthwhile. In 2012, many of the movies I loved are box office hits and largely known movies, because this year Hollywood brought its A-game.
In 2012 I watched over 80 movies, close to 180 hours of movie watching, and I still couldn’t see every movie I wanted to because unfortunately I wanted to get this list out well in advance of the Academy Awards, I was hoping to get it out before The Golden Globes but that obviously didn’t happen, because I am not a professional movie critic and I don’t get paid to write see movies or write reviews.
In 2011 my list included 10 movies that I loved from 2011, this year my list will have 20 movies on it in order for me to express my deep love for Cinema 2012, and here are The best movies of 2012:
20. The Dark Knight Rises

How do you top The Dark Knight? One of the best movies of the last decade (maybe more), you don’t try and top, you just can’t. TDKR isn’t better than The Dark Knight, it couldn’t possibly be better, but it definitely holds its own, it has spectacular action and an emotional story that gives a wonderful closing to Christopher Nolan’s great trilogy. The actors give it their all and more, new to Gotham City are Anne Hathaway as Cat Woman, Tom Hardy as Bane and Marion Cotillard as Miranda Tate, all three do some of their best acting, especially Tom Hardy! Even the regular cast seem to step it up a notch, Michael Caine for one. The Dark Knight Rises was met with some criticism, but only because of the incredibly high standards set by its predecessor, but no matter what this is a fulfilling closing to one of the best trilogies ever made.
19. End of Watch

One of 2012’s little movies that could, this cop drama made it on Roger Ebert’s top 12 movies of 2012 and for good reason. Bromance movies have had an upsurge in the last few years, but comedies have generally ruled the Bromance market (I Love you, Man, Ted, etc.) but End of Watch Ends that trend and offers up one of the best dramatic Bromance’s in recent years, and End of Watch isn’t without it’s bits of humor. I’ve never been a huge fan of the film’s stars Jake Gyllenhaal or Michael Pena, I actually like Michael Pena more, ever since 2004’s Crash, but End of Watch has such an incredible commitment to these characters that it’s hard not to understand every move they make, end enjoy them. End of Watch is electrifying and awesome!
18. Seven Psychopaths
I actually almost made this list without seeing Seven Psychopaths because I hadn’t heard that much about it, I thought it was one of those movies I could miss, but obviously I was mistaken. Psychopaths just offers up such awesome, hilarious characters played by some of my favorite actors who are generally underrated. Seven Psychopaths is original, funny, clever and violent, which is definitely my cup of tea.
17. The Grey

Doesn’t the plot of The Grey seem a little overdone? A group of survivors of a horrific plane crash have to survive in a harsh environment, led by an experienced leader with a will to survive. Yep, sounds familiar, even last years The Way Back could be described that way, but The Grey adds the right amounts of emotional story and background, greatly drawn out characters and thrilling action, oh and it has wolves and Liam Neeson, It’s just great.   
16. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
This might be the movie I receive the most flack for including on this list, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was one of the worlds and my most anticipated movies of 2012, When Peter Jackson decided to split it into three movies it worried me but I still kept my excitement, and I can understand peoples disappointment in the slower pace of The Hobbit but I loved it. I think Peter Jackson stayed true to J.R.R Tolkien, he is telling the story the way The Lord of the Rings should have been told. For me, The Hobbit felt like coming home, it was just so wonderful to be immersed into Tolkien’s Middle Earth again, seeing Gandalf, Bilbo, Frodo, Elrond, Galadriel and (even) Gollum once more was awesome!
15. The Cabin in the Woods
Joss Whedon may have wowed us with The Avengers this year, but this little project, he’s had finished since 2009 was the real gem, one of the best horror movies I’ve seen in a very long time. I’ve recommended this movie to a lot of people and they have all responded with the same thing “Wow!” Cabin in the Woods plays out like a generally regular horror movie for the first hour but there are definitely things going on that are mysterious and hard to understand, the last half an hour are like an action packed, horror filled punch to the gut that (for once) had me at a loss for words.
14. Wreck-It Ralph
For the last decade or so it’s Pixar that has wowed me and made It into my lists but this year I have to give Disney the credit it deserves, and rightfully so, Non-Pixar Disney has done well in the last few years if you really think about it, Tangled, Winnie the Pooh, the Princess and the Frog and Bolt. To be honest though it took Wreck-it Ralph to shake me back to my senses that Disney hasn’t really stopped making good movies. Wreck-it Ralph is sweet, exciting and incredibly original, has great voice talents, and a ton of exciting video game references for the long time video game fan (like me)!
13. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Perks of Being a Wallflower is another movie on my list that is driven by awesome characters and acting, but I found The Perks of Being a Wallflower to be genuinely heartfelt, and it wonderfully depicted the lives of high school misfits. The Perks of Being a Wallflower hits home, it’s real and beautiful.
12. Prometheus

Unfortunately Prometheus wasn’t given all the love it deserved this year, maybe because people were expecting more, I don’t know, I’ll never understand the peoples hate for Prometheus, to me Prometheus is a visually exciting movie with loads of excitement, thrills, mystery and innovation. Even the actors gave it their all, because they knew they were starring in something spectacular, Michael Fassbander was exceptionally great as the android David.
11. Lawless
It was my parents who urged me to watch Lawless, and how could I not watch it? It boasted two of my favorite rising stars, Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain! Lawless is extremely authentic, completely immersing you in this dangerous world. Tom Hardy, Shia Lebouf, Jason Clarke, Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman and especially Guy Pearce’s acting helps you believe the authenticity of this great story.
10. Looper

Science Fiction movies, especially ones like this, don’t get enough credit. They occasionally make the money they deserve but they rarely get the awards, which is one reason my faith in the Awards circuit is generally low. Looper has originality coming out of every crack and crevice, it’s Bruce Willis’ best movie since Sin City, Joseph Gordon-Levitt proves that all the hype around him isn’t just fan girl crushes, and Emily Blunt even gives her best performance I have ever seen from her. I’ve watched Looper several times now because it’s something that deserves being immersed more than once, the last scenes are something that will be dissected for many years to come.

9. Silver Linings Playbook

I should have had more faith in Silver Linings playbook, especially since David O. Russell had just released The Fighter in 2010 and I loved it. David O. Russell has a way of making a story that doesn’t look like that great of a story on paper become something awesome. I enjoy Bradley Cooper but never thought I would actually enjoy his performance like I did his performance in Silver Linings Playbook, and Jennifer Lawrence has very, very quickly become one of my favorite actresses. Silver Linings Playbook makes what would have been a boring Rom-Com into an endearing story about dealing with mental illness’, family and love.
8. Les Misérables
Les Misérables, I’ve seen the play twice in my life and I’ve grown up listening to the music and loving the story thanks to my Aunt and family, and why not? It’s an incredible story. Les Misérables has probably been the most discussed movie of 2012, besides Zero Dark Thirty. Why? Because I think Tom Hooper, who directed 2010’s incredible The King’s Speech, has tackled a huge project that is near and dear to a lot of people’s hearts. Critics and fans have picked apart every inch of Les Misérables, from camera angles, acting, to each actors singing and much, much more. I think Tom Hooper did an incredible job, he took on a huge project and did it extremely well, the sets, the acting, the singing, and everything made this movie a hit to me. Les Misérables boasts awesome acting performances from every actor, but it’s the singing that everyone’s looking at, because this is the first time we’ve seen a lot of these actors show of their vocal talent. Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Russell Crowe (Javert), Eddie Redmayne (Marius), Samantha Barks (Eponine), Daniel Huttlestone (Gavroche) and Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean) were the standouts for me, but everyone has their own opinions, and Les Misérables has definitely shown me that.
7. The Impossible
The Impossible was on my radar this awards season, but it wasn’t high on my list of must-sees, but as you can grasp, I’m glad I saw it. The true story of a family trying to find each other after being separated during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami is incredibly heart wrenching, for me, The Impossible is this year’s Titanic, compared to its emotional and epic scale. The whole movie is tied together perfectly by the incredible acting talents of Naomi Watts. Also, Watts’ acting companion, 15 year old newcomer Tom Holland, who plays the eldest son, is fantastic. Ewan McGregor is pretty great as well.
6. Lincoln
Last year Spielberg entertained us with War Horse, which for me was just alright, and I don’t even think he was really into it because he was busy with Lincoln, rightfully so. Lincoln is the epic masterpiece that needed his tender love and care, Lincoln is ultimately possible due to its star Daniel Day-Lewis, who immerses himself in this presidential role. The rest of the cast is quite amazing, Especially Tommy Lee Jones, who’s funny and bitter, also great is Sally Fields and Hal Halbrooks. Lincoln also succeeds thanks to the authenticity, he sheer beauty of the world and the characters is exciting enough, but the story itself, the story of Lincoln trying to abolish slavery in a world where racism was extremely common and normal, is interesting and worthwhile.  
5. Life of Pi
Life of Pi is magnificently stunning, and that’s what you will hear from everyone, because it is, but maybe I’m the only one in the world who hasn’t gotten around to reading the book because I also found the story to be incredibly touching. At the end of the day, the movie will always be remembered for its incredible special effects, which are great, definitely rivaling Avatars. I commend Ang Lee, his adaptation is spectacular, and everything a movie should be!
4. Skyfall
Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace were good movies, proving Daniel Craig was a great Bond, but the movies weren’t amazing, then all of a sudden Bond number 23 (Skyfall) started running into problems, people were worried that it would never be made, I started to lose hope that if it was ever made that it wouldn’t even be worth seeing, luckily I was proven wrong. Director Sam Mendes kicks it into high gear, giving us what could be the best Bond movie yet, Skyfall is action packed, and the whole movie is a slick, thrilling, perfect example of cinematic gold! Judi Dench and Daniel Craig are splendid in their roles and Javier Bardem once again plays a menacingly grand bad guy!
3. Django Unchained
Quentin Tarantino wowed with Inglourious Basterds, one of my favorite movies, and I never suspected he could come anywhere close to making a movie as good as that but the man did it. Django Unchained is violent, greatly acted and wonderfully filmed, I wish Tarantino made movies more often because I can’t get enough of his impeccable style.
2. Argo
Argo was the movie everyone wouldn’t shut up about, I saw it fairly early in its release but I still had a feeling that everyone had hyped it up to the point where I wouldn’t enjoy it, but even with all of the hype and excitement I was astounded by Argo, and like Ben Affleck did with Gone Baby, Gone and The Town, he put his heart and soul in the project, making a movie that will be remembered forever as one of the greats, a movie that captures that thing called “Movie Magic”.
1. Zero Dark Thirty
In my head, Zero Dark Thirty has a huge, long list as to why it’s my favorite movie of 2012, it’s like the director, Kathryn Bigelow,  and writer (Mark Boal), took everything we loved about their last movie (2008’s The Hurt Locker) and kicked it into high gear. Zero dark Thirty is just an incredible, tense, and intense Thrill ride that will have you literally digging your nails into your couch/chair/pet/friend as you watch. I left the theatre and I couldn’t stop saying the word “wow”…
Honorable Mentions:
Honestly, each and every one of these movies could have made it on my list, and most of them were at one point, unfortunately I’m kicking myself for even making my list 20 movies long…

Beasts of the Southern Wild                                             This is 40
The Hunger Games                                                          The Sessions
Seeking a Friend for the end of the World                        Hitchcock
Ted                                                                                  The Avengers
Moonrise Kingdom                                                           Bernie

2013 Golden Globe Award Predictions

The Golden Globe Awards start soon and I thought I would quickly get my predictions in, I guessed in about 2 minutes but it’s fun for me!
Best Motion Picture – Drama
My Guess – Zero Dark Thirty
Maybe – Lincoln or Argo
This is the most competitive category of the night, I am very uncertain of who will win
Best Actress – Drama
My Guess – Jessica Chastain for Zero Dark Thirty
Maybe – Naomi Watts – The Impossible
Another tight category, Marion Cotillard or Helen Mirren could take it also! 
Best Actor – Drama
My Guess – Daniel Day Lewis for The Master
Maybe – Joaquin Pheonix For The Master
While The Master is the only movie I haven’t seen yet I have heard great things, but Daniel Day Lewis definitely deserves the Award for his incredible turn as Abraham Lincoln. John Hawkes and Denzel Washington were great also but I don’t think they can win it unfortunately. 
Best Motion picture – Comedy or Musical 
My Guess – Les Miserable
Maybe – Silver Linings Playbook
It’s between these two, it could go to either one, sorry to the rest of the nominees but it’s a no for you!
Best Actress – Comedy or Musical 
My Guess – Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook
She will win, hands down
Best Actor – Comedy or Musical
My Guess – Hugh Jackman for Les Miserables 
Maybe – Bradley Cooper for Silver Linings Playbook 
Again, it’s between these two, I think Bradley Cooper deserves it but so does Jackman! 
Best Foreign Language film 
My Guess – Amour
Maybe – Rust and Bone
It’s between these two, Amour has a few Oscar Nominations and Marion Cotillard is awesome in Rust and Bone, it’s a tight race. 
Best Supporting Actress 
My Guess – Anne hathaway for Les Miserables 
She will win, guaranteed, even though Sally Field and Helen Hunt deserve love also
Best Supporting Actor 
My Guess – Tommy Lee Jones for Lincoln
Maybe – Leonardo DiCaprio for Django Unchained
Tommy Lee Jones was awesome in Lincoln, but can Leonardo take this even though the Oscars snubbed him? I’m hoping! 
Best Director 
My guess – Kathryn Bigelow for Zero Dark Thirty
Maybe – Ben Affleck for Argo
This is a tough race but I hope Bigelow gets it
Best Screenplay 
My Guess – Mark Boal for Zero Dark Thirty
Maybe – David O. Russel for Silver Linings Playbook 
A tough race here also but I think it’s between these two
Best Original Score 
My Guess – Mychael Danna for Life of Pi
Maybe – John Williams for Lincoln 
No Score was really outstanding to me this year, these two could win but who knows…
Best Original Score
My Guess – Skyfall by Adele for Skyfall
Maybe – Suddenly for Les Miserables
A lot of great songs here, hopefully Adele gets it but Les Mis might get it also, I hope Taylor Swift doesn’t get it…
Best Animated Film
My Guess – Wreck-it Ralph
Maybe – Brave or Frankenweenie 
I hope Wreck-it Ralph wins this, and I think it will
I’m not as knowledgable in TV but i’m not bad either, so here’s my guesses…
Best Television Series – Drama
My Guess – Breaking Bad 
Maybe – Downtown Abbey 
Homeland could win, and Boardwalk Empire might win also, this is a very tough category
Best Actress – Drama
My Guess – Claire Danes for Homeland
Maybe – Julianna Margulies for The good Wife 
Claire Danes probably but who knows….
Best Actor – Drama 
My Guess – Jeff Daniels for The Newsroom
Maybe – Steve Buscemi for Boardwalk Empire 
Sometimes The globes celebrates a new hit like The Newsroom, but Steve won last year so he could get it again! 
Best TV Series Comedy or Musical 
My Guess – Girls
Maybe – Modern Family 
The Globes will probably celebrate the new hit Girls over Modern Family which hasn’t had an amazing year
Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical 
My Guess – Lena Dunham for Girls 
Maybe – Tina Fey for 30 Rock
People won’t shut up about Lena Dunham so I’m assuming she’ll win, I wish Amy Poehler
Best Actor in a comedy or Musical 
My Guess – Alec Baldwin for 30 Rock 
Maybe – Jim PArsons for The Big Bang Theory 
It’s the last year for 30 Rock so Alec will probably get the win
Best Miniseries or Motion Picture 
My Guess – Game Change
Maybe – Hatfields & McCoys 
I enjoyed Game Change but there is a lot of love for Hatfields and McCoys this year
Actress in a miniseries or movie
My Guess – Julianne Moore for Game Change
Maybe – Sigourney Weaver for Political Animals 
Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
My guess – Kevin costner for Hatfields and MCCoys
Maybe – Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock 
Best Actress in a series or Mini series
My Guess – Maggie Smith for Downtown Abbey
Maybe – Archie Panjabi for The Good Wife
I hope either of these ladies win, i love them both
Best Actor in a series or Mini Series 
My Guess – Eric Stonestreet for Modern Family
Maybe – Ed Harris for Game Change

The Best Animated Movies of 2012

2012 was a spectacular year for Animated movies, the fourth installment in the Ice age series (Continental Drift) was the fourth highest grossing movies of 2012 with more than 1 billion dollars worldwide. The third installment in the Madagascar series (Europe’s Most Wanted) was the 8th highest grossing film of 2012. To put that in perspective the new Ice Age movie surpassed Breaking Dawn: Part Two and The Amazing Spiderman, Madagascar 3 made more money than the Hunger Games and Ted! Even the lowest grossing animated film of 2012, Frankenweenie, made almost 70 million dollars, almost double what it cost to make!
The best part of the animated movies of 2012 is the fact that only two are sequels, of the other eight movies three are based on beloved children’s books (The Lorax, Rise of the Guardians and The Pirates!) and the rest are original ideas. 
I enjoyed almost every Animated movie of 2012 some are definitely better than others, so without further ado, below are the Best Animated Movies of 2012, starting at #10
#10 – Hotel Transylvania 
Rating: 4/10 stars 
With the voice talents of: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Molly Shannon, Cee Lo Green, Fran Drescher, Jon Lovitz 
Hotel Transylvania is Adam Sandler’s best movie since 2009’s Funny People, but that doesn’t mean Hotel Transylvania is good. The characters are fun, and there is a lot of funny humor for young kids but anyone over 11 will probably find Hotel Transylvania noisy, predictable and boring, but it’s not stopping Adam Sandler from creating a sequel in 2015. 
#9 – Ice Age: Continental Drift 
Rating: 4/10 stars
With the Voice Talents of: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Dennis Leary, Queen Latifa, Sean William Scott, Josh Peck, Jennifer Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Kiki Palmer, Aziz Ansari, Nicky Minaj, Drake, Nick Frost, Peter Dinklage, Rebel Wilson, Heather Morris, Simon Pegg, Patrick Stewart, Joy Behar
The first Ice Age movie is a classic and I loved it but now that we’re on the fourth installment of this franchise it’s definitely run it’s course, so much so that I almost forget the magic that the first movie brought. You may look at the list of voice actors and think “That’s a lot of actors for one movie”, well you’re right! Ice Age 4 is heavy on characters and slapstick humor and low on actual storytelling and coming up with new ideas. This installment in the Ice Age series has just made me long for the first movie, back when it was just Sid, Manny, Diego and Scrat… 
#8 – Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
Rating: 6/10
With the Voice Talents of: Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Zac Efron, Betty White, Taylor Swift
I probably read Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax one hundred times as a child, I love Dr. Seuss and the whole world he creates in all of his books, Hollywood has successfully transferred his books to the screen before and they almost had it here. The best parts of The Lorax are the parts that actually involve the Lorax (voiced by Danny DeVito wonderfully), the Once-ler (Ed Helms), and all of the cute and funny creatures like the bears, fish, and geese like birds that inhabit the world. Everything that is added to the story to make it longer are extremely unlike Dr. Seuss. The book the Lorax deals with issues of pollution, logging and how important it is to take care of our planet, and the movie could have been a bigger advocate for nature, instead it’s bogged down by Hollywood’s attempt at fun. 
#7 – Rise of the Guardians 
Rating: 7/10
With the Voice Talents of: Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Isla Fisher, Jude Law
the Animation in Rise of the Guardians is top notch, it’s spectacular. The imagination that went into the movies is wonderful, and there is a lot of magic here, Adults and children will probably be entertained by this fun little movie, even though the story is a little jumpy and all over the place. 
#6 – Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
Rating: 7.5/10 
With the Voice Talents of: Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Jessica Chastain, Martin Short, Sacha Baron Cohen, Frances McDormand, Cedric the Entertainer, Bryan Cranston, Andy Richter
Instead of taking the low road like Ice Age Continental Drift and dishing out the same old and cashing in a successful franchise, Madagascar 3 continues to make us laugh with hilarious characters and witty plot lines. The people behind Madagascar 3 know what they’re doing to keep this franchise alive. Sometimes Madagascar 3 is a little over the top and completely zany, and I’m really not feeling the Gloria/Melman love story, but it’s still a great movie. 
#5 – Paranorman 
Rating: 8/10
With the Voice Talents of: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Casey Affleck, Jeff Garlin, John Goodman, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Leslie Mann, Anna Kendrick
Paranorman is a sweet and scary story about a young boy who can see and talk to dead people, I was surprised how scary Paranorman could actually be at times, maybe even a little too frightening for young children, but that seemed to be the route more and more animated movies have taken. Paranorman is extremely entertaining, fun, funny, sweet and maybe a little spooky. Some of the characters wore on my nerves after a while, like Normans older sister Courtney, her crush Mitch, and the bully Alvin, and I give props to Paranorman for probably being the first animated children’s film to have a gay character. 
#4 – The Pirates! Band of Misfits 
Rating: 8/10
With the Voice Talents of: Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Jeremy Piven, Salma Hayek, Alton Yelchin
I actually found myself laughing out loud quite a few times, The Pirates! Band of Misfits is really funny, and incredibly fun to watch, it’s exciting and the stop motion claymation is always a lot of fun to see in action.
#3 – Brave 
Rating: 8.5/10
With the Voice Talents of: Billy Connolly, Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Julia Walters, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane 
I thoroughly enjoyed Brave, it’s a sweet tale of a young Scottish princess trying to be her own person in a family where her father is a king and her mother is a queen. Brave has great emotional depth and it’s wonderfully animated, every scene is wonderfully brought to life. As sweet as the story is, it’s also rather funny, especially when the three twin brothers or the king are involved! 
#2 – Frankenweenie
Rating: 9/10
With the Voice Talents of: Charlie Tahan, Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara
I wouldn’t consider myself a huge Tim Burton fan, but I do enjoy much of his work, (especially Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish, Nightmare Before Christmas, and more). I do think that Frankenweenie is his best movie since 2001’s Big Fish. Frankenweenie is fun and exciting until the very end, the stop motion artwork is gorgeous, and a boys love for his dog is shown wonderfully here. The movie is full of references to classic horror movies, and to Tim Burton’s older movies. 
#1 – Wreck-it Ralph 
Rating: 10/10
With the Voice Talents of: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch
Wreck-it Ralph has it all, a wonderful story, sweet characters, loads of imagination, action, plenty of nostalgia for video gamers (like myself), nice animation, and incredibly suited voice actors. I was incredibly enthralled with Wreck-it Ralph, the movie has more heart than most, Disney got it right this year, I honestly  can’t wait for the sequel. 

Prometheus Review

The So called Alien Prequel has this Alien fan jumping for joy, read my Spoiler free review to see why!

Reviewed by Mitchell Burns

Directed by: Ridley Scott    Starring: Noomi Rapace                Also Starring: Guy Pearce
                                                              Charlize Theron                                     Logan Marshall-Green
                                                              Michael Fassbender                               Patrick Wilson
                                                              Idris Elba

Prometheus is one of those movies where it is honestly better to know NOTHING about the movie before going into, therefore I won’t give away anything in my explanation of the movie, I promise this will be spoiler free
The movie starts in Scotland with the Archaeologist couple Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) and Dr. Charlie Holloway (Logan Marshall-Green), they’ve discovered a star map that is pointing them to a planet that could hold sustainable life, and they also think something on that planet could unlock the answer to humans creation. 
The two doctors are financed by Peter Weyland (Guy Pearce in old man makeup), the elderly founder of the Weyland Corporation, and there trip to this unknown planet called  LV-223. The ship they travel on is called Prometheus and it’s crew also includes an android named David (Michael Fassbender), The ships captain (Idris Elba), The Mission Director, Meredith Vickers (Charlie Theron) and a few other archaeologists and crew members. Of course when Prometheus lands on this unknown planet all hell breaks loose

That’s all I will say about the plot, if you’re looking for a more detailed description of the movie you can definitely find them since they are popping up online like rapid fire. 

Ridley Scott (The director) had planned for Prometheus to be a full-blown Alien prequel, Alien being the 1979 movie starring Sigourney Weaver which he directed, and it went on to spawn three sequels (which he did not direct). At one point the movie was even going to be called Alien: Paradise, I would love to get my hands on what the original story was going to be. I am a huge fan of the Alien movies, and I have watched them enough times to have enough unanswered questions about them to last me a life time. I am kind of an Alien nerd, but definitely not the biggest but when I heard about this movie being made I was definitely excited, and the fact that the 79 year old Ridley Scott would be directing! Just Wow! 

Then Ridley Scott kind of went back on his original word, stating that the movie wouldn’t be A True Alien prequel but it would just be set in the same universe as the Alien movies but set a few years before. As time went on I started to get a tiny bit discouraged because the way it was sounding was that Prometheus would BARELY have anything to do with the Alien movies, but I was still excited. 

So last night, after months/years of waiting, I brought three friends and we went and saw Prometheus. I had told them all that they “didn’t have to see the Alien movies to understand it”. That was what I honestly believed and had heard, and while it was true, but Prometheus definitely will appeal to the Alien lover A LOT more than I originally thought it would. 

Prometheus is two hours long, and it’s brimming with new and exciting alien type fun, and while it does answer a few questions that went unanswered from the Alien movies it also introduces quite a few new Prometheus questions, which are indirectly Alien questions also.

I have been reading quite a few reviews about Prometheus and many critics are quite upset about the many unanswered questions in Prometheus but for me I think about how that was one of the things that made me love Alien and it’s sequels. The Mystery is part of what makes it all interesting! Am I right or no? 

Anyways, Prometheus is a very FULL movie and there is a lot to take in, so much so that me and my friends had to stand in the parking lot afterwards for 20 minutes just to discuss it all. On a side note – My three friends who came with me and have never seen the Alien movies actually really liked Prometheus. 

The story in Prometheus is Fast paced and never bores, it’s cool and exciting and I have not been on the edge of my seat in a movie like that in a LONG time, I was so entertained but Prometheus also has a lot to offer beyond a cool story. 

The acting in Prometheus is top notch especially by Michael Fassbender who plays the android David, I was so in awe of his acting that even by the end of the movie I was unsure if I liked the character or the just his acting. Noomi Rapace easily takes over the Sigourney Weaver type character and does a great job playing the new heroine (Heroine? May be wrong choice of wording). Charlize Theron continues to prove that she is a great actress, first as the queen in Snow White and the Huntsman and now as the cold hearted Meredith Vickers. Also, Idris Elba should be in more movies, he is extremely cool! 

If you are unsure of who Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace are here’s a quick rundown, Michael Fassbender played Magneto in the new X-Men: First Class and garnered critical acclaim for playing the sex addict in last years Shame. 
Noomi Rapace played Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (and it’s sequels) and she was the female lead in 2011’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows. You will probably see a lot more of both of them. 
Also, Noomi Rapace’s character’s boyfriend in the movie is played by a recognizable up an comer, Logan Marshall-Green who you may recognize from the M. Night Shymalan movie Devil, or Across the Universe, or the TV shows Dark Blue, The O.C, or 24. 

The effects in Prometheus were stellar and I would have loved to see it in Imax or 3D. Ridley Scott also likes to shoot in as many real locations as possible, staying away from CGI as much as possible, the movie was shot in places like Iceland, Spain and others and the scenes are quite breathtaking. 

The movie deserves it’s R rating, and not because of nudity or real foul language, it’s for violence, and if you’ve seen the Alien movies then you know a little of what to expect. 

I guess if I had any issues with Prometheus it would be the heavy confusion at some points, I start to wonder if Prometheus ever even gets a sequel will they be able to answer the new mysteries and questions posed in the first? 

The other issue I have is that if you have seen the Alien movies a lot of things may be predictable, or maybe predictable isn’t quite the right word… I think I mean to say that  you kinda see things coming and when it does you aren’t shocked. The predictability of some things didn’t ruin anything for me though because it was more of an homage to the Alien movies and it was bittersweet in a way. 

So to sum it up, If you’re an Alien fan, go see Prometheus. If you aren’t an Alien Fan, go see Prometheus!! It’s Fast-Paced and it will remind you of Alien but at the same time introduce a new and fresh feel on the story! 

Five stars for sure!!  

Mitchell Burns 🙂 

The Hunger Games {Review}

The Hunger Games
Based on the bestselling novels, This epic movie exceeds expectations thanks to the directors wonderful vision and Jennifer Lawrence’s powerhouse acting
Reviewed By: Mitchell Burns

Directed By: Gary Ross               Starring: Jennifer Lawrence            Also Starring: Elizabeth Banks
                                                                     Josh Hutcherson                                       Stanley Tucci
                                                                     Liam Hemsworth                                      Donald Sutherland
                                                                     Woody Harrelson                                     Lenny Kravitz

Very rarely do I go into a movie with high expectations and leave happy, growing up as a movie lover in the 90’s this has been a huge issue for me. Everyone tells you to see a certain movie that came out before I was born, and by the time you see it my expectations are so high that I am sometimes let down. It’s even worse when you have read a book and then the movie comes out and the movie lets you down, that’s the worst kind of disappointment. 
I’ve read all three Books in the Hunger Games trilogy written by Suzanne Collins and  I had a hard time putting them down last summer. I didn’t find out until I finished Catching Fire (The 2nd novel) that the books would be adapted to the screen, and I was ecstatic.
*My description of the movie is virtually spoiler free, and includes nothing more than what you would find out from the Trailer*

In the future, an unknown apocalyptic event has devastated the world, but the survivors have started a new world called Panem. In Panem there is a wealthy capitol which is surrounded by twelve districts, Most districts are pretty poor, and each of them serve a different purpose to the world of Panem (Masonry, fishery’s, Technology, etc.). The story revolves around 16 year old Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) who lives in Panem’s 12th district (Coal Mining) and the story starts on the day of the reaping. The Reaping is the day a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 and 18 are randomly selected to fight in The Hunger Games. 

During Panem’s start, the citizens of the districts had tried to rise up against the capitol, the captiol rebelled, destroying District 13 and ending the uprising. Since the uprising, the capitol stages yearly Hunger Games where a boy and a girl from each district, 24 in total, are chosen, brought to the capitol and forced to fight in an arena to the death, these kids are called tributes. 
Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) sister is chosen on the day of the reaping and Katniss volunteers in her place, also chosen from district 12 is Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). The two tributes are whisked away from their poor lives in district 12 and brought to the Capitol to train for the Hunger Games. Helping Katniss is a previous District 12 winner Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), her fashion designer Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) and their escort Effie (Elizabeth Banks).

The Hunger Games movie is epic and Awe inspiring, its shots of the capitol and the Hunger Games arena are realistic and every scene is brought to life wonderfully. The director and co-writer, Gary Ross, did a great job bringing this world to life, he had some writing help from the author of the books Suzanne Collins, and I’m sure that doesn’t hurt.

Gary Ross and the writers did an amazing job, but the movie would not have worked as well without an actress that could embody the roll of Katniss Everdeen as well as Jennifer Lawrence did. The 21 year old Jennifer Lawrence is already an Oscar nominated actress for her role in the little known movie “Winters Bone”, a movie that prepared her for The Hunger Games. Her portrayal of Katniss was spot on and perfect, Lawrence is strong and beautiful and almost looks like the image I had in my head. Lawrence can also pack an emotional punch when needed that may leave you wishing you had brought the Kleenex.

The Hunger Games will draw you in if you let it, The director does a fabulous job of drawing you in and setting the emotional tone of every scene, Your heart will race one moment and be breaking the next, The movie is a complete thrill and you will be immersed into this bizarre world.

The movie deals with some heavy subject matter,  for instance death, poverty, love, war and more. It’s perfect for anyone about 12 and up, I think you get a feel of how violent the movie is going to be just from the description of the movie “24 tributes, ages varying from 12-18, enter an arena and are forced to kill one another until one boy or girl is left standing”.

I’ve already stated that Jennifer Lawrence was absolutely perfect for the role, but what about the rest of the cast? The adult cast was pretty great, Woody Harrelson is pretty much perfect as Haymitch, the drunk former Hunger games winner and now trainer of new tributes. Elizabeth Banks is unrecognizable under so many layers of makeup and that ugly wig, but she does a great job playing the annoying escort, her banter with Woody Harrelson is about the closest we get to humor in the movie. Lenny Kravitz is good, but his screen time is limited in the movie and I would have enjoyed seeing him more because his bond with Katniss is great in the books. Donald Sutherland plays the evil president of Panem, and his character wasn’t in the first book but it was easiest to add him in this movie. Sutherland doesn’t seem evil enough, but it he will due.

At first I wasn’t sure on Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, his boyish looks and his persona did not fit my image at first, but after seeing the movie I am a firm believer that Josh Hutcherson fits the role pretty decently. During the first book I never really enjoyed Peeta’s character until the end and I think that is the way I felt during the character in the movie also. It’s not Josh Hutcherson, it’s Peeta Mellark who is not 100% likable during the movie. (for me anyways).
The girl who plays the young tribute Rue (Amandla Stenberg) is perfectly cast, and Katniss’ younger sister Primrose (Willow Shields) was great also, and the other tributes fit the parts fine for the little screen time they have. It’s Gale (Liam Hemsworth)  I am not sold on yet, he is Katniss’ best friend from her district. Liam Hemsworth (Gale) looks the part, but I am not certain of his acting abilities, but maybe I am not giving him fighting chance. His part in the first book/movie is smaller, but it increases during the last two. His character is quiet, and tough, like a male version of Katniss, I expected someone more tough and stoic, not Liam Hemsworth. He will do though, he’s not a character I really care about anyways, the casting directors did a great job filling the roles that actually matter to me as a reader of the books.

I might bite my tongue for saying this, but now that non-readers have been introduced to The Hunger Games world, the second movie may translate even better to the screen. That usually doesn’t happen, but I just have a feeling that the second movie could be just as good or better even! I also don’t think the final book needs to be split into two movies, which is what they are planning on doing.

to sum it up, I loved The Hunger games, definitely my favorite movie of 2012 so far. The Hunger Games is exciting, dramatic, emotional, fun, thought provoking and wrapped up nicely with the amazing acting of Jennifer Lawrence. I am very, very pleased with the transition from book to screen. Four and a half stars out of five. 

Most anticipated Movies 0f 2012

Most Anticipated Movies
Of 2012
It has been 2012 for over a month now, and it’s about time I compile my list of the movies that I am most excited for. Most of these movies have big stars, are based on great books or are sequels to already awesome movies. These are the movies I have high hopes for this year, and I’m crossing my fingers that they don’t let me down! The Pictures I have included are either the most recent picture, or the official movie poster. 

So, starting with #20 here is my most anticipated movies of 2012:

20. The Bourne Legacy
What IMDB says: A story centered on a new CIA operative in the universe based on Robert Ludlum’s novels.

Why I’m excited: The Bourne movies are great, but Matt Damon out grew the role. Jeremy Renner Takes over the lead role in this movie, and even though he has already proven himself a worthy action star in Mission Impossible 4, he should be a household name after The Bourne Legacy and The Avengers, both out this summer. Also starring: Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, Joan Allen, Oscar Isaac, and David Strathairn. 

19. Gravity

What IMDB says: The lone survivor of a space mission to repair the Hubble telescope desperately tries to return to Earth and reunite with her daughter.

Why I’m Excited: Geroge Clooney and Sandra Bullock are the stars, It’s set in space and the direct of Children Of Men & Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban directs! you can’t ask for any better ingredients! 

18. Dog Fight
Two rival South Carolina politicians with presidential aspirations tangle with one another.

Why I’m excited: The description from IMDB makes is sound like an Oscar worthy presidential campaign movie, but it’s not. The movie stars Will Ferrel and Zack Galifianakis as the two politicians, it also stars SNL’s Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow and Dan Akroyd. This will be one comedy to watch for this year.

17. Snow White and The Huntsman
In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

Why I’m excited: Before Kristen Stewart became a Bella from Twilight, I used to actually admire her and I can’t wait for her to run from that role faster than the speed of light. Snow White and the Huntsman looks like it could do that, it also stars Chris Hemsworth, who proved himself a good action star last summer in Thor. The best part of the movie though will be Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen. The movie looks pumped full of action and cool CGI, the trailer is out and you can watch it buy clicking here 

16. Dark Shadows

A gothic-horror tale centering on the life of vampire Barnabas Collins and his run-ins with various monsters, witches, werewolves and ghosts. Based on the cult TV series.

Why I’m excited: Johnny Depp stars as a vampire, and Tim Burton directs, that’s all I have to say really but I also could say that Michelle Pfeiffer, Chloe Grace Moretz and Eva Green co-star but you were already sold weren’t you? 

15. Neighborhood Watch

Suburban dads form a neighborhood watch group to get time away from their families, only to discover a plot to destroy Earth

Why I’m Excited: I think Vince Vaughn is hilarious, one of the funniest, but his last few movie choices haven’t been ideal, but Neighborhood Watch looks like it could be really good, it also stars Ben Stiller, Billy Crudup, Will Forte and Academy Award Nominee Jonah Hill (I really wanted to do that).

14. Brave

Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse.

Why I’m excited: So what, Pixar messed up last year making Cars 2, it was bound to happen. Pixar is back in action this year with a new movie original film about a red headed girl in Scotland, and I can’t wait to see what Pixar has up it’s sleeve. Watch the trailer here

13. Django Unchained

With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

Why I’m excited: There are so many reasons to be excited, Quentin Tarantino directs and wrote the script and he’s bringing out an A-list cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Samuel L. Jackson, Sacah Baron Cohen, Kerry Washington, Kurt Russel, and my favorite from Inglorious Basterds, Christoph Waltz. plus the plot seems like plenty of opportunity for Tarantino to be violent like in Basterds. 

12. The Gangster Squad

A chronicle of the LAPD’s fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s.

Why I’m excited: Looks like a cool story with a great cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Josh Brolin, Giovanni Ribisi.

11. The Amazing Spider-Man

Peter Parker finds a clue that might help him understand why his parents disappeared when he was young. His path puts him on a collision course with Dr. Curt Connors, his father’s former partner.

Why I’m Excited: Too be honest, I wasn’t excited, nut after watching the trailer yesterday I am. This Spider-Man looks like the movie the other Spider-Man movies should have been! Starting off with two actors I like, Andrew Garfield (The social Network) and Emma Stone, add in Dennis Leary, Rhys Ifan, Sally Field, and Martin Sheen. Also there is a villian that might actually scary if not impressive to look at, which is the lizard. watch the trailer here!

10. Men In Black 3

Agent J travels in time to MIB’s early years in the 1960s, to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.

Why I’m Excited: Let’s face it, this movie should have been made a while ago. Why they stopped after the second movie I’ll never know. Will Smith & Tommy Lee Jones, two of my favorites, fighting Aliens and Will Smith time traveling back to the 60’s so that Josh Brolin can do an awesome impression of Tommy Lee Jones, sounds great to me! 
Watch the trailer here

9. The Avengers

Nick Fury and the international agency S.H.I.E.L.D. bring together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki & his various membered army.

Why I’m excited: This one is pretty obvious, take four superheroes (Thor, The Hulk, Captain America and Iron Man) and put them together? it’s going to be great. I find the super hero movies need to do things like this because I’m getting quite sick of them, but I’m fairly certain this will be good.
Watch the trailer here

8. Skyfall

Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

Why I’m excited: It’s James Bond, that’s why. and it’s already been 4 years since the last one and that’s way too long. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo only made me want a new James Bond more!

7. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

President Lincoln’s mother is killed by a supernatural creature, which fuels his passion to crush vampires and their slave-owning helpers.

Why I’m excited: It’s original, and different. It’s Abraham Lincoln Killing vampires and I can’t wait. 

6. This Is 40

A look at the lives of Pete and Debbie a few years after the events of Knocked Up.

Why I’m Excited: Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann) were hilarious in knocked up, and they are getting there own spin-off! Judd Apatow, who directed Knocked Up and 40 Year Old Virgin, will direct this one again and a whole bunch of stars are joining Rudd and Mann, like Melissa McCarthy, Megan Fox, Jason Segel, Albert Brooks, and John Lithgow. 

5. World War Z

A U.N. employee is racing against time and fate, as he travels the world trying to stop the outbreak of a deadly Zombie pandemic.

Why I’m Excited: It’s Brad Pitt in a zombie movie, based on a great book, from the director of  Finding Neverland. I think that right there is a good recipe. 

4. Prometheus

A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Why I’m excited: It’s a movie set in space, it has some sort of alien creatures, it’s directed by Ridley Scott who directed the first Alien movie and it could be a prequel of some sort to Alien. The rumors are still flying about how it will be connected to the Alien movies, but either way it will be a good movie. The cast is also spectacular, Prometheus stars Michael Fassbender (X-Men First Class), Noomi Rapace (The Swedish versions of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, and Patrick Wilson. I’m very pumped. 

My Three most anticipated movies of 2012 are so big and so highly anticipated they take the top three spots, They are my #1, 2 and 3.
I am not excited for one more than the other and I will be in line to see all three on the first day. they are as follows, in no specific order:

The Dark Knight Rises      

The Hunger Games                 

The Hobbit:                                                                                
An Unexpected Journey

Thanks for reading!

-Mitch Burns