Sunday, December 23, 2012

Top 30 Movies I Want To See In 2013

Top 30 I Wanted to See in 2012

I watched 11 movies on my 30 list the last two years(23 of the 2011 list as of now), though there is one more I will attempt to see this year. (Django)

Four didn't released this year - World War Z, Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters, Jack The Giant Slayer and Scary Movie 5

One might never happen - Halloween 3D
And one got pushed back - G.I. Joe: Retaliation

I won't be listing these again - nor will I list any in this list below I made recently - cause so many I wanted to see just seemed to be coming at the right moment. So I won't be counting the following either - Carrie, Gangster Squad, Zero Dark Thirty

20 Movies I Want To See - October 2012

30. Bullet to the Head
Stallone's got tatoos and killing people. I'll try and pretend he's Rambo.

29. The Great Gatsby
Will have to play this by ear a bit. If it gets good reviews - I'm on board, otherwise it will probably be a long while before I see this.

28. The Last Stand
Arnie is back!

27. The End of the World
First of two apocalyptic movies with comedians. This one is the Apatow gang - Rogan, Rudd, Segel, Franco, Hill and Cera.

26. 47 Ronin
Samurai movie featuring Keanu Reeves. I didn't really like the Tom Cruise as a Samurai, but I still have hopes for this concept.

25. The Host
Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets Twilight.

24. Pain and Gain
The Rock and Mark Wahlberg workout and steal money. Can't be too much different than Bad Boys 2.

23. The Lone Ranger
Basically just another vehicle for Johnny Depp to act like a character not from this world.

22. After Earth
Smith and Smith in the sequel to The Pursuit of Happyness. Or something. But M. Night is sure to kill it as usual.

21. The World's End
The other movie about the end of the world. This one features the Shaun of the Dead gang.

20. Elysium
District 9 director is back. Let the drinking commence.

19. A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III
I like Charlie Sheen's work quite a bit. He's got some charm that I always can believe in. This looks like a fun ride which includes Bill Murray.

18. Pacific Rim
Giant robots verses aliens. Yes!

17. Oz: The Great and Powerful
No idea what to expect here except that it has Franco and is a prequel to Dorothy.

16. Warm Bodies
Zombie movie where the zombie comes back to life. Hopefully it's more Zombieland and less Twilight.

15. Oblivion
Looks like an interesting sci-fi adventure. And I always am fascinated by Cruise.

14. A Good Day to Die Hard
Numero 5, lets hope it's closer to 1 and 3 instead of 4. R rating wouldn't hurt.

13. Jurassic Park 3D
Should this count - probably not. But also a movie that should look amazing re-done.

12. You’re Next
Being compared to Scream. High regards and also a revenge movie - which I always love. 

11. Stoker
A mystery/horror/drama. Watch the trailer for 30 seconds to see if it's your cup of tea.

10. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
I am fairly confident this movie will be entertaining and that is enough for me.

9. Kick-Ass 2
I like the idea of Jim Carey here. I actually would have liked to see Nicolas Cage in some form(there is no other movie I would ever say that about).

8. 300: Rise of an Empire
The best part of 300 was the Spartans. With focus on the Persians, I don't care nearly as much.

7. Evil Dead
No Rami, or Campbell. Trailer doesn't look particularly campy. It still has to be given a shot as it's 3 for 3 in my book.

6. Thor: The Dark World
I feel similar to how I felt going into the original Thor. He's not an especially great character, but that movie did turn out to be pretty good. It's nice getting the whole cast back - especially Tom Hiddleston.

5. The Wolverine
Actually a sequel to X3 which is nice to hear. The first Wolverine movie was plagued with bad decisions. The only bright spots being Liev Schreiber as well as one minute of Gambit and one minute of Deadpool. The plot doesn't sound great, but hopefully it learns from the originals missteps.

4. Man of Steel
Desperate for a good Superman film. Everything they have shown so far is puzzling. But maybe they are saving the good parts - which would be refreshing.

3. Star Trek Into Darkness
It does look like they are making Wrath of Khan all over again. Just give me more Pine, Quinto, Urban and Pegg and I'll be happy.

2. Iron Man 3
Excited for Mandarin, more Robert Downey, War Machine. Won't be the Avengers. I think the picture sums it up.

1.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Second year in a row with the Hobbit on top. It's not impossible for Hollywood to make something I like better, but just not likely.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

100 Movies - Number 2! (1-10)

10. Spiderman 2
Genre - Action-Fantasy
Notable Cast - Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina
Synopsis - Peter Parker tries to quit in an effort to enhance his education and love life, but a mad man is created and intent on destroying the city.
What I think - Might be my favorite superhero movie of all time. I love everything from the action(especially the train sequence) to the stakes to the ending. Sets up the third movie in a great way. Molina brings it. The aunt is really annoying in this movie. Harry acts very unnatural, not in a good way.
Interesting fact - Highest one day opening, 5th highest grossing of all time, 2nd widest release of all time.
How much did this movie make - 9 thousand years of butler service

9. The Fighter
Genre - Biography-Drama
Notable Cast - Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale
Synopsis - A fighter decides it's better to train without his drug addicted brother
What I think - Great introduction to Dicky's world. There are tough moments I had real problems watching - in prison when he finds out the documentary isn't what he thought. Satisfiying and lives up the hype. The character arc is great. The acting is excellent - especially the mother.
Interesting fact - The documentary about Bale's Dicky Eklund was an actual documentary.
How much did this movie make - 1.3 battleships

8. Iron Man
Genre - Action Adventure
Notable Cast - Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges
Synopsis - After escaping from kidnappers using armor he makes in a cave, a wealthy inventor and weapons maker turns his creation into a force for good.
What I think - The ending fight is uninspiring. Jeff Bridges character goes from friendly to completely evil way too quick. But other than that a great ride. Downey brings something amazing to the role and he makes it impossible to cast another in the suit. Awesome scenes of the suit being developed. They tease the Mandarin and don't follow up (yet...) :)
Interesting fact - A fake chest was used for the arc reactor.
How much did this movie make - 11.6 million horse saddles

7. Fellowship of the Ring
Genre - Fantasy-Adventure
Notable Cast - Sean Bean, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett
Synopsis - When a hobbit ends up with the one ring of doom, he must travel to mordor to destroy it.
What I think - When I first watched this, I didn't know it was going to be three movies though I realized the ring had to be destroyed to end. So I was confused on where it was going near the end. The three hobbits motivations and relationships aren't really explored to be behaving the way they do. Sean Bean does a terrific Boromir and looking back the things that they changed made lots of sense. Remarkable introduction. The Nazgul chase and the council of Elrond are the things that stick out.
Interesting fact - 540 special effects
How much did this movie make - 695 thousand new bikes

6. The Avengers
Genre - Action Adventure
Notable Cast - Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo
Synopsis - Superheros unite to stop Loki and an alien race.
What I think - Never before has a movie brought together a cast like this - except maybe Harry Potter but that more or less had a plan(and unknown actors) going in. The action scenes obviously are top notch. The comedic elements are extraordinary. It makes it hard to go back to a Captain America movie or even Thor. I love the reveal at the end. The How I Met Your Mother woman bugs me. The best thing that they get right is the Hulk. They know how to use him here - comedic, only chunks at a time. While we get a great performance, one still wonders what Edward Norton could have brought.
Interesting fact - Edward Norton was originally set to reprise his role from The Incredible Hulk but negotiations between him and Marvel Studios broke down. Joaquin Phoenix was also rumored for the part.
How much did this movie make - 14.6 million years of Sam's Club membership

5. The Dark Knight Rises
Genre - Action-Crime
Notable Cast - Christian Bale, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway
Synopsis - After 8 years since Rachel dies, Bruce tries to stay out of the spotlight but gets pulled back in when Bane takes over Gotham.
What I think - Ends on a fantastic note for me. Some things don't make sense, but that doesn't hold it back from being incredible for me. Long running time that might be a problem on re-watches. I love Tom Hardy and his voice much more than most people. The action scenes - Batman doesn't show up until half way through the movie are only okay. Bane gets taken out way too easy and anti-climatically. The turn is my least favorite part as it didn't really fit nor was needed.
Interesting fact - Same setup as Goodwill Hunting
How much did this movie make - 1 and half satellites

4. Star Trek
Genre - Sci-Fi-Adventure
Notable Cast - Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Eric Bana
Synopsis - When a romulan goes through a time portal he finds himself in the past staring at the original crew of the enterprise.
What I think - Follows the every other movie is good mantra. They did the most important thing right - casting. You would be hard to think of many other people than the ones they did. Kirk and Spock especially are my favorites. The story is kind of strange - Nimoy makes it feel like a ST movie but almost imposes in on it. Bana's character is probably the weakest point - not a great or memorable villain and needed some more screen time.
Interesting fact - This is Leonard Nimoy's first live-action film role since Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
How much did this movie make - 770,000 pairs of new tires

3. The Two Towers
Genre - Fantasy-Adventure
Notable Cast - Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Sean Astin
Synopsis - When isengard and mordor attack middle earth, rohan must battle back
What I think - The battle for Helms Deep might be the greatest large action battle ever. Gandalf was a great surprise as well as Theoden. The ents were done well. Near the end they get to summarizing quite a bit. Gollum is exceptional here. It probably has the least narrative and, story progression of the three.
Interesting fact - 799 special effects
How much did this movie make - 232,000 acres of farm land

2. The Dark Knight 
Genre - Action-Crime
Notable Cast - Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Christopher Nolan(D)
Synopsis - When the mob can't stop Batman, they decide to hire the Joker who methodically tries to determine the identity of Batman.
What I think - Ledger's performance as the Joker is going to be timeless and legendary. Rachel was a surprise. The final two action scenes(boat and building) make the movie long and it almost would have been better split into another movie. The two Imax scenes are astounding - the beginning and the sky hook scenes. Two face is a great addition though gets wrapped up pretty quickly.
Interesting fact - The Joker gives a Jerry Maguire quote, "You complete me."
How much did this movie make - Funding for Obama's election

1. Return of The King
Genre - Fantasy-Adventure
Notable Cast - Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Peter Jackson (D)
Synopsis - Sam and Frodo reach mount doom. The mordor army reaches minar tirith in an attempt to destroy the world of men.
What I think - The characters come to life - Gandalf, Sam, Gollum, the steward, Aragorn. The thirty endings do get tiring. Ghosts seem out of place in this world. The Eowyn-Nazgul fight rules. Groundbreaking conclusion.  The extended cut makes the movie better to me as it explains much more. The scale is huge. The spider fight is entertaining.
Interesting fact - 1488 special effects
How much did this movie make - 1.4 skyscrapers

Monday, November 26, 2012

Top 33 Movie Sword Fighters

I put this list together in like 2 minutes - so if they are out of order then they probably are.

33. Sir Knolte - Black Knight
A little out of his prime, and drunk.

32. Alexander The Great
Decent fighter. Held his own in lots of battles.

31. The Prince of Persia
He did need a redo to win the day.

30. Yu Shu Lien - Crouching Tiger
Crazy law of physics-less moves.

29. Theseus - Immortals
Born of Zeus or Poseidon - you are a good fighter.

28. Robin Hood
Destroyed the sheriff in one movie. Took out Sir Guy in another. And lead his own battle in a third.

27. Batman
Does lots of things well - including sword fighting though he doesn't display this after movie 1.

26. Nathan Algren - The Last Samurai
Probably trained too late to be truly great.

25. Athos - The 3 Musketeers
Probably the best fighter of the four. Doesn't have the drawbacks - seems to have more power.

24. James Bond
Master of all weapons though hand to hand not his specialty.

23. Bowen - Dragonheart
He took a dragon to the limit - nuff said.

22. Balian de Ibelin - Kingdom of Heaven
Classic knight - won many a battle.
21. William Turner - Pirates of the Caribbean
Not sure why I think this version of Orlando Bloom is a better fighter, but seemed to do more.

20. Blade
Single-handedly keeps the vampire population under control.

19. Connon MacLeod - The Highlander
Being immortal gives you perks but still held his own against other immortals.

18. William Wallace - Braveheart
Great fighter but not almighty.

17. Neo - The Matrix
Moving faster doesn't necessarily make you a better sword fighter. But still awesome.

16. Darth Sideous - Star Wars
Took out 4 jedi in like 3 mintues. Even had the advantage against Yoda.

15. Sir Lancelot
Every version of him is basically dominating.

14. Xena Warrior Princess
Rarely on the downside of any fight.

13. Mad Martigan - Willow
Killed the opposing general as well as the hydra all while being a nincompoop.

12. Zorro
Greatest swashbuckler.

11. Dread Pirate Roberts - Princess Bride
Basically Zorro but with more arrogance.

10. The Count of Monte Cristo
Didn't have anything to do in prison except swordplay.

9. Perseus - Clash of the Titans
Took out Ares, Medusa, the Kracken, some scorpions and some other demons.

8. John Preston - Equilibrium
Very Neo like in that he just moves so quick.

7. Conan The Barbarian
Like Xena - never in any real danger in a fight - just too busy keeping his friends alive.

6. Hero
Everyone in this movie - like House of Flying Daggers or Crouching Tiger defies gravity.

5. Maximus - Gladiator
Hasn't killed anyone who didn't deserve it. Everyone deserved it.

4. King Leonidas - 300
More of a spear guy, but there are few people you would rather have on your team.

3. Achilles - Troy
Probably on par with Theseus, but was much nastier.

2. Aragorn - Lord of the Rings
Slaughterer of all orcs everywhere.

1. The Bride - Kill Bill
Killed the entire viper gang as well as the entire Yakuza gang with little effort.