Here’s the deal. My best friend and I have a reoccurring argument. It goes something like this. He says, “This is a terrible year for movies. They just don’t make ‘em like they used to. What’s wrong with the world? I hate everything!” To which I reply, “I thought this was a pretty good year for movies. I enjoyed a number of films that were released in the past twelve months. And I’m much too level-headed, reasonable and optimistic to think otherwise.”
We do this every year. Granted, he tends to exaggerate how bad things are and I am right. But this year, I think I am particularly right.
We’ve already had the surprisingly funny 21 Jump Street, the enticing Cabin in the Woods, and the under-appreciated Friends with Kids.
But the best is yet to come. Two of my favorite film makers, Wes Anderson and Christopher Nolan both have movies coming out in the next few months, and I can’t decide which I’m more anticipating – The Dark Knight Rises or Moonrise Kingdom. All I know is put the word “rise” in your title, and I’m in the seat, baby.
And there are many more films I’m looking forward to in 2012.
Dark Shadows – I’ve never seen the television show, but this looks like it just might be the movie that allows me to like Tim Burton to the degree to which I would like to like him.
The Dictator – I’m very much hoping that Sacha Baron Cohen can be as entertaining when he’s working with a screenplay as he is improvising.
To Rome with Love – I’ve always been a fan of Woody Allen and if last year’s outing was any indication, he’s returning again to his more comedic roots. Count me in.
The Campaign – Don’t know much about this one. But I have a theory that Zach Galifianakis has the rare ability to make almost anything funny (even his own last name).
Prometheus – Secrecy. Good ad campaign. Hype. History. Promising.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World – Steve Carell inserts humanity into his comedy like nobody’s business. He and I both know that you can’t misspell “comedy” without “drama.”
Looper – I’ve always loved good science fiction. Unfortunately, it’s pretty difficult to make good science fiction. This one looks like it could do the trick.
Toss in Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, The Hobbit, Ted, This is Forty, the new Spiderman and some others that I’m probably forgetting and 2012 has a tremendous amount of movie potential. My friend might still want to go back to the nineties, but I’m living in the present. And, if the Mayans were right about 2012, maybe we just saved the best for last.