Thursday, December 29, 2011

2012 Movies

2012 is already going to an amazing year for movies, so much that list will be full of movies that I am very eager to see. We have a movie I never thought would be made since it had to have 4 separate set up movies, a sequel to my all time favorite comic book movie, favorite director returns, and we should have a prequel that doesn't suck (ahem Mr. Lucas).

In no order I give you the movies I cannot wait for in 2012:

The Dark Knight Rises - July 20th -- I am very excited to see what Mr. Nolan has in store for what seems to be his final Batman storyline. Bane (Tom Hardy) is the new bad guy on the block and from what I have seen he looks to not be joking around. I expect quite a lot from this movie, seeing as how the Dark Knight was my favorite comic book movie ever. Throw in Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and you have a lot going on. This is easily one of the movies I am most anticipating seeing in 2012.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - December 14th -- The Lord of the Rings showed that you can make a huge trilogy and make it epic and extremely well done. Once I heard someone else besides Peter Jackson was doing this movie I was already thinking how it was a mistake. The movie gods decided to shine down on this movie and Jackson came back on. He also split up the novel into two parts which means even more LOTR fun! The first three films were #1 on my list of best movies of the last decade, so you know I am eager to see this!

Django Unchained - December 25th -- How else would you ring in Christmas but with some Tarantino slavery themed fun. Needles to say Mr. Tarantino is one of my favorite directors of all time so any movie he touches is something I cannot wait to experience. This time he is doing a period piece about a free slave (Jamie Foxx). The cast is impressive: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joesph Gordon-Levitt, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, and Kurt Russell to name a few will be in the movie. I haven't even seen a trailer and it is easily one of the most anticipated movies for me of 2012.

The Avengers - May 4th -- Marvel films have been on a serious roll with Thor and Captain America being solid entertaining movies that came out last year. All the marvel movies were leading up to the Avengers, which has a lot to live up too. This is a movie that most of the nerd community thought would never happen. I find it extremely cool that this movie is even coming out. I can't wait to see Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, and the rest battle to save the earth. I am also hoping for a lot more then what I have seen in the trailer, namely who is the bad guy and hoping it is not just Loki (from Thor). Avenger assemble!

Prometheus - June 8th -- Ridley Scott returning to his roots to do an Alien prequel of sorts, sign me up! Alien is easily of my favorite horror/sci-fi movies of all time. I was lucky enough to see it at the theater when it was re-released some years back and the movie plays so much better on the big screen. The cast is impressive: Charilze Theron, Michael Fassbender, and Noomi Rapace will star. The trailer had the serious Alien vibe to it and I cannot wait to see what they do with this film.

Lincoln - December (no date set) -- Spielberg directing Daniel Day Lewis as Abraham Lincoln. I am not sure what else is needed to say besides that. Reports from the set is that Lewis had not dropped the accent of Lincoln and will only respond to being called Mr. Lincoln. From the one picture I saw online he seems to have enveloped the role. I am already saying he will be nominated for best actor at the Oscars. I have some high hopes with my favorite actor and director teaming up for the first time.

Brave - June 22nd -- I have to put any Pixar movie on my list because they have all (ok besides Cars 2) been amazing pieces of film. I have faith that Brave will be another movie that surprises me and becomes a favorite. The movie isn't about cars or toys this time around. Seems like they are doing a period piece starring a red haired young lady. As per usual the premise of the Pixar movies never seems be normal and that is why the probably work so well.

The Apocalypse - 2012(?) -- I seriously have no idea what this movie is about besides that is being directed by Seth Rogen and starring Mr. Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson. All it says on imdb is "Two guys take on the end of the world." If this comes out in 2012 I am there.

The Amazing Spider-Man - July 3rd -- A reboot is a tad early but the old web head has had a few good movies and one amazing one. I am eager to see the new direction they take with a new director( Marc Webb of 500 Days of Summer fame) at the helm. The cast is intriguing with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Rhys Ifans as the Lizard. I am going to go out on a limb and say Ifans will steal the show as the Lizard, but that is just a guess. Spider-Man movie, count me in!

G.I. Joe: Retaliation - June 29th -- I know the first one was a piece of shit, but this is the toys and cartoon I grew up on so I will give them another chance. The trailer looks like ball busting fun. This time it seems like they kill off most of the cast from the first movie (good move!) and throw in some The Rock! Looks like also decided to use the real Cobra Commander (not sure if Joesph Gordon-Levitt is doing a voice). Also has Bruce Willis as the original G.I. Joe. Anyway I am not expecting much here but I just an eager to see a non-stop action movie starring the toys that made my childhood.

Others: Looking forward to seeing Judd Apatow's follow up to Knocked Up, This is 40.... Also we will have a new bond movie Skyfall.... The zombie war movie World War Z stars Brad Pitt and should be good...John Carter looks like it has all the elements of a good sci-fi movie....The Expendables 2 should have more 80's star power and fun.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

NFL Power Poll - Week 15

These are the top of the NFL for me right now, these six teams could all make a serious run at the superbowl this season:

1. Green Bay Packers (13-1)

2. New Orleans Saints (11-3)

3. New England Patriots (11-3)

4. San Francisco 49ers (11-3)

5. Baltimore Ravens (10-4)

6. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-4)


These teams have a good shot at making the playoffs but will need to get hot to upset the elite teams ahead of them. They are all capable of beating an elite team, with some luck:

7. Atlanta Falcons (9-5)

8. Houston Texans (10-4)

9. Denver Broncos (8-6)

10. Detroit Lions (9-5)

11. New York Jets (8-6)

12. Dallas Cowboys (8-6)


These are teams that need a lot to go right for them to make the playoffs. Poor or inconsistent play has lead them to a point where most likely they cannot decide their own fate, but would need some other teams losses to make the playoffs.

13. New York Giants (7-7)

14. Cincinnati Bengals (8-6)

15. San Diego Chargers (7-7)

16. Seattle Seahawks (7-7)

17. Oakland Raiders (7-7)

18. Arizona Cardinals (7-7)

19. Philadelphia Eagles (6-8)

20. Tennessee Titans (7-7)

21. Chicago Bears (7-7)


These teams are looking to build for next season. Maybe they will start trying out new guys or rookies and see who will work best for the upcoming season. A lot of these teams play the best at this point in the season because they no longer have anything to lose.

22. Carolina Panthers (5-9)

23. Miami Dolphins (5-9)

24. Kansas City Chiefs (5-9)

25. Washington Redskins (5-9)

26. Cleveland Browns (4-10)

27. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10)


These teams are on a serious losing streak or have been losing for most of the season. They most likely are looking to future and possible firing the coaches they have at the helm right now. Do not be surprised to see them drafting high in 2012.

28. Buffalo Bills (5-9)

29. Minnesota Vikings (2-12)

30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-10)

31. Indianapolis Colts (1-13)

32. St Louis Rams (2-12)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

NFL Power Poll - Week 14

1. Green Bay Packers (13-0)

2. Baltimore Ravens (10-3)

3. New Orleans Saints (10-3)

4. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3)

5. New England Patriots (10-3)

6. Houston Texans (10-3)

7. San Francisco 49ers (10-3)

8. Denver Broncos (8-5)

9. Atlanta Falcons (8-5)

10. New York Giants (7-6)

11. New York Jets (8-5)

12. Detroit Lions (8-5)

13. Dallas Cowboys (7-6)

14. Tennessee Titans (7-6)

15. Oakland Raiders (7-6)

16. San Diego Chargers (6-7)

17. Cincinnati Bengals (7-6)

18. Arizona Cardinals (6-7)

19. Chicago Bears (7-6)

20. Seattle Seahawks (6-7)

21. Philadelphia Eagles (5-8)

22. Carolina Panthers (4-9)

23. Kansas City Chiefs (5-8)

24. Miami Dolphins (4-9)

25. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-9)

26. Buffalo Bills (5-8)

27. Washington Redskins (4-9)

28. Cleveland Browns (4-9)

29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-9)

30. Minnesota Vikings (2-11)

31. St Louis Rams (2-11)

32. Indianapolis Colts (0-13)

Monday, December 12, 2011

Bad Trailers - The Three Stooges

I don't try to be negative on here but sometimes I will see a trailer for a movie and think why is this movie even being made. Once in a while I can just sense the movie will be a failure. Case in point, the new trailer for The Three Stooges:

Anyway if you made it through the entire trailer I give you credit. You can already see how a movie like this, even with some built in audience, will most likely not make much money. Throwing in a reality star like Snooki just shows that this movie is going for cheap laughs and not going for a movie that could be seen for more then a year or so. When I heard they were doing a new Three Stooges I expected a movie more like Chaplin or a biography of the Three Stooges. Instead it seems like they just went for a modern day retelling of comedy that was funny decades ago. Not to put down physical humor but that stuff is not as funny now as it was when it was first released.

From what I heard the orginal cast was said to be Sean Penn, Jim Carrey, and Benecio Del Toro and now the movie stars a couple of non well known TV actors in Will Sasso (MADtv) and Sean Hayes (Will & Grace). I know Hayes has had some legit roles and I found his character on Will & Grace to be quite funny but Sasso is not even a C-list actor. The final main star is Chris Diamantopoulos who I really know nothing about. Sometimes going with a no namer can yield good results but I see nothing of value coming out of this role.

I also am not a big fan of the Farrelly brothers films, well at least not in the last ten years. They have not really had a movie that was decent since 2005's Fever Pitch. Since then it has been movies like The Heartbreak Kid and Hall Pass, I have seen both movies and was left unimpressed.

It is sad to see Hollywood release a trailer like this and believe an audience will flock now a days. I know you cannot always 100% judge a book by its cover, or in this instance a movie by its trailer. I have seen plenty of movies that the trailer made look bad but the actual movie was really good but I fail to see why a movie like this would be made. Oh well, we can always look back at the classic stuff and remember how good it was...

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

NFL Power Poll - Week 13

1. Green Bay Packers (12-0)

2. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-3)

3. Baltimore Ravens (9-3)

4. New Orleans Saints (9-3)

5. New England Patriots (9-3)

6. San Francisco 49ers (10-2)

7. Houston Texans (9-3)

8. Denver Broncos (7-5)

9. Atlanta Falcons (7-5)

10. Dallas Cowboys (7-5)

11. New York Giants (6-6)

12. New York Jets (7-5)

13. Tennessee Titans (7-5)

14. Detroit Lions (7-5)

15. Oakland Raiders (7-5)

16. Cincinnati Bengals (7-5)

17. Chicago Bears (7-5)

18. San Diego Chargers (5-7)

19. Miami Dolphins (4-8)

20. Arizona Cardinals (5-7)

21. Seattle Seahawks (5-7)

22. Carolina Panthers (4-8)

23. Kansas City Chiefs (5-7)

24. Philadelphia Eagles (4-8)

25. Buffalo Bills (5-7)

26. Cleveland Browns (4-8)

27. Washington Redskins (4-8)

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-8)

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (3-9)

30. Minnesota Vikings (2-10)

31. St Louis Rams (2-10)

32. Indianapolis Colts (0-12)