The Up and Coming . . .

There are a lot of really great looking movies coming out next year, but one stood out among the rest.

The Hobbit took the early lead and ran with it, holding first place with 32.35% of the vote. Prometheus, on the other hand, mounted a comeback at the last minute and wrested second place away from The Dark Knight.

And this is just . . . just . . . unacceptable. I mean, I thought the trailer for Prometheus looked cool and all, but . . . but . . . BATMAN.

Batman is judging you.

To my complete surprise, an (admittedly distant) fourth place must be granted to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part II, a movie I almost completely forgot to add, as I don’t follow the series. (I did see the first movie. It was . . . eh.) I do try not to be a complete ass about Twilight fans . . . I mean, I’m going to mock the sparkle like the rest of the world, but that shouldn’t translate into the belief that all Twilight fans are idiots or anything. That being said . . . the fact that a Twilight movie got more votes than The Avengers, at least on this blog? Shocked. Completely shocked. I expected The Avengers to be a serious contender in this fight. Instead, it only got a mere two votes.

Total Loser Award must be shared among several movies this time. The Bourne Legacy, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Amazing Spiderman, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and World War Z all received zero votes. Although it’s fair to say that most of these films haven’t even gotten trailers yet and might generate more interest once they do.

But still. Batman.

Well. I’m sure you’re all very nice people. Even if you’re totally wrong.

12 thoughts on “The Up and Coming . . .

  1. I would’ve voted for Django Unchained, but since it wasn’t on the list my vote went to Prometheus. Ridley Scott made two of the greatest sci-fi movies of all time with Alien and Blade Runner. The cast is fantastic, plus the trailer got me much more excited than did the trailers for Hobbit and TDKR.

    When you posted your list of overrated movies, I commented that The Dark Knight would make my own list of most overrated movies and gave my reasons why. It’s still a very good movie, but I don’t like it anywhere near to the degree that most people do. The trailer didn’t do much for me. I couldn’t understand anything Bane was saying, and the football field imploding look like a scene out of a Roland Emmerich movie. Plus, the third installment in trilogies is always a letdown. It’s become one of the unspoken commandments of movie-making. I loved Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, but Spider-Man 3 was the biggest disappointment I’ve ever seen. The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II are recognized as two of the greatest movies of all time. The Godfather: Part III, however? A punchline. People love Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back. Return of the Jedi not so much. No longer a trilogy, but Alien 3 paled in comparison to the first two. The only exception to the rule I can think of is LOTR: Return of the King.

    Nolan is a very good director, and TDKR might turn out to be fantastic. But instead of going into it expecting THE GREATEST FUCKING MOVIE EVER MADE!!!!OMG!!!!!!!! like so many other people, I’m tampering expectations. As a result, I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up liking it more than the people who go into it with ridiculous expectations.

    • I don’t want to have unrealistic expectations for The Dark Knight Rises, but I’m not certain that can be helped. Sometimes, no matter how much you tell yourself not to get your hopes up . . . well, you know, it’s hope. It’s rather resilient, even when it shouldn’t be. Although I’ve been troubled by the “3rd Movie in a Trilogy Always Sucks” rule, too.

      Eventually . . . possibly before Prometheus, although probably not . . . I’m going to give Alien another chance because I think it deserves one. I could have just been having an off day. It happens. On first viewing, though, I wasn’t really all that impressed with Alien. In fact, it almost went on that list for overrated movies.

      • Alien is kind of overrated. Aliens is not.

        You got that backwards. The suspense of Alien is much more interesting and satisfying than the mindless action of Aliens.

      • The suspense of Alien is much more interesting and satisfying than the mindless action of Aliens

        Agreed. And I hate the queen. I much preferred the concept of the Alien truning its victims into eggs. Alas that was cut fromthe original edit of Alien. And I always thought the Queen vs. power loader scene that everyone has always been so fond of was simply ridiculous, and not in the fun way like the FPS section of DOOM (my second greatest guilty pleasure).

        • LOL. I’m the exact opposite. I loved that power loader scene . . . and I kind of hated the FPS scene in Doom. I mean, I did like it for the first minute or so. I thought it was a clever little homage . . . but then it just seemed lengthy and repetitive as hell.

          I really will give Alien another try, but I enjoyed the hell out of Aliens. As far as mindless action goes, it’s a pretty damn good example of it.

    • Part of my dislike of these newest Batman movies is how overly serious they are. I’m not saying they should be slapstick or anything, but the Keaton Batman movies were a nice mix of humor and seriousness with a much better Joker. I know this puts me definitely in the minority since most people came all over themselves for these new ones…

      • I like the darker more serious tone of the new films. I mean Batman is kind of a grim character. He’s a man driven by depression to the brink(and possibly quite over that brink) of madness over his parent’s death. That’s dark shit. I think it just works better without humor. Even dark humor.

      • I think it just works better without humor. Even dark humor.

        Probably most people would agree with you on that – like I said, I know I’m in the minority on that one. I wonder, if I’d been born later and hadn’t seen the Keaton Batman movies at an impressionable age – would I still have the same opinion? Hard to say. Maybe not.

  2. Although I’m looking forward to The Hobbit I would have been much more interested if Guillermo del Toro had directed as I wasn’t a fan of Peter Jackson’s LOTR movies. Del Toro would have brought coolness and talent Jackson just doesn’t have.

    • I wanted del Toro as well. I did mostly like the LOTR movies but it would have been nice to see the different look and feel a different director might bring to The Hobbit.

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