Archive for January 2012
It’s a brand new year and for all you movie lovers, it means new movies to watch. We’ve got a lot to choose from this year. Action. Adventure. Comedy. Drama. Romantic. Thriller. Horror. Fantasy. You get the picture. Here are the movies I’m looking forward to watching the most this year.
1. Underworld: Awakening–Starring Kate Beckinsale, Michael Ealy, Charles Dance, India Eisley (1/20/2012) After the events of Underworld: Evolution we find Selene imprisoned in cryogenic suspension for 12 years. When she escapes she learns that the humans have discovered the existence of vampires and lycans and are conducting an all-out war to eradicate both species.
When I heard they were making a fourth Underworld movie was I was so excited! My boyfriend and I are huge Underworld fans. We were actually at the panel at Comic Con in 2011. It was so cool seeing Kate Beckinsale. This is gonna be our first movie of the new year.
2. The Avengers–Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston (5/4/2012) When an unexpected enemy emerges who threatens to take over the world, Nick Fury, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D., brings together world’s most mightiest heroes to stop it.
Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Nick Fury in one movie, FUCK YEAH!! This is gonna be the ultimate superhero movie. Plus, Joss Whedon is directing it. He created shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse. I know he’s gonna do an awesome job. This movie comes out the day after me and boyfriend anniversary. Nine years!
3. Snow White and Huntsman–Starring Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin (6/1/2011) Snow White escapes from her evil stepmother and hunted by the Huntsman. The Huntsman takes pity on her and instead of killing her, he takes her under his wing and trains her to fight so she can take back her kingdom.
I love how all the fairy tales like Snow White, Cinderella are getting remade in a way. There are actually two versions of Snow White that’s suppose to come out this year. There’s this version and Mirror Mirror, which is more comedy fantasy. I think that one is suppose to come out in March. Both versions look good but the Huntsman is the one I want to see the most.
4. American Reunion–Starring Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Sean William Scott, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Tara Reid, Mena Suvari, Shannon Elizabeth, , Natasha Lyonne, Eugene Levy (4/6/2012) The American Pie gang from 1999 reunite for their high school reunion. Even though they’re adults now, dealing with every problems since as having a career and raising a family, deep down they are still the same lovable hormonal teenagers we fell in love with.
Finally! They’re actually making a sequel to American Pie, a real one. I hate the crappy straight to DVD sequels they’ve been doing the last few years. This one has the original cast. I remember this came out my freshman year of high school. Who would have thought that screwing a pie would turn into an American classic?
5. The Dark Knight Rises–Starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway (7/20/2012) The film takes place eight years after the events of The Dark Knight. Not only does Batman have to deal with being chased by the cops, he also has to deal with two new villains: Bane and Catwoman.
The Dark Knight was beyond awesome and Heath Ledger (God rest his soul) was brilliant as The Joker. Bane looks totally bad ass. I heard he and Batman going to have this big fight scene in the movie. I can’t wait to see that. When I heard that Anne Hathaway was going to be play Catwoman, I was a little skeptical. But after watching the newest trailer, where she looks all devious and seductive, I’m thinking, maybe she’ll do a good job after all.
6. The Hunger Games–Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz (3/23/2012) Set in the future the Capital selects a boy and a girl from the twleve districts, between the ages of 12-18, to compete in the Hunger Games. It’s a fight to death with only one survivor. Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) volunteers to take her sister’s place for this year’s match.
Before seeing the trailer I didn’t know anything about the Hunger Games. Afterwards I got curious and started to look up info on the series. And the more read about it, the more I fell in love. I was planning on reading the books before the movie came out but I decided to do it after. That way I can compare the two.
7. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey–Starring Ian McKellen, Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis, Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett (12/14/2012) This is a prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy that follows a young Bilbo Baggins as he is swept into a dangerous but amazing adventure. Bilbo journeys along with Gandalf the Grey and 13 fortune-seeking dwarves. As he travels through the Lonely Mountains, he’ll encounter dragons, giant spiders, a creature named Gollum and find a magic ring.
I remember when I was a kid I watched the cartoon movie of The Hobbit. I thought it was the coolest thing ever. Peter Jackson is a genius bringing the Lord of the Rings series to life. It was such an honor seeing him at Comic Con in San Diego last July. I can’t wait to see what he does with The Hobbit.
8. The Vow–Starring Channing Tatum, Rachel McAdams, Scott Speedman (2/10/2012) Based on true events, it’s about a newlywed couple who were in a car accident that puts the wife in a coma. When she waked up she as no memory of her husband of their life together, so the husband has win her heart all over again.
When I saw this I had to put it on my list of movies to see this year because I am hopeless romantic. I believe everlasting love and finding your soul mate. Can you image having the love of your life not remembering who you are? This is like the ultimate test to see if love really conquers all.
9. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax–Starring Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, Zac Efron, Betty White, Taylor Swift (3/2/2012) The story is about a 12-year-old boy, who lives a city that is completely artificially designed except for its people. He sets out to find a real tree, the one thing that could win the heart of his long time crush. While trying to find a seed, he meets the Once-ler, who tells him the story of the Lorax, a strange creature who fights to protect his world.
Seriously, who haven’t read Dr. Seuss when they were a kid? I remember reading stories, like The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks, etc. The world of Dr. Seuss is so wacky and fun that it will make you feel like a kid again.
10. Rock of Ages–Starring Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin, Mary J. Blige, Julianne Hough, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tom Cruise (6/15/2012) This is story of a small town girl and a city boy, who fall in love during the rock music era of the 1980s.
I’ve never see the Broadway musical but I heard it was pretty good. You have music by Bon Jovi, Poison, Twisted Sister, Pat Benatar and more. I love musicals turned films. My favorite ones were RENT and Mamma Mia! I just know it’s gonna be a fun film.
So those are the movies that I believe is gonna do great in the box office. I already watched Underworld: Awakening last weekend (which was awesome and I’ll post up my review on it later) and I can’t wait to see the rest on my list. There were a few others that caught my interest, The Raven, Men in Black 3, The Expendables 2, Brave, etc, but I’ll have to wait and see. I love going to the movies. It’s just a nice escape from life.
The movie selections of 2011 started out good. There were movies like Sucker Punch and Kung Fu Panda 2, to name a few. Those were pretty good. The movies in the summer like Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and Captain America, awesome! But towards the end of the year the movies started to dwindle. I mean, there were a few good ones like Puss in Boots and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, but other than that, nothing! What the hell happen?
Here’s a list of my favorite movies of last year:
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2-Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Tom Felton, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Isaacs (7/15/2011) Harry, Ron and Hermione search for the last of Voldemort’s Horcruxes which results in the ultimate final battle between good and evil.
Too awesome for words! Even though they left out a few things from the books I still loved it. Potterhead for life!
2. The Muppets–Starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Copper (11/23/2011) The Muppets are back to put on one more show to save the Muppet theater from an evil oil tycoon that wants to tear it down.
Oh my god! I loved the Muppets when I was a kid. I’ve see all the Muppet movies and I was a huge fan of the Muppet Babies back in 1984. You got to love the classics.
3. Thor–Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston (5/6/2011) A powerful but arrogant warrior cast out from Asgard for being reckless and reignite an ancient war. There he learns what it means to be a true hero.
This movie is particularly special to me. Not only I’m a big fan of Marvel comics but this movie came out of me and my boyfriend’s anniversary (which is May 3rd). We’ve been together for eight years now and every movie that’s ever came that weekend is either related to X-Men, Marvel, action or Hugh Jackman. What are the odds right?
4. X-Men: First Class–Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Jennifer Lawrence (6/3/2011) This is a prequel that shows us how Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr, two young men discovering their powers, went from being friends to being enemies.
I thought this movie was really good. It’s really something to see them before they were Professor X and Magneto. X-Men is one of my favorite comic book heroes and X2: United was the first movie my boyfriend and I ever saw together.
5. The Hangover 2–Starring Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Bradly Cooper, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong (5/26/2011) In the sequel the wolf pack heads to Thailand for Stu’s wedding. A couple of drinks later, they wake up with no memory of what happened. Like before they have to retrace their steps and find their missing friend, while running into a few interesting characters along the way.
I laughed throughout the entire movie. The story line was pretty much the same, but it still worked. It was great seeing them all again, especially Chow. Never a dull moment with these guys.
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides-Starring Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane (5/20/2011) Captain Jack Sparrow is off on another adventure, this time to find the Fountain of Youth. But Jack has to deal with zombies, mermaids, an ex-girlfriend, and Blackbeard, the pirate that all pirates fear.
Pirates of the Caribbean is one of my favorite trilogy movies of all time. I love Johnny Depp. He is such an amazing actor.
7. Paul-Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jason Bateman (3/18/2011) Two British comic-book geeks on a road trip to see America’s UFO sites, like Roswell, come across a real alien, named Paul, who needs their help to get back home.
I wasn’t sure about this movie but it was surprisingly good. Pegg and Frost wrote the script for the film. They did a really good job.
8. Puss In Boots-Starring Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton (10/28/2011) Before meeting Shrek and Donkey, Puss was a wanted fugitive, who spent years trying to clear his name. When he tries to steal the magic beans from the infamous criminals Jack and Jill, he meets master thief Kitty Softpaws and old childhood friend, Humpty Dumpty. Together, they plan to steal the magic beans, that will lead them to the Giant’s Castle and the Golden Goose.
I loved Puss in the Shrek movies. And it was interesting seeing Puss’s back story. Where he came from and how he got those boots.
9. Captain America: The First Avenger–Starring Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, (7/29/2011) During World War II, after being rejected several times by the military, because of his various health and physical issues, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into a super soldier.
Man, Steve went from a little shrimp to this big muscle guy. Wow! It was awesome seeing Captain America going up against the Red Skull. I can’t wait for the Avengers to come out this summer.
10. Beastly–Starring Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, Neil Patrick Harris (3/4/2011) Modern day Beauty and the Beast. Handsome but very vain guy gets bitch slap by karma when he insults a witch, who places a curse on him and turning him to a hideously deform creature. He has a year to find someone to love him for him or stay that way forever.
A lot of people didn’t like this movie, too teen drama with a little fantasy but I really enjoyed it! I loved the message behind it. It shows that it’s not a person’s looks that makes them beautiful.
The movies coming out this year look really good. There’s American Reunion, The Raven, The Hunger Games etc. I hope I get to see them all.
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Happy New Year everybody! Can you believe it’s 2012 already? For my first post of the year I decided to post up my New Year’s Resolutions. I probably won’t get to do all of them but it doesn’t hurt to try.
1. Finish overdue drafts for: blog, fan fiction, poetry, etc. God, I have so many but I’ve been busy with work and personal stuff. I’m hoping to finish them this year.
2. As soon as I’m done with number one, I want to write some new stuff. The thing about me is that I have a lot of ideas in my head and I want to get started before I lose my momentum.
3. Create a new blog. Sweet Sanctuary is dedicated to mostly writing. I was thinking of creating a blog dedicated to my second love: photography. I used to take black and white photography back in high school and I’ve been taking pictures ever since. I have boxes full of pictures from places I’ve visit, to geek conventions.
4. Try something new: hip hop dancing, jewelry making, archery etc. I’m trying to take more steps outside my comfort zone. It’s not good to be complacent forever.
5. Spend more time with my friends. Most of us have careers, or families now, but I still want us to have time for each other. Whether it’s a road trip to Las Vegas or just going to the movies. I don’t want us to drift apart.
6. Lose some weight. I have a little bit a gut and I need to cut down on junk food and stuff. Eat healthy and walk more and all that.
That’s all I can think off the top of my head. It’s nothing major like world peace but they’re important to me. 2012 is gonna be sweet!