this is a great year for movies

The last few years have left me feeling underwhelmed in terms of action and genre movies, but apparently studios were saving up all their awesome. I can't remember the last time I've been this excited about the lineup for summer and beyond.

What I've seen so far:
  • Scream 4
    a few of the standard Scream movie components started to feel a little stale, but there were some great scenes and the intro was amazing
  • Fast Five
    liked the heist plot and that surprisingly original chase scene, still wish they'd have named it 5 Fast 5 Furious
  • Thor
    one of my favorite superhero movies to date thanks to a fairly balanced plot and great production values
  • X-Men: First Class
    the best film adaptation of these comics (yes I'm still bitter about their mishandling of Nightcrawler)
  • Super 8
    this one was like an updated, slightly more mature mishmash of a lot of the movies I loved as a kid, and somehow manages homage without being too derivative
What I want to see later:
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
    the only reason we missed this one so far was its timing
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
    kind of required viewing for geeks
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
    never my favorite hero, but the visual style of the trailer is fantastic
  • Cowboys & Aliens
    it's hard for me to conceive of a world where this isn't the best movie ever
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes
    monkeys!
  • Final Destination 5
    the last one was not so great, but I really enjoyed the other three (also, this is one of the few horror franchises my husband enjoys and I jump at the chance to see scary on the big screen)
  • Conan the Barbarian
    yes, yes, most of us liked the original Arnold movie, but this isn't so much a remake as a reinterpretation of the original stories
  • Apollo 18
    while I like space movies, things styled as found footage are hit or miss for me, but at least if it stinks, we'll always have a good Apollo 18
  • Shark Night 3D
    for some reason I'm happy to overlook my anti-3D bias when it comes to cheesy horror
  • The Thing
    thankfully, it's a prequel about the team that found the monster before the group in the earlier John Carpenter remake of this story, rather than a straight reboot
  • The Three Musketeers
    I've seen enough botched Hollywood versions of classic fiction that I'm nervous about this one
  • Piranha 3DD
    don't judge me
  • The Muppets
    this looks really, really awesome
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
    the last one was fun, so hopefully they'll keep that up
I'm skipping:
  • Green Lantern
    this one has too plastic and goofy a look for my taste, though to be fair, I'm not sure how a movie about a superhero who can make shiny green manifestations of whatever he thinks about could avoid looking goofy
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon
    the first one was highly iffy, the second was painful, and I have a grudge against Shia LaBeouf for that Indiana Jones chase scene where he swung through the jungle
  • Breaking Dawn Part 1
    no way am I touching this until there's a RiffTrax accompaniment
Some of my "later" list will end up being second run theater viewing or DVD rentals, because movies are getting too freaking expensive. I also have to save time for fun local screenings of great older stuff.

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