A New Year, New Movies
Film critic Roger Ebert has a great article about why movie revenue is dropping and I agree wholeheartedly with his thoughts. For 90% of the movies that come out in the theaters these days, you have a better alternative to viewing it if you stay home. Instead of overpriced popcorn and soda, you can drink beer and make sliders for about the same price or less. Instead of fighting over the best seat in the house, you can pick the perfect spot on your couch. The only texting you will have to put up with is your own and likewise, there’s no one talking during the movie or kicking the back of your seat. With all the options like Netflix, Redbox, Amazon and other sources of movies, there’s almost no reason to go see anything in the theater. Almost.
Except for the fact that some movies are simply made to be watched on the big screen, with surround sound, with popcorn in hand. “The King’s Speech” isn’t one of them. You can watching Colin Firth drop the F-bomb and dance around with Geoffrey Rush at home, on your Iphone, wherever, it’s going to be the same experience. But “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” was AMAZING to watch in IMAX, because of it’s footage on the outside of the Burg Khalifa.
So while I will likely spend much of my 2012 movie watching in front of my computer or TV, there are some movies that I think will be worth seeing in the theater. Here they are listed chronologically with my rationale (the links in the names will take you to the IMDB site where you can watch the trailer and do other fun stuff. All images are from the respective IMDB film pages.)
January 20 – Coriolanus
February 3 – The Woman in Black
June 8 – Prometheus
July 20 – The Dark Knight Rises
November 9 – Skyfall
December 14 – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
There you have it. I left off a few (like the new Bourne movie with Jeremy Renner), but these are the ones I’m marking my calendar for. Now, go watch some movies!