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What I watched in… January 2013

In the interest of full disclosure (and to generate a little content here) I thought I’d present a regular tally of what movies I managed to see in the previous month. Some of them I’ve written about, most of them I haven’t. This list includes movies I saw for the first time, movies I’ve seen a thousand times, movies I saw in the theater, movies I watched at home, direct-to-DVD, made-for-TV and anything else that qualifies as a movie. Feel free to discuss or ask about any of them!

What I Watched in January 2013

1. Die Hard (1988), A
2. True Romance (1993), B+
3. The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985), B+
4. Rogue River (2012), C+
5. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part I (2012), B+
6. The Raven (2012), C+
7. Indie Game: The Movie (2012), B+
8. Comic Book: The Movie (2004), B
9. Finding Nemo (2003), A
10. Wall•E (2008), A
11. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012), A+
12. Monsters Inc. (2001), A
13. Paranorman (2012), A-
14. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), A
15. Lady and the Tramp (1955), B
16. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), A-
17. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), A+
18. V/H/S (2012), B
19. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013) D-
20. Frankenweenie (2012), B+
21. The Stuff (1985), D
22. Paperman (2012-Short), A
23. With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story (2010), C+
24. Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (2011), B

Anticipating 2013

Okay, folks, since people are talking about such things, I’ve put together a list of my ten most-anticipated films of 2013. This, of course, is based on what trailers I’ve seen, what news I’ve heard, and my previous experience with the franchises in question. Assuming I remember, I’ll come back at the end of the year, take a look at these ten films, and let you know if I think they met with my expectations. In alphabetical order, because I find it hard to rank such things.

  • Ender’s Game-One of my favorite books of all time. Harrison Ford as Admiral Graff. I know some fans are upset that they aged the kids and compressed the story into a year, but I can honestly understand why. It’s a reasonable concession to make the story work for a movie, and I’m willing to give them a pass on it if everything else works.
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug-I’ve always enjoyed Tolkien and I liked the first installment quite a bit. Looking forward to watching it continue.
  • Iron Man 3-I really loved the first two and Avengers was amazing. I’m hoping Marvel Studios can keep the energy up there.
  • Man of Steel-Because I am a lifelong Superman fan and the trailer kicked ass. Amy Adams is a perfect choice for Lois Lane, and Christopher Nolan’s involvement as producer gives this movie some serious potential.
  • Monsters University-The original Monsters, Inc. is one of my favorite Pixar films, and the trailers for this prequel have made me laugh.
  • Oz: The Great and Powerful-I’ve loved the Oz books my whole life, and this looks like Sam Raimi actually mined the novels for material pretty deeply. I’m interested.
  • Pacific Rim-Directed by Guillermo del Toro, first of all. And judging by the trailers, it’s basically Robotech versus Godzilla. If that doesn’t get you excited, I don’t want to know you.
  • Saving Mr. Banks-Tom Hanks playing Walt Disney in the story of how Mary Poppins was brought to the screen. Perfect casting, high hopes.
  • Star Trek Into Darkness-The last movie made me a Trek fan again long after I thought Voyager killed that piece of my heart.
  • The Stupidest Angel-I’m a big fan of Christopher Moore’s novel about an idiot angel who screws up a kid’s Christmas wish and almost brings about a zombie apocalypse. A heartwarming tale of Christmas terror indeed. And Rhea Perlman is in it, for crying out loud.