What to expect at the movies in 2012

Lowcountry Movie Night: By Justin Peterson

With movies like Marvel's The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and The Hobbit being released in 2012 -- it should be a pretty good year at the box office.

But reports show that certainly has not been the case for the last two years, which showed overall movie theater revenue was down. After looking over the list of the most anticipated movies this year -- It may be the overall theater experience which has cut ticket sales short.

Currently there are almost too many ways to watch the latest movies at home including: Netflix, On Demand, Red Box and of course you can still head to your neighborhood Blockbuster.

With High Definition and 3D home entertainment becoming more and more affordable, what does that leave for your local theater to take advantage of?

I would say most people going to the theater want the following:

1. See the movie as soon as possible

2. Want to take advantage of seeing the film on the big screen, with surround sound

3. A pleasant movie theater experience, while they are out for a date night or something

Another factor that adds to the movie theater experience is the audience. For me, this can either enhance the movie or totally ruin it. It was amazing to see Inglourious Basterds opening night with a theater full of Quentin Tarantino fans. But I hated going to the theater to see Paranormal Activity 3, since there were three audience members who laughed hysterically during all the scary parts! Nothing is worse than people talking during a movie, because the whole time I want to tell them to shut up, but I never end up doing it.

While looking over the list of the movies coming out in 2012, I noticed a troubling trend. There are at least 4 classic films getting a 3D re-release this year including Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Finding Nemo.

It is not shocking that Disney is doing this, since they have a long history of bringing back their greatest hits to theaters. Plus giving parents a chance to experience animated classics like Nemo and Beauty and the Beast, is not so bad.

But you can't really blame Disney, since during the opening weekend of Lion King 3D, it brought in a cool $29.3 million. While I did not experience the Lion King re-release for myself, I worry if the 3D treatment is really worth the price of admission.

For instance, watching the{} recent{} Beauty and the Beast Bluray with my nephews and niece last year was a lot of fun, but do we really need to see it in 3D too?

I have to admit that seeing Avatar in 3D a few years ago was by far one of my top movie theater experiences ever. But can James Cameron bring that same magical touch to one of the highest grossing films ever with Titanic 3D later this year?

I started off this list calling these re-releases troubling, and the reason is Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D. This is one of the most highly criticized movie prequels ever, and now George Lucas wants to cash in on making it 3D. And if that pays off, is Lucas going to make the original trilogy 3D too?

I personally do not find the Episode I awful... just really cheesy at times. Plus the final light saber fight and music at the climax of the movie provided one of the most exciting moments of the franchise. Maybe all the flashy action in the newer Star Wars movies lend to 3D.

I guess we just have to accept that when it comes to Hollywood, re-releases are just a part of life. Whether it be VHS, to DVD, to Bluray to whatever comes next. Technology is always getting better somehow, and Hollywood is going to cash in on re-releasing our favorites as much as possible.

To wrap up, here are my lists of the most anticipated films of 2012 and most dreaded.


Most anticipated

The Iron Lady -- In most of her roles I love to hate Meryl Streep... Instant Oscar nod.

John Carter -- I have no clue what this movie is about based on the trailer, but that is a good thing.

The Hunger Games -- I was interested in Twilight, so maybe this adapted book series will have a similar charm.

Wrath of the Titans -- Loved the first one, this should be fun too.

The Avengers -- Enough with all the build up already, this movie better deliver.

The Dark Knight Rises -- Only hope it can live up to the hype.

Men in Black III -- I do not love these movies, but I can't image Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones messing this up.

Total Recall -- Colin Farrell is not Arnold, but I am interested to see what they come up with.

Skyfall -- Daniel Craig is great, especially as Bond.... James Bond.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 -- I actually liked part 1, and it should be interesting to see it come to an end.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey -- I am a huge fan of the book and LOTR. Can't wait for this!

The Great Gatsby -- I enjoy most of Leonardo DiCaprio's movies, and is could be his Oscar moment.


Most dreaded

Underworld: Awakening -- This is the 4th movie in the franchise, and they seem to be getting worse.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island -- I have heard Journey to the Center of the Earth did not go well for Brendan Fraser ... is The Rock going to have better luck?

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance -- The original was good, not great -- Why did they make a sequel?

American Reunion -- It might be funny, but I thinking they should have stopped with the second one

The Expendables 2 -- The first one was meh... not expecting much improvement.