Looking at summer

by Mr. Nobel

For all the crap that 2011 got towards Oscar season, I felt that last year was a pretty damn great year for movies. We got not just a new Terrence Malick film, but the Terrence Malick film (i.e. the one that started that whole exile thing), a new Lars von Trier flick, Soderbergh returning to the Traffic style of filmmaking, two new Spielberg films, a new Cronenberg film, etc.

I will, however, concede this to the naysayers: 2011 was a pretty piss poor year for the blockbuster. We didn’t really have any great summer spectacle movies except (with many qualifications) Thor. There were  some great summer movies (Attack the Block, Hanna, Tree of Life), but no great, massive ode to the imagination and expansive budget of Hollywood cinema. 2012 looks set to make up for that.


  • The Avengers
  • Dark Shadows
  • Battleship (a.k.a. the Michael Bay movie of the summer)


  • Snow White and the Huntsman
  • Prometheus
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter


  • Savages
  • The Amazing Spider Man
  • The Dark Knight Rises


  • Total Recall
  • The Bourne Legacy
  • The Expendables 2

There’s a chance that all of these movies will be good. There’s an equal or maybe slightly higher chance that all of these movies will be bad. Except, of course, for Prometheus because I believe in you, Ridley Scott. As always, it pays to carefully moderate enthusiasm lest you get disappointed by any of these films. However, I’m cautiously optimistic (based on the admittedly poor indicators that are marketing/trailers) that this crop of films will contain many winners.