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Hopes For the New Year and Beyond
by Tim Josephs

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Well, the New Year is upon us and I'm glad, as 2010 wasn't a great year for movies, though there were a few entertaining ones. So here are my (most likely ill-fated) hopes for 2011.

If I live to be a million I hope I never see another Fockers movie come out. Think about it, a whole franchise of movies based on a name that sounds like a bad word. Three movies came from that! I'd love to have been in that production meeting. "Okay, we need a funny last name. Shetter and Betch were good but not great." "How about Focker, 'cuz, you know, it sounds like fucker?" "Brilliant!"

I hope somewhere out there is a good script for Jack Black. His comedic talents are wasted in such craptastic films as YEAR ONE and GULLIVER'S TRAVELS. Black is funny and likeable and SCHOOL OF ROCK proved that he is capable of starring in a
Stay crazy, Cage

Stay crazy, Cage
very good movie.

Here's hoping Nicholas Cage finally realizes he's not an action/adventure star and just sticks to what he does best: playing the crazy guy. It seems like he makes about ten movies a year and most of them are horrible. But when I recently saw BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL NEW ORLEANS, I was suddenly reminded how good he can be when he's playing a lunatic. No more Disney films, Cage!

Here's hoping they decide not to make BAD SANTA 2 which is scheduled for release in 2012. First of all, the movie's great and shouldn't be tarnished with a sequel. Second, it didn't lend itself to a sequel as it wrapped up nicely. And third, if they were going to make a second part, they missed a golden opportunity a few years ago. Instead of remaking the BAD NEWS BEARS which already had Billy Bob Thornton in it,
Don't do it

Don't do it
they could've just made Bad Little League Coach. They even could've used the kid from BAD SANTA on the team.

I hope studio executive stop reading my online diary. How else would they have decided to team up Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston, two of my most hated "actors" in the same movie? Damn you, Hollywood.

I hope we can have a moratorium for:

Superhero movies. Aren't people tired of these yet? At least five are supposed to be coming out this year and reboots of SPIDER-MAN and SUPERMAN (which I guess is a reboot of a reboot and absolutely ridiculous) are in the works. I've seen previews for the upcoming "green" ones and the Hornet looks stupid and the Lantern just looks lame.

"80s Nostalgia" remakes/reboots. I like the 80s as much as the next guy but not if it means remaking classics like
Enough already

Enough already
THE KARATE KID and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET or resurrecting the horrible TRON for a sequel. Sadly FOOTLOOSE, CONAN, RED DAWN, and others are coming out this year. I also hope people just stay home and rent the originals.

3-D. Even though there seemed to be a growing backlash against 3-D films as 2010 went on - especially the ones that weren't supposed to be in 3-D and were later readjusted - I heard that no less than thirty-two films in 2011 will be in the third dimension.

Here's hoping the Oscar nominations for best picture get cut back down to five. Were there really ten English-language films in 2010 worthy to possibly be called best picture? It seems inevitable that sooner rather than later a mediocre movie will be nominated.

Happy New Year, everyone, and I hope we all have a good year at the movies.

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Tim Josephs
Born to write (literally much to the displeasure of his mother, he emerged with a pencil clutched in one tiny fist), Tim spends most of his days crafting epic monosyllabic poems, new comical titles to his favorite Beatles' songs (Hey, Dude), and angry letters to local businesses that have wronged him in some way. He's really an okay guy once you get to know him.

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