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Warm Buttery Popcorn

There are, what I like to refer to,  as popcorn movies. These are movies that are best viewed in a giant commercialized theater. Theaters with comfy seats that semi recline and have adjustable arm rests. Theaters where you can put your own melted- processed- butter product on your popcorn, so that when you get to the bottom of the bag there is a buttery swimming pool with small specs of popcorn and popcorn kernels. You look at the pool for a minute and then you drink it because it’s your duty as an American to drink processed pools of butter and deep down you know this.

I present to you part one of my three part series discussing my top 10 popcorn movies for 2012.  These are not Academy Award winning cinematic masterpieces….although some might end up surprising us by being better that we expected them to be.

1. Chronicle- Release Date Feb 3rd-Genre/Drama-Sci Fi-Thriller

IMBD Story Line-Three high school friends gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery. Soon, though, they find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

I only recently found out about this movie. My first thought when watching the first thirty seconds of the clip was that it was just a home-made video that someone uploaded to You Tube.  The movie looks like a fantastic popcorn movie.  The director Josh Trank is pretty new and the we suddenly got superpowers has been done again and again, but who cares????!!!  Popcorn potential 3.3 out of 5

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2. Raven-Release Date March 9th 2012-Genre/Thriller

IMDB story line-A fictionalized account of the last days of Edgar Allan Poe’s life, in which the poet pursues a serial killer whose murders mirror those in the writer’s stories.

I freely admit that I have had a crush on John Cusack since I was like 10 years old so perhaps that makes me a bit biased towards his films. Granted he’s made a lot of not so good movies but he knows this and that’s why I love him. This movie is NOT a biography about the life of Edgar Allen Poe. There are  plenty of people who probably do not realize this and will bad mouth this movie in only the way a hipster can. These are probably the same people who have their favorite books on Facebook as “Catcher in The Rye” and “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac. Meanwhile they’ve never read either and post them there simply for what they consider status symbols.  ( I hate those people)

The movie is purely fictional. A hyped up hollywood murder mystery set in the last days of Edgar Allen Poe. The movie is directed by James McTeigue. He has a pretty impressive resume and he directed V for Vendetta which is a great movie. This movie has a lot of potential, so long as people understand it is purely fictional and go into the theater knowing this.  Popcorn Potential 4.0 out of 5

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3. The Hunger Games-Release Date March 23rd 2012-Genre/Action-Drama-Sci-fi

IMDB Storyline-In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.Written by Suzanne Collins

Having read all three books in the series I am really looking forward to this movie. I can’t really say anything else because it’s pretty much summed up in the description above written by the book author Suzanne Collins. The book series is very popular so I foresee this movie doing very well in the theaters. It is directed by Gary Ross. I am not too familiar with him besides what I can see on his credits on IMDB , but hopefully he does the novels justice. The trailer looks awesome. Popcorn Potential 4.4 out of 5

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