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Great Films Past and Yet to Come

By Garrett Connor

We all saw them: those incredible movies that made us want to go back the next day and see them again.

Movies like The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises left us walking out of the theatre with up to the film lodged in our minds. We will be kindling those memories until the DVD finally comes out.

“The Avengers was my favorite movie of the summer because it combined typical Marvel action, a good story line and an awesome blend of humor,” said sophomore Joshua Lyon, an aspiring filmmaker.

Looking ahead, great movies will be arriving in theaters within the next year, including The Hobbit (Dec. 14), Man of Steel (June 14), Iron Man 3 (May 3), Oz the Great and Powerful (March 8), and Despicable Me 2 (July 3).
After The Lord of the Rings trilogy, director Peter Jackson is expected to create its three-part prequel, The Hobbit, with no less effort than that which went into The Return of the King.

“I expect The Hobbit to be awesome, because it’s The Hobbit!” said Lyon. “I hope it will be the best Lord of the Rings movie franchise yet.”

As for Man of Steel, a darker version of Superman, director Christopher Nolan may be planning to create films based on several other DC comics. When he’s done there, one can only assume that there will be a Justice League movie conceived within the next three to five years.

Other movies that are destined to come out sometime in the next year are Monsters University (June 21), The Hangover Part III (May 24), The Wolverine (July 26), and Catching Fire (Nov. 22 2013).

However, we would not have such high expectations of these movies without the cinema classics that set the standards for their successors. Movies like these set the expectations for films yet to come to theaters.

“The Illusionist is my favorite movie,” said Lyon.

The Matrix is [my favorite],” said sophomore Tyler Borchert.

“My favorite movie is Sgt. Bilko,” said sophomore Alex Barnes.

If moviegoers are lucky, every movie that the next year has in store will raise the bar a little higher with each new release.