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2013: The year of sequels

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Just when you thought writers and directors were running out of movie idea, 2013 hit us with a sequel summer, fall, and winter blast of movies.

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Maybe now we can break away from another zombie movie (until they come out with a World War Z II, at least. Or maybe they'll call it, World War AA for After Apocalypse).

Some sequels that already hit the big screen this year:

A Good Day to Die Hard: Bruce, looks like you've still got the "it" factor.

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia: Um, not rated too high on the IMDB scale. Wonder why...

G.I. Joe: Retaliation: Go, Joe!

The Last Exorcism Part 2: This poor girl seems to have some real social problems.

Tai Chi Hero: Not a clue what it's about. But rated pretty decently.

Scary Movie 5: Not rated very high. But, what did you expect? Still, it is most likely worth a few laughs.

Birdemic 2: The Resurrection: I had to check out the site just to find out what this movie was about. Needless to say, I'm sorry I wasted my time.

Before Midnight: What an adorably cute movie trailer. I hadn't heard about this movie. But, the high ratings, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy led me to believe I might like the idea of watching the movie. I'm certainly looking forward to finding and renting it.

Fast & Furious 6: Well, one through five were pretty good. Now that they have brought in Dwayne Johnson...well, I'll watch it just for the pretty men on screen. But, I am confident I will walk away feeling like I am ready to soup up my 4 cylinder Mazda.

The Hangover Part III: So, one was funny...and wrong. Two was okay...and wrong. Plus, two brought back Mike Tyson, which was highly entertaining at the end. But, seriously, what else can these guys get themselves into? I think it's time for them to part ways. They are like a train wreck you can't stop watching.

Star Trek Into Darkness: I'm not much of a trekkie (is that how you spell it?). But, I will admit that today's Star Trek movies have become more than just a lesson on how to split two fingers apart (I can still only do that on one hand). Not to mention a little bit of eye candy to go along with it.

Iron Man 3: I watched it. My husband watched it. We enjoyed it. Maybe you didn't like it. But, that's why this is called an opinion piece. I was sad to [spoiler alert] the machines get blown up at the end. Still, this isn't the end of Iron Man. Haven't you seen that they're making an Avengers 2, and with Vin Diesel (who happened to play in the above movies, Fast & Furious). This movie is like a Brat Pack for the 21st Century.

Hatchet 3: Haunted swamps, voodoo curses and Victor Crowley, oh my!

This July, we can certainly prep ourselves for another barrage of sequels:

July 2013

Despicable Me 2: (opened July 3) Gru, the girls and the minions return and this time, they bring former SNL actress, Kristen Wiig and a slew of other famous actors and actresses including even, yes...a little music from famed rapper, Eminem. The first movie was one that grew on me quickly and ended with a nice, happy ending. I haven't seen this one yet. Most likely a rental, but I think my children will most likely find it entertaining. Those minions certainly grow on you. Wouldn't a lipstick tazer be wonderful?

Grown Ups 2: (opened July 12) The sequel to Grown Ups (one) didn't rate as high as its predecessor. Still, with a full fledged cast featuring Kevin James, Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, and Dave Spade, it's sure to have some good laughs and maybe even stir up a few of our own childhood memories. Maybe even a few more laughs. This is probably a good movie for the 30 and 40 somethings.

V/H/S/2: (opened July 12) The movie is about VHS tapes that are found that may link the dark motives behind a student's disappearance. I can't say I will never watch it. I can say it probably won't happen anytime soon.

Red 2: (opened July 19) Older is still cool? Sixty is the new thirty? Maybe. It looks entertaining. Helen Mirren is still the woman I dream to look like when I get older.

The Wolverine: (July 26) This is where the Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) will confront his own demons. Wait...didn't he do that already?

The Smurfs 2: (July 31) These are not the Smurfs you are looking for. So, upon searching through my childhood memories, I don't ever recall any goth-like Smurfs or any named, "Vexy" (does that mean, Sexy Villain?).

August 2013

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters: (August 7) This is one sequel I know we will see in the theater and I can thank our 10-year-old's love of reading for this one.

Disney's Planes: (August 9) Disney does it again and this time they are flying high with their newest humanized machinery. Maybe we'll get a hybrid movie like Marvel and Dumbo will show up somewhere? Probably not.

Kick-Ass 2: (August 16) Any opinions? I didn't see the first movie.

September 2013

Riddick: (September 6) Fast & Furious, meet alien-fighting Vin Diesel. The first was good. The books were good. Hopefully this can live up to the imaginations we create in our heads when we read a story.

The Ultimate Life: (September 6) Sequel to "The Ultimate Gift," it's a story about how to find the meaning of fulfilling one's destiny. Sounds like a good, snuggle-up and cuddle type of movie.

Insidious Chapter 2: (September 13) While the first had its definite moments of creepy smiling ghost-like giant doll people, the second is surely to follow in those footsteps.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2: (September 27) Yes! And they brought back the monkey. I was laughing at the trailer, the wonderful play on words and the gaping mouths that reminded me of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" video. This is one, in my opinion, to watch in the movie and with the kids. If you don't have kids, borrow some. Children's laughter always makes it funnier.

October 2013

The Protector 2: (TBA) An elephant keeps getting kidnapped. Seriously, where can you put these things? I can barely fit two kitchen chairs in the trunk of my car.

Machete Kills: (October 4) I am sure, in some alternate universe, I could sit down with Danny Trejo and feel comfortable... like I'm not going to mess my pants from fear. I am guessing this movie with have a lot of fighting, beautiful women, and a scary man with looks that could kill. Plus, it has Michelle Rodriguez. That girl is in everything (Remember Fast & Furious?). We could play six degrees of Fast & Furious in this movie montage.

The Bronx Bull: (October 11) The story about Jake LaMotta and his life before and after rage while being a middleweight boxing champion.

Paranormal Activity 5: (October 25) Demi Lovato? Really? Come on, Demi. You were doing so well next to Simon Cowell. Is this a new Ghost Stories with the Stars reality show? Come on! I looked. The plot is unknown. Surprise.

November 2013

Thor: The Dark World: (November 8) Chris Hemsworth is in it. Just call November 2013 the months of the Hemsworth brothers. Don't know why? Look below. Another Marvel movie preparing for Avengers 2, this is sure to bring some amazing special effects and story line. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is back and it looks like he and his brother may team up. Definitely one to watch.

The Best Man Holiday: (November 15) This is a story about friends who come back together after 15 years and find that rivalries and romances can, in fact, be reignited. A veteran cast of amazing actors (Terrance Howard and Taye Diggs, for instance), this looks like a movie that will bring (maybe) a few laughs but some heartwarming moments.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: (November 22) I am a Hunger Games nerd. This just so happens to open on the day I met my husband. Coincidence of two amazing events? I think not. Oh look, Liam Hensworth is in it.

December 2013

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues: (December 20) A movie that doesn't make me think. Not for the faint of heart, or children...ever. But, this trailer even forced laughing tears in my eyes. Yes, laughing tears. My tears were laughing.

Jack Ryan: (December 25) I didn't even see the first one. But, it has Chris Pine in it and Keira Knightley, who was in Star Wars: Episode I with Samuel L. Jackson who was in S.W.A.T. with Michelle Rodriguez, who was in Fast & Furious. (See what I did there?)

So, just when you are just beginning to ask yourself, "What am I going to do this weekend?" Why not sit in some cool, air conditioned theater rooms with semi-comfortable seating and watch a sequel to a movie that you most likely enjoyed last year, or even years before.

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