Sunday, May 1, 2011


My “Which 2011 genre movies are you looking forward to most?” poll closed yesterday and I want to thank the few of you who took the time to vote in it for doing so. I placed this poll at the bottom of our blog page, so maybe that is to blame for the small number of responses. Still, it does give myself and my fellow Genre Guardians an idea of which of the many genre films that are being released this year that you are interested in.

Cowboys & Aliens came out on top with 62% of the voters interested in seeing this film. I am interested primarily for its unique blend of sci-fi and western genres. I’m also a fan of director Jon Favreau’s Iron Man films, which proves to me he has the ability to humanize science fictional concepts. Also, the casting of Daniel Craig as the alien-weapon toting cowboy and Harrison Ford as the iron-fisted Col. Woodrow Dolarhyde is inspired!

Battle: Los Angeles gained the second highest number of votes, scoring 50% of the votes. I have already seen and written my review of this film. While it was not quite as good a science fiction film as I had hoped it would be, it was still a very good film overall.


Sucker Punch received 37% of the votes. I’ve also seen and reviewed this film. I was, and still am, uncertain as to what this film was actually trying to say or do. While I was both appalled and entertained by the film, I can’t say for certain that I actually liked it.


Also coming in with 37% of the votes were: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Super 8, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and The Thing. I look forward to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides the most, despite the loss of both the director Gore Verbinski and Orlando Bloom’s Will Turner. I’m one of the few people who liked Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, so I have no doubt that Transformers: Dark of the Moon will entertain me as well. The more I learn of the plot of Super 8 (which admittedly isn’t much) the less I’m looking forward to seeing it. Still, with J. J. Abrams both helming and writing the film, I still am betting that this will be good. I’ve seen all but one of the Harry Potter films at the theater, so I have no intention of not seeing the final chapter Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 at the theater. I’m intrigued by what is purportedly a prequel to The Thing; but is it a prequel to the 1982 John Carpenter film or the novel on which it was based?


Of the films that received 25% of the votes, the two I am most looking forward to seeing are Captain America: The First Avenger (I love that they set it in WWII) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (I loved the first film and all the principals are back for this sequel). I like that they are going back to early days of the X-Men with X-Men: First Class (I particularly like the 60’s era setting), but not enough to see it at the theater. I’ve never been a huge fan of the original Planet of the Apes series. I never saw the Tim Burton “reimagining” travesty. So I have little to no interest in Rise of the Apes, a purported prequel which is suspiciously similar to Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (’72).


Of the films that received 12% of the vote, I have no intention of seeing any of these at the theater. I’ll most likely rent Green Lantern, I Am Number Four, Thor and Season of the Witch when they come to blu-ray, but Red Riding Hood, The Adventures of Tintin and Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage will have to be watched on cable, if at all.


As for the remainder of films that received 0% of the votes, I will definitely rent Scream 4 (I’m a fan of the original films). The remainder - The Green Hornet, Reel Steel, , The Witches of Oz and The Cabin in the Woods I’ll watch on cable; but I will pass on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, just as I did on the two previous films in the series.

Thank you again to all of you who voted. Let me know if you would like similar polls to this and what I can do to make them easier and more accessible to participate in.


Here are the full results of the poll:


Cowboys & Aliens 5 (62%)

Battle: Los Angeles 4 (50%)

Sucker Punch 3 (37%)

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 3 (37%)

Super 8 3 (37%)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 3 (37%)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3 (37%)

The Thing 3 (37%)

X-Men: First Class 2 (25%)

Rise of the Apes 2 (25%)

Captain America: The First Avenger 2 (25%)

Sherlock Holmes 2 2 (25%)

Red Riding Hood 1 (12%)

The Adventures of Tintin 1 (12%)

I Am Number Four 1 (12%)

Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage 1 (12%)

Thor 1 (12%)

Season of the Witch 1 (12%)

Green Lantern 1 (12%)

The Green Hornet 0 (0%)

Reel Steel 0 (0%)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 0 (0%)

The Witches of Oz 0 (0%)

Scream 4 0 (0%)

The Cabin in the Woods 0 (0%)

Total Voters: 8


  1. Doc.

    Battle: LA was high on my list. But that has passed now. Given what remains of your fun poll my personal interest will be...

    Super 8/ The Thing 3/ X-men/ Captain America

    and that's it.

    Take care Doc

  2. Thanks for not only taking the time to vote in our first poll here at Guardians of the Genre, but taking the time to comment on its results. I find your choices interesting, Sci-Fi Fanatic. Super 8 and The Thing are SF and look promising. However, your other two choses are super hero movies, which in the vast majority of cases I qualify as fantasy.

    There have been so many super hero films in the last few years, that I’m beginning to feel a little burnt out with the sub-genre. I used to go to see every super hero movie at the theater when they first came out, even though I stopped reading super hero comics back in the late 80’s. That was easy as recently as the release of Spiderman in 2002. But the floodgates really opened in 2008 with the release of Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and The Dark Knight all in the same summer!

    This is truly a Superhero Summer with the release of Thor, The Green Lantern, X-Men: First Class and Captain America: The First Avenger!

    One last question: Why no interest in Cowboys and Aliens? This Sci-Fi/Western hybrid looks like it should not only be entertaining, but it may treat the alien contact situation more seriously than is indicated in the trailer.

    As always, thanks for stopping by Sci-Fi Fanatic!

  3. Just getting back my friend. Busy week. Ugh.

    So, yeah, you'd think I would love Cowboys And Aliens [science fiction and western- two genre favorites], but something about the trailer isn't catching me.

    I'm having the same reaction to that film as Green Lantern. I'm not feeling it from either film trailer.

    X-Men could be interesting. I'll be curious to see what the feedback is on it. I'm more interested in Captain America. It just looks terrific!

    Super 8 could be a thriller like War OF The Worlds so I am quite excited to know more.

    The Thing really has my curiosity as well.

    You mentioned something which I find quite accurate. There is a real glut of superhero films.

    I count The Dark Knight as one of the strongest in recent years. Not a huge fan of the Hulk movies, the Iron Man movies. They've all disappointed a little. Though I think I liked the Edward Norton best of the four.

    But I am a bit fatiqued on those kinds of films.

    This is why I can't wait to see The Beaver. : )