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The Captains Mayan Prophecy

Assuming that the Mayans were wrong about 2012, this year looks to have plenty of great things in store.  For this week’s Friday 5 I thought it might be enjoyable to look ahead at what I am most eagerly awaiting in 2012.

Top 5 Consumable Media I Am Anticipating In 2012

1.  Book – The Twelve

This one is a no-brainer.  My favorite novel of 2010 was The Passage by Justin Cronin.  His post-apocalypse-vampire-zombie thriller was the quickest 900+ pages I’ve read in years.  Part of what was made the novel so exciting was knowing that it was the first in a planned trilogy.  The second book in the trilogy, The Twelve, is scheduled to be released in summer 2012.  The wait is almost over, so if you haven’t read The Passage yet, better get to it soon!

2.  Film – Moonrise Kingdom

My most anticipated film of 2012 was a real toss-up.  I almost went with The Dark Knight Rises, because this trailer makes it look pretty amazing.

But truth be told I think that Director Christopher Nolan might unwisely be trying to recapture the magic of the last Batman film, and at this point I honestly don’t think it can top The Dark Knight.  Moonrise Kingdom, on the other hand, looks like a triumphant return to form from the director of my favorite film.  Wes Anderson tried different genres with his last three films with varied results.  Moonrise Kingdom looks like he’s sticking with what he knows – a coming of age story.  I might be wrong, but I think at the end of 2012 this will be my favorite film of the year.

3.  Television Series – Mad Men

This selection is completely conditional on one main factor – whether Breaking Bad returns for its fifth season in 2012.  At this point I’m betting that it will not come back on the air till 2013, mostly because I don’t think star Bryan Cranston has enough time in his schedule to film it.  So with that in mind, I went with the show that will definitely air in 2012.  It’s been two years since I last spent some time at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, but I get the feeling that I will fall right back in with the gang in March.

4.  Video Game – Grand Theft Auto V

The other no-brainer on this list is GTA V.  It’s been four years since I’ve spent weeks at a time playing in the sandbox of Liberty City, and I’m ready to move back.  This time the action shifts from New York to L.A., or Los Santos as they refer to it.  From what I’ve seen from screenshots and the first trailer the game looks to be massive, perhaps the largest in the series.  Whenever they finally commit to a release date, expect me to be missing in action for at least a month.

5.  Album – Fiona Apple

This selection is the biggest crapshoot on the list.  I would’ve never guessed at the beginning of last year that my favorite album of 2011 would be from My Morning Jacket.  For 2012 I was tempted to go with the upcoming album that the reunited Ben Folds Five is currently recording, but I have no idea if the guys will be able to recapture the magic.  So I decided to go with the safest bet, Fiona Apple.  Her record company has confirmed that they will definitely release her new album in 2012.  This would mark only her fourth album in fifteen years, and her first since 2005.  But Fiona has shown that her music is worth the wait, so I’m hoping for big things from her.


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