Seeing how the Academy announced their nominees for 2011 (and I only saw one of the films in the best picture categories) I thought I’d do a list of films I’m excited for in 2012. The list is filled with no brainers and a few that might be surprising.
So lets get started.
#10: Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter Release June 22
Based upon a book by Seth Grahame-Smith, the film looks at the “true” history of the former President of the United States. President by day and Vampire killer by night, the film is looking to get the nerds in the seats with its oddball idea and Vampire killing.
Timur Bekmanbetov’s film doesn’t even have a trailer but the buzz around the film is pretty good. With Alan Tudyk in the film, it’ll get the Firefly fans there.
#9: The Avengers Release May 4
Marvel Comics have been hitting the mark with most of the films so far. Now they’re hoping that putting the main characters from all of the films into one will make them billions.
With Joss Whedon (you know the Firefly guy) as the director and screenwriter, the film sounds good on paper.
The trailer gave us little bits of information, but one thing is for sure…shit’s going to get tense. Kick in the Nine Inch Nails and you’ve got a lot of fan boys wetting themselves.
#8 John Carter Release March 9
The dark horse of the list, John Carter is based on the Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs and will hopeful surprise me at the theaters.
While this is on my list, I’m still kind of worried about the CGI in the film. I didn’t like Avatar, so this looks like more of the same. Plus this being director’s Andrew Stanton’s first live action film (kind of) it could be a disaster.
But, how knows maybe the film based around an earth man fighting aliens on Mars could be good.
#7 Total Recall Release August 3
Despite they’re being no mention of Mars; the remake is still interesting to me.
The remake based upon the Philip K Dick short story “We Can Remember it For You Whole Sale” as well as the Arnold Schwarzenegger film, follows a lowly worker getting dreams and memories of events that he doesn’t remember.
With Original Film Productions spending $200 million to make the film in Toronto, I’m pulling for the film to work and bring in the money.
#6 Goon Release March 30
Finally a film that isn’t a comic based film of sci fi, it’s a hockey film for the goon in all of us.
The film based upon a book called Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey; stars Seann Willaim Scott as a bouncer who turns to world of hockey to do something with his life.
The film features a number of Canadian actors such as Jay Baruchel and even Eugene Levy (How are ya).
It looks violent and rude and I can’t wait to see it.
#5 Taken 2 Release TBA
…Liam Neeson…fights bad guys…again.
#4 G.I. Joe Retaliation Release June 29
If you had told me that I would like GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra more than Transformers 2 I would of punched you. Now that I know the truth, I’m excited to see the sequel.
With the trailer it looks like they’ve cleared out some of the wasted characters and are looking to make a leaner story.
Despite the director Jon M. Chu’s other films (Justin Bieber Never Say Never) the cast rounded out by Bruce Willis and the Rock will fill the action star quota quite well.
#3 Prometheus Release June 8 (a day after my birthday thanks guys)
Director’s Ridley Scott’s Alien sequel/prequel is getting buzz around the web.
With a cast of rising stars, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender the acting should be quite good.
Hopefully the film will delve deeper into the history of the Alien universe and explain the often forgotten Space Jockey (thanks James Cameron) and it’s importance to the universe.
I won’t start about how I feel that the sequels destroyed a great franchise but, with Scott but in the drivers seat, I’m looking forward to Alien back in it’s earned glory.
#2 The Dark Knight Rises Release July 20
The final film in the Nolan trilogy could possible be the biggest film this year (or maybe a close second) with fans around the world holding onto every muffled word that comes out of Bane’s mask.
The plot revolves around…who am I kidding, you all know what the plot is. Dent’s dead, Batman’s older, Bane’s bad, loud music, they fight each other.
We can expect a number of things about the upcoming film. Loud Music (ddddddddddddddduuuuuuuunnnnn), explosions, Michael Caine will give a speech about fate, Christian Bale’s rapist voice and some of the best production values in film history.
The Legend Ends (dddddddddddddduuuuuuuuuuuuuuunnnnnnnnnnn)
#1 The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey Release December 14
While I don’t spend days watching the Lord of the Rings films in their seven-hour complete editions, but I loved these films.
They were some of the most well made films ever in history. Know that Peter Jackson and Andy Serkis are putting their focus on the prequel novel I excepting the films to be even better.
When I read the books (yes, I did read them) I preferred the Hobbit. It was a tighter narrative and I liked the reluctant hero story. While the next three books are the ones that built author J.R.R. Tolkien’s legacy, the Hobbit is a better legacy to the writer.
The large cast and production make me weary that the film won’t be finished before the predetermined release, but even if Jackson has to push it back fans will still line up for days to see it.
We don’t know anything about this film. Well, we do know so things; like the cast and a vague idea of what the film will be about, but other than that nothing.
Now most Bond film follow the same idea: Bond gets assignment, goes to a foreign place, meets women, sleeps with her, meets bad guy and his girlfriend (some times sleeps with her), gets beaten up by bad guy, escapes, regroups, fights him again, kills him, bad pun, credits. But, we don’t know enough for the hype to start yet.
The EON Films says the film will be released in 2012 but I have my doubts overall.
The film based upon the English Comic Book character Judge Dredd created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra has gone through some issues.
With Director Pete Travis being locked out of the editing room then claiming that the “collaboration” between the Director and writer and editor Alex Garland was agreed upon before post-production it’s could be a bad thing for the film.
Despite this, I’m still interested in the movie because of the character and Karl Urban in the lead role. Though I’ll still miss Stallone (You Betrayed the Laaaaaawwwwww) in the role.
Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming western film is a case where we just don’t know enough about the film. While we know a few of the case members, namely long time collaborator Samuel Jackson, but we know very little about the plot as of yet. So it’s on the Honorable Mention.