Friday, January 13, 2012

Films I am looking forward to in 2012

2011 is over so its time to look ahead to movies coming out in 2012! This list is in no particular order and I'm sure I'll add films to it as the year goes on.

Ridley Scott finally returns to science fiction after a 30 year absence! Prometheus appears to take place in the Alien universe before Alien although it doesn't seem to be a direct prequel.

The Dark Knight Rises
Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy concludes this summer. Nolan has a great track record (knock on wood) and it should be interesting to see how his saga ends.

The Avengers
I have enjoyed all the Marvel Studios movies thus far so it should be fun to see all these characters together. I'm a little worried as to how this will work since there are so many characters involved. However, Joss Whedon is the director and he did a great job with Serenity which also had a large and diverse cast of characters so I think he can pull this off.


Before Casino Royale I had never actually watched a James Bond movie in its entirety, only clips of them on TV. However I really liked Casino Royale and enjoyed Quantum of Solace even though it wasn't as good as its predecessor. MGM's financial issues led to delays for the third James Bond movie starring Daniel Craig but I'm glad that has been sorted out now!

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
I actually haven't finished watching all of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings (extended editions of course) but have loved what I have seen. I'll have plenty of time to catch up before this comes out in theaters December 2012.

Although I am not familiar with the previous work of writer and director Rian Johnson, I love time travel movies so I want to see this. The cast includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Jeff Daniels, and Emily Blunt.

Django Unchained
Quentin Tarantino makes a Western. 'Nuff said!

David Cronenberg is directing this film which is why it is on this list. To be fair the plot sounds interesting as well. I am curious to see how Robert Pattinson does as the lead. I thought he was fine in Harry Potter as Cedric Diggory but Twilight... Ugh, I still can't believe I actually saw that movie. In my defense it was the Rifftrax version and with a bunch of friends!

The only Alfonso Cuaron movie I have seen so far is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban but I really want to see Children of Men. Gravity is Cuaron's next film and is a sci-fi thriller about the only survivor of a mission to fix the Hubble telescope who desperately wants to come home to reunite with her daughter. Gravity stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.


Director Roland Joffe made two really good films in the 80s:
The Killing Fields (1984) and The Mission (1986). These are also the only two Joffe films I have seen. Joffe has struggled since then, most notably with The Scarlet Letter (1995) which was a box office disaster. Hopefully Joffe can get back on track with Singularity, a Sci-Fi/Romance starring Josh Hartnett and Neve Campbell.

Cloud Atlas

Cloud Atlas is based on a book although I haven't read it yet. The film will be directed by Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis. The movie (and book) consist of six stories set in different times and places that are related to each other.

Hyde Park on Hudson
Bill Murray is Franklin Delano Roosevelt! This film is about the affair between FDR and his distant cousin set during a weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of England visited FDR at his home in upstate New York.


Argo is based on the true story of how the CIA used a fake science fiction movie to rescue Americans from Tehran during the Iranian Revolution. The story is fascinating and could make for a great film. You can read about the actual events here.

Untitled Terrence Malick Project aka The Burial
I loved The Tree of Life so of course I want to see Terrence Malick's next film. I still need to see more of his work though.

While I haven't seen too many Coen Brothers movies I have loved what I have seen so far. Gambit will be directed by Michael Hoffman but the Coen Brothers wrote the screenplay. Gambit is a remake of the 1966 film of the same name starring Michael Caine (which I have yet to see). Will he have a cameo?!

I'm not too familiar with the comics (I want to read them eventually) and haven't seen the Judge Dredd movie starring Sylvester Stallone. However, this sounds like it could be good and I thought Karl Urban was great as Doctor McCoy in Star Trek (2009) so hopefully he'll knock another one out of the park with Judge Dredd!

Shakespeare + Science Fiction? Count me in! Michael Caine, Derek Jacobi, Ray Winstone, and Gerard Depardieu round out an outstanding cast!

The We and the I

I am not too familiar with the work of Michel Gondry outside of Be Kind Rewind (which I liked), but I really want to see Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
which he worked on with Charlie Kaufman. The We and the I will come out a year before Gondry's next project, an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel Ubik.

aka MS One: Maximum Security
The screenplay for this movie is written by Luc Besson, the man behind Leon: The Professional and The Fifth Element. Judging from the trailer the story feels like something John Carpenter would have made in the 80s with Kurt Russell in the lead. Guy Pearce plays the main character who is a bad-ass.
Lock-Out looks like it could be a fun sci-fi action movie.


Peter Pan gets a dark and gritty update! Pan is basically Peter Pan meets The Silence of the Lambs. In this story Peter Pan is a child kidnapper and murderer while Captain Hook is the good guy. Wendy (AnnaSophia Robb) is the only girl to escape alive from Pan. Hook (Aaron Eckhart) is the police captain trying to stop Pan with help from detective Smee (Sean Bean). Although this sounds like a Robot Chicken sketch, I think this could be really good if done right. Terrence Stamp is also in this movie in a yet to be determined role.

John Dies at the End
This movie is based on the book of the same name written by Jason Pargin aka David Wong. I haven't read the book although a friend did and really liked it. Pargin/Wong is one of the main writers for Cracked, one of my favorite websites. John Dies at the End will be written and directed by Don Coscarelli who also made Bubba Ho-Tep and the Phantasm series.

Araham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
This movie is based on the book (which I haven't read but want to). The title alone says it all!


Here is a movie based on the actual Abraham Lincoln! Lincoln is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Honest Abe. The cast includes Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sally Field, James Spader, and Jackie Earle Haley.

My next several posts will cover movies I have seen in the last month. After I get all caught up (hopefully in the next week or two) I'll be back to my regular schedule of Tales from the Archives posts on Thursday and Weekly Wrap-Up posts on Sundays.

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