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January 16, 2012

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

Disappointed with last year's movie offerings? Well, don't worry. 2012 is looking to be a bright year for the cinema. This list is chock full of awesomeness that the new year has to offer, so settle down with your buttered popcorn, pop open those M&M's, and throw some elbows to claim that armrest! These are my most anticipated movies of 2012.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. That first poster up there is for the film, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The novel, written by Seth Grahame-Smith, is getting its own big-screen adaptation. I cannot wait to experience this Fantasy/Thriller, directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) in a darkened theater with good popcorn and friends.

The Hobbit

All Lord of the Rings, Tolkien and/or Peter Jackson, nerds (myself included) will have to wait till December of 2012, but it's finally a guarantee that we'll get a Hobbit film. This one has Gandalf, an assortment of dwarves I've already forgotten, and one of my favorite English actors, Martin Freeman (BBC's Sherlock, Hot Fuzz). I'm sure we can expect an even higher level of epicness than any of the three LotR films for this one.


Next up is the start of what is to be the greatest two months of my life. Prometheus!

Ridley Scott, Alien prequel! Do I really need to say much more? Still not convinced? Prometheus stars Michael Fassbender (300, Inglorious Basterds, X-Men: First Class), Noomi Rapace (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Girl with The Dragon Tattoo), Charlize Theron (Monster, Hancock, The Devil's Advocate), and Guy Pearce (The King's Speech, Memento, The Hurt Locker). This cast would have to try really hard to make this movie not amazing.

Snow White and the Huntsman

I'm also looking forward to watching Snow White and the Huntsman in June. I'll be the first to let you know just how much I dislike the acting style of Kristen Stewart, or lack thereof. But this one looks way too unique to pass up. I love when screenwriters do fairy tales justice on the big-screen, but to re-imagine a fairy tale isn't always the smartest move. More over, this film sure looks to be as visually unique as the story is being made out to be.

The Dark Knight Rises

If the Mayans were right and everything ends in December, I'll likely die a very happy man, having seen The Dark Knight Rises. If you're one of those fanatical religious folk who're really stoked on Jesus' return...I now understand your excitement. Every inch of my being is going to shiver with excitement the moment I sit down in that IMAX theater. Whether Warner Bros. decides to continue the Batman series with a new cast or not, Nolan's vision for Batman has set the bar for any and all stories about the caped crusader to follow. On more than one level, this Batman trilogy has and will continue to make a lasting impression on any film bestowed with the title, Summer Blockbuster.

A few other films to look out for in 2012

Underworld: Awakening

Release date: January 20

When human forces discover the existence of the Vampire and Lycan clans, a war to eradicate both species commences. The vampire warrioress Selene leads the battle against humankind.

The Hunger Games

Release date: March 23

In a not-too-distant future North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem.


Release date: January 20

Beautiful freelance covert operative Mallory Kane is hired out by her handler to various global entities to perform jobs which governments can't authorize and heads of state would rather not know about. On a mission to Dublin, the operation goes awry and Mallory finds she has been double crossed, she needs to use all of her skills, tricks, and abilities to escape an international manhunt, make it back to the United States, protect her family, and exact revenge on those that have betrayed her.

The Woman in Black

Release date: February 3

A young lawyer travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals.

Yes, I love me some Harry Potter. What of it?

The Avengers

Release date: May 3

Nick Fury and the international agency S.H.I.E.L.D. bring together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his various membered army.

This is seriously the official plot summation. I'm hoping the actual film isn't as lackluster as the plot summary.


Release date: October 5

When young Victor's pet dog Sparky (who stars in Victor's home-made monster movies) is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbors, he has to convince them (and his parents) that despite his appearance, Sparky's still the good loyal friend he's always been.

What movies of 2012 are you looking forward to?


Tom Heistuman said...

If you want some reference on the director of Snow White and the Huntsman, he did the We Are ODST commercial. It still stands as probably my favorite video game commercial. And when they showed off their "atmosphere" trailer at Comic Con (some of which shows up in the finished trailer) you could tell immediately that he knows what he's doing.

luis said...

oh? I'm gonna have to youtube that commercial and check out his work

Harold Burnett said...

Great post man! For some reason, I'm super excited for Chronicle. It's such a great idea.

luis said...

OMG! I just watched the Chronicle trailer. I must see that film! I feel like a loser for just finding out about it!
thx Harold!

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