2012: 10 Films To Look Forward To

If this is the last year for films, then might as well bring out the big guns and attempt for something bigger than anything we’ve seen before.  Is this going to happen?  Most likely not, but it could be possible that this summer may breaking the $4 billion dollar summer record held in 2007.  It’s the year of the Super hero/action star again, but 2012 offers more than just comic book figures.  Here are ten films that I’m looking forward to most.

Haywire (Jan. 20)

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, this film entails of a CIA agent being disposed by her own kind, but it all goes to hell as they fail to eliminate her presence, which leads to her owning everyone else.  Now, sounds pretty basic, but with Gina Carano (MMA) starring with Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, and okay, Channing Tatum, this film looks to be an underrated asset for 2012.  And if you haven’t seen the action scenes from the previews, go do it now.

The Hunger Games (Mar. 23)

The book was addictive.  Will the film follow?  So far from what we’ve seen in the trailer, it looks like they are going to be focusing a lot on the characters and less on the violence.  This may be best for the film considering that the reason the book was so good was because you become attached the District 12’s participants.  The cast looks great and so far, I have nothing to be negative about.  Mostly, I’m just eager to watch this all unfold on the big screen.

The Avengers (May 4)

Obviously, this should be on everyone’s looking forward to list.  No matter what you’re feeling inside about this A-list, all star cast that collects the major Marvel super heroes into one group, it’s a must see.  Right now, I’m more nervous than excited, considering these kinds of films usually do more on the disappointing side than anything, but let’s just hope that Joss Whedon and his star-studded cast gets it right.  It’s going to rock our world, or we’re going to feel like the last four years we’re just the world’s biggest tease.

Prometheus (June 15th)

Ridley Scott.  Science Fiction.  Aliens.  Yeah, all that needs to be said.

The Amazing Spider-Man (July 4)

Probably the most interested movie this summer, considering that this is a remake that is coming out only 10 years after its original.  Why would they do something like this?  Well first, they have to try and separate from themselves from the disaster that was of Spider-Man 3.  Still confused what was going on there… but I really liked the dark and gloomy feel of the world of Spider-Man, and it’ll be interesting to see the emphasis being put on the background story more of his parents and the life of Peter Parker in high school, rather than just being a super hero.  Definitely the most intriguing summer blockbuster in 2012.

Gangster Squad (Oct. 19)

Gangster movie.  Check.  Set in the Los Angeles in the 1940’s-50’s.  Check.  Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Anthony Mckie, Nick Nolte and Emma Stone?  Check.  Sounds good to me.

Skyfall (Nov. 9)

We all know Quantum of Solace was a huge disappointment (the power behind the world’s water supply isn’t as gratifying as they thought it would be…), so I’m expecting Skyfall, the newest installment in the Bond series to totally own it up.  With Daniel Craig returning as James Bond, I still personally feel like this new direction has been the best for the series, but the film has anted up, adding Javier Bardem as the main villain, but also adding Ralph Fiennes and Albert Finney.

Gravity (Nov. 21)

Alfonso Cuaron is one of my favorite directors working today.  He has quite the resume which includes films like Y Tu Mama Tambien, Harry Potter and The Prison of Azkaban (arguably one of the best HP films) and of course, one of my favorites of all time, Children of Men.  All his films push the envelope in terms of doing something creatively insane and unheard of in the film industry.  Gravity is no different.  Starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, it mainly focuses on Bullock’s character that is stuck in a space station and tries to deal with the psychological effects of the situation.  Supposedly, the first scene of the film is of Bullock, by herself, and is one continuous shot of 27 minutes.  Wow.  I’m already hooked.

Django Unchained (Dec. 25th)

Any Quentin Tarintino film is a must-see, and he rarely ever disappoints, considering some of my films make my all time favorites.  His next project is a spaghetti western, focusing on a runaway slave in the 1860’s set out for revenge on all them racist white people.  Yeah, sounds like my kind of movie.  Then you add the cast of Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samuel L. Jackson and Sacha Baron Cohen, it’s going to be quite the film on screen.

The Great Gatsby (Dec. 26)

This being my favorite book of high school, I was greatly disappointed when I watched the film in class, as I thought it did absolutely no justice to the Scott Fitzgerald novel, but of course Hollywood, the creative brain it is, goes after it again.  But this time, they have Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge) behind the camera with a great cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton and Carey Mulligan.  And I love the 1920’s, so yeah.  It’s all good.

There are others to look out for, including The Bourne Legacy, Les Miserables, Project X, 21 Jump Street, etc.  But the one film that everyone is dying to see of course is…

 

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