2012 is poised to be a very big year for the movie industry. With several high profile ‘blockbusters’ set to release, many movie buffs are crossing their fingers that all of their anticipated films meet, or exceed, their expectations. The staff here at TMP isn’t immune to these high expectations either, so we’ve come together to bring you our lists for the most anticipated of 2012.
While it’s no surprise that many of us here at TMP don’t always agree on our films, I think I can safely say that there are two films that will be on all of our lists. So rather than have them keep popping up for all of us, I’m going to go ahead and knock them out right now: The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers.
These two films are no-brainers and they keep popping up on just about every one's ‘most anticipated’ lists all over the net. So instead of rehashing them and having all of us talk about them (let’s face it, we all know why they’re so anticipated), we’ve decided to make TDKR and Avengers defaults, and won’t be including them on our lists. It just gives other films a chance.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hunger Games
I know mine features quite a few ‘blockbusters’ and I’m okay with that. The Hunger Games is one I’m still on the fence about, but considering it’s one of my favorite books, I want to see if they can pull it off. As for the rest, I’m a sucker for Sci-Fi/Fantasy movies. Chronicle may seem the odd one on my list, but for the life of me, I am desperate to see this film. I can’t explain why it has appealed to me so much, but all of the footage I’ve seen has really intrigued me and I want to see more.
The Amazing Spider-Man
Act of Valor
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
This is the absolute hardest article to write in recent months, if not all year for me. I wasn’t too fond of many movies released in 2011, but 2012 I want to see a movie on almost every single list. Narrowing it down to just 5 was hard, but these are the ones I am going to be seeing for sure. I’m a huge Spider-Man fan so I honestly can’t wait to see the new direction it is taking, and it’s my obvious number one movie for the year. If you want to hear a secret, I’m looking forward to it a lot more than both our TMP default movies! I am also a huge animation fan and Brave looks to be one of Pixar’s best yet, plus it resembles a bit of my favorite a few years ago How to Train Your Dragon from Dreamworks. I was debating if I should put The Secret World of Arrietty on this list because the return to classic animation on the big screen sounds so fascinating to me in every regards, but I’ve honestly been looking forward to The Pirates since I’ve seen the first trailer. Underworld will hopefully bring Vampires back to what they should be. Lastly Act of Valor is my second favorite coming out. We haven’t had a good war movie on a very long time, and everything I have seen with this movie has been absolutely amazing. Even after putting all of this I still feel bad for leaving out movies like GI Joe, Men in Black, and even the Star Wars re-releases sound amazing!
The Bourne Legacy
I know that none of these 5 films are similar, which makes it even better! Lincoln is Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis. ‘Nuff said. Django Unchained is the next film of cinematic genius Quentin Tarantino, starring Leonardo Dicaprio, Jamie Foxx, Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Waltz and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Prometheus is the prequel, not-prequel to Alien. And it looks epic. The Bourne Legacy, though lacking Matt Damon, stars 2012 breakout star Jeremy Renner and Edward Norton as the villain (YEAH!). Could be the surprise hit of next summer. Skyfall is the next James Bond film, with Daniel Craig returning as 007. To make it even awesomer (I know that’s not a word), Javier Bardem is the villain and Ralph Fiennes is...somebody (they haven’t said yet).
While I was compiling my list, I noticed something: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is starring in 5 major Hollywood blockbusters. The Dark Knight Rises, Lincoln, Django Unchained, Looper, and Premium Rush. He and Jeremy Renner will be 2012’s Ryan Gosling and Michael Fassbender.
The Hunger Games
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Yes, I know! Two of my picks are vampire themed. I’m a huge fan of vampire films, and will probably watch almost any of them, even the old ones with terrible effects. Hunger Games, so far, is the film I wish to see even if I do not get the chance to see any of the other titles this year. (As if that’s going to happen!) Red Dawn would probably not normally be on my most anticipated as far as thinking this will be the best of 2012, but I loved the original and have to see if the remake is worth the ticket price. Wolverines rule!
Wow...so many films, huh? Even after going through almost every single one in the past few weeks, I still found it hard to narrow down my list to five. So here are, in order, 10-6: Gangster Squad, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, The Grey, Looper, and Skyfall. And with those said, here are the five films I’m looking to most this year:
4. The Amazing Spider-Man
1. Django Unchained
Most of these are self explanatory, but I’ll go ahead and explain anyways. Gravity was a no brainer for me; even though I’m not a huge Sandra Bullock fan, the promise of Alfonso Cuaron’s direction and potentially groundbreaking use of CGI and camerawork has me stoked. Spider-Man is my favorite superhero, which is why The Amazing Spider-Man easily makes my list (plus the very promising footage at Comic Con certainly helped). Lincoln has my favorite director working with my favorite actor, so I’m pretty damn happy. And Prometheus looks to be an amazing return to serious Sci-Fi for both Ridley Scott AND Hollywood in general. But when it comes down to it, the pure promise of Django Unchained beats them all out. It has an amazing cast, an amazing director, and an amazing premise. I don’t see how this film can go wrong.
No matter how you slice it, 2012 is going to be a great year for film, isn’t it?
GI Joe: Retaliation
I cannot believe I listed G.I. Joe as one of my most anticipated films, especially after the atrocity of the first one. They did not even bring back the enchanting Rachel Nichols as Scarlett, which at the time sucked out any desire I had to see a sequel. However, a new director and a new direction for the tone of the series was a good start. Don’t tell anyone, but it looks like the incredibly annoying Channing Tatum gets killed early on in the film, which will have me doing the Happy Snoopy Dance if true.
The additions of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis put this movie back on my radar. Adrianne Palicki is along for the ride as Lady Jaye, which helps, but let’s be honest, Rachel Nichols is way hotter. Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.
Prometheus is a no-brainer in my book. Ridley Scott looks to be back in classic form. The trailer looks like the film will show us visuals and a story that we have never seen before. He’s done that in movies like Alien, Black Hawk Down, and Gladiator. When he is on his game, he is incredible. Let’s hope this is one of those times.
All right, well you've seen our most anticipated, and more than likely...you don't completely agree. That's great! We'd love to hear your picks, and I think we can all keep our fingers crossed for a great year of films.