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February 7, 2012

2012 movies preview

Filed under: For your pleasure — BJ @ 4:29 pm

After the first solid weekend of releases in the new year–over Super Bowl weekend, no less–let’s take a look at what to expect in 2012 after a somewhat weak 2011. You’ll notice the year of sequels and superheroes will continue and for obvious reason – everyone wants to see them. Time made a top 20 list, but I’ll rank my own with comments below. (Keep in mind my interest in comedy and apathy over superhero movies.)

20. Wrath of the Titans (3/30) – $150 million budget. Obligatory watch after having seen the original. Already developing a third installment.
19. The Avengers (5/4) – $220 million budget. Is this the orgy of superhero movies?
18. The Dark Knight Rises (7/20) – $250 million budget. Christopher Nolan can command more money than eight superheroes combined.
17. Les Miserables (12/7) – It’s been a while since a good musical, and Oscar-winning Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) will direct this interesting cast of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.
16. Lincoln (12/TBA) – $100 million budget. It’s not often you see the most talented method actor alive on the big screen. Daniel Day-Lewis won two Oscars and was nominated for two more in just his last ten roles. Knowing that he hasn’t broken out of his Abraham Lincoln accent since March 2011 means you can count on his fifth nomination out of his last 11.
15. World War Z (12/21) Pushed back to 6/21/13.
14. The Hunger Games (3/23) – After seeing the trailer, this Suzanne Collins adaptation actually went down a few notches.
13. The Great Gatsby (12/28) Pushed back to summer 2013.
12. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (8/3) – If you haven’t seen the first two, catch up. One of the best live-action family comedy franchises…ever.
11. The Expendables 2 (8/17) – $100 million budget. Sylvester Stallone traded Mickey Rourke and Steve Austin for Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris and Liam Hemsworth. Count me in.
10. Men in Black 3 (5/25) – $375 million budget. See No. 20.
9. Paranormal Activity 4 (10/19)
8. The Five-Year Engagement – Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller team up again (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) for this delightful-looking romcom, which also stars the delectable Emily Blunt (The Adjustment Bureau).
7. The Amazing Spider-Man (7/3) – Surely, Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) and Emma Stone are better than Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. Right? A sequel for 2014 is planned.
6. Project X (3/2) – A crazy house party movie. Done before. Add Todd Phillips as producer and shoot it home video style, and you set a mysterious tone and a must-watch movie over what would normally be a dull and predictable comedy.
5. This is 40 (12/21) – Judd Apatow‘s self-obsessive number. Three years since last making Funny People and five years from what it’s being spin off of, Knocked Up, add Bridesmaids hits Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd and Annie Mumolo as well as Megan Fox, Albert Brooks (Drive) and John Lithgow, and you have a star-studded comedic cast. But you could’ve sold me on Apatow alone, who’s also producing The Five-Year Engagement.
4. Skyfall (11/9) – $150 million budget. Bond 23. Could’ve been higher, but the betrayal theme in action movies is trite now.
3. Taken 2 (10/5) – It’s only fitting that the runaway hit from the 2008 original ($227 million gross) sees Liam Neeson‘s character come back for more. This is one of Neeson’s five high-profile movies for the year, which includes Wrath of the Titans and The Dark Knight Rises.
2. The Bourne Legacy (8/3) – Say what you will about Matt Damon not being in it. I guess when the eponymous character isn’t in the sequel, just add a ‘Legacy’ to it (think TRON). The up-and-coming action star Jeremy Renner should do just fine, who’ll also suit up for his role in The Avengers. Book 4 of 9 from Robert Ludlum‘s series. None of the first three has an IMDb rating below 7.7.
1. Django Unchained (12/25) – A slavery movie with a twist of Quentin Tarantino will equal a wonderful Christmas present to America. Three years after releasing his epic war drama Inglourious Basterds, Q brings back Christoph Waltz to a host of amazing talent, including Leonardo DiCaprio, who will have two of his movies (The Great Gatsby) come out that week. Looking ahead to Q’s next project? Kill Bill: Vol. 3 for 2014.




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  6. Ahh! I forgot about American Reunion, which I’ll squeeze in the #16-20, and the writers and cast for Neighborhood Watch give it potential.

    Comment by Bryan Jeon — February 17, 2012 @ 12:17 pm | Reply

  7. Haha, that has to tell you how I feel about superhero movies. The opening scene was tight, but action movies always start out with a bang now. Funny I was reading up on Bane the other day, and in Batman & Robin (1997), “Bane is barely even capable of speech and uses growls and roars for most of his communication.” I’m sure Nolan didn’t intend to do that.

    Gatsby’s a hit or miss. At worst, it could be a slow, long film that focuses more on being artistic than telling a story. If it’s anywhere near 2 hours, 45 minutes like Luhrmann’s last film, Australia, or even a slow 2 hours, 24 minutes like the 1974 adaptation, that could be the nail in the coffin.

    Comment by Bryan Jeon — February 8, 2012 @ 8:12 pm | Reply

  8. I’m also intrigued by Gatsby. Perfectly casted with an inventive, stylized director in Baz Luhrmann. But Gatsby is known to be nearly impossible to translate onto film — at least with an interesting, coherent narrative. Maybe Luhrmann will find a way. Maybe Gatsby needs a director like him. But I’ll be interested in how true it is to the novel.

    Comment by Chris Le — February 8, 2012 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

  9. Hard to argue against Django Unchained. But Dark Knight Rises at 18? The first six minutes went fucking hard, dude. I’m trusting Nolan to fix Bane’s voice.

    Comment by Chris Le — February 8, 2012 @ 3:39 pm | Reply

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