10 Movies I Can’t Wait For In 2012!

So now that we are into the early days of 2012, I wanted to create a list of ten films that I wish I could see right now!  Some of you may notice an omission to this list in regards to the next Batman film.  Believe me it isn’t because I don’t want to see it, rather, I just am currently more enthusiastic about the following ten films.  If I was doing “11 Movies I Can’t Wait For..” then The Dark Knight Rises would be present.  What films are you looking forward to?  Let me know in the comments section!

Cabin in the Woods

Written by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard, produced by Whedon, directed by Goddard and it’s a horror movie!  On top of that it stars Chris Hemsworth and Fran Kranz with appearances by Amy Acker and Tom Lenk.  This movie appeals to me on so many levels that I cannot help but be incredibly enthusiastic for it.  Given the fact that we’ve all had to wait so long for this movie due to MGM’s financial woes, I think a lot of people are just so thankful that the film didn’t end up sitting on a shelf somewhere lost to all who want to see it.  There have been been select screenings in a few places and the word on it is incredibly good!  I read that someone (possibly Devin Faraci over at Badass Digest) claimed that, while Scream was the deconstruction of the horror genre, Cabin in the Woods is the reconstruction of it.  I love horror and am so happy to have one of my favorite creator/writers giving the genre a piece of his mind.

The Avengers

Another Joss Whedon project!  This time the film is written and directed by the man himself.  I remember when Marvel was moving forward with The Avengers and how I thought to myself how it would be a dream/miracle if they allowed Joss to write and direct the picture.  It made too much damn sense to me to think that a studio would actually hire him to do it.  Then they hired him.. and my mouth went agape.  Oh and do I even have to mention that the film puts Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Sam Jackson, er, Nick Fury, all into one movie with great actors playing them?!  It’s a monumental movie for the geek community.  With Whedon’s attention to character development, I think The Avengers could be something really special in the superhero movie genre.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Peter Jackson returns to Lord of the Rings territory with the first of two Hobbit films.  Anyone who has seen the Lord of the Rings trilogy knows that Jackson returning to Tolkien’s material is good news indeed.  As an added bonus, Guillermo del Toro’s fingerprints will be on the film since he was one of the screenwriters and helped develop some of the film back when he was originally attached to direct.  I’m also really curious about the film since this is Jackson’s first foray into 3D.  While most filmmakers haven’t properly utilized the 3D medium, I’ve no doubt Jackson will be approaching it artistically and seeing Tolkien’s world in three dimensions will be quite a treat.  On top of that, Jackson is shooting the 3D at 60 fps and I really want to see if that is a game changer for audiences since it is supposed to look crisper and alleviate eye strain problems.

Prometheus

I love the original Alien.  Ridley Scott’s visual aesthetic really sets that film apart from its sequels.  It definitely is most welcome that he comes back to the world of Alien in this prequel.  Now, there has been rampant speculation as to how related Prometheus is to the Alien series but the trailer for the film confirms that Scott is indeed playing in the Alien sandbox.  It’s possible we may not see any xenomorphs in the film but I’m perfectly fine with that.  I’m just really excited to see a new heavy sci-fi film from Scott.  Throw in the excellent cast of Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Guy Pearce, Idris Alba and the original (Swedish) Dragon Tattoo‘s Noomi Rapace and I think we could be in for a really sweet movie.

Django Unchained

I have to admit that it took me awhile to fully come around to Quentin Tarantino.  I thought he was a talented writer/director but for whatever reason I couldn’t get into his films too much.  That has changed now and I really enjoy his work.  Death Proof and Inglorious Basterds are his most recent films that I really loved and I’m totally on board for this film even if I don’t really know all that much about it yet.  I know he’s got Jamie Foxx, Leonard DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Kurt Russell, Sacha Baron Cohen, Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz cast in the film and that it is supposed to be a revenge film with a western flavor dealing with slavery and prostitution.  It sounds like it’s a film that is influenced by the exploitation films that Tarantino is known for being a fan of, but that is speculation at this point.  Regardless, a new Tarantino film is a movie to be excited for.

The Grey

Liam Neeson is a phenomenal actor and is one of the main reasons I want to see this film.  After his role in Taken, Neeson increasingly seems to look more and more like an utter badass.  Cut to the shot in The Grey trailer where he’s got shards of glass attached to his knuckles as he stares down a wolf ready to attack him, this is just further evidence that you don’t want to mess with Neeson.  From what I hear, the movie is not simply a men vs. wolves story but instead focuses much more on dealing with their survival in such harsh conditions and the psychological effects attributed to it.  This is another film where I’ve heard the reviews were extremely positive and I really cannot wait to see it in a few weeks.

Haywire

This film comes out in just over a week and I’m extremely pumped for it.  I’ve been a fan of Gina Carano, the lead in the film, since she was on American Gladiators (yes, i watched that) as the gladiator, Crush.  I was really happy to see her being given a chance to headline a film, let alone one that had her showing off her skills as a mixed martial arts fighter.  The action in the film looks brutal and amazing.  I’m really interested in seeing how Soderbergh handles this movie since he’s not a director that would be privy to making a typical action film.  Now if someone would make a movie where Liam Neeson faces off against Gina Carano, I would die happy.

The Expendables 2

It’s The Avengers of 80s action stars!  Is it sad that, besides Whedon’s films mentioned above, this is the one film that has me the most excited?  Nah, I don’t think so.  Anyone who is familiar with me knows that I’m a huge fan of Sylvester Stallone, so his involvement alone already has me excited for the film.  Add on Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Chuck Norris, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Terry Crews and you have a movie that boggles my mind as to its existence.  I’m not a huge fan of Simon West directing the film but I don’t think this is a movie that will be guided by him so much as it will be by Stallone, who is back on scripting duty for this sequel.  This looks to be every action fan’s dream movie, well, at least it is for me.

Chronicle

What is this movie you say?  Well, I don’t have a good answer for you.  I know it’s about a group of young guys with super powers but that’s about it.  Ever since I saw the trailer for this movie, I’ve wanted to know more about it.  The air of mystery surrounding this film really helps sell it for me, much like the mystery behind Cloverfield had me excited for that film.  I don’t know if the movie is going to be any good but they are definitely being smart with their advertising and I’m falling for it hook, line and sinker.

World War Z

A zombie movie with a 100+ million dollar budget could be amazing (visually speaking), especially one that revolves around the “great zombie war.”  I’ve never read Max Brooks’ novel but I’ve heard a lot of good things about it.  I’m actually pretty excited to see Brad Pitt in such a large genre movie.  It’s no lie that there is a bit of an over-saturation of zombie movies, tv, etc., but this film could definitely be a memorable one.  Word around the water cooler is that Paramount wants this to be a trilogy.  That is a figurative water cooler though, I don’t actually have one.

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4 Comments on “10 Movies I Can’t Wait For In 2012!”

  1. Ben McBride January 27, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    Yea those movies can’t get here soon enough! I think I’m definitely going to be doing opening day midnight screenings for all three!

  2. NICK January 27, 2012 at 11:35 am #

    I’m psyched for most of these too! Esp. Cabin in the Woods, Avengers, and the Tarantino flick!

  3. Ben McBride January 18, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    Yea, I’m intrigued by Hunger Games.. I like the cast assembled for Gatsby.

  4. CrystalSC January 18, 2012 at 12:07 am #

    I’m most looking forward to Hunger Games and The Great Gatsby.

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