watch your step
by Greg King
As the title states this is Greg’s top 10 (most anticipated) movies of 2012 so if you don’t agree don’t get upset, don’t try to track me down and have some kind of debate over why your opinion is superior to mine, it’s an opinion not a fact, just an educated examination by film a enthusiast. I’ve ranked the top five based on my level of excitement for the release and the last five in no particular order as they were too difficult to rank but good enough to be excited about.
#10: Skyfall (Nov. 9th)
This is like the billionth movie of a Bond franchise that won’t die. Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Road to Perdition) is a solid directing choice and Craig’s take on the Bond character is exceptional. I have little information on the plot but the supporting cast sounds pretty legit to me: Ralph Fines & Javier Bardem, sign me up.
Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) returns to his roots with another epic Sci-Fi tale. Little is know at this point about the plot but some are speculating that it is a prequel to Alien…. Really? Another prequel? Regardless, Ridley Scott is a master filmmaker and has a knack for Science fiction yarns so I’m sure this film will deliver.
#8: Expendables 2 (Aug. 17th)
Sly and his band of ass-kicking guns for hire return to the big screen this summer with a couple of new additions, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris….wait…what? Chuck Norris….he’s like 100 years old and his action is too kid friendly, I hope his character dies in the first 5 minutes. On an arguably more exciting note, returning for more than just cameos are Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, this might just make up for the Chuck Norris casting. The first flick was good mindless popcorn fun so I’m sure this one will be more of the same. The film is directed by Simon West (The Mechanic, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider).
Yo Joe! The follow-up to GI Joe: Rise of Cobra has nearly an entirely new cast, Channing Tatum being the exception. Additions such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Adrianne Palicki and Ray Stevenson may give this film the edge over the previous cast but it’s too early to tell. Director Jon Chu’s previous credits include Step Up 3D, Step Up 2: The Streets, and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never wait…what the hell? If there’s a dance number in this flick that does not involve a stripper, die-hard Joe fans are going to chew Jon a new one (pun intended).
#6: Jon Carter (March 9th)
The tail John Carter of Mars has been around for many years and it’s finally getting the big screen treatment. This film may be a little too late to make a huge impact as Sci-fi epics have been going pretty strong for the last three decades but it looks fun nonetheless. I just hope this one’s not 90% eye candy and 10% story and development because audiences these days aren’t stupid, a good-looking film does not make up for a bad plot and uninteresting characters. Oh and Mark Strong is a villain in the film (how original). For all my harsh criticisms I am impressed by the CGI from the trailers and the space craft’s and environments look good so maybe it’ll all come together in the end and make for the next great sci-fi classic.
Author Suzanne Collins gets to see book one of her very successful trilogy come to life on the big screen this summer. I can’t rightly say whether or not this film will be a hit as I haven’t read any of the novels but those that I know who have give them high praise. The Film is directed by Gary Ross (Seabiscuit, Pleasantville) and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, and Elizabeth Banks. With all the hype surrounding this film and novels I’m sure this will deliver a strong performance at the box office and with critics alike.
#4: The Amazing Spiderman (July 3rd)
The web slinger is back folks but this time he gets the reboot treatment and with that hopefully a solid storyline and performances that leave us actually wanting to see more. Andrew Garfield dons the leotard this time with a fresh new look and based on the trailer some new moves as well. This time he squares off against the Lizard (Rhys Ifans) and swoons love interest Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). The trailer for the film has already got me hooked and believing that Sam Raimis trilogy will be lost to mediocrity after Marc Webb’s (500 Days of Summer) web slinging version hits the big screen.
#3: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Dec 14th)
The Hobbit is probably the most anticipated prequel since Star Wars and for good reason; the first three films were and always will be amazing. If you enjoyed the Lord of the Rings films you will no doubt enjoy the next two films which tell the epic journey of Bilbo Baggins and how he came to find the ring of power and face a most formidable foe, Smaug a huge treasure guarding, fire breathing dragon. The cast has some familiar faces returning (Ian Mckellen, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom) along with a host of newcomers. As with the LOTR trilogy Peter Jackson directs this film. If Jackson sticks with the same formula he used to create LOTR trilogy he will have further success and help solidify his place as one of this generations greatest directors.
The Avengers assemble this summer in what is being hailed as the greatest collection of Superheroes (and Super Actors) in one film. If you’ve enjoyed Marvel releases of the last few years, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, you will love this film (you heard me). Whether you are a film, or a comic book enthusiast this one is a must see for the ages. Not much has leaked about the plot of the film but I think it’s safe to say that these mighty men and women will be teaming up to face a threat of world domination or destruction. One of the elements of this film that has me excited is the team dynamic of not only the characters but the actors as well. If they can keep the audience emotionally invested between the explosions and ass kicking then director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Serenity) will be elevated to superhero like status himself.
Batman is back for his third and final installment of the very lucrative and acclaimed film series under visionary director Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Inception). The full cast returns for an eight years later storyline that revolves around the need for the Dark Knight to “Rise” back into the public consciousness and do battle with those that would see Gotham turn to ash. The main antagonist in the film is Bane (Tom Hardy), a physically imposing brute who also happens to be a brilliant tactician. Another iconic character to appear in the film will be Catwoman (Anne Hathaway), though I’m not quite sure what her role will be I’m sure the lovely and talented Ms. Hathaway will do a bang up job. I’m not even going to try and guess what will take place in the film in regards the plot because Nolan has a way of teasing one thing and revealing another, besides I would rather just wait, take it in and not set myself up for disappointment of pre conceived notions. One notable addition to the cast is rising star Joseph Gordon-Levitt who will play John Blake, supposedly just an ordinary beat cop…I wonder. I anticipate this film will break even more box office records and become one of the greatest trilogies of all time. Don’t miss this film.
– The Bourne Legacy
– Men in Black 3
– Django Unchained
– American Reunion
– Snow White and the Huntsman
– World War Z
– The Great Gatsby
– Dark Shadows
– Wrath of the Titans
– Total Recall