The CoF Presents: Movies To See In 2012

2012

2012 is here and so is another line up of movies, I won’t be the first to say this but, it’s going to be an incredible year for the movie business. If 2011 was the year of sequels, 2012 is the year of blockbusters. Big and small, I welcome them all. Each of us here at the City of Films put together a TOP 5 MOVIES TO SEE in 2012 along with other notable releases.

What are you warming up to see? Did we miss something? Shout out in the comments below.  And list:

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KEVIN’S 5

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Prometheus - June 8

PROMETHEUS

  • Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba and Charlize Theron.
  • Director: Ridley Scott.
  • Synopsis: In the late 21st Century, the crew of the Prometheus explore the advanced civilization of an extraterrestrial race searching for the origins of humanity.
  • WATCH THE TRAILER ON COF

Well I’m already breaking my own rule but Ridley Scott’s Alien is my favourite of the Alien franchise and the thought of him returning to that universe (although it still remains to be seen just how closely the universe of Prometheus is to the universe of Alien) is enough to get me very excited. I’ve watched the teaser trailer more often than any other trailer so far and I spot something new every time. With a great cast and a great director returning to the sci-fi genre once again…I can’t help but be giddy as I eagerly await June 8th.

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Cabin in the Woods - April 13

CABIN IN THE WOODS

  • Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins and Amy Acker.
  • Director: Drew Goddard.
  • Synopsis: A group of college kids spend a weekend at a mysterious cabin in the woods.
  • WATCH THE TRAILER ON COF

This film has been sitting on a shelf for a couple of years as it was one of the victims of MGM’s bankruptcy in 2010. It’s been slowly building buzz since then as people catch on to just how different it is. With the release of the trailer (which I would advise you not to watch if you want to go in completely unspoiled) everyone can finally see that this isn’t your ordinary “teens get killed in the woods” story and that’s enough to get me in a seat. It’s been co-written by Joss Whedon so I’m sure that will bring in the fanboys out as well.

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The Grey - January 27

THE GREY

  • Starring: Liam Neeson.
  • Director: Joe Carnahan.
  • Synopsis: A number of men stranded in Alaska after a plane crash are forced to survive using little more than their wits as a pack of wolves come after them.
  • WATCH THE TRAILER ON COF

A good man vs. nature story is always a treat and this one looks to be a gritty ass kicking good time. I’m glad Liam Neeson has been embracing his badass status as of late and this film looks to continue that trend. Mind you…it is being released in January…uh oh we all know what that means. Fingers crossed.

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Ted - July 13

TED

  • Starring: MarkWahlberg, Mila Kunis, Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Macfarlane.
  • Director: Seth Macfarlane.
  • Synopsis: Mark Wahlberg plays John, a perfectly normal Boston native whose childhood wish for his teddy bear to come to life comes true. Ted the bear (voiced by Macfarlane) remains his best friend well into his adult years.

It will be Seth MacFarlane’s live action directorial debut. At the time of this posting there have been no promotional material released whatsoever so it’s hard to tell what it will be like. It could easily turn out to be a “look we’ve got a CG bear who swears and farts, aren’t we funny?!” but I’m holding out hope that it will be something more. If the poster comes out with big red text we’ll know we’re in trouble, but I’m enough of a Seth MacFarlane fan to give this a shot.

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Looper - September 28

LOOPER

  • Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt.
  • Director: Rian Johnson.
  • Synopsis: A present-day killer (Gordon-Levitt) works for a mob in the future and kills people who are sent from the future. He recognizes one victim (Willis) as himself and hesitates, resulting in the escape of his older self.

Rian Johnson’s first film Brick was a fantastically unique little film released back in 2006. Flash forward to 2012 and I think we’re all about to be blown away by his third film. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is maturing into a great actor and the inclusion of Bruce Willis only sweetens the deal. One thing though…how does the 30 year old Joseph “grow up” to be Bruce Willis?

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The Dark Knight Rises - July 20

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

  • Starring: Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Anne Hathaway
  • Director: Christopher Nolan (Script by: Jonathon Nolan, Christopher Nolan)
  • Synopsis: Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, the terrorist leader Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing it and its police force to their limits, forcing its former hero Batman to resurface after taking the fall for Harvey Dent’s crimes.
  • WATCH THE TRAILER ON COF

I mean it’s Batman! Batman Begins was good, the Dark Knight was better, so I have really high expectation for Rises. Easily the most anticipated film of 2012.

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Skyfall - November 9

SKYFALL

  • Starring: Daniel Craig, Helen McCrory, Javier Bardem
  • Director: Sam Mendes (Script by: John Logan)
  • Synopsis: Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

I will admit, some of the shine came off the revival of this franchise with Quantum of Solace. It was more like an average action flick and less of a spy thriller. Regardless of how Quantum turned out, I love Bond and have high hopes for this one.

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - December 14

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

  • Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage
  • Director:  Peter Jackson (Script by: Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson)
  • Synopsis: Bilbo Baggins, a Hobbit, journeys to the Lonely Mountain accompanied by a group of dwarves to reclaim a treasure taken from them by the dragon Smaug.
  • WATCH THE TRAILER ON COF

This is another safe pick. The LOTR trilogy was fantastic, and with the same cast and director, what could go wrong?

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The Amazing Spider-Man - July 3

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

  • Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans
  • Director: Marc Webb (Script by: Steve Ditko, James Vanderbilt)
  • Synopsis: Teenager Peter Parker grapples with both human problems and amazing super-human crises.
  • WATCH THE TRAILER ON COF

When I first heard they were rebooting this it was a big groan from me. The last Spider Man film was brutal. Eric Foreman as Venom, a dance number, it was truly wretched. The first teaster for this one really got me interested. Not sure how I feel about another origin story, but I do like the Lizard character.

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American Reunion - April 6

AMERICAN REUNION

  • Starring: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Sean William Scott
  • Director: John Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg (Script by: Adam Herz, Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg)
  • Synopsis: Jim, Michelle, Stifler, and their friends reunite in East Great Falls, Michigan for their high school reunion.
  • WATCH THE TRAILER ON COF

I am certain I will see better films than this in 2012. But with so many straight to DVD sequels to the original trilogy, all featuring Eugene Levy, it will be great to see the original cast. It could be more nostalgic than anything, but it should be good for a laugh, and you can’t expect much more than that from this series.

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Django Unchained - December 25

DJANGO UNCHAINED

  • Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx
  • Director: Quentin Tarantino
  • Synopsis: With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.

It’s not Kill Bill Vol. 3, but it will have to do.  It’s a Quentin Tarantino film which makes it an event for those having grown up with his movies.  The cast changed over the course of a few weeks of online news (we’ll miss you Costner), other than that, not a lot is known about the project yet (what we would like to know anyways) so what we are left with is material that is made for Tarantino, I’m sure he will handle it brilliantly.

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The Master - TBD

THE MASTER

  • Starring: Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix
  • Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Synopsis: A 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as “the Master” whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man.

Paul Thomas Anderson is on my top 5 favorite filmmaker list, all his movies rank somewhere as the best I’ve ever seen.  I love his style and the risks he takes.  So what will no doubt be one of the most controversial movies of the year, if not single most controversial, The Master is sure to keep his ranking high, at least with me.  NOTE: It may be out in 2013, but be optimistic.

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The Dark Knight Rises - July 20

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

  • Starring: Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Anne Hathaway
  • Director: Christopher Nolan (Script by: Jonathon Nolan, Christopher Nolan)
  • Synopsis: Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, the terrorist leader Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing it and its police force to their limits, forcing its former hero Batman to resurface after taking the fall for Harvey Dent’s crimes.
  • WATCH THE TRAILER ON COF

What else can we say about The Dark Knight Rises that already hasn’t been said?  The Dark Knight is considered by some to be the Citizen Kane of superhero movies…so what will Rises be?  The Last Crusade isn’t a bad description, as it will be Nolan’s last story for the caped crusader (as director anyways, there’s always producer when WB wants more money).  It’s going to be bigger and more somber than any comic book movie before it, I said it.

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Wettest County - April 20

WETTEST COUNTRY

  • Starring: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman
  • Director: John Hillcoat
  • Synopsis: Three brothers find their bootlegging business under threat in Prohibition-era Franklin County, Virginia.  The story is based on Matt Bondurant’s grandfather and great-uncles.

Two words: Nick Cave.  He wrote the script and will do the score, that’s all I needed.  Add in director John Hillcoat (The Road, The Proposition) and you have yourself the makings of a thrilling story from a novel about two brothers (played by Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy) who become bootleggers in the South during Prohibition.  See you there.

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47 Ronin - November 21

47 RONIN

  • Starring: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada
  • Director: Carl Rinsch
  • Synopsis: An 18th century set story centered on a band of samurai who set out to avenge the death of their master.

From what I’ve seen and heard about 47 Ronin, it has the possibility of being great.  I can’t guarantee that however, as I would the other titles in my list as I get an uneasy feeling about some things.  Reeves’ character was specifically created for this re-telling of history.  Reeve’s isn’t Japanese and will play a half-Japanese character, which granted if you want a budget to play with (there’s going to be battles), that’s one casting way to do it.  Also, one of the screenwriters is Chris Morgan (Fast Five) BUT one of the other screenwriters is Hossein Amini (Drive) so…swings and roundabouts.  I listed it because I have to have hope, so here goes nothing.

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OTHER MOVIES OF 2012

For better or worse here are the other major players and lesser known film to be released in 2012.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – January 13 – Trailer on CoF
The Lion King made a lot of money, so we will see a lot of these re-releases now.

UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING – January 20 – Trailer on CoF
Kate Beckinsale makes a welcome, tight leathery return.

STAR WARS EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE 3D – February 10 - Trailer on CoF
Many think the 3D re-release is just another example of George Lucas trying to milk every last penny out of the franchise, but when has he ever tried to do that?

SAFE HOUSE – February 24 – Trailer on CoF
Denzel Washington is a terrorist and traitor, he’s great when he’s playing a bad guy.

RAVEN – March 10 – Trailer on CoF
A thriller by V For Vendetta director James McTeigue about the last days of Edgar Allan Poe done in a serial killer movie.

THE HUNGER GAMES – March 23 – Trailer on CoF
Based on a book I didn’t know existed until last month, there’s a love triangle…Twilight much?

TITANIC 3D – April 16 – Trailer on CoF
James Cameron has made the two biggest movies of all time, Avatar and Titanic.  He can do anything he wants, not sure why he wanted to do this though.

THE AVENGERS – May 4 – Trailer on CoF
Yes there sure a lot of comic book heroes in this movie, and I bet the script/story isn’t as bloated either.

DARK SHADOWS – May 22
This is the eighth collaboration of Johnny Depp, here bring the 1960s soap opera of the same name to the big screen.

MEN IN BLACK III – May 25 – Trailer on CoF
Time travel, groovy baby yeah!  Oops wrong 60’s time traveling story.

ROCK OF AGES – June 1 – Trailer on CoF
This big screen version of the Broadway musical about ’80s rock star Tom Cruise.

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNSTMAN – June 1 – Trailer on CoF
The second of the Snow White films to hit theaters in 2012.  Kristen Stewart, go away.

BRAVE – June 22 – Trailer on CoF
Pixar always has something to prove as Cars 2 broke the 16-year Certified Fresh streak, this can bring it all back.

G.I. JOE: RETALIATION – June 29 – Trailer on CoF
Everyone will have their shirt off at one point or another.

THE BOURNE LEGACY – August 3
Jeremy Renner will fill the shoes nicely.

TOTAL RECALL – August 3
This remake stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel and Bryan Cranston.  I didn’t like the original so this might be something.

THE EXPENDABLES 2 – August 17 – Trailer on CoF
Action stars from the 80s and 90s are going to blow your face off.

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH – August 22
Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Richard Ayoade and Jonah Hill are all part of this.

FINDING NEMO – September 14
Why make a sequel when you can just add another dimension?

TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 3D – October 5
This version will pick up where Tobe Hooper’s ’74 original left off.

GANGSTER SQUAD – October 19th
This is a 1940s crime thriller from Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer.  It has an ensemble cast made for this movie – Brolin, Penn to name two.

HALLOWEEN 3D – October 26
Michael Myers is coming home again, without Rob Zombie.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 – November 16
It’s over.  It’s finally over.

LINCOLN – December
A biopic of the former President with Spielberg at the helm, nothing wrong with that.

LES MISERABLES – December 7 (Note: Might get pushed to 2013)
It’s a great story; it has an unbelievable cast and a lot to prove as it’s an adaptation one of the most celebrated shows on Broadway, ever.

THIS IS FORTY – December 21
It’s a spin-off from Knocked Up, focusing on Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann’s characters from Knocked-Up.  If Leslie Mann plays a bitch one more time in a movie, she might be typecast.

WORLD WAR Z – December 21
A zombie movie starring Brad Pitt, yes please.

THE GREAT GATSBY – December 25
This remake of the classic novel has a cast going for it, not much else is known.

CLOUD ATLAS – TBD
Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski are back to make the word epic actually mean something.

NERO FIDDLED – 2012
Woody Allen’s annual movie this time set in Rome, Italy. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg and Allen himself in his first acting role since 2006’s Scoop.