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01 January 2012 @ 02:59 am
New Year, new movies  
Normally i don't remember to do this until March or April or something, but we were flipping between the different New Years shows trying to avoid the insipid stuff, and we encountered a movie commercial that made me think of it. Also, before that we were watching one of the video blog posts about the Hobbit :)

(I really wish Almost Live was still around and doing New Years stuff. Failing that i wish the Daily Show and/or Colbert Report would do a New Years show.)

So movies that i'm looking forward to, or at least curious about, for 2012.


2012-01-20 - Underworld: Awakening - What can i say? I'm a sucker for flash non-horror vampire and werewolf movies :)
2012-01-20 - Haywire - One of the commercials that prompted this post. A cute secret agent type person beating people up.
2012-01-27 - The Grey - I'm not actually that interested in this one, but there's a non-zero chance shelleycat may make me watch it because it has Liam Neeson in it :)
2012-02-03 - Chronicle - A bunch of teenagers gain superpowers and do what most teenagers would do in that situation. Act like dicks.
2012-02-17 - Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance - I'm kinda morbidly curious about this one. It's a Marvel film, but i don't think it's being done by the people who've done all the other good Marvel films recently, and the first one wasn't so hot.
2012-02-17 - The Secret World of Arrietty - It's a Ghibli film and the screenplay at least is by the original Miyazaki, so i'm very hopeful.
2012-03-02 - Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters - it sounds like a weird idea for a movie, and it's described as an "action horror comedy", which makes me wonder even more.
2012-03-02 - The Lorax - Well it doesn't have that guy i don't like who was in the last Dr Seuss movie, so it may be worth seeing.
2012-03-09 - John Carter - I am cautiously OMG! about this one. The trailers look great, and although i've never read the original read the Edgar Rice Burroughs books it seems like a decent platform for a SF action film. On the potentially downside it's by Disney, which isn't what you think of for cool SF action flicks, but on the potentially upside it's being worked on by at least one Pixar person.
2012-03-19 - The Raven - It's like someone tried to cash in on the popularity of Sherlock Holmes, and the next best literary related person they could think of was Edgar Allen Poe? I dunno.
2012-03-16 - Mirror Mirror - The first of two new Snow White adaptions this year. This seems like the slightly less interesting one, since they _seem_ to be going for a more comic approach. Of course it might end up making it seem endearing while the other one ends up being too generically angsty, we'll see.
2012-03-23 - The Hunger Games - The good news is the first book in the series was great, the bad news is i've heard it takes a sharp downturn after that, but the good news is of course that they're starting out with the first book :)
2012-03-30 - Wrath of the Titans - The first one was rather underwhelming, so i'm not expecting much from this. Still, they might manage to turn it around for the sequel.
2012-04-13 - The Cabin in the Woods - It's a horror movie, which usually isn't my thing. However it was co-written and produced by Joss Whedon, so i'm not quite prepared to write it off yet.
2012-04-20 - Seeking a Friend of the End of the World - A comedy in which, to quote wikipedia, "the end of the world nears from the impending doom of an asteroid crash." Yes, i'm shallow. Poor grammar aside, any kind of science fiction twist always makes me more interested in a movie :) Plus, Keira Knightley is in it.
2012-04-20 - Lock-Out - Of course "more interested" doesn't mean "definitely interested." The blurb makes this sound like a normal prison break movie, but in SPACE! We'll see.
2012-05-04 - The Avengers - Probably the front runner for my most anticipated movie of the year.
2012-05-11 - Dark Shadows - Gothic vampire drama directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp. That could be a recipe for awesome... or not.
2012-05-18 - Battleship - I don't intend to see this movie, but i'm sure interested in reading the reviews? I wonder how many variations on "you sunk my Battleship" people will come up with just for the commentary?
2012-05-25 - Men in Black 3 - There's a Men in Black 3? WTH? I have a hard time imagining reviving the franchise after this long with the same people will result in anything good.
2012-06-01 - Snow White & the Huntsman - The cool looking Snow White movie.
2012-06-08 - Prometheus - What? I thought we just started hearing about this movie a couple months ago. Anyways, Ridley Scott kinda rebooting the sorta-Aliens franchise.
2012-06-15 - Jack the Giant Killer - Okay, are there any fairy tales that haven't been recycled for movies at this point? :)
2012-06-22 - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - Wait, this made it to the screen before Pride & Prejudice & Zombies?
2012-06-22 - Pixar film! This could very easily end up being better than the Avengers, but i don't really know enough about it to make any kind of judgement now. Although them firing their first female director(?) ever from the project makes me slightly uneasy.
2012-06-29 - Not planning on seeing it, but curious about the reviews.
2012-07-03 - The Amazing Spider-Man - Not sure about rebooting this franchise so soon.
2012-07-20 - The Dark Knight Rises - Getting a little worn out on Batman movies too.
2012-07-27 - Neighborhood Watch t- A science fiction comedy, doesn't sound too promising, but we'll see.
2012-08-03 - Total Recall - Oh yeah, i guess i had heard something about this being remade. Seems unnecessary.
2012-08-10 - Warm Bodies - This is apparently Romeo & Juliet... with ZOMBIES! I guess there are two themes this year Grimm and zombie mash-ups.
2012-09-14 - Resident Evil: Retribution - My experience with the Resident Evil films has been watching them in the background after shelleycat ordered them from Netflix. I expect if i watch this one it will be in the same manner.
2012-09-21 - Dredd - I can't even remember if i saw the first Judge Dredd movie. Definitely not one of my favorite characters, pretty much just listing it solely because of the comic book aspect.
2012-09-28 - Looper - Some kind of time travel movie.
2012-10-02 - Red Dawn - I remember watching the original numerous times on saturday afternoons as a kid. I'm curious how this will turn out. I wonder if there will be director's cut version using the original impolitic Chinese invaders instead of the silly North Korean invaders?
2012-11-02 - Wreck-It Ralph - This sounds entirely mediocre, except apparently it's Disney's next "big" animated movie.
2012-11-21 - 47 Ronin - A fantasy version of the story apparently. Could be cool. But starring Keanu Reeves? Uh....
2012-11-21 - Gravity - SF movie about two astronauts caught in some kind of space disaster.
2012-11-21 - Rise of the Guardians - The next Dreamworks animated movie, about Holiday superheroes. Not so sure about that one.
2012-12-07 - Les Miserables - I'm looking forward to the debate on whether they've screwed this one up or not :)
2012-12-14 - The Hobbit - I'm kind of surprised it's going to be ready that early.
2012-12-21 - World War Z - I keep hearing about the book. I was a little curious about it, and more curious now that i know the script for the movie was adapted by JMS.

Of course even of the movies i'm actually interested in, not just curious about, i'll probably only see a fraction in theatres. From the past year i still need to see "The Three Musketeers", "Hugo", "The Muppets" and possibly "Immortals", "The Adventures of Tintin", and "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows".

Speaking of which i was totally shocked when i saw a trailer for the Tintin movie a couple weeks ago. I'd always thought Tintin was the name of the _dog_! :)
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Steuardsteuard on January 1st, 2012 01:56 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's a whole lot of fairy tales, zombies, and unnecessary(?) sequels/reboots. (I take it that 2012-06-29 is the GI Joe sequel?) Rather than try to comment on all of your picks based only on your short summaries, I'll just say that I find it intriguing that the three films that most jumped out at me as "oooh, interesting" happen to be the last three on the list. (Especially with JMS involved: the book was very nicely done.) Busy Christmas, I guess...
Kirinkirinn on January 3rd, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
...and I guess I traditionally reply with which of these also interest me, so:

The trailer for Chronicle looked like a slightly interesting premise, but I doubt I'll see it.

Arriety - obviously need to watch it, up in the air whether I'll see the dub on the big screen. There was a poster for it up in our nicest semi-nearby theater, though, so decent chance.

John Carter - barely on my radar (don't think I ever read the book), but if it gets good reactions from SF fans it might be worth considering.

Avengers - we liked Iron Man and Thor, so probably. Never got around to Cap, might need to catch up.

Snow White & the Huntsman - some chance Conni will decide we should go see this for the Thor abs. ;)

Brave - likely, unless early reviews are negative.

Dark Knight Rises - probably maybe? Saw the other two in theaters.

Red Dawn - No, not actually, but I had no idea this idea was actually a movie in addition to an FPS game...

Rise of the Guardians - keep hearing about this on Tumblr, might be good, keeping an eye on it.

The Hobbit - duh.

WWZ - I hear the original story is good, JMS angle is intriguing, but I doubt it since zombie movies really aren't our thing.


On Leftovers: See the Muppets, silly. Sherlock 2 was good fun, but inessential. Haven't checked out Tintin (is it reviewing well?), know nothing about the newish 3 Musketeers or Immortals.