What to watch in 2012?

Prometheus

With 2012 having been rung in what films will there be to look forward to in the next twelve months? We didn’t have a great film year in 2011 but the new year is shaping up to be a little more interesting with a number of eye opening prospects on the horizon. So without further ado here is the20’s run down on some of the films to look forward to in 2012 (in no particular order).

Young Adult -10/02/2012 (UK)

With Ridley Scott blockbuster Prometheus  to come later in the year Charlize Theron first has smaller budget Young Adult in cinemas. Written and directed Juno team Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman and co-starring Hard Candy‘s Patrick Wilson it has all the right indie boxes ticked.

The Muppets – 10/02/2012 (UK)

No one needs introduced to the Muppets. With classics like A Muppet Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island in their back catalogue How I Met Your Mother star Jason Segel has helped to write and reboot the franchise. Along with Amy Adams they are bringing the loveable crew including Kermit, Miss Piggy, Animal, Beaker and Gonzo back to the big screen.

The Avengers – 27/04/2012 (UK)

Pulling together the might of Thor, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Captain America and The Hulk the muscles on show here are beat only by the Expendables. Will director Joss Whedon be able to balance the rippling arms and bulging egos? Only time will tell…

The Dictator – 18/05/2012 (UK)

Hoping to be more Borat than Bruno, Sasha Baron Cohen does what he does best and inhabits a hapless middle eastern character for the laugh. Sticking to more standard fiction rather than his previous mockumentary efforts this could prove a return to form for an actor whose been stuck in largely over the top supporting roles.

Prometheus – 01/06/2012 (UK)

Ridley Scott returns to sci-fi with the epic Prometheus. A maybe/maybe not prequel that at the very least will carry the DNA of the Alien series. Visiting the story of how the ‘space jockey’ came to meet his sticky end the film visits the nature of humanity and how we came to be after scientists discover clues to the human race.

Men In Black 3 – 25/05/2012 (UK)

Will Smith returns to try and recapture the magic with his black suit and noisy cricket. Hoping we’ll all forget MiB2 he returns in a time travel yarn that will delve into the past of his partner ‘K’ played her again by Tommy Lee Jones and now Josh Brolin as the younger model.

Brave – 17/08/2012 (UK)

Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Powerhouse Pixar returns with a tale that has a distinctly Scottish flavour. Featuring plenty of fiery redheads and the voice talents of Emma Thompson, Kelly MacDonald, Julie Walters, Craig Ferguson and Billy Connolly it’s sure to be another fun filled and emotional ride for little and big kids alike.

The Amazing Spiderman – 04/07/2012(UK)

The web-slinger returns in a reboot just 5 years after Toby Maguire finished climbing our cinema walls. Helmed by 500 Days of Summer director Marc Webb and staring Andrew Garfield as our alliterated hero Peter Parker it has enough punch to suggest it might be worth hasty rehash.

The Dark Knight Rises – 20/07/2012 (UK)

Hype couldn’t be higher for Christopher Nolan’s final chapter in the Batman trilogy. With a heavyweight cast including Tom Hardy as beefy bad guy Bane there are many who rank this as the number one anticipated movie of 2012. The trailer above however has some worried that while Bane may look imposing, he sounds incomprehensible…

The Expendables 2 – 17/08/2012 (UK)

With a cast out muscling even The Avengers this could be the most testosterone filled movie of all time. Including Stallone, Schwarzenegger and Willis; plus Jason Statham, Chuck Norris, Van Damn, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Terry Crews and Randy Couture the only way this film could be more manly is if you had to take a punch to the face just to get in!

Django Unchained – 26/12/12 (UK)

Django Unchained Script

After the success of Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarentino has wet appetites again with the leaked script for Django Unchained. Telling the story of a slave who breaks free from his master to rescue his wife it’s sure to offend and enthral in equal measure. With a knock out cast including Jason Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L Jackson, Sasha Baron Cohen, Christoph Waltz, Kurt Russell and Jamie Fox it’s shaping up to be another knock out punch from one of the slickest directors around.

Looper – 28/09/2012 (UK)

Joseph Gordon-LevittWith a strong looking cast including Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano and helmed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Looper tells the story of a killer who works for the mob of the future and recognizes one of his targets as his future self. Time bending sci-fi that will hopefully prove more engaging than 2010’s slick appearing but ultimately shallow In Time.

Dark Shadows – 11/05/2012 (UK)

Dark Shadows

Tim Burton once again teams with lucrative partner Johnny Depp for another dark gothic affair based on the cult TV show. With a strong supporting cast and kooky material to draw from that should suit Burton down to the ground this could find the director on a return to form after a slightly disappointing Alice in Wonderland.

Hope you’ve found our list interesting and checked out some of the trailers. Comment down below and let me know what films your look forward to in 2012?

See you tomorrow :)

Doug

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8 responses to “What to watch in 2012?”

  1. sarnaj says :

    I feel like it’s a little early to be making another Spider-Man. As for Men in Black – they certainly weren’t quick about it. I suppose the historical context of science fiction movies holds very little relevance, so it doesn’t really matter what year they come out. Interesting. Doesn’t Ender’s Game also come out this year?

    • the20 says :

      As far as I’m aware Enders Game currently has a UK release in March 2013. It does smack a little of the studio jumping on the trilogy bandwagon and going for a reasonably safe bet with MiB3, but if it’s as good as the first one I guess ultimately we win!

  2. Midgetron says :

    Interesting picks, quit a few that I hadn’t yet heard of. I was really dissapointed when I found out the muppets film is already out in the US but international release isnt until spring. I didn’t think they really did that with films anymore!

  3. HippieDalek says :

    After the scripting and pacing disaster of the Dark Knight and the disappointing Inception I can’t say I’m hyped at all about about the Dark Knight Rises, I’ll give it a miss.

    Prometheus looks interesting and it’s good to see Scott doing something without Russell Crowe again but carries the bad feeling that it’s going to explain everything that was best left a mystery, I’ll still go see it though.

    Slightly off topic but did you see Another Earth? I think that was my film of 2011, still to early too tell what I’m looking forward to this year.

    • the20 says :

      Just out of interest, what didn’t you like about Inception?

      I’m dead excited about Prometheus, I really hope that it turns out to be good! From the looks of it it’ll explain the ‘space jockey’ and maybe a little about the origin of the xenomorph species, but I don’t know if it’s going to explain too much as Scott has been quite vocal in distancing it from the general Alien series. We shall see…

      I didn’t see Another Earth no, what was it about? I’m not sure what my film of 2011 was, I think either Attach the Block or 50/50.

      • Ewan McNulty (@HippieDalek) says :

        Inception was mostly fine, but similar to the Dark Knight the pacing was all wrong. The first half was edited as if it was a trailer rather than a film.

        Preometheus could really go either way, but I do have high hopes for it.

        Another Earth is an independent film, I only saw it last week but it just secured the title of best film of 2011 for me. Here’s the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8hEwMMDtFY

  4. Nick M says :

    I’m shocked you didn’t have Iron Sky in the list, it has moon nazis!!!

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