2012 Movie Madness

Here’s a list of a few of the movies I CANNOT wait to queue up at the cinema for!!

Anyone who knows me should also automatically know what the first movie on my list is…no prizes for guessing correctly because I feel like knowing me is a giveaway in itself.

1. Batman: The Dark Knight Rises

Director: Christopher Nolan ETA: July 20 2012

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.-IMDb

To say I am looking forward to this is an understatement. Words cannot describe the elation I will feel when settling down in the cinema to watch this movie. I trust the director, I trust the series and I am sure right after leaving the cinema I will begin my whining for the DVD to add to my 2 Batman DVDs carefully hidden in my room…yes I think you can gather that I am a fan.

2. The Amazing Spiderman

Director: Marc Webb ETA: July 03 2012

Teenager Peter Parker grapples with both human problems and amazing super-human crises.-IMDb

I wasn’t a fan of the previous Spiderman movies, I found them too cheesy. Being one that favors the darker side of comic book heroes I like the direction they are taking with the new Spiderman series. Seems a little more serious and less childish. Right up my alley!

3. The Grandmasters

Director: Wong Kar-Wai, ETA : Unknown
Hong Kong maestro Wong Kar-Wai returns to the martial arts genre for the first time since 1994’s ‘Ashes of Time’ with this story about Ip Man, the martial arts master who trained Bruce Lee. Known for enjoying extended post-production periods and tinkering with his films right up to the point they’re screened (the film went into initial production in 2009), festival prognosticators have been mooting the arrival of ‘The Grandmasters’ for over a year now, but we’ve not heard or seen a peep. The few stills that have been released suggest that, true to form, it’s going to be another hyper-stylish affair, and Wong regular Tony Leung Chiu Wai has been cast in the lead role. Wong is a Cannes competition mainstay, so if he’s finished it, expect the film to drop in May 2012. -Timeout.com
Translation of the voice over: kung fu. it’s just two words. the wrong fall down, and the right stay standing. it’s just that simple.
After I heard who was directing it, what the story is about, who the main actors are I was immediately intrigued! This would be a classic addition to my tiny Asian movie collection. I have already seen all 3 Ip Man movies starring Donnie Yen so I am slightly apprehensive because I think Donnie Yen did a great job. From the trailer I can already see that Wong Kar-Wai has gone the dramatic and theatrical route, not that I’m complaining. I expect it will be a feast for the senses. Will it be better than Ip Man though? I doubt, however it will definitely be different!

4. The Avengers

Director: Joss Whedon ETA:

The S.H.I.E.L.D. agency brings together a team of superhumans to help save the Earth from annihilation by extraterrestrial invaders.-IMDb

I’m always happy to see Sam L. Jackson and Robert Downey Jr. in the same movie, and for the boys Scarlett Johansson in a tight black suit can’t hurt. The effects look awesome, I’m really hoping they wont screw this one up. It would indeed be a great feat if they did!

5. Skyfall

Director: Sam Mendes, ETA: November 9 2012

Details of the new James Bond movie – ‘Skyfall’ – have been leaking gradually. What do we know? Most importantly,      Daniel Craig will be back for more as 007, which is good news as, even if ‘Quantum of Solace’ was a disappointment for many, most Bond fans agree that Craig, who joined the party for ‘Casino Royale’, has brought new energy to the world’s oldest film franchise. We also know that the series’s third director  Sam Mendes takes over the reins from Marc Forster. Mendes and Craig have worked together before on ‘Road to Perdition’ and are known to have a good rapport. Known locations are Shanghai, Turkey and Duntrune Castle in Argyll, Scotland, while Judi Dench will join Bond newbies Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, Ben Wishaw, Albert Finney and Ralph Fiennes in the cast.-Timeout.com

The last few Bond movies have left a bad taste in my mouth so this is their chance to redeem themselves!! And I’m hoping they finally get it right!!! *fingers crossed!*

6. Men in Black 3

Director: Barry Sonnnenfeld ETA:May 25, 2012

Agent J time-jumps back to the 1960s, where an alien with its sights on the younger version of Agent K poses a threat to the future of the MIB organization — and humankind’s very existence.-IMDb

A classic franchise to many, Men in Black looks like it will not disappoint. As with all things that hold nostalgic value most of us remember the previous MIB movies as the most hilarious feel good movies on planet earth-though probably not true-so the pressure is on for them to not ruin our fragile nostalgia.

7. The Dictator

Director: Larry Charles, ETA: May 11, 2012

This forthcoming film, teaming the fearless star with director Larry Charles once more, is said to be about a dictator in exile who is desperately trying to keep his country free from the scourge of democracy. Although the mooted cast includes a host of Proper Actors, among them Anna Faris, Megan Fox, John C Reilly and Sir Ben Kingsley, talk suggests the film will still have the spontaneous, prankish feel of his two previous films. It’s been scheduled for a May 11 2012 release date.- Timeout.com

I still have not seen his previous movie starring his alter ego Bruno but I am told it’s better to remember him as Borat rather than Bruno. I enjoyed Borat immensely because of its punkd format. This one however appears to follow the usual movie format, at least according to the trailer. It’s funny though and looks entertaining. How clever of him to delve into a subject matter that has been quite relevant this past year given the various uprisings and protests that have been taking place across the world.

8. The Hobbit

Director: Peter Jackson ETA: Dec 14, 2012

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.- IMDb

This director needs no introduction as his reputation precedes him. He did an excellent job with the Lord of the rings Trilogy so I have no doubt that this movie will also be one for the DVD collection. Plus I loved the Hobbits and would love to see them again! This will be the first of a two part series which is also awesome! I love the attention to detail Peter Jackson puts in his adaptations.

9. Brave

Director: Brenda Chapman and Mark Andrews ETA: Jun 22, 2012

Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late. — (C) Disney

I giggled while watching this trailer, Pixar never disappoints. Looking forward to this one!

10. Prometheus

Director: Ridley Scott ETA: Jun 8, 2012

Story details are being closely guarded so as not to spoil surprises for moviegoers, but Director/Writer Ridley Scott explained the outlines of the film and its genesis as follows: “While Alien was indeed the jumping off point for this project, out of the creative process evolved a new, grand mythology and universe in which this original story takes place. The keen fan will recognize strands of Alien’s DNA, so to speak, but the ideas tackled in this film are unique, large and provocative. I couldn’t be more pleased to have found the singular tale I’d been searching for, and finally return to this genre that’s so close to my heart.”-Rottentomatoes.com

This trailer has given me nothing!!! Nothing at all!!! Can’t tell if it’s good or bad, I guess we just have to wait. However the director Ridley Scott is not one to be taken lightly as he is responsible for movies such as  Gladiator (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001) and American Gangster (2007), so I am positive this movie will not disappoint.

11. Safehouse

Director: Daniel Espinosa ETA: Feb 10th 2012

Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds star in the action-thriller Safe House. Washington plays the most dangerous renegade from the CIA, who comes back onto the grid after a decade on the run. When the South African safe house he’s remanded to is attacked by mercenaries, a rookie operative (Reynolds) escapes with him. Now, the unlikely allies must stay alive long enough to uncover who wants them dead. — (C) Official Site

Honestly it looks like your basic CIA agent movie….except it has Denzel! So for that reason (and for the eye candy that the fine species Ryan Reynolds is) I am undoubtedly going to watch it. I don’t expect it to blow my mind but rather to give me a fun 138 minutes.

12. Snow White and the Huntsman

Director: Rupert Sanders ETA: Jun 1, 2012

In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power. — (C) Universal Pictures

This is pretty much your classic fairytale Snow White on steroids. Looks interesting….I am intrigued.

And that concludes my list! Any that you are looking forward to that I haven’t added? Let me know in the comment section!

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Chopps says:

    also check out the new GI Joe movie with The Rock. judging by the trailer it looks like its gon’ b better than the first one

    1. Ms Z. says:

      Wow, jus saw the trailer, NICE!! I’m intrigued! It looks really good!!! I really hope it’s an improvement from the first one.

  2. Love the list.I’m looking forward to barman.I don’t like Craig as Bond.I see what they’re tring to do with him there,but I’m not a fan.so I’m not looking forward to that Bond film.

    1. Ms Z. says:

      I agree so far they have disappointed but I am still hopeful…*fingers crossed!*

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