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Director's Cut: Patrick's top 10 anticipated movies for 2012

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Friday, December 30, 2011

Looking forward to the next year of movies has been a tradition on Coming Attractions. After all, the whole reason why CA got started in the first place was to talk about movies that were in development, at a golden time when each film had awesome potential. As we watch the days grow shorter between their release dates, we love to imagine how great watching these movies will be. Whether the movies actually live up to the mental hype we give them is something else entirely.

But now is not the time to be pessimistic. The final hours of 2011 are upon us and it’s with great hope that we look forward to what Hollywood will offer us in 2012. And there are some movies that I’m looking forward to seeing more than others.

Counting down, my top 10 most anticipated movies of 2012 are:

 

10. John Carter

If you had asked me even two years ago, my interest level in seeing a live-action John Carter of Mars movie would be a lot higher than the tenth spot. The two trailers have only served to diminish my enthusiasm for what director Andrew Stanton envisions as his Barsoom/Mars. Whenever I see the blue skies in the trailers I can’t help but lose all sense that I’m supposed to be looking at someplace on Mars, and I’m fearful that Stanton may be making a giant creative mistake by making Mars look so…Earthlike.

Of course, my final judgment will come when I watch the movie. I’m trying to keep an open mind and not be disappointed in the final product (Green Lantern, you still hurt me.)

 

9. The Cabin in the Woods

What can I say about this one that’s been on the shelf and waiting for a release date for two years? I’ve read the script and it’s the unique take on the monsters that appeal to me. My best case scenario is that we get a post-modern monster movie that does for creature features what Scream did for the slasher film genre.

My worst case scenario? That the movie has been edited to hell from its original vision into something that the studio thinks will appeal to a broader audience. I don’t know what we’re going to get.

 

8. Butter

Another script that I liked and I’m hopeful to see done right. This one popped up on The Black List a couple of years back and is about a woman that takes part in an annual butter carving competition. The movie has played at a couple of film festivals and early reviews suggest it’s OK but no breakout hit. Still, I’ve liked plenty of films that don’t have wide mainstream appeal. Perhaps Butter will give us a new view of what kind of acting reach Jennifer Garner can have.

 

7. The Grey

The elevator pitch was great: a group of men crash their plane in the remote Alaskan wilderness and have to fight off starvation, freezing temperatures and a pack of hungry wolves. The trailer that showed Liam Neeson fashioning his own set of Wolverine claws from mini-drink broken bottles sold me on seeing this one.

Joe Carnahan has skirted on the periphery of breaking into being an A-list action director. The A-Team movie wasn’t his ticket to ride to bigger and better things. The Grey might very well be it.

And hey, isn’t it better that Liam Neeson is doing something else instead of another Taken ripoff?

 

6. Dredd

A great script (it even has a tight third act, something that's not usually found in an Alex Garland screenplay) and the superb casting of Karl Urban as Mega City One’s top law officer have got me excited to see it. Garland’s script really felt like one of the original 2000 AD comics, and a worthy inheritor for assuming the RoboCop dark sci-fi universe feel that’s been missing from movies for so long.

Here’s hoping that the reports of Dredd director Pete Travis being locked out of the editing room doesn’t derail things.
 

5. The Avengers

I was never that big a fan of Marvel’s big A-list superhero team but that doesn’t mean I have wants for the movie version. What Marvel and director Joss Whedon needs to do here is to deliver the best Marvel movie ever, and it shouldn’t be an impossible task. Whedon’s Astounding X-Men comic book series was one of the best interpretations of the mutant superheroes since Claremont/Byrne’s run, so he’s got the geek vision to pull things off. What remains up in the air is what kind of movie Marvel wants: a play-it-safe superhero movie or something that can go toe-to-toe with the kind of expectations we now have after watching The Dark Knight.

Man, I hope it’s good.
 

4. Gravity

It’s not so much the story idea (a lone female astronaut is stranded in orbit with no means back to Earth) as it is my desire to see how Alfonso Cuarón beats what he showed us in Children of Men. The whole film is supposed to be set in real time, so 90 to 120 minutes from the start of the space accident that strands the astronaut to the resolution of what happens to her.

Remember those two one-take scenes in Children of Men? If you’ve seen the movie then you know what I’m talking about. Now imagine Cuarón pulling that same kind of visual necromancy off for a whole friggin’ movie. Yeah. Yeah.

 

3. World War Z

I enjoyed Max Brooks’ novel about life after the zombie apocalypse. J. Michael Straczynski’s screen adaptation took a different route by placing Brooks’ journalist character in the center of the zombie action instead of merely interviewing those that survived the carnage. While the directions getting there may be altered, the journey still remains the same. Brad Pitt should also bring a wider attention to the movie and perhaps even give these zombies more of a dramatic weight.

Now, let’s see how they pull off the Battle of Yonkers, and if it’s as terrifying and astonishing as Brooks depicted it in his book.

 
2. Prometheus

Ridley Scott’s return to the universe of Alien guarantees this side-quel a spot on my top ten. The trailer and set dec look amazing, and the feel suggests that this movie is a welcome return to the spooky haunted house atmosphere provided by the first Alien.

But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I had concerns. The rumors of humanoid Space Jockeys and a couple of other things that I’ve heard (and I’m not spoiling here for those of you that don’t want to see it) have got me worried that the story may not be as strong and solid as the first Alien. Even if Prometheus falters and stumbles creatively, I’ll always have the original Alien.

 

1. The Dark Knight Rises

And it’s number one for all the reasons that you suspect, with the primary one being the obvious: it’s the sequel to The Dark Knight. Who doesn’t want to see where Christopher Nolan takes us eight years after Gotham’s police are sicced on the Batman?

Making Bane the bad guy doesn’t make my heart soar majestically but I have faith in Nolan. Heath Ledger’s Joker was delivered so masterfully that it overcame the stranglehold Jack Nicholson’s interpretation had on the pop culture. And if Nolan is thinking on ending his trilogy with a bang, what would he do to top The Dark Knight? That question makes this the number one movie that I’d like to watch right now.


Now it’s your turn: what movies on my top ten list are on yours, and what ones are missing? Let’s hear your reasons and why you have them.

 

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Posted: 8 years 13 weeks ago

 Wasn't Cabin in the Woods shelved because of studio bankruptcy/buyout? I don't believe it was because it sucked. Well, it might suck, but I have a feeling that if you go into it absolutely cold, you'll have a good time.

People who saw an early screening seem to be bonkers for the ending, which is fine, but when I read what it was, my first thought was that I'd seen a version of that ending already within the last few years. I'll not say more for fear of spoiling it.

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Posted: 8 years 13 weeks ago

You made a Top 10 list (and your Top 2 are Must-Sees). Besides those titles you mentioned, in no particular order, here are some more to salivate over:

Breaking Dawn part 2

Hunger Games

The Hobbit

The Amazing Spider-Man

Skyfall (next Bond film)

Star Trek

Django Unchained (Tarantino)

The Expendables 2

Seven Psychopaths (In Bruges director with Colin Farrell again)

The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson back again.. Finally! and with Joaquin Phoenix!)

Cloud Atlas (the Wachowski brothers siblings are back!

Lincoln (NOT the Vampire Hunter, but Daniel Day-Lewis with Spielberg directing!)

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (directed by Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted)

Dark Shadows (Johnny Depp and Tim Burton!)

The Great Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio)

Les Miserables

The Grandmasters (Donnie Yen (Ip Man))

Only God Forgives (Director and star of Drive)

Wreck-It Ralph (John C Reilly Roger Rabbit-type 8 bit movie)

Cogan's Trade (Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini)

Argo (Ben Affleck directing. Always a good sign)

Taken 2

This is Forty (Judd Apatow directs)

Ted (Seth McFarlane directs live action)

The Dictator (Sacha Baron Cohen)

Mirror Mirror (Julia Roberts in a Tarsem Singh movie (Immortals, The Fall)

American Reunion (if it's any where near as good as the three straight-to-video sequels were, I'll be there)

Brave (Pixar.. Need we say more? including not mentioning Cars 2)

Jack the Giant Killer (Bryan Singer!)

Savages (Oliver Stone Mexican Drug Cartel)

The Bourne Legacy (J. Renner is different Bourne character, directed by Tony Gilroy)

and then there's Kathryn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden project.

 

Wow! Seems like 2012 is going to be another amazing year for movies!

Walt D in LV

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Posted: 8 years 13 weeks ago

I'm on board with the list other than The Cabin, Butter and The Grey. Skyfall would have to be #1 on my list, possibly tied with The Dark Knight Rises. #2 would be the Police Academy reboot.

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Posted: 8 years 13 weeks ago

I am severely wanting to see Avengers.
Dark Knight also has me pretty excited.

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