Tossin’ It Out There: What Movies are YOU looking forward to in 2012?

Alright, alright!

2011 is in the rearview mirror, 2012 is looming large ahead. We’ve already seen the first major release of the year (the much maligned yet commercially successful “Devil Inside”), the rest are coming up fast!

It’s going to be a huge year for the big blockbuster. Three huge superhero movies with “The Avengers”, “The Dark Knight Rises”, and “The Amazing Spider-Man” plus the return of James Bond in “Skyfall”, and Peter Jackson revisits Middle Earth with “The Hobbit”! But wait! There’s more! Quentin Tarantino returns with “Django Unchained”, Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the “The Great Gatsby” and the “American Pie” gang reunite for “American Reunion” LOL.

Tons of movies, a whole year’s worth… all still waiting to come out .

Which ones have you excited? Dr Suess’ “The Lorax”? Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus”? Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows”? The remake of “Total Recall”?

Here’s a good link if you’d like to look over the 2012 release schedule

So let’s hear it folks! Which movies are you excited for most? It looks like a completely LOADED year full of blockbusters… which ones do YOU want to see? :D

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93 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What Movies are YOU looking forward to in 2012?

  1. After the horror genre pretty much has the reached the bottom of its fad bags with Devil inside, I think Scott’s Prometheus(although Scott is strongly averting any mention of its relation with the alien franchise) will be the long returning homecoming of true horror, hopefully. Also The Dark Knight Rises has a strong chance of bringing me to tears both because of the potential grim end rumored and the end of a master story teller such as Nolan leaving the franchise. I truly feel sorry for the next team of people who will have to try to do something “new” with Batman in tone and style, especially now since a Justice League movie is assumed to rival Marvel’s domination in numbers.

    • Well!

      Another thing I should be thankful about about the MAJOR Awards. They allowed me to blow of “The Devil Inside”.

      Hopes are high here for “Prometheus”, too. I hope it’s a return to greatness for Scott AND the franchise.

      I hope TDKR doesn’t disappoint. TDK is SUCH a tough act to follow… Awesome flick in every way.

      Thanks for posting up!!!!

    • Gonna say this Sapphy – I was REALLY surprised by the “Wrath of the Titans” trailer. I wasn’t a fan of this recent one (I take it you were, sorry) so I had no expectations.

      But that trailer looks surprisingly good! I was like, “nooooooo….” LOL!!
      :D

  2. I’ve got the typical list at the moment. All the big films like…

    The Dark Knight Rises
    Brave (PIXAR!)
    The Hobbit
    The Avengers
    Prometheus
    Skyfall
    The Amazing Spiderman
    The Expendables 2 (old skool action – love it!)
    Looper

    But also, a few others have caught my eye:

    The Pirates! (the latest from Aardman animation peeps!)
    Shame
    The Artist
    The Woman in Black (i love a good ghost story)
    Haywire
    Safehouse (For some reason, I can’t help myself but see Denzel Washington films)
    John Carter (though, i’m on the fence with this one)
    Cabin in the Woods (being a Joss Whedon fan, I need to see this)
    Snow White and the Huntsman (I know i’ll be let down)
    The Bourne Legacy (I like Jeremy Renner, I like the Bourne series… though, no Paul Greengrass/Matt Damon makes me sad.)
    Premium Rush (I can’t help myself with JGL in films!)
    World War Z

    That’s a short list off the top of my head. I’m sure I’ll come back and add more.

    • That’s a SHORT list? LOL!

      (For some reason, I can’t help myself but see Denzel Washington films)

      Oh, yeah “some” reason ;)

      “John Carter (though, i’m on the fence with this one)”

      Huh. Tell me about it. I made this guy one of my picks in Castor’s Hollywood fantasy league… The next day, the trailer hit and I immediately regretted it!

      Yes, I believe both Snow Whites will be lame. So you probably will be let down…

      • I will blindly watch anything with JGL … with my eyes open though. But it sounds brills! I can’t wait.

        John Carter sounded like it could be a lot of fun – like what the first POTC film was. But the trailer was just… ummm… eh.

        One Snow White will be better. Only because of Chris Hemsworth. Though, it will also be worse because of K-Stew. I can’t win!

  3. As far as what I’ll be motivated to see in the theater… Dark Knight Rises, G.I. Joe 2, and Skyfall. I’ll also probably be taking my boys to Madagascar 3, as that franchise is one of their favorites.

    Curious about the Hobbit, Men in Black 3, Expendables 2, and really interested in seeing how the Farrelly brothers do with The 3 Stooges.

    Gotta say at this point, Batman’s the only superhero movie I’ll probably see in the theater. I’m kinda fizzled out on hype as far as Spiderman and the Avengers. I’m most confident I’ll get a good movie with Chris Nolan, not so sure about the others.

    • Is it just me or does the trailer for the hobbit have a more playful feel? I was so excited for the trailer, but it really didn’t show anything new. I am glad to see Jackson back on board though.

      • I’m hoping the trailer is just a tease for the brilliance to come. I hate it when trailers show pretty much the best thing about the film. I feel cheated when I eventually got and see the film!

      • No! It is definitely NOT just you. Good point. I was surprised by the comedic tone, too!

        But the Hobbit is definitely a lighter book compared to LotR, plus they’re releasing in two parts. So perhaps that’s what’s up…

    • Share your sentiments about the comic book films coming out this year. I really want them all to be great, but banking on Nolan for producing excellence.

      I saw a trailer for the 3 Stooges and … it caused me much, much pain.

      • That 3 Stooges trailer is astoundingly bad, and I anticipate that many a-people who green-lit the movie will not be invited to the studio Christmas party. Like who was the demographic!?

        Honestly when it comes to all the upcoming comic book films I’m all in and I think Avengers has to have a compelling story to be released in the same summer as Dark Knight. To me, all of the other comic films are shadowed by the bat signal. I want Avengers to be great but I think a movie of so many cinematic personas will struggle just to be considered decent, let alone great and I don’t have a nerdgasm for Joss Whedon as many others do. And spiderman…..that one is the biggest mystery bc the trailer shows the SAME plot points we all know and they market the poster as “the untold story”!

      • Ok.

        AGREED on Spider-Man, I still can’t believe they’re rebooting so quickly!

        DISAGREE on the Avengers. Obviously any movie is going to need a good story to be good. But I wouldn’t underestimate the sheer geek out factor of having these characters onscreen together at the sane time.

        I anticipate awesomeness! :D

      • Think I’d have a bigger nerdgasm for Joss’ work on The Avengers pre-Dollhouse. I felt like I got stung so bad with that. Oh and his unnecessary need to do the Buffy comics. WTF?! They’re awful! I’m going into The Avengers with a good dollop of fear and scared anticipation. Yes, I am one of those fans who bought a “Joss Whedon is my master now” t-shirts. Where is it now? I think I chucked it out!

        I don’t get the 3 Stooges film either! I was watching it and wondering, who the heck will want to watch this? Youngsters won’t know who the 3 Stooges are and I think the people who will, will be staying far, far away.

    • Oh man! No avengers love?

      That’s ok, we can trade. I couldn’t care less about GI Joe 2. Maybe because I don’t have the nostalgia for then, maybe because 1 was underwhelming.

      I dunno.

      The 3 Stooges aren’t off to a good start. Probably serves them right for attempting it. But there’s a lot of vitriol out there for that flick right now…

      • I am still laughing at “nerdgasm” :) (I will have to work that into a conversation at some point.)

  4. I think I’m looking forward to the same films as most like Prometheus, Django and The Hobbit. I also am looking forward to Rian Johnson’s Looper. Overall, there is a lot to be excited for in 2012! I can’t wait!

  5. I’ll admit, this sucker for 3D is itching at the bit to see the re-releases of Titanic and Star Wars Episode I. The Dark Knight Rises will also be a must-see!

    • No doubt, TDKR is the very definition of “Must See”!

      I like 3D, myself. But I don’t think it’s enough to get me back into theaters again for movies I’ve seen. Especially those two… I’m not a Titanic hater, I actually like it well enough and think the backlash is more about it’s success than the movie itself.

      But the Star Wars prequels are a different story altogether… Although I think Phantom Menace is actually my least despised of the three LOL.

      What about Beauty and the Beast and/or Finding Nemo? They have 3D rereleases pending this year I think, too. Beauty and the Beast is out soon!

      • While the Pixar-animated ballroom scene in Beauty and the Beast is bound to look spectacular in 3D, I can’t get into that movie or Finding Nemo enough to pay $10. On the contrary, being on 7 years old when Titanic came out makes me want to experience it in theaters finally, and I have seen the epic 3D trailer for The Phantom Menace. That space race will be awesome!

      • Seeing as the 3D is your main interest (it seems) on these, then yes… Phantom Menace does off some things that could be visually impressive if done properly.

        I’m a hater. I wont deny it. :D

  6. There are so many! Seriously, I’ve been mourning the loss of “things I HAVE to see” and it’s back!!!!! Avengers, Prometheus, American Pie, Dark Knight… Dark Shadows- anything Tim Burton touches is GOLD in my eyes, the Hobbit… loads more! So so many!! I’m happy this year! (can you sense the excitement lol)

    • Heh, sure can Crafty!

      I’m excited too though. This year is LOADED. Can’t wait til March when it really begins in earnest!

      Now… I’m a Burton fan too. Went to see him twice during the same Comic-con. (He seems totally funny and laid back) But I dunno about saying everything he touches is Gold… Cmon now, Crafty? Planet of the Apes? LOL

      • Snap on Tim Burton. Apes and wasn’t the biggest fan of Corpse Bride. Was expecting Nightmare Before Christmas genius and it was just lazy…

  7. Wow so many great movies to look forward to… I didn’t know the next James Bond film is out so fast!

    The Hobbit sounds cool, I think LOTR fanatics will love this one

    • I’ll always believe that the Universe guided events to create MGM’s bankruptcy issues just to steer Peter Jackson back into the directors chair for “The Hobbit”

      And listen. I don’t know how yet. But I’m gonna make sure this site blows up with a Bond celebration leading up to Skyfall… You won’t be able to miss it, :D!!

  8. I guess I am different than everyone so far. I have no desire to see any of the sequels (with the exception of Ice Age….haha) So that narrows it a bit.

    As far as 3-D goes….I’d rather poke myself in the eyes than sit through Titanic again.

    Man on a Ledge — I saw the trailer, I thought it was a pretty cool premise.
    Sinister — a good murder story ,Ethan Hawke & Vincent D’Onofrio, can’t go wrong with them
    Act of Valor — My daughter’s BF is in SEAL training as we speak, I feel I must see this. :)
    Gotta get a little “chick” The Vow & The Lucky One
    Books gone movie — The Hunger Games and The Great Gatsby
    The Silver Linings Playbook — sounds interesting, and I like Julia Stiles
    21 Jumpstreet (a purely nostalgic choice) — I LOVED that show as a kid, I have to check it out.

    • I’ll give you “Man on Ledge”… That certainly does look like it could be good. It’s got a real “Inside Man” vibe to it!

      Still sorting out my feelings on “Act of Valor”… Feels like a recruiting tool.

      You can keep your chick flicks, but I’m interested in “Hunger Games” and “Gatsby” too.

      “Jump Street’s” trailer doesn’t do anything for me though… Just doesn’t look too funny. Could be, for sure, in the end, but right now, expectations are LOW! (for me ;))

      • I’m a little bit curious about Man on Ledge too. I was hoping for it to be Phone Booth, but on a ledge, but doesn’t quite look like it!

        Debbie – I’d rather poke my eyes out than see things in 3D. I just don’t get it!

      • Yeah, Jump Street is really a curiosity thing for me. I don’t think I’ll cry if I don’t see it. But, I am a bit disappointed I have to wait until December for Gatsby. I am becoming a huge Leo fan. (now that I have seen past him as Titanic boy)

  9. After seeing the trilogy on the big screen, just can’t wait to see “The Hobbit” come to life in the same way. Also looking forward to the action movie ” Haywire”. Plus the 3D Starwars movie is a must for any Starwars fan!! Keep-up the great work,Dan!!!!!!

    • Yes! The fact that they got so many of the original cast, plus the same director, equals major excitement regarding the Hobbit. The LotR Trilogy was phenomenal. I’m glad its coming back…

      Haywire, huh?!

      Saw that panel at SDCC. Here’s the pluses and minuses:

      Pluses: The fight scenes are ridiculous. They showed two in their entirety and they are WOW inducing. They have Steven Soderburg (Traffic, Erin Brokavich, Contagion, Oceans movies, etc) directing, They lined up a murderers row of supporting actors for it.

      Minuses: I dont think Carano can act. I was suspicious at SDCC why they wouldnt show her speaking lines. Check out the commercials, too… theyre working around her.

      That said, male action stars have a long history of not being good actors, so who cares. She’s attractive, and can obvioulsy kick serious ass. Wait til you see that Hotel Room fight. People got hurt filming it!! :D

  10. Well Prometheus, Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers are the big three for me. I’m a little scared about Dark Knight Rises just because the amount of hype this one is getting usually kills films. It is a million times more hyped than The Dark Knight but if anyone can do it, it’s Nolan. I will say that I am strongly in the camp of Batman must die to properly close the story arc though. So we shall see how much leeway the studios and DC give him.

    I’m also looking forward to the Spiderman reboot as well as the Hobbit.

    • I’m still skeptical of the Spider-Man one. Toby McGuire is so fresh in my mind as Peter Parker. But hey, never stopped the Batman movies from stinking (the post Burton ones!)

      And you’re 110% right about TDKR. I hope its not a let down too. The bar seems set almost impossibly high…

  11. You already know that I am stoked for The Avengers!

    In addition I can’t wait to see the other superhero films (The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spiderman)…actually making plans to travel to an IMAX for Nolan’s conclusion of the trilogy!

    The Hobbit, Prometheus, The Lorax, There’s quite a bit I want to see, but these are my MUST SEE OPENING WKND movies, with my wildcards in this category being The Hunger Games and World War Z.

  12. The Hobbit is the film I’m most anticipating in 2012, though The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers are up there as well. I have the most faith in The Hobbit living up to its anticipation. The other two are very promising, but both have the potential to really bobble it.

    Large amounts of trepidation with Amazing Spider-man and John Carter. I want to be good, but what I’m seeing isn’t thrilling me. John Carter especially… the acting in the trailers doesn’t look very good (hey, Taylor Kitsch, do you have any expressions besides drop-jawed stupefaction?) And since they dropped the “of Mars” from the title, it just feels somehow like they’re trying to distance it from its origins as much as they can… let the audience see it’s sci-fi, not let them know it’s pulp sci-fi. Maybe I’m totally misreading them, but it seems a bit disrespectful to one of the classic science fiction stories, which really deserves some respect. Of course, even if it’s done well, it’ll have an uphill battle with the audience, since this is in the post-Avatar era; a lot of the audience will think it was inspired by Avatar when the truth is that Avatar draws heavily on the original John Carter stories.

    • Is there a story “Avatar” doesn’t draw heavily from? LOL

      Listen though, Kitsch can act. He was money on Friday Night Lights. If he stinks out the joint here, I’m going to blame the directing. Texas forever!!

      Meanwhile, I suppose superhero flicks are always hit and miss affairs. We should be thankful when we get the awesome ones.

      • I don’t know, man, how much directing does a guy really need for “Don’t leave your mouth open when you’re not talking”? I suppose it could be the director, though; looks like this is Andrew Stanton’s first live-action feature, with his previous directorial credits all being Pixar films. He may not be used to having to tell actors to close their mouths.

        Granted, Avatar borrows heavily from a lot of things. But I stand by my original assertion that it’s more John Carter of Mars than anything else.

        And yeah… while I always hope a superhero flick is going to be great, I usually just expect it to be “OK”. That’s where most of them land.

  13. Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises, Looper, Skyfall, Gravity, The Hobbit, Django Unchained. IF the new Nicolas Winding Refn film, Only God Forgives, gets released this year that would be my number 1. Also, what is going on with Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master? It was 2012, now its 2013. NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

    • Scientologists man… you don’t &$%# with them!! LOL

      I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait. He’s got such a track record of inredible flicks. It must rock.

      I dont know much about “Only God Forgives” yet. Must investigate later. I suspect Refn is going to be phenomenal and consistent too. I have to swing back to see Bronson… I did check out Valhalla Rising though. Trippyyyyy… :D

  14. 3 most anticipated films for me are “The Hunger Games” and “The Hobbit” and “The Avengers”. What can I say, I’m a fan of the definite article.

    After that looking forward to “Prometheus”, “Cabin in the Woods”, “John Carter” (with some trepidation) and “Dark Knight”.

  15. My super long list:

    Looper
    Prometheus
    Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope
    Gravity
    The Great Gatsby
    Avengers / Dark Knight / The Hobbit
    Only God Forgives
    Wreck-It Ralph
    Argo
    World War Z
    Ted
    Moonrise Kingdom
    Cloud Atlas
    Life of Pi
    The Hunger Games
    Lincoln / Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
    John Dies At The End
    Indie Game: The Movie
    The Raid
    God Bless America
    Django Unchaines

    Think thats it so far!

    • Well, at least its thorough. LOL.

      Couple on there I havent even heard of. “God Bless America” is a song dude! :D

      Good to see so many people out are looking forward to “Looper” I hope its a big hit for him. I hope Ben affleck continues his winning ways with Argo, I really do.

      I forgot about Gravity. I’m still a little concerned over all the casting issues. That cant be a good sign, right?

      I’ve heard good things about CC: Ep IV. Spurlock better not mess with the Con. I still think that name sucks, Comic-Con is not a %#$&ing Star Wars convention, even though SW obviously represents.

      • “God Bless America” is also an awesomely violent and dark comedy by Bobcat Goldthwait.

        Looper is definitely on the top of my list. I’m a massive fan of Rian Johnson — Brick being one of my all time favourite films — and it’s awesome to see him reuniting with JGL outside of a seconds long cameo in Brothers Bloom. Plus, the film has already screened for some critics and gotten amazing reviews, and he consulted with Shane Carruth of Primer fame in making it. Can’t wait.

        Star Wars doesn’t really play into the film at all, I’ve heard the title explained before, and remember being satisfied with the explanation, but can’t for the life of me remember what it was. In terms of movies treating the Con well…I don’t think you could really ask for anything better. It’s one of the most endearing, and inspiring movies I’ve ever seen.

      • Ok, cool. Its good to hear good things.

        I’m definitely a big fan of the Con and want to see it treated with respect.

        If he had some alternate purpose for the title though, he should have chosen another title. Because his intent is lost. What comes through is “Star Wars”. ::shrugs:: just callin’ it like I see it bro.

        But I’m in. When it hits, I’m there…

        And yeah, psyched for Looper too.

  16. It’s so hard to pick just one…(I’m limiting myself to one), I would have to say, “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” It’s a documentary about the world’s best sushi chef who is trying to prepare his son to take his place. The food is the true stars, in my opinion.

    If documentaries don’t count, then “Dark Knight Rise”. I heard they are going to re-dub Bane’s dialogue, which I think it’s a good idea. I could barely understand what he said during the trailer.

    • I’m glad you clarified you were limiting yourself – I was going to be like have you SEEN some of these replies? :D

      Tell you what, if you see your Sushi doc and if its any good I’ll check it out. (But you go first :D)

      THAT is good news on the TDKR redub. I couldnt understand a damn word he said.

      Catwoman: “Youre going to wonder how you thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us…” Bane: “Blug gurgle mphh Ngh”
      :D

  17. My list, in order, with the likelyhood that I’ll only actually see about four of these in the theater.

    1. Dark Knight Rises
    2. The Hobbit Pt. 1
    3. The Avengers
    4. Prometheus
    5. Skyfall
    6. Dredd
    7. Brave
    8. The Cabin In the Woods
    9. Dark Shadows
    10. The Hunger Games
    11. World War Z
    12. The Wettest County

    I also hoping John Carter and The Amazing Spider-Man are a lot better than I think they’ll be.

  18. Ok, ok. My turn, my turn!

    Of course, I’m looking forward to tons of these, but if I had to single out a couple

    The Lorax looks Suessy and good.

    The Dark Knight hasn’t blown me away yet with what Ive seen, but with the pedigree behind it, you know its gonna be good.

    Same with the Hobbit.

    The Avengers will be most excellent, I’m sure, plus I saw footage at NYCC so Ive got that convention bond. So you know Im amped up for it.

    But most of all….

    • Nice choice with Skyfall!
      No one’s looking forward to Scary Movie 5?
      Ok if you say so:)
      I didn’t see Matt Damon’s name next to the Bourne Legacy, is he not in it?

      • He’s not in it. Bourne Legacy is their attempt to continue the franchise without the main actor, or main character, by having a guy follow in Bourne’s footsteps. (Personally, I’m deeply skeptical.)

      • I really love Jeremy Renner, but for me the Bourne franchise is Matt Damon and to a certain extent, Paul Greengrass. Both of them moulded the universe for me, and I’m afraid to see it all fall apart.

    • Also a big fan. Three GREAT action films.

      But there’s a part of me that’s happy that they didnt try to keep making movies with Damon as Bourne until he was 70. You know? This will be pretty easy for me to “Disown” if it sucks. But if Damon Greengrass had come back and stank it up we’d have a Godfather III situation going….

      • Totally agree with you there. I’m grateful that they’re not continuing the franchise with Renner as Bourne. New people, new everything.

        Bourne at 70 would totally still kick everyones arses.

      • I have 4 Internet explorers up on my phone each with a half started reply to this! Keep getting interupted , ahhhh!
        Anyway yes I think Dan’s point about an aging Matt Damon is really well taken.
        I loved yesterday’s Bond review and it got me wondering if retiring Damon as Bourne was in the a similar flavor as retiring Brosnan’s Bond. One distinction though is that the last Bourne wasn’t bad in my opinion but still… you know what I’m saying. Did they want to have him leave in a good note? Did Damonwant to do other projects that give him a softer side? I wish I knew if these films are based on a series of books that go on and on.
        I guess what I’m saying is that I hope they figure it out to make the Bourne successful even with the changes. Directors behind the scenes people…let’s do this thing!

      • First off, thanks! Always appreciate the kind words :D

        Yes. The “Bourne” trilogy is based on a trilogy of novels by Robert Ludlum. So they had finished filming the books (I dont know that they were faithful to them at all or anything)

        Initially, Damon had said he’d be willing to do a fourth film. But director Paul Greengrass said he wasn’t going to return, which was the “walk away” point for Damon.

        Hey, Hollywood has a thing for names and properties nowadays. Theyre businesses, and its a safer bet to run out a product under an existing brand than introduce a new brand.

        It’s a decent existing structure/framework (ie the brainwashed assassin) and Renner is good, so, let’s see how it does. (Fingers Crossed)

  19. There are some pretty big releases lined up this year… I suppose I am most looking forward to Django Unchained, The Hobbit and Lincoln, but I am also interested in The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus, and maayyyyybe The Avengers, to name a few more. Should be a fun 2012.

    • Mayyyybe Avenegers? Gotta be talked into that one? Some doubts or something on it?

      Lincoln could be great. Awesome cast JGL, Daniel Day, Jared Harris… Jackie Earle Haley. Sally Fields.

      But I’m a little down on Spielberg after War Horse. I wasn’t a fan. So I hope this is a return to form. I’m also a bit sour on historical biopics after J Edgar

      • I am just indifferent on superhero movies in general. I’m sure it will be a fun movie, but I am not going to go out of my way to see it.

        I’m not the biggest Spielberg fan, but I can’t wait to see what Daniel Day-Lewis does with his role. He is the main reason I am excited for Lincoln.

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