The 2012 Fall Movie Preview – Part I

With this weekend’s release of “The Expendables 2″ and “ParaNorman”, the summer movie season is pretty much over. One weekend remains in August, and those movies wont have much room to run before school is back in session.

Nope, the season of the big blockbuster is behind us. It’s time to look ahead to the fall.

Not to despair, though, the fall brings sharp movies for the thinking movie fan. Movies which may have more selective box office appeal, but which may be some of the best movies all year.

So click through to take a look at the first part of this year’s fall preview. Today we’ll look at the last week of August, plus September, and then we’ll come back tomorrow with October and the first week of November. Together they’ll take us right up to the start of the Holiday movie season, and the November 9th release of Skyfall!

August 22nd

“Hit and Run”

Directed by: Dax Shepard and David Palmer

Starring: Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell, Bradley Cooper, Tom Arnold, Beau Bridges, Kristin Chenoweth, David Koechner, Michael Rosenbaum, Joy Bryant, Ryan Hansen

I’m getting a very “Dumb criminal” comedy vibe off of this, maybe akin to say, “Snatch” or “Smoking Aces” or something. I could be wrong. Trailer looks amusing enough, let’s see if this can be a surprise or not.

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August 24th

“The Apparition”

Directed by: Todd Lincoln

Starring: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton, Julianna Guill, Luke Pasqualino, Suzanne Ford

A college paranormal experiment unleashes a malevolent spirit. The catch is, it only becomes real if you believe in it.

So don’t get scared or a ghost will come and kill you. Easy, right?

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“Premium Rush”

Directed by: David Koepp

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, Jamie Chung

Ok, here we go. 1) It has Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 2) It has Michael Shannon 3) It’s an action movie centering on a bicyclist, so it has a refreshing touch of originality to it. Tell me again how I’m not supposed to have high hopes? The late August release date isn’t exactly a sign of studio confidence, but it still seems extremely promising.

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August 29th

“Lawless”

Directed by: John Hillcoat

Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Dane DeHaan

Forgetting for a moment that this is a movie that gives top billing to Shia LaBeouf over Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain, it IS a prohibition bootlegger story and it does have a great cast. Plus, getting nominated for the Palme d’Or is a good sign!

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August 31st

“The Possession”

Directed by: Ole Bornedal

Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick

I’m all for horror movies based on possession, and I’m looking forward to Jeffrey Dean Morgan in this role, but…

Are they saying a demon is actually growing inside her in this movie? Uhnn…

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“For A Good Time, Call…”

Directed by: Jamie Travis

Starring: Ari Graynor, Seth Rogen, Lauren Anne Miller, Justin Long, Mark Webber, James Wolk

“For a Good Time” is a comedy about two young women who start a phone sex line. The trailer doesn’t really look that funny, the first time I saw it I was decidedly unimpressed… Right up until that hysterical Seth Rogen line at the end, LOL!

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September 7th

“The Words”

Directed by: Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal

Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Ben Barnes

So, Bradley Cooper horks some dude’s old timey war/romantic manuscript and then draMA ensues. LOL. Did I miss anything? :D I may not be the target audience for this romantic “Lives Crossing Paths” movie.


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“The Cold Light of Day”

Directed by: Mabrouk El Mechri

Starring: Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Echegui, Roschoy Zem, Oscar Jaenada, Joseph Mawle

I’m not impressed by this one. Our next Superman to be stars as the son of a secret agent who stole something, and now he goes all Bourne to save the day. I smell a shitty movie. Sorry, just sayin’.

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September 14th

“Resident Evil: Retribution”

Directed by: W. S. Anderson

Starring: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Colin Salmon, Boris Kodjoe, Michelle Rodriguez, Shawn Roberts, Johann Urb, Kevin Durand, Li Bingbing

Would you believe I’ve never seen a “Resident Evil” movie? I hope you would, I think it’s a sign of discerning tastes! LOL. Anyways, blogging will probably drive me to this series for the first time, just like it did with “Underworld: Awakening”.

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“The Master”

Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson

Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Jesse Plemons, David Warshofsky, Amy Adams, Rami Malek, Ambyr Childers

The Weinsteins are going to get an angry letter if this doesn’t open near me. Paul Thomas Anderson returns, and his distinctive genius is all over the trailers I’ve seen. Add in a remarkable cast, and I couldn’t be more excited (unless it’s “Skyfall”) LOL

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September 21st

“Dredd”

Directed by: Pete Travis

Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey

“Dread” is right. LOL

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“End of Watch”

Directed by: David Ayer

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Pena, Anna Kendrick, Frank Grillo, America Ferrera, Cody Horn

There’s some potential here, I think. Gyllenhaal and Pena could elevate this movie into a solid cop/drug war thriller. Not so high on the found footage/shaky cam combo styling I’m picking up from the trailer, but if the movie is good, I can get past it.

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“House at the End of the Street”

Directed by: Mark Tonderai

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Shue, Max Thieriot, Gil Bellows

I can’t shake the “Silent House” vibe I’m getting from this movie. I think it’s the tank top. Anyways, there’s a house where something bad happened and then there’s lots of screaming and hiding and running and stuff. Oh, and a backwards gimmick. Hmmm…

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“Trouble with the Curve”

Directed by: Robert Lorenz

Starring: Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Matthew Lillard, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Robert Patrick, Scott Eastwood, Matt Bush

Clint. Why was “Gran Torino” not your final film as an actor? I know you love acting, but did you not see the perfection of it? *sigh* Anyways, he’s a baseball scout with a plucky daughter who flirts with Justin Timberlake!

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“The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

Directed by: Stephen Chbosky

Starring: Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Mae Whitman, Nina Dobrev, Johnny Simmons, Dylan McDermott, Paul Rudd

“Indy Fare”, but it looks cool enough to me. Usually not my cup of tea, but it’ll be interesting to see if Emma Watson can spread her wings post-Potter. The odds of the Potter kids having a “D’ffrent Strokes”-esque cast meltdown seem slimmer each day.

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September 28th

“Hotel Transylvania”

Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky

Starring: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, David Spade, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, Jon Lovitz, Cee Lo Green

Ok, until a couple of weeks ago, I was completely out on this. Looks dumb, plus it’s saddled with Sandler. Then Tanski point out to me that Tartakovsky directed “Samurai Jack”. So I think this stands half a chance now, cause “Samurai Jack” was AWESOME.

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“Looper”

Directed by: Rian Johnson

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Jeff Daniels, Piper Perabo

Ok.

JGL + Bruce Willis + Rian Johnson + Time Travel + Assassins = Awesome * ∞

That’s math, right there, people.

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“Won’t Back Down”

Directed by: Daniel Barnz

Starring: Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holly Hunter, Ving Rhames, Rosie Perez

This year’s entrant into the “Stand and Deliver” memorial “We CAN change this SCHOOL!” genre. It has potential, I wont deny it. Both of these ladies can act, so as long as the script doesn’t get too preachy or anything, it can wind up a winner.

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Well. There you have it folks! Part I of the 2012 Fall Movie Preview! Part II will post up tomorrow, and take us right through to the beginning of November.

In the meantime, let’s hear it, you know how this works!! Which movies here interest you? Think any of them look stupid? Let ‘em have it! Are there any of them that really look awesome ? I don’t know… maybe… Looper? LOL :D Let’s hear it, what do you think of this crop of flicks?!

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59 thoughts on “The 2012 Fall Movie Preview – Part I

      • There is not 1 film of his that I haven’t absolutely loved. He crafts such original stories and gets the best acting out of his casts. I truly stand behind the sentiment that he is this generations Kubrick

  1. The Master The Master The Master The Master

    I mean seriously, The Master looks great. It might even be my most anticipated film of the year, beating out Django Unchained by a hair. Yeah, if it’s not released in my area, some heads are gonna roll.

    I’m also stoked for Lawless, Trouble with the Curve and Looper look to have potential too.

    • Tough call for me on the most anticipated. This might not even win most Anticipated of the fall, for me… “Killing them Softly” might take that crown.

      For the year? Maybe the Hobbit, maybe Django… OH WAIT!!

      SKYFALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL… LOL :D

      • Killing Them Softly is up there too, and of course Skyfall and Django. As for The Hobbit, well, I’m looking forward to it, but I’m not excited like I was for the LOTR trilogy.

  2. Bet you had fun formatting all that lot together! Good work! I’m looking forward to The Master, Lawless and, strangely, Premium Rush. I’m also interested to see what they do with Perks of Being a Wallflower as the book is quite a bit darker than the film looks from the trailer.

    • Heh heh. The pain of formatting is offset by it being easy to write. Just hit a blurb for each and you’re all set. ;)

      I dont know what to say about Lawless. I am totally unamused at this point, gotta say. :(

  3. Premium Rush with JGL looks like a big winner.

    Lawless
    With star packed cast and Weinsteins behind production, I may have to watch this in the theater.

    The Master
    It looks engrossing and like a must see.

    Trouble with the Curve
    This one really excites me as the sleeper September baseball film a la Moneyball with a twist of coy love story. I really dig that Eastwood is still in front of the camera. Yes, it would have been poetic to have Torino as his last film; but I’m glad it wasn’t.

    Looper
    Looper with JGL, Willis, Blunt, Dano, Daniels and the like should be great especially with Rian Johnson at the helm. I still have to check out his earlier JGL project Brick which I’ve read was a good, stylized film.

    Won’t Back Down could indeed be a winner; great cast, ambitious story.

    • I am afraid of Premium Rush right now due to the fact it hasn’t been screened. It releases Friday and yet there’s no Rotten Tomatoes score yet. That’s a sure sign the studio doesn’t have confidence in it. Also was always curios as to why they released way at the end of August….

      You’re right, the Weinsteins should have an influence on Lawless, that might help. I’m not too amped up right now for that one.

      Mnm. We’ll see on “Curve”. If it’s really good, I’ll recant my Gran Torino comment. If not, I stand by it at this point.

      Brick is great, S. DEFINITELY give it a look see. Thats a lot of fun!

  4. Premium Rush and Looper looks really interesting. I’m intrigued by how Perks of being a Wallflower will be since it’ll show how Emma Watson is as an actress on her own and not in HP series. Hotel Transylvania seems to have funny moments but not really hyped up.

    Now Resident Evil: Retribution is a different story. I just recently watched all of them this summer and the ones by Paul W.S. Anderson (all except 2 and 3), you can tell have a whole different tone and style. I enjoyed those quite a bit, was entertaining. So this one seems pretty cool to me especially since he’s directing it also.

    • Realllly? Ok…. maybe it wont be tooooo bad then. LOL. I may check those out prior to seeing this one. Depends on how the schedule works out. But as of this point I have NOT seen a Resident Evil movie at all.

      I think Watson in “Perks” is probably the big selling point, too, Kim.

      “Not really hyped up” is a super polite way of putting MY current state of mind on Hotel Transylvania. LOL. :D

    • As a joke, of course. LOL

      Well, go ahead man, I dont have copyright on it. Lots of sites do trailer threads. T @ The Focused Filmographer and 3 Guys both do one each week, so…

      Knock yourself out man! :D

      • thanks for the mention. I, too, was wondering about the original trailer but I figured that you used it because you prefer the original over anything you had seen in the new one. Glad to read these comments and see I was right! :)

  5. Henryyyyyy!!! Um, er sorry Fogs, I just love seeing him in that Cold Light of Day poster. So yeah I’m excited for that one and also Lawless and Looper, man two Bruce Willis movies this Fall, and that’s not counting Expendables 2, that man is busy!!

    Btw, gorgeous Fall pic there man!

    • Thanks! I took some time and tried to search out a nice one… :D

      Meanwhile though, I gotta call it like I see it, I know you’re a fan of Henry Cavill… but Cold Light of Day looks bad. Real bad. Setting off my “Stinker” alarm, big time. :(

      • Yeah probably, but I like Henry and Bruce, plus Sigourney Weaver so I think it’d still be worth seeing just for them.

  6. That’s a fair bit to look forward to.

    Cold Light of Day absolutely tanked here. Such scathing reviews. I was almost tempted to see it just to see Cavill pre-Supes, but the reviews were just too heinous.

    Looper’s my next big film I’m looking forward to. So, very MUCH. Rian Johnson and JGL! Worked brilliantly with Brick. I expect the same brilliance here.

    Lawless – yes.. why does Shia the beef get the lead billing? Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain, Gary Oldman.. there’s so much good right there!

    Premium Rush looks like fun too. I’m getting my JGL quota in :D

    • Boom. I knew it. That Cold Light of Day trailer looks terrible, I knew the movie would stink. :( Check out Showtimes “The Tudors” if you want to see Cavill…

      Looper has me pretty psyched too Jaina. No doubt. I expect good things, as well.

      LOLLLL!!! “Shia the Beef”… I just… cant support that guy. I dont know how he is where he is. One day he’ll do a good job and it will shock the hell out of me. :D

      • I remember, one day in the long gone past, I didn’t mind Shia. I think it might have been post Transformers where he mutated into whatever he is now. I could handle him in the first Transformers film. That was it though.

        I always meant to check out The Tudors but never got around to it. Maybe if it gets a repeat showing over here. Fingers crossed.

        Where have all the good horror movies gone? Seriously… I am waiting for a good gets-me-scared-sitting-at-home-on-my-own horror film.

      • I know I’ll end up watching Paranormal Activity 4. I’ve seen 1-3, and can’t stop now. I was looking forward to the next REC film (Those crazy Spaniards usually do such good horror.) but REC Genesis just doesn’t look all that great.

        I think Drag Me To Hell was the last horror film that I LOVED. But then… it wasn’t a pure horror film. I need something that makes me jump out of my skin! Even if that’s actually quite hard….

  7. A lot of great stuff here Fogs. I love your preview posts. 2012 has been a VERY good year for movies.

    oh, and fyi, I saw Hit and Run last night. I know you’re going to see it, but have low expectations. that’s all I’ll say here. I am working on my review right now. Hope to have it posted shortly.

  8. I look forward to Looper, and I’ve seen the trailers for Premium Rush and don’t have high hopes for it! Some of the others get my attention but none that piqued a real interest.

    • Wow. Not liking the look of the Premium Rush trailers, huh? I thought they were pretty good!

      Unfortunately, I’m beginning to suspect that it’s not going to be good. :(

      Looper, though. :D That still looks awesome! I hope its as good as I think it will be. Glad to hear thats on your radar too.

  9. Great writeup, man. Always enjoy your previews. As for the films, there’s nothing too exciting here except for The Master, which was fantastic. Will keep an eye on Premium Rush, Lawless and Looper, but I don’t have high expectations for any of them.

    • LOL. Still jealous as hell you’ve seen “The Master” already, buddy. I feel relieved knowing that it’s good though. :D

      Anyways, thanks! These are a fun change of pace now an then a couple of times a year… tune back in tomorrow for Part II!

  10. I want a decent Judge Dredd movie, because I’ve beena fan of the character from a very young age (2000AD reader), but the involvement of Alex Garland is a red flag.

    • So…. the Stallone version didn’t do it for you Dave?
      :D LOL. I do not have high hopes for this one. That trailer looks awful.

      I have no attachment to the character through the comics, but I can empathize… hope it turns out decent for your sake.

      • It looks better than the Danny Cannon/Stallone vehicle from the 90s, but that isn’t saying much. Frankly, you need a combination of a near-$200 million budget, a writer and director who know and love the character, a subversive and darkly humorous tone, and a studio willing to keep the fuck out of it and allow it to be a hard R, in order for a decent Judge Dredd film to be made. That’s a combination that’s sadly impossible, I’m afraid.

  11. Still a lot of great releases. I’m pissed I wasn’t able to make it to the Music Box for the 70mm screening of The Master. There’s a theater that has a 70mm projector closer to me, so I REALLY hope they release that print as more than a one-night-only type thing.

  12. A lot of movies that I look forward to seeing on HBO/streaming on Netflix. Not much I need to see in the theater. Interested in “Trouble With The Curve” because, Hey Baseball! The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my wife’s favorite young adult books, so I may end up seeing that.

    • Hey, Baseball!! + Clint Eastwood = yeah, ok, I’m in. But… somehow, hopes still arent high for that one, unfortunately.

      I know you dont get out to the theatre mugh for the ol’ grownups movies, but I’d say Killin’ Em Softly and Argo look pretty good for when you do… no?

  13. In the August/September batch, there really isn’t much leaping out at me here as having significant potential. Looper is the only “definite” on my list. Lawless might be OK, but it could just as easily turn out bad.

    Premium Rush might be all right, but it could easily turn out stupid, even with JGL involved (big year for him, isn’t it?). Of course, I’ve had just a teensy bit of trouble taking it seriously from the beginning; keep getting reminded of this cheesy-fun 1980s Kevin Bacon movie, Quicksilver. :D

    The Cold Light of Day looks like it has an OK premise, and some decent actors, but like you, I’m not really feeling a strong movie there. Hate to say it, but just from the trailer, it’s looking like Cavill is the weak point — he is really not convincing me there. Feeling big doubts about Man of Steel now.

    End of Day… nah. Not feeling it. This looks like one of those all-style, no substance cop movies they put out every other year, nothing more. I’m going to say below 40% on RT upon release.

    The Apparition looks silly… “I didn’t want to tell you about it, because if you believe in it, you die.” So how the hell is he alive? Furthermore, if he’s not telling people, how do other people find out about it to believe in it and then die? Dumb premise. Dumb premise = dumb movie.

    Kind of thought Hotel Transylvania might be OK until I learned virtually all the characters are being voiced by Adam Sandler’s usual no-talent cronies. It’ll be a stinker. Pretty sure of it.

    Hoping Part II has some better stuff…

    • LOL @ the Quicksilver mention.

      I’m really nervous about the “Man of Steel”, too. A lot of that has to do with being gunshy after “Returns”, but I’m not wowed by the trailer, either. I wouldnt get too worried about Cavill, even if “Cold” turns out to be a steaming pile. They’re not necessarily connected, you know?

      LOL at your comments about the Apparition, too, man. :D I’m gonna keep that in mind when I go check it out! LOL

      Yeah, not psyched about “Transylvania”. The director having done Samurai Jack is a strong selling point though, that show was awesome. :D

      • Never saw Samurai Jack, might have to check it out sometime.

        Meanwhile on Cavill and “Cold”… yeah, I know it doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but just from the trailer, it’s Cavill who is leaving me cold there. The other actors seem to be doing all right with the teensy bit we’re seeing, and he really doesn’t.

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  15. Incidentally, you’ve got the wrong trailer under the Dredd preview. That’s the old Stallone one from the 90s, Judge Dredd, not the new one with Karl Urban.

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