The 2012 Fall Movie Preview – Part II

Ok folks, here we go. Part II of the 2012 Fall Movie Preview. Today we’ll break down all the major releases on tap for the month of October, and the first week of November!

As you might imagine, it’s a diverse bunch. There are some ahead that look intriguing, and some that might as well be announcing that they’re garbage already, LOL. Let’s have a look and see if we can’t sort out what’s what!!

October 5th


Directed by: Tim Burton

Starring: Winona Ryder, Martin Landau, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron, Conchata Ferrell

I wasn’t very high on this until Comic-Con. I got to see more of it, plus the great exhibit they set up. Now I believe this has a chance to convey the patented Tim Burton sensibilities while paying a loving homage to the Universal Monster films.


“Pitch Perfect”

Directed by: Jason Moore

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Adam DeVine, Alexis Knapp, Brittany Snow, Freddie Stroma

Personally, I’m getting pretty tired of “singing” movies. They’re not even musicals, they just… sing. That said, Anna Kendrick has earned my attention, and I wouldn’t be overly surprised if they turned this movie into something enjoyable to watch.



Directed by: Scott Derrickson

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, James Ransone, Fred Dalton Thompson, Nicholas King, Clare Foley, Victoria Leigh, Juliet Rylance, Michael Hall D’Addario

This looks pretty laughable at first glance.

Did they say the demon’s name was Bagul? 😀 We’ll see, maybe it can be scary, I dunno.

“Taken 2”

Directed by: Olivier Megaton

Starring: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Rade Sherbedgia, Luke Grimes, Luenell

I don’t know who you are but I will find you and I will kill you.



“The Oranges”

Directed by: Julian Farino

Starring: Hugh Laurie, Leighton Meester, Catherine Keener, Adam Brody, Alia Shawkat, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney

The trailer looks mildly amusing, and the cast has people in it I like from other projects. I’m seeing its targeted for a limited release, so I’m not certain I’ll get to see it in theatres, but I do have some interest in checking it out.


“The Paperboy”

Directed by: Lee Daniels

Starring: Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack, David Oyelowo

The cast is great. I also like the style the trailer is flashing. This could be an excellent flick.

I know I’d love to see McConaughey, Kidman, and Cusack have an awesome movie together…


October 12th


Directed by: Ben Affleck

Starring: Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kerry Bishe, Kyle Chandler, Rory Cochrane, Tate Donovan, Victor Garber

Ok. “The Town” was great, “Gone Baby Gone” was great. This trailer looks great.

I am therefore not unreasonable for hoping that this will be great.


“Here Comes the Boom”

Directed by: Frank Coraci

Starring: Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler, Joe Rogan

Oh for the love of God. Here’s what I want to see: This teacher who thinks he can fight decides to go into the octagon in order to earn some money for his school and then he suffers a fractured jaw, a dislocated shoulder and a severe concussion. Who’s with me?


“Seven Psychopaths”

Directed by: Martin McDonagh

Starring: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Olga Kurylenko, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Gabourey Sidibe

😀 Read that “Starring” blurb again and tell me how this wont be freaking hysterical. LOL. I’m definitely looking forward to this! Cmon! How could I not be?! 😀


“3,2,1… Frankie Go Boom”

Directed by: Jordan Roberts

Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Chris O’Dowd, Lizzy Caplan, Nora Dunn, Whitney Cummings, Ron Perlman, Chris Noth

I’m not sure if this movie can be as funny as the trailer looks. I suspect they grabbed all the funniest parts. But I’ll keep an open mind, because that trailer did give me a chuckle.


“Nobody Walks”

Directed by: Ry Russo-Young

Starring: John Krasinski, Olivia Thrilby, Rosemarie DeWitt, India Ennenga, Justin Kirk

“Nobody Goes”

LOL, just kidding. This’ll be limited, and hopefully it’ll be decent.


October 19

“Alex Cross”

Directed by: Rob Cohen

Starring: Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Rachel Nichols, Edward Burns, Jean Reno, Giancarlo Esposito

Wow. This and “Cold Light of Day” are slugging it out for worst trailer, for me. Matthew Fox looks ridiculous.

Whatever. I’ll enjoy watching this and mentally ragging on it in a Terry O’Quinn voice. 😀


“Killing Them Softly”

Directed by: Andrew Dominik

Starring: Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta

How bad ass is that trailer? Even given the fact that Johnny Cash multiplies a trailer’s Bad Ass Coefficient by a factor of five. I can’t wait to see this, I just hope it delivers on its lofty promises!


“Paranormal Activity 4”

Directed by: Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost

Starring: Katie Featherston, Brady Allen

Ok. I liked #1 a LOT. I think a lot of people do. I liked #2 well enough… and #3 was surprisingly good.

But I cringe at the thought of another one of these. Can these please stop now?


October 26

“The Big Wedding”

Directed by: Justin Zackham

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Robert De Niro, Katherine Heigl, Robin Williams, Topher Grace, Susan Sarandon, Ben Barnes, Diane Keaton

Ugh. There’s a lot of talent on this cast. It’s quite a collection. But the premise seems dumb. I hate these “Perpetuate a stupid lie for the sake of a woman/man/parent” movies. And this doesn’t look as if it will change my mind.


“Chasing Mavericks”

Directed by: Curtis Hanson

Starring: Gerard Butler, Leven Rambin, Jonny Weston, Abigail Spencer, Elisabeth Shue, Scott Eastwood

I’m not expecting much here. But this could be a surprising flick, I like the surfing element, and Gerard Butler looks like he’s giving this part his all. I’ll give it a shot, let’s see how it turns out!


“Cloud Atlas”

Directed by: Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski

Starring: Tom Hanks, Hugh Grant, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Ben Whishaw, Susan Sarandon

This movie has a very, very narrow “Middle Ground”. It’s so high concept that it either needs to be excellent, or it will suck. Past lives, fate, destiny… those are pretty intense concepts, “Cloud Atlas” needs to be high quality in order to do them justice.


“Fun Size”

Directed by: Josh Schwartz

Starring: Victoria Justice, Thomas Mann, Thomas McDonell, Thomas Middleditch, Chelsea Handler, Johnny Knoxville, Jane Levy, Josh Pence, Ana Gasteyer

I dunno. I’m not the target audience here. I AM a fan of child endangerment in film though and there looks like there’s some of that here. Hope Spidey gets wasted! 😀


“Silent Hill: Revelation 3D”

Directed by: Michael J. Bassett

Starring: Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Deborah Kara Unger, Carrie-Anne Moss, Malcolm McDowell

I allegedly know a movie blogger who left Hall H and skipped this Comic-Con panel to go get fish tacos. In his defense, I’m told they were delicious. Sean Bean wasn’t in attendance, so he has no regrets.


November 2


Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Denzel Washington, Kelly Reilly, Don Cheadle, John Goodman, Melissa Leo, James Badge Dale

Ok, the trailers for this are very well done, and how good is it going to be to see Denzel Washington in a movie where he really acts again instead of all this action movie stuff? I’m solidly in on this one at this point.


“The Man with the Iron Fists”

Directed by: RZA

Starring: Russell Crowe, RZA, Lucy Liu, Rick Yune, Jamie Chung, Cung Le, Dave Bautista, Byron Mann, Daniel Wu, Pam Grier

This looks TOO “RZA” for me. I dunno. Maybe… but… I’m not feeling anything but style overload here. Could just be me. I think it thinks it’s so cool that it actually becomes uncool. Did that make sense?


“Wreck-It Ralph”

Directed by: Rich Moore

Starring: John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman, Alan Tudyk

Can’t wait for this one. I grew up playing the games they’re referencing, I like the cast, I think the trailers have been great, I liked the two or three scenes they showed at Comic-Con. My quarters are on the glass screen. I’m playin’ next. 😉


So there you have it folks! The 2012 Fall Movie Preview! The next weekend is the weekend of November 9th, when some… James Bond movie or something opens up. Seemed as good a point as any to leave off.


What do you think? There’s gonna be some great ones in between now and the Holidays, you know there will be… which of these will it be? Will it be the expected ones like “Killin’ Them Softly” and “Seven Psychopaths” or will we get a surprise movie stepping up like “Chasing Mavericks” or “The Paperboy”? Some of them look really pretty bad already… do any of them look like stinkers to you? Let’s hear it! Which of these are you looking forward to seeing? Any of these you couldn’t be dragged dead to? 😀 Let us know in the comments below!


50 thoughts on “The 2012 Fall Movie Preview – Part II

  1. Paranormal Activity 4 is on the list, but no mention of V/H/S!?!

    Seriously, saw the movie at an advanced screening in July, and it will likely be somewhere near the top of my top 5 at the end of the year. Really horrifying movie, releases in October.

    (Red-band trailer, NSFW)

  2. Wreck it Ralph and Frankenweenie is the ones I’m most looking forward to. I always want to have hope for Tim Burton.

    Extremely interested by Seven Psychopaths. Christopher Walken is in it..what more can I say? Argo seems to have a pretty interesting plot also.

    The Oranges, The Big Wedding, Chasing Mavericks all look cool to me. The Big Wedding has an amazing cast! Chasing Mavericks has Gerard Butler so I’m in.

    Absolute no is The Man with Iron Fists.

    • Yeah, me too Kim. I like Tim a lot. He’s had his misses, but the hits that he’s have a very near and dear to me, so I’m always gonna be rooting for him.

      I have solid hopes for Frankenweenie. I think the trailers have done a poor job. The Comic-Con stuff looked way better than what I had seen previously from the marketing, so… let’s hope, right?

      I’m tellin’ you, who could resist that Seven Psychopaths cast!! Right? Walken, and Woody Harrelson? Plus Sam Rockwell! Cmon! 😀

      Glad you’re with me on “Iron Fists”. I mean, its only a trailer, so we could be wrong, but…. wow. Looks… bad, to me. 😦

  3. Great list! Gotta say I’m looking forward to Killing Them Softly, the cast looks awesome. I’m looking forward to seeing Denzel in something a bit more intellectual and The Flights soundtrack sounds like it will be deeeecent. The preview for Cloud Atlas is pretty mindblowing so I want to see if it will live up to the hype. Argo looks intriguing (whoo Canada reference!) and I really enjoyed The Town so Ill give Affleck the benefit of a doubt this time. Also, I’m planning to check out Frankenweenie, looks cute.

    • Thanks Meredith. Yup. Killing them Softly has an awesome vibe about it, I cant wait to check it out. That Flight soundtrack does seem cool, doesn’t it? Hope the movie has awesome tunes all the way through. Speaking of, I love how they use “Dream On” in that “Argo” trailer. Pretty sweet! And gives me hope that it’ll be as good as I think it will. The Town was great… if you havent seen Gone Baby Gone I HIGHLY recommend that one too!

  4. Tom Tykwer’s films have been interesting and challenging. I am a huge fan of “Perfume” although I know no one else who has seen it. “Cloud Atlas” gives me thrills thinking about it. Time travel is the greatest of all movie conventions. But–the trailer is over 5 minutes long. I smell a problem.
    “The Big Wedding” needs to be burned at the altar. I’m sick of stale, trite rom-coms. Any time I feel I’ve seen the entire movie in a 2 minute trailer, is 2 minutes too many wasted on this flik. I’m already tired of the TV ads for this that I haven’t seen yet. Spare me!

    • Yeah, “The Big Wedding” does look awful, doesn’t it?

      I’m still unsure about Cloud Atlas. I dont much trust the Wachowskis, either.

      As you said. The premise is about as lofty as they come. We’ll see if they can put together a movie that backs that up, or whether they just put out a bloated, treacle filled mess. LOL

  5. Argo, Flight, & Wreck It Ralph should be good. The rest I don’t know.
    Chasing Mavericks has potential – a Mr. Miagi meets Endless Summer vibe; nice.

    • Yeah, exactly… that’s the vibe I’m getting off of “Mavericks” as well. Hopefully it’ll deliver on the upside.

      I have hopes for the other three as well. We’ll see, law of averages says they’re not ALL gonna be good.

  6. I am excited about Frankenweenie, Killing them Softly and Cloud Atlas overall fall looks sort of meh… Waiting for The Hobbit and Django this winter 😉

    • Yeah, I’ll do a Holiday season one of the things closer to the start, eventually… Django and The Hobbit are obviously two big ones that I’m psyched for, too.

      I dont know where to stand on “Cloud Atlas”. It could suck, it could be awesome…. I have no idea at this point. 😦

  7. My Dad had an option on “Argo” a few years back. I didn’t know someone else had it and made it now. The Script I read was intended as a broad “MASH” type comedy, but wasn’t really funny enough (IMO it was also fairly racist). It’s odd that they kept the title. The joke the title is based on (No spoiler) wasn’t that good to begin with. They got some good actors there for this though.

    • Have you watched the trailer? It’s miles away from being a comedy…. if we’re talking about the same concept, something has radically changed.

      Maybe the actual script involved in the actual event was called “Argo” and it was based on a real script that kept kicking around or something?

      Or perhaps its just two with the same name, I’m not sure.

      • I sent my Dad a link to the trailer and asked if he was aware of it. His Response:
        “Yeah, I know about it. I’ve been trying to get a copy of the script tp see if anything from ours shows up in theirs, but I guess I can just go to the movie now to find out. It’s from Geo. Clooney’s production co. and we sent them a script a couple of years ago but I don’t really think they stole anything. Just another fish that got away. Drat.”

  8. OK, the second part of the season has a lot more potential than the first. Argo is looking great. I’m thinking big hit, Oscar nominee. Flight has a lot of potential as well.

    Seven Psychopaths got me to laugh a few times during the trailer. Looks like fun.

    So… Here Comes the Boom and 3,2,1, Frankie Go Boom come out the same weekend? Yeah, that won’t cause any confusion at the ticket booth…. Good thing I have no interest in seeing either of them.

    Alex Cross.. yeah, not really impressing me either.

    Killing Them Softly might be pretty good. Certainly has some good people in it.

    Cloud Atlas… wasn’t expecting much on this, but then that trailer took a sharp left in the middle, didn’t it? Looks intriguing, I’ll probably check it out.

    Looking forward to Wreck-It Ralph; I was initially kind of against it when I first heard about it (you might remember me griping about Disney getting away from the kinds of stories that made them big), but when I saw the trailer a few months ago, it really won me over. You can tell there’s a lot of love for the old 8-bit video games there, and it looks like a lot of fun.

    • I hope Argo delivers on that promise, man, cause you’re right, it looks really sick.

      Another good point. Two “Boom” movies are two too many. LOL.

      On Wreck it Ralph, I’m pretty psyched actually. I do love the 8 bit videogames, so its playing to my nostalgia. But I also love John C Reilly, I think he’s hysterical. So this stands a really good chance of being fun and funny, too. That “Bad Guys Anonymous” meeting was a brilliant idea. I just wonder what else they might be able to come up with, you know? I’m high on this one, really am.

  9. Argo – a film with that level of talent in it can’t be anything but staggeringly brilliant. I’m with you on Gone Baby Gone and The Town. This has to follow suit.

    Cloud Atlas trailer leaves me entirely confused. Watching it for a second time doesn’t help. Like you said, it could be totally amazing, or just a mess. At the moment, I’m on the side of the fence that says it’s a mess.

    Seven Psychopaths looks brilliant! Like Argo, it’s the cast list there that has me excited. Oh and that it’s from the dude that gave us In Bruges. Love that crazy film.

    Flight has me excited. Robert Zemeckis’ first live action film in a while and it’s got added Denzel doing proper acting and shit? Love it.

    Wreck-It Ralph looks like fun. It wasn’t on my radar until I saw the trailer and all the all too familiar video game characters. That was my childhood!

    Paranormal Activity 4 I will end up watching. I know. I’ve seen the last 3. I don’t think they’ve gotten much better. The third one was ok. Gave us a bit of a different “twist” but eh. They’re lucky that there’s an improvement in technology for communicating with one another that they can shove into their films. Paranormal Activity, brought to you with Face Time! Next we’ll be stalking the ghosts on Google’s Street View.

    • Boom. right? On Argo, how can that NOT be awesome? The pedigree is there, the cast is there, the story sounds great, the trailer is cool? All systems are go, Jaina. It’s gonna kick ass! 😀

      I should put up a poll before Cloud Atlas: Masterpiece or mess? LOL. I’d vote mess, too. 😦

      In Bruges is fantastic isn’t it? I have to watch it again, its been too long.

      LOL at your Paranormal Activity analysis, there. Insightful and biting commentary! 😀 God. I only hope they DO do something creative with it. If I have to sit through another 45 minutes of watching dark rooms being recorded at night, waiting for the ghost to come, I’m gonna scream. And not the way they want me to. LOL!

      • I have to admit I do get a kick out of one thing with those Paranormal Activity films – watching them in the cinema. Sitting, surrounded by people who are just utterly terrified. I crack up laughing by how terrified they are!

        Is Killer Joe not on your horizon?

      • Dunno. Don’t know what the release strategy is on that one! Didn’t see it when I was going through… Must’ve been an oversight.

        Love McConaughey though, so I definitely am looking forward to it!

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  11. I share your doubts regarding Cloud Atlas. I read the book this year and, quite frankly, Tom Hanks is frightfully miscast as Zachry (the primitive looking character in rags) who was essentially a boy in his late teens in the original novel, his youth being a not insignificant part of his story.
    There is some stuff in there that could work very well, however, the futuristic sections done by the Wachowskis. That’s the kind of material they have a proven (albeit uneven) track record with.

    • We’ll see…

      Casting Hanks gives it a certain air of self-importance. On top of the already kind of… “weighty” way they’re treating the high concept.

      I think the big risk is that it drowns in its own scope and ambition.

      • On the other hand, if you’ll allow me to be uncharacteristically “glass-half-full” for a moment, Cloud Atlas could be a very original and incredible mainstream movie experience if done correctly.

  12. I’m thrilled there are still tons of great movies to look forward to, Fogs. Argo’s trailer looks very intriguing, and so is Cloud Atlas but I hear ya, seems overly ambitious.

    I like what you said about Chasing Mavericks and GB, I do hope people don’t just automatically brush that one off.

    • LOL!! 😀

      How did I know you’d be looking forward to that one Ruth?

      Hey. It’s true. It has a shot. I’ll say this, from the trailer, “GB” looks as though he’s giving the role everything he’s got, so, good on him! Let’s see how it turns out.

      • Ahah, well of course. Well he gave his all to that Machine Gun Preacher movie that nobody saw 😦 NO wonder he went back to action flicks now, but he’s definitely a versatile actor.

        Btw, another Skyfall countdown post is up Fogs, be sure to let us know your picks on the Bond girls 😀

  13. Wow, I’m interested in quite a few of these. Some of those indie flicks look enticing: Nobody Walks, 3..2..1 Frankie Goes Boom (though that is a godawful title) and even The Oranges. Seven Psychopaths is a must see simply because it has Christopher Walken AND Tom Waits in it. Never thought I would see that pairing. And of course, Killing Them Softly should be good.

    Cool, you’ve got me pumped up. This is looking much better than what we got over the summer.

    • Yeah, you know? I have to say, I thik on the whole, the summer was lackluster. There were a lot of good flicks, but no great ones.

      It speaks well to the rest of the year I think, because my top ten is still wide open, but you know every year you’re going to get more really good movies than that. I’d add in Argo to your list above, even.

      3.2.1 looks interesting, it COULD be good. Or it could just be a really good trailer for a lame movie. LOL

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