Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

Posted: January 2, 2012 by Micah in Randomnicity
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So looking at the site numbers for the last week it really turns out that we did just about the same amount of business last week as we do weeks when I actually post something! So I’m not posting anymore. Although… I have to post to post that I’m not posting anymore so I guess I might as well post about something….. I think.

Happy 2012 everyone! I had some great holiday days filled with family and friends and time with my girlfriend and the loss of hearing in my right ear (yes this actually happened… and continues to be happening). And now here I am sitting in front of my computer gazing into the massive real of stuff that I could write about. But at this festive time of year full of… fests… I guess. What better way to welcome in the new year then with:

The Top Ten Most Anticipated Movies of 2012 

Number 10: The “Sort of excited about but not sure” list. Or (as it’s more popularly known) “I couldn’t limit the list to ten” Anyway here’s a list of this category.

      The Raven: Probably will be a good movie featuring John Cusack (an underrated but very talented actor) playing Edgar Allen Poe as he tries to hunt down a murderer who uses Poe’s short stories as the inspiration for his killings. I would be more excited for this if the cast (aside from Cusack) wasn’t comprised of B list actors who have definitely never read Poe.

     Taken 2: Yes it’s the sequel to one of my favorite movies and yes it does star one of my favorite actors but… I don’t know… this didn’t feel like a movie that really needed a sequel. It was an amazingly awesome slice of cinematic chocolate cake but… I’m not sure seconds are really called for. If the movie turns out to be awesome then great, but I wouldn’t be overly surprised if it wasn’t.

     Les Miserables: Yup… this movie is here. Hugh Jackmen, Helen Bonham Carter, and Russel Crowe might actually make me sit through a musical without making me want to stuff my ears with movie popcorn… maybe.

      Skyfall: The latest in the James Bond series will still star Daniel CraigAND will feature Javier Bardem as it’s main villain. Yes, I’m interested, no I don’t really have very high expectations for it.

Number 9: The Bourne Legacy

I’m a big fan of the Bourne series on the whole…. also a fan of being born… and the word borne… and Beorn from Lord of the rings… anyway, I liked Matt Damon in the originals, thought the idea was cool and the characters were well defined. The fourth movie in the series starts things off fresh with a new star (the increasingly cool Jeremy Renner) and a whole new storyline. No one’s really saying much about the plot of this newest installment but I’m interested enough to keep the movie on my radar anyway.

Number 8: Looper

Cool idea, cool cast, cool poster... I'm in.

An interesting sounding movie that features a cool plot, a solid director and a good cast led by Jospeh Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis. Basically what’s going down here is that Levitt plays a futuristic assassin who kills people and hides their his crime by launching the evidence into the past. He’s murdering his own happy way through dixie land when he runs into an older version of himself (played by Bruce Willis). A version of himself that had been launched back in time!! And let the drama ensue. Sounds interesting if nothing else and could be a cool idea. Granted I said the same thing about “In Time” a movie that came out this year and managed to be absolutely horrible but “Looper” has the extreme advantage of not having Amanda Seigfried in it.

Number 7: Snow White and the Huntsman

Feed the birds tupons a bag...

I got on this train after the first trailer for this movie came out and was awesome! And yes I have taken ridicule for it! Yes the commoners have laughed at me for backing a movie that features the cement laden face of Kristin Stewart. But ya know what internet? I’m sticking with it. I think a good director, a cool visual style, and the meaty frame of Chris Hemsworth (Thor) are enough to save a movie from Kristin Stewart’s one and only one expression. So there!

Number 6: The Grey

Liam Neeson: this years nominee for coolest thing ever.

Liam Neeson and a bunch of people who aren’t nearly as cool as Liam Neeson crash in some snowy place and have to survive the wilderness and some seriously ticked off wolves in order to make it back home. Or (to simplify things) Liam Neeson vs. Wolves. I’m watching this.

Number 5: The Avengers

Yes, this movie is only listed at number 5. Calm down comic book fans I have not deserted you. I really think this will be a great movie. I do. BUT it has the potential to be horrible. Yes it has a great cast (Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo etc.) and one of my favorite writers/directors (Josh Whedon) but it’s also an ensemble cast movie and those horrify me. Did you watch Fantastic Four? Do you remember the utter pile of putrid failure that was that movie? Do you? I do. And I have not recovered.

Number 4: Dark Shadows

Another Tim Burton movie!! I feel better about 2012 already!

Johnny Depp plays a vampire. Helen Bonham Carter plays a live at home psychiatrist. And Tim Burton directs another incredibly freaky but AWESOME movie. Honestly the only reason this isn’t higher on this list is because the last three movies are just that epic. Anytime Burton and Depp get together it makes something worth watching and adding in the crazy premise this movie is built on will only make things that much better.

Number 3: The Amazing Spider-man

Andrew Garfield is awesome and spiderman... are you?

I have literally comprised a 1500 plus word Thesis on why it’s okay for us to make a new Spiderman movie now. And nothing that The Amazing Spider-man has done so far has shaken me from the firm belief that this will be good for Spidey fans everywhere. Andrew Garfield (the new spider man) is brilliant and I think this movie will be dramatically different enough from the original Spider movies that even the most ardent fans of the old ones will have to admit that it was well worth the re-boot. Also someone has to free me from the nightmares I still have of Tobey Maguire crying while wearing a Spider-man suit… ew…

Number 2: The Hobbit

There's an actual poster for this movie now but it involves a not dragon. So... I used this one... for the dragon.

After YEARS of production halts and director switches The Hobbit movie is finally coming to town!! And I am excited. Sure the new trailer didn’t really feature any of the awesome climactic battle sequences that punctuated the original trilogy but the movie has almost an entire year before it actually hits theaters. A lot of orcs and horses and things left to be animated, I guarantee it. Unless I am completely wrong and have no business writing about movies (shut-up) this will be an awesome movie.

And finally in what is a surprise to exactly no one my most anticipated movie of 2012 is…

Number 1: Star Wars Episode 1 in 3D 

Cause the only thing better then watching a decent movie with an iffy script and one of the most annoying characters in the entire galaxy... is doing it in 3D.

Ba ha ha, no. Re-releasing a movie in 3D is like trying to sell me a candy bar wrapper without the candy bar inside!

For real number 1: The Dark Knight Rises.

Was there ever any doubt?

Yup. Look I realize I may be sorely disappointed by this movie. I realize that lightning is unlikely to strike a series twice and that the Batman trilogy has already produced one of the great movies of our generation but this is a top ten most anticipated list and if I can’t get excited about a movie like this then there is no reason at all for me to keep watching movies.

Well there you have it America…. or at least the very small percentage of America that reads this blog. Carry on into the new year knowing that it will be filled with singing Hugh Jackmens, falling Batmans, and (of course) Johnny Depp being insane.

  1. Weslee Thompson says:

    I think Avengers should be higher but all in all bro, good job.

  2. Micah says:

    Well thanks! Yeah Avengers is a tricky one for me! Not that I’m not excited about it but any movie with more then one or two main characters can get really dumb really fast. Juggling two bowling pins is fairly impressive, but while juggling six bowling pins is certainly more impressive it also ups the chance of you dropping said pins on your face. Which is not impressive. At all.

  3. What about the Hunger Games?? Where does that fall on your list? 🙂

  4. Micah says:

    Hunger Games I would slot in somewhere around number 11. I’m sure I would be more excited if I had read the books and really really wish I had read the books but… I haven’t. Still though looks like a good movie and I’m interested to see what all the hypes about but it’s more of a “I wonder what’s in this delightful pastry” sort of interest.

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