Posted January 9th 2012 by Frankie Aguilar.
Once again, Frankie aims to ferry his fellow nerds across a river of crappy movies and onto sparkling shores of geeky entertainment.
The Secret World of Arrietty
Release Date: February 17, 2012
Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Starring: Bridgit Mendler, David Henrie, Amy Poehler, Will Arnett
Why you gotta see it: I could really only say two things for you to know that you need to see this movie: Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki. Coming from the same award-winning production team that brought you Howl's Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke, Arrietty is Miyazaki's take on the classic Borrower's story. Little people living in houses borrowing little things we won't miss to live their own lives, and what happens when someone finally notices them. Expect this one to be fun and heart warming—another notch in the near-perfect record of Miyazaki. And if you haven't already, go watch Kiki's Delivery service right now, you're embarrassing yourself.
The Hunger Games
Release Date: March 23, 2012
Director: Gary Ross
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson
Why you gotta see it: I read the first book in the Hunger Games series a few years ago and I was actually quite impressed. In a world flooded with post-Twilight tweener dramas, I figured The Hunger Games was going to be more of the same lovey fantasy crap, and I was completely wrong. Katniss, the main character in the series, is a powerful protagonist and not in spite of her femininity. In fact she invokes these powers to her advantage instead of fighting against them. I'm excited to see how they pull this movie off considering that the titular Hunger Games pit teenagers from different districts scattered around the ruins of North America against each other in a last man standing situation. Trust me, you haven't seen this much legitimate girl power since Xena: Warrior Princess. Steam Punky, Post Apocalyptic, Fantastical, and featuring Lenny Kravitz? Why not.
Release Date: May 4, 2012
Director: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth
Why you gotta see it: AVENGERS ASSEMBLE! If you see this movie with me, please bring oxygen, because the first time Captain America says this, I'm liable to pass out. The Avengers has been Marvel's endgame since the weekend box office numbers came in from Iron Man in 2008. Five movies later, all the pieces are in place for what will be the blockbuster to end all blockbusters, and I'm not afraid to put that in print. Helmed by nerd messiah Joss Whedon, The Avengers comes in with a lot riding on it, quite possibly the key justifying Marvel's choice to take more control of their own IP's. Execution of all the different characters and the actors behind them is paramount, and at the very least, seeing all these titanic heroes on screen at once will be worth the price of admission. Every geek, regardless of your comic distribution preference, needs to see this movie. Whedon be praised.
Release Date: May 11, 2012
Director: Larry Charles
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris
Why you gotta see it: From the man that brought you Ali G Indahouse, Borat and the terribly awful but still marginally funny Bruno, comes Sacha Baron Cohen's latest comedy. Being the first movie not based on a character from his Ali G television show, The Dictator also won't follow the unscripted joke interview method of Borat and Bruno. It will however remain viciously satirical, poking fun mainly at the delusions of heroism that various dictators apply to themselves but also to Western responses to said dictators. Let's see who he pisses off this time.
Release Date: June 8, 2012
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba
Why you gotta see it: Prometheus is an addition to the Alien franchise in everything but name. The movie follows a crew of intrepid space travelers investigating the ruins of an ancient and advanced alien civilizations responsible not only for early human origins but also for the chest-splitting, acid-spitting aliens we've come to know and fear from the Alien series. Prometheus has definitely got me even more stoked for the summer and I can't wait for this return to the sci-fi thrillers. The type of atmosphere Ridley Scott is famous for creating paired with state of the art computer graphics makes Prometheus is a must-see.
Release Date: June 22, 2012
Director: Mark Andrews
Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson
Why you gotta see it: For starters, this is a Pixar movie, a company that has hit nothing but home runs up until Cars 2. Brave is headed up by Mark Andrews, the story supervisor of the vastly underrated The Incredibles. This film is the story of a young Scottish woman who bucks the traditions of the land and fights not only gender prejudices and age-old customs, but also dangerous and magical monsters to find the true meaning of bravery. Think Mulan, except there's no war or Eddie Murphy. And it looks incredible, which isn't surprising because, like I said before, THIS IS A PIXAR MOVIE.
The Dark Knight Rises
Release Date: July 20, 2012
Director: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy
Why you gotta see it: Let's be real here, people, are you not gonna see this? I can almost guarantee that every single person that reads this list will be seeing this film, probably at the midnight showing on July 19. This is the swan song in what is sure to go down as the best superhero series of all time. The villains this time around are the bruising terrorist Bane, and the flip-flopping bad guy/love interest in Catwoman, played by Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway respectively. Drawing on countless different Batman story arcs, it's gonna be interesting to see what Nolan does with his last Bat-film. And if Robin somehow gets shoehorned into this flick, even Dick Grayson, I'll resurrect Heath Ledger and set his zombie ass loose in Nolan's house.
The Amazing Spider-Man
Release Date: July 3, 2012
Director: Marc Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans
Why you gotta see it: Reboot! I really hope The Amazing Spider-Man will do for old web-head what X-Men: First Class did for the X-Series. A set of movies let down by its last installment, the spidey franchise was due for a makeover, and this time Andrew Garfield will be donning the Red and Blue. I'm still not to sure how I feel about the Lizard being the villain in this film, but sometimes you just have to cross your fingers and hope for the best. Early looks make this movie seem a bit surlier and brooding than the previous ones, but hopefully Peter Parker's trademark smart-ass attitude doesn't disappear. I honestly can't wait for a new take on our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, and Andrew Garfield already looks a more believable Peter Parker than Tobey Maguire ever did. And with geek-bait cameos lined up from both Stan Lee and Bruce Campbell, all I can say is Excelsior.
The Bourne Legacy
Release Date: August 3, 2012
Director: Tony Gilroy
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Joan Allen
Why you gotta see it: I'm interested in this one mostly because I really don't know jack about it. The Bourne Legacy is what some would call a sidequel, but most people would call it a spin-off. Legacy won't star Matt Damon, the man who made the series, and won't be directed by Paul Greengrass, who helmed the last two Bournes. Jeremy Renner will step into a role of Aaron Cross, possibly another agent from the Treadstone program with a similar skill set to Jason Bourne. I really liked all the Bourne movies; they're those types of movie that you'll see on TNT and get sucked into watching. If that same quality can be delivered with Legacy, I'm all in. I'm also interested to see Renner in his first headlining role since The Hurt Locker, which he was fantastic in. If only someone could just buy the Bourne camera team some steady cams...
Trailer: Not yet available
Release Date: October 5, 2012
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Charlie Tahan, Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Landau
Why you gotta see it: Tim Burton is finally bringing Frankenweenie, his fantastic 1984 short film, to the big screen and he's going back to his stop motion roots for the first time since Corpse Bride. And if you can believe it, Johnny Depp is nowhere to be found! Not that I have anything against Captain Jack, but all the same. What's really cool about Frankenweenie is that it'll be shot not only in stop motion, but in black and white as well. This grimly whimsical tale about a young boy bringing his dog back to life Frankenstein-style and the mayhem that ensues is poised to make you tear up, laugh, and be grossed all in one sitting. Classic Burton.
Trailer: Not yet available
Release Date: Fourth Quarter 2012
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones
Why you gotta see it: Abraham Lincoln is one of the greatest presidents in United States history and this movie aims to show the political and personal gauntlet he ran in the last few months of his life. Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Lincoln and his award-winning pedigree paired with the directorial presence of Steven Spielberg has me excited. And if there was a role crazy ass Sally Field was born to play, Lincoln's crazy ass wife might just be that role. I wouldn't expect honest Abe to drink anyone's milkshakes or beat in any skulls with a bowling pin, but all the same, expect a powerful performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.
Trailer: Not yet available
Release Date: November 21, 2012
Director: Carl Erik Rinsch
Starring: Keanu Reeves
Why you gotta see it: This one is my gut feeling pick of the year. A lot of other movies were vying for this coveted title, but 47 Ronin won out. Having a bit of prior knowledge in to the Japanese legend of the 47 Ronin—a story of loyalty and sacrifice—and having watched the 1994 remake of the original film from 1941, I have a warm place in my heart for the 47 Ronin story. Besides the story, I know next to nothing about this upcoming film but what I do know is this: Keanu Reeves is in it and it's being shot in 3D. This is either a formula for an epic retelling of a legendary story or a recipe for disaster. And dammit if I'm not a sucker for a period piece. I like a gamble, so 47 Ronin makes the list!
Trailer: Not yet available
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Release Date: 14 December 2012
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis
Why you gotta see it: You may be asking yourself, "Why is there an addendum to this title?" Well, following what might end up being an annoying trend started by the Harry Potter series with the Deathly Hallows, the classic J.R.R. Tolkien story, The Hobbit, will be split into two feature films released in December 2012 and ‘13. Luckily, Peter Jackson, the man who brought a million memes to the Internet, and the veritable king of Middle Earth, is once again directing. Familiar faces will return and you can bet the action and adventure that you know and love from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy will return in full force. Plus Dwarven singing, the next best thing to listening to Entish.
World War Z
Release Date: December 21, 2012
Director: Marc Forster
Starring: Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Lucy Aharish
Why you gotta see it: ZOMBIES ARE BACK. Sparkly vampires can go jump into a tiger trap. World War Z will be based on the Max Brooks horror novel recounting the zombie apocalypse and the ramifications of "victory." World War Z's script has been reviewed by Ain't It Cool as "genre-defining piece of work," which is fantastic news considering how a lot of horror's other legendary monsters have been sissified. I'm very interested to see how this comes out considering that it's a completely different take on the zombie genre, seemingly containing "real life" political ramifications instead of simply implying them.
Trailer: Not yet Available.
Release Date: Christmas 2012
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christopher Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio
Why you gotta see it: I've always been a big Quentin Tarantino fan, but I've got to be honest, I was originally interested in this movie because Will Smith was in talks to play the titular Django. But now, even though Jamie Foxx has taken on that role, I must say the idea of a spaghetti Western style revenge flick (one that actually takes place in the South) with the actors that are attached to this movie sounds amazing. Django (Foxx) and his bounty hunter/mentor Dr. King Schultz (Waltz) set out on a bloody trail of revenge to save Django's wife. Sounds exactly like the movie you should take the family to see next Christmas.
Trailer: Not yet Available
There's your list folks, a veritable feast of nerdom laid out in front of you like a chronological buffet. And at the very least, I've given you plans for the our last day on earth with my World War Z endorsement. Here's to another year at the movies!!
Solid list, 2012 looks like a better year for movies than 2011 was.
Friday, January 13th 2012
Wow, a great year for movies
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