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My most anticipated films of 2012

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1. Django Unchained (2012)
If Quentin Tarantino makes a movie, I will see it ASAP after it opens. He's been my favorite director and screenwriter since 1994, so yeah, this one tops my list.
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2. The Master (2012)
P.T. Anderson has yet to make a movie I dislike, and of his 5 films 3 are favorites of mine. So whenever it comes out I'm guaranteed to see it. IMDb says the U.S. release date is 2012, but we'll see if that happens.
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3. Wrong (2012)
Quentin Dupieux (currently my 2nd favorite Quentin) scored big points with me last year with Rubber, a film that currently remains my favorite from 2011 (especially since it's the most original film I saw). That alone has me ready to watch another film from him, and the trailer has me very intrigued...

Quentin Dupieux - Wrong (Sundance film festival teaser)
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4. Prometheus (2012)
Ridley Scott prequel to Alien. Hell yes I'm excited, and every new trailer or viral video only amps up my excitement.

Trailer for Prometheus
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5. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
This one needs no explanation.

Trailer 2 for The Dark Knight Rises
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6. Gambit (2012)
The script was written by the Coens, and since I love their writing as much as their direction I'm very curious about Gambit. Plus it looks like the next Coens film may not drop until 2013, so I'll settle for this one in the meantime.
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7. Lincoln (2012)

Check out Daniel Day-Lewis there. I'm sold.

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8. ParaNorman (2012)
An animated film with zombies? I've gotta see this!

Trailer for ParaNorman
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9. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012)
Sold on the strength of the trailer:

Trailer for The Pirates! Band of Misfits
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10. Brave (2012)
After 2 years in a row of sequels, only one of which proved to be necessary, Pixar returns to an original idea. Aside from Cars 2 I haven't missed a Pixar film yet, so I'll watch this one as well.

Teaser for Brave
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11. The Five-Year Engagement (2012)
Jason Segel has quickly become one of my favorite writers & comedic actors, so my interest here should need no further explanation. Oh yeah, and the trailer looks excellent:

Trailer for The Five-Year Engagement

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12. Bernie (2011)
I like more of Linklater's films than I don't, and the trailer for this one looks pretty good. I'll most likely see it.

Trailer for Bernie at Listal
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13. Jeff, Who Lives at Home (2011)
Jason Segel again (see above) starring in a movie from the guys behind Cyrus (which I mostly dug, moreso than most people seemed to).

Jeff, Who Lives At Home Official Trailer #1 - Jason Segel, Ed Helms Movie (2012) HD
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14. God Bless America (2011)
World's Greatest Dad was one of my favorite films of 2009, and I've been a fan of Bobcat's since the late 80s. Judging by the trailer, this one may be one of my favorites this year.

God Bless America - Official RED BAND Trailer (2012)
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15. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)
The other Lincoln movie that comes out this year. Not sure how historically accurate this one is though. ;) Been meaning to read the book & odds are I'll likely check out the film adaptation before getting around to it so I'm more likely to enjoy it.

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16. World War Z (2013)
Loved the book. And now that I'm hearing that this is planned to be the first of 3 films adapted from the source material, I'm even more excited since one film wouldn't be adequate to capture the book honorably. I think a cable series would be the best way (preferably from Showtime or HBO) to adapt it, but this will do for now.
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17. Lawless (2012)
Still need to watch The Proposition, but I enjoyed John Hillcoat's adaptation of The Road so I'm curious about this one. Add to that Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, and Guy Pearce in the cast & the screenplay written by Nick Cave & I'm pretty much sold. Only thing that gives me pause? Shia LeBeouf is in it & I'm not a fan of his. Hopefully he won't get too much screen time. ;)
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18. Wanderlust (2012)
As a die-hard fan of the former members of MTV's The State, seeing that this one is written & directed by David Wain, and co-written with Ken Marino...that gets me excited. And the last film David Wain directed was Role Models, which was a pleasant surprise. So hopefully this one will be at least as good as that one. I can't tell for sure from the trailer, but it doesn't look bad in any way to me.

Trailer for Wanderlust

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19. Chronicle (2012)
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Trailer for Chronicle


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20. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
Not my usual type of movie perhaps, but the trailer entertained me. Odds are I won't rush out to see this one, but I'll catch it after it goes to DVD.

Trailer 2 for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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21. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
This one falls here simply because I'm not yet convinced that Andrew Garfield will make a good Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Plus I think it's a little stupid to be rebooting this series already, even though I wasn't impressed with Raimi's films overall. However I like what I see in the trailer, so I may end up checking this out.

Teaser for The Amazing Spider-Man

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22. The Avengers (2012)
At this point I feel like I have to watch The Avengers, regardless of the fact I hate Joss Whedon (yeah, bite me). The film could prove to be a train wreck, especially considering it's come together rather quickly, but even that could prove to be worth a look if all this build-up proves to be for mediocre results.

Trailer for The Avengers
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23. Dark Shadows (2012)
At this point I'm sick of Johnny Depp starring in every Tim Burton movie that comes out, so I'm really not that excited about this one. Plus, while I still enjoy all of Burton's films to some degree his more recent output hasn't come anywhere near the greatness of his 80s work (or even his 90s work for that matter). Maybe I need to revisit the TV series it's adapted from & see if it improves my expectations here.

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24. Frankenweenie (2012)
Is this really necessary? I dig Burton's original short film, but I've never felt like it needed to be expanded on. Perhaps a trailer will change my mind.

On the other hand...

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25. The Dictator (2012)
Borat was comedic brilliance. Bruno was basically a rehash of that film, still entertaining but nowhere near as excellent. The trailer for this one doesn't look very good honestly (not pleased that Megan Fox is involved either), but I'll likely see it anyway in hopes they're saving the best bits for those who watch the movie.

Trailer for The Dictator

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26. The Lorax (2012)
It's The Lorax, and it comes from the same animation studio that did Despicable Me (which I loved). However it appears that it won't be very faithful to the source material, which is disappointing to me. Still, it could be worth a look.

Trailer for Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
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27. Skyfall (2012)
Ah yes, the latest Bond movie. This one falls into this section due to my feelings after the last two Bond films. While I thoroughly enjoyed Casino Royale, I mostly hated Quantum of Solace. So I definitely won't be rushing off to catch this one, and will wait until I get some feedback on it to decide for sure whether I'll watch it at all.


Thanks to vnnlng for mentioning it so that I realized I should give it a spot here.
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Comments

Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Jan 23 18:25
Nice list, as usual.
Unlike you, I'm really puting high hopes into both Burton's projects.
Dark Shadows primaly because the script is written by Seth Grahame-Smith. And also because i love vampires. (original vampires) (altough I to am kind of sick of constant Depp-Burton partnership)

On the other hand, '84. Frankenweenie is great short, plus i kind of like Burtons animations.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Jan 23 21:09
Dupieux is my second favorite Quentin, too, but that shouldn't come as a surprise. :)

I don't wanna get my hopes up that much, but I expect Django to be the best Christmas gift I'll get in 2012.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Jan 24 8:00
I am very much looking forward to The Dark Knight Rises, Lincoln - both of them (the second one I want to see just because the title cracks me up} and The Avengers, although I agree that a train wreck is a possibility - I think I will boycott the Spider-man movie on general principal - rebooting the series 5 years after the last movie is insane.
Then again Batman Begins came out 7 years after Batman & Robin so I guess there is precedent for it.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Jan 25 20:38
Fucking hell, Shia LeDouchbag is in Wettest County? Well that sucks.

I'll have to keep an eye out for Gambit since the Coen brothers wrote it.

"fish I've dressed up in a hat" hahaha!

Okay, gotta go find a trailer for Wrong. Yours is being a jerk.

Great list and thanks for the link!
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Jan 25 21:44
I really want to see the Avengers. And I know I will enjoy it, but I also really hate Joss Whedon so I'm a bit weary.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Jan 25 22:43
Great list! What about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey?
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Jan 26 0:14
@Xanadon't - The Wrong trailer has been replaced. Apparently the one I'd added was pulled. Ah the whims of youtube. :P

@SJMJ91 - I saw the animated version of The Hobbit & am content with that.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Jan 26 10:02
Bro, where is Looper, LOOPER, frikkin LOOOOOOOOPPPPPPPEEEEEEERRRRRR!!!!!!!!
and The Hunger Games, if its any good

Looper
Edit: 2 years, 7 months ago
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Jan 26 10:21
nice list :D
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Jan 27 6:36
@vnnlng - Just looked into Looper and the cast is impressive. Will need to see a trailer though to determine my interest. As for The Hunger Games, I haven't read the books so I can't say I'm excited for it.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Jan 28 2:20
Okay, cool. I'm just excited since its got JGL and Rian Johnson (Brick) again. What about Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson, The Hobbit, Skyfall and The Great Gatsby. I'm not really that interested in these but...
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Jan 28 7:51
@vnnlng - Added Skyfall.

Wes Anderson isn't a director that I'm a big fan of. I've disliked more of his films than I've enjoyed so it'd take a really impressive trailer to ensure that I show up.

The Great Gatsby I would also have to see a trailer for considering I found the book to be vastly overrated.

As for The Hobbit, I'll stick with this one thanks. :P
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Jan 29 7:50
I want to see Lincoln. Daniel-Day Lewis is my favorite male actor.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Jan 29 8:38
Yay! i got one :D
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Feb 6 0:35
Lincoln and the Dark Knight Rises look incredible! I'm a huge Christian Bale fan!! As for the Avenger, I will probably go see it, but only because of Robert Downey Jr. I don't necessarily care for any of the other actors. Great list!!
Posted: 2 years, 4 months ago at Apr 22 9:59
So many interesting films I didn't even know about ;) Unfortunately I suck at keeping up with the rest of the world with premieres and such... I'll just be waiting for Moonrise Kingdom and The Dark Knight Rises :D
Posted: 2 years, 3 months ago at May 6 2:28
I too am interested in seeing Django Unchained, Lincoln, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I haven't gone to the theater much in the last few years, but I think 2012-2013 might be different.

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