House of Geekery’s Most Anticipated Films for 2012
By G-FUNK and his TEAM OF AWESOMENESS
As we approach the end of 2011 and most websites and blogs turn their gaze to the past to create their ‘Top 10’ lists, we at the House of Geekery prefer to the future. We asked around the gothic/art-deco Cluedo style mansion that is what the the House looks like in my mind and gathered each persons three most highly anticipated films before the apocalypse occurs. First my trendy Housemates will kick things off…
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters- I’m really excited to see Renner and Arterton work together and I like the idea of a fairy-tale adaptation that doesn’t include some sappy supernatural romance (presumably). It’s also been called a “dark comedy” which is promising.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey- This what LOTR fans have been waiting for for a long time. I think they got the casting just right and I can’t wait to add it to my LOTR marathons.
The Avengers: The idea of hearing Joss Whedon’s dialogue coming out of Tony Stark’s mouth makes me all giggly. There’s no way this movie could not be a fun ride.
1. The Dark Knight Rises
I’m sure this will be one everyone’s list and with good reason. Nolan’s Batman movies are possibly the greatest comic book movies ever made, at the very least the most successful. Between Nolan’s intricate story and deft hand at big budget blockbuster spectacle done right, there is very little standing in the way of his third and final chapter being disappointing.
2. Django Unchained.
Quentin Tarantino is one of the reasons I ever got interested in film in the first place, and his gritty, stylish take on violence has always made me wish he would do a western. But Tarantino cannot simply do a Western, he has to flip it on its head. Thus a Southern, a story about a vengeful runaway slave trying to rescue his wife from an evil slave owner.
Ridley Scott has been coy about whether or not Prometheus actually has anything to do with the Alien franchise. Regardless, even without an Alien connection, he has assembled an all-star cast of some of the most exciting actors working today (Theron, Fassbender, Elba, and Rapace) in a science fiction epic that will investigate the origins of humanity. Count me in.
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The Hunger Games – Man, I am so keen for this movie. The novel trilogy by Suzanne Collins was epic. The movie may or may not be a huge let down, but that’s not going to stop me from wanting to see it so badly I might cry if the release gets postponed. And now to go back to re-reading the books…
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – How could anyone not be looking forward to this? I’ve been looking forward to seeing The Hobbit on the big screen since I heard talk of a potential film adaptation, and that was ages ago. Nothing will stop me from seeing this. Nothing.
The Next Harry Potter Film… Wait… Sorry to bring it up, but Harry Potter books and movies have partially been my reason for existing for longer than I am willing to admit. It’s really hard to accept that there aren’t any more headed our way in 2012. I think we’ll soon find ourselves faced with a generation suffering from Harry Potter withdrawal… So, I guess I’ll have to settle for the next Twilight film. Sigh. Although, I am really excited for The Avengers…
1. The Dark Knight Rises
I don’t think I even need to explain my excitement and anticipation for this film. The end of era and the end to a trilogy that should go down as one of the best ever made! BRING IT ON NOLAN!
2. Django Unchained
Tarantino finally does a Western with an absolutely amazing cast that features my main man Kurt Russell. The pairing worked so well with Death Proof and Stuntman Mike I can’t wait to see what they have cooked up here.
3. The Avengers
Avengers assemble! This has the potential to be one heck of a great time film, with the amazing cast and several stand alone character films acting as our back story this should be off the charts! Plus we have Whedon, in Whedon we trust! Bring it!
The Hunger Games
We seriously need a new teen fad to scour from our minds the insipid waste of celluloid that is Twilight and I think this could be it. The source material is excellent, giving the filmmakers a leg up over the sparkly-child-molester-in-a-tree-saga and the first trailer has me giddy with anticipation. Plus Jennifer Lawrence was pretty rad in X-Men First Class.
1945 saw the end of World War II. Or did it? Well yes, it clearly did but in Iron Sky, the Nazi’s instead took to the heavens and set up a base on the dark side of the moon only to return to Earth in 2018 to continue their campaign of domination. Brilliantly cheesy and completely ridiculous, I’ve been keeping my eye on this for a while now.
Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy was not without it’s splendour, (and it looks pretty damn special on BluRay) but The Hobbit was, to me, always the better book. I look forward to Martin Freeman as Bilbo, and Benedict Cumberbatch (TV’s Sherlock Holmes) as the voice of Smaug; one of the greatest dragons in literary history.
I’m not going to lie – everything beyond the first movie on the list was a tough pick. There are many movies to geek out over in the next twelve months, and that’s not including the ones that haven’t reached these shores such as The Muppets and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Can I justify having two superhero flicks when restricted to just three movies? What about a movie we know nothing about based on the director? A revisit to a long forgotten franchise? Let us ponder…
3. Django Unchained
Ok, looks like I’m going with the unknown with the awesome director. That’s not completely true though – we know it’s about a slave turned bounty hunter rescuing his wife from a Mississippi plantation owner. After Tarantino’s effort on Inglourious Basterds, which gets better with every viewing, we are hoping that he maintains this high with this potentially brutal slice of history. A cast that is on par with a Nolan ensemble – Gordon Levitt, DiCaprio, Jackson, Waltz, Baron Cohen, Russell, Foxx and more – and the usual barmy mayhem from the worlds craziest movie geek should be unmissable.
2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
I can’t count the number of times I watched the Lord of the Rings trilogy in the years following their release. Whilst in New Zealand we hit up a couple of Middle Earth location tours (yes, I am that much of a geek). But time has passed, many other great movies have filled in the years and experiencing those momentous films, and the excitement leading up to the next release, has started to become a distant memory. With Peter Jackson at the helm and the first trailer just turning up online that feeling is growing again.
1. The Dark Knight Rises
1. Django Unchained
Pulp Fiction being my favorite film of all time, it is very safe to assume that any Quentin Tarantino movie will immediately hit my radar. Django Unchained is no exception. With the already unbelievable buzz that surrounds its script to the almost unfair epic nature of it’s cast, Django seems dead-set on being one of top films in 2012. Personally, I hope Tarantino finally reaches his pinnacle with this film, and what I mean by this statement is that he finally receives his Oscar due. Sure he has a golden statue for the fantastic Pulp Fiction script but imagine a night where the Oscars are just dominated by a QT film. In my wildest dreams Django Unchained and 2012 will finally be that year.
A film that for some reason has flown under everyone’s radar, the next film from the ‘Fleck promises to be perhaps his most epic yet. Ben Affleck has firmly left behind his Daredevil and Gigli days and has cemented himself as a director and writer to look out for. With another budding actor/filmmaker like George Clooney also on board to produce, Affleck is taking his third film out of the Boston area and bringing an all-star cast with him. With names like Bryan Cranston, John Goodman and Kyle Chandler attached, I really see no way this film can fail. My butt will firmly be in the theater seat come September for this one.
3. This is Forty
Choosing to take the road less traveled for my 3rd pick, I decided to go with the newest film written and directed by Judd Apatow. His film Knocked Up ranks very high in my Top 10 of all time and now that Apatow is choosing to do a spin-off film with Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann’s characters from that film, I’m very intrigued. Along with fantastic additions to the cast such as Jason Segel, Melissa McCarthy and Chrid O’Dowd, there is another thing about this film that makes me curious. Filming began this past summer yet Apatow is choosing to sit on the film and not release it until Christmas of 2012. In my opinion, this is directly related to recent comments he has made about comedies being included more in the awards season every year. Apatow films have a long track record of being the best of the best and so it makes perfect sense for him to hold this film under awards season of next year. I’m taking this as a very good sign which is why it ultimately makes it so high on my list.
See you in the future!