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Well... wow! To my surprise and delight, 2011 has been quite a strong year for movies, definitely better than 2010. Looking at the upcoming films for 2012, I actually see quite a lot of promise. These are some of the movies I'm most looking forward to in 2012. Keep note: It was hard for me to list them in a numbered order, and I don't have a #1 most anticipated out of all the others for 2012, so I just listed them alphabetically.
The Amazing Spider-Man
I really liked Sam Raimi's first two "Spider-Man" films. His third film was definitely the weakest of the three, I can see some reasons why people hated it, but I still thought it was decent. Of what I've heard, though, Sam Raimi wasn't very faithful to the "Spider-Man" comics with his films. I haven't read any of the comics, so this didn't affect me at all. This reboot looks like it will be darker and edgier, which I think could be pretty interesting. Andrew Garfield, fresh off his deservedly acclaimed role in "The Social Network", makes for a promising Peter Parker, and I'm very interested to see what Marc Webb (for those of you who don't know him, the director of 2009's fantastic "(500) Days of Summer") does with this movie.
I really enjoyed the original "American Pie" trilogy. Not only were those movies funny, but I found lot of the characters to be really likable and relatable in their on ways. Then, the direct-to-dvd movies came along... to put it kindly, they just didn't have the charm of the original trilogy and the jokes were just stale and not funny. To be more blunt, they sucked. This movie not only brings back the original cast, but it was written and directed by the guys who wrote the "Harold and Kumar" movies! I honestly can't think of anyone better to bring back the series. In some of their interviews, they talk about how affectionate they are towards the original "American Pie" movies. With "Harold and Kumar", they've shown they have talent within this kind of comedy, and I think they can also bring back the heart of the series as well as the humor.
Like I said before, I didn't read any of the Spider-Man comics. To expand on that, I'm really not that much of a comic book person at all. I don't have anything against them, I just never really got into them. There have been comic-book movies that I really enjoyed though. I found "Thor" to be unremarkable but entertaining, and I really liked the first "Iron Man" (I'm still trying to forget about that wretched pile of shit known as "Iron Man 2"...). I haven't seen "Captain America" or the new "Hulk", but I have to say, the trailer for this movie looked absolutely thrilling. I know many people have been waiting for this movie for a really long time, and it looks like it will be worth the wait.
I know people are pretty divided on the found-footage/hand-held-camera types of movies. Personally, of the ones I've seen, I like them, and this is one of two found-footage films on this list. "Chronicle" deals mainly with a group of teenagers who all have telekenetic powers, and one of them begins to want to use those powers to do bad things. Most of the found-footage movies I've seen have horror elements to them, so it's nice to see that they're trying to tackle something a little different here.
The Dark Knight Rises
The most obvious pick pn this list, I know. How could I not be looking forward to this? "The Dark Knight" was phenomenal, and I am keeping hope that Christopher Nolan put as much thought and care into the script for this film as he did in "The Dark Knight". I will be honest, though, the stuff they've already shown us, I wasn't all that impressed with. They really showed us very little, though, so my excitment will probably grow once more ads come out.
Quentin Tarantino is one of my favorite directors. "Django Unchained" has an interesting premise- a slave-turned bounty-hunter going to save his wife from a brutal plantation owner in Mississpi, wih the help of his mentor- and I have a strong feeling that Tarantino will handle it well. People seemed a little worried if he can pull off a movie involving slavery and forced prostitiution, since there was some controversy in his wild re-writing of history in "Inglourious Basterds". I personally loved "Inglourious Basterds", and I think he can make this story work.
No trailer for "Django Unchained" yet.
*Sigh* Here comes a scream-- While I did see and enjoy the first two "Lord of the Rings" films, I have not yet finished the third film, but I really do want to. That being said, "The Hobbit" has definitely intrigued me. Peter Jackson has put so much thought and care into the "Lord of the Rings" films, and I have no doubt that he will put the same care into this film.
No trailer for "The Hobbit" yet.
The second found-footage film on this list, "Project X" is produced by Todd Phillips, best known for directing the "Hangover" films. While it definitely has that same raunchy style of comedy to it, "Project X" looks like a darker film, and I honestly think it will be better than "The Hangover" (I really wasn't that big a fan of that movie, anyway). The trailer even starts out with the main character giving his parents a message through the camera- "Things just got out of control", then at the end of the trailer, we see glimpses of possibly life-threatening danger going on at this party. "Project X", to me, looks extremely intriguing and looks a bit different from movies like "The Hangover" and "Old School" even though some people seem to be expecting it to be like those movies.