The Big Picture: MovieBob's Most Anticipated Movies of 2012

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popepaul3:
Did Moviebob just tell US not to go into a big crybaby hissy fit?!....Pot kettle anyone?

EXACTLY what I was thinking.
But why bother arguing with him about it? This is absolutely the last video of his that I will watch - not because I don't think he has a right to an opinion, or even that our opinions often time are odds - no, because of stupid comments like that of his.

I'm not surprised "Amazing Spider-Man" wasn't on the list, but I am surprised there were no backhanded comments against it.

Space Nazis... ON THE MOON?!

Yeah, sign me the f*ck up!

I've never actually watched The Lord Of The Rings movies but I have made my New Year's Resolution to watch all three in time for The Hobbit. At least that's an attainable goal.

The Avengers is my number one most anticipated movie. I mean: it's JOSS. MOTHER. F*CKING. WHEDON!! Doing THE AVENGERS!! It will, if I have my way, be the first film I ever go to a midnight screening for. And it will rock.

Number 2, for me, is The Cabin In The Woods. Here's the trailer if you haven't heard of it before and get hype.

I must be completely against the Internet, then. I can't wait for The Dark Knight Rises! That latest trailer actually looked pretty bad ass, I love Tom Hardy and, all together now... I Nolan I Trust.

Oh, God. I'm opposing the Internet! Quick! Somebody tell me how likely I am to be killed!

Django Unchained sounds to me like Quentin Tarantino saw the Catcher Freeman episode of the Boondocks and said "Sounds good to me"
And you know what? Sounds good to me too.

Is it me or do the Space suit they're using for Prometheus and the suit they were using for the explosion scene of "Kill Bin Laden" look uncannily similar?

1: The Hobbit
2: The Avengers
3: Django Unchained
4: Unnamed Kathrin Bigalo project, i.e. "Kill Bin Ladin"
5: Prometheus
6: Lincoln
7: Brave
8: John Carter
9: Iron Sky
10: Wreck it Ralph

My responses to them all:

1. I'm not as excited for the Hobbit as everybody else, but I'll see it.
2. I still haven't seen Incredible Hulk, Thor, Capt. America or Iron Man 2, but I'll see this for the Whedon-Factor.
3. This is my most anticipated Motion Picture of 2012. Tarantino's I.G. was brilliant in Theaters, and here's hoping I'll see this in theaters as well and get a fantastic movie out of it.
4.


5. I've only seen Alien, and while I own Aliens and Alien 3, I've not sat down to watch them. Might be good though.
6. Daniel Day Lewis... That's good enough for me.
7. It's Pixar. Pixar's last bad movie was Finding Nemo (IMHO), It's been some time since their movies had sucked (I like Cars, BTW).
8. The Preview we all saw with "My Body is a Cage" says everything I needed to know about this movie.
9. Space Nazis? Space Nazis. Space Nazis! Sounds brilliant right there.
10. I remember reading about it, but here's hoping it's as good as it sounds, otherwise it might just end up being Shrek and Matt Hazard crossed over with a video game comic.

Personally I have:

1. Prometheus
2. The Hobbit
3. The Avengers

Generally I'm more a fantasy guy than sci-fi, and if I could only see one movie it would be The Hobbit. But we've had an okay fantasy fix recently (thank you HBO for Game of Thrones!), a big suspenseful sci-fi on the other hand has been long overdue.

Anyone else thinks that MovieBob overdoes it about Captain America?
I thought it was one of the most boring avengers so far,
Steve Rogers is clearly a very nice guy (Mr Rogers, anyone?) and he did has a few set pieces to show off bravery but in terms of making him a hero, that bis pretty much like in Green Lantern, but not as interesting.
Compare this to Thor, with his arrogance being used to best him, and then be punished and forced to reclaim his immortality by learning Humility.
Or Iron Man, Stark forced to rethink his responsibility to the world and in Iron Man 2 fight his destructive dependencies to booze and nuclear power in his chest cavity.
Or Hulk, coming to grips with his darker side. His character arc is not so much an arc but a hyphen -

and not just the characters, but the world around them
Thor was full of intrigue of Loki's discovery's and his duplicitous machinations, Or in Iron Man, ever other friend Tony had tried to cheat him out of the suit. The biggest twist or shock moment in the movie was Red skulls reveal which we saw in the second trailer

My biggest peeve was just how tame it is, minimal explosions or fights, hell at one point they go inglorious basterds and blow up factories all over europe, and how do they show this? a 30 second scene of them driving with various fireballs, like it wasnt interested. Perhaps this was a limitation due to the character being just a normal guy on super-steroids with a fancy shield to bop people on the head with. Seriously, Scarlet Johanssen in Iron Man two looks more kickass that Steve Namby Pamby Rogers at this point. He didnt even beat red skull. if you watch it, the cube backfired on him.

Before Anyone brings it up, I am british but I love the states, lived there for a bit and want to move back. But this movie was boring and the hero was anything but supe

Shjade:

chiefohara:
Pixar braveheart girl.... meh... one Mulan movie is enough.

...wow. So endless action flicks are okay if they're about guys, but there's a maximum limit of one action girl movie ever? Nice.

They're unrelated anyway. Mulan was a girl posing as a boy to protect her father and yaddayadda honor yaddayadda China yaddayadda. She goes back to playing her expected family role when she gets home, gets married, etc.

Brave is apparently a Scottish princess who just doesn't want to be tied down to 'get married and be queen safe at home' all her life so she's going to go adventure. Completely different setting, motivation and purpose. "Female lead" is practically all they have in common.

What the hell, guy.

Where did i say "endless action flicks are okay if they're about guys" ?

Last i checked I was dismisive about most of the list so how come you are only grilling me on one?

What the hell, yourself

*Edit, checked your profile, your listed as male. Edited my post accordingly*

I forgot Iron Sky was happening this year! DO WANT!

return of the Jedi as part of your third movie curse? The fuck? I'm sorry, but I liked that better than anything else from the original trilogy. To claim it got hit with said curse is just... wrong. Spiderman 3? Yes. X-Men United? Yes. Alien3? Yes. Jurassic Park? God yes.

But return of the Jedi? The only thing that sucked was the Ewoks, and I was willing to overlook them and enjoy the closing chapter to an epic story. Hell, I'll take Ewoks over Jar Jar any day.

OT: After hearing about some of these films for the first time, I'm on board with most of these. 2012 looks to be a good year.

lastoflancas:

Though, I think it should be mentioned that the title "First Avenger" was used instead of "Captain America" in most international releases (to avoid sales loss, I am sure).

umm...No? It was only called "The First Avenger" in three countries.

Am I the only one who thinks Django Unchained sounds a lot like "The Story of Catcher Freeman" from The Boondocks?

Is prometheus gonna be Pg13? then it probably will dissapoint :( or atleast be enteraining in a profitable way?

Or is the rating of this movie already known?

aceman67:

Axolotl:
You're boycotting a film becaue the main character kills slave owners? That's where you draw the line? Because I have to say, that's a messed up set of values.

I'm not seeing it because its a below the belt hit that's too close to home. Its not exactly a nice thing to find out that your family played a part in a dark chapter in human history, its an ENTIRELY different thing all together to go see a movie that shows the killing of people that could be my ancestors.

Its like asking a Japanese WWII veteran if he wants to go see 'Pearl Harbor' or 'Wind Talkers'. You just don't do that.

Its not messed up values, its called 'not seeing a movie for personal reasons'.

I can almost see that being the whole joke of the movie: Trying to turn the audience into the one from Inglourious Basterds while viewing "Nations Pride."

Django Unchained sounds pure awesome. Tarentino is just about the only guy I'd think has any chance of making a movie like that, and the casting sounds pretty good. especially Decaprio as the guy you just know is going to die horribly.

mronoc:
...Disney Animation Studios work has really been on an upswing lately, but they've mostly just been treading old ground with princess films and Winnie the Pooh. Seeing as this is their fist real original film since Bolt, it could be a real indicator as to whether or not we're entering a second Disney Renaissance, in the wake of Eisner's ousting.

I think the advent of John Lasseter has been a huge boon for the quality of the Disney brand in recent years. I know this is not considered "original" in the vein of Bolt, but did you catch Tangled? While it is the classic Rapunzel tale after a fashion, it also kind of subverts the traditional fairy tale a la Shrek, and the title Tangled was meant to reflect that change in perspective and the enhanced role of Flynn Ryder. As a film it works, and is entertaining for all, and more to the point, was a huge leap forward for (non-Pixar) Disney CGI work. The effect is subtle, since the best special effects are the ones you don't see, but they spent $260million on this film to make it look like a CGI rendition of their original watercolor style animation. So story aside, the film just LOOKS beautiful.

The Plunk:

"A tomboy princess who'd rather be a warrior than a wife."

"A group of scientists discover something horrifying while investigating alien ruins"

WOAH! Let's not go crazy now! This much originality is making my head spin!

For you, may I recommend the 2008 French animated feature Dragon Hunters. It's tough to find in the States apart from Netflix but I thought this film was charming and creative, with some stunning visual design. Not the kind of thing you see in standard American fare, particularly in the animated realm.

For Bob, I would not dare to dispute the genius that Daniel Day-Lewis must by default be as Abraham Lincoln. That said, another guy who was no slouch as Abe was Lance Henriksen in the TV movie The Day Lincoln was Shot. That guy was fun to watch. At any rate, as interested as I might be in a Spielberg film about Lincoln, I'm more excited about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

Also, lest we be lured in by the promising premise of Space Nazis on the moon, may I remind you all how tantalizing was the premise for Cowboys vs. Aliens.

I was REEEEALLY looking forward to Brave... until I saw the full trailer.

I have no problem with a tough female main character, and I like how she's designed, but surprise! surprise! It's another typical "You're a girl! You can't do that! You go to kitchen now and make babies like real girl!" story AND they made her the cliche sarcastic woman character that constantly rolls her eyes at the dumb antics of the male characters around her and doles out smart-ass comments.

Oh boy, I've not seen THAT sort of thing since last night's rerun of Everybody Loves Raymond. Way to get even lazier, Pixar. First movie with a female lead, and they went with the easiest kind of story for it, one that's been done to death, and they didn't seem to want to do the extra thinking required to make a script that doesn't make a female character's gender her identity and that doesn't make her out to be a victim because of her gender. I am disappoint. What's next, A team of young black folks being given a hard time because of their race before triumphantly rubbing success in their antagonists' face?

Lets get down to biz-NESS, to defeat... the bears!
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Nice list bob, agree with most of your choices although killing bin laden... meh id even go to replace it with something silly like the dictator. To me, that oscar winning bomb defusing movie (the hurt locker) was lame compared to its praise. Terrence Mallick flick im looking forward too. THE HOBBIT by far the reason im living life. Theres so much im anticipating (even like, the next scary movie or MIB3) but only some I think will be "good" opposed to "entertaining popcorn cinema" (Which I suspect The avengers will be... you never know though. If the cards are played right..."

darthotaku:
Django Unchained sounds pure awesome. Tarentino is just about the only guy I'd think has any chance of making a movie like that, and the casting sounds pretty good. especially Decaprio as the guy you just know is going to die horribly.

I wouldn't put it past Tarantino to actually give us the twist ending where DiCaprio wins. That's Tarantino's style. In any case, expect a lot of talking and a lot of zany references to slave music.

Gambits going to be in it?? - Oh wait, he didn't mean the character :|

In all honesty I washed my hands of the Avengers the second Iron Man 2 was revealed to be a MASSIVE disappointment. I also guarantee that if the Avengers doesn't do as well as people were hoping Joss Whedon will have another of his infamous tantrums and start pointing fingers at everyone he can so he doesn't have to take any criticism. TDKR on the other hand I just don't HAVE to worry about since it's Nolan at the helm. Get over it, Bob, he's the new Spielberg and HIS style of superhero movies are what people are going to remember for years to come.

As for everything else, I look forward to Prometheus, Brave, and Django Unchained.

Never heard of that Django Unchained one, though it looks like the usual tosh Tarantino belches out these days. Whats the point in making a black empowerment film if his mentor is white?

Decent list MovieBob, although there is one I would add to the list and only one.

Most Anticipated Movies of 2012.

Whatever the hell Movie the creators of Doraleous and Associates were suppose to be working on, can't wait to not see it.

Then they plan to return to the Escapist with new episodes.

Oh and if Daniel Day Lewis said in his next movie he was going to play the part of the entire New York Skyline, I'd say "Yup he can do it". He's the one actor I could be at ease with playing both Batman and the Joker in the same movie.

I didn't notice that batman wasn't on it. Mostly because I knew he'd be coming out this year and for some reason I thought it was still 2011.

I loved this! Not only do I get to see what movies come out next year, but the ones I will probably like! Thanks Bob.

On a side note, why did you include Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi on your "Third Movie Disaster" example list? I thought everyone LOVED all three of the original trilogy. Am I missing something here?

When I read the "you might be surprised what's not on there" subtitle, I thought the "not on there" film has going to be The Hobbit. TDKR never crossed my mind either.

I also forgot about Brave...pity, as it rather neat that Pixar is making a film set in my home country, even if it is animated and set in the 10th century. Come to think of it, it's probably better that way...:)

Of the films I've heard of already, I've got to agree, already looking forward to Prometheus, The Hobbit & The Avengers. I'm liking the idea of the "Videogame Toy Story" movie - here's hoping for some decent sendups of recognisable video game characters.

As an aside, Thor was a better movie than Captain America though....in my opinion.

Cannot fucking wait for the Hobbit. I need that movie.

Good List. I didn't know about 2 or 3 of those movies, but are now excited about them :)

However
Return of the Jedi wasn't "underwhelming"
and
BANE DIDN'T SUCK IN THE COMICS

Good List. I didn't know about 2 or 3 of those movies, but are now excited about them :)

However
Return of the Jedi wasn't "underwhelming"
and
BANE DIDN'T SUCK IN THE COMICS

Nurb:
I was REEEEALLY looking forward to Brave... until I saw the full trailer.

I have no problem with a tough female main character, and I like how she's designed, but surprise! surprise! It's another typical "You're a girl! You can't do that! You go to kitchen now and make babies like real girl!" story AND they made her the cliche sarcastic woman character that constantly rolls her eyes at the dumb antics of the male characters around her and doles out smart-ass comments.

Oh boy, I've not seen THAT sort of thing since last night's rerun of Everybody Loves Raymond. Way to get even lazier, Pixar. First movie with a female lead, and they went with the easiest kind of story for it, one that's been done to death, and they didn't seem to want to do the extra thinking required to make a script that doesn't make a female character's gender her identity and that doesn't make her out to be a victim because of her gender. I am disappoint. What's next, A team of young black folks being given a hard time because of their race before triumphantly rubbing success in their antagonists' face?

Lets get down to biz-NESS, to defeat... the bears!
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I'm glad to see someone shares my thoughts on this as well. I hope we're wrong of course and that the movie will actually be up to normal Pixar standards, but I did enjoy reading what I could not say myself. Thank you.

I know this is about 2012 films but the film I'm most intrigued about is the 2013 Man of Steel directed by Zack Snyder and written by Christopher Nolan. It could easily be the best Superman film ever and for decades to come. I don't even like Superman on principle, but I believe this duo could change my mind about Blandy McMary Sue.

When you got down to only two left I was thinking "wait...The Hobbit, The Avengers and Dark Knight Rises, which one isn't he excited for?!?!" Oddly enough, I've gotten somewhat of a similar impression from DKR, I was as hyped as I was ever going to be right when I saw the credits roll on The Dark Knight, all those years ago. Since then it seems every bit I learn about it slowly lowers my expectations, I think it'll be good but I hardly see it withstanding and surmounting the hype that is being leveled against it. This is of course a situation where I'd LOVE to be wrong.

Nurb:
What's next, A team of young black folks being given a hard time because of their race before triumphantly rubbing success in their antagonists' face?

Well probably not seeing as Red Tails is coming out in a couple of weeks.

There wont be Xenomorphs in Prometheus, it has been confirmed in interviews.

And Finland sided with Nazis in the war against Soviets, so yeah...

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