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

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Stephen Spielburg goes off to make a movie about Good ol honest Abe?

... I'll say it now, there will be aliens.
Why? Because he does it to nearly all his movies. (Ill just refer to indiana jones and you'll know what I mean.)

i feel ashamed by the fact i didnt know about half of these films... :(
also you forgot the best thing about "brave" EVERYONE HAS A SCOTISH ACCENT!!! XD im going to have fun with this one :)

I believe Prometheus, The Avengers and The Hobbit are going to be my must-see movies this year. I might check out the Brave movie as well just because of beautiful animation and and a potentially interesting main character.

As for the Dark Knight Rises i, like so many other apparently, had completely forgotten about it until it was mentioned at the end. The trailer wasn't all that good and Bane really doesn't look like he'll be much of interest (so nothing new there, i guess). But yeah, i too hope i'm wrong about my feelings towards it 'cause the last two have definitely been very interesting and i'd hate to see the trilogy fall down so hard right at the end (The Dark Knight might just have set out expectations too high)

Ruwrak:
Stephen Spielburg goes off to make a movie about Good ol honest Abe?

... I'll say it now, there will be aliens.
Why? Because he does it to nearly all his movies. (Ill just refer to indiana jones and you'll know what I mean.)

It wasn't John Wilkes Booth that assassinated the president... it was the Martians!

Not entirely sure that'll fly, but it would certainly make the scenes of adrenaline-fueled diplomacy a lot more interesting. Plus the final scene in which the president is shot could now be with a space laser exploding the theater and at the end Lincoln's hat comes slowly falling down from the sky and landing in an up-right position in front of the burning theater and gradually fading screams of people running away.

Oh yeah ***Spoiler alert*** Lincoln dies at the end.

Dude, you leaving off the Dark Knight isnt surprising, it hasn't been surprising ever since the Dark Knight was really really popular (with the sort of people you hate films being popular with. Some people who liked that film liked..guns..and cars... and as you tell us every time a Fast and Furious style film comes out, that makes them bad people)and you switched sides from telling us how awesome it was.

Some people hate other people liking their stuff :D

You were already called out on the whole 'gritty comic book movie' thing being a pretty much in your face untruth a few weeks ago, so I won't go there either :)

Ruwrak:
Stephen Spielburg goes off to make a movie about Good ol honest Abe?

... I'll say it now, there will be aliens.
Why? Because he does it to nearly all his movies. (Ill just refer to indiana jones and you'll know what I mean.)

Not sure if trolling or serious.

Inability to correctly spell Spielberg (or Steven, for that matter), you apparently haven't seen any of his films beyond the fourth Indy movie.

I've been wanting to see Iron Sky for like 2 years now, and now I want to see Wreck-It Ralph just because of the interesting premise.

"Abraham f***ing Lincoln"- I don't usually laugh at these videos, but that one made me chuckle considerably.

Cute to see everyone going "WHAHUUUUHHHH FINLAND YOU SAY????" as if this was the first time ever that someone in Finland made a movie.

Also if the humor in Iron Sky is anything like Star Wreck it just might be way too Finnish for some, which would explain the reason for everyone's reaction.

I just came full circle on my own post, people.

lastoflancas:

5) There are many people who are arguing that the Prometheus is not prequel for Alien,

Wait?! Who on earth?!?

Anyway, I've completely missed the buzz for Prometheus. Sometime a couple of years ago I filed it away in will stink, ignore after reading the words Alien Prequel and Ridley Scott's brother.

Now it's nearly here, actual factual Ridley Scott has done it and it suddenly looks damned convincing. My goodness... not sure I'm brave enough to watch it.

Shadowstar38:

jkvoller:

Shadowstar38:
The problem with the new Batman is that once you've done the Joker, you got nowhere to go. Same if they put Doomsday in a superman film.

The recent Marvel films have been the only thing to get me to the theater as of late so Avengers is my number one. That Jamie Fox movie does intrigue me though.

What about Darkseid.

Anyone who calls Bane boring in the comics is off by a long shot. Apart from being one of the only villains to discover Batmans identity, Bane is also a master tactitian as well as being a much more physical presence than Batman is and that's what makes Bane interesting. He's Batman on steriods.

It makes me a sad panda when people only think of Bane as the the suck ass zombie/remote controlled muscle that he was in Batman and Robin

I Know about how awesome Bane is, but the Film doesnt seem like its pulling it off well. While the comic book version looks like he could be a problem, Nolan's version is just some guy in a dumb mask.

I probably should have clarified that I wasn't having a go at you. I was just saying that anybody who thinks that Bane is boring or uninteresting should go back and read the comics again. I know what you mean with Nolan's Bane and I'm hoping that there is some sort of performance enhancing drug that Bane takes throughout the course of the film.

I just quoted you because of the Doomsday comment as I feel that Darkseid poses a greater threat than Doomsday does

Pretty interesting list and I would say I'm looking forward to most of those flicks too.

I also have a similar expectation of the new Batman movie. Bane looks really off to me. Too small for one. I feel they should have gone CG a la Hulk or done something with a different villain altogether. I feel there are a lot more interesting ones out there than Bane.
Then that Catwoman just looks so wrong.

I loved Begins and Dark Knight so I'll give it a try, but at the moment I'm really sceptical. Hope I'm wrong though.

SpiderJerusalem:

Ruwrak:
Stephen Spielburg goes off to make a movie about Good ol honest Abe?

... I'll say it now, there will be aliens.
Why? Because he does it to nearly all his movies. (Ill just refer to indiana jones and you'll know what I mean.)

Not sure if trolling or serious.

Inability to correctly spell Spielberg (or Steven, for that matter), you apparently haven't seen any of his films beyond the fourth Indy movie.

Now, you see this guy below me

Ulquiorra4sama:

Ruwrak:
Stephen Spielburg goes off to make a movie about Good ol honest Abe?

... I'll say it now, there will be aliens.
Why? Because he does it to nearly all his movies. (Ill just refer to indiana jones and you'll know what I mean.)

It wasn't John Wilkes Booth that assassinated the president... it was the Martians!

Not entirely sure that'll fly, but it would certainly make the scenes of adrenaline-fueled diplomacy a lot more interesting. Plus the final scene in which the president is shot could now be with a space laser exploding the theater and at the end Lincoln's hat comes slowly falling down from the sky and landing in an up-right position in front of the burning theater and gradually fading screams of people running away.

At least he gets the joke. Sure I might misspell STEVEN SPIELBERG because, at the time of writing I was half asleep and to lazy to figure it all out. Anyway, not trolling but merely jesting. Apparently I can't make a joke on the net without at least one person going 'Not sure if trolling or serious'. Well, I was neighter.

Allthough I might have been a bit serious about the aliens coming into the movie. Cowboys & Aliens, Indiana Jones and all that do make me wonder why they did not hire him to direct that one movie about invisible aliens that harvest electricity from earth. You know. Darkness? PitchDark? What was it.

So you're looking forward to a sci-fi movie about humans discovering "something horrifying while investigating alien ruins that could hold the secret to the origins of humankind?"

Now where have I heard that premise before...
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Admit it MovieBob, your Halophobia is just a big act.

"Puppy accidentally pissing in its own face"
~yahtzee

fucking lolz

All I can do is think back to the review of Monsters. If we're doing over/under, I'm picking over 5 of these movies to disappoint Bob.

(With Prometheus and John Carter to be two of them)

If anyone can break the 3rd movie curse, it is Christopher Nolan.
And I admire that he took 2 of the dumbest supervillan ever in a batman movie or spinoff and said " Yeah I'm going to make them awesome again."
So yeah, I respectfully disagree with you MovieBob.

Without looking I would presume....

1/2 would be pretentious garbage that in either an artsy and or innovative form or simply award fodder

EDIT 1:(8,7,6,4,3)

1/2 would be pointless nod to nostalgia or ode to pointless fanboyism

EDIT 2:(10,9,5,3,2,1)

#3 basically boils down to artistic fodder due to the "controversial" nature of it, but its also an ode to fanboyism over Tarantino.
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Pretty close, Though it seems I have given Bob entirely too much credit. Bobs opinions on movies from what I have experienced always been extremely narrow in that if it doesnt pigeonhole into one of those two categories, he doesnt care for it and will gladly dismiss it as bad. I honestly would trust the opinions of the hobo who lives behind the movie theater before I would ever apply any sort of validity to Bobs opinions.

I accepted Bobs views as being predominantly fanboyish after the incredibly high praise for the incredibly mediocre Captain America film. Ever since then I keep finding myself wondering why is this even here?

Number three should prove fun. The US is pretty darned touchy over the topic *still* ' -'

viranimus:
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And through all of that, I couldn't help but ironically call this a narrow opinion myself. Any possible way on elaborating? Because from what I saw during my time here was that Bob's opinions do vary from: horrible (Twilight)-->Bad-->okay but flawed--> Nothing special-->Good but flawed-->Cliche but great-->Great and original ---> Freaking fantastic.

Which is a much wider area than your post suggested.

I want to see all of these movies, including Batman.

I don't understand why he left it out, nor why so many people are agreeing. Not because I don't understand what he's saying about the trailers and stuff, and not because I'm against taking a controversial viewpoint, but because MovieBob and a lot of commenters aren't displaying the basic human trait of pattern recognition.

Batman Begins
Memento
The Prestige
Insomnia
The Dark Knight
Inception

Nolan has a pattern of making really good movies. When people learned about Heath Ledger there was so much complaining, then more complaining after seeing the screwy Joker makeup, and look how it all turned out! Obviously Nolan doesn't need anyone to defend him, and TDK Rises will make boatloads of money even if no one on The Escapist sees it. Given the 6 films listed, it's fair to assume that it will be a very good movie, even if it's not life-changing. For all we know (not much, since the plot is a total mystery), Batman dies in the first 10 minutes. I've complained about Bane too, and there's been plenty of fan expressions of lukewarm enthusiasm, but you all know that you're going to see it anyway.

ProjectTrinity:

Which is a much wider area than your post suggested.

Not really. I think you might be looking at it the wrong way around. The words he uses to describe what level he likes or doesnt like a film are not relevant. The point is he generally likes a very narrow style of film.(IE: Nostalgia and/or Oscar fodder)From there he is fairly intolerant or at least indifferent to anything that does not somehow fit into those two very generalized categories, to a point of being incredibly predictable.

Please remember, there is a world of difference between a personal opinion and a criticism(in a judging context). In watching Bobs reviews it feels like we are not watching an actual film critic as much as it is just some random guy predisposed to dissatisfaction and very politely ranting who simply has a slightly larger mouthpiece than most.

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As for his list, I would say that Iron Sky looks intriguing. However, much like the cited Sky Captain film, that also seemed intriguing. I would say if anything the film needed to be more serious because it was the attempt at being niche campy and light hearted that absolutely gutted that film because it was too busy trying to beat you over the head with its inane and unrelatable 1940s noire gimmick. Iron Sky looks like it... can... get past that, though the swastika space craft leaves me to wonder.

Outside of that, the list seems pretty uninspired, though I despise every tentacle of disney with a vehement passion and that invariably means anything from Pixar as well as Marvel by proxy. So that really only leaves 7 out of 10 to be considerable.

The Hobbit: I really enjoyed the LOTR just like preety much every other Geek out there and the casting really has me excited. My only real worry is that they'll try and make what is a light, smallscale tale darker and "EPIC" to please those who saw LOTR.

The Avengers: All the Marvel films so far have been fun & entertaining and Joss Whedon has shown he can balance an ensamble cast well. Not expecting anything Oscar worthy, but it should be a fun film at least.

Django Unchained: I really can't stand Tarantino films and I can't see any reason to see this.

Unnamed Kathrin Bigalo project, i.e. "Kill Bin Ladin": No thanks.

Prometheus: I enjoyed the Alien films (yes, even 3) and as long as this works as a decent sci-fi horror I'll give it a try.

Lincoln: Sign me up.

Brave: I'd bet good money that there's more to this films story then the trailers show and so will go see this and hope for the best. Also, I love the scottish accent.

John Carter: Really not my thing.

Iron Sky: Again, not something I can get excited about.

Wreck it Ralph: From what I've read about this, Its going to be either absolutely fantastic, or a train wreck. Depends whether they go for a good story, or try and pander to the geek crowd.

FINLAND! WUUU!

*Ahem* Nice video bob. I agree with you on a lot.

Wow. I didn't even know half of these movies existed!

I'm so excited right now I could probably sub as a sex toy.

Wait, that came out even dirtier than I intended it to be...

Where is Knights of Badassdom?!

I'm looking forward to most of these movies, but I've been waiting the longest for Iron Sky. I stumbled it a few years back and have been following its development ever since. Hope it gets a wide release!

Actually im not looking forward to "Rises" either. When I was a kid Batman was the best, unbeatable, untouchable, and the fact that he had no superpowers and all his skills just came from intense study made him even more of an Idol for me. Knightfall(the series which Bane broke Batman's back) came out early 90's, I maybe read two comics from that series long after it had wrapped. My main image of Batman comes from Batman: The Animated series, Batman Beyond(what? Old Bruce was still badass), and the Justice League cartoons.

I really dont want to go see the last Bale Batman movie only for it to end with Batman defeated. Thats not fun, or enjoyable. I wanna see Batman victorious, on top, and hopefully end the series on a high note and a happy ending.

Aside from that ALL of those movies take a back seat to The Avengers. Yes even the Hobbit. Part one(if im remembering the book correctly) is mainly just the journey and maybe Bilbo getting the ring. Part two is where it'll get good, jewel encrusted dragons, epic battles with dwarves and gryphons and goblins. That is what Ive been dying to see since I first read The Hobbit. Untill then Avengers is what I want. If the world ended the day after I saw The Avengers, I'd be satisfied :)

Avengers is going to be medicore for those of us not entranced by the world of Marvel comics. Part of the problem with Captain America was that they tried to do too much in too short of a time span. Transitions were wiped off the screen as the film flew around from action set to action set (especially in the second half) and there was little time for things like characterization or exposition. The Avengers looks to be even bigger than that. This is going to be the very definition of a movie trying to do too much.

For all the time Captain America left out things like transitions, The Avengers can only have more bouncing around from action to action. Characterization? Forget it. There's still demons all the heroes have to face, but between 4 heroes (possibly 7 if they include Black Widow, Nick Fury, and Hawkeye's problems) there's no way enough screen time will be dedicated to them satisfactorily facing their own issues.

Now I know many will be like, "This is gonna be superheroes kicking ass, so who cares?" And that's fine, it'll possibly be a fun film to see but it won't be a great film.

chickenhound:
*runs around waving a pitchfork in angry fangirlfashion*

no this is not about the batman movie rather that you failed to even mention my most anticapited movie of 2012 The Secret World of Arrietty

*goes back on angry rampage*

Joins in rampage. It is my #1 not of this year but of this decade. My favorite kids book done by my favorite director in my favorite art style.

viranimus:
Without looking I would presume....

1/2 would be pretentious garbage that in either an artsy and or innovative form or simply award fodder

EDIT 1:(8,7,6,4,3)

1/2 would be pointless nod to nostalgia or ode to pointless fanboyism

EDIT 2:(10,9,5,3,2,1)

#3 basically boils down to artistic fodder due to the "controversial" nature of it, but its also an ode to fanboyism over Tarantino.
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Pretty close, Though it seems I have given Bob entirely too much credit. Bobs opinions on movies from what I have experienced always been extremely narrow in that if it doesnt pigeonhole into one of those two categories, he doesnt care for it and will gladly dismiss it as bad. I honestly would trust the opinions of the hobo who lives behind the movie theater before I would ever apply any sort of validity to Bobs opinions.

I accepted Bobs views as being predominantly fanboyish after the incredibly high praise for the incredibly mediocre Captain America film. Ever since then I keep finding myself wondering why is this even here?

Yeah... I wonder until when will MovieBob continue to insist Captain America was good weighted solely on how much he is Cap's biggest fan. It was certainly one of the weakest Marvel flicks (ok, not as weak as X-Man 3/Wolverine or Spider Man 3, but among the decent to great Marvel films, it stands squarely at the bottom). Thor is hand's down the best Marvel film to be put to screen and the reason I actually started looking for the Thor comics, that never interested me before.

Now, be fair, if MovieBob only cared for Nostalgia and Fanboyism, he'd have positive opinions on The Smurfs and Alvin and the Chipmunks. So at least we know his nostalgia has limits.

On the other half I completely agree on the pretentious garbage side. He said Tree of Life was hands down one of the best movies of the year. That shit was almost harder to sit through than The Smurfs... except thrice as freaking long. I pretty much doubt Prometheus is going to be good. Aliens not only don't need a freaking prequel, ANYTHING they'd try to put in a prequel to Aliens can only (further) damage the mythos.

Well, at least I hope the Hobbit will be good, but I still stand by the opinion that it didn't have any business becoming a movie because, if your movie needs to be split into more than one part, DO A FREAKING MINI-SERIES OR STRAIGHT SERIES ALREADY.

For fuck's sake...

Prometheus, Iron Sky and the Avengers. Just three reasons why 2012 is going to kick ass!

Good episode as always!

Ekit:
I don't see how The Avengers can ever be good. It has enormous pressure and is being directed by someone who has made one previous feature film.

'cos even the word hopeless has hope in it?

Sooo, how much do you hate me now?

A little more off topic. That is the first time I saw them trailers for batman (I can't stand batman, okay?) but was Bane wearing Mortal Kombat's reptile's face mask?

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One last thing, Bane is looking a little ... tiny ....? Like I said I am not a batman nerd but hasn't Bane always been like twice as big as Batman? Even looking on images on google shows cartoons of Bane being 9 foot tall and 6 foot biceps and in the film they are the same size.

Personally, I think they should have got this guy.

He is very tall, well built and has played at least 2 roles of mindless muscle that I know of (fearless and warrior king), what more do you want?

Looking forward to all these except whatever the Bin Laden bullshit was, the Tarantino shlock and the Avengers. Just can't get excited about the Avengers, the only Marvel film I actually enjoyed was Thor, because it was funny. I nearly had to stop watching Iron Man 2 it was so dull. Right about the Hobbit though, can't wait!

Will there be Xenomorphs? God I hope so, if not then create a miracle and develop something cooler (not possible, I think).

Kurt Russell in a Quentin Tarantino movie? Hell yes!

Batman has no joker and it was the only interesting thing about the series relaunch so...

The Hobbit? You know I never read the books but constantly hear how great it is. Knowing the combination of the great feedback of the story and the ideal director of the movie working together, I am sure it will be an amazing film. Though I am a battle and violence junkie and hope to see cave trolls, Sauron, Balrogs etc, I can always appreciate a quality film regardless.

chetoos:

DVS BSTrD:
Huh when I first saw the promos for Star Wreck (on this website no less) I actually thought it was an RTS.

Daniel Day Louis as Abraham Lincoln + WIN!

Avenger's Movie plot: Its a Skrull invasion

Regarding the Avengers plot, I have to disagree with you on the alien race they're using. While it's true that the Skrull could be candidates for the secret big villain, I am hedging my bets more on the Kree, for 3 reasons: One: The Skrull shapeshift, making them more suited to a suspense piece like the Thing, while the Kree are pretty normal looking, maybe a bit like the Jotuns in terms of effects, but nothing major, and they don't shapeshift. Therefore, for their first outing, I doubt they'll go for suspense, they're going more for major action, therefore Kree.
Reason 2: Captain Mar-Vell
Reason 3: Ms. Marvel.

Actually I think they are using the plot from the Avengers origin in the comic books. The one with Loki.

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