The Odd Life of Timothy Green
I would marry Jennifer Garner if I could. Since that horrible Jennifer Love Hewitt / Party of Five spin off in the late 90s, I've thought she was terrific. This also looks like it can join August Rush in my saccharine kids movies that aren't really for kids list starring JJ Abrams leading ladies. Also, Joel Edgerton is divine...and Australian.
Dark Knight Rises
Forget Bale, I am interested in Catwoman! Catwoman is my favourite comic book characters (in select variations...usually dependant on how she earns a crust and/or written by Frank Miller...not a fan) and I am wary of Anne Hathaway in the role but confident in Nolan's casting history. I've read an interview this week with Hathaway about her research, the costume and how she's been altering her breathing in the role as the creators of Catwoman (Bob Kane & Bill Finger) based the character on actress Hedy Lamarr.
Also, two words. Tom Hardy.
This Means War
What can I say? I love me some Tom Hardy. Especially if watching this movie means seeing Hardy do an action-comedy. I feel like we've seen the entire movie in the trailer and that Reece Witherspoon will never succeed in her attempts to be funny but I shall see it anyway.
Do I really need to say why? Okay - Joss Whedon + superheroes. Done.
Also, I am terribly interested to see Cobie Smulders (Robyn, How I Met Your Mother) as an action hero. I think she'll kick butt.
The Amazing Spider-Man
I loathed the other newish Spider-Man movies. I cannot stand Tobey Maguire so the movies were a lost cause...especially when it involved him dancing badly and wearing eyeliner. So here we have my favourite gal, Emma Stone, with the phenomenally talented Andrew Garfield who has an actual stake in the portrayal of Peter Parker (as seen below.)
The Hunger Games
I just really want to see Jennifer Lawrence tear up the scenery and our emotions as Katniss.
The Bourne Legacy
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I love the Bourne trilogy and Matt Damon but I also think Jeremy Renner is one talented guy. The movie will be written and directed by Tony Gilroy who was responsible for writing the first three so bring it on.
It looks remarkably crap but it has Riggins and Landry in it. Nuff said.
One for the Money
I've only read the first Stephanie Plum book (Janet Evanovich) so I am not as tangled up with adaptation concerns as most. I am also in the 1% of the world who thinks Katherine Heigl is smart, mouthy and bucking the trend of actresses pretending to be sweet as pie for favourable publicity. She might be a raging cow but at least she's honest.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
I could say ...just because but I actually think Benjamin Walker is a talented actor and look forward to seeing the great bearded one kick some non-sparkly vamp ass.
Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters
I could have said Snow White and the Huntsman, or Mirror Mirror BUT this one is far more creative and stars the aforementioned Jeremy Renner and the divine Gemma Arterton as the hunting siblings scarred from their witch encounter as children.
Ben Affleck is following up his direction of Gone Baby Gone and The Town with this real life story of American CIA agents posing as a scouting crew for the movie Argo to retrieve American citizens during the Iranian Hostage Crisis. Affleck is acting and has cast Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) so this is a FIRM green light.
The Untitled Terrance Malick Project
I know next to nothing about this movie - 1) it is directed by Malick and 2) it stars Affleck and (my girl crush) Rachel McAdams, and 3) this shot looks beautiful.
21 Jump Street
I love Tatum (he's very funny in She's All That... remember the phone/weight room scene?) and will tolerate Jonah Hill as the trailer looks surprisingly good.
Stay with me - it's YA and it stars Lindsay Shaw. Shaw played Kat in the 10 Things I Hate About You tv show which wasn't all that bad. She also looks like she could be a tennis player, unlike most actresses in Hollywood. It's a common YA sporting trope - learning that winning isn't everything. And yes, it looks unbelievably cheesy. Why they've chosen to advertise that it is from the same people that inflicted Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray on us I'll never know.
The Wettest County in the World
So this crime drama stars Tom Hardy (sensing a theme?), Shia LaBeouf (ugh) and Mia Wasilkovska (LOVE) detailing bootlegging in the 1930s South.
Jack the Giant Killer
It's all about the cast -
- Nicholas Hoult
- Bill Nighy
- Stanley Tucci
- Ewan McGregor
- Ian McShane
You can't do better than that. Well, remove the stalk and the giants perhaps...but still without those giants you wouldn't see flaming trees coming at you.
Well that's it for me. I admit there are no indie movies or documentaries on this list but I've had less success rooting out what will be available in 2012.
What are you excited to see on the big screen next year?