Last year we looked towards 2012 and thought; that's going to be a good year for movies. Now we're in September and seemingly all of the big films like The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises have come and gone, and so far this year has been fairly unspectacular. In the coming months there are a lot of gems to really get excited for, so here's the best of what's to come for the remainder of 2012.
What gamer isn't excited for this film? It's an animated film about a video game villain getting tired of his job and leaving his game. Not only does it star one of the funniest actors in Hollywood, John C. Reilly, but it also features a bunch of video game characters such as Bowser and Zangief.
This is looking like it could easily take the mantle for best video game movie ever, which admittedly isn't difficult at all, but it's definitely something we can all rejoice about.
Release date: 26/12
After Gone Baby Gone and The Town, Ben Affleck has shown us that he's a very strong director, that really focuses on character. His latest film, Argo, is based on a true story about CIA going into Iran disguised as a film crew to rescue a hostage. It stars Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman.
This looks simply incredible, and could easily be Affleck's best film yet. Hopefully it will actually give Cranston some screen time to actually act, after his slew of small roles where he basically does nothing.
Release date: 25/10
A few people have told me this looks like this years (500) Days of Summer, and from what we've seen, it certainly could be. It stars Paul Dano and is directed by the duo who made Little Miss Sunshine. The plot on the surface seems a little lame; a writer falls in love with the character he's writing and then she becomes real, though it looks like it's executed very well and it looks really sweet and funny.
This looks like a must watch, for people that like Romcoms and also like good movies. Maybe Dano will finally get his long overdue Oscar nom?
Release date: 20/09
Dredd looks awesome. It's about time we got another R rated comic book movie. We've only seen a short trailer that gives us a glimpse at the slow-motion effects and the plot that sounds just like The Raid, but critics got to see some footage at comic-con, and boy are they all excited for it now.
Not to mention it's all in 3D, and a well-made 3D over the top violent film is just what some of us have been waiting for. This movie is going to be awesome.
Release date: 25/10
To Rome with Love
Another Woody Allen film, with a spectacular cast, this is definitely a must see. Alison Pill, Alec Baldwin, Jessie Eisenberg, Ellen Page are just a few of the big names in this huge cast. Do you even need to know the plot? Seriously, it's Woody Allen.
Release date: 18/10
Sam Mendes (American Beauty) directing a Daniel Craig Bond film!? Javier Bardem as the villain!? That's enough alone to warrant it being on this list. But we've seen a bunch of trailers, and this film looks stunning. We've seen a trend this year, of action films focusing a lot on cinematography, and Skyfall looking to be the highlight.
This could very well be one of the best Bond films made in a long time. I've always thought Craig makes a perfect Bond, but Royale and Solace didn't really use him as best as they could. Skyfall is going to be great.
Release date: 22/11
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
It's been almost 10 years since Peter Jackson took us to Middle Earth for what we all thought was going to be the last time. We had no idea we'd be getting three more films from him but luckily the stars aligned and somehow we get to go back to Middle Earth.
At this point, we have no reason not to trust Jackson, so The Hobbit is looking to be a truly incredible experience, and with the advent of 48fps, even a revolutionary one.
Release date: 26/12
After Brick and The Brothers Bloom, Rian Johnson has proven that he's one of the best up and coming Directors. Looper is looking to be this years Inception. It's set in the future, where people are sent back 30 years to be killed by hired guns. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a younger Bruce Willis who has to kill himself after he is sent back.
Sounds pretty crazy right? Very positive reviews have been coming in saying that this sci-fi thriller is very grounded in the drama, which makes it even more interesting. I decided early on to avoid all of the trailers for this, so I could go in completely fresh. I have no idea what to expect, but man, am I excited.
Release date: 27/09
Steven Spielberg. Daniel Day-Lewis. Abraham Lincoln biopic. We know next to nothing about this film. A trailer hasn't even been released yet. Just from the names involved we already know this is going to be a heavy hitter at The Academy Awards.
The trailer is set to come out next Thursday, watch it.
Release date: 16/11
Paul Thomas Anderson has been called this generation's Stanley Kubrick. After his three masterpieces, Boogie Nights, Magnolia and There will be Blood, not many people are arguing that. The Master looks absolutely gorgeous. It's shot on 70mm film and every single shot shown in the many trailers we've seen look worthy of an Oscar. Ever since the first teaser trailer hit, it's pretty much been locked down that the films lead, Joaquin Phoenix will be a heavy Oscar for contender. His performance in the teaser alone is horrifying.
The Master also stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. This is going to be a true treat for all cinema lovers.
Release date: 08/11
That's not a bad list of films for the next four months now, is it?