2012 Movie Guide, Part I

POSTING BY JB MADDAWG

Yes, I’m well aware of the fact that it’s 2011.  We here, at The Throwdown love to stay ahead of the curve.  I’ve never been one of those people who just wing it and take off for the movies, I must have a plan.  The film will be researched to the best of my ability, from content to the film’s running time.  I simply refuse to reward Hollywood with around $10 bucks for some pile of garbage I know I watched six years ago.  So, I like to prepare and find out a bit about the upcoming season of movies,  that way I can more accurately prejudge them, call them drek, and keep a good closed mind about the whole thing.

I have plenty of friends that refuse to even watch the preview of a film, but to me, that really takes away from the excitement of anticipating what your favorite sequels, or next year’s blockbusters will be like.  Now, I’ve restrained from actual previews, but I’ve given just enough info to whet your whistle on the upcoming movies.

Let’s take a look at some of the films on tap next year, and see if anything is theatre worthy, or just more material for the DVD player.

Contraband, due out on Jan. 13, 2012.  Action/Suspense starring Mark Wahlberg and Kate Beckinsale.  It’s a remake(wow, what a surprise) of a film concerning an alcohol smuggler that is coaxed back into the business of financial issues.  My problem with this: it’s not only a remake, but one of an Icelandic thriller.  I’m sure you’re all very aware of the booming film industry in Iceland.  PASS.

Red Tails, due out on Jan. 2o, 2012.  Historical drama, with Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Terrence Howard. Hey, guess what, folks?  I loved this movie!  I saw it on HBO back in the mid 90’s when it was The Tuskegee Airmen, which also starred Cuba Gooding, Jr.   Although it’s already being pressed as a more accurate description of the African-Americans that took to the skies during WWII, it still has George Lucas as a financial backer.  This could mean that the film actually looks better on film because of the special effects, but anything that has George Lucas’ name on it lately, is a complete roll of the dice.  WAIT FOR DVD.

The Vow, due on February 10, 2012.  Romantic comedy, starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams.  Taken from a true story about a newlywed couple involved in an auto accident.  The wife comes out of a coma and is amnesic, and while the husband cares for her, she starts to have feelings for a former boyfriend.  Again, it’s While You Were Sleeping.  ONLY GOOD FOR A DATE MOVIE.
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, due on February 17, 2012.  Action, starring Nicolas Cage.  Starring once again as supernatural superhero Johnny Blaze, a.k.a, Ghost Rider, Nic Cage takes on the Devil.  Again.   There’s no word if the film is going to tackle the “is Nicolas Cage a 200-year-old vampire” subject.  PASS.

The Hunger Games, due on March 23, 2012, Action/Thriller, starring Jennifer Lawrence.  Based on the book by Suzanne Collins, in a post-apocalyptic future, teens from 12-18 are chosen from various places in the former United States, and forced to compete on television in a last person standing death match.  Collins also wrote the screenplay, so the translation should be accurate.  This actually, could be a huge sleeper film.  Original plot, and a good fan following already?  I’d say SEE IT
The Avengers, due on May 4, 2012, Action, starring Robert Downey Jr, Samuel Jackson, Scarlett Johannson, Chris Evans, and the guy that played Thor.  This is what all those superhero movies have been building up for lately.  The super team of The Avengers bans together to stop the annihilation of the planet.  Directed by Joss Wheldon, this is a huge blockbuster roll of the dice.  Lots of big payroll checks, let’s see if the plot holds up.  Could give The Dark Knight Rises a run for its money.  TOO EARLY TO CALL.
Men in Black III, due on May 25, 2012, Comedy/Action starring Will Smith, Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones.  The return of Agent J(Smith) has him going back in time to 1969 to help a younger agent K(Brolin).  The movie will be in 3D and could be a contender for box office success, but the plot reeks of Austin Power’s The Spy Who Shagged Me.  I’M WAITING FOR DVD.
Rock of Ages, due on June 1, 2012, Musical, starring Tom Cruise, among others.  This is being billed as a “musical, but for straight guys”.  That has flop written all over it.  Tom Cruise trying to be a rocker and singing “Wanted Dead or Alive” and “Pour Some Sugar on Me” with his shirt off doesn’t appeal to straight guys.  I WOULDN’T BE CAUGHT DEAD SEEING THIS.
Yes, Batman fans, I will obviously include The Dark Knight Rises in Part II, among many other films.  While I’ve decided just to touch on some of the larger market films, there will hopefully be a portion of indie films that may be worth keeping an eye on, as well.  Stay tuned for Part II, next week, T Downers.
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