This past Saturday officially marked the beginning of Fall and the last quarter of the year. While we might be coming out this absolutely amazing Summer full of blockbusters we still have quite a few big hits coming out before the end of the year. From Middle-Earth to the middle of the sea I have got a list of eight movies that you all should still be very excited about this year.
Looper is the upcoming sci-fi movie starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as young Bruce Willis. The movie actually is hitting theaters this weekend and the positive reviews have already been coming in. Not only does it star two awesome actors but it is an original and exciting time traveling movie that aims to establish that perfect balance between kick ass action sequences and being mentally stimulating. I have yet to find myself unimpressed with JGL and Bruce Willis is in it. Need any more reasons to check it out?
The Wachowski brothers are back and they seek to reclaim that high water mark they left on the sci-fi genre with the Matrix with their upcoming film, Cloud Atlas. Based on the David Mitchell with the same title, Cloud Atlas is still somewhat of mystery to those unfamiliar with the book. Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, and Halle Berry are some of the big names that make up the cast and all of these amazing actors are actually going to be playing multiple roles throughout the film. The movie is definitely a sci-fi film but it appears to take place at several points in time ranging from the past, present, and future. Based on the footage we have seen so far this movie could definitely serve to reestablish the Wachowski Bros as the kings of sci-fi.
The Man with the Iron Fists
During production of Django Unchained it looked like Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA might be joining Tarantino on the project but it turns out they were working on something else. The Man with Iron Fists is a Kung-Fu film written by RZA, produced by Tarantino and stars Kurt Russell. With credentials like that paired with the Kung-Fu genre are the recipe for one kick ass movie. We know RZA can write lyrics and at least at the moment seems to be pretty capable of writing screenplays.
John C. Riley stars in what appears to be the Scott Pligrim of this year. The premise of the film is that a video game villain gets sick of being the bad guy and starts jumping from game to game. This animated flick seems a lot like a modern take on Toy Story for the current generation and while it appears to be catering to that specific demographic the trailer has got our attention by showing off some classic and trademarked villains such as Bower, Pacman ghosts and others. This one should be an amazing blend of comedy, sweet action and nostalgia.
Daniel Craig is back once again as M16’s most sylish secret again. Craig has been one of the most popular Bonds to date which makes his return directed by Sam Mendes highly anticipated. Antagonizing Craig in this newest Bond installment is Javier Bordem who has proven how capable of a villain he is in No Country for Old Men. This time around though he is significantly more blond. Blond, very blond.
Life of Pi
The popular and controversial book Life of Pi is finally being adapted and boy does it look amazing. When I first heard the book was being turned into a movie I was a little wary of how it would turn out due to vast majority of inner monologue which made up some 80% of the novel. As more and more footage is revealed though any doubts I originally had started to slip away. If anything the movie has most definitely captured the magic and fantasy of the book which is what really gets me excited about this movie.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Perhaps the one movie I am most excited about from this year. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first in a trilogy adaptation of Tolkiens’s The Hobbit. Martin Freeman is taking up the mantle of Bilbo and Sir Ian McKellan is returning once again as his role as Gandalf. While The Hobbit might have been a shorter read than the Lord of the Rings trilogy Jackson is using extra material from the appendices to really create a completely intensive, thorough and perfect Middle Earth experience. The question was floating around in the latest Power Cast –which can be found here– about whether we are expecting this trilogy to be superior to the original trilogy and I strongly believe that this could be the case.
If one Tarantino movie a year wasn’t for you, you are in luck. While The Man with the Iron Fist is only produced by Tarantino, Django Unchained is both written and directed by the violence loving director. Tarantino’s first venture into the Western genre stars both Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx and apparently Waltz’s character is equal to the awesomeness of Hans Landa and Foxx is the coolest he has ever been. From people who got an early glimpse of the film at Cannes the two actors are not only amazing individually but the duo together are one of the best since Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. To top all of that Leonardo Dicaprio is taking on the role of the antagonist and he looks magnificently despicable. These amazing characters and actors paired with the fantastic directorial skills of Tarantino are sure to make Django Unchained one of the best of the year.
This year has already been incredible as far as movies go and it is only going to get better. While these are the ones I am most excited about there are even more out there that you shouldn’t miss. Once a few more of these bad boys are released you can be sure to expect a “Top Ten 2012 Movies” at some point or another from us. Either way, be sure to stay tuned to Powercords for all your movie news!