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Mark Kermode | 11:13 UK time, Friday, 8 June 2012

We're half way through 2012 already. Here are some of the films I'm really excited about that are released between now and December...

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  • Comment number 1.

    Resident Evil: Retribution mind numbing fun....

  • Comment number 2.

    Most excited about Cosmopolis, how can you not be excited about a new Cronenborg movie?!!!!
    Prometheus was such a let down that I hope that The Dark Knight Rises lives up to the trailer (unlike Prometheus) although Bale's voice still makes me laugh everytime he speaks.
    P.s. Is the new Noel Clarke film, Storage 24 (who tweeted that title? Michael Mann?) supposed to be a comedy? I hope so!

  • Comment number 3.

    Inside Llewyn Davis; while it isn't scheduled for release until 2013, I always have a reserved high expectation for anything The Coen Brothers write and direct regardless of time period, setting or subject matter.

  • Comment number 4.

    I am mainly worried about Anna Hathaway being in the Dark Knight Rises. Will she be good or will she cause the destruction of the entire film?

  • Comment number 5.

    Its funny that someone who complains about Trailers has Trailers as there intros to there blog vids.

  • Comment number 6.

    How could you leave out The Master, not only is it a brilliant concept, but it's got the dream team of Paul Thomas Anderson and Phillip Seymour-Hoffman!

  • Comment number 7.

    Hi Mark, I am extremely looking forward to Les Miserable coming out, I saw the trailer and it looks breath taking, I am especiallly excited to see Russel Crowe singing. It is my favourite musical. Do you know when it is coming out?

  • Comment number 8.

    As well as The Dark Knight Rises, I think one of the films I am most looking forward to is Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained. After alluding to time and time again, the stylistic tropes of the spaghetti western throughout his work it will be interesting to see exactly how Tarantino tackles an actual full blown western (or as a Southern as it is being referred to).

    At the other end of the spectrum is Pixar's Brave. After the misguided misfire that was Cars 2, Brave looks to be so far, a return to form for Pixar. The animation of the scottish highlands looking stunning complete with a great voice cast including Emma Thompson and Kelly MacDonald.

    Over the past couple of years, I've not been too impressed by the winners at the Sundance Film festival but this year I have to say, that Beasts of the Southern Wild looks as if it could change all that. The film looks beautiful, full of grace, almost like visual poetry in its purest form. Cannot wait.

    And finally I'm going to have to go with Skyfall. The thought of Sam Mendes bringing his sensibilities to the world of Bond had me excited from the moment he was first announced then after seeing the first trailer my excitement only increased.

    Hopefully these films don't let me down but of course I've been wrong before.

  • Comment number 9.

    This year is all about the return of The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson (see what I did there). Mark as someone who loves Paul Thomas Anderson how can you leave out The Master?! I mean when was the last time he made a film that WASN'T a masterpiece?!

  • Comment number 10.

    in the very near future Cosmopolis. I've got the book to read before the film come out next week.

    later in the year, Dark Knight Rises, The Master, Amazing Spider-Man, Lawless, Gangster Squad, the Hobbit, Gravity, and Django Unchained

    The film i'm most nervous about is Frankenweenie because the original short is childhood favourite and Tim Burton has been crap for years but I did like Dark Shadows unlike everyone else.

    Also for the record, I think Prometheus is a much more interesting and possibly better film than Alien.

  • Comment number 11.

    1. The Dark Knight Rises
    2. Safety Not Guaranteed
    3. Skyfall
    4. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
    5. Argo

    Most anxious about The Amazing Spider-Man. EVERYONE involved is good, and the dialogue scenes during the 6 minute IMAX preview were lovely, but the action looks boring and the production design, from the new costume down to the Lizard, is absolutely awful. I'd like to like it, but suspect I really won't.

  • Comment number 12.

    For me the most anticipated film was and is "Prometheus". I watched it a week ago and I liked it. I thought it was refreshing how it expanded on the original Alien concept. I watched it again yesterday and it is growing on me faster than I like to admit... I can't remember when was the last time I went to see a film and it made me want to go back to see it again.

  • Comment number 13.

    Obviously like most others i'm looking forward to the The Dark knight Rises the most, but i'm also eagerly awaiting the new Bond film Skyfall, largely beacuse Sam Mendes is helming it and seeing what a quality director like him he can do with the franchise but also with an exceptional cast in Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardam. Roll on Oct!

  • Comment number 14.

    Assuming we see it this side of the new year, 'To The Wonder' is pretty much guaranteed viewing for any self respecting film fan. It is Malick, after all!

  • Comment number 15.

    Similarly, I am very excited about The Dark Knight Rises and Gatsby, but I'm still not sure about 'Red Tails' (A Lucasfilm production about black pilots during World War 2) as some reviews say it's awful whilst others say it's daring and profound. It came out in the US in December and is released in the UK today.

    Definitely pleased to see that 'The Amazing Spider-Man' is sticking closer to the comic book material than the previous trilogy, but the action looks a little Transformers-esque and I'm (understandably) concerned.

  • Comment number 16.

    For me there is only 1 movie this year and it's The Expendables 2.
    i don't care about anything else, i just really want my 80's action. No story just 1 liners and action simple

  • Comment number 17.

    Of course The Dark Knight Rises is incredibly exciting, but I'm most looking forward to Cosmopolis and Django Unchained. Also hopeful that Brave will be a return to form for Pixar. The film I am most worried about is The Great Gatsby, but not for the reasons you might think. I'm actually most concerned that it will end up to be really good, and will reinvigorate the 3D market just at the moment when it's looking like cinema-goers have finally lost interest in the higher ticket prices and stupid gimmickry of it all. Death to 3D! :-D

  • Comment number 18.

    Of course The Hobbit and The Dark Knight Rises are on my list of most anticipated films of the year lit, however some more obscure films are also on there, like Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, starring Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas. My absolutely favourite film of last year was Drive, and a second viewing of that I'm has only built up my hype for the next Winding Refn/Godling collaboration. Seriously, if these 2 keep making films with the same quality of Drive, then they could very well be the next Scorsese and De Niro in my opinion.

  • Comment number 19.

    1. The Dark Knight Rises
    2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3
    4. Ted
    5. The Amazing Spider-Man
    6. The Hobbit
    7. Skyfall
    8. Total Recall
    9. Neighborhood Watch
    10. The Great Gatsby

  • Comment number 20.

    Apart from the obvious as stated in your video (prometheus, DKR, Hobbit etc) I'm looking forward to Malick's new film To The Wonder, he's other film Voyage Of Time was supposed to be out this year too but that's been pushed back to 2013. Joe Wright's Anna Karenina is high on my list as is Studio Ghibli's From Up On Poppy Hill which I'm hoping at least for a US/Euro release this year since it's already been out in Japan since 2011

  • Comment number 21.

    Mark, how can you leave out 'The Master' by Paul Thomas Anderson? Brilliance after brilliance - now is surely not the time for a huge fall from grace? We shall see.

  • Comment number 22.

    Got to look forwards to Wreck-It Ralph, a new disney animation released in November.

  • Comment number 23.

    Lots of people (including Mark) have recommended films I am already looking forward to.

    There's one film I am genuinely looking forward to outside of these recommendations - Dredd. I know the vibe is that its production has been somewhat troubled but still I want to see the ultra violent facist lawman of the future on the screen in a "low" budget flick. It might end up being terrible, I already know in my heart it's going to be flawed, but I've been waiting for a 2000ad film since I was a nipper.

  • Comment number 24.

    Right now, Cosmopolis. Any new Cronenberg is worth getting excited about.

    No interest in Dark Knight Rises.

  • Comment number 25.

    1. The Dark Knight Rises
    2. Star Trek 2 with Benedict Cumberbatch!
    3. Looper

  • Comment number 26.

    I'm looking forward to the screen adaption of Leo Tolstoy's novel of 'Anna Karenina', the film is being directed by Joe Wright and starring Keira Knightly.

    I know a lot of people are very sniffy about Joe Wright because he isn't supposedly a great storyteller. But I think their is much more to Joe Wright than meets the eye. I think he is director who has lots of interesting offbeat ideas bubbling under the surface - which on the whole, apart from some glimpses in 'Hanna', we haven't seen them come to fruition yet.

  • Comment number 27.

    'The Master' without question is the film to get excited about. The release of a P.T Anderson film is an event.
    Otherwise 'The Dark Knight Rises' is definitely up there.

  • Comment number 28.

    Most looking forward to the dark knight rises, but very nervous it might be a spiderman 3 style mess with too many new characters- bane, catwoman, blake, the rumored talia al ghul and just too much going on- revolution, injured batman, civil war in gotham city and another rumour that blake will replace bruce wayne behind the cowl.

  • Comment number 29.

    I really can't wait for Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master. Hopefully PTA can continue his fine unbroken run of brilliance.

  • Comment number 30.

    I'd have to echo what's come above and wonder how The Master didn't make the list.

    Others in no particular order and for various reasons include The Dark Knight Rises, Alps, The Grandmasters, Amour, Killing Them Softly, The Hobbit, The Hunt, The Paperboy and Skyfall.

    My worries lie with Gatsby and Spider-man. I'm extremely excited about the prospect of the latter returning more to the source material and in the footage seen thus-far Spidey behaves a lot more like his own character than a generic hero with different powers, but there are concerns mostly around the action and The Lizard.

  • Comment number 31.

    Most excited: The Dark Knight Rises. I think Christopher Nolan is the greatest film maker of our time. His Batman trilogy isn't shackled to the mythos like some other superhero franchises are, it is purely his own original creation, and I think because of his huge success with TDK and Inception the interfering business executives in Hollywood would have let him finish the series his own way.

    Most worried: The Hobbit. I haven't sought out the much-maligned preview footage because, like Mark, I don't want to spoil the real thing for myself. But I have such huge expectations after The Lord of the Rings (and was let down by the latter half of Return of the King), I am apprehensive as to how this will match up. I love Guillermo del Toro to bits but I'm wondering how much we'll see of his work. I hope there won't be much, because I want this to be a purely Peter Jackson film. Del Toro is best when he's coming up with great ideas all on his own.

  • Comment number 32.

    I am both very excited and very worried about The Bourne Legacy. I worried about whether Tony Gilroy can pull off the franchise that Paul Greengrass changed the face of modern thrillers with. My guess is no but I am hoping he can surprise.

  • Comment number 33.

    The Dark Knight rises most certainly. If they don't drop the ball that will be one of the (if not THE) best trilogies ever made.

    Other than that though, I'm really looking forward to the documentary Side by Side which is about digital vs film as a filmmakers medium. Hopefully it will get a general release, or at least DVD release this year.

  • Comment number 34.

    I also think the documentary 'Indie Game' look interesting.

  • Comment number 35.

    I really liked all 3 Lord of the Rings films, and though it's probably not the movie I look forward to more than any other, I'm really worried about The Hobbit. The fact that it's being split into two parts makes me wonder whether the material in the books and the other bits they're adding in will be enough to fill up two whole movies and isn't just a money-making scheme. Another thing is that one of my favourite things about the book is its sort of rustic warmth and lightheartedness, which I suspect there won't be as much of in the new films. Having said that, though, I hope it doesn't stick exactly to everything in the book, since that seems to be a surefire way of ruining a film.

    Oh, and Brave looks good too.

  • Comment number 36.

    most looking forward to - Judge Dredd

    most worried about - Judge Dredd

  • Comment number 37.

    My trilogy of must see films between now and December:

    The Dark Knight Rises
    The Hobbit (Part 1).

    Glad someone else mentioned The Expendables 2: Chuck Norris, van Damme, and Arnie and Willis in bigger roles: can't wait!

  • Comment number 38.

    The most excited: The Dark Knight Rises. Wally Pfister is an outstanding cinematographer and I can’t wait to see what he’ll do as a director, and Christopher Nolan is definitely one of the greatest filmmakers of our time. Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy revolutionised comic book movies in a big way, creating a dark dystopian neo-noir world steeped in bleakness and nihilism, with characters that are flawed, damaged, or even psychopathic. Nolan doesn’t attempt to map onto the original Burton/Schumacher saga, or even the original comic books and graphic novels. Instead, he has taken the concept of the character and made it its own creature. If ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is a fitting conclusion to the whole saga, then it is highly possible that Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy will go down in cinema history as one of the flawless movie trilogies of all time, along with Toy Story and The Lord of the Rings.

    The most worried: The Amazing Spider-Man. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy was the reason I got interested in films in the first place, and I enjoyed what he had done with Spider-Man in the first two movies. However, even though I think that Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone will both be great and do a great job at being those characters, I am extremely worried of how Marc Webb is going to restart the whole Spider-Man saga again. I’m worried that after waiting all this time, this reboot could do nothing other than disappoint me. But, who knows? Maybe the reboot will breathe new life into comic book movies and take the genre to new heights like Batman Begins did. But, they are going to have a really hard job of topping the first two Spider-Man movies.

  • Comment number 39.

    Having seen all of the big movies so far (including the underwhelming Prometheus), the one i'm still looking forward to the most is of course The Dark Knight Rises. I was actually a little disappointed by 2008's The Dark Knight and had very little interest in this year's follow-up until Tom Hardy had been cast as the villian, this guy is the best actor around and i have no doubt that he will deliver a breathtaking performance.
    I'm glad you mentioned Killer Joe because that is one film that i think is set to become a cult favourite, it may even be Friedkin's best movie since The Exorcist.
    As for the rest of the year, i'm very excited about Lawless, which again stars Tom Hardy alongside Gary Oldman and i'm curious about another little film called Jack & Diane which stars the amazing Juno Temple.

  • Comment number 40.

    I don't really see the appeal of Nolan's Batman films. They are not badly made but I just think they are kind of...unextraordinary.

    I went to see Prometheus the other day and I left the cinema very disappointed. It was kind of like going to Ridley Scott's restaurant which everyone is raving about going "He's the finest cook!" and subsequently being served a nearly tasteless, poorly cooked mess of a dish. Sorry people, but if you think Prometheus is a good movie you are wrong as it is simply a poorly put together film. That isn't to say that it is completely worthless as there are a number of things in there which are good (for instance its special effects and the acting) but as a whole it is just not a good movie. I wish it was different but it just is what it is. So let's hope the next movie in that series will be better. Come on guys, you can do it!

    When I was waiting to be let into the cinema after I had bought my ticket for Prometheus I saw a poster of a new Total recall movie. I thought that was interesting. So maybe I'll go and see that.

  • Comment number 41.

    The film I'm most excited about - but also most worried about - is Django Unchained. I'm a huge fan of Tarrantino's early work and despite some of his most recent efforts not being up to scratch, I still get hugely excited before any forthcoming Tarrantino release. I'm praying that Django Unchained will be a much needed return to form...

  • Comment number 42.

    Too many trailers Mark.

  • Comment number 43.

    I would love to be more pumped for Batman than I am, but for me The Dark Knight has gotten worse and worse with each viewing, and I am now so aware of what I didn't like about it that I fail to get excited. The worst part is how blown away I was the first time I saw it. I loved Inception, so the prescence of Tom Hardy and Gordon-Levitt (and probably Cillian Murphy) on a Nolan film is what's keeping me interested, but I HATE Bale, and I can't get over his pompous Batman impression. I used to think he was alright, but having rewatched some of (what I thought) were his best films (and Terminator 4) I have the horrible feeling that I now see him for what he is, and that, for me, is casting a dark dark shadow over the third Batman movie. Still, open mind and all that, I anticipate there being an awful lot in the film that I will love.

    I'm looking forward to most of the films you mention; Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the Hobbit etc, but for the purpose of mentioning more films I'm going to plug Looper, a very interesting looking Bruce Willis film also starring Gordon-Levitt.

  • Comment number 44.

    First of all, this is my first post on this blog, I love Kermode’s insight in movies, much better than anything I can find here in Denmark.
    Anyway, the movie I am, like many others, looking the most forward to is Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘The Master’. Just considering how much he has evolved since his debut is amazing. The tone and feeling of all of his movies are very different, and I can’t wait to see what this is all about. The teaser looks stunning and I am very intrigued.
    I also have my curiosity on Tarantino’s Django Unchained, mostly because I, for some reason, thought that he might had evolved as a filmmaker. Unfortunately the teaser does not imply this at all. On the contrary, the funk-music playing during the trailer makes it feel SO MUCH like Tarantino, that it just seems as an easy way out to get the hardcore Tarantino-fans exited. I, however, am not.
    Besides these I am looking forward to ‘The Hobbit’, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and the Danish ‘The Hunt’. Also neither ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ nor ‘Martha Marcy May Marlene’ has been released in Denmark yet, so I am also looking forward to these.

  • Comment number 45.

    The film I am most looking forward to is the Dark Knight rises. I have total faith in the director, the actors, the cinematographer, etc. I don't worry about this one at all. Other films I am looking forward to: Les Misérables, The Hobbit, Brave, Wreck It Ralph.

    On the other hand, The Amazing Spiderman seems to have some problems and I am not as hyped about it as i should be and some of the visuals look too unreal to me (I don't like CG effects in live action films) an from the clips shown to us I get the feling that the dialogue is somewhat clunky. Nothing too dramatic but I don't know how to feel about a reboot of a successful film series that came out just some years ago.

  • Comment number 46.

    1. Dark Knight Rises
    2. Lawless
    3. Looper
    4. Finding Nemo 3D

  • Comment number 47.


  • Comment number 48.

    The Dark Knight certainly tops the list, but I am really looking forward to Only God Forgives- the new Nicolas Winding Refn film. After Drive I became I massive fan of his so I have high hopes. Even though I disagree with the commercial sentiments of the reboot of Spiderman I am looking forward to that none-the-less. Django Unchained also looks good, still not a massive fan of Tarantino but this film could convert me.

  • Comment number 49.

    I've already seen COSMOPOLIS and that was excellent, saw it on June 1st in Curzon Soho where there was a Q&A with Cronenberg and Pattinson. Very different absurd comedy noir, similar to David Mamet or Richard Linklater's dialogue-heavy films. Very dense movie even with a sparse plot, would love to see it again.

    I actually had to make a list this year, because there are so many good movies.

    The Dark Knight Rises
    Killer Joe (creepy Matthew Mahogany, yes please!)
    Excision (female puberty dark comedy horror?! Just watch the trailer)
    John Dies At the End
    Alps (next movie from Dogtooth director)
    Soderbergh's Magic Mike (Channing Tatum and Matthew Mahogany as strippers)
    Samsara (movie from Baraka cinematographer)
    PTA's The Master
    Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity (George Clooney in space again!)

  • Comment number 50.

    I am so excited about The Dark Knight Rises, but I am worried there is no way to live up to Dark Knight which, for my money, was a really momentous film that hit all the marks. I read a theory that Christopher Nolan's Batman films are his 'prestige', based on the setup and execution of the tricks in the same movie. Batman Begins is The Pledge, which gives "you something ordinary that is most likely not ordinary at all, Dark Knight is The Turn, which takes that ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary, and The Prestige, which basically blows your mind" (great theory from the always serious!). I have hope for it, but I am still worried DKR can't live up to it...

    Though I am also very excited about the unusual Irish thriller Sodium Party, but that may be due to me being a producer on it :P

  • Comment number 51.

    I'm most worrie about The Great Gatsby. I don't want to leap to conclusions, but I need it to be good, and I have a feeling it won't be.

  • Comment number 52.

    I'm most excited AND most worried by The Dark Knight Rises. I have a lot invested in Christopher Nolan. From Following to Inception, i don't think he's put a foot wrong. So i'd hate to be disappointed by The Dark Knight Rises.

    But above ALL films, what i'm most looking forward to in 2012... is Breaking Bad season 5. I know TV is almost entirely irrelevant on this blog. but i don't care. Breaking Bad.

  • Comment number 53.

    Really looking forward to Seven Psychopaths, Martin McDonagh's follow-up film to the utterly brilliant In Bruges. Despite knowing very little other than its pretty stellar cast and the synopsis, In Bruges and Six Shooter are enough for me to be excited.

    Also there's Lawless, Gangster Squad, Killer Joe, and Cosmopolis.

  • Comment number 54.

    Ang Lee's Life of Pi is either going to be extraordinary or completely bonkers, or possibly both.

    And The Dark Knight Rises can hardly be worse than The Dark Knight, which took everything good about Batman Begins and threw it away in favour of Warchowski pseudo-pretentiousness.
    Likewise, Skyfall can hardly be worse that QoS, which equally took everything good about Casino Royale and discarded it as well.

  • Comment number 55.

    Very excited for the Great Gatsby as well, but also The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, a film based on MY favorite book. Also Wreck It Ralph, Casa Di Mi Padre both look to be good, however i'm still unsure about Django Unchained. The part in the trailer where the blood hits the cotton plants is something spectacular though.

  • Comment number 56.

    Dark Knight Rises is the obvious one but I'm also looking forward to the Cannes crop of movies: Cosmopolis, Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly, Michael Haneke's Amour, Ben Wheatley's Sightseers.

    Also Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained which looks like it may turn a few heads and Skyfall, which with Sam Mendes behind the camera will hopefully turn in a really impressive instalment to the Bond franchise.

    And I really want Gatsby to be good. I really do.

  • Comment number 57.

    Here's one that I know, with absolute certainty, the Good Doctor will be kicking himself for forgetting: SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS. It's the newest effort from Martin McDonagh, i.e. the man that gave us IN BRUGES, and with a cast that boasts Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abbie Cornish, Gabourey Sidibe, Tom Waits, and Christopher Walken. Sir? You can take my money now.

    Also on the "excited" front: WRECK-IT RALPH, the new Disney feature that promises to do for video game characters what TOY STORY did to our real-world playthings. The new trailer has some terrific voice-acting from the likes of John C. Reilly and Sarah Silverman, and even throws in some cameos by legendary video game heroes and villains in the manner of WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT? with vintage cartoon characters. As a game-lover myself, seeing Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog compete for screen-time would be a joy, and I hope the movie will be as well.

    On the "wary" front: THE HOBBIT. The pressure and challenges surrounding this project are immense, and considering his not-so-great output after the original trilogy, I'm not entirely faithful that Jackson is up to the task. I want to believe, but I can only pray.

  • Comment number 58.

    Dang, someone beat me to it with PSYCHOPATHS. And here I was feeling special.

  • Comment number 59.

    I'm seconding (or thirding of fourthing) Cosmopolis. Very surprised you didn't mention that one. A Cronenberg film of a DeLillo book. Can't wait, and I have high hopes.

    And having read some other comments here, I hadn't realised a new P.T.Anderson film was out this year, but now I know I'm definitely excited to see that one, and I don't know anything about it yet!

  • Comment number 60.

    Two movies I'm really looking forward to are "Killing Them Softly" - Andrew Dominik's 3rd movie after the excellent "Chopper" and "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" and "Seven Psychopaths" - Martin McDonagh's next movie after "In Bruges." Other movies I'm excited by include "The Master," "Cosmopolis," "TDKNR," "Killer Joe," "lawless," Argo" and "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3-D"! (only joking)

    Movies which I'm worried about - "The Bourne Legacy" - are they going to ruin the franchise before Matt Damon returns? "The Hobbit" - do we really want another middle earth fantasy? The original trilogy was great at the time but I no longer get the urge to watch any of them...maybe we were all hobbited out back in 2003?! "Django Unchained" - QT's last chance saloon after two duds in "Death Proof" and "Inglorious Basterds" before he is locked away in the same cell as M. Night Shyamalan and they throw away the key.

  • Comment number 61.

    With Prometheus leaving me with Mark's 'Killer Joe Syndrome', for me, this year is all about The Dark Knight Rises. The stars are fully aligned etc etc. If this film doesn't at least equal TDK, then... I'm not going to even think about it.

    Honourable mentions to The Hobbit and Lawless. Hillcoat's becoming what Tarantino used to be - Not making enough films, and not making them fast enough.

  • Comment number 62.

    Aside from the obvious films such as The Dark Knight Rises and The Hobbit I was very much looking forward to Rec3-Genesis having been a fan of the first two films.
    However my expectations have diminished on this based on the very poor early trailer.
    Add to this it is getting a straight to DVD release, it is not looking good.

    Also looking forward to the adaptation of Jack Kerouac's 'On The Road' which has an impressive all star cast such as Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, and Sam Riley.
    I am interested to see if they capture the essence of the book, and Sam Riley is always a pleasure to watch on screen.

  • Comment number 63.

    Really truly worried about Cloud Atlas. Loved that book and seems to be unfilmable but heh I'll give it a go as Fight Club proved me wrong before on that approach.

    Dark Knight rises and PTA the master definitely most whetting my whistle at the moment.

    As for Gatsby it may like Romeo & Juliet by fantastic as a reinterpretation for a new audience and joyously cinematic, but it will not please purists on the novel itself due to subtlety abandonment. Ta

  • Comment number 64.

    Having heard the mixed reviews from Cannes, I'm worried about David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis." I hope he put his heart into this film, and that it isn't just a statement that he hasn't completely transitioned to commercial films.

  • Comment number 65.

    Skyfall is definitely up there with it's dream team, Mendes, Craig, Deakins, Fiennes and Bardem.
    Also after seeing the trailer for it I'm oddly excited for Tom Hooper's Les Miserables.
    Finally Ben Affleck's Argo and The Amazing Spiderman

  • Comment number 66.

    Beasts of the Southern Wild is what I'm most looking forward to, the story looks interesting and trailer looks great! Also Les Miserables and Dark Knight Rises are highly anticipated by me. Life of Pi is worrying as the book suggests that it's unfilmable but I have faith in Ang Lee and I hope it will be amazing.

  • Comment number 67.

    I was probably most looking forward to prometheus as i consider the "space jockey" part of alien to be the best part of the movie. Although I think it would have been ultimately better to leave it's origins a mystery the treatment (rationalisation?) of it in prometheus was good. i think the characters (like "sunshine") could not keep up with the potential "scale" of the story however!
    Apart from that I think Batman is definitely up there; but only because I'm interested in seeing if Nolan can pull it off again. It's very odd but that is the only reason why I'm interested...? I feel the same way about the Hobbit; although somewhat put off by the fact that it is in two parts!

    I suppose what I really want is a surprise. It seems that the trailers are increasingly mis-leading/revealing and the constant barrage of viral campaigns puts me off opening a web browser. or even watching TV...

    I recall years ago when i was 8; my mother and father were going for a walk to the beach with me (I lived in South Shields at the time) and on the way my mother saw a poster for Gone with the Wind at a local cinema (there were about 5 then). It was my mothers favourite movie and she had no idea it was playing at the local cinema; it was a genuine surprise! I have never been surprised like that.

    I think my resolution for next year is to look at titles and lists but no trailers, ads or anything viral (if possible). I think i spend too much time on this web thing and it's potentially spoiling the whole cinema experience... I'm going to walk past my local cinema and look at the posters ONLY!!!!

  • Comment number 68.

    PS, I saw the trailer for the new spiderman in 3D. I could not keep up with the picture and had to close my eyes...!

  • Comment number 69.

    For me, as a musical theatre lover, nothing excites me more than the very first film adaptation of the musical Les Miserable. Having seen the first trailer with Anne Hathaway singing I Dreamed A Dream over some unashamedly epic images, I can tell it's going to turn the emotional dial up to 11. Hopefully that won't mean it's going to end up being an incredibly melodramatic and overblown affair, even moreso than the theatre production is! And HOPEFULLY there won't be any disappointing singing voices to distract from the film...Russell Crowe, I'm looking at you!

  • Comment number 70.

    Nit-picking, perhaps, but I don't like Catwoman with visible hair.

  • Comment number 71.

    The only film I want to see is Star Trek 2, in 3-D, in a proper cinema context, with friends. Maybe The Hobbit. The rest can surprise me on DVD.

  • Comment number 72.

    Christopher Nolan has NEVER let me down so far, so like you, Mark, I really want "The Dark Knight Rises" to be really great.

    There's also the 23rd Bond Film, Skyfall, which I'm hoping to be good.

    But perhaps the most anticipated film of the year in my eyes is the film adaptation of "Les Miserables"; I am very worried about how that will turn out (let's not forget what a pig's ear was made out of The Phantom of the Opera film adaptation), I am desperate for that to be every bit as spectacular as the West End show. Please God, if there are no other good films this year let it be "Les Miserables".

  • Comment number 73.

    I'm really looking forward to seeing The Dark Knight Rises (obviously) which has been receiving a lot of hype and the audiences expectations are so high. Will it be as good as The Dark Knight? Who knows, but I can safely say that Nolan directing a Batman movie is no reason to get worried.

    The same goes for Skyfall; Craig back as Bond (not a bad thing whatsoever), being joined by Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney and being directed by Sam Mendes is certainly a case for rejoicing. However I wish to point out that Roger Deakins' cinematography looks sensational and will certainly leave a mark on the cinematic world of 007. Although there is the usual worries of the film being dissapointing, we can still breath a sigh of relief that Bond's 50th anniversary won't be a rehash of his 40th. Now that is a film I think all Bond fan's wish to forget. Ice palaces, invisible cars, intertextual references to past Bonds.... Pierce Brosnan... shudder.

    A film that I'm really looking forward to see, and I'm worried about is Dredd. This reboot of, probably the most popular comic book character to come out of the U.K., is giving lots of worries due to all the negative news surrounding it;
    From director Pete Travis being locked out of the editing process, and the film's writer Alex Garland taking over, to the use of 3D. Now Judge Dredd has had a very patchy road to the screen, from the terribly fun, but very dissapointing Stallone film to upteenth announcments of a Judge Dredd reboot being announced, let's all hope that Dredd will finally get a decent appearence on the big screen.

    The same worry goes to The Bourne Legacy. How on earth can you top one of the best cinematic trilogies of all time? The trailer has got spilt milk all over it and even though Renner is a pretty good actor, it'll be difficult for Gilroy and co. to come up to the results of Damon, Greengrass and co. Sure Gilroy may have written the screenplays, but.... who knows.

    In response to your comment about the better the trailer, the chances are that the film will be dissapointing. Well I wish to draw your attention to what is probably the worst trailer I've seen all year. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, starring Emma Watson. For those of you who, like me, complain that trailers have become redundant, generic and informative than be prepared to see a trailer that will put you off seeing a film due to all the plot threads crammed into a trailer that last two and half minutes. Either that or don't see the trailer. I strongly suggest you shouldn't.

  • Comment number 74.

    Only one for me- PTA's The Master. Anderson is an extraordinary filmmaker and hasn't put a foot wrong so far. There Will Be Blood was a modern masterpiece and with the cast involved in his next project coupled with another sumptuously creepy score from Johnny Greenwood, it's had to imagine it being anything other than terrific. Please, God, let it be so!

  • Comment number 75.

    One film I'm very excited about is Rian Johnson's Sci-Fi action film 'Looper' starring Joseph Gordon Levitt who must hunt down his future self played by Bruce Willis.

    As a huge fan of 'Brick' I was disappointed in Johnson's follow up 'The Brothers Bloom' which, despite its over abundance of clever ideas, lacked the subtlety and magnetic draw that 'Brick' had which all hung on a simple yet greatly compelling concept. 'Looper's trailer promises stunning visuals with razor sharp pace but it's that brilliant concept that has me optimistic that it will be a film more in league with 'Brick' than 'The Brothers Bloom', even if Joseph Gordon Levitt does look a bit weird in his Bruce Willis prosthetics.

  • Comment number 76.

    Really looking forward to Pixar's Brave and also, as a huge Paul Thomas Anderson fan, the Master.

  • Comment number 77.

    I am looking forward to The Master! Joaquin Phoenix's performance looks very promising. Also looking forward to the Great Gatsby out of sheer curiosity to see how one my of my favorite books is adapted, as well as Cosmopolis and Django Unchained.

  • Comment number 78.

    I am looking to The Dark Knight Rises not only for all the reasons mentioned above but because it should finaly put and end the 3D vs IMAX question.

    Bane will destroy Gotham and IMAX will destory 3D.

    I also looking forward to Skyfall, like DKR its been a long wait.

  • Comment number 79.

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  • Comment number 80.

    The Dark Knight Rises by a mile. Will be interesting to see how closely they stick to the story of Knightfall... Those who've read it will know what I'm referring to.

    The next film on my must-see list is Django Unchained. The trailer is superb, it looks like a lot of fun and di Caprio looks as if he's having a blast with the dialogue. That film had my curiosity, now it has my attention.

    And finally Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master. I don't need to explain do I?

  • Comment number 81.

    I'm not looking forward to the next batman thing, I'm just not a fan of Chris Nolan's movies. The man's had a total sense of humour bypass and manages to make every frame look washed out and boring, then populates his non-stories with zero-dimensional characters.

    I'm looking forward to the other films mentioned, plus John Dies At The End, which I can't wait to see.

    I wonder why the good doctor didn't mention Night Of The Living Dead: Origins (3D). Surely that's right up his street? A remake in 3D! What's not to like? *turns off sarcasm switch*

  • Comment number 82.

    After the so-so Avengers assemble (sorry fans, the last hour is essentially Dark of the Moon) and the DEEPLY disappointing Prometheus (I'm still furious) I am, of course, most excited about The Dark Knight Rises. But, put it this way, if Nolan gives me another Spider-man 3 I'm going to burn all my DVDs and move to Nepal to live as a goat.

  • Comment number 83.

    After being gutted by the disappointment that was Prometheus (would have been better had it got nothing to do with Alien) i cant wait to go and see Jaws on the big screen next week. Good old Bruce won't let me down.

  • Comment number 84.

    I know this isnt coming out any time soon but after seeing Prometheus im now really worried about Ridley Scott messing about with the Blade Runner back story the way he has with Alien.
    I did like it and agreed with Mark that it was about 7.5/10, a decent film with lots of spectacle and good performances but i thought it de mystified some of what made the original film so special.
    Blade Runner is in my top ten favourites, great story but also great for what was left unsaid or only hinted at. Im not sure Scott can make a film with that kind of subtlety anymore, or to be fair, doesnt have the writers to provide a once in a generation script like the original, which is all the more reason to leave it alone.

  • Comment number 85.

    Wow, that blog post covers all films I'm having great expectations from, this year, and suggests more. Which means I should go to the cinema/rent DVDs more often.

    But I'll cheat, expand the horizon of expectation, and mention THE film that has me most worried, and filled with the most anticipation:

    The World Ends

    aka, the third installment of the Icecream Trilogy, which has so far provided Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

    I love Shaun of the Dead, I love Hot Fuzz, and I really, really want to love World Ends when it appears.

  • Comment number 86.

    Most want to see next this year Dark Knight Rises & The Hobbit, the others no contest as I suspect the next film thats the must see will be one thats had next to no promotion or unknown

    most worried about Spiderman, not least for the double trailer attached to Prometheus, talk about not spoiling a film via over extended sequences, I went to see Prometheus not a 6min intro scene into a movie that like all the worst comedy films has shown all the best sequences,jokes,dialogue, if thats the future of movie going, Ill be turning up 30mins later to films.

  • Comment number 87.

    most disappointing thing so far of 2012 is the fact that there have been 3 michael fassbender films and they have all been disappointing, rubbish or just plain boring. please killer joe, cosmopolis , dark knight or more scandanavian films save the year...

  • Comment number 88.

    Jeff Nichols Mud,Michael Hanekes Amour and Wes Andersons Moonrise Kingdom are all on my CANT WAIT list.What worries me is none of these films will come to my World of Cine.Also Anne Hathaway in Batman worries me alot.

  • Comment number 89.

    Mark, I am surprised you did not mention 'Cosmopolis". I am both wary of a Pattinson/Cronenberg fusion, but also intrigued and excited by the fact the man insists it is perfect casting; indeed I have read elsewhere already that it is perfect, crafty casting, given the nature of the character in the story; a powerful man who brings the world to him and can have all he wants, but wants to change the world he is in, saying, "Show me something I don't know". Exciting parallell with the actor? I am always waiting to see this supposedly great performance! I see this as perhaps a big step away from the Twilight association, and a sincere attempt at "growing up" as an actor. And let's not forget, it is Cronenberg; I sense a film that answers to all those who feel 'A Dangerous Mehod' lacked that infamous edge, by saying, "You asked for it, now can you handle this?"

  • Comment number 90.

    I know you haven't liked Quentin Tarantino last couple of films, but the number one film I'm looking forward to this year is Django Unchained. I live in the United States, and it comes out on my birthday, Christmas Day. I've purposely not watched the trailer for it because I want to walk into it having seen as little footage from it as possible.

  • Comment number 91.

    Far and away, from here on out, I'm looking most forward to 'The Dark Knight Rises'. I am not worried at all about it being a good film. Nolan has a track record almost as reliable as Ridley Scott's (blatant foreshadowing there). This is the only film to which I know what month it will be released. I'll have a hard time waiting for it to arrive in theaters, almost as much as I was looking forward to 'The Dark Knight'.

    The rest in no particular order (some of which I do not even know if they'll be released this year).
    Moonrise kingdom. The James Bond Skiffle movie. Les Miserables. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Life of Pi... They played a sequence of it before they played Prometheus (more not so subtle foreshadowing). The Bourne legacy to some degree. The Hobbit. the World Ends? Wright, Frost and Pegg? I'll have to see that.

    Aaaaaand... The movie I was most looking forward to this year was Prometheus. I saw it earlier and all I can say was "WOW, DR. K. YOU WERE SOOOOOO WRONG." (I can say more, too.) This is not a 'good, but not great' sci-fi flick... It is NOT a 7.5 out of 10... It is NOT a 'mixed bag'... It is NOT a film with flawed dialogue (what else would you be talking about if you were on the verge of communicating with some advanced alien race or possibly learning some concrete truth about the origins of mankind ?)... I disagree that Fassbender's 'David' is the 'center of the movie'. I even disagree that this has Blade Runner's core ideas at its heart and even what that core idea was. The central theme of Blade Runner was not 'what makes us human' as you said, but 'what constitutes identity'. It's subtle, but there IS a difference. THIS film has a theme of 'what makes us human'. Rapace even has an exchange with Fassbender in the film stating as much. Clearly 'David' does not understand her actions and she gives him a response that amounts to "if I gotta' 'splain it to you, you're never gonna' know'... I just wholeheartedly disagree with you on this one to a degree that I'm even a little aggravated.
    Is it your ideaology that prevents you from embracing this film as well as Scott's other films? You just can't get behind the ideas presented because your own core is invested in your own unshakable beliefs? Is it Scott's ideaology? I've often gotten the idea that he's a bit more conservative than most film directors. Is that why you seem not able to be objective? I mean, the three science fiction films he's directed have been maybe the best trio by one director in the history of sci-fi cinema. They're not just great films. They're works of art. All three. And Scott's films hold up over time as well as any director's films have in the last 40 years.
    You tell everyone that will listen that the psycho-hippie vs space rednecks film 'Silent Running' is a better movie than 2001: A Space Odyssey (and GOD, you're wrong), even telling Doug Trumbull so and treating his work on Blade Runner as an apparent afterthought when you interviewed him. And you seem to go out of your way to either give him begrudging kudos for his best films or outright dismiss Scott at every turn such as in the opening of last week's podcast (Simon "we have a great director and a big movie this week." Mark: "And Prometheus."). You even mentioned on this blogpost that you (conveniently) left out Prometheus when asking what films your listeners were looking forward to in 2012. OF COURSE, people were looking forward to this. Heck, you were more enthusiastic about that GARBAGE film 'Attack The Block' and what looks like what''s going to be another stinker in 'Iron Sky' (from what you posted in your latest blogpost about it... looks horrible). (Sigh...). I love listening to your rants/the podcast/radio show/blogposts... but you're getting predictable. Roger Ebert just ranted about having to sit through Cronenberg's latest and the work of Cronenberg's son, for instance, but, I'm betting that you'll think Cos-mop-o-lop-o-lis is a work of genius. And naturally far better than the flawed film that is Prometheus. I just think you're far too dismissive of Ridley Scott's films. That he's a British director just makes it that much worse, for some reason. It is just your opinion, but I think you're wrong. Anyway.
    I hope I don't anger you with my comments. I still love the show (and the blog), but I'm starting to think Simon has a more reliable opinion when it comes to a film's quality.

  • Comment number 92.

    The Hobbit, The Bourne Legacy,Ted, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight Rises, Brave, Dredd, Paranorman, Skyfall, Gangster Squad, Django Unchained. Fingers crossed there'll not be a stinker among them.

  • Comment number 93.

    Les Miserables.I want to see the little manxie, Sam Barks on the big,BIG SCREEN

  • Comment number 94.

    Jon Wright's Grabbers is the one I'm most excited about. It was a hit at Sundance earlier this year and is playing at the Edinburgh Film Festival. The premise alone is worth the admission price...

    "When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive."

  • Comment number 95.

    Apart from the films mentioned:

    Looking forward to Dredd with more confidence than concern (John Wagner has seen it and likes it, which is good enough for me). (Also Skyfall.)

    Anticipating The Bourne Legacy with increasing apprehension - first trailer looked promising, second trailer intimated a train-wreck may be in the offing.

  • Comment number 96.

    So looking forward to The Dark Knight Rises. Need to wash away the bad taste in my mouth left by Prometheus...

  • Comment number 97.

    The Master is easily the most highly anticipated for me

    then it's The Innkeepers, The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall and Amour

    ps I loved Prometheus!

  • Comment number 98.

    You didn't mention Killing Them Softly! Andrew Dominik finally getting the recognition he deserves? I do hope so. I loved Chopper. And TAOJJBTCRF is definitely in my top 5 favourite films. A mobster film fused with political satire? Christmas is coming early!

  • Comment number 99.

    #28. You probably hit the nail there, SPOILER TAGS are needed. Don't read #28 if you risk major spoilage for TDKR!

    For a movie, too many superheroes mixing it up in the same story, looses some magic imo. But film looks really well produced and looks entertaining nonetheless.

    Baz Luhremann's Western Bollywood films with classic sources, should be good too?

    The Hobbit looks like it struggles to create an authentic live-action to a source that reads like a story-telling, imo. Think it will be wooden.

    None of these films really grab me: Blockbusters with lots of cash behind them advertise to the lowest common denominator by implication, the stories can't really polarize or appeal to niche focus. These films make me feel old and tired: "My eyes are dim. I cannot see... I'm just a poor old man. I have no time for law-breakers. My legs are grey. My ears are gnarled/grizzled. My eyes are old and bent..."

    Edinburgh International Film Festival recently revealed the programme:

    Girimunho - looks interesting.

  • Comment number 100.

    The Dark Knight Rises is easily my anticipation film of 2012 - particularly because of the sheer genius and cinematic mastery that Christopher Nolan composes. Both Inception and The Dark Knight are some of the most technically astounding, harmonious features in recent filmic history.

    The Great Gatsby is my other anticipation film - for once the tone, characterisation and set designs look right. I just hope it all comes together. Casting Mulligan as Daisy seems too perfect.


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