The year 2012 kicks off with yet another vampire movie. Kate Beckinsale reprises her role as Selene in the fourth installment of the Underworld series. Looks like the series, took a leaf from True Blood’s book, as the humans are aware of the vampires existence this time round. Selene is awakened after 12 years of cryogenic sleep and finds herself in a war with the humans who seek to eradicate both Vampire and Lycan clans. If you haven’t seen the first three movies, please do not go and waste your money or your time downloading because you won’t understand the story. These movies tend to give some plenty flashbacks. You have been warned.
Release Date: 20th Jan
Directed by: Mans Marlind and Bjorn Stein
Starring: Kate Beckingsale (Van Helsing), Michael Ealy (Takers), Stephen Rea (V for Vendetta)
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
He rides again! Nicolas Cage reprises his role as Johnny Blaze, the skin-suit of the Ghost Rider. Honestly, I wasn’t a fan of the first movie after watching it, because I felt that on-screen Ghost Rider was not as scary as comic book Ghost Rider. Apparently, the film makers also noticed this and have promised a darker, nastier and meaner anti-hero. To quote the film’s director Mark Neveldine “This will be a “darker, nastier, meaner” version of Johnny Blaze, a fellow who will not be throwing on tights and saving cats. He will light the cat on fire though.” We’ll see about that come February. Psst! You didn’t hear this from me but lucky fans that got the chance to see the movie in November for a special showing had only poor reviews to give. Yikes!
Release date: 17th February
Directed by: Mark Reveldine
Starring: Nicholas Cage (National Treasure), Ciaran Hinds (Race to Witch Mountain)
The Hunger Games
Following the death of the Harry Potter franchise and the soon-to-be death of The Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games promises to be the next big movie franchise, adapted from a children’s novel. For those of you haven’t read the books and don’t want any spoilers, think of this movie as a fusion between Big Brother Africa and Mortal Kombat. Bad combo? Well, think again. This “bad combo” went on to sell over 3 million copies in book sales in the US. I do however think that movie-goers need to read the book first so they don’t get confused like Some-People-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named (In case you missed it that was directed at anti-Harry Potter book readers yet movie-watchers). Plus the story has got the whole one gal-two guys thing that The Twilight Saga plays so well, classifying girls into #TeamJacob and #TeamEdward. This one is definitely gonna generate a lot of buzz in theaters.
Release Date: 23rd March
Directed by: Gary Ross
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence (X-Men: First Class), Josh Hutcherson (RV), Liam Hemsworth (The Last Song), Elizabeth Banks (Meet Dave)
Wrath of the Titans
Sam Worthington once again helms his role as Perseus, son of Zeus in the sequel to the 2010 hit Clash of the Titans. This movie picks up ten years later from where the first one ended. This time round it looks are Zeus, Poseidon and Hades team up to battle their dad Kronos, leader of the Titans, whom they imprisoned long ago. I love a father-son duel. They’re so dramatic. In case my therapist is reading this, please try not to read into that comment too much. It’s just jibber-jabber. Clearing my schedule for this one, I suggest you do the same.
Release Date: 30th March
Directed by: Jonathan Liebesman
Starring: Sam Worthington (Avatar), Liam Neeson (Unknown), Ralph Fiennes (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)
The original cast of the American Pie franchise, return for the big climax. Jim, Kevin, Oz, Finch and Stiffler -that’s right, the Stiffmeister himself- are back for one last slice of the pie. From what I gather from my super secret sources a.k.a Walter Wikipedia and Gregory Google, looks like the gang gather at East Great Falls High School for their ten year reunion. I’m guessing chaos ensues afterwards. . I must say, I’m very anxious to watch the scene where Jim’s dad and Stifler’s mom finally meet, seen in the movie’s trailer. A definite must see for anyone between the ages of 16 and 30 – I mean this movie basically defined this generation when it was released over a decade. I know for certain I picked up a lot of swear words watching this one. *Epiphany* Holy S#*@! No wonder my parents called me a messed up child. By the way, this movie is rated PG-18, so if you are underage, you must watch it with your parents. #Justsaying
Release Date: 6th April
Directed by: Jon Hurwitz
Starring: Jason Biggs (My Best Friend’s Girl) Alyson Hannigan (Epic Movie), Sean William Scott (Role Models), Eugene Levy (Like Mike), Jennifer Coolidge (A Cinderella Story), John Cho (A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas)
Probably The most anticipated superhero movie of all-time drops in theaters this May!!!! I’m gonna give y’all six reasons to see this movie; Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Black Widow & Hawk-Eye. These superheroes team up to defend and avenge our earth from evil forces- specifically Thor’s brother, Loki. I swear down this movie is movie is going to rule the box office for the month of May, shattering records along the way. The film’s trailer has already set the ball rolling with 10 million views in 24 hours making it the most watched trailer of all-time. AVENGERS ASSEMBLE!
Release date: 4th May
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Starring: Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffolo (The Kids Are All Right), Robert Downey J. (Iron Man), Samuel L. Jackson (Star Wars), Scarlett Johannsen (Iron Man) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor)
All you need to know about this movie is that it’s got Johnny Depp in it. Now, it that doesn’t convince you to go watch, then I don’t know what will. This is the eighth movie for the actor-director duo, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton. In the movie, Depp plays Barnabas, an unlucky fellow who broke the heart of a witch and was turned into a vampire for it (Twilight fans excited already! #TeamDepp). Two centuries later, Barnabas is inadvertently freed from his tomb and emerges into the very changed world of 1972. Hmm, Johnny Depp as a vampire…this I must see. All hail Captain Jack Sparrow! Uh oh- wrong movie. *Exiting in embarrassment*
Release Date: 11th May
Directed by: Tim Burton
Starring: Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean), Eva Green (Casino Royale), Michelle Phiffer (Stardust), Helena Bonham Carter (Alice in Wonderland)
Men in Black 3
Here come the men in black!! The Fresh Prince makes his return onto the big screen since 2008’s Seven Pounds as Agent J of M.I.B. Alongside Agent K, the deadly duo are back to kick some alien ass. As far I know Will Smith has never made a movie that has flopped – even the boring ones somehow make it on to the box office blockbuster lists – so for those contemplating seeing this movie, this is a no-brainer. The third installment in the franchise brings with it time travelling, as Agent J somehow ends up back in 1969 to rescue K’s old young butt! You heard me; J’s the old one in this one. lol
Release Date: 25th May
Directed by: Barry Sonnerfield
Starring: Will Smith (Hancock), Tommy Lee Jones (Captain America), Josh Brolin (Jonah Hex), Emma Thompson (Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang)
The Amazing Spiderman
Marvel doing it big this summer – wet season, for us in Ghana. Following the release of The Avengers, the studio is dropping its other moneymaker “The Amazing Spiderman” in July. For those of you who do not know, this is the reboot to 2002’s Spiderman, which spawned two sequels, Spiderman 2 (2004) and Spiderman 3 (2007). Now, I dunno why the reboot, but I’m guessing Marvel prolly felt the franchise needed a fresh start or they’re running out of ideas to make $$$ – next thing you know, they’ll be rebooting X-Men and Fantastic Four. Replacing Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst as the web-swinger and his girlfriend will be rising stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. No word on who the big baddie will be this time round, but I’m pretty sure it’s not going to be The Green Goblin this time round since it’s a whole new story. I think I’ll let my curiosity get the better of me and head to the cinema to see how this one turns out.
Release Date: 4th July
Directed By: Marc Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield (The Social Network), Emma Stone (Easy A), Rhys Ifans (Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang) and Martin Sheen (The Departed)
The Dark Knight Rises
Iron Man’s non-superhuman “brother” from another mother, aka DC Comics, returns to the box office after 3 years in hibernation. Personally, I think what makes the Batman reboot unique from all other superhero movies is its integrated its characters into our modern society. At the end of the prequel The Dark Knight (R.I.P Heath Ledger) we saw Batman become public enemy No.1, accused for the murder of Harvey Dent. If you want to know how that pans out, then put this movie on your bucket list. Spoiler Alert! This villain in this one is Bane. Don’t know who that is? Go find out my non-comic book readers. Again, if you haven’t seen the prequels, please try to ‘cos Christopher Nolan tends to give a lot of mind-bogglers (Cc: Inception).
P.S – I hear Catwoman is going to make an appearance. Maybe some romance for the B-man?
Release Date: 20th July
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale (The Fighter), Anne Hathaway (The Princess Diaries), Tom Hardy (Inception), Gary Oldman (Red Riding Hood)
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