Trailer Talk: More upcoming releases for 2012

Just came back from watching The Artist in theaters.  I was SO happy they finally made that film available in my area.  I thought it was absolutely beautiful.  I am definitely buying it and can’t wait for it to be released so that I can add it to my shelf collection of movies that I think are worth rewatching.  (I’ll be reviewing this film later, so be on the lookout for that.)

In the meantime, it’s been a while since I’ve written on this blog, and I thought maybe a good way to get back into it would be to write about some trailers that I’ve seen recently.  One or two of them may be repeats, but I’ve seen updated trailers of them, so I will be briefly revisiting them again.  I’ll be starting with the ones I’m most interested in watching to the ones where I’d probably go to with a group of friends on the weekend or something.

The following I definitely plan on watching in theaters:

Title: The Iron Lady
Release Date: January 13, 2012
“Go” Factor: ***

I am all about Meryl Streep.  That alone is enough to make me give this film a chance.  Almost all of the films I’ve seen this actress in, I haven’t been too disappointed.  The story looks interesting enough too, though it looks like one of her more serious films, so I would probably have to be in a particular mood to watch this film.

Title: Man on a Ledge
Release Date: January 27, 2012
Summary: As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion…
“Go” Factor: ***

I first noticed Sam Worthington in James Cameron’s Avatar (2009).  This seems like a bit of a claustrophobic movie in the sense that it seems Worthington’s character stays on said ledge for a majority of the film while his story is being told in mostly flashbacks–though it is possible I’m interpreting the trailer wrong.  Anyway, the story seems interesting enough for me to want to try it out.

Title: W.E.
Release Date: February 3, 2012
Summary: A two-tiered romantic drama focusing on the affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcée Wallis Simpson and a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian security guard.
“Go” Factor: ***

Madonna (that’s right, the singer) directed and had a hand in writing this story.  That alone intrigues me enough to watch it.  I could be wrong, but I don’t think she’s tried anything quite like this before, and I think it actually does look interesting enough to watch.  It doesn’t star anyone I know either, which is also good because as much as I like watching familiar faces, it’s nice to see some fresh ones every once in a while too–even if they’re not necessarily fresh to the rest of the world.

Title: This Means War
Release Date: February 17, 2012
Summary: Two top CIA operatives wage an epic battle against one another after they discover they are dating the same woman.
“Go” Factor: ****

Two of my favorite actors duking it out on screen over one of my favorite actresses whom I feel like I haven’t really seen since Legally Blonde (2001), Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003), and Sweet Home Alabama (2002).  Perhaps she’s been in several films since then, but nothing really sticks out in my mind personally.  I’m a sucker for comedies, and this one looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.  I’m definitely looking forward to it.  Oh, and speaking of Chris Pine–if anyone recalls the Star Trek reboot he starred in back in 2009, looks like they’re coming up with a sequel to that in 2013.  Definitely looking forward to that as well!  Also, good to see Tom Hardy in a comedy role; I don’t think I’ve ever really seen him do anything other than serious movies, so I find this to be a nice change.

Title: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Release Date: May 4, 2012
Summary: British retirees travel to India to take up residence in what they believe is a newly restored hotel. Less luxurious than its advertisements, the Marigold Hotel nevertheless slowly begins to charm in unexpected ways.
“Go” Factor: ****

Another comedy that appears worth watching.  Like I said with Tom Hardy in This Means War, it will be nice to see Dev Patel playing a more comedic role; I haven’t really seen anything with him in it since the lovely Slumdog Millionaire (2008), which I loved when it came out.

Title: The Dark Knight Rises
Release Date: July 20, 2012
Summary: Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, the terrorist leader Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing it and its police force to their limits, forcing its former hero Batman to resurface after taking the fall for Harvey Dent’s crimes.
“Go” Factor: *****

I don’t think I really need to justify why I would like to see this particular movie, as I’m sure plenty of people are looking forward to this as I am.  I absolutely love Christopher Nolan and his familiar casting choices such as Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  I am interested to see how the story goes with this one–the tone seems somewhat less dark than the previous installment, and I’m curious as to his choice of Anne Hathaway as Cat Woman.  Personally, I’m surprised Cotillard isn’t playing that role.  I am also interested in seeing what role Gordon-Levitt’s character–John Blake–plays in this movie.

The following are movies that I am unsure of whether or not to watch in theaters:

Title: Mirror, Mirror
Release Date: March 16, 2012
Summary: An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.
“Go” Factor: ***

This movie appears to be a comedic rendition of the familiar fairy tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.  This looks like it could be mediocre to terrible.  However, I am a fan of Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer, and should there be nothing else in the theater worth watching and I happen to have the time to spare, I can see myself succumbing to watching this movie in theaters.

Title: Rock of Ages
Release Date: June 1, 2012
Summary: Set in 1987 Los Angeles, Drew and Sherrie are two young people chasing their dreams in the big city. When they meet, it’s love at first sight, though their romance will face a series of challenges.
“Go” Factor: **

I am not familiar with this story, nor am I a particularly huge fan of anyone participating in this film.  However, I do somewhat have a soft spot for musicals, and that’s what this seems to be.  Now whether or not it is a good musical remains to be seen.  I don’t feel particularly compelled to see this in theaters, but if time allows, I may consider it worth a shot.

The following movies I probably won’t watch in theaters, but may watch in stream if/when available:

Title: Joyful Noise
Release Date: January 13, 2012
Summary: Two choir members have differing opinions on how to win the national choir competition.
“Go” Factor: *

This movie seems very predictable, super cheesy, and definitely nothing we haven’t seen before.  The trailer makes it seem like the movie is one of those dance competition movies like Step Up (2006) or Stomp the Yard (2007) meets Whoopi Goldberg’s classic Sister Act (1992).  Doesn’t really seem worth the money to see in theaters, but if a large group of my friends want to go, then maybe, but even then, I might just opt out and wait for it to be available via stream and watch it on a rainy day.

Title: Journey 2 The Mysterious Island
Release Date: February 10, 2012
Summary: Sean Anderson partners with his mom’s boyfriend on a mission to find his grandfather, who is thought to be missing on a mythical island.
“Go” Factor: *

This movie seems mildly funny.  I tend to chuckle at whatever Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson appears in these days.  More than likely I will wait to watch this via stream and when I have nothing better to do, but once again, if a large group of my friends wanted to go, I might just consider it.

That’s it for trailers for right now.  I plan to write at least 4-5 entries about movies I’ve watched recently (that are long overdue for a review on this blog), but we’ll see how far I get tonight, as those entries tend to take more time and energy on my part.

Until then!

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