2011 was a bad year for movies, but fortunately 2012 promises to be much better.  I’ve already got about 100 movies on my list of ones I want to see, and that’s just counting films with some sort of release date.  Here’s part two of that list, broken into categories (some wittier than others).  Categories this time include: Classic Remake, Comedy Great Cast, Contained Thriller, Cool Action, Stuff that didn’t fit into a category, Fairytale

CLASSIC REMAKE

Total Recall (Aug 3) – The original is one of my absolute favorite films.  You probably saw the video that spread around the internet from the commentary, where Arnold mindlessly narrates exactly what’s happening on screen.  Believe me, the entire commentary is like that.  However, director Paul Verhoeven does get off a great line, talking about Sharon Stone and her reluctance to show much skin in the movie: “Sharon didn’t want to reveal too much of herself in this film.  I did get her back for that next time.”  Oh, this one has Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston, Bill Nighy, and a script worked on by a lot of guys who know what they are doing.

Dredd (Sep 21) – Judge Dredd is another fantastic futuristic movie.  This version is directed by the guy who did Vantage Point.  I have no idea what Karl Urban will bring to the table, but any equation where Diane Lane = Olivia Thirlby is one I’m OK with.

Red Dawn (Nov 2) – The original is just so so good.  I mean, it gets completely ridiculous from the very first scene and maintains that high level of absurdity throughout.  This film has been in the can for awhile, but the delay in release date is due mostly to MGM being unable to keep their studio afloat.  Which may turn out best for the box office, now that the cast (Chris Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Josh Peck, Adrianne Palicki, Isabel Lucas, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan) has largely gotten more famous.

COMEDY GREAT CAST

Movie 43 (Apr 13) – So the film is actually comprised of several distinct short segments, directed by the likes of Elizabeth Banks, James Gunn, Bob Odenkirk, and Brett Ratner, among others, one of which is apparently a spoof of DC Comics heroes speed dating.  That features Kristen Bell, Justin Long, Uma Thurman, Leslie Bibb, and Bobby Cannvale.  There are too many actors in other segments to the list, but some are: Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Tony Shalhoub, Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, and Richard Gere.  And oh yes, Emma Stone.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (Apr 20) – You had me at from the screenwriter of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist.  The film is apparently road trip meets apocalypse and stars Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in one of the most unlikely pairings I can think of.  The stellar supporting cast includes Connie Britton, Patton Oswalt, Melanie Lynskey, Gillian Jacobs, T.J. Miller, and Melinda Dillon.

My Mother’s Curse (Nov 2) – Written by Dan Fogelman, a screenwriter whose work I can pretty much guarantee you’ve seen in the past year.  Another road trip movie, this one stars Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand, which may be the other most unlikely pairing I can think of.  The supporting cast includes actors from each of my current favorite comedies on the air (note date of post, future Jared): Yvonne Strahovski, Adam Scott, Danny Pudi, and Casey Wilson, plus Dale Dickey and Colin Hanks.

CONTAINED THRILLER

The Divide (Jan 13) – Trailer here.  A bunch of people trapped in a basement for a few days.  Basically the plot of a half dozen Twilight Zone episodes, so you know I’m in.

Man on a Ledge (Jan 27) – Trailer here.  I’m just guessing at the containedness, but the trailer reminds me a lot of Phone Booth, which is quite underrated.

COOL ACTION

The Hunger Games (Mar 23) – Trailer here.  I’m sure everyone else in the world knows more about this one than I do, but if I understand the premise correctly, this is basically Battle Royale, yes?

Haywire (Jan 20) – Trailer here.  I’m always up for a revenge action flick.  This one is directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Gina Carano who actually is a real life fighter, even if she doesn’t necessarily look the part.

Red Tails (Jan 20) – Trailer here.  You’ve probably seen and forgotten the trailer a number of times.  I’ll admit it does look kind of forgettable, even if it does feature Bryan Cranston and my music crush Ne-Yo, among others.  But then I found out the script was co-written by Aaron McGruder, the guy who created The Boondocks.

Safe House (Feb 10) – Trailer here.  Another CIA agent on the run movie, but this one stars Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington, plus Brendan Gleeson is in it.  You know, I think I’m OK with Denzel playing morally questionable guys in action movies for a little while longer.

The Raid (TBD) – An Indonesian martial arts film that apparently went over huge at TIFF.

The Cold Light of Day (Apr 6) – It stars the new Superman (Henry Cavill), Bruce Willis, and Sigourney Weaver, who should combine to make even a halfway decent action script work.

STUFF THAT DIDN’T FIT INTO A CATEGORY

Big Miracle (Feb 3) – Trailer here.  I imagine you’ll know if you want to see it based on the trailer, but Ken Kwapis is a very compentent comedy director, and Kristen Bell is in it, along with Stephen Root and Tim Blake Nelson.

The Cabin in the Woods (Apr 13) – Trailer here.  Joss Whedon does horror.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (May 4) – Trailer here.  Release date has been bumped back a bit.  But I’ll be a sucker for any old person comedy starring Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, plus Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighy.

Magic Mike (Jun 29) – Based on Channing Tatum’s life as a stripper and directed by Steven Soderbergh.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Aug 15) – Trailer here.  Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton wish for a son who then magically appears.  Co-written by Peter Hedges, who co-wrote About a Boy and Ahmet Zappa.  Ron Livingston, Dianne Wiest, Common, and Rosemarie DeWitt appear.

Great Hope Springs (Dec 14) – A couple goes to a weekend-long counseling session.  Sounds iffy, but when the couple is Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, and the doctor is Steve Carell, well, I’m interested.  We can start talking Streep Oscar buzz for it now, if you’d like, since the director also did Devil Wears Prada.  Also, the screenwriter (Vanessa Taylor) co-wrote the last episode of Cupid.

FAIRYTALE

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (Mar 2) – No trailer yet, but everything I’ve heard points to this action comedy being absolutely insane, as it is directed by Tommy Wirkola, who did Dead Snow, the Norwegian Nazi zombie movie that I did in fact watch.  The film stars Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner, which is terribly exciting.

Mirror Mirror (Mar 16) – Trailer here.  The Snow White movie I’m rooting for.  I think Julia Roberts is an excellent choice to play the evil stepmother.  And I keep hoping Tarsem Singh breaks out big because his visuals are unique and just so stunning.

Snow White and the Huntsmen (Jun 1) – Trailer here.  That said, Charlize Theron is also an excellent casting choice.  Plus this one has Ian MacShane, Bob Hoskins, and Eddie Marsan.

Jack the Giant Killer (Jun 15) – Trailer here.  I’m not sure I believe Bryan Singer has directed anything good since The Usual Suspects.  But it is hard to argue with a cast of Ian MacShane, Eddie Marsan, Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy, Warwick Davis, and Nicholas Hoult (who was, let’s not forget, the kid from About a Boy).

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