Coming soon: films I'm looking forward to

20:54, Jul 15 2012

The other week I gave the first half of this year its cinematic report card. Now, I will look forward to what movie delights await us in the second half of the year.

Here are the movies that I am most looking forward to.

The Dark Knight Rises

Well, duh. Who is not looking forward to the third and final instalment in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy? Nobody, that's who.

Sure, Catwoman is a tough sell. Sure, the Dark Knight wasn't perfect. Sure, franchises are always in danger of toppling over into crowded, empty spectacle. But I believe we are in the safest hands possible with Nolan. I think we can trust him.

Look at his record so far. Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight and Inception. That's a straight run of six great films. Which other modern director could boast the same?

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Excited. And we only have to wait a few more days.

The Campaign

"My hair could lift a car off a baby if it had to,'' says Will Ferrell in the trailer for this political satire.

Ferrell, unlike Nolan, is not the most reliable movie beast. You are never sure if one of his absurd comedies is going to be Anchorman (great) or Step Brothers (not so great).

This one teams Ferrell with Zach Galifianakis - who is always good value.

Check out the trailer. It looks fun.

Dredd

Growing up in 1980s Britain, it was hard to miss 2000AD and its breakout star Judge Dredd.

Judge Dredd is on a dwindling list of comic book heroes, or antihero in this case, who have never been done justice on the big screen. In the mid-1990s, this teaser for the Sylvester Stallone Judge Dredd, complete with fantastic Jerry Goldsmith music composed especially for the trailer, blew me away. It's a shame the film did not live up to this trailer:

Now, Judge Dredd has been given another chance. Dredd, starring NZ's own Karl Urban in the title role, looks interesting. Will they finally crack the complex antihero that is Judge Dredd? One thing is for sure, I will be there to find out.

Wreck-it-Ralph

This one surprises me.

I was looking through the list of films coming out this year and had never heard of this. It is a Disney digimation with quite a neat concept for anyone who grew up playing arcade machines.

Check out the trailer:

It's got Zangief from Street Fighter and Bowser from Mario. How did Disney manage to get the rights to Nintendo games? Amazing.

If this is executed well it could be great. If they drop the ball it could be just another non-Pixar digimation snorefest.

Still, it's a great idea and it looks promising.

The Hobbit

Nobody does little people walking long, arduous distances better than Peter Jackson.

Glibness aside, The Hobbit is an exciting proposition. Jackson returning to Middle Earth with a script partly credited to Guillermo del Toro is mouthwatering.

The trailers so far have looked epic.

Peter Jackson and Middle Earth in the cinemas at Christmas ... that feels vaguely nostalgic.

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