Predicting The Top Film of 2012

Thus far, 2012 is a much better year than 2011 in terms of quality movies. It’s more of a ressurection year for film – even though a shooting rampage damaged its reputation a bit. Last year lacked a great thrilling, action-packed adventure film, and that’s why 2012 is trying to revitalize the genre. It’s a year that is already full of future classics, and with just four months remaining in the year, I still think there are quite a few films that I feel could give The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises a run for their money.

1) Lincoln: First of all, I love documentaries, and second of all, I love Abraham Lincoln. A lot. And just looking at the cast of this documentary on Lincoln’s Civil Wars pursuits is making me excited. Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Tommy Lee Jones. Daniel Day-Lewis. Jared Harris. David Strathairn. Sally Field. And Steven Spielberg directing? Sorry Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but you’re sadly not going to be the best film about Lincoln to come out this year.

2) Django Unchained: Quentin Tarantino was seemingly on a cold streak until 2009’s Inglourious Basterds – a movie that reminded me of the great scripting of Pulp Fiction and the ferocity of the Kill Bill series. And since Basterds showcased the consistent plot scrambles and pop-culture-tinged dialogue that has always made Tarantino charming, there should be no doubt that his ensuing release, Django Unchained, should fall right in line with his classics. Starring Waltz from his 2009 masterpiece, Samuel L. Jackson from his 1994 masterpiece, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, and skinny Jonah Hill (who, by far, proves to be much more entertaining than heavyset Jonah Hill), this movies has the casting – and hopefully the plot – that will make it go a long way. And with that, I stand firm in saying that it most definitely will.

3) The Hobbit: It’s The Hobbitt. I don’t really need to explain, do I?

4) Taken 2: This choice may be more of a sarcastic jab at the idea that a sequel was made to the 2008 action thriller, but realistically, why can’t Taken 2 be the top movie of the year? The first film was one of my favorite films of 2008 and remains one of my favorite action flicks in recent years. The plot to the sequel may seem a little cheesy. Okay, so someone’s upset that Liam Neeson killed his son. But aren’t all action flicks over the top in some way? I’m sure Taken 2 may take many by surprise by showcasing Neeson at his best once again, and of course, providing non-stop thrills and chills. And even if it’s cheesy, it’ll be for the best.

5) Deadfall: No, not Skyfall, the new James Bond movie; I mean Deadfall. Set to release in a couple weeks, this could be the sleeper film of 2012. Could it be the next Drive? Possibly. From the looks of it, though, it looks like a sexier, more serious version of Fargo. Both movies take place in wintertime, and the whole movie seems to be a huge police investigation (and chase). Oh yeah, and Olivia Wilde’s in it. So if the movie flops, at least we’ll have a pretty face to keep us interested.

6) Lawless: Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf are a liquor-smuggling gangster tag team during the Great Depression who actually end up being the good guys. Sounds good enough for me.

7) On The Road: When I bought a copy of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road a couple years back, I happened to miss the label in the top left corner that said “Soon to be a major motion picture.” And, well, it’s almost here. Starring Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, and everybody’s favorite, Steve Buscemi, this edition of one of the greatest novels of all-time may just be the one movie that I need this year. Though The Great Gatsby won’t be released until early next year, at least I’ll have one book-turn-movie to look forward to when it comes out in December


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Author: Tim Dodderidge View all posts by
I'm a student at the University of Kansas hoping to major in journalism. I love Christopher Nolan films, eating at Taco Bell, and playing indoor soccer. I also like to watch How I Met Your Mother and enjoy writing poetry.

2 Comments on "Predicting The Top Film of 2012"

  1. Andy Maroon August 28, 2012 at 1:45 am - Reply

    Whoever directed the trialer for Lawless should be fired. I thought it was a made for TV movie at first. On paper it sounds great but the trailers make it look like garbage.

    Obviously I’m most excited for The Hobbit but Lincoln and Django should be great as well.

  2. Tim Dodderidge January 17, 2013 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Looking back on this, I think it’s hilarious that I left out Argo, Skyfall, and Looper. Not to mention Silver Linings Playbook and Zero Dark Thirty. What was I thinking when I wrote this?

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