The 2012 Summer Movie Preview, Part 2

Summer, summer, summertime…
Time to sit back and unwind

Alright people, here we go! The exciting conclusion to the 2012 Summer Movie Preview! Let’s see what July and August have in store for us… 

July 3rd

“The Amazing Spider-Man”

Directed by: Marc Webb

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary, Irrfan Khan, Campbell Scott

Is it too soon for a new Spider-Man? We’re going to find out this 4th of July!

Spider-Man swings back into action with a new web slinger (Andrew Garfield), a new love interest in Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) and a new villain in The Lizard (Rhys Ifans). It’s a huge property, so I’m sure Sony wont fumble the ball, it’s just too huge an asset to release a substandard offering.

The big question is, will people be willing to accept a new Peter Parker so quickly? We shall see, we shall see.


July 6th


Directed by: Oliver Stone

Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, Benicio del Toro, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Emile Hirsch, Demian Bichir

Oliver Stone + Violent Drug Movie + Benicio del Toro + John Travolta = Awesome

Now I need to wait til July 6th to test my hypothesis.


July 13th

“Ice Age: Continental Drift”

Directed by: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier

Starring: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Aziz Ansari, Keke Palmer, Drake, Heather Morris, Joy Behar, Nicki Minaj, Josh Gad, Alan Tudyk, Nick Frost, Kunal Nayyar, Alain Chabat

I’m rooting for Darwinism to begin rearing its head and make some of these animals extinct. How many Ice Ages are we gonna get? Ice Age 139: Dennis Leary’s Ghost? Damn, man. Seriously.



Directed by: Seth MacFarlane

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel McHale, Patrick Warburton, Jessica Stroup, Laura Vandervoort, Tara Strong

OK. LOL. This has some potential to be really funny. Of course, that all depends on how funny you find the concept of a foul-mouthed teddy bear. Cause if you’re not at least there for a starting point, I think you’re out of luck. LOL

Embedded is the “Red Band” trailer so you can get a taste of it in all its raunchy, profanity laden glory. Probably a little NSFW.


July 20th

“The Dark Knight Rises”

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman

Ok. So. A new trailer JUST launched for this the other day. It’s scheduled to hit theatres prior to “The Avengers” this weekend. I have to say, until this point I’ve been underwhelmed by “The Dark Knight Rises” promotional material. The title feels like a rehash. The posters haven’t done much for me. Bane mumbled and garbled his way through early trailers… I’ve just been unimpressed. I’m a big fan of the first two films, but the build up for this one hadn’t been getting to me.

This is the first trailer that’s really made me think, hey, this could be an awesome movie.


July 27th

“Neighborhood Watch”

Directed by: Akiva Schaffer

Starring: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Will Forte, Billy Crudup

So Stiller, Vaughn and Hill headline an average-joe neighborhood watch program that uncovers an alien invasion plot. (Per synopsis that I’ve seen, the trailer doesnt hint at that) Hmmm.

Could be funny. The cast alone makes me want to see it, so I’ll give it a shot. Vaughn and Stiller together again should be worth the price of admission alone.


“Step Up Revolution”

Directed by: Scott Speer

Starring: Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman, Misha Gabriel, Peter Gallagher

I’ll just say it.

This looks like “So bad it’s good” heaven.

“Enough With Performance Art, It’s Time for Protest Art!” LOLLLOLLLOL. 😀 😀 😀 Seriously. That cracks me up.


August 3rd

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”

Directed by: David Bowers

Starring: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Devon Bostick, Steve Zahn

I’ve never seen any of these movies. Two other big releases this weekend, so I doubt I’ll see this one. But there’s plenty of people out there with kids in this demographic, so, here’s what you have to look forward to in the first week of August!! 😀


“The Bourne Legacy”

Directed by: Tony Gilroy

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Oscar Isaac, Joan Allen, Albert Finney, Stacy Keach, Scott Glenn

The Bourne franchise continues on with a new lead. I’ll give them this… they have exactly the right loophole to use. Who said Jason Bourne needed to be the only asset “The Program” ever turned out? This can be a renewable series, certainly. Similar to Bond. I’m all for it…

I like Renner. I like the trailer. I LOVE the cast they’ve got around him, and the Bourne trilogy was absolutely awesome. So I’m rooting for this to be a big success. I hope they really knock this out of the park.


“Total Recall”

Directed by: Len Wiseman

Starring: Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Nighy, John Cho

I love the original “Total Recall”. I love Schwarzenegger, I love the story, I love the residual flavor of 80’s cheese (I know it was ’90).

That said, this is a title that’s a good selection to be remade. The name carries a lot of weight, but it’s not a classic that’s going to offend people if it gets remade. It could use a more serious treatment, maybe a touch of a darker tone. It could use a modern special effects upgrade. It could use some serious acting.

Now, there’s absolutely NO guarantee a remake GIVES it any or all of that, in fact, this looks to be taking a CGI actioner bent, but we’ll see. Let’s just say I don’t have a protective, knee jerk resistance to this one up front.



August 10th

“The Campaign”

Directed by: Jay Roach

Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Katherine LaNasa, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, Brian Cox

No trailer yet, sorry.

But Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis facing off against each other? LOL. Hells yes….


“Hope Springs”

Directed by: David Frankel

Starring: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell, Eilzabeth Shue

Uhmm, yeah, Tommy Lee jones isn’t the only one getting uncomfortable… A geriatric sex comedy, huh? Sweet. (< Sarcasm) Hey, the cast is great, and it could be funny, even if I do have to watch Meryl Streep going down on a banana.


August 17th

“The Expendables 2”

Directed by: Simon West

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Liam Hemsworth

They’re back. The Expendables team survived their last mission remarkably intact, and even welcomed Dolph Lundgren back into the fold, apparently. Now they’re ready for another mission, and again are dealing with Bruce Willis. Not a recipe to avoid danger… but hey, when you’re an Expendable, danger is your business.



Directed by: Chris Butler and Sam Fell

Starring: Casey Affleck, Tempestt Bledsoe, John Goodman, Bernard Hill, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jodelle Ferland, Elaine Stritch, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alex Borstein

Creepy kids fare. I dig it. Between this and Frankenweenie, we’re going to get some animated movies with a tinge of the macabre this year. Sweet. (Hotel Transylvania intentionally omitted)  Young people need to know life isn’t all just heroic animals and epic romance, you know? Kids, sometimes there are ghosts and festering zombies, too.


And you know what? I’m calling it there. There’s two more release weeks in August, but… I don’t get that big summer movie vibe from them. I feel like Summer Movie season ends mid-August. “Expendables 2” and “Paranorman” are the last movies to me that feel like “Summer Movies”, the rest of the slate seems like it would belong more in the fall.

But hey. That’s enough. Between these and the movies yesterday, this summer is loaded!

What do you think? Any movies in this bunch grab you? Any you wouldn’t watch it you were forced to at gun-point? Which ones are YOU looking forward to?

Let us hear it!!

84 thoughts on “The 2012 Summer Movie Preview, Part 2

  1. Hi, fogs and company:

    Intersting list.

    Ted: Yes!
    Neighborhood Watch: No!
    Total Recall: Why?
    Expendables 2: Yes!!!

    • HA! LOL

      I like that. Brevity is the soul of wit Jack, and I think “Total Recall: Why?” says a mouthful. LOL! 😀

      Glad to see at least someone else thinks Ted might be fun, though.

  2. While Batman and Borne both look amazing, it’s Expendables 2 that I’m going to see!! It comes out on my 10th wedding anniversary!! I’m so excited! :)))

  3. Summer sequels:
    Big warning flag any time they change the lead. Just saying.
    Big warning flag when the numbers get above 3.

    Meryl Streep: rarely a good idea. Sorry, just oil and water, me and her.
    Ted: isn’t this Alf?
    Neighborhood Watch: The big thing everyone will look for is Skittles. Just sayin, again.

    The problem with remaking Total Recall with an F/X upgrade is that it’s essentially been done. They called it The Matrix. And Dark City. And 13th Floor. And Inception. And and and. Anytime the American unemployment and poverty rates go up, you can expect a “what if this isn’t the REAL reality?” movie.

    Dance Revolution, Campaign, ParaNorman. Other than that, I’ll keep my munnies.

    • Lol, that’s a conspiratorial view of Hollywood right there, drawing parallels between the economy and the proliferation of virtual reality movies 😀 Should do some statistical research to back your hypothesis and you could have a big hit article on your hands!

      Lol @ Ted being Alf. I wonder if he eats cats. 😀

      I have no issues with Streep, myself, but I’m still not sure how much I want to watch her and Tommy Lee Jones trying to get it on…

  4. Dark Knight Rises may be the only one of this lot that I’ll see in the theater, but I have interest in Savages, Ted, Bourne Legacy, Total Recall, The Campaign, and ParaNorman.

    Spider-Man just isn’t giving me a good vibe at all. I know I’ll end up seeing it, but something just is off. And it’s nothing really to do with rebooting or whatever; Spidey 3 was bad enough and Maguire seemingly disinterested enough that rebooting felt like right way to go with me.

    Saw 4/5ths of the Avengers last night. Unfortunately, the sound was cranked up so loud in the theater that it gave my oldest son a migrane and we were forced to leave. So while the big action finale was going on, my kid was throwing up in the bathroom, and I just took him home. Perfect example of how a terrible movie experience can trump a great movie. Hopefully we’ll get back out this weekend to try again.

  5. There is just so much GOOD to look forward to. Savages wasn’t on my radar, heck I didn’t even know about it, until they released the first trailer those weeks ago. Looks excellent.

    Bourne – I’m not sure about. Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon made Bourne for me. Though, Jeremy Renner = very awesome. So, am open to it.

    The Dark Knight Rises will own. Own everything. I love the Amazing Spider Man trailer and everything in it, but … it’s all about Batman.

    • So… Will The Dark Knight rises “Own” “The Avengers”?

      You’re on the spot Mistry! (Shines a big spotlight at you!) Put your call ON THE RECORD!! Avengers? Or Rises? 😀

  6. It’s all about Step Up man! the summer won’t be complete without watching that one! haha. I jest, of course!

    The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Bourne Legacy, and Savages. I’m not completely sold on Total Recall or Ted or Paranorman.

    2012 is such a GREAT year to be a movie fan!

    • Yo. Dont knock “Step Up: Revolution”, ok? didnt you watch that trailer? Its about PROTEST art now. Thats some serious stuff. SERIOUS now. Ok?

      😀 😀 😀 😀

  7. Ok, ok, so I’m late to the party again…LOL For what they’re worth, here are my thoughts:

    The Amazing Spider-Man – I, for one, am not sure whether or not I am ready for a new Spider-Man this soon. Spidey is my all-time favorite superhero and I really liked Tobey as Spider-Man; at least in the first movie (2 & 3 dropped the ball a bit in terms of continuity). Sigh…I have nothing against Andrew Garfield, but sheesh…I’ll end up seeing it in the theatre though, I’ve been bitten by the 3D bug & my local theatre has no upcharge Sun-Thurs!

    Savages – Yah, your formula says it all!

    Ice Age 4 – Really?!? There has GOT to be some damn global warming soon, either that or we’re going to see the Titanic running into one of these icebergs! Will probably wait ’til DVD release for this.

    Ted – y’know what? I am not a fan of Seth MacFarlane, I hate Family Guy; but disturbingly, I found myself laughing at the trailer. The amount of cursing seemed a bit much & it had the potential of having all the funny parts within the trailer, however, I love Mark Wahlberg, Giovanni Ribisi & Mila Kunis, Joel McHale, & Patrick Warburton; so I am interested enough to check it out.

    The Dark Knight Rises – I’m still bitter over the remaking of the Batman movies in general. I am change-resistant as you’ve probably noticed. I still need to re-watch TDK as I fell asleep during it (on DVD, not theatre LOL). Will I see this? Oh, probably. I love everyone in it, damn them!

    Neighborhood Watch – Love the cast….looks humorous enough to be entertaining at least.

    Step-Up Revolution – Really?

    Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days – Looking forward to this when it comes out on DVD. You should check the series out sometime, they’re actually pretty funny. Yes, geared toward kids, but everyone went through these kids lives’ at one point or another.

    The Bourne Legacy – hell, yeah…love Jeremy Renner.

    Total Recall – I was all ready to bash on this remake, then I watched the trailer & it actually looks pretty good; more serious than the first.

    The Campaign – I’m interested enough to be looking forward to the trailer. Will Ferrell movies are hit or miss for me, I either love them or hate them.

    Hope Springs – Actually looks pretty good….it’s a chick flick, Dan, I don’t expect you to get over-enthusiastic about it LOL!

    Expendables 2 – I was disappointed in the first one, not expecting much more out of this one.

    ParaNorman – This looks adorable…I really hope this, Brave & Frankenweenie end up being good, so many animated flicks fall short.

    Ok, now that I’ve ranted on…thanks for the Summer preview, Dan! You rock!

    • Thank you, thank you. You rock as well. 😀

      You’ve been bitten by the 3D bug, huh? Well hopefully Spidey delivers decent 3D. Theyre not all created equal. Its a high profile flick though, they should do well with it. It’d be awesome to see Spidey web swinging in 3D, wouldnt it? 😀

      I’m with you on Ted. It looks decent and disturbing at the same time. Warburton’s awesome.

      You definitely need to swing back to The Dark Knight, that movie is awesome. Total movie magic, one of my all time favorites. Seriously…

      “Step-Up Revolution – Really?”

      Oh yes, it’s happening 😀

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