May 232012


Next week marks the start of winter for those of us who inhabit the Souther Hemisphere. While Northern Hemisphere dwellers are getting ready for the long hot days of summer, we are getting ready for winter nights in the cinema! After the jump I take a look back at the films on my 2012 Anticipated Films List (which I wrote in December 2011), and I share the 10 films I am most looking forward to this winter.

In December 2011, the following 10 films were my most anticipated for 2012

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Dark Knight Rises, Only God Forgives, Django Unchained, Skyfall, Gangster Squad, Looper, Haywire, World War Z, and Cabin in the Woods.

Out of this list I have only seen one of these films so far, and that is Haywire. Disappointed would be a mild way to describe my feelings about the film [review here].

After a rather disastrous “will-they-won’t-they” release dance with Roadshow, The Cabin in the Woods is getting a very limited release in Australia in June. I have tickets booked for June 16th, and I must admit that I am very excited to finally see it. I’ve avoided all reviews and spoilers, so don’t even think about telling me anything about the film!!

Of my original 2012 list, only The Cabin in the Woods and The Dark Knight Rises will be released during winter.

The following are my 10 most anticipated winter* releases (* as of writing this post. Schedules around here change on a daily basis – it might be winter now, and November tomorrow)


Films listed in order of release with scheduled release date in brackets

Prometheus (June 7)

The Cabin in the Woods (June 14)

A Royal Affair (June 21)

Snow White and the Huntsman (June 21)


The Dark Knight Rises (July 19)

Safety Not Guaranteed (July 26)


The Sapphires (August 9)

The Bourne Legacy (August 16)

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (August 23)

Cosmopolis (August 30)

I’ll be seeing Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, and Safety Not Guaranteed a little earlier at Sydney Film Festival, so check back next month for my thoughts on those films (and 14 others – see my schedule here).

After how horrible May has been, I am very much looking forward to some quality films in June!

Have I missed anything? What are you looking forward to?