As most of the movie world takes a look back at the 2011 year in film, I look ahead at my most anticipated movies of 2012!

First I’ll start with the honorable mentions, ten films I’m highly excited to see but weren’t quite able to crack my list:

  • Argo
  • The Bourne Legacy
  • Chronicle
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Gangster Squad
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall
  • Wettest County
  • World War Z
  • And now for the top ten:

    #10 Moonrise Kingdom

    In my opinion, Wes Anderson is one of the most accomplished directors of the past 15 years. So when news comes around of him making a movie featuring the likes of Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, and Harvey Keitel, all as supporting characters, I can’t help but be ecstatic. Following a young couple who flee their small 1960’s New England town and go on the run, this film has all the ingredients to be one of the best of 2012.

    #9 Only God Forgives

    Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling. Enough said. The Drive duo reunites only a year later to tell the story of a Bangkok police lieutenant and a gangster settle their differences in a Thai-boxing match. Sounds pretty badass to me. Not only was Drive one of my favorites of 2011, but Nicolas Winding Refn has a pretty incredible track record of his own, with films like Bronson and Valhalla Rising under his belt, Only God Forgives is extremely intriguing in its own right.

    #8 The Hunger Games

    The much-awaited adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ wildly successful novel is nearing release, and I couldn’t be more excited. Lionsgate went with a very unconventional director in Gary Ross, whose past few films Seabiscuit and Pleasantville are both unique and pretty fantastic films in their own right, and I’m very curious to see what he’s done with this material. Jennifer Lawrence is a perfect choice to play Katniss, as she’s demonstrated with her Oscar-nominated performance in Winter’s Bone, she’s more than up for the job. Additionally, Ross has surrounded Lawrence with some fantastic supporting actors, as I expect The Hunger Games won’t disappoint.

    #7 Django Unchained

    Quentin Tarantino making a spaghetti western? Yes please! With each film that Tarantino releases, the buzz surrounding it seems to increase tenfold, beginning with his masterful Pulp Fiction all the way up to this current release. Featuring a cast that includes Jaime Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Sasha Baron Cohen, Michael K. Williams, and more, the story of Django on a journey to rescue his slave-wife Broomhilda sounds too good to be true. Here’s to hoping Django doesn’t disappoint!

    #6 The Dark Knight Rises

    Christopher Nolan, who has taken the superhero movie to heights not thought possible, is back for his final go at Batman in The Dark Knight Rises. With an intriguing new villain in Bane (Tom Hardy), and the usual outstanding supporting cast, and another hefty budget provided by Warner Bros., this latest film from Nolan should be the highlight of the summer box-office season. Let’s hope it’s well earned!

    #5 Anna Karenina

    Joe Wright is among my favorite directors working today. When given great material to work with (Atonement), he has made some of the greatest films I’ve seen. Even with less-than-stellar material (The Soloist), his skills have been able to salvage what could be a bad film into something of value. Now Wright sets his sights on Tolstoy and one of his crowning works, Anna Karenina. Reuniting with Keira Knightley, star of his Pride and Prejudice and Atonement, the film also stars the likes of Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Olivia Williams, Emily Watson, Dohmnall Gleeson, the film should be spectacular. Look out for Wright’s signature long, single-take shot to appear in this one!

    #4 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    Peter Jackson returns to Middle Earth, and this writer could not be more excited! As fantastic and cinematic as The Lord of the Rings is, the story at the center of The Hobbit is equally incredible, and I am truly thankful that Peter Jackson finally agreed to helm its adaptation, as he alone is master of this universe. From the trailer we’ve seen, Martin Freeman looks to be perfect for the role of Bilbo, and Jackson has amassed a ridiculously talented cast to support him.

    #3 Looper

    As anyone who read the article on my top 10 movies of all-time will know, I was a huge fan of Rian Johnson’s debut, Brick. It should therefore come as little shock just how excited I am to see his latest feature, Looper, which has been described as a time travel thriller. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt, the film follows the maddeningly complex synopsis of a mob hitman who recognizes his next target to be his future self. Just try to wrap your mind around that one…So far reviews from test screenings have been overwhelmingly positive, and I’ll be sure to be lining up for this one.

    #2 Seven Psychopaths

    Again, this pick can be harkened back to my top 10 movies of all-time post, as Martin McDonagh’s previous feature film, In Bruges, also made my list. His next project, Seven Psychopaths, reunites this Oscar and Tony winner with Colin Farrell, who plays a screenwriter wrapped up in a dognapping scheme gone horribly awry. With a fantastic supporting cast including Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Gabourey Sidibe, Tom Waits, and Olga Kurylenko, Seven Psychopaths has the potential to be the best of the year.

    #1 Gravity

    Alfonso Cuaron’s latest is finally in production amidst much anticipation and after a lot of casting difficulties. Cycling through 3 different leads, including Angelina Jolie, Natalie Portman, and Blake Lively, as well as having Robert Downey Jr. signed on for a supporting character, Gravity has its two main characters cast in Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. Following the lone survivor of a failed space mission attempting to return to Earth, Gravity reportedly features minimal dialogue and characters. With Cuaron reunited with his Children of Men cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, this space thriller should feature some stunning visuals!

    Now I’ve chimed in, give us you’re list of what you can’t wait to see at the movies come 2012. Another fantastic year for film is just right around the corner!

    Quiz: Which ‘Mean Girls’ character are you?

    9:02 am EDT, September 29, 2016

    Ever wondered if you’re more of a Cady or a Regina? Today is your lucky day!

    To celebrate Mean Girls Day (October 3rd), Episode, the world’s largest mobile network for interactive stories and creators of Mean Girls: Senior Year, has made a quiz to determine which Mean Girls character you are.

    Once you’ve found your Mean Girls spirit animal, continue the fun by downloading both seasons of the Mean Girls story on Episode for iOS and Android. Rejoin all of your favorite characters as you navigate everything from new crushes to sorority pledging. You choose how the story plays out.

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    Ever wondered if you’re more of a Cady or a Regina? Today is your lucky day!

    To celebrate Mean Girls Day (October 3rd), Episode, the world’s largest mobile network for interactive stories and creators of Mean Girls: Senior Year, has made a quiz to determine which Mean Girls character you are.

    Once you’ve found your Mean Girls spirit animal, continue the fun by downloading both seasons of the Mean Girls story on Episode for iOS and Android. Rejoin all of your favorite characters as you navigate everything from new crushes to sorority pledging. You choose how the story plays out.

    You go, Glen Coco!

    Let’s play! Which ‘Mean Girls’ character are you?

    Play Mean Girls in the Episode app today!

    Note: This quiz was sponsored by the advertiser.

    WB has revealed that it will take the threat of an alien race, The Dominators, to unite the heroes of Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl.

    With Supergirl entering the Arrow-verse, she will be bringing aliens along — though it remains unclear how her Earth will integrate with Earth-1, where the casts of the other three series reside; Barry visited Kara’s Earth on Supergirl last season when he ran fast enough to open a portal.

    “This year, for our mega ‘Arrowverse’ crossover, we’re taking inspiration from a DC crossover from the late 1980s known as Invasion!, which featured an alien race called the Dominators, who’d previously vexed the Legion of Superheroes,” Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow EP Marc Guggenheim says in a press release.

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    WB has revealed that it will take the threat of an alien race, The Dominators, to unite the heroes of Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl.

    With Supergirl entering the Arrow-verse, she will be bringing aliens along — though it remains unclear how her Earth will integrate with Earth-1, where the casts of the other three series reside; Barry visited Kara’s Earth on Supergirl last season when he ran fast enough to open a portal.

    “This year, for our mega ‘Arrowverse’ crossover, we’re taking inspiration from a DC crossover from the late 1980s known as Invasion!, which featured an alien race called the Dominators, who’d previously vexed the Legion of Superheroes,” Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow EP Marc Guggenheim says in a press release.

    “We’re using cutting edge prosthetics and computer effects to achieve a feature film-quality look which is faithful to Invasion! artist Todd McFarlane’s interpretation of the characters.”

    The Dominators

    The Dominators, collectively known as the Dominion, are an alien race from the farthest reaches of the universe. A technologically-advanced species who specialize in genetics, their society is extremely hierarchical, with status depending on the size of a red circle that appears on their foreheads.

    Invasion! was a major, three-issue crossover event in 1989 that featured the Dominators joining an Alien Alliance to wipe out humanity due to the threat the meta-gene that allows for humans to develop superpowers presents.

    When they traveled to Earth, heroes and villains alike teamed up to fight to protect the world. The Dominators were also an enemy of the Legion of Superheroes in the 30th century.

    It’s also worth noting that Arrow‘s 100th’s episode will air during the crossover, so we should definitely expect something special.

    Are you looking forward to the crossover between ‘Arrow,’ ‘The Flash,’ ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ and ‘Supergirl’?

    Need a little extra dose of Gilmore Girls music in your daily life? Then you’re going to want to put this Gilmore Girls playlist on repeat!

    When it came to music, Gilmore Girls really had its finger on the pulse of amazing music, both modern and otherwise. From The Bangles to The Shins to Elvis Costello, the show incorporated an eclectic yet fun mix of music into every episode of every season.

    To celebrate the show’s impeccable choices (in addition to our undying love for the show itself), we’ve carefully crafted a Gilmore Girls music playlist. Relive all of the ups and downs in each of the seasons and perhaps throw an impromptu dance party with these tunes. With our Gilmore Girls playlist, you can now indulge in Gilmore Girls 24/7.

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    Need a little extra dose of Gilmore Girls music in your daily life? Then you’re going to want to put this Gilmore Girls playlist on repeat!

    When it came to music, Gilmore Girls really had its finger on the pulse of amazing music, both modern and otherwise. From The Bangles to The Shins to Elvis Costello, the show incorporated an eclectic yet fun mix of music into every episode of every season.

    To celebrate the show’s impeccable choices (in addition to our undying love for the show itself), we’ve carefully crafted a Gilmore Girls music playlist. Relive all of the ups and downs in each of the seasons and perhaps throw an impromptu dance party with these tunes. With our Gilmore Girls playlist, you can now indulge in Gilmore Girls 24/7.

    Hypable’s ‘Gilmore Girls’ music playlist

    ‘Where You Lead I Will Follow’ by Carole King and Louise Goffin

    What better way to kick off a Gilmore Girls playlist than with the show’s famous theme song? It’s the perfect opening song. (And if you choose to play it on repeat, that’s completely acceptable.)
     

    ‘This is Hell’ by Elvis Costello

    It makes perfect sense that Jess’ first impression of Stars Hollow would be narrated by this song. After all, the starry-eyed small town life can be kind of overwhelming at first.
     

    ‘There She Goes’ by The La’s

    Fact: This was the very first song played on Gilmore Girls! It accompanied an introductory look around Stars Hollow before introducing our favorite gals. Oh, the memories!
     

    ‘Then She Appeared’ by XTC

    What a perfect song to mark Rory and Jess’ first kiss. It’s perfectly sweet and tender and just oh-so-totally them. It’s hard not to imagine the scene when listening to this song.
     

    ‘Fell in Love With a Girl’ by The White Stripes

    This was one of the songs that Hep Alien played at their very first gig! Sure, it wasn’t really a great night for Jess/Rory or the band, but it started out well enough!
     

    ‘Reflecting Light’ by Sam Phillips

    As if Luke and Lorelai weren’t cute enough together at Luke’s sister’s wedding, they had to go and dance beautifully to this tender song.
     

    ‘Human Behaviour’ by Björk

    What would a Gilmore Girls playlist be without including a song from one of the girls’ biggest inspirations? Just take a listen and think of their famous snow creation.
     

    ‘Eternal Flame’ by The Bangles

    Make one of Lorelai’s favorite bands one of your favorite bands by listening to this track on our Gilmore Girls playlist on repeat!
     

    ‘One Line’ by PJ Harvey

    “I love you, you idiot” is probably one of the most quotable lines on the show. This song just set the mood and really made it that much more memorable. It’s nothing less than perfect.
     

    ‘So Says I’ by the Shins

    Who could ever forget the spring break scene where Paris tries to make out with Rory on the dance floor? The fact that The Shins were playing this song live during the scene just made it so much better.
     

    ‘Time Bomb’ by Rancid

    Not only did Lane dance to this catchy tune in Rory’s room toward the beginning of the first season, but Hep Alien eventually covers it during a performance later in the series!
     

    ‘When You and I Were Young Maggie Blues’ by Bing Crosby and Gary Crosby

    Watching Rory and Richard bond over this song in the hospital room is still one of the most memorable scenes of the series. Pour one out for the wonderful Richard Gilmore. We miss you, friend.
     

    ‘Inside Out’ by The Mighty Lemon Drops

    The Gilmore Girls series finale was such a bittersweet episode, but this song definitely made for one of the most memorable moments: Luke and Lorelai kissing!
     

    ‘If I Could Write’ by Sam Phillips

    This emotional song sums up the Gilmore girls’ love for each other perfectly, especially in times of sadness. Who could ever forget this song playing as Rory packs for a grip to Europe with Emily after fighting with Lorelai?
     

    ‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ by Cyndi Lauper

    Lorelai and Emily Gilmore walking a catwalk to Cyndi Lauper’s greatest hit? Classic. Though they may not have gotten along often, at least they could bond over this song.
     

    ‘O’Oh’ by Yoko Ono

    Remember that time when Rory skipped school to walk through New York with Jess, stopping for food and record shopping? This song was the perfect accompaniment for their adventure.
     

    The La La Tunes by Sam Phillips

    Okay, so these aren’t really actual songs per say, but Gilmore Girls wouldn’t be Gilmore Girls without them (and so neither would the Gilmore Girls playlist)! They’re so iconic!
     

    ‘My Little Corner of the World’ by Yo La Tengo

    We decided to end our Gilmore Girls playlist on a cute note with this sweet song. The mental image of Rory and Lorelai runing at each other from across town during the season 1 finale is enough to make anyone smile.

     

    What song(s) would you add to our ‘Gilmore Girls’ music playlist?

     
    Related: Everything I know about Gilmore Girls I learned from pop culture (and my crazy friends)