Day two of MTV Movie Brawl 2012 is upon us, and an already intense competition is heating up further with the announcement of our Wild Card round — an opportunity for you to get five new movies into the tournament’s first round. But before we worry about new competitors, let’s focus on the movies that are currently brawling it out.
Today’s Movie Brawl preview features a trip back to the Roaring Twenties, an action movie fan’s greatest fantasy, and a fantasy flick that’s a fantasy fan’s greatest fantasy. (That’s a lot of fantasies!)
Grown from what Quentin Tarantino told us back in 2009 is “one of my roses,” this slavery western marks QT’s triumphant return to the multiplex after the Oscar-winning success — and $320 million box-office triumph — of “Inglourious Basterds.” Costarring Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz and a slew of other notable names, “Django” arrives in late December, right in the thick of the Oscar race. Can Tarantino hit it big again? Gloriously, we hope. -Eric Ditzian
“The Expendables 2”
Stallone. Schwarzenegger. Willis. This one speaks for itself, folks. -Josh Wigler
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have teamed up once again in the period drama. Set in L.A. during the height of the mob, the film also stars a who’s who of Hollywood’s A-list including Josh Brolin and Sean Penn. While the premise certainly has us intrigued, the idea of seeing Gosling don some old-school garb piques our interest almost as much as the chance we might get to see those famous abs again. -Jocelyn Vena
“Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance”
If Nic Cage wasn’t crazy enough for you as Johnny Blaze in the first “Ghost Rider” movie, the directors behind the “Crank” films are here to help. And if you thought the first film severely lacked Ghost Rider urinating fire, I direct you to the trailer. -Kevin P. Sullivan
“G.I. Joe: Retaliation”
Director Jon M. Chu has gone with the “out with the bad, in with the ninjas” approach to the second big-screen “G.I. Joe.” By hanging onto only the good elements of “Rise of Cobra” (see: Zartan in the White House, no Marlon Wayans) and hiring an awesome cast headlined by The Rock, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki and an army of ninjas, Chu looks to have created the movie we “Joe” fans have been waiting for our entire lives to see. -JW
Director Alfonso Cuarón returns to the sci-fi drama after the criminally underappreciated “Children of Men” with a flick that has nerds and lovers of George Clooney experiencing similar shivers of delight. The plot particulars — Clooney and Sandra Bullock play astronauts stranded on a space station — are almost beside the point in a film that promises to deliver cutting-edge CG tech, wicked character drama and riveting performances from two Oscar winners. -ED
“The Great Gatsby”
While Bradley Cooper may not have plans to see Baz Luhrmann’s 3-D take on the classic Fitzgerald novel, we have to admit we’re pretty excited to see Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and the rest of the cast put their spin on the story about love, longing and lust among the upper class of Long Island during the days of flappers and gin. -JV
“The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”
We’re living in the fantasy of a “Lord of the Rings” fan. Ten years after the first film opened, Peter Jackson and Ian McKellen are heading back to Middle Earth for a two-film prequel to the Oscar-winning epic. We won’t be far behind. -KPS
Come back tomorrow for more of MTV’s Movie Brawl 2012 competitors!