I understand that not everyone thought of 2011 as a mediocre film year, and that’s fair enough. 6 films made it to the IMDB 250 (which unlike the RT Top 100 I find a reliable assurance of quality for a film), A Separation, Warrior, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Hugo, Drive and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Three of these were featured in my top 13 here. Harry Potter I believe is representing the whole series with its rating.
For me there were few films that got my heart racing last year, a shame that is. But if there’s anything that should bring you back up from the despair that the low quality of last year’s films has taken you to, that’s looking at this preview list. Not once have I been this excited about the upcoming movie year. I present to you the most interesting, intriguing titles opening in 2012 :
Let’s face it after Nolan’s previous installation and Heath Ledger’s legendary performance as the Joker there’s not one film fan out there who isn’t eager to see who the Batman-trilogy ends. With new, interesting additions to the cast (Hathaway, Hardy, Gordon-Levitt, Cotillard) and the oldies but goodies this classy and dark blockbuster will surely bring in the crowds.
Ridley Scott. Damon Lindelof, Jon Spaiths. Rapace, Fassbender, Theron, Wilson, Elba, Pearce.
Actually .. I’ll just let the trailer speak for its self.
It took many a failed attempts to get this show on the road. Directors abonded the massive project and the burden of fandom fell again to the shoulders of Peter Jackson. He didn’t want to give the go ahead before the only one who could play Bilbo was on board. Now it’s all come together and filming has started in New Zealand. Best Christmas present ever?
The only, the original QT hooks up with JGL, DiCaprio, L. Jackson, Waltz, Baron Cohen, Foxx, Kerry Washington and others to the Missisippi plantations. I excpect nothing less than classic Tarantino madness.
If it previously starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and it was still awesome, and now you throw in some Irish charm and Bryan Cranston, what could go wrong?
Even though I’m usually opposed to the ‘let’s get a hundred awesome guy actors and one woman’ thing, this group might just be the coolest group ever put together. Gosling and Stone showed their chemistry already this year, but now they have Penn, Brolin, Nolte, Ribisi and Mackie to play off of.
Surprisingly this classic book has never been made into a film worthy of its source. With Baz Luhrmann at the helm and DiCaprio and Mulligan starring they’ve already created a major buzz. You still remember Tobey Maguire? He’s in it too. So is my new favourite actor (did you see Warrior? Brilliant) Joel Edgerton.
Looks like Maguire will have a busy year. He’s also starring in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. You know, Life of Pi? That book that everyone reads on airplanes too look intellectual.
Brad Pitt is burning out some aggression in 2012. Who doesn’t like mob films? It also stars Tony Soprano (oh he actually has a real name .. Gandolfini) and Ray Liotta. RAY LIOTTA! HOW THE FUCK IS THAT FUNNY? DO YOU THINK RAY LIOTTA’S FUNNY?
I’ve not once in my life been this excited about an animated film (maybe right before I went to see Hercules in the cinema when I was .. shy of 10). Maybe it’s just me being biased about the awesome country that is Scotland but rarely does Disney Pixar go wrong and Brave looks like the older sister of How To Train Your Dragon, which has been my favourite “kid’s” film in the past few years.
Because we needed a Spiderman reboot. Well not really but Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are kind of cute together. To be honest I don’t know what to think of this. I mention because well, I’ll be excited anyway. I’ll probably get excited about The Avengers too at some point. Not yet though, not yet.
Skyfall is the new Bond film. ‘Nuff said.
LOOK at that face! In all seriousness .. This film is about Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day Lewis!!), and his first son (JGL!!). And it’s by Steven Spielberg! And it has Jackie Earle Haley and Tommy Lee Jones! And Lee Pace, James Spader and Sally Fields! And John Hawkes and Hal Holbrook and Jared Harris! And I could go on! But I’ve already used too many exclamation points! (!)
We already known that Hugh Jackman is the all singing, all dancing wonder from down under but if you ever wanted to watch Russell Crowe do jazz hands here’s your chance. Ok, there’s no jazz hands involved, but there is singing. I really hope Crowe pulls himself out of this career gutter he’s been in. Les Misérables also start Bonham Carter and Hathaway, and it’s directed by Oscar-winning director (biggest BS price ever IMO) Tom Hooper.
Brad Pitt bring the apocalypse to Glasgow, sorry I meant Philadelphia. Jack Sheperd, sorry Matthew Fox (who finally found a role worthy of his time ..) helps out. There’s also David Morse and the lovely Mireille Enos, in Glasgow, sorry I meant Pittsburgh. Okay I don’t remember where it’s actually set but it was the most exciting thing for Glasgow that they shot a few scenes in the city centre.
I’m not known for my love for comedy, but I do love Jason Segel and he’s written this bad boy. Also, I find Emily Blunt quite charming in a Queen’s English kind of way.
I have no idea what this is except that it’s a heist movie (YAY) and Alan Rickman, Cammy Diaz, Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci are signed up. That’s enough for me.
Terrence has apparently found his inspiration late in his career, but I’m not complaining. If we just loose some of the smugness and world-hugging I’m toot this horn hard. Three of the most beautiful women in the world star: McAdams, Weisz and Chastain. That’s reason enough for me to see this.
The good guys dress in black, remember that,
Just in case we ever face to face and make contact.
The title held by me… M.I.B.
Means what you think you saw, you did not see.
So don’t blink,
Think what was there but now’s gone.
Black suit with the black Ray Ban’s on.
Walk in shadow, move in silence,
Guard against extra-terrestrial violence.
But yo we ain’t on no government list.
We straight don’t exist,
No names and no fingerprints.
Saw something strange,
Watch your back.
Cause you never quite know where the M.I.B.’s is at!
Two words: Mila Kunis.
Expect to see Jeremy Renner everywhere this year, just don’t party with him in Thailand. I don’t know how hardcore fans of the Damon-trilogy are taking this quite early reboot, but if it means the return of Edward Norton I’m lining up for the tickets.
Speaking of Ed Norton he’s teaming up with Wes Andersson in a romantic drama. This year’s Oscar winner (I’ve got my money bet) Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis, Frances McDormand, Bill Murray, Harvey Keitel support.