I only really loved a few films in 2011 but 2012 has me salivating with movies coming out from my favorite modern directors and a few films that have been building a slow buzz with their limited release in other countries. The movie descriptions come from IMDB along with my feelings/excitement for their release.
Stoker – Yes this movie is atop my list because I have a slight obsession with the director. Chan-wook Park’s (one of the best modern film makers) first American language film that includes a cast of Nicole Kidman and Dermot Mulroney. A film score by Phillip Glass………… Sold!!!!!!!
Plot: A teenage girl mourning the death of her father deals with an uncle who mysteriously shows up to meet the family.
Moonrise Kingdom – I didn’t love Wes Anderson’s last film Fantastic Mr. Fox but he returns to the live action realm with the cupbord caulk full of great actors: Bill Murray, Ed Norton, Tilda Swinton and Harvey Keitel among others, so I expect a return to form.
Plot: A pair of lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them.
The Master – Paul Thomas Anderson’s last film There Will Be Blood was released 5 years ago. Yes it was a masterpiece but that is a long time to go without a work from this brilliant director.
Plot: A 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as “the Master” whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man.
The Dark Knight Rises – Yes I am a little skeptical after the sub par trailer was released last month but I put 100% confidence and faith in Christopher Nolan in his ability to cap off this great superhero trilogy.
Plot: Eight years after the events of The Dark Knight, the terrorist leader Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing it and its police force to their limits, forcing its former hero Batman to resurface after taking the fall for Harvey Dent’s crimes.
Lincoln – Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln and Steven Spielberg should equal Oscars galore, at least in a perfect world that is. On top of that, Spielberg does period pieces so well that I have a hard time thinking this will be bad.
Plot: The sixteenth President of the United States guides the North to victory during the Civil War. (yeah kinda a sad plot description)
Inside Llewyn Davis – It is by the Coen Brothers so you knew it would make this list. It is about the folk scene in the 1960’s which makes me wonder if it will be more in the vein of O Brother Where Art Thou? Dark, funny and beautiful to look at. There is still a chance this gets pushed to 2013 but I have my fingers crossed.
Plot: A singer-songwriter navigates New York’s folk music scene during the 1960s.
- Prometheus – Come on, how can you not be pumped about a new Ridley Scott film…and probably an Alien one to boot.
- Skyfall – Yes the last James Bond was a let down but I have faith that they will bring back the magic of Casino Royale.
- Cosmopolis – Another David Cronenberg film so it makes this list. Had I seen his most recent this would probably be in the top 5/6