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Old 04-14-2012, 06:16 PM
2012 Most Anticipated

Is there really not a thread for most anticipated movies of this year? Generally in the past, we've always had a thread like this for each year but I couldn't find one in my searches for "anticipated" and "upcoming" in the forum.

I know we're a couple months into the year already but the first quarter of the year is always the slowest anyway.

If there has already been one created for 2012, someone link it for me. Otherwise, let's post our most anticipated movies of the year. I'm working on my list now.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:10 PM
I could have sworn there was one, but I can't find it. Anyway, let's start a fresh one. Here's my list:

1. Killing Them Softly (Andrew Dominik)
2. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
3. Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino)
4. Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn)
5. Seven Psychopaths (Martin McDonagh)
6. The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan)
7. Gangster Squad (Ruben Fleischer)
8. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson)
9. The Place Beyond the Pines (Derek Cianfrance)
10. Cosmopolis (David Cronenberg)
11. Argo (Ben Affleck)
12. Prometheus (Ridley Scott)
13. Lawless (John Hillcoat)
14. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Peter Jackson)
15. Gravity (Alfonso Cuarůn)
16. Life of Pi (Ang Lee)
17. The Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell)
18. Lincoln (Steven Spielberg)
19. The Great Gatsby (Baz Luhrmann)
20. Trouble with the Curve (Robert Lorenz)

Also add The Burial and Inside Llewyn Davis if they end up getting released.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:53 PM
We've got a lot of the same movies heh, though not in the same order.

So I drafted up a long list in the same way I used to do my most anticipated lists on here (40 movies, short descriptions taken from IMDb/indiewire, cast, and quick thoughts on each). Took way longer than I remembered it taking heh.

I'm pretty pumped for this year. I think it's gonna be a good one as I'm still pretty excited even about the ones towards the bottom of the list. Oh and I forgot the Malick film until you mentioned it Bourne but I'm too lazy to go back and find the spot for it. Probably somewhere on the lower end of the list.


40. MUD | Jeff Nichols
A drama centered on two teenage boys who encounter a fugitive and pact to help him escape from an island in the Mississippi.
Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Michael Shannon, Sarah Paulson, Sam Shepard, Ray McKinnon


I still haven't seen Nichols' previous two films though that will be rectified very shortly. But the premise sounds promising enough. This seems to continue the sudden upward trajectory of McConaughey's filmography as of late and after a hilariously dark turn in Killer Joe, I'm interested to see him take on something meaty.

39. THE GREAT GATSBY | Baz Luhrmann
Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire, Callan McAuliffe, Gemma Ward, Amitabh Bachban, Jason Clarke


The cast is strong, it's based on a classic piece of literature, and Luhrmann has a knack for making things feel larger than life. But I'm also a little concerned - I'm a proponent of 3D but Luhrmann with a 3D camera sounds a little dangerous to me, especially considering his penchant for a lot of strange wackiness in his epics.

38. MOONRISE KINGDOM | Wes Anderson
A pair of lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them.
Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, Bob Balaban


Trailer looked pretty promising and as usual, I dig the aesthetic. But Anderson is starting to seem a little one-note to me.

37. ANNA KARENINA | Joe Wright
Set in late-19th-century Russia high-society, the aristocrat Anna Karenina enters into a life-changing affair with the affluent Count Vronsky
Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson, Jude Law, Matthew Macfayden, Kelly Macdonald, Emily Watson, Michelle Dockery, Olivia Williams


Wright is 4 for 4 with me though Hanna was his weakest effort yet. But he seems to be pushing himself into new territory with each film. Karenina is reportedly shot entirely on a stage with elaborate SFX doing the heavy lifting.

36. TRANCE | Danny Boyle
A thriller centered around a botched art heist that pits two men against one another, though they both develop unusual relationships with the same woman.
James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel


Good cast paired with a director that has only made one movie I've disliked (A Life Less Ordinary). Boyle knows how to make damn good thriller.

35. MAGIC MIKE | Steven Soderbergh
An upstart male stripper is taken under the wing of a more experienced colleagues.
Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Rodriguez, Joe Manganiello, Wendi Mclendon-Covey, Olivia Munn, Kevin Nash, Betsy Brandt, Riley Keough


This is just too strange a project to pass up. And it'll be interesting to see a good director take on what could easily have been Burlesque: Male Edition.

34. THE COMPANY YOU KEEP | Robert Redford
A thriller centered on a former Weather Underground activist who goes on the run from a journalist who has discovered his identity.
Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf, Julie Christie, Sam Elliott, Jackie Evancho, Brendan Gleeson, Terrance Howard, Richard Jenkins, Anna Kendrick, Brit Marling, Stanley Tucci, Nick Nolte, Chris Cooper, Susan Sarandon, Stephen Root


I really dig Lem Dobb's (screenwriter) work in The Limey and the premise sounds like my kind of thriller territory. It's also got a very large, very strong cast, everyone from Redford himself to Milton from Office Space.

33. RUST & BONE | Jacques Audiard
An adaptation of Canadian writer Craig Davidson's 2005 short story collection which depicts a savage world populated by afflicted prizefighters, fighting dogs, amputee sex addicts, and gamblers.
Marion Cotillard, Matthias Schoenaerts


Haven't watched A Prophet yet but the trailer looks pretty great, and I dug The Beat That My Heart Skipped.

32. ARGO | Ben Affleck
As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.
Bryan Cranston, Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Victor Garber, Chris Messina, Kyle Chandler, Clea DuVall, Alan Arkin, Titus Welliver, Rory Cochrane, Tate Donovan, Adrienne Barbeau, Christopher Stanley


The real-life story is so surreal that it's gotta be pretty hard to fuck this up. Plus a strange mix of actors from some of my favourite shows (and my favourite movie) - Walter White (Breaking Bad), Coach Taylor (FNL), Jack Bristow (Alias), the Man in Black (Lost), Ruthie and Sofie (Carnivale) and Slater (Dazed and Confused) all in the mix.

31. THE SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK | David O. Russell
After spending four years in a mental institution, a former teacher moves back in with his mother and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife.
Jennifer Lawrence, Taylor Schilling, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker, Shea Whigham, Dash Mihok, John Ortiz, Anupam Kher, Jacki Weaver


I've heard good rumblings about the script and O. Russell's last three movies hit well for me. Fuckabees.

30. THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY | Peter Jackson
A curious Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, journeys to the Lonely Mountain with a vigorous group of Dwarves to reclaim a treasure stolen from them by the dragon Smaug.
Martin Freeman, Hugo Weaving, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Andy Serkis, Luke Evans, Christopher Lee, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Lee Pace, Ian Holm, Billy Connolly, and Bret from Flight of the Conchords


I don't think anything really needs to be said about this besides the fact that I generally don't get crazy excited about sequels or prequels or anything of that sort. But I'm looking forward to a return to this world.

29. WAR WITCH | Kim Nguyen
Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona a 14-year-old girl tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war.
Rachel Mwanza, Serge Kanyinda, Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien


Gotta support the Canadian filmmakers. I'm glad to see more and more talent from Canada get buzz as of late. The reviews for this at Berlin were pretty great with the 15-year-old lead actress picking up the Best Actress award. Sounds like some harrowing stuff. Crossing my fingers for another mind-blowing film like Incendies.

28. THE GANGSTER SQUAD | Rubin Fleischer
A chronicle of the LAPD's fight to keep East Coast Mafia types out of Los Angeles in the 1940s and 50s.
Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Giovanni Ribisi, Josh Brolin, Mireille Enos, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Frank Grillo, Michael Pena, Josh Pence, Johnny Coyne, Sullivan Stapleton


How Fleischer managed to round up this cast is what I want to know. He's gotta have some serious convincing skills.

27. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS | Coen Brothers
A singer-songwriter navigates New York's folk music scene during the 1960s.
Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, John Goodman, Oscar Isaac, F. Murray Abraham


Coens and the folk music scene. I love the '60s.

26. LIFE OF PI | Ang Lee
The story of an Indian boy named Pi, a zookeeper's son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan, and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
Tobey Maguire, Gerard Depardiu, irrfan, Tabu, Adil Hussain, Suraj Sharma, Ayush Tandon


Love the premise. Had a friend who read the book and told me the ending years ago but luckily I don't recall it. Ang Lee rarely misses.

25. SIMON KILLER | Antonio Campos
A recent college graduate travels to France, where he becomes involved with a prostitute.
Brady Corbet, Mati Diop


The reviews from Sundance are what makes me want to see this. All the talk of controversy and split opinions only enhanced that further. Also been waiting for Corbet to blow up as an actor ala his Mysterious Skin co-star JGL.

24. THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES | Derek Cianfrance
A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime in order to provide for his wife and child, an act that puts him on a collision course with a cop-turned-politician.
Ryan Gosling, Rose Byrne, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Bruce Greenwood


Really loved Cianfrance's directorial style in Blue Valentine. Can't wait to see what he does as a follow-up.

23. LAURENCE ANYWAYS | Xavier Dolan
Tells the story of impossible love between a man and a woman after the man decided to have a sex change.
Melvil Poupaud, Nathalie Baye, Monia Chokri, Suzanne Clťment, Yves Jacques


Another Canadian filmmaker making buzz in the world. Loved Dolan's first film I Killed My Mother. Heard good things about Heartbeats which I meant to see and never got around to. The trailer for this looks phenomenal. And the dude who directed this is only 23 (he was 17 when he made I Killed My Mother which won a bunch of awards in Cannes).

22. KILLING THEM SOFTLY | Andrew Dominik
Jackie Cogan is a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game.
Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, James Gandolfini, Vincent Curatola, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, Trevor Long, Max Casella, Sam Sehpard, Slaine, Garrett Dillahunt


Cogan's Trade was a way better title. Oh well. Great cast, great director, solid sounding premise. Doesn't seem like it could go wrong.

21. ZERO DARK THIRTY | Kathryn Bigelow
The Navy Seal team 6 track down wanted terrorist Osama Bin Laden.
Mark Strong, Edgar Ramirez, Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Jennifer Ehle, Kyle Chandler, Harold Perrinneau, Jason Clarke


Crazy true life stories always interest me. I hope this isn't a repeat in style and everything from Hurt Locker though.
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Old 04-14-2012, 08:54 PM
20. THE BLING RING | Sofia Coppola
Inspired by actual events, a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the Internet to track celebrities' whereabouts in order to rob their homes.
Emma Watson, Leslie Mann, Taissa Farmiga, Gavin Rossdale, Israel Broussard, Katie Chang, Claire Alys Julien, Carlos Miranda


As above, I love true life stories. But a true life story that's perfectly paired with Coppola's style and obsessions? That vaults this higher than the norm. It would be even higher on this list if it weren't for the fact that it's not certain this will come out in 2012. But considering the script is 80 pages long, they're shooting right now and there's probably not a lot of post-production work to be done, I feel like this will come out this year.

19. THE GRANDMASTERS | Wong Kar Wai
The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.
Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen


WKW taking on a martial arts epic is an instant list maker. As with Coppola's movie, the only reason this isn't higher is because it could easily stretch into next year considering WKW's love of constant reshooting and editing over years of post.

18. LAND OF HOPE | Sion Sono
A man living with his wife and parents in the countryside wrestles with a decision to leave after an earthquake (best I can come up with).
Isao Natsuyagi, Naoko Otani, Jun Murakami, Megumi Kagurazaka, DenDen


I love most of Sion Sono's work - Love Exposure in particular being a work of genius. His last film, which I saw at TIFF11, also dealt with the state of things in post-tsunami Japan and while it has some significant flaws, the last stretch is very moving. This seems like an attempt to refine some of his thoughts and I'm hopeful for a knockout.

17. UPSTREAM COLOR | Shane Carruth
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This is a super-indie from the director of the incredible Primer. Which is enough for me to want to see it badly.

16. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD | Benh Zeitlin
Faced with her father's fading health and environmental changes that release an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy leaves her Delta-community home in search of her mother.
Quvenzhanť Wallis, Dwight Henry


Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. The premise and stills all look and sound amazing. I'm a sucker for magical realism.

15. GRAVITY | Alfonso Cuaron
The lone survivor of a space mission to repair the Hubble telescope desperately tries to return to Earth and reunite with her daughter.
Sandra Bullock, George Clooney


This would be higher if there were a more charismatic actress in the lead. Cuaron doing long unbroken shots in space is as perfect a match for 3D as anything could possibly be.

14. COSMOPOLIS | David Cronenberg
Riding across Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager's day devolves into a odyssey with a cast of characters that start to tear his world apart.
Robert Pattinson, Jay Baruchel, Paul Giamatti, Samantha Morton, Kevin Durand, Juliette Binoche, Sarah Gadon, Mathieu Amalric


The 30-second teaser said all. Cronenberg's crazy, dark, weird side is back with a vengeance.

13. LAWLESS | John Hillcoat
Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Dane DeHaan, Noah Taylor, Jason Clarke


Yet another movie with a name change that I'm not enthusiastic about. Though this isn't a bad title, I really liked the more unique flavour of The Wettest Country. But still, this looks fantastic and Hillcoat is due to create a masterpiece soon, right?

12. THE EAST | Zal Batmanglij
A story centered on contract worker who is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group, only to find herself falling for its leader.
Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard, Toby Kebbell, Patricia Clarkson, Julia Ormond, Brit Marling, Shiloh Fernandez, Aldis Hodge


Technically, I'm also looking forward to The Sound of My Voice (same director and writers) but it sounds like this is a bigger budget retooling of that film based on premise anyway. So I went with just the one. But yeah, stories about cultish kind of groups always have huge appeal for me.

11. ONLY GOD FORGIVES | Nicolas Winding Refn
A Bangkok police lieutenant and a gangster settle their differences in a Thai-boxing match.
Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Yayaying, Vithaya Pansringam, Oak Keerati, Gordon Brown


Refn. Gosling. Thailand. Boxing. I haven't seen Pusher yet but Refn has a perfect score with his last 3 movies for me. I also think he's the most major emerging directorial talent around today. But only time will tell if he can find the substance to match his crazy and chameleon-like sense of style, perfectly tailored for each piece of material he's tackled so far.

10. DJANGO UNCHAINED | Quentin Tarantino
With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kurt Russell, Christoph Waltz, Walton Goggins, James Remar, Don Johnson, RZA, Gerald McRaney, Anthony LaPaglia, James Russo, M.C. Gainey, Tom Savini


I'll be the first to admit that I'm probably one of the people who is least enthusiastic about Tarantino on this board (I dig several of his movies but I find little substance to them) with Inglourious Basterds recently feeling like a chore on second watch. But for some reason, the premise for this, the cast, everything I've read and heard about it so far sound up my alley in a big way.

09. UNDER THE SKIN | Jonathan Glazer
An alien in human form is on a journey through Scotland.
Scarlett Johansson, Krystof Hadek, Robert J. Goodwin, Paul Brannigan, Michael Moreland, Scott Dymond, Jeremy McWilliams


This material seems tailor-made for Glazer's glossily dark sensibilities from the bits I can gleam. I love the guy's style, Sexy Beast is a solid character piece with an awesome intro and Birth is highly underrated imo. And Johansson's comments a few months back about this being abstract, physically and emotionally challenging, like nothing she's ever done or anything she's ever seen make me even more hopeful that what we're going to get is an engaging piece of cinema.

08. ON THE ROAD | Walter Salles
Dean and Sal are the portrait of the Beat Generation. Their search for "It" results in a fast paced, energetic roller coaster ride with highs and lows throughout the U.S.
Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Sturridge, Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Alice Braga, Steven Buscemi, Danny MOrgan, Giovanna Zacarias, Elisabeth Moss, Terrence Howard


Motorcycle Diaries is one of my favourite movies ever so with the entire team behind that doing another road movie, a classic book and a trailer with a good monologue, I'm totally there.

07. SKYFALL | Sam Mendes
Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Helen McRory, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Tonio Sotiropoulou, Bťrťnice Marlohe, Naomi Harris, Albert Finney, Ben Whishaw


A Bond with a first-class talent in the directorial chair bringing along first-class collaborators (John Logan as writer, Roger Deakins as cinematographer, Fiennes and Bardem). And one with the perfect smooth sophistication in style that is so key to the Bond brand. I'm just happy we're going to see a big-budget Mendes blockbuster.

06. THE MASTER | P.T. Anderson
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.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons, Laura Dern


As I said above, I love movies about cults. And P.T. Anderson is one of the best directors working today.

05. SAVAGES | Oliver Stone
Pot growers Ben and Chon face off against the Mexican drug cartel who kidnapped their shared girlfriend.
Blake Lively, Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Benicio del Toro, John Travolta, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch, Uma Thurman, Trevor Donovan, Joel David Moore, Gillian Zinser, Mia Maestro, Demian Bichir


A crazy thriller about pot dealers and drug cartels that looks to have all the energy and fun of Stone's earlier days. I can't stress how much I love the thriller genre and how little we get quality ones with storylines that haven't already been hashed out a million times. I really can't wait for this.

04. STOKER | Park Chan-wook
A teenage girl mourning the death of her father deals with an uncle who mysteriously shows up to meet the family.
Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney, Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Lucas Till


Okay how could my interest not be piqued by the fact that this script was written by Prison Break actor Wentworth Miller and somehow made the Black List (best unproduced screenplays as voted by industry) and attracted the attention of the awesome Park Chan-wook (OldBoy) for his English-language debut, as well as Nicole Kidman. Thirst may have been a misstep in my opinion, but Park is a helluva talent and I hear this script has its weird elements nicely aligned with Park's sensibilities.

03. THE DARK KNIGHT RISES | Christopher Nolan
Eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face's crimes, a new terrorist leader, Bane overwhelms Gotham's finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that brands him an enemy.
Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Liam Neeson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Juno Temple, Michael Caine, Joey King, Matthew Mondine, Nester Carbonell, Josh Pence, Aidan Gillen


Duh.

02. PROMETHEUS | Ridley Scott
A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe.
Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green, Sean Harris, Rafe Spall, Emun Elliott, Benedict Wong, Kate Dickie, Patrick Wilson, Lucy Hutchinson


I'm not normally a fan of sequels or prequels (with rare exceptions like the Dark Knight) as mentioned before, but this is exactly how I think most sequels/prequels should be done (at least from what I've seen). Tell another story in the same universe, but make it original, and don't make it overly reliant on tropes and "signature scenes" from the other films. That way, the film can actually stand on its own. The other way, sequels tend to get bogged down being self-referential and trying to mimick the arcs of the first film which, imo, will almost always lead to a pale facsimile of what made the original film so great and also take away the element of freshness and surprise. The trailers for this have been better than any trailers I've seen in the past few years.

01. CLOUD ATLAS | Tom Tykwer & the Wachowskis
Six stories set in a different time and place become intricately related to each other.
Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Keith David, Halle Berry, Jim Sturgess, Susan Sarandon, Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, James D'ARcy, Zhu Zhu, David Gyasi, Zhou Xun, Bae Doona


I've been meaning to read this book for years and never got past the first chapter. But I did very much like what I read and I liked Mitchell's first book. And the premises of each of the six different stories are just awesome sounding with timelines from the 1850s all the way through to a post-apocalyptic future. The concept art looks crazy ambitious and the Wachowskis working together with Tykwer is strange but seems like it could be an awesome mix. At least with Tykwer (who is my favourite working director) involved, I can be assured that the quality level of the story and scripting should remain high (The International had its dialogue problems but everything else about the script was excellent imo). And the vision of all three directors pooled together should really result in something astounding. I was shocked to see this movie come together considering the unusual premise for a big-budget film - but of course, the film is German-financed (like Perfume) which is probably why they're able to put together something so boldly different from the Hollywood template. I'm crossing my fingers.
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:28 PM

1. The Dark Knight Rises
2. Only God Forgives
3. Killing Them Softly
4. The Master
5. Looper
6. Prometheus
7. The Bourne Legacy
8. Savages
9. Django Unchained
10. The Avengers
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:49 AM
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Also add The Burial and Inside Llewyn Davis if they end up getting released.
If The Burial is going to be showing in Cannes, then I think it's pretty certain it'll come out this year. Or has Malick done that before? Shown something in Cannes and not release it till much later?


Will have to work on my list. I can say though that The Hobbit is #1 and The Dark Knight Rises is #2. Lincoln, Skyfall, Prometheus, Django Unchained are also very high on my list.
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:22 AM
1. The Dark Knight Rises
2. Prometheus
3. Skyfall
4. Django Unchained
5. The Master
6. Gravity
7. The Avengers
8. The Bourne Legacy
9. Moonrise Kingdom
10. Cloud Atlas
11. Seven Psychopaths
12. Red Lights
13. Looper
14. Savages
15. Cosmopolis
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:20 AM
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If The Burial is going to be showing in Cannes, then I think it's pretty certain it'll come out this year. Or has Malick done that before? Shown something in Cannes and not release it till much later?
There is no confirmation that it will be shown in Cannes. That list that came out a little while ago was not real.
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:07 PM

JC, I appreciate the detailed list. There are some films in there that I had not even heard about until I read thru your list. So thanks.

I'm gonna keep in eye on some of those you listed (especially Simon Killer & Beasts of the Southern Wild
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:39 PM
I heard Simon Killer was bad, but Beasts of the Southern Wild has been getting big time praise.
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:52 PM
Yeah Simon Killer has its share of bad reviews but it has reviews that range all over the place. I'd consider The Guardian, indiewire, Salon, ScreenDaily, Variety, and AVClub reviews to all be in the positive range (anywhere from mixed positive to very positive) and a few of those reviewers are ones that I often find common ground with. Bumbray on JoBlo also gave it a 9/10 and I find that I have pretty similar tastes to the guy.

It definitely seems like a gamble for a movie and I'm sure it could turn out badly but I like taking gambles on the polarizing. I find movies that provoke such an intense range of reactions often end up being innovative, doing something different and I've found myself on the love end more often than not with those kinds of movies (Enter the Void, Irreversible, Perfume, Antichrist, etc).

But yeah I'm pretty certain Beasts of the Southern Wild is going to be phenomenal either way. Everything about it just looks up my alley.

Also, I somehow missed The We & the I as well (the new Michel Gondry). It'd probably be in the 15-20 range somewhere.

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Old 04-15-2012, 05:05 PM
1. Django Unchained
2. The Dark Knight Rises
3. Looper
4. The Avengers
5. Skyfall
6. Anna Karenina
7. Low Life
8. Argo
9. The Bourne Legacy
10. Prometheus
11. The Master
12. Moonrise Kingdom
13. Untitled Malick Project
14. Lawless
15. Cosmopolis
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:51 AM
As same you,I agree with you.
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1. The Dark Knight Rises
2. Prometheus
3. Skyfall
4. Django Unchained
5. The Master
6. Gravity
7. The Avengers
8. The Bourne Legacy
9. Moonrise Kingdom
10. Cloud Atlas
11. Seven Psychopaths
12. Red Lights
13. Looper
14. Savages
15. Cosmopolis
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:32 AM
Several of the movies on JC's list I'm leaving off mine since it's not known if they will come out this year or next year. Those are: Mud, The Company You Keep, Inside Llewyn, The Bling Ring, Cosmopolis, Stoker and Cloud Atlas. I'm also leaving leaving The Burial off my list. All of these movies do not have release dates. If they are given a release date and will come out this year, then I will edit my list as need be.

Also, JC has Trance on his list. But that movie actually isn't coming out March 2013. This is according to comingsoon.net and I trust them. They are usually right.


Honorable mentions: Neighborhood Watch, Rise of the Guardians, Butter, Hyde Park on Hudson, Brave, Lawless, Anna Karenina, Red Lights, 47 Ronin and Alex Cross.

My 50 most Anticipated Movies of 2012:

50. Resident Evil: Retribution
49. Men in Black 3
48. Killing Them Softly
47. The Odd Life of Timothy Green
46. The Cold Light of Day
45. One Shot
44. Ted
43. The Dictator
42. Dredd
41. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

40. The Big Wedding
39. Chernobly Diaries
38. The Big Wedding
37. ParaNorman
36. The Campaign
35. Total Recall
34. To Rome with Love
33. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted
32. Killer Joe

31. The Great Gatsby
30. The Silver Linings Playbook
29. Argo
28. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
27. The Expendables 2
26. Great Hope Springs
25. Rock of Ages
24. Untitled Kathryn Bigelow/Osama bin Laden Film
23. Taken 2
22. This is 40

21. Gangster Squad
20. Moonrise Kingdom
19. Savages
18. The Amazing Spider-Man
17. Gravity
16. People Like Us
15. Safety Not Guaranteed
14. Les Miserables
13. Snow White and the Huntsman
12. Marvel's The Avengers
11. Trouble with the Curve

and the top 10 is . . .

10. Looper
9. The Master
8. The Bourne Legacy
7. Skyfall
6. Flight
5. Lincoln
4. Django Unchained
3. Prometheus
2. The Dark Knight Rises
1. The Hobbit

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Old 04-16-2012, 02:44 PM
For a lot of these, I'm making judgment calls based on what point of production they're at. Since many films I look forward to may not even have a release date scheduled at the point at which they play a fest, I'd rather include them on a list then skip them entirely (since there's a good chance I will see many of them sooner than later since I like to do TIFF each year - i.e. regardless of whether Cosmopolis comes out this year - though very likely - it's pretty much guaranteed to show up at Cannes and then Toronto). The Bling Ring, Grandmasters, and possibly Cloud Atlas are probably the most likely to be 2013 releases on my list though.

As for Trance, it has been in post since November according to IMDb. It has a 2012 release date listed there for the UK which is unsubstantiated but I highly doubt it will take a year of post. Most likely it will do the fest rounds in September and then come out towards the end of the year in the UK at the very least (I generally go by release date in the film's country of origin).

Good list and yet another reminder of a movie I forgot about (Safety Not Guaranteed). Dug the trailer for that quite a bit.
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:05 PM
Cosmopolis is opening overseas throughout the summer, so I imagine its domestic release won't be far behind.
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:55 PM
Yeah, also since I'm in Canada (you are too, right Bourne?), even if it didn't do the U.S. this year, I'd be shocked if it didn't still come out here (ala Incendies coming out in 2010 in Canada and 2011 in the U.S.).

Oh and some people on another forum brought up two movies which sound awesome and would definitely make my list if I knew about them before:

NIGHT MOVES, which may also be a 2013 release - Kelly Reichardt film with Peter Sarsgaard and Paul Dano and possibly Rooney Mara as eco-terrorists plotting to blow up a dam (I fucking loved Wendy & Lucy and this sounds totally up my alley), and

Leos Carax's HOLLY MOTORS, starring Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue, Michel Piccoli, and Jean_Francois Balmer, about a man who travels between multiple parallel lives. The premise sounds great and while I haven't seen a feature film by Carax, his segment in Tokyo! also starring Lavant was by far my favourite piece of the three (and I liked them all).
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Old 04-16-2012, 04:01 PM
Spent most of my time today compiling my most anticipated list. When I get back home, I'll tweak it and post.
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Old 04-16-2012, 04:22 PM
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Yeah, also since I'm in Canada (you are too, right Bourne?), even if it didn't do the U.S. this year, I'd be shocked if it didn't still come out here (ala Incendies coming out in 2010 in Canada and 2011 in the U.S.).
Yep, I'm in Canada. That could very well happen, especially since it already has a distributor in Canada (it doesn't in the US). I expect it will get a US release in 2012 though, it just might be later in the year.
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:26 PM
Prometheus
The Dark Knight Rises
Total Recall
Dredd
Gravity
Cogan's Trade
Django Unchained
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:37 PM
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10. DJANGO UNCHAINED | Quentin Tarantino
With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Kurt Russell, Christoph Waltz, Walton Goggins, James Remar, Don Johnson, RZA, Gerald McRaney, Anthony LaPaglia, James Russo, M.C. Gainey, Tom Savini


I'll be the first to admit that I'm probably one of the people who is least enthusiastic about Tarantino on this board (I dig several of his movies but I find little substance to them) with Inglourious Basterds recently feeling like a chore on second watch. But for some reason, the premise for this, the cast, everything I've read and heard about it so far sound up my alley in a big way.
I'm right there with you, and I thought I was the only one. I love 90s Tarantino, but I haven't been able to bring myself to watch another one of his movies after the Kill Bill flicks.
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:17 PM
First 20.

1. The Burial - dir. Terrence Malick. Cast: Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Rachel McAdams etc. // With Tree of Life making me question everything from my own childhood to the meaning of the universe and cementing Malick as my favorite filmmaker working today, thereís no way his new film wouldnít be on the top of my list, provided that it actually comes out this year.

2. The Master - dir. Paul Thomas Anderson. Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams etc. // Another director whose work I follow so close it borders on stalking. Every film heís made defied my expectations and now with a new controversial subject matter and a stellar cast, Iím there on Day 1.

3. The Dark Knight Rises - dir. Christopher Nolan. Cast: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman etc. // While I still think people overrate TDK more than what it is, I still loved it and Batman is still my favorite hero . Canít wait to see the final chapter of Nolanís vision.

4. Prometheus - dir. Ridley Scott. Cast: Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender etc. // To be honest, this is tied with TDKR but one has to come after another. Tomorrow they switch places. The trailers have floored me, Riddley Scott coming back to sci-fi is one of the highlights of the year for me and, yeah, absolutely everything about this screams amazing.

5. Gravity Ė dir. Alfonso Cuaron. Cast: George Clooney, Sandra Bullock, space etc. // Despite the presence of the bland SaBu, my respect for Cuaron, the stretching of technology to its limits, extra long takes and Emmanuel Lubezkiís cinematography means that this one is hotly anticipated.

6. Rust & Bone - dir. Jacques Audiard. Cast: Marion Cotillard, Matthias Shoenaerts, killer whales etc. // Iíve been preaching about this one for some time now to anyone whoís willing to listen. Director of Un Prophete comes back with a dark romantic tale that involves boxing, killer whales and the beautiful Marion Cotillard in tip-top shape. I have a strong feeling about this.

7. Django Unchained Ė dir. Quentin Tarantino. Cast: Jamie Foxx, Leonardo Dicaprio, Sam Jackson etc. // Once upon a time this would have been on the top of my list, but Iíve been a little underwhelmed by QTís output since Jackie Brown and the script didnít wow me. Still, it has THE best cast of 2012 and the scripts been re-worked so Iíve got very high hopes.

8. Argo Ė dir. Ben Affleck. Cast: John Goodman, Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston etc. // Another excellent cast in the hands of a man who's proven himself to be a much better director than actor, and a better actor when heís directing himself! This true-life story is probably the most interesting premise of 2012 for me and the images are filling me with hope.

9. Stoker Ė dir. Park-Chan Wook. Cast: Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, Phillip Glassí score etc. // Next to Joon-ho Bong, this guy is my favorite Asian director working today. Absolutely loved Oldboy and still canít believe I havenít gotten around to seeing Thirst. Plus, Phillip Glass music just brought this to my top ten.

10. Only God Forgives Ė dir. Nicholas Winding Refn. Cast: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Bangkok etc. // Drive was one of my favorites from last year, Refn and Gosling back together again and on the streets of Bangkok no less. This sounds like more of the same awesomeness that we got last year.

11. The Hobbit Ė dir. Peter Jackson. Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Middle Earth etc. // The Hobbit is a decidedly lesser piece of work than LOTR, but thereís no other fantasy world I love more than Peter Jacksonís Middle Earth and Martin Freeman was the perfect choice for a young Bilbo. Canít wait to see how he handles it.

12. Love Ė dir. Michael Haneke. Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, melancholia etc. // Mumís the word on Hanekeís latest, but the premise is about a retired couple dealing with the consequences when the wife suffers a debilitating stroke. With Haneke and Huppert, I donít need more than that to get excited.

13. The Place Beyond the Pines Ė dir. Derek Cianfrance. Cast: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne // Blue Valentine knocked me out and Iíll be anticipating anything Cianfrance makes from now on. That he's back with Gosling in a crime story is just the cherry on top.

14. Big House Ė dir. Matteo Garrone. Cast: Aniello Arena, Loredana Simioli, reality TV etc. // This one is so much under wraps it doesnít even have an IMDB page but with filming already done and plenty of time for post, Iím hopeful that Matteo ďGomorrahĒ Garroneís next film will be in Cannes official line up within three days time. Gomorrah is one of my favorite films from recent years and a scathing look at reality TV sounds right up my alley.

15. The Man with the Iron Fists Ė dir. RZA. Cast: Lucy Liu, Russell Crowe, kung fu etc. // I know, this one could be really, really bad. But Iíve been fan of RZA and his Wu clan ever since the early 90s plus it has Russell Crowe in a kung fu movie! Curiosity is deadly on this one.

16. Savages Ė dir. Oliver Stone. Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Aaron Johnson, Salma Hayek etc. // I was hooked on this ever since I heard it was being made. The trailer makes it look like a blast, Del Toro is an effortless badass and Oliver Stone seems to be remembering the good olí days with this one.

17. Seven Psychopaths Ė dir. Martin McDonagh. Cast: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken etc. // In Bruges was crazy fun and it opened my eyes to how funny Farrell can be. Iím a huge fan of Harrelsonís, Waits and above them all Walkenís. This has the makings to be the best comedy of the year.

18. Lawless - dir. John Hillcoat. Cast: Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman etc. // Iím a fan of everyone involved here except Shia LaBeef, but the western is a genre dear to my heart and the rest of the cast is gold. Malick co-signed on giving over his title because heís a fan of Hillcoatís. Thatís just an added incentive.

19. Moonrise Kingdom - dir. Wes Anderson. Cast: Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman etc. // Not the biggest Wes Anderson fan here, but the trailer reminds me of Fantastic Mr. Fox, which I absolutely love, and the cast is brilliant from Murray to Swinton.

20. Headhunters Ė dir. Morten Tyldum. Cast: Aksel Hennie, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, book full of praise etc. // Iíve got this book on my shelf just waiting to be read. Itís on my next list after Game of Thrones (fun fact: Coster-Waldau is the despicable Jamie Lannister on that show, and heís aces). Itís got a fresh 96% on RT and coming from Scandinavia with a deliciously intriguing premiseÖIím psyched.
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:09 PM
Second 20.

21. The Gangster Squad - dir. Ruben Fleischer. Cast: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone etc. // With a cast as bulletproof as this, especially Sean Penn in whatís surely going to be one of the most entertaining roles heís ever done, and a gangster story so gangster it has gangster in the title, Iím anticipating this one a lot.

22. Anna Karenina - dir. Joe Wright. Cast: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, one stage etc. // Well Iím a big fan of classic Russian literature but I havenít gotten around to reading Anna Karenina, the cream of the literary crop for many people, but I might do so before this comes out. Whatís got me most curious about this isnít the cast (though thereís nothing wrong with it) but the experimental approach Wright is taking, putting everything on one stage a la Dogville. This is also destined to be a big awards contender.

23. Lincoln - dir. Steven Spielberg. Cast: Daniel Day Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn etc. // Those who know me by now know that Iím not a big fan of the ĎBerg. However, DDL is probably the greatest actor to watch working right now and early word is that heís, obviously, riveting as Abe Lincoln. The rest of the cast is more than great and this being a passion project, Iím hoping itís closer to Spielbergís better work and not War Horse.

24. Killing Them Softly - dir. Andrew Dominik. Cast: Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins // Iíll have to give Assassination of Jesse JamesÖ a rewatch soon because it has strong support on these boards, from members Iíve grown to respect, and I still listen to its wonderful score. The story for Coganís Trade (should of stuck with that) sounds excellent and just my cup of tea. Plus, I think Pitt is a fantastic actor.

25. Marley - dir. Kevin MacDonald, Cast: Bob Marley, reggae, freedom etc. // Already being hailed as the definite documentary on the legendary Bob Marley, this has been making early festival rounds and gathering great buzz. My personal Bob Marley phase is full of some great memories and Iíve always wanted to know more about the man behind the music and the joint. Opens up soon in my city and Iím excited!

26. Low Life - dir. James Gray. Cast: Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, immigration etc. // It feels like a Marion year to me, with Rust & Bone, Dark Knight Rises and this, she should be paying her agent double. Gray says itís the best thing heís done and heís not bad to begin with, working on post now to have it ready for TIFF. Everything about this picture draws me to it.

27. The Avengers - dir. Joss Whedon. Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, ScarJo etc. // The comic book fan in me canít resist but to be excited about this. Whedon is a real talent and Iíve mostly enjoyed the Marvel stand alone movies, Captain America being my least favorite. The trailers have me amped for this installment that brings them all together and Iím expecting to be very entertained.

28. Cosmopolis - dir. David Cronenberg. Cast: Robert Pattison, Paul Giamatti, Juliette Binoche // Considering that itís Cronenberg going back to his style of bodily metamorphosis and bizarre atmospheres, I surprise myself that this isnít higher. But, then I see itís Pattison and I remember. Heís got a lot to prove and that 40 second teaser isnít enough for me. Still though, the rest of the cast looks solid and the story itself sounds fascinating enough.

29. Silver Linings Playbook - dir. David OíRussell, with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro // I Heart Huckabees is in my top ten comedies of all time. Everytime I watch it, I laugh. That said, I find The Fighter to be slightly overrated, with the script and cast really shining above OíRussellís direction. SLP got a great script review and Cooper will want to prove himself as something other than an obnoxious and sometime hilarious on-screen douchebag.

30. Snow White and the Huntsman - dir. Rupert Sanders. Cast: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, crazy costumes etc. // Would never have believed that this would make my top 30 but here it is, and itís all thanks to the epic trailer(s) weíve been seeing, and Charlize Theron. After Young Adult, I vowed to watch anything with this woman in it and she looks like sheís having a lot of fun with this evil role. The visuals look stunning and Iím digging the overall vibe a lot.

31. Holly Motors - dir. Leos Carax. Cast: Denis Lavant, Eva Mendes, trippy shit etc. // Yep, huge fan of Caraxí style. Loved his segment in Tokyo! because it was so unique and bizarre, Pola X and Lovers on a Bridge were great too, heís a unique artist on question about that. This premise sounds mighty appealing to me, back with Denis Lavant canít do no harm and word is that ďHolly MotorsĒ is intended to pave the way for a much bigger budgeted English-language debut feature. Iím in.

32. Brave - dir. Brendan Chapman, Mark Andrews. Voice Cast: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connelly etc. // The trailers have underwhelmed me so far, but I recall many a Pixar trailer to do just that only to have the actual feature length blow me away, so I guess thatís good marketing? Donít show Ďem the good stuff until they see the whole thing? I certainly hope so. With the first ever female lead and the Scottish mountainous terrains as the beautiful setting, Brave has my attention.

33. Beasts of the Southern Wild Ė dir. Behn Zeitlin. Cast: Quvenhzane Wallis, Dwight Henry, Louisiana etc. // Well, the great words from Sundance and the throwing around of child actress Wallis as a potential (youngest ever) Oscar nominee had me look this up and it certainly sounds promising. The comparisons to Precious make me squint my eyes but a semi-fantastical story of the South through the eyes of a child sound like it good be magical and inspirational so Iím very much looking forward to seeing what the big deal is.

34. Skyfall Ė dir. Sam Mendes. Cast: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem etc. // Iím no Bond fanatic. I didnít even see Quantum of Solice, but I did like Casino Royale, Iím not particularly fond of Craig as Bond but I have a soft spot for spy movies. So Iím all over the place when it comes to this, but what grounds me is the names attached to this installment. From Mendes to the supporting actors to the award-winning writers and technicians, this one would be hard to fuck up. Iíll be ready for Mr. Bond.

35. The Company you Keep Ė dir. Robert Redford. Cast: Shia LeBouf, Robert Redford, Robert Redfordís friends etc. // Well, Django has some competition in the casting department! I had no idea everyone under the sun was attached to this, and good political thrillers can be great escape routes for me so Iím all for it. Oh yes, and Redford is a legend though I was never an avid fan.

36. Zero Dark Thirty Ė dir. Kathryn Bigelow. Cast: Joel Edgerton, Jessica Chastain, Afghanistan etc. // Well, I enjoyed The Hurt Locker and loved that it made history with Bigelow being the first woman director to get the prize etc. So Iím definitely curious about this one but Iím also a little fatigued about the whole Iraq/Afhgani/US theme and kinda hoped Bigelow would do something different for her next project. Still though, cast looks solid and Iíve grown to love Jessica Chastain.

37. On The Road Ė dir. Walter Salles. Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst etc. // Never read the book but itís infamous of course and any hippie parent will tell you that. This has gone through production hell but itís finally emerging with a likely (confirmed?) Cannes debut. The posters have been tingling my inquiring mind and with the expectations looming, I find myself anticipating this one a lot. Would love to read the book before though.

38. Cloud Atlas - dir. Tom Twyker and The Wachowski Bros. Cast: Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving etc. // Well, I totally forgot about this until JC posted it as his number one. I havenít read the book but heard lots about it, and it sounds as unfilmable as you can possibly get. That could either be great (LOTR) or not so great (Dune), so Iím wary. The names attached, (especially Tom Twyker whose Run Lola Run I adore) and my love for interwoven narratives shot this up my to-watch list.

39. The Paperboy Ė dir. Lee Daniels. Cast: Nicole Kidman, John Cusack and Zach Efron // I really didnít like Precious. The only good thing was the acting from the two leads. So why do I have Lee Danielsí next film here? Well, word is that The Paperboy is a completely different beast (and reading the synopsis of the book confirms the same), and it has some fantastic acting from Kidman and Cusack. But if the title changes to ďThe Paperboy: Adapted from the novel ďThe PaperboyĒ by DexterĒ itís coming off the list.

40. Rock of Ages - dir. Adam Shankman. Cast: Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Paul Giamatti etc. // The trailer got me. I wasnít so enthused when I heard about it, honestly, but after the trailer I really want to see it because good comedies are hard to come by these days, for me anyway. Plus thereís something about the music scene and comedy that really mesh well together for me (I found Walk Hard absolutely hilarious). The cast doesnít hurt either.

And last ten, just titles, to round up to 50.

41. Imogene
42. Something in the Air
43. Like Someone in Love
44. Les Miserables
45. The Great Gatsby
46. Life of Pi
47. The Amazing Spider Man
48. Total Recall
49. Hope Springs
50. The Campaign
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:37 AM
Yah Davey, def on the same page with that though I have high hopes for Tarantino to knock this one out of the park.

DMM, I feel the same way about Lee Daniels and The Paperboy...I am curious about it from pedigree, cast, poster but the problem is I'm worried about his directorial style. I thought it was a big part of why Precious didn't work for me (despite great performances) and I hated Shadowboxer. Just an awful, awful movie.

Re: Cloud Atlas, I gave in and read the script tonight - all 230 pages of it (not sure which draft but I doubt it was the shooting one considering the length). To do a sum-up, it's definitely ambitious, definitely geared towards the adult drama crowd more than the summer popcorn crowd. It's not inaccessible though I'm not sure how the cross-cutting will go down with crowds. They're certainly not dumbing down dialogue for popcorn audiences, nor excising one storyline involving a gay musician in the 1930s and it's also not particularly action-heavy though there is some. Closer to Tykwer than Wachowskis but its thematic musings and philosophical bends are shared interests between all three.

In comparison to something like The Fountain, it's simultaneously more conventional (with some of the six storylines having familiar trajectories from past literature or films though it acknowledges this) and less conventional (in its crosscutting/mixing of different genres and tones, the rich variance of dialogue from story to story - lots of voiceover though, etc). It's also a movie which *might* leave some feeling a bit unsatisfied at the end and not very understanding of what the film is about - I feel much of it is up to the viewer/reader to make what they will of it, to analyze and solidify the thematic leaps, contrasts and connections between the storylines - or not. It certainly covers a lot of thematic ground in conversation and voiceover.

Potentially, it could be very, very impactful when seen visually/heard aurally. Certain sequences worked for me on paper but I can just tell when cross-cut together, the impact will be far more than I can get out of reading text on a page (assuming Tykwer and the Wachowskis nail it). I think it can and will be enjoyable on a literal level without the need to dig in (at least for the fall adult crowd). But the digging in is what will connect the stories better for people, whereas I can see some people feeling like the stories are just six disconnected stories thrown together (they're linked more thematically than literally but the links are not as obvious as other movies like Babel-communication or Crash-racism or 360-connectivity for example) - this is where I think we may see some divisive reviews.

But yeah, when you have dialogue ranging from "How providential your choice of words Doctor, for Progress is precisely the subject." to "Now, I'd got dire some hole-spew that day 'cos I'd ate a gammy dog leg in Honokaa, an' I was squattin' in a thicket when sudd'nwise I felt the devil's eyes on me." to "You must have misheard me, I said I had a melody not a malady." you know you're not watching a Hollywood tentpole.

Which makes it all the more exciting that they were given the $100 million to pull this off (and apparently the financing was actually very international - not only Germany, but several Asian companies contributed to the budget).
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:10 AM
according to Fandango here is the most anticipating films from male and female viewers

Men’s Picks for Most Anticipated Summer Movie:
1. “The Avengers” 31%
2. “The Dark Knight Rises” 23%
3. “The Bourne Legacy” 14%
4. “Men in Black 3” 8%
5. “Prometheus” 7%

Women’s Picks for Most Anticipated Summer Movie:
1. “Snow White and the Huntsman” 22%
2. “The Avengers” 16%
3. “Men in Black 3” 13%
4. “The Dark Knight Rises” 10%
5. “Dark Shadows” 8%
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Old 04-18-2012, 01:58 AM
I completely understand that I am biased, unfair and that I probably come off as arrogant to some of you. That being said I honestly don't understand how some people can legitimately be more excited about some mediocre batman movie (because lets be honest, TDK was mediocre, nothing more) than something like The Hobbit, or Django Unchained. Frankly that is fucking depressing...
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according to Fandango here is the most anticipating films from male and female viewers

Men’s Picks for Most Anticipated Summer Movie:
1. “The Avengers” 31%
2. “The Dark Knight Rises” 23%
3. “The Bourne Legacy” 14%
4. “Men in Black 3” 8%
5. “Prometheus” 7%

Women’s Picks for Most Anticipated Summer Movie:
1. “Snow White and the Huntsman” 22%
2. “The Avengers” 16%
3. “Men in Black 3” 13%
4. “The Dark Knight Rises” 10%
5. “Dark Shadows” 8%

Take MIB III out and put from the woman's list Snow White and the Huntsman, and that's actually a really good top 5. Probably my own top 5, though in a different order. I mean, if we are only talking about the summer that is.
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Old 04-18-2012, 03:02 AM
If Cloud Atlas comes out this year, then it will definitely be in my top 10. I have never seen of Tykwer's films, but I have loved every movie by the Wachowski's. And yes, that includes The Matrix sequels and Speed Racer. In fact, Speed Racer is my favorite film of theirs and remains one of the most egregiously underrated movies of the past 10 years!

His comparisons to The Fountain worry me though. I didn't like The Fountain since I found that movie to be every bit as incomprehensible and incoherent as 2001: A Space Odyssey was. Also, I'm always wary of movies that use voice over narration. As much as I loved Terrance Malick's The Tree of Life, that movie did get bogged down by all the annoying voice overs, alas.
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I completely understand that I am biased, unfair and that I probably come off as arrogant to some of you. That being said I honestly don't understand how some people can legitimately be more excited about some mediocre batman movie (because lets be honest, TDK was mediocre, nothing more) than something like The Hobbit, or Django Unchained. Frankly that is fucking depressing...
Sorry, but Tolkien is just as nerdy as Batman. The Hobbit is a children's book, how is that any more or less worthy of anticipation than a comic book film? The LOTR films kind of outwore their welcome with the ridiculous potty humor and ROTK just suffered from bad editing. Tarantino has become a parody of himself and his talents are being crushed under the weight of his own ego. He hasn't made a great film since Jackie Brown. What's depressing is your inability to respect other's opinions and understand that film is very subjective.
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I completely understand that I am biased, unfair and that I probably come off as arrogant to some of you. That being said I honestly don't understand how some people can legitimately be more excited about some mediocre batman movie (because lets be honest, TDK was mediocre, nothing more) than something like The Hobbit, or Django Unchained. Frankly that is fucking depressing...
If you were someone I was talking to in person, I'd politely tell you to suck shit through a straw

Let me put it this way: Pulp Fiction is the film that made me fall in love with film and made me really wanna be a filmmaker. That said, I can confidently say that, as it stands now, Christopher Nolan is a better filmmaker than Tarantino.

There, I said it.

1. The Dark Knight Rises
2. The Avengers
3. Looper
4. Skyfall
5. Django Unchained
6. Prometheus
7. The Amazing Spider-man
8. Lawless (formerly "The Wettest County in the World")
9. Killing Them Softly (formerly "Cogan's Trade")
10. Seven Psychopaths

Honorable Mention: The Master, Red Lights, Gravity, The Bourne Legacy, 47 Ronin, Ted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Savages, MiB: III, Neighborhood Watch.

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Old 04-18-2012, 10:55 AM
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I completely understand that I am biased, unfair and that I probably come off as arrogant to some of you. That being said I honestly don't understand how some people can legitimately be more excited about some mediocre batman movie (because lets be honest, TDK was mediocre, nothing more) than something like The Hobbit, or Django Unchained. Frankly that is fucking depressing...
Yea, I understand where you're coming from if you thought TDK was just mediocre. And all the hype around it probably made you think it's even more mediocre, with TDKR not showing anything really that different so far.

I can just speak for myself here and say that though TDK is not the masterpiece so many proclaim it to be, calling it mediocre is a little unfair. As a long time Batman fan, what Nolan, his team and the cast have done with this franchise is a real accomplishment. My top three comic book films are Batman Begins > Spiderman 2 > X Men 2. So, the same Batman still reigns supreme in my opinion and TDKR being the final chapter and all, I think we all feel like Nolan and co. will give if their absolute best effort to go out with a bang and avoid the "curse" of the third film.

Seeing as you list The Hobbit in your preference over TDKR, it's obvious that Jackson's Middle Earth attracts you way more than Nolan's Gotham. There's tons of people who call LOTR mediocre (not me, I loved them) and would say the exact same thing you did only switching The Hobbit with TDKR.

EDIT: Looks like a couple of schmoes beat me to it. You opened yourself to an attack! Haha.

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JC, thanks for breaking down the Cloud Atlas script. I'm definitely intrigued. Complex storylines like that really pull me in and when done right end up on my year-end top ten lists (I'm thinking Synechdoche, New York now). Are you going to read the book before the film?

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Old 04-18-2012, 11:20 AM
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That said, I can confidently say that, as it stands now, Christopher Nolan is a better filmmaker than Tarantino.
I'm not quite there yet (I think Nolan's films still suffer from some pretty glaring writing issues), but Nolan is certainly working his way up. Tarantino hasn't fully used all of his talents since Jackie Brown, but I still think he's the most talented director under 50 working today. Even his lesser works (other than Death Proof) are still some of the best films of their respective years. I thought the Django script was his most focused and character driven since Jackie Brown, so hopefully that translates to the screen.

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Old 04-18-2012, 11:28 AM
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That said, I can confidently say that, as it stands now, Christopher Nolan is a better filmmaker than Tarantino.
I don't think so.
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:31 AM
Chris Nolan will never be able to make something as revolutionary as Pulp Fiction so no matter what he does, he'll never be a better filmmaker than Tarantino.

Having said that, I agree with Bourne and some others that QT hasn't made a really great film since Jackie Brown. Feels like he's just been making movies for himself, using all his movie encyclopedia knowledge to make a mish-mash of everything he finds cool in cinema. Sometimes it works (Kill Bill), sometimes it really doesnt (Death Proof) and then sometimes its like a mix (Basterds).

I second that Django's script is much more focused and better structured than IB or KB, but then again, the dialogue didn't sound as crisp to me as it with the other two, and the story isn't really that strong. But i think with the reworks on the script and that ridiculous cast, we just might be in for another great Tarantino film.
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:52 AM
Without delving too far into this since I don't wanna continue to derail this thread about 2012 releases (also on my way to watch Shame), but here's a quick rundown of why I feel Nolan has already proven himself to be a better filmmaker than QT:

More consistency.. Pretty much all of Nolan's films are consistent in quality, some obviously better than others. This is in stark constrast to QT, who has split audiences with his last 3 films, while Nolan has had his last three films be his most well received. Also, it doesn't take Nolan 3-6 years to make new shit. He's only been directing films for 14 years now (6years less than QT), but already done as many feature films as QT in that time.

More diversity in films. In the short time that Nolan has been making films, I think he has shown ambition to tackle new genres. One can only imagine what more innovative films he might've made had he not signed on for Batman, but once the trilogy raps and he becomes a Hollywood goldenboy, he'll have the means to do whatever he wants and excites the shit out of me.

More originality in films. Yes, I know that most of his films are adaptations, however, even if you LOVE QT, you gotta admit that "borrows" a lot, including full titles these days just for the fuck-of-it.

Grander scale in film. Despite the very interesting locations/periods of QT's various films, with the exception of a fair amount of violence and few moments of real action, his films are still, at the core, talking head films. This is not necessarily a bad thing at all, but it's quite limiting. I could go into QT's signature dialogue, which I love, but how it can often be a drawback in ways. Nolan doesn't mind really using the scenery as well as letting certain scenes/moments speak for themselves. Not full on scenery porn, but still.

Humble. Have you ever heard of anyone having an unkind word to say about Christopher Nolan? Exactly.

I could go on, but obviously, this is personal opinion. My point is, you gotta respect Nolan atleast, 'cuz QT isn't exactly Martin-fuckin-Scorsese, if you get me.

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More consistency. Doesn't take Nolan 3-6 years to make new films. He's only been directing films for 14 years now, but already done as many feature films as QT in that time.
I don't think this is a valid criticism. Stanley Kubrick often took anywhere between 4-12 years between films. Woody Allen makes 1 film a year, but 75% of them are mediocre.

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Humble. Have you ever heard of anyone having an unkind word to say about Christopher Nolan? Exactly.
I don't think this is indicative of the quality of a filmmaker. Not many people have unkind words to say about Tarantino anyway. He may have a big ego (who can blame him, the dude has a genius IQ and has made some of the greatest films of all-time), but most people love him. Especially those who have worked for him.

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QT isn't exactly Martin-fuckin-Scorsese, if you get me.
No one is.

But anyway, I definitely respect Nolan. In summers where we are swamped by massive disappointment after massive disappointment, we can always count on Nolan to give us an Inception or a Dark Knight to make up for them.

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Old 04-18-2012, 12:12 PM
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I completely understand that I am biased, unfair and that I probably come off as arrogant to some of you. That being said I honestly don't understand how some people can legitimately be more excited about some mediocre batman movie (because lets be honest, TDK was mediocre, nothing more) than something like The Hobbit, or Django Unchained. Frankly that is fucking depressing...
Actually TDK surpassed my expectations (which were very high) and I can't wait to see how Nolan ends this.

Oh and Bilbo Baggins is a pussy.

























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Old 04-18-2012, 12:33 PM
At least Nolan doesn't put close-ups of feet all over his films. Blech!
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:49 PM
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I completely understand that I am biased, unfair and that I probably come off as arrogant to some of you. That being said I honestly don't understand how some people can legitimately be more excited about some mediocre batman movie (because lets be honest, TDK was mediocre, nothing more) than something like The Hobbit, or Django Unchained. Frankly that is fucking depressing...
The Dark Knight was anything but mediocre, there is almost an infinite number of movies based on comic books that fall under that category. No other superhero has had such a lasting effect on other movies like The Dark Knight. Although, some may consider Reeve's Superman and Raimi's Spider-Man as influential candidates, none of them have been constantly debated and referenced to when it comes to comparing movies somewhat similar. People frequently compare each comic book movie to The Dark Knight, saying it either is on the same level or failed in comparison; it's on the highest level a movie of its type has ever achieved.

Honestly, I don't know how you can even compare a movie that has already come out (The Dark Knight) to movies that have yet to be released (Django Unchained and The Hobbit). If anything, The Hobbit is just a cash in for the creators because The Hobbit is a fairly large step down from Lord of the Rings; trust me, I've read both. And you wonder how many people can be more excited for the last Batman movie that has an ending that no one is aware of versus something like The Hobbit that will have no sense of 'epicness' until its followup which comes out the following year.
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Old 04-18-2012, 12:58 PM
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At least Nolan doesn't put close-ups of feet all over his films. Blech!
HEY! There's nothing wrong with Diane Kruger's or Bridget Fonda's feet Uma Thurman on the other hand ... that, I could of done without.
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