I barely do any kind of articles "thanks" to my "well-spent" time but I decided to give you people a quick taste of what glazed my mind to be a good prospect in 2012. A lot of good films will be released next year so I had a very hard time picking these features. I had to value and weight everything from the story, to the cast, to the director, the DP and so on, to finally seal a list of 20 movies that I'm eager to watch next year. These movies will be officially released in 2012 so if I'll miss something it's not my fault.
From the very first start I'll tell you that there is just one sequel in this list, no animations, even though there are some interesting ones coming out, and there is no sight of Spider-Man or The Avengers. As much as I love these movies as pure entertainment I'm not really anticipating them for their detailed craft and such. So... agree to disagree but this is my list, therefore my most anticipated movies in 2012.
20. The Bourne Legacy (Tony Gilroy) Cast: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Albert Finney, Joan Allen, Oscar Isaac, Scott Glenn
I honestly don't know what's with Jeremy Renner lately because it seems he takes over any action figure and I'm not in a comfort zone with that. Plus the fact that this is a Bourne movie without Matt Damon as Jason Bourne is again a harsh reason for me to be skeptic about this film but I'm still waiting for it because I'm curious how will they pull this off. I'm curious about everything related to this film so... even if I might end up hating it I'm still anticipating the shit out of it.
19. Gangster Squad (Ruben Fleischer)Cast: Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Emma Stone, Josh Pence, Josh Brolin, Nick Nolte, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Robert Patrick, Michael Pena, Mireille Enos
Next year we'll see several gangster films that are so interesting and very different one from another. This one here attracts me like a sexy stripper thanks to the super amazing cast. A very well thought mix between the rookies and the vets in the acting world. This looks fun but I so do not want this movie to pull a Public Enemies next year. Please, please, don't disappoint the world.
18. Cogan's Trade (Andrew Dominik)Cast: Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, Vincent Curatola, Ben Mendelsohn
The thing that excites me the most about this film is the Dominik-Pitt relationship. They have a very good on-set chemistry, Assassination of Jesse James is one of my favorite films of the last decade, and this is enough of a reason for me to get this movie on my list. I'm waiting on some dope Pitt scenes and some very very good writing from Dominik. I also love the addition of Gandolfini and Liotta, which gives this movie a smooth vibe of the 90s.
17. Total Recall (Len Wiseman)Cast: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, Bill Nighy, Ethan Hawke
Man better be wise about this one. I'm not a big fan of the first film because it has so many ridiculous stupid moments that I never could actually take it serious. I do hope that this one will bring justice to all the fans of the first film because the concept is very cool, the ideas pushed behind this version are pretty huge so I'm really anticipating a great science-fiction flick and I want these ladies to give me a heart-attack in the theater. Could I say "ROAR"?!
16. Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father (Barry Lenvinson)Cast: John Travolta, Al Pacino, Ben Foster, Chazz Palminteri, Kelly Preston, Ella Bleu Travolta
I'm waiting on a really deep and profound look into the life of Gotti and I think John Travolta is the best choice for this role. I want to be moved and I don't want to be cheated with cheesy predictable gangster situations. I hope this keeps a smaller scale and a more intimate approach. A necessary comeback of the great John Travolta.
15. Stoker (Chan-wook Park)Cast: Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver
One of the most impeccable directors out there. A man that built his career on revenge stories turns now to Hollywood and prepares a shocker to the audience. Nicole Kidman, one of the most dashing women in Hollywood and the young talented Mia Wasikowska will probably bring one of the best performances next year in this frightening thriller. I'm so living off "The Others" and "Oldboy" so there's huge excitement for this movie.
14. Untitled (Terrence Malick)Cast: Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Rachel Weisz, Michael Sheen, Javier Bardem, Olga Kurylenko, Manda Peet
After delivering us one of the greatest war movies ever made and the most challenging movie of 2011, who wouldn't be excited at the prospect of a romantic film seen through the eyes of this wonderful filmmaker? His vision and his limitless concepts pushed barriers and it's hard for someone who appreciates this man's work to not be ridiculously excited for his next film, whatever that may be.
13. Looper (Rian Johnson) Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels
There's so much buzz around this film and especially it's screenplay that I'm eager to find out what the fuss is all about. I heard people claiming the story is mind-blowing and whenever I hear that I immediately get turned on. When I first heard about this film I said "this will be 2012's Moon". Now... I hope it's even better.
12. Cloud Atlas (Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski & Tom Tykwer)Cast: Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Ben Whishaw, Natalie Portman
Accompanied by an explosive cast, Wachowski Brothers are back with another incredible concept for a sci-fi film. I haven't read the book but everyone told me that I must because it's incredible. The ideas behind this movie seem large enough to give us plenty of "WTF" moments which is a -somehow- expected thing from this "small" gathering of professionals. The intimacy of Tom Tykwer is a good feature because of his sensitive way of filming. This is really one of the boldest movies in the last years.
11. Wettest County (John Hillcoat)Cast: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska
I read the script to this film and I was so impressed I said this movie will challenge everything else next year. And what a beautiful cast. This will probably be the "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy meets Memento" of 2012 because it seems like it's such forgotten project that will definitely errupt once with it's release.
10. Skyfall (Sam Mendes)Cast: Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Ben Whishaw
The creator of one of my favorite movies ever made (American Beauty) is back with a promise. A promise that this will be the best James Bond movie ever and that it will surpass Casino Royale. First of all, that's one of the boldest statements of this year. Second of all, Casino Royale was so beautiful that it's hard for me to think what can be better in terms of a James Bond film. Third of all, I'm talking a lot of bullshit because it's Sam Mendes at the helm gathering all these fascinating actors for this film. Javier Bardem as a villain? Ralph Fiennes? Just call me dead on spot.
9. Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron) Cast: George Clooney, Sandra Bullock
Does anyone remember this little movie called "Children of Men"? The atmosphere in that movie is incredible. The cinematography is so dark, complex, immersive, and haunting. I can't say what I expect from this film. A sci-fi set in space with only 2 people on board of a ship? I think this is the kind of film that has potential of making "Moon" look like "New Moon". Okay, okay... I know. I got too far with that (but who the hell cares).
8. Dark Shadows (Tim Burton)Cast: Johnny Depp, Eva Green, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jackie Earle Haley, Jonny Lee Miller
It's time for another Tim Burton classic after the mediocre Alice in Wonderland. Eva Green and Johnny Depp on the same screen is a bliss and this film really looks like a combination between "Sleepy Hallow" and "Corpse Bride" as far as storytelling goes. Being a big fan of Burton's world this is one of the most exciting things in 2012 and I can't wait for the darky and husky atmosphere.
7. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)Cast: Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Laura Dern
What can be said about the man who made "There Will Be Blood" which is one of the most complete movies ever made. The Master looks like another attempt of PTA to capture the human's spirit in it's most vicious and rigid conditions. Philip Seymour Hoffman carries as much weight as Daniel Day-Lewis with the small disadvantage that he's not the best actor alive. Sadly for Anderson and sadly for both Hoffman and Phoenix, Daniel Day-Lewis will start in what I think will be the year's best film.
6. Anna Karenina (Joe Wright)Cast: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Johnson, Kelly Macdonald, Emily Watson, Olivia Williams
If there's one director that could revive novels and paint them on film that's Joe Wright. His work is unmatched in the last years, "Pride & Prejudice" and "Atonement", both being spectacular achievements. I'm dreaming at the amazing cinematography, the music, the costumes, the decors and sets, the performances and lively and tense atmosphere. Joe Wright is without a doubt one of the best directors of our time and it's sad that he gets so easily missed out each year from people's lists.
5. Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino) Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Sacha Baron Cohen, Christoph Waltz, Kurt Russell, Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington, RZA, Don Johnson
Quentin Tarantino + Jesus Christ cast + Western = Murder in the theaters. Quentin's voyage through the mists of this legendary genre is as bold as "Cloud Atlas" or "Prometheus" for that matter and the result will be a huge dump on pretty much 99% of the movies released next year.
4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Peter Jackson)Cast: Martin Freeman, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Elijah Wood, Andy Serkis, Evangeline Lilly, Ian McKellen, Stephen Fry, Hugo Weaving, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee
Peter Jackson returns to what made him the director he is today: the Lord of the Rings universe. He's about to the deliver the best epic-scale movie in 2012 with ease. The Hobbit is a different story than Lord of the Rings but set in the same universe. The first part will be more of a introduction and analysis of all these great characters and great elements that the book has and I'm sure that this will all be handled with wisdom and precise craftsmanship. The audience will be trapped in the majestic and fantastic world that Jackson is about to draw them in. I can't wait for me to clap at the end of this film.
3. The Dark Knight Rises (Christopher Nolan)Cast: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Juno Temple
Christopher Nolan, the man that never failed, the director that changed the industry is about to a special and almost impossible task. To end this trilogy with a film better than The Dark Knight. If this will happen then we'll witness one of the best trilogies ever made, probably second to Lord of the Rings. After the trailers and prologue hit the theaters, I must say that this movie looks darker, more tense, more passionate about the whole aspect of Bruce Wayne and Batman and I believe that this will be the movie that will make people leave their theaters jawless. The scale is unseen in a superhero movie and this is by far one of the most anticipated movies of 2012. In Nolan We Trust.
2. Lincoln (Steven Spielberg)Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, Jared Harris, Jackie Earle Haley
Spielberg's Lincoln will probably be the best movie in 2012. I wish we could see in this film more about Lincoln's personal war with the bankers and a more in-depth analysis of his political and economical views but from what I heard we won't really have that but more of a character study of him. And who else to play this magnificent character than Daniel Day-Lewis. I'm sure the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role is already somewhere in his closet and I could easily add that Spielberg has one hidden too.
1. Prometheus (Ridley Scott)Cast: Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Wilson, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce
The news of Ridley Scott returning to his native genre is probably as huge as a possible resurrection of Stanley Kubrick. This guy owns the science-fiction genre. "Alien" and "Blade Runner" are pure masterpieces and Ridley's vision and taste for atmosphere and well-balanced characters and tense situations is matched only by Kubrick in 2001. Blade Runner being my favorite movie of all time adds more to the anticipation I have for this film. I cannot imagine the kind of things I would do to see this movie now.
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Nov 4, 2010
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