Before throwing ourselves into this pit full of film stocks, I would like to mention few movies that I'm very excited to see that unfortunately did not made my top 20. There might be some surprises for you guys but I'm hoping some of you will find this least at least note-worthy.
Inside Llewyn Davis (Ethan Coen & Joel Coen)Cast: Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman & Oscar Isaac
Captain Phillips (Paul Greengrass) Cast: Tom Hanks & Catherine Keener
Blood Ties (Guillaume Canet) Cast: Mila Kunis, Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana & Clive Owen
The Wolverine (James Mangold)Cast: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto & Svetlana Khodchenkova
Star Trek: Into Darkness (J.J. Abrams) Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana & Benedict Cumberbatch
Pacific Rim (Guillermo del Toro) Cast: Idris Elba, Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman & Charlie Day
The Seventh Son (Sergey Bodrov)Cast: Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore & Jeff Bridges
And if by chance these get released later this year... they would definitely make my top 20.
Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller) Cast: Tom Hardy, Nicholas Hoult, Charlize Theron & Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
American Bullshit (David O. Russell) Cast: Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Amy Adams & Louis C.K.
Now for the real deal...
20. To the Wonder (Terrence Malick)Cast: Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem & Rachel McAdams
This was one of my most anticipated films last year but unfortunately it didn't come out when expected. As a Malick fan I'll always be interested in whatever he might have to say or show. Whether it's the music, the visual attractive background, or the poetic nature of the narrative, there's always something in a Malick film that I will totally enjoy. I'm aware that this might turn out to be the most boring film Malick has made (and for some that alone says something) but that doesn't make it less exciting for me.
19. Stoker (Chan-wook Park)Cast: Mia Wasikoswka, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode & Jacki Weaver
Again, one of my most anticipated last year, Chan-wook Park's breakout on the american market is a must-see for me. Oldboy represents anything I love about modern asian cinema. Park tackling the Hollywood horror/mystery genre might turn out to be something irresistible to watch or... in the worst case, his biggest career mistake.
18. Elysium (Neill Blomkamp)Cast: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley & William Fichtner
After District 9, the gates opened for Blomkamp and thousands of moviegoers elevated him and his work to cult status. The follow-up to that is another sci-fi that starts Matt Damon this time, even though our Mr. Copley is back in the park. Few are known about Elysium and I can't wait to devour it's secret contents. I'm not even sure what to expect from Elysium other than an enthralling cinematic experience.
17. Behind the Candelabra (Steven Soderbergh)Cast: Matt Damon & Michael Douglas
Here's a TV film that made my top 20. Soderbergh's claimed last film of his career was denied a theatrical release by every studio for reasons that some would consider plain ridiculous. They called it "too gay". Well, it sure as hell convinced two of the most talented actors to join forces. What I expect is nothing less than a spicy narrative and a tour-de-force by Douglas & Damon.
16. Out of the Furnace (Scott Cooper)Cast: Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck & Forest Whitaker
I've read an early draft on this one and I must say that's the thing that convinced me to place this in my top 20. The story seems to be well organized, it creates space for great performances, and talks about a touching matter: brotherhood. If the direction and performances will be just as good as the writing then we could end up with a potential candidate for one of the best films of the year.
15. Trance (Danny Boyle)Cast: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson & Vincent Cassel
Danny Boyle. Rhythmic filmmaking. Usually trippy narrative. James McAvoy's romanticism, Rosario Dawson's rapture, and Vincent Cassel's charm. Why would you ask for more? Exciting product that might scream Oscars at the end.
After a ravishing performance in The Master, Joaquin Phoenix returns more playful than ever, in the companion of some of the most beautiful and talented women in Hollywood. This is my number one anticipated comedy of the year and Spike Jonze has all my attention after movies like Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, and Where the Wild Things Are.
13. Nymphomaniac (Lars von Trier)Cast: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgard, Shia LaBeouf & Willem Dafoe
I'm one of the few in my circle that are in love with von Trier's work. I went crazy over Melancholia, which I still believe it's a pretty overlooked film, and I'm even more attracted to this one. This film could turn out what I hoped Antichrist would be and even more. The cast is legit, even though I wish Lars would have gone for some other actress than Gainsbourg for this one. I'm not exaggerating when I say that this will be the mind-twisting film of the year.
12. The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His/Hers (Ned Benson)Cast: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Ciaran Hinds & Viola Davis
This husband/wife rendition of a romantic story is definitely interesting enough to put any moviegoer on hold. However, the addition of these actors that master so well the art of emotion is an instant insurance that something must be right about this film. I still have no idea how this will work but this seems like a possible throwback to the french cinema's New Wave.
11. A Most Wanted Man (Anton Corbijn)Cast: Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman & Willem Dafoe
Speaking of Oscars, maybe they will be already bored by the international war on terror subject, but if it's one production that could end up on their winning list then it's Corbijn's thriller. It has all the elements of a great film and who's not excited for another glance at Hoffman's abilities?
10. Malavita (Luc Besson)Cast: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones & Dianna Agron
I've been waiting for years for a Mafia movie and when they finally thought about doing something they pulled the best levers. I'm tired of gangster movies with plots thinner than paper. Besson's direction, writing, and flavor for crime might bring us back to the precious days of Melville.
09. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese)Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill
I have strong confidence that this will be our contemporary reply to Oliver Stone's Wall Street. Scorsese and DiCaprio joining forces again, this time for a film about corporate banking and fraud cases makes it all interesting again. Hugo wasn't really my piece of cake though I understand it's place in Scorsese's raft. However, Wold of Wall Street seems like a return to Martin's roots.
& John Bernthal
08. The Place Beyond the Pines (Derek Cianfrance) Cast: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes & Ray
The collaboration between Cianfrance and Gosling previously led to one of the most nostalgic and poetic romantic dramas ever put on screen. Blue Valentine is such an accomplishment in my eyes that I can't see this next project gone wrong in any way. Cooper doing great things lately; smart choices that can only benefit him as an actor. I'm also excited for Eva Mendes because it's been a while since she's been in a good role and under a good surveillance.
The genius french director comes back to life with Mood Indigo. I wonder how trippy this film will be compared to his other and how the structure will turn out to be. Missed Audrey Tatou as well, and Duris and Sy's involvement speak for itself. I hope Gondry's mind is in perfect shape and that he's not sank into his own card-board clouds for this one.
06. Twelve Years a Slave (Steve McQueen) Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender & Paul Giamatti
When will Steve McQueen stop directing all these visceral campaigns about the human condition. Such a great writer and such a visionary I have to applaud. Fassbender comes back yet this time he's not the main protagonist which is a great shift of power at the top of McQueen's pyramid. Fassbender and McQueen are obviously bounded through some strong ties but I wanted to see what other actor could do under his direction and this is my chance.
05. Man of Steel (Zack Snyder) Cast: Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, Amy Adams & Michael Shannon
Oh boy, oh boy if it's not the grand-daddy of all superheroes coming back to screen. Only this time we get Snyder directing under Nolan's watch. With such a cast and such incredible first trailers, this film has to move mountains to disappoint me. It has to be the best Superman film ever made, not only that, but I would argue that this film has the potential of being even better than Batman Begins (as the start of a new trilogy). As for Henry Cavill, I believe he's talented enough to give Superman a new aura, to shape him a new cloth.
04. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez)Cast: Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson, and 1000 more.
Sin City is by far one of the best movies of the last decade. Beautiful B&W scenery, intriguing story and characters, attractive performances, bloody guns, and a great pair of red lips, all made for the best artsy-entertaining film I've seen in decades. I can't wait for the next stylized installment in the franchise. The cast holds two times the weight of the last one even if Owen's absence saddened me a bit.
03. Only God Forgives (Nicolas Winding Refn) Cast: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas & Tom Burke
Refn is already the founder of his own cult. I can only imagine what the future holds for this guy if he keeps putting great movies out. His films are usually character-centered and could be used as methods of studying someone's behavior and personality. Only God Forgives seems to continue in the same order. Ryan Gosling comes back after the success they had together with Drive. This time the story takes place in Bangkok and surely Refn has a taste for film locations. Since this film kinda points to the same setting and overall story as his previous Bronson and Drive films, I wonder what Refn will do after this one. I hope he won't stick to the same basket.
02. The Counselor (Ridley Scott) Cast: Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz & Penelope Cruz
Ridley Scott, one of my favorite directors of all time, directing a film written by the one and only Cormac McCarthy has to have some ingenious gravity to it. With such a talented cast I expect this film to be one of the strong contenders at next year's Snubfest... uh... my bad! Academy Awards. McCarthy should help Ridley getting on that stage. This could have easily been my most anticipated film if it just wasn't for Cuaron's next stellar ensemble.
01. Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron)Cast: Sandra Bullock & George Clooney
The word of mouth since the project was first announced has reached ridiculous peaks. Everyone is dying of seeing Cuaron's next cinematic piece after he blew half the world with Children of Men. Many argue that this is probably the most anticipated film since The Phantom Menace. How could I not mention this as my most anticipated film of the year when it screams 'ingenious filmmaking'. Hopefully there won't be any other delay and this project will see the light in late november-early december. Prepare yourselves for one of the finest pieces of cinema in years. Even if the film will fail, it still would be a glorious failure.
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Nov 4, 2010
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