Here are just a few films to get you excited about the coming film year. There are plenty more and no doubt I’ll have another list filled with new titles soon enough. But for now I’ll leave you with these gems.
Shame (13th January 2012). I’m seriously excited about this film. Michael Fassbender is a pleasure to watch and with an already impressive film résumé 2012 looks set to propel the rising talent comfortably amongst the Hollywood A-listers. Shame looks raunchy and uncompromising as it follows Brandon Sullivan (played by the alluring Fassbender) in his life of debauchery and sexual escapades, until his sister (Carey Mulligan) comes to stay for an indefinite period; spoiling his indulgent lifestyle. It’s written and directed by Steve McQueen. This is his 2nd film, his first, Hunger (2008) also starred Fassbender who he is set to work with again in Twelve years a slave, due to film in 2014.
Monster in Paris (27th January)
I haven’t looked forward to an animation film this much since I heard about the release of UP. It’s set in 1910,Paris, where an eccentric inventor and friends go on the hunt for a monster terrorizing the streets. But when they discover the monster is nothing but an oversized harmless flea that is in love with a beautiful cabaret singer, they help save him from a determined police chief who is out to capture him.
The Descendants (Jan 27th 2012) Written and directed by Alexander Payne The Descendants is a comedy-drama centred around Matt King (George Clooney) who, when his wife falls into a coma after a boating accident, is left to look after his children alone. Faced with single parenting he struggles to connect with his teenage daughter who, at odds with her father, reveals her mothers affair. It’s smart, funny, and heart-warming, with realistic characters, and an exciting script. All set before a beautiful Hawaiian backdrop. It’s already generating Oscar Buzz and looks set to land Clooney another Oscar nod.
Carnage (3rd February). This is the latest film from Roman Polanski with an impressive cast that includes Kate Winslet, Christopher Waltz, Jodie Foster, and John C. Reilly. When a playground fight breaks out between two boys, the two couples come together in a New York apartment to discuss their sons’ punishment. But it becomes an immature game of tit-for-tat, tearing bits off each other with smart laughs and a sharp script.
Young adult (10th February 2012). Starring Patrick Wilson and Charlize Theron; Mavis Grey, a newly divorced fiction writer, returns to her home town with the intention of winning back her high school boyfriend. It looks like a funny, enjoyable, throw away film with a refreshing turn in a comedy role for Theron.
A dangerous method (10th February 2012). Naturally when you want an actress to play the role of a Russian woman your first thought is Keira Knightly. No? Me neither. Even in the trailer you can hear her awful accent. Directed by David Cronenberg, A dangerous method tells the story of the intense, turbulent relationship between Karl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), and the woman who comes between them (Knightly). It’s Cronenberg’s third film with Mortensen and I hope there will be future collaborations as the result is always the same. The two together = great films.
This means war (17th February) is a refreshing take on a done-to-death storyline. This time it’s the woman stringing along the men. After discovering they’re dating the same woman, CIA operatives Tom Hardy and Chris Pine go head to head in an attempt to sabotage one another’s relationship with Lauren (Reese Witherspoon). I’m going to be honest here; I’m watching this purely because Tom Hardy and Chris Pine are in it.
John Carter (9th March 2012) After watching Tron, which blew me away by its spectacular visuals, I’m excited to see what Andrew Stanton, who until now has stayed in the realm of animation as the writer who brought us Finding Nemo, Toy Story, and Monsters inc, will deliver teamed with Disney in this Action/Sci-Fi. The trailer alone reveals impressive landscapes and special effects, and if that doesn’t win you over then the storyline might. Civil war veteran John Carter is transported to Mars where he escapes giant barbarians and becomes a warrior; fighting to protect a Princess and the planets inhabitants.
The Avengers (27th April 2012). I’m a big Marvel comics fan. But even if you’re not, these films are still action packed, funny, and entertaining. The Avengers film brings together all the Marvel superheroes that team up to make the Avengers. Most of them already have their own film to explain their origin story; some even have more than one. But there are a few that have yet to be explored. Hawkeye, Black Widow and Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner (Hulk) will be unfamiliar to those who haven’t read the comics but no doubt their origin films are coming.
Snow White and the Huntsman (1st June 2012) is a dark and twisted adaptation of the fairytale, that tells the story of an evil queen who sends out a huntsman to kill Snow White in an act of raging jealousy. Its got an impressive cast with British favourites Ray Winstone, Bob Hoskins, and Ian McShane starring. While the annoying Kirsten Stewart plays Snow White, Chris Hemsworth is the Huntsman, and Charlize Theron plays the evil queen. It’s an action packed adaptation that even guys will enjoy.
Another happy day (2012 no release date) When Lynn (Ellen Barkin) returns to her parents Annapolis home with her three youngest children for her eldest sons wedding she is confronted with a family reunion that sparks tension and unresolved conflicts with her parents, ex husband and estranged son while she tries to hide her own problems and that of her daughter (Kate Bosworth) and son (Ezra Miller). If you thought your family get togethers were messy, They’ll look like a walk in the park in comparison.
I melt with you (2012). Another reunion film starring Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven, and Christian McKay as four 40 something year olds who reunite for a week of partying, drugs, and reminiscing of college days which brings up the past and a promise made, that with new discoveries will change their lives forever.
On the road (2012 no release date) is an adaptation of one of the greatest travel stories ever written. Jack Kerouac’s novel is a portrait of the Beat generation, told from the road in his quest to find ‘It’ and the ultimate thrill. Though nothing will come close in comparison to the book, the film looks set to impress with a cast that includes Garrett Hedlund, Viggo Mortenson, Sam Riley, Steve Buscemi, Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst, and unfortunately Kirsten Stewart. She plays Kirsten Stewart in every film she does (except The Runaways because she’s pretty good in that). She is quite frankly not cool enough to be in this film. But aside from that I’m super excited to see it.
Roll on 2012.