With this part 3 of 5 in my series of most anticipated films of 2012, we are starting to edge closer to the business end of the year. Please don't let me be misunderstood though, even the films ranking in the 40s have me quivering in anticipation. The films in today's list cause even more "anticipation anxiety" (a fictional affliction from which I suffer), and by the time we hit the top 10, it's a near death experience. Exacerbating that even further is the fact that 2012 has such massive potential for movies. Hit the jump for the roaring twenties...
30. The East
Director: Zal Batmanglij (Sound Of My Voice)
Starring: Brit Marling, Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgård, Patricia Clarkson
Release Date: TBA
Storyline: a story centred on contract worker who is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group, only to find herself falling for its leader.
Because: I don't know, Brit Marling is too beautiful and brainy for words. Having written and starred in Another Earth (great film) and The Sound of My Voice (looks awesome - just look at the kick-ass poster above), this is her next. I've read great things, I like the story (she is good at mashing together a love story with darker fare) and, well, I have a good feeling about this one.
29. Snow White and the Huntsman
Director: Rupert Sanders
Starring: Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and Thor
Release Date: 1 June 2012
Storyline: in a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.
Because: have you seen that trailer? Watch it again below and tell me it doesn't kick your ass. This is a risky one though, the movie might suck, but I have hope.
28. The Amazing Spider-Man
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field
Release Date: 3 July 2012
Storyline: Teenager Peter Parker grapples with both human problems and amazing super-human crises.
Because: it's refreshing to see they chose the director of a great indie romcom to helm a blockbuster like this, because Andrew Garfield is an excellent casting choice, because I want to marry Emma Stone, and because seen the trailer in 3D gave me fear of heights. Here it is again, just in case you've been under a rock for the last 6 months.
Directors: Joel and Ethan Coen
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, John Goodman, Oscar Isaac.
Release Date: they are only starting to film now, but the Coen Bros don't fuck around. I expect it to be released this year still.
Storyline: a singer-songwriter navigates New York's folk music scene during the 1960s.
Because: it's the damn Coen Brothers for heavens sake! Other reasons required? Hell no. They just churn out one brilliant movie after another, and this one has two added bonuses: the Bros have a knack for music, and Carey Mulligan is in it. I want to marry her too. For the record, I want to marry Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Emma Stone and Carey Mulligan.
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Jessica Chastain, Rachel Weisz, Ben Affleck, Michael Sheen, Javier Bardem, Amanda Peet, Olga Kurylenko, Barry Pepper
Release Date: people are saying Cannes. Really? A year after Tree of Life? Malick can take years to edit a movie, so I'm betting against a 2012 release actually. That being said, he has much on his plate right now so he needs to get this one in the can ASAP.
Storyline: a romantic drama centered on a man who reconnects with a woman from his hometown after his marriage to a European woman falls apart.
Because: Terrence Malick is a director I became familiar with only in the last year. Naturally, I was blown away. I will watch anything he makes, especially when the cinematographer is Emmanuel Lubezki. But for the uncertain release date, this film would have been in my top 10.
Director: Bobcat Goldthwaite (Sleeping Dogs Lie, World's Greatest Dad)
Starring: Joel Murray, Tara Lynne Barr.
Release Date: technically a 2011 release (premiered at TIFF), but still to hit theatres.
Storyline: this is what Bobcat himself said ages ago: There’s a middle aged guy and he’s at home watching a show like My Super Sweet 16, you know that show?…there’s always a horrible kid who gets everything she wants…”I wanted an Escalade! You ruined everything!” So he’s sitting at home watching a show like that, and he drives 400 miles and kills that girl — spoiler alert! — and then her friend, well not a friend, a classmate, is going “did you kill Chloe?” and he doesn’t say anything, and she goes “awesome.” So then they get in this stolen Camero and drive around and kill people. We’re hoping for a Christmas release.
Because: of what Bobcat said above. That, and the fact that people were loving it at TIFF last year. Oh, and if you've seen Sleeping Dogs Lie and World's Greatest Dad, you'll know what I mean.
Starring: Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, Harvey Keitel.
Release Date: 25 May 2012
Storyline: A pair of lovers flee their New England town, which causes a local search party to fan out and find them.
Because: some directors known how to assemble massive casts. It's like every actor needs to work with them before they die. Woody Allen is one of them. Terrence Malick is another. Wes Anderson is another. Just look at that cast. Oh, and the trailer came out just this very day...
Starring: Daniel Day Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jared Harris, Tommy Lee Jones, Jackie Earle Haley, Sally Field, James Spader, Lee Pace, John Hawkes
Release Date: December 2012
Storyline: The sixteenth President of the United States guides the North to victory during the Civil War.
Because: I'm not the hugest fan of Spielberg Porn, but I must admit, the thought of him at the helm of a biopic of America's most famous President, starring the best actor in the world? You have to be excited for this one. Give him the Oscar now already. The rest of the cast is pretty damn insane as well.
22. The Impossible
Starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan MacGregor.
Release Date: October 2012 (in Spain)
Storyline: An account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the mayhem of one of the worst natural catastrophes of our time.
Because: JA Bayona directed The Orphanage, one of my favourite horror films of all time. This is his follow-up, which happens to feature one of my favourite actresses of all time: Naomi Watts. Initially the subject matter seemed a little tired (especially after Clint Eastwood's Hereafter), but the Spanish trailer (below) got me all excited again...
21. The Wettest County
Starring: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska
Release Date: 31 August 2012
Storyline: Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Because: I need to see John Hillcoat work his magic on a depression era bootleggin' flick. Both his previous films scored a 9 out of 10 in my book, and this one looks even better. We should probably see a trailer quite soon (the film has been delayed for some time, and was recently pushed back a few months to August). Need more reasons? Tom Hardy. Gary Oldman. Jessica Chastain. Guy Pearce. Mia Wasikowska!!