Sunday, September 23, 2012


2012 has not been a great year for movies…so far. The first half was one of the worst in memory. However, I can list 20 things I’m looking forward to in the next few months. How about you?

1.) Anthony Hopkins plays Alfred Hitchcock in HITCHCOCK.

Apparently this film is so good, it’s been readied for the Oscars this year. If the cheeky poster is any indication, they may be onto something.

2.) Daniel Day-Lewis is playing the 16th president in LINCOLN.
And he’s not doing the stoic, crusty, wise sage stereotype of ol’ Abe, the way we’re all used to from Disney World’s Hall of Presidents. He’s playing him more accurately, as Doris Kearns Goodwin wrote in her Lincoln biography Team of Rivals: intense, full of worry and frustration, even high-pitched in voice. (Here’s the link to the trailer: With Steven Spielberg directing and Tony Kushner writing, this one could be just what the election year needed – a reminder of how hard it is for a good man to win over divided constituencies when your rivals were determined to see you fail from the moment you took office. 

3.) The new James Bond movie SKYFALL opens everywhere November 9th.

And the buzz is good. Really good. (BTW…I’ll be writing about 50 years of Bond in coming weeks, complete with multiple caricatures, so watch for that here @ The Establishing Shot.)

4.) Jennifer Lawrence is fulfilling her promise.

Loved her intensity in WINTER’S BONE, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET…and she looks funny as hell in the new David O. Russell comedy SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK.

5.) The David O. Russell comedy SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK won the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

And it opens here soon! With the aforementioned Miss Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro, the trailer got more laughs than I’ve heard for a preview in the Cineplex for ages. It looks both mean and sweet. How appropriate for a movie about bipolar disorder, eh? (Here’s the link to that trailer: (

6.) TO ROME WITH LOVE will be out on DVD soon.

Woody Allen's gem wasn't in theaters terribly long this past spring, so see it on DVD. It’s hilarious, romantic, and has Penelope Cruz in a tight red dress the whole picture. Bellissimo!

7.) Uggie the dog from THE ARTIST has a biography due October 16th.

It’s called Uggie: My Story and I’m sure it will (bow) wow us fans of the Oscar winning Best Picture.

8.) There’s a lot of scary fun for kids.

Horror seems to be making a big play for children with the release of the computer animated FRANKENWEENIE (Speaking of dogs) and HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA due this Halloweenie. Er uh, I mean Halloween.

9.) The TAKEN sequel opens October 5th.

The first thriller with Liam Neeson was so bad it was good. And this sequel looks like just as much ridiculously violent fun.

10.) Keira Knightley plays ANNA KARENINA.

And if the film is as provocative as this image we’re in for a treat.

11.) I only have to review one more TWILIGHT movie.

I’m the Horror Movie Critic for the Chicago Examiner. ( And the only truly horrific part of that job is reviewing such utterly silly schlock.

12.) ARGO opens and it’s already an Oscar front-runner.

Roger Ebert has already predicted it to win the Academy's top prize. He’s seen it. I haven’t. Thus, it’s the film I’m most anxious to see this fall.

13.) I don’t know much about SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS but I love the line-up!
14.) Brad Pitt is in Andrew Dominik's KILLING THEM SOFTLY.

Dominik wrote and directed THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD starring Pitt and they made what I thought was the best movie of 2007.Thus, I have very high hopes for this one.

15.) Robert Zemeckis returns to live action with FLIGHT.

FORREST GUMP. BACK TO THE FUTURE. CAST AWAY. Great films from Zemeckis, but over the last decade he’s been mostly spearheading the onslaught of “motion capture” computer animation in movies. Now he returns to directing actors on film with this dramatic character study of a pilot (Denzel Washington) who crash lands a plane and the fallout from his celebrity. Welcome back to the real world, Mr. Z. 


Peter Jackson returns to the shire with this prequel to his stunning LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. Fan boys everywhere are holding their collective breaths. Breathe, guys. I’m sure it will be wonderful.

17.) Kathryn Bigelow chases down Osama Bin Laden.

ZERO DARK THIRTY, Bigelow’s new film, promises to be a white knuckle thriller, rendered all the more incredible because it’s the true story about how American forces hunted down the world’s # 1 terrorist. It’s due December 17th. (I’ll bet President Obama was wishing this one got released the weekend before the national election.)

18.) Bill Murray plays FDR.

Speaking of politics, Murray seems like an odd casting choice for Franklin Delano Roosevelt in HYDE PARK ON HUDSON but the buzz is very strong. Will this win him the Oscar that many thought he should have gotten for LOST IN TRANSLATION? We shall see.

19.) Quentin Tarantino remakes another kitschy thriller with DJANGO UNCHAINED.

This time Franco Nero isn’t Django. It’s Jamie Foxx. And he’s playing a slave helping bounty hunter Christoph Waltz in what promises to do for westerns what INGLORIOUS BASTERDS did for WWII epics. I’ll bet it’s got as many laughs as bullets.

20.) LES MISERABLES is finally making it to the big screen.

And director Tom Hooper (THE KING’S SPEECH Oscar winner) not only has cast Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway (pictured above), Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter in the key roles, he’s made them all sing live on set, with no playback. That should lend a raw authenticity to the whole shebang. As you can see in this behind-the-scenes trailer ( the venture certainly looks compelling, mais non?

That’s what I’m looking forward to in the next few months. And an Oscar season that will see nominations announced a week into the New Year too. I’m excited. So tell me, what are you excited to see? Please share your thoughts here and let’s keep up the excitement and the anticipation.

1 comment:

  1. you are a good movie judge. all these look interesting.good movie year for adult movies. kids movies? no-o-o way.