Most Anticipated 2012: Part 3
21. Take this Waltz. This title received positive responses from Toronto. A romantic drama starring Michelle Williams and a couple of names that we wouldn’t typically associate with a film in such a genre: Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman. Williams is always a sensation, so this will be something to check out.
22. Argo. Ben Affleck has proven himself to be a considerable talent behind the camera. Moving from Gone Baby Gone to The Town, this director’s style is becoming more and more confident, showing a clear knack for pace and plot-driven storytelling. His third film features Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin, and Affleck himself.
23. The Silver Linings Playbook. David O. Russell’s first outing since The Fighter. The cast is a dazzlingly unusual one: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Julia Stiles, Chris Tucker, Shea Whigham, Jacki Weaver, and John Ortiz.
24. Nero Fiddled. It’s difficult to not look forward to the next offering by Woody Allen, the famously prolific writer/director responsible for Annie Hall and Hannah and Her Sisters. With more flops than successes over the past decade (Vicky Cristina Barcelona being a major exception), however, it can become easier to disregard the man’s output. His forty-second feature-length film boasts some familiar names (Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis) and some new ones (Alec Baldwin, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page), but it’s the idea of Jesse Eisenberg in a Woody Allen movie that really raises the eyebrows.
25. Stoker. Chan-wook Park’s first English-language film. I’m a huge fan of Oldboy, but I was less than thrilled with Park’s Thirst (2009). This will be something to keep an eye on, as it will likely feature some memorable visuals. With Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroney, Nicole Kidman, and Mia Wasikowska.
26. The Dictator. The trailer is more Ali G Indahouse-style goofy than Borat-style scathing, but Sacha Baron Cohen is a comedic genius, and his latest will no doubt contain some biting satire to go along with the broad laughs.
27. The Apocalypse. Seth Rogen’s directorial debut, from a screenplay written by him and Evan Goldberg (the partnership behind Superbad). This action/comedy about friends facing the end of the world will certainly be a big-screen event. Jonah Hill, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, and Rogen play themselves.
28. The Amazing Spider-Man. This potentially unnecessary reboot is showing us the origin again, but this time it’s darker and more dramatic, as if there were something not inherently ludicrous about a teenager shooting webs out of his wrists. Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer) is an unlikely choice to pull this off. I’m cautiously interested in a more somber reimagining, but this one would not exactly be on my radar if not for the two scarily talented leads at its center: Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. One can hope they signed on for a good reason.
29. World War Z. A Brad Pitt-starring movie about “the great zombie war.” Directed by Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball) and written by J. Michael Straczynski (Changeling) and Matthew Michael Carnahan (State of Play). This necessitates Christmastime viewing.
30. Men in Black III. Watch the trailer.