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Enough about 2011; let's look ahead to 2012. This past year was good about offering a diverse set of films that catered to many tastes, especially crowds that wanted something out of the range of standard multiplex fare. But 2012 looks like a much stronger year. We can almost always look ahead to a new year and say that there is a great batch of new films from established favorite filmmakers, movies with wonderful casts, giant event movies and promising indies. But 2012 looks like it has more of those than usual. It's going to be a good year for movie watchers. After some deliberation (which no doubt has still allowed me to overlook something for which I'll facepalm later) here is a list of ten films that I'm very excited to see in 2012, followed by a full page of discussion about a whole bunch of other movies that didn't make my personal cut »
- Russ Fischer
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: We’ve spent so much time analyzing the past year, singling out spectacular performances and breaking down key contenders in the 2011 Oscar race. It’s time, with the New Year fast approaching, to look forward. What movies due out in 2012 are you most looking forward to? Which ones will earn the most cash? Which ones will collect the most Oscar nominations and eventual trophies?
I’m going to list my 10 most anticipated movies of 2012. Most are obvious. We’re all film fans, and the same ones that float your boat likely will sit at or near the top of my 2012 list (hello there, “The Dark Knight Rises”).
But I also want to go off the grid in a few spots and highlight a handful of titles that you might not yet be aware of. Let’s discover these gems together. And in the comments section below, »
- Sean O'Connell
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
Few genres have stood the test of time quite like the mystery. From the early days of literature, the concept of intrigue and the unknowable has piqued the interest of men and women alike.
Even one of the most famed detectives of literature, Sherlock Holmes, has graduated from the written word to the silver screen. In honor of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy we’re counting down the Top 7 most memorable crime-solving movies.
7. Seven (1995)
Reason: Anybody who’s actually seen this movie knows why this one makes the cut. Pun absolutely intended. I just have four words for you… “What’s in the box? »
- Calhoun Kersten
From big-budget Hollywood tentpoles to tiny indie features, 2012 is full of sci-fi. Here are 10 potentially great genre films due to land next year...
As you’ve probably gathered, 2012 is an absolutely gigantic year for geek movies. From The Muppets arriving in the UK at the beginning of the year, via The Dark Knight Rises in the summer, to the first Hobbit movie near its end, 2012 is so packed full of potentially great films, we’re not quite sure how we’ll find the time to watch them all.
Next year’s also a promising one for sci-fi fanatics. And as this list aims to prove, there are some genuinely intriguing genre films coming out in 2012, from low-budget oddities to expensive epics. In compiling a run-down of the ten Sf movies we’re most looking forward to, then, we’ve tried to weight it in favour of the less well-known pictures »
Perhaps the saddest movie news of the week broke last night when it was announced that Patty Jenkins would no longer direct "Thor 2." The "Monster" director seemed like an inspired choice that could have resulted in a great full-up to Kenneth Branagh's solid first entry. Rumor has it that Marvel is already out to agencies looking for a replacement for Jenkins, so we thought we'd save them some time and present a short list of directors we think could rule the halls of Asgard.
If you think about it, Wright may be the best choice here. "Pride & Prejudice" and "Atonement" showed off his knack for injecting modern touches into classical tales. The under-rated "Hanna" proved he can easily pull off badass, yet nuanced action. Wright strikes the balance that made Branagh such an inspired choice.
Johnson is poised for a huge breakout in 2012. He screened »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
It seems the name of Bruce Willis is no longer enough to get a film seen in cinemas. But does that matter anymore, wonders Simon...
There’s a reason, I’ve concluded, that Bruce Willis’ filming schedule currently finds him in the midst of four sequels. Right now, Willis has completed work, is working on, or starting shortly on The Expendables 2, G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra, A Good Day To Die Hard and Red 2. Each of those should give him a solid box office hit at the very least.
On paper, he doesn’t seem to need it, though. In 2010, he had a trio of films that topped the Us box office, in the shape of Cop Out, The Expendables and Red. However, they were his first live action hits outside of the Die Hard franchise in some time (and two of them sold off the back of an ensemble). Before that, »
Child TV stars don't find it easy to move into film. But the former Third Rock from the Sun actor has forged a successful – if unconventional – path to big-screen stardom
I'm moving through the lobby of one of Los Angeles' whimsy-luxe hotels on my way to meet actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a penthouse suite. Surrealist flourishes abound: chairs in the shapes of lips and twigs, and full-size horse statues that double as lamps. The overall effect is African ski lodge meets Mad Men, glazed with a dollop of melting clock. The setting is fitting, given Gordon-Levitt's eclectic career. He has morphed from the androgynous alien kid in long-running 90s TV hit Third Rock from the Sun to the teen gay hustler in Gregg Araki's 2004 film Mysterious Skin, bouncing on through characters as varied as (500) Days of Summer's lovelorn romeo, Hesher's charismatically violent burnout, and Inception's corporate dream-fiddling crook. »
- Katie Puckrik
They say the U.S. doesn't make things anymore -- that we've lost our way and are no longer No. 1.
Well, "they" are wrong. No country on Earth is capable of producing the quantity, quality and quantity of idiots that our fair land churns out with alarming regularity.
Affable favorite Paul Rudd continues the proud tradition of representing our country's most common commodity in "Our Idiot Brother," nwe on DVD and Blu-ray this week. But can he be stupid enough to join the ranks of elite morons, or does he still have a few more brain cells to kill? Let's review his imbecilic competition.
Sample Quote: "Russ, it's really great that I can spend time with you and... uh... uh..."
Why He's an Idiot: In this poetic ode to the summer vacation, family man and buffoon Clark tries to »
- Ben Freiburger
Having watched Joseph-Gordon Levitt’s sterling performance in the brilliant 50/50, James concludes that, when faced with death, laughter is the best response…
Once upon a time, an old one-legged man with leprosy and a case of criminal halitosis inched up to me in a hospital waiting room, guffawed insidiously and uttered these wise words: "Well, you've gotta laugh 'ain't'cha?"
Before I could reply and express my disgust, we were assaulted by terrible sounds from above, the building shook and, incredibly enough, the ceiling proceeded to cave in. A large airship (zeppelin, blimp, balloon kind) shaped like Yoda's head crashed through the roof and brought the entire hospital down around us.
I survived, of course, but the old man didn't. Even though the low flying Yoda blimp didn't crush him, the shock of the whole thing sent him into such a state of apoplexy that his neural system overheated and he »
Thanks to some folks who got in some early reviews at a test screening, that answer is No! Set in a dystopic future where time travel is outlawed, the mob pulls an Hg Wells when it wants to whack someone. Basically, they send the contract back in time. No body. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays the younger version of Bruce Willis, but when it's time to "close the loop" on his future self, he can't do it. There's a huge amount of spoilers you can read, so I'll spare you and just say the review over at AICN says that while this is an action/sci-fi flick at first, it's superbly written and veers off into many directions. Although I must say a poor review wouldn't stop me from seeing this considering how brilliant Brick is, it would just lower my expectations. So this is good news. Too bad we have to wait until September, »
Johnson’s star is set to rise next year with his sci-fi action thriller Looper, which is going to be boosted by the high-profile stars in its cast, namely Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, to name a few. After a recent test screening of the film for some select press, early reviews of Looper are making their way around the web and we’ve collected a few of them for you to read over.
Looper recently had its release date pushed back to September of 2012, so it’s a bit surprising to see it being screened already. The ...
- Kofi Outlaw
One of our most anticipated 2012 releases is Looper, which comes from Brick and The Brothers Bloom director Rian Johnson. The movie shot some time ago, but will not be distributed until next year, and the wait is one I'm not suffering patiently. Looper is a time travel movie, of sorts. It stars Bruce Willis (in the first still from the film, above) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as two men on opposite ends of a timeline. The central conceit is that there is a society in which time travel exists and is banned. Time-travel tech is still in use, however, as an execution tool: gangsters send targets back in time. When the target lands in the past, specialized hit men, 'loopers,' make the kill. But what happens when a target escapes the execution? And what further complications ensue when the target is the future self of the looper meant to pull the trigger? »
- Russ Fischer
I try not to think about Looper a lot. Coming from Rian Johnson, the director of the Brick and The Brothers Bloom, the anticipation for his third feature is killing me. And it is almost an entire year away from hitting theaters. But distributor FilmDistrict (who picked it up at Cannes this year) decided to go ahead and test-screen it in Los Angeles last night, heightening the anticipation even further.
The sci-fi/time travel film stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (as an younger version of Willis’ character), Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels, Garret Dillahunt and Piper Perabo. The high-concept story follows “hitmen whose victims are sent back in time from the future to be executed. The Loopers bump them off in the present, so there is no trace of a crime in the future.” Sound somewhat confusing? Judging from these first impressions, it looks like Johnson nailed it. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
The weekend begins with the Northern Ireland premiere of Parked. It stars Armagh-born Colin, who will introduce and discuss the film.
Marion Campbell, Qft Education Officer, said:"Takeover Film participants from local community groups have worked together under the guidance of creative industry professionals over the past three months to learn skills in cinema programming, graphic design, event management and film-making.
"We are really proud of the programme they have put together, which encompasses a wide range of film genres and includes a Northern Ireland premiere, »
- David Bentley
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is on fire. The 30-year-old actor charmed TV audiences in the '90s as Tommy Solomon on 3rd Rock from the Sun, turned out a string of memorable performances in the '00s in such movies as Brick and (500) Days of Summer, and then hit the big time with his leading role in Christopher Nolan's mind-bending blockbuster, Inception, in 2010.
For many actors, a role in a movie like Inception might be the culimination of their careers, but Jgl's career just keeps heating up. He has already completed work on Looper, a sci-fi thriller that reunites him with his Brick director, Rian Johnson, and he is currently at work filming scenes for Nolan's third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, which he will follow with a starring role in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, already in production. If that's not enough to classify him as white-hot, Variety »
- BrentJS Sprecher
While you all were watching football or gardening or just spending a relaxing Sunday on the ol' couch, Brick / Brothers Bloom / Looper director Rian Johnson was busy on twitter spinning this incredible yarn about the most recent episode of his blood feud with Thank You For Smoking / Juno / Up In the Air / Young Adult director Jason Reitman. The good folks over at /Film posted a transcript earlier but it seems their site is having some issues or they've yanked it or something else - so we've gone ahead and run it here in all its hilariousity. The slash guys took a minor beating on twitter for a potentially sarcastic/potentially misdirected shot at Johnson in their explanation - so I'll just »
Directed by Jonathan Levine
Written by Will Reiser
Will Seth Rogen ever grow up? His contribution to Jonathan Levine’s comedy drama 50/50 is peppered with expletives and those trademark looks of disbelief at the failure of women to fall at his grubby sneakered feet. But it’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt who is the star of this film. Rogen’s role is to turn 50/50 into a funny and affecting hybrid of the cancer movie and the slacker dating comedy. It shouldn’t work but it does.
In Seattle, 20-something radio journalist Adam (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is drifting along in a (largely) sex-free relationship with gorgeous but selfish artist Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard). When his nagging back pain turns out to be a rare and invasive cancer, Adam initially relies on Rachael and best mate Kyle (Rogen) for support and chauffeuring services. But he’s less comfortable when trainee counsellor Katie (Anna Kendrick »
Season 2, Episode 6: Peekaboo
Directed by Peter Medak
Directed by Peter Medak, known for such hidden gems as Let Him Have It, Romeo Is Bleeding and The Krays, ‘Peekaboo’ is technically my favourite episode. This episode is all about family, and not just Walt’s family, but Jesse’s family and a third family: that of Spooge, his woman and their kid, introduced for the first and probably only time. It’s interesting to see the opposite ends of the spectrum and the in-between. On one side you have Walt cooking the meth that gets distributed by Jesse to Spooge and his woman. Walt lives the good life, with a house, two kids, two cars, a white picket fence and is a respected, supposedly law-abiding citizen. Than you have Jesse, whose parents turn their back on him, leaving him to find his own method of survival, »
Back in 2004 Shane Carruth wrote, directed, produced, edited, composed and starred in a time travel film with a production budget less than what most used cars cost. Seven years later and people the world over are still trying to wrap their heads around his little film. Even if you didn't like Primer, or even if you didn't understand Primer, or even if you liked Primer and still didn't understand it, there's little denying that Shane Carruth is a filmmaker to pay attention to. Unfortunately for us, Carruth has yet to make a second film. He tried to get a film called A Topiary off the ground, but it never materialized and his post-Primer plans were hazy until it was revealed that he would be contributing in some capacity to Brick director Rian Johnson's own...
- Peter Hall
Matt here… Last year I asked all of the WhatCulture! (then Obsessed With Film) writers to come up with their own Top 10 favourite horror film lists as part of our 31 Days of Horror celebration to the genre but for some reason our New York based writer Mark Zhuravsky’s got lost in the fold. I was reminded this past week that we never did publish Mark’s and so here it is for your reading pleasure today, a particularly eclectic and intriguing list.
Also be sure to check our other authors lists at the end of this post.
I am not loath to say horror is not my choice genre – that honor goes to crime dramas, occasionally to my chagrin. That said, I love a good chiller as much as any other goodfella. Here’s a list of ten films, some obviously horror, others more subversive, that I consider my »
- Mark Zhuravsky
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