Top 5 Films 2012Flicks To Look Out For This Year
The business end of the movie season is approaching and with it the most exciting/promising series of films we've seen this side of the new decade (don't tell us The Descendants vs The Artist was an intriguing Oscar's race). So without further ado here are the top five films to look out for in 2012.
Written and directed by Wes Anderson
Release date: 30th of August 2012
Hyperventilation scale: 8/10
Written by Jonathan and Christopher Nolan, Directed by Christopher Nolan
Release date: 19th July 2012
Synopsis: Eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face's crimes, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham's finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy.
THE EPIC CONCLUSION to Nolan's "hey we'll just tone down the hammy spandex aspects and do a realist crime drama in a way which will revolutionise the way people appreciate super hero films" sees a barely comprehensible Christian Bale face off against a barely comprehensible Tom Hardy in a battle for the soul of Gotham. The ceiling for Batman films has always been determined by the strength of its super villains (see Arnold Schwarzenegger's Mr. Freeze vs. Heath Ledger's Joker) so we're not 100% sure if this will be Dark Knight's Godfather III or The Return of the King.
Hyperventilation rating: 9/10
Written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof, Directed by Ridley Scott
Release date: 7th June 2012
Synopsis: A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. The only film we'd willingly endure a pant-shitting for.
Hyperventilation rating: 10/10
THE GREAT GATSBY
Written by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Directed by Baz Luhrmann
Release date: 10th January 2013
Synopsis: Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby's circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.
(Note: we realise that Gatsby doesn't technically come out til next year) Critics remain divided over the new trailer. There's the camp who fear the gaudy Luhrmann-ization of a literary classic (exhibit A being the decision to screen in 3D, exhibit B being Australia the movie) while others note that no one in Hollywood does breathless period hedonism like the man from Herons Creek. It remains to be seen whether three dimensions of hyper colour bombast serves the source material (could go either way we thinks) but for now we're willing to allocate our once a year Australian bias pass to the latest product of the Baz Luhrmann dream factory. If he pulls it off it could be the frontrunner for film of the year.
Hyperventilation rating: 8/10
Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Release date: 12th October 2012
Synopsis: A 1950s-set drama centered on the relationship between a charismatic intellectual known as "the Master" whose faith-based organization begins to catch on in America, and a young drifter who becomes his right-hand man.
A true auteur who has been drinking American cinema's milkshake for almost two decades now. Boogie Nights and Magnolia marked his Robert Altman-ish phase with sweeping ensemble pieces about family, forgiveness and fate set in his native San Fernando Valley in Southern California. He would follow with Punch-Drunk Love and Best Picture snub There Will Be Blood, tighter character pieces about desperate men with tempers. The trend continues in his latest offering, The Master, featuring Daniel Day Lewis 2.0 in a maniacal Joaquin Phoenix, Anderson regular Phillip Seymour Hoffman and a new Jonny Greenwood score. We can hardly wait.
Hyperventilation scale: 7/10