It’s always a tradition for a movie maniac as he/she looks forward to the year with some anticipation even though one gets heartbreak, anger, amusement and excitement while watching films. Not giving any general consensus or making a statement on behalf of everyone, but there are some movies that have my date and time fixed and so would like that to be shared amongst my fellow cinemalcholics. The list only includes Hollywood releases and has excluded World Cinema, Hindi & Regional films for a better outlook. Hope these movies live up to their hype and we have a satisfying time at the movies.
12. Life of Pi:
International bestselling novel and recipient of many awards and acclaims Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, ultimately has its entire cast and crew finalised after a lot of hands changed right from M. Knight Shyamalan to Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Finally Ang Lee has taken over the directorial reigns along with a cast of Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Tobey Maguire and newcomer Suraj Sharma as “Pi” who finds himself on a boat with a hyena, a zebra, an orang-utan and a Bengal Tiger after surviving the sinking of a freighter in his youth.
Scheduled for a December release expect some noise to be made in next year’s award ceremonies.
Steven Soderbergh is back and once again he has an huge ensemble cast (Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum) for a spy thriller where the protagonist(Gina Carano) is betrayed and set up during a mission and how she extracts revenge.
Haywire has Mixed Martial Arts(MMA) for its action and my expectations on this one remains high because of Soderbergh, who for the first time ventures in such a genre.
Pixar Animation Studios will come out with their 13th feature film and for fans worldwide it is always a good time at movies. With their groundbreaking animation, Pixar has always been a game changer and BRAVE won’t be any exception to that rule as it’s their first fairy tale but darker and mature in tone than their previous outings.
Directed by first timer Mark Andrews, BRAVE will release in June and here is the trailer
9. World War Z:
Based on a novel of the same name by Max Brooks, World War Z is a post –apocalyptic zombie horror film and stars Brad Pitt who is also the producer. Marc Foster directs this film where some sources after reviewing the script has already hailed it as a genre-defining piece of work.
Release has been planned in the month of December for this production.
8. Cloud Atlas:
The Wachowskis (Matrix series, V for Vendetta) along with Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) get together and co-directs for an adaptation of a 2004 novel of the same name. With an ensemble cast of Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon etc.; this film deals with six stories set in different time and place where the action and consequences of one’s life impacts another through past, present and future.
Targeted for an October release, Cloud Atlas has already started filming with two separate camera crews where Tykwer will shoot all its period era and the Wachowskis taking care of the sci fiction parts.
7. The Avengers:
The month of May will witness what we call as brainless big bang entertainment in the form of The Avengers where Nick Fury(Samuel L. Jackson), director of S.H.I.E.L.D (an international peacekeeping agaency) puts together a team of superheroes featuring Iron Man(Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor(Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow(Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye(Jeremy Renner) to protect the world from an unexpected enemy who threatens global security and safety.
Expect a blast and entertainment worth your money’s value.Click here to watch the trailer.
Ridley Scott is back after the not so entertaining Robin Hood with Prometheus, rumoured to be a prequel to his own ALIEN which was later dismissed. Named as a spaceship; this film focuses on the mythology within the Alien universe and stars Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce etc. among others.
Scott is in familiar grounds here and am expecting an interesting sci-fiction horror due for release in June after viewing this trailer.
5. The Amazing Spiderman:
Spiderman opts for a reboot instead of a sequel as Sony Pictures hired Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) and goes for a more gritty and contemporary feel. Andrew Garfield essays the role of Peter Parker/Spiderman and stars Emma Stone, Rhys Ilfans(The Lizard), Martin Sheen, Sally Fields and Irrfan Khan reportedly as Van Adder(Proto – Goblin).
It is also a first Hollywood production to be filmed with the RED EPIC camera and shot in 3D at 5K resolution. Expect India to fall under the web when it releases early July because of a huge fan following to previous instalments. Click here to view the trailer
Bond 23 finally got a name in Skyfall early November after its production was suspended in the whole of 2010 because of MGM’s financial woes. In collaboration with Sony Pictures, Sam Mendes helms the latest project with Daniel Craig reprising his role for a third time and Javier Bardem as the main villain. Ralph Fiennes also plays an interesting part with Naomie Harrie as one of the Bond girl, Skyfall is scheduled for release in late October.
Though Quantum of Solace was a little disappointing, Skyfall has a great cast in place and is an eagerly awaited venture of a huge franchise.
3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey:
Prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first instalment of a two part epic fantasy directed by Peter Jackson and follows the adventure journey of Bilbo Baggins joined by the company of thirteen dwarves to reclaim the lost of Dwarf Kingdom from the fearsome dragon Smaug.
Being personally a big fan of Jackson’s trilogy, The Hobbit is all the more fascinating with almost every character reprising heir previous roles like Ian Mckellen, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood and Andy Serkis. Expect a spectacular audio visual treat when the movie hits theatres this December.
2. Django Unchained:
Quentin Tarantino, the name itself speaks volumes and if not for another very high profile release would have always made it in my list as number one. The second film I would like to watch before any kind of death, natural or unnatural; Django Unchained is about a slave turned bounty hunter (Jamie Foxx)who with the help of his mentor(Christopher Waltz) sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner(Leonardo D’Caprio).
It has an additional cast of Samuel L. Jackson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sacha Baron-Cohen and Kurt Russell making it an absolute must watch for Tarantino fans worldwide and India being no exception when it releases December end.
1. The Dark Knight Rises:
Every person living on this earth who is passionate about movies will have The Dark Knight Rises as a prime watch when it releases in July. Bane(Tom Hardy) playing the terrorist leader along with Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) forces Batman/Bruce Wayne(Christian Bale)to return to Gotham city leading to an epic conclusion in the series. Usual suspects Morgan Freeman (Lucius Fox) and Gary Oldman (James Gordon) re-unite for the one last time with Marion Cotillard and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as new members.
Christopher Nolan has ensured that this one is a complete IMAX watch while utilizing those cameras to optimize his superior vision. This trailer has already a huge buzz among Nolan fans and by the time it releases, the question won’t be if have you seen it, but how many times have you seen it.
(P.S: Some notable inclusions have been The Great Gatsby, The Bourne Legacy, Gravity.etc which will be definitely be a cut above the rest but does not upstage my preference of viewing them.)