This fall is shaping up to be as excellent as last year’s. Some seriously heavy hitters have flicks in the can that are circling the festival circuit, while others are saving their Oscar-friendly bait for the months ahead. Either way, I think we have some glorious movie months before us.
As a means of accompanying my previous post of the best that 2012 has offered so far, here’s what I’m most looking forward to from now until year’s end. Release dates are based on U.S. limited engagements. Enjoy!
Because it’s Paul Thomas Anderson. And Philip Seymour Hoffman. These two could make a movie about a guy fixing a giant office printer, and I’d be the first in line. Cannot wait.
Argo – Oct. 12
Because Ben Affleck, director, has yet to let me down. And with a killer cast and excellent festival reviews, it’s impossible to deny this film’s potential greatness.
Seven Psychopaths – Oct. 12
Because it looks like so much goddamn fun.
Holy Motors – Oct. 17
Because it’s said to be batshit nuts and wholly engaging. And a few bloggers I trust have hailed it as a classic. That’s enough for me.
Killing Them Softly – Oct. 19
Because its trailer looks as humorously badass as I had envisioned. And recently, Pitt has proven that he can’t miss. I dig.
Lincoln – Nov. 9
Because it’s Daniel Day-Lewis, playing Lincoln, via Spielberg. I mean… right?
Anna Karenina – Nov. 16
Because Pride & Prejudice and Atonement are two films that, on paper, could not interest me less. I loved them both, and I’m choosing to believe director Joe Wright and star Keira Knightley are going to hit again.
Rust & Bone – Nov. 16
Because it’s Marion, flexing heavy dramatics. Sold. (Also, M83!)
Life of Pi – Nov. 21
Because, to me, it looks like it’s tittering on the edge of brilliant and idiotic. I like the risk involved here.
Silver Linings Playbook – Nov. 21
Because it could be the sleeper dramedy of the season. But it could also be crap. Hmm.
Amour – Dec. 21
Because it’s a Palme d’Or winner from Michael Haneke, a certified genius who just happened to choose filmmaking as his profession.
Zero Dark Thirty – Dec. 21
Because, after The Hurt Locker (and its complete lack of political ideology), I’d follow Kathryn Bigelow anywhere. Arguably the trickiest film of the year.
Django Unchained – Dec. 25
Because it’s Quentin Fucking Tarantino. Duh.
Passion – release date TBD
Because it’s Brian De Palma in a return to form via an expertly made French thriller. And with leading ladies like that…
To the Wonder – release date TBD
Because we should be so lucky to have Terrence Malick release two films in consecutive years. I’d follow this man into hell. (But, will a studio pick it up in time for a 2012 release?)
And 20 more, for good measure:
Arbitrage – Sept. 21
Trouble With the Curve – Sept. 21
Looper – Sept. 28
The House I Live In – Oct. 5
The Paperboy – Oct. 5
Wuthering Heights – Oct. 5
Nobody Walks – Oct. 12
Smashed – Oct. 12
Cloud Atlas – Oct. 26
The Sessions – Oct. 26
Flight – Nov. 2
This Must Be the Place – Nov. 2
Skyfall – Nov. 9
Hyde Park on Hudson – Dec. 7
This is 40 – Dec. 21
The Impossible – Dec. 21
On the Road – Dec. 21
Not Fade Away – Dec. 21
Promised Land – Dec. 23
West of Memphis – Dec. 25