Thursday, February 16, 2012

Wilde.Dash's 30 Most Anticipated Movies of 2012, pt. I


1. Moonrise Kingdom (5/25)
Directed By: Wes Anderson
Starring: Bill Murray, Ed Norton, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman
One-Sentence Reason: I unapologetically love Wes Anderson, and we haven't had a live action film from him in five years.

2. Django Unchained (12/25)
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kurt Russell
One-Sentence Reason: QT has rounded up a cast of standards and A-listers for what appears to be another piece of revisionist, badass history (this time set on a Mississippi plantation).

3. The Dark Knight Rises (7/20)

Directed By: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Juno Temple
One-Sentence Reason: While the number of new elements in play leave me dubious: it is the Batman.

4. Prometheus (6/8)

Directed By: Ridley Scott
Starring: Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, Idris Elba, Patrick Wilson, Guy Pearce
One-Sentence Reason:  In space, no one can hear you scream.

5. Brave (6/22)

Directed By: Mark Andrews & Brenda Chapman
Starring (the voices of): Kelly MacDonald, Emma Thompson, etc.
One-Sentence Reason: Pixar's first outing with a female protagonist (and first stand-alone feature since 2009's Up) looks to be a positively gorgeous adventure.

6. The Master (Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project) (?)

Directed By: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Philip Seymour-Hoffman, Laura Dern, Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix
One-Sentence Reason: While little has been revealed on the auteur's upcoming project, we do know that it will be a 1950's period piece on the leader of a seemingly sinister faith-based organization.

7. The Avengers (5/4)

Directed By: Joss Whedon
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, etc. etc. etc.
One-Sentence Reason: Even if it winds up being absolutely terrible, the lead-in has been tremendous fun.
8. Dark Shadows (5/11)

Directed By: Tim Burton
Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, Eva Green, Chloe Moretz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jackie Earle-Haley, Johnny Lee Miller
One-Sentence Reason: Soap opera styled gothic horror which (according to early rumors) is successfully, hilariously, camp...count me in.

9. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (12/14)

Directed By: Peter Jackson
Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, a million other people
One-Sentence Reason: If for no other reason, I look forward to seeing what Peter Jackson can do with Middle Earth now that technology has accumulated another decade's worth of advancement.

10. Gravity (11/21)

Directed By: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney
One-Sentence Reason: Cuaron's films always inhabit beautiful worlds, and (if Children of Men was any indication) he may just have a talent for science fiction strong enough to make us forget the Bullock of The Blind Side.

11. The Amazing Spider-Man (6/3)

Directed By: Marc Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Sally Field
One-Sentence Reason: Because the comic book film has evolved, Mary Jane was always overrated, and personally, I'm all for a slightly darker take on the web-slinger.
12. The Great Gatsby (12/25)

Directed By: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan
One-Sentence Reason: Baz Luhrmann is adapting Fitzgerald in 3D; if nothing else, you know it's going to be a feast for your eyeballs.

13. "The Untitled Terrence Malick Project" (?)

Directed By: Terrence Malick
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Jessica Chastain, Rachel Weisz, Michael Sheen, Javier Bardem
One-Sentence Reason: Malick went from five movies in 40-years to five movies in the scheduled span of three, after Tree of Life, I am 100% ready for the next one.

14. Nero Fiddled (?)

Directed By: Woody Allen
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Ellen Page, Penelope Cruz, Alec Baldwin, Alison Pill, Greta Gerwig
One-Sentence Reason:  Woody Allen goes to Italy and casts Jesse Eisenberg as his proxy, what could go wrong?

15. Snow White and the Huntsman (6/1)

Directed By: Rupert Sanders
Starring: Charlize Theron, Kristin Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Ian McShane
One-Sentence Reason: Those there's a strong chance that with Stewart in the mix this could go the way of a more action packed Twilight, it's a chance I'm willing to take on the merits of its visuals alone.


  1. I had all but given hope on Anderson's "The Master," but I am very happy to hear it's filming. It sounds like a very fitting follow-up to TWBB.

    I'm very glad we'll be getting a Mendes Bond movie this year, too.


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