I'm not sure what it is this year, but I'm feeling very disconnected from the films popular this year. I saw Avengers, like most of the population, but other than that haven't really felt the pull. I was shocked, however, to quickly scan a list of those movies in contention, only to realize that not only had I not seen them, I hadn't even heard of them! Not even the trailers! Nada.
Okay, well that's not completely true. I knew Les Miz would be coming out, and of course there was The Dark Knight Rises. But otherwise I, completely shocked, stared at the list with some misgiving. What were these movies? Was I really that disconnected? And finally, why did they all have such weird names?
I immediately began Googling, watching trailers, getting "up" on the movie info. And I started compiling a list. Because even though I usually end up seeing most of these movies in February---it might be nice to get a head start. I finally gave myself a pass when I realized most of these were yet to be released. That's not my fault...right?
According to my new favorite site, GoldDerby.com, here are are the current possibilities (ranked in order of votes from top critics), along with their release dates, descriptions (from IMDB), and my initial comments. Any takers?
1. Silver Linings Playbook - November 21, 2012
I'm going to reserve judgement and get behind Bradley Cooper as a serious actor. I am. More excited about Jennifer Lawrence, because, as my good friend just said, "it's nice to know our generation has produced one non-crazy, non-crack addict actress."
2. Argo - October 12, 2012
I want to see this! Funny/Serious/Wacky. Ben Affleck nonwithstanding. Lets hope he doesn't ham it up too much.
3. Lincoln - November 16, 2012
Alright Spielberg. Stop Oscar pandering. I didn't like it when you did it with War Horse so stay away from the Civil War. That goes for you too Daniel Day-Lewis! Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I thought you were better than this.
4. Les Miserables - December 25th, 2012
Yay!!! YAYYYY!!!!! Now I just have to convince my boyfriend to go with me. Okay so it's a four hour musical about the French Revolution....
5. Zero Dark Thirty - December 19, 2012
Eh, not sure. Osama bin Laden? Too soon? But hats off to Kathryn Bigelow for nailing down her own niche.
6. The Master - September 14, 2012
Decidedly less yay than Les Mis. Joaquin and Philip be straight cray. However this one may be straight up the boyfriend's alley.
7. Life of Pi - November 21, 2012
Never read the book so I can't be one of those that raves--but I'm sure it's interesting. I've just never been really interested in the coming-of-age-young-boy-on-an-island thing.
8. Beasts of the Southern Wild - June 27, 2012
Cool/Interesting/Weird. I'm definitely down, especially with the whole non-actor thing they have going on. And it definitely fills a niche for the Academy.
9. Django Unchained - December 25, 2012
Oooo! I've got chills. A Tarantino flick with Jamie Foxx, Leo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz and Kerry Washington. Yes, please. Besides, how many other times can you use the phrase "slavery caper"?
10. Anna Karenina - November 9, 2012
Oh god, Tolstoy. It's just so...cold! So...Russian. You just know it's going to end miserably. At least Chekhov is short.
11. Flight - November 2, 2012
I'm expecting the predictable Denzel role. Yelling, speeches, stopping trains, etc...however I am intrigued by what Zemeckis brings to the table.
12. Moonrise Kingdom - May 25, 2012
Wes Anderson, Coppola, Bill Murray, and you know where this is going. I may still watch it based on the fact that it takes place on Cape Cod in the 60's.
And then there are the B-listers...But still a possibility!
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - December 14, 2012
The Dark Knight Rises - July 20, 2012
Amour - October 5, 2012
Promised Land - December 28, 2012
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - May 4, 2012
End of Watch - September 21, 2012
The Impossible - December 21, 2012
Hitchcock - November 23, 2012
The Sessions - October 19, 2012
Cloud Atlas - October 26, 2012