Much Ado About Nothing
Director: Joss Whedon
US Release: Sometime in 2012
Joss Whedon is a filmmaker who in concept is a lot more amazing than he ever ends up being in the end product. With the exception of Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog and The Avengers, his films and TV projects have all been hindered attempts to create campy (and more importantly) fun products which suffer from critical analysis at times.
However, fun is fun and this one sounds fun. So here’s me throwing in my hat with the fanboys to get a chance to see him work with a slew of actors on a weird Shakespearean project.
Director: Ki-duk Kim
While I didn’t love Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…And Spring, I took a lot away from it. It’s a film with guile in how it tried to embed one of the weirdest science fiction stories into a cyclical nature of life film. Understanding the underlying concept didn’t make the idea of lessons in life demanding practical experience any less poignant or beautiful.
This film features a brutal man who uses physical force to get debtors to pay up being visited by a woman who claims to be his long-lost mother, and it boasts both Christian symbols and sexual imagery.
Directors: Andy & Lana Wachowski & Tom Tykwer)
US Release: October 26, 2012
The Wachowskis have returned alongside Tom Tykwer (The International, Run Lola Run) to give us what looks like one of the biggest films ever made. It spans multiple timelines, has more actors than most movies have production crews and they’re trying to fit it all into a 164-minute runtime. This will either be one of the biggest films of 2012 or the biggest disaster of the year. It’ll be entertaining to see which.
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Director: Stuart Bloomberg
It’s been said that a bad movie could’ve come from a great script but rarely does a great movie come from a poor script. So when a film is written by the man who gave us The Girl Next Door as well as The Kid’s Are All Right, and it happens to be his directorial debut I’d say that my interest in caught promptly by the balls and told to get ready for something surprising.
Instead of talking about friends’ obsessions with pornography, or the truth about your biological father and how he ends up becoming a part of your family’s life, this time he’s decided to tackle people in recovery for sex addiction. It stars Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim Robbins.
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
US Release: September 21, 2012
It has hype rolling out of its rear end and it’s all thanks to Paul Thomas Anderson’s meteoric return to the cinema. The last time we got a film from him it was one of the most interesting of 2007, There Will Be Blood. With Magnolia, Boogie Nights and Punch-Drunk Love also a part of his previous work it’s easy to see why any cinephile heading out of town (or residing in Toronto) would be excited to get a chance to be one of the few to see this film (in 70mm) before its late September release date.
Inclusive of a return for Joaquin Phoenix, after his rapping career crashed and burned, it will undoubtedly have a spot at next year’s Academy Awards.
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To The Wonder
Director: Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick is one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially lambasted directors currently making films. Sometimes I watch his films and wonder how he ever gets them made, because it’s obvious that he never bothers to try and cater to anyone other than the audience he has running in his head, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
This being the rare film that didn’t take a decade for him to complete it’ll be interesting to see what visual feat he manages to create with a cast that’s dropping by the pair (it would seem) as he’s still trying to cut the film he’d like the see.
What are you excited to see at TIFF 2012?