With half of 2012 behind us I’ve already had a chance to share what I feel are my favorite films of the year so far. I’ve also had a chance to knock off several of the movies that were on my Most Anticipated List of 2012, but as expected as the year has progressed there have been several new movies that have caught my attention that I either wasn’t fully aware of when the year started or just escaped my memory at the time.
Here’s my chance to maybe even bring some movies to someone else’s attention that they weren’t aware of and in a different sort of twist I’m going to attempt to give my best shot at being a psychic by sharing how I think the outcome of the film will be at least from my point of view. The list will be made up movies not previously picked for my Most Anticipated List as well- so here we go.
Killer Joe – When a debt puts a young man’s life in danger, he turns to putting a hit out on his evil mother in order to collect the insurance.
Prediction: I haven’t fully thought this one out, but based on the trailer I have a feeling that when I come out of this one I’m going to have nothing but glowing things to say about McConaughey’s performance, well everyone’s performance and the rest will is laying on the shoulder of the direction and the way it all plays out in the end.
Django Unchained - With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.
Prediction: I’m a little ashamed this wasn’t on my picks initially to start the year, but honestly it just kind of slipped my consciousness. I absolutely loved Tarantino’s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS not to mention almost everyone else in his filmography and after seeing the trailer I was sold on this one as well. Granted, it sort of depends on the strength of Jamie Foxx’s performance as Django because I have no doubt Waltz will be awesome along with DiCaprio.
Lawless - Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.
Prediction: Honestly, I’m a bit tired of LaBeouf so this one is riding high on my enthusiasm for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and Hardy’s turn as Bane. I really dig the trailer and the film has pretty good buzz coming out of Cannes. The acting looks to be top notch even from LaBeouf and it looks to be a fun little piece of time period action.
Sinister - Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.
Prediction: Another film getting solid buzz out from a film festival, SINISTER has the look of a film that could be as under your skin creepy as PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and the better parts of INSIDIOUS plus something all its own as well. I usually like Ethan Hawke, but the trailer has some pretty spooky things going on with a hint of something even worse lurking beneath the surface.
V/H/S - When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.
Prediction: I’m riding a lot of film festival waves here and this is no exception. V/H/S is a found footage horror anthology that has some pretty insane looking stuff going down in the red band trailer. The quality of the footage even has the classic VHS look which adds a hint of nostalgia to boot. I’m betting like most anthology films this will come with the good and the bad, but just from the trailer I have a feeling this is going to be one horror fans will be clamoring about come the end of the year.
Looper - In the year 2042, a mob hitman assassinates targets that arrive from the future of 2072. For him it’s just a job… till he receives a new target: himself from the future.
Prediction: I really liked Rian Johnson’s BRICK and have yet to see THE BROTHER’S BLOOM but this one looks to be a really fun slice of sci fi action. Obviously I don’t know if Johnson has the chops to direct really interesting and easy to follow action, but I definitely know he’s got what it takes to put forth a visually interesting and intriguing film, plus the addition of time travel into the mix can’t hurt.
Red Lights - Psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant study paranormal activity, which leads them to investigate a world-renowned psychic who has resurfaced years after his toughest critic mysteriously passed away.
Prediction: RED LIGHTS got a lot of mixed buzz coming out of Sundance this year, but the film comes to us from the director behind BURIED, a film I love quite a bit. Sounds as though there’s something in that’s likely to split the audience in a profound way and to be honest, those are the movies I tend to gravitate towards rather I end up liking them or not. I’m seeing some very good performances in this one, and given that Rodrigo Cortes was able to build tension beautifully in the confines of a wooden box in BURIED, I have pretty high hopes for what he can do here.
Written By: Luke (@CrummyLuke on Twitter)