Movies To Watch in 2012

You probably know already that I am pretty stoked about Prometheus, but I am also excited about The Hobbit. However, what else is there to look forward to this year? I have a done a little digging and here are some films that have stoked my interest:

A Little Bit of Heaven
Starring Gael Garcia Bernal, Peter Dinklage and oh yeah, Kate Hudson
In theaters: May 4th, 2012

I fully and wholly admit to watching a romantic comedy now and again. However, why in the world would I want to see this one. I think I am compelled by the talent of Gael and Peter Dinklage. Kate is ok, but I am not so much interested in her as those two men.

Starring Jason Patric, Isabella Rossalini, and Udo Kier
In theaters: April 6th, 2012

In a house haunted with memories, gangster and father Ulysses Pick (Jason Patric) arrives home after a long absence tow-ing the body of a teenaged girl and a bound and gagged young man. His gang waits inside his house, having shot their way past police. There is friction in the ranks. Ulysses, however, is focused on one thing: journey-ing through the house, room by room, and reaching his wife Hyacinth (Isabella Rossellini) in her bedroom upstairs. The equilibrium of the house.

Bel Ami
Starring Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci, Kristen Scott Thomas, and oh yeah, Robert Pattinson
In theaters: June 8th, 2012

Bel Ami is the story of Georges Duroy, who travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute’s embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world where politics and media jostle for influence, where sex is power and celebrity an obsession. Bel Ami is actually based on the book of the same name by French Author Guy de Maupassant. It was Guy’s second novel.

I am no real fan of Pattinson. I don’t plan on viewing this film in the theater, but I think I would enjoy it through Netflix.

The Hunter
Starring Willem Dafoe, Frances O’Connor and Sam Neill
For Rental on Amazon and Youtube Now

The Hunter is the story of Martin, a skilled and ruthless mercenary sent into the Tasmanian wilderness on a hunt for a tiger believed to be extinct. Hired by an anonymous company that wants the tiger’s genetic material, Martin arrives in Tasmania posing as a scientist. He proceeds to set up base camp at a broken-down farmhouse, where he stays with a family whose father has gone missing. Usually a loner, Martin becomes increasingly close to the family; however, as his attachment to the family grows, Martin is led down a path of unforeseen dangers, complicating his deadly mission.

Willem Dafoe is an actor that is very under appreciated. He picks very compelling parts from Platoon to Shadow of the Vampire to Boondock Saints to John Water’s Crybaby. This movie came out early March and is available for rental on Amazon.

Starring Jessica Brown Findlay, Julia Ormond, Sebastian Koch, and Felicity Jones
In theaters: June 8th, 2012

ALBATROSS is the story of Emelia Conan-Doyle (Jessica Brown Findlay, Downton Abbey), a cheeky force of nature and the 17 year old heir to the legacy of Arthur Conan Doyle. Harboring an ambition to follow in the literary footsteps of her grandfather, Emelia writes while working at a stuffy seaside hotel populated by another blocked novelist Jonathan (Sebastian Koch), his put-upon wife (Julia Ormond) and their daughter Beth (Felicity Jones, LIKE CRAZY). Befriending Beth, Emelia begins to inch her way into their family life before casually seducing the sexually-frustrated Jonathan, forcing all involved to confront some uncomfortable truths about their situation.

Safety Not Guaranteed
Starring Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson, Karan Soni

From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine – When an unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth, a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes hes solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon. Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you.

1) Kick ass title 2) Quirky Filmmaker 3) Time Travel = I am sold!

This movie looks charming! I am ready to be swooned!

Exit Humanity
Starring Mark Gibson, Jordan Hayes, Adam Seybold, Dee Wallace, Bill Moseley, Stephan McHattie, Brian Cox
Coming to DVD in June 2012

Exit Humanity is a story told through the written and illustrated journal of Edward Young as he battles his way through an unexplainable outbreak of the walking dead a decade after the American Civil War. After returning home from a hunting trip to find a horrific re-animation of his wife Julia, and that their son Adam has disappeared, Edward starts to record his experiences with the walking dead as well as the unexplainable outbreak that has torn his family apart, and threatens all of mankind. Throughout his harrowing journey Edward finds friendship, guidance and love amongst chaos and despair, when all else seems to be lost in a world robbed of its humanity.

Zombies…do I really need to say anymore. Most know I am a big time zombie fan. So naturally, a zombie movie set in the Civil War era…wow….I’m game. Despite it’s lackluster rating on IMDB, I am willing to give it a try. There are many that couldn’t get into Colin.

Starring Olesya Rulin, Josh Danziger, Michael Bowen, Jason Davis, David Born, Sue Rock, Bruce McGill, Joey Lauren Adams
Available for Rental on Amazon

In his luminous directorial debut, Aaron Rottinghaus unravels a complex and intricate romantic thriller about the tragically star-crossed Noah and Emily, who are linked by a rare psychological disorder classified as ICD-10 F24, madness of two. Drawing from actual case history, this richly evocative and unsettling mystery holds a love story that will haunt you long after the final scene.

A different kind of love story. Sometimes when I least suspect it, Hollywood can create something different and refreshing in a genre that is highly formulaic.

The Raven
Starring John Cusack, Luke Evans
In Theaters: April 27, 2012

In this gritty thriller, Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack, Being John Malkovich) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans, Immortals) to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders.


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