I love modern Shakespearean adaptations that use the original language. Well, not all of them, obviously. Many are rubbish. But when a director gets the feel right…well, it’s not like they have any lousy writing to maneuver around, is it? (Ok, that’s a bit of a lie too – not everything Shakespeare wrote was gold. But you’ve got to admit, most of it’s pretty good.) Coriolanus is an intense story, and this film looks just as full-on. I wish I’d managed to see it at the cinema, but I’m looking forward to getting hold of it either way.
This one I really regret not seeing on a big screen because it looks…incredible. I mean, whatever else you want to say about Lars von Trier, there’s no way you can deny this film is visually stunning. Of course, whether it has a plot that makes it worth seeing the film instead of just running a really comprehensive image search (a la Sucker Punch)…I guess I’ll have to figure out as I go. But I’m determined to see it anyway. I’m just hanging out for a re-screening at some indy theater.
3. The Dark Knight
Anyone who’s spoken to me in the last 3 months will know that I am stupidly excited about this. I have (as I mention briefly below) an intense history with the Tim Burton Batman films, and despite the shame and shambles that came after (Joel Schumacher, I’m looking at you), I still want every new incarnation to be amazing. I wasn’t convinced by Batman Begins, butThe Dark Knight – and Christopher Nolan’s independent contributions – have won me over. Add Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tom Hardy (not to mention Bane, who, you’ve got to admit, is pretty unusual and interesting as super-villains go) and I’m counting days. Though that could also have something to do with the fact that I’ll be in Europe when it comes out.
Again – and always – I am sucked in by visuals irrevocably and first. I love the chilly, empty feel of the stills I’ve seen of this film, the pallet of artificial golds and pre-dawn grey-greens. It’s an aesthetic I adore and am always drawn to, perhaps because I never quite want to recreate it myself. It seems clean and void at the same time, beautifully sparse, and for the same reasons, terribly bereft. Again, the question is whether the film reflects the cinematography (that’s always my problem), but sources I trust have promised good things.
So I know this one got a lot of hype – and because of its content, I really should have seen it while it was at Imax or whatever – but sometimes everybody loves something because it’s good, not (just) because it’s cool, and I think it’s quite a solid bet that this is both. I have a pretty dirty soft-spot for modern dance films, but it really is because I think beautiful choreography (and, obviously, execution) is more than a bit wonderous. I’m not cool enough to tell you I always fast-forward the trashy teen storylines to get to the good stuff, but I’m pretty excited about a film that doesn’t force me to make that choice.
…and that’s just the English-speaking audience list.
Ps: Other films that have potential.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – because it looks ridiculous, and as though it quite enjoys that. Romantic comedies aren’t really my thing, but this looks so charmingly aware of its own silliness, and I like Emily Blunt and Ewan McGreggor, because they too are charming and can be delightfully silly.
Looper – because it involves Rian Johnson writing and directing Joseph Gordon-Levitt again, and Brick was pretty great. I’m not sold on the Bruce Willis and scifi elements, but I’m hoping to be swayed.
Dark Shadows – so stupid it could be brilliant. And what can I say, Tim Burton is one of my habits. Half his films involve puppets. That says good things.
The Great Gatsby – along with Tim Burton’s Batman series, Baz Lurhman’s Moulin Rouge and Romeo+Juliet were the films that made me notice films, and gave me the niggling sense that this was a medium that had the potential to actually realize the insanity that goes on inside a human skull. So, you know, while I had no interest at all in seeing Australia (for reasons which should be obvious), I’m looking forward to this.