Saturday, February 18, 2012

10 2011 Films I Want to See in 2012

By now, you've probably seen all of these films. You're probably sitting there, laughing at me for not seeing any of these films yet. But in NZ, it is still 2011, and will stay that way until at least May/June. 2012? What is this year you speak of? You futuristic beings.

This list is in alphabetical order, just because there's no particular order in which I want to see them.


50/50
So, it would be nice if someone gave this a release date here. I know that Australia is getting it next month or so, but I can't see the same happening here. Like Warrior, it will end up going straight-to-DVD, even though it probably deserves a whole lot more. Why do we do this - give lots of crappy movies a proper release and leave the good-looking, critically acclaimed ones to get put straight on the shelf? It sucks. I might just buy this Blu-Ray off Amazon, because I might actually get to finally see Joseph Gordon-Levitt's latest to tide me over until his mammoth 2012 kicks in to gear.


The Artist
This actually came out last week, but there have been a few problems. First of all, it is only showing in nine small cinemas across the entire country. Second of all, the closest place it is playing to me is three hours drive away. I don't know what the heck is going on here, especially as we're pretty good with showing every movie up for an Oscar in every bloody cinema there is. I think the cinemas are a bit cagey because it is silent, but it has been on the news basically every night (with the most terrible puns I've ever heard - "it was a silent film that made the most sound" etc). I hope it does eventually come to cinemas, just so I can justify my love for Jean Dujardin and Uggie.


Carnage
As anyone, I'm a pretty big fan of Roman Polanski. So it will be pretty damn interesting to see him doing a comedy. This is specifically my type of comedy - it is based on a play, so that means for the most part the sets are pretty restricted, letting the dialogue show through. It also has a very simple idea, too, which I like. Plus, the cast is pretty cool, too. Christoph Waltz is always perfect. I thought this film would have got more attention than it did, so I'm not terribly unhappy that it currently has an April release date. However, I would be surprised if it even made it to many cinemas here.


Like Crazy
This came out two weeks back, but like The Artist, it isn't playing anywhere near me. Don't ask me why I want to see this so much, because I honestly don't know. Maybe it's because I want to give Anton Yelchin a cuddle so much (gosh I love the word cuddle). Maybe it's because I LOVE Felicity Jones. Maybe it is because it looks like exactly like my sort of film - romantic, but realistic. It looks like it could rip my heart out. And I like that feeling every now and again (no, I'm not an emo or goth or whatever you call them now).


Martha Marcy May Marlene
I'm SO incredibly pissed that I missed this at NZFF. And even though I haven't seen this, I'm still kinda sad that it didn't get much Oscar love. I would have loved to have seen an up-and-coming actress like Elizabeth Olsen getting an Oscar nomination. But whatevs, Oscar or no Oscar, I still really want to see this film. Just the idea of a cult (and an apparent great use of editing, which I always love - such a nerd) is enough to get me excited. I think this comes out in March, but again, I doubt it will come to any cinemas near me. If it does, my butt is right on that seat!


A Separation
One of my biggest regrets of 2011 was that I didn't go and see this film at the NZFF. I remember that it played directly after Melancholia, and I did ask Mum whether I could see it as well but nothing ever amounted so I let it go. When I got out of Melancholia, the screening was completely sold out. Now, I have to wait until April (hopefully) to see this Iranian film which is apparently quite amazing. Please please please Palmerston North, GET THIS FILM AT YOUR CINEMAS!


Shame
Okay, so here's one I won't be seeing in cinemas, unless I sneak in as I threatened to do when I go to the capital on a school trip next week. People always look at me strangely when I say I want to see this movie, and then I have to explain that it is about a sex addict and it stars my fifth husband and blah blah blah. But trust me, my reasoning for wanting to attempt sneaking in is because this actually looks like the type of film I'd like to make. I like the idea of harrowing addict dramas. And I know I shouldn't judge a movie by it's trailer, but that trailer makes me want to make a movie so much. Then there's the whole Michael Fassbender and his...golf stick.


The Skin I Live In
If I were to judge my anticipation just by watching the trailer, I would not want to see this film. The trailer is so odd, with the feel good, slightly porn-ish sounding music playing in the background when I'm sure this is supposed to be a serious movie. But I've read plenty of good things about this film, and I always like to see something a little out of the ordinary. And I'm glad that Antonio Banderas has decided to do something a little different to voicing an extremely seedy cat. I knew I should have hunted down one of the smaller cinemas in Melbourne (but it was hard enough trying to find the two huge ones that I did...THAT PLACE IS SO BIG) so I could see this, but I'm waiting for an April cinema release.


Take Shelter
Here's another movie that I should have seen at NZFF, but I actually couldn't. Why? Because it was playing on my birthday. And despite the fact that all I wanted for my birthday was a few tickets to the film fest, I didn't get to go over to see it. Which was fair enough, because it was playing pretty late and I had school the next day. But it is okay, as it is coming out on DVD next month. I placed many warnings in my emails to my Dad on the order, threatening all sorts of things. I sincerely hope he did end up getting it (because he only said "I think I did"), because I need another Jessica Chastain movie like I need to breathe air. Seriously.


Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
I shouldn't complain too much about this one, since it is my own fault that I haven't seen it yet. It came out in cinemas a month ago, but I still haven't seen it, because I haven't had a chance to go over to Palmerston North to see it. I can't really be bothered begging and pleading to have someone drive me over, but my parents just seem to go over whenever I can't go (which sucks). Oh well, I should keep trying to learn how to drive, even though my Mum's car hates me. Otherwise, it'll be a DVD watch for me, which is more than okay: I can try my best to wait for a cast like Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong and Benedict Cumberbatch, directed by the excellent Tomas Alfredson. If I can live without gluten, I can do this too.

What do you think of all of these films? What are some 2011 films that you still need to see?

38 comments:

  1. What ones do I need to see? All of them. I don't get to new films any more.

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    1. You and me both...but I'm more of a DVD person!

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  2. I've only seen one of them, Tinker Tailor. I'm just as bad as you, if not worse. Both of us are stuck in this big fucking hole called New Zealand. :(

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    1. The big fucking hole who basically promotes piracy :(

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  3. I've seen the first 5 but not the last 5! I made my own list like this a while back http://ilovethatfilm.blogspot.com/2012/01/2011-list-7-missed-opportunities.html We only had a couple in common but I bet you've seen most on my list? I've managed to tick off Incendies, Moneyball and Tyrannosaur since I made my list! The 5 I've seen off your list are great and I share your eagerness to catch the last 5!

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    1. I really want to see Tyrannosaur, too! This list could go on and on. Snowtown is one I've been meaning to catch up with but since it is an R18 I haven't been bothered to get someone of age to get it out for me. I'm so lazy :P

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  4. Don't be to hard on NZ Stevee, I am here in US, hour away from Boston and still haven't seen a lot viz. Take Shelter, TTSS, The Artist, My Week with Merilyn, Shame, The Muppets, Meek's Cutoff, Young Adult. Shit Happens !! But, what I have seen from your list - MMMM, The Skin I Live In, 50/50, I know they are all worthy of your wait.

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    1. Yes, shit does happen! Ah well, I've got bigger fish to fry. I just bought 50/50 online so I can't wait to get it!

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  5. Aye aye aye. So many great films to see. A Separation, Take Shelter, TTSS and Skin all made my Top 10 of 2011!

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    1. I know! All the more reason to see them!

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  6. I've only seen a few of the movies on here (50/50, The Artist, Shame, Take Shelter, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), but all of the ones I saw are well worth your time and money.

    Also, Fassy's your fifth husband? Who are the other four?

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    1. Money which they will eventually get. The operative word being eventually.

      I just named him my fifth husband in passing. But the other four would probably be Andrew Garfield, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling and Jeremy Irvine :P

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  7. I've seen Carnage and A Separation, which luckily got a wide German release - the other ones (except for Like Crazy) are all movies I still have to and want to see. I'm very happy that The Artist will be shown in our repertory next month, I just can't wait for it... by the way, I haven't seen Hugo yet, either... :s

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    1. You've not seen Hugo? Ah, that's okay. Just know that you should see it as soon as you can :)

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  8. You have a great year ahead of you! 50/50, The Artist, A Separation and Shame are all fantastic movies. Carnage is a lot of fun, and Martha Marcy May Marlene is fascinating (in a disturbing sort of way). I still need to see the rest myself, but from what I hear, they are great.

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    1. Martha Marcy May Marlene sounds like exactly my type of film!

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  9. I have no idea when Martha Marcy May Marlene and Shame come out here. They will probably be just DVD releases. Besides them, I want to see My Week with Marilyn and The Artist (I'll see them next week), J. Edgar (yeah yeah I heard it was bad, but I can't miss Leo's movie which comes out in a week here), The Iron Lady and probably some other flicks I can't think of now. Definitely, alsmost every film you mentioned and I haven't seen.

    Out of those you have to watch, I saw The Skin I Live In, TTSS and Carnage. Only three movies. I really liked them all.

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    1. J. Edgar was on my list (and it is on my '2011 movies I want to see' display on my wall in my room which desperately needs updating), but I decided I just couldn't be bothered going over to see it. Had Leo been nominated for an Oscar, I would have gone. Poor Leo.

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  10. Of the films in that list, Martha Marcy May Marlene, A Separation, and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy are the ones I want to see. Like Crazy, not so much.

    Other 2011 films I want to see either are foreign/art house films that hadn't come out or those I missed in the theaters.

    There's about 22 films in total that I'm eager to see so I can make a definitive list of the best films of 2011.

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    1. I should make a huge list of all of the films I need to see before I make a best films of 2011 list. Last year I did my list in March - but I don't think that is going to be the case this year. It'll be at least June before I can make a decent list.

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  11. I've only seen 3 from your list (50/50 Marcy May and Take Shelter.) They're all A's in my book. I want to see Shame so badly as well!

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    1. I saw your review on Take Shelter - I'm so excited!

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  12. Hey Stevee, I think there is a problem with your blog. It seems to be showing a blog post from exactly a year ago at the top of your homepage.

    Ahaha ;) Ok that was a bad joke, especially given the fact that I've only seen the first two on your list. Wow, major catch up to do...

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    1. Haha, shhhhhh you! I'm glad to know that I'm not entirely alone!

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  13. I'd most heartily recommend Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Take Shelter, although they're all good to great films (other than The Skin I Live In, which I've not seen).

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    1. I know how much you loved Take Shelter. I am worried these expectations will get the better of me!

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  14. Of them, I've seen The Artist (LOVED IT!) and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (bit slow for my liking, but still great and recommended), not too fussed about Carnage, only just heard of Like Crazy, and want to see all of the others, especially 50/50, A Seperation and MMMM.

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    1. Great! It doesn't surprise me that most people haven't heard of Like Crazy...it seemed to slip by without much fuss at all!

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  15. Oh you have so many great films to see - the only ones I found underwhelming out of this list where Martha Marcy and Tinker Tailor. But "The Artist", watching this movie for the first time was like falling in love. "Shame" however is extremelly have, it's an excellent movie but I was in tears for the second half of the film. So I'd recommend first seeing Shame and then "The Artist" just to leave happy feelings for later :)

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    1. Shame then The Artist - I will take this advice!

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  16. I was lucky enough to see 9 out 10 (Like Crazy is missing for me) and I hope you get to see them soon, too, they are all great! I am sure you will love Shame (fifth husband? how come?), TTSS, Skin I live in and 50/50- that one is great!

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    1. Fassy is my fifth husband because one day I was in Blockbuster with my friends and the X-Men: First Class trailer came on and I'm like "look! it is my fifth husband!" I usually just make up the numbers on the spot - my friends all know that I have a few fake husbands ;)

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  17. Someone made a silent film in this age of over-the-top special effects, incredible animation, and lots of explosions?
    That's actually incredible. And it sounds very intriguing, as I've never seen a silent film before

    Jordan

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    1. I know, it is quite the risk! That's why I want to see it. And I've only seen two silent films (I think) - they're actually quite easy to watch!

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  18. You will be pleased very much with The Artist and A separation. Two great films of 2011 well worth watching.

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  19. Am I a very bad person to suggest torrents?

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    1. No, I was actually thinking that, but more along the streaming side. They get really pissed if you download torrents here and they shut down your internet. You can get away with streaming though.

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