already 10,000 threads with the same title but yeah.
1. BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD.
the hype has been crazy, first time feature director benh zeitlin(glory at sea) looks like he has made something truly special. to me this looks like where the wild things are(done right) meets days of heaven. mixing malick with magic realism has me more exited about this film then any other.
michael haneke's new film, nuff said right there. stormed over everything at cannes and was said to be the clear and away best film in competition. alot of people have said this is haneke's best film, which means my expectations are for one of the alltime great films in the history of cinema.
3. THE BURIAL/TO THE WONDER
shockingly, terrence malicks new film is opening in venice next month! i wont believe it untill it happens because malick, as most people know, takes years and years in post production and tree of life was only last year. also, according to most places he has another film "about the birth and death of the universe" coming next year. hhmmmm, you wait twenty years for a malick film and then three come along at once.
no order from here on out.....
yes, its oscar bait and joe wright is a talented, but bland film maker but oh how beautiful this looks.
KILLING THEM SOFTLY
andrew dominicks(assassination of jesse james) new film looks pretty brutal but awesome. had mixed reviews on the festival circuit but some have given it rave reviews.
im not the biggest burton fan but his animations are always great(nightmare before christmas/corpse bride) this looks terrific imo, great idea, great visuals, it should be both touching and funny.
pta's new one, great story, looks like its gonna be great character study material, which is good because andersons best film "there will be blood" is also in this mold. great cast also.
john hilcoat(the proposition/the road) nick cave score and im assuming hilcoats usual cinematographer. looks pretty bad ass.
LIFE OF PI
one of my(and i suspect quite a few peoples) favorite books, ang lee bringing this one to the screen. the cgi looks abit shoddy( when doesnt it). but im still really excited for it
jacksons need to push technology(ala cameron) has me greatly afraid for this- 48fps is gonna blow, and its in ugly 3d(so it almost fails to make my list based on this fact alone) but there is no questioning the effort and detail of the production design in the lotr's films, going by sets alone, it looks like hes going all out.
more oscar bait but les mis is an epic moving experience on stage and hooper should atleast be able to give it the scale and look it requires. i dont like his grand style in terms of cinematography, just hope he can manage some restraint.
and since i wrote this the epic cloud atlas footage came online so that is very high on my list- tykwer with independant freedom and 100 million dollars(most money ever for indie= epicness, plus wackowskis.....