Tuesday, 10 January 2012

FILM: 2012 Round-up

A round-up of a handful of films Dry Shampoo Diarists are looking forward to seeing in the first half of 2012:


Shame finally gets its theatrical release this week, and sees the return one of the most potent creative pairings working in film today.

Since Steve McQueen and Micheal Fassbender's last outing for 'Hunger' in 2006, Fassbender has emerged as a much-sought leading man, with a Cronenberg title, superhero franchise and critically lauded arthouse back catalogue to his name. His performance as sex addict Brandon Sullivan appears to have cemented his reputation for affecting and muscular performances in the mind of critics, with Carey Mulligan offering similarly impressive back-up as the younger sister whose arrival instigates Brandon’s life crisis.  

Go and watch it alone in a coat and shades for extra cool points.

The Artist

A French homage to silent cinema, The Artist charts the career decline of a silent movie star following the introduction of sound to filmmaking during the 1920s. It's garnered nothing but rave reviews, both for its technical mastery and its sincere commitment to romantic storytelling. Of course, the problem with any film as highly praised at The Artist comes when entering the cinema with cripplingly high expectations that even a great film becomes soul-destroying in its disappointments.

Go and see it, as I will, and just try to enjoy yourself.

The Descendents

The Descendents centres on an indifferent family man, Matt King, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off the coast of Waikiki.  
It's Alexander Payne's last film since Sideways (2004), and it boasts an award-tipped performance from George Clooney in addition to Payne's characteristically sharp and insightful screenwriting. Rumour has it it's his 'best film yet'.

Young Adult

Flying the 'jesus christ its a wise cracking woman in a film' flag this year is Young Adult, the latest offering from Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody. Starring Charlize Theron, it charts the misadventures of a teen fiction writer who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart.

It promises the same wit imparted to Cody's first big screen heroine, without the likeability factor and cutesy direction which threatened to push Juno into the irritating side of winsome. Jason Reitman of 'Up in the Air' and 'Thank you for Smoking' fame directs.
The Dark Knight Rises

Bale and Nolan are pretty keen to assure everyone this will be their last outing for the Batman franchise, so its probably worth checking out the last installment in what has already proved to be one of the most commercially and critically successful film sagas of the last decade.

Plus, Tom Hardy's in it, albeit in a muzzle, and we all fell in love with him at least three films ago.

The Amazing Spiderman
Andrew Garfield's in it, scaling walls and working out in skin-tight blue and red one-piece. END OF.

Other upcoming films in 2012: A Dangerous Method, Carnage, Dreams of a Life, Chicken With Plums, The Hobbit

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