Summer is upon us! For those of us in this neck of the woods, that means we play catch up with the US and get to see many of the films being touted as serious Oscar contenders.
After the jump check out Chris & Sam’s most anticipated summer releases.
Samsara (December 26)
Filmed in 25 country over 5 years, this documentary is epic in every sense of the word. I am very much looking forward to seeing what looks like a stunning visual feast. [Sam]
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (December 26)
Middle Earth comes to the screen once more, with The Hobbit finally hitting cinemas in December. I’m not sure how a small book will fill three films worth of adventures, but I am very much looking forward to checking it out. Being a Kiwi, it’s also a trip home of sorts, with the scenery in the film unmistakably New Zealand. [Sam]
Life of Pi (January 1)
While I wasn’t the biggest fan of the book, I am a huge fan of director Ang Lee, and am very keen to watch anything which he is involved in. The CGI-heavy film looks to make good use of 3D and spectacular visuals to wow the audience and hopefully tell an engaging story. [Sam]
Jack Reacher (January 3)
Now before you denounce my picks altogether, I like Tom Cruise (as an actor) and directed/adapted by the writer of The Usual Suspects, there’s enough potential to make Jack Reacher (cue crude re-wording of mentioned title) that dumb summer action picture we’ll never admit to seeing but enjoy regardless. [Chris]
Gangster Squad (January 10)
With the way it looks (desaturated colors up the wazoo) and that cast (Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling), with a hard R rating confirmed, this looks like some solid badass escapism a few of us need and want. [Chris]
This is 40 (January 17)
I am quite looking forward to The is 40, which is a spin-off from the 2007 film Knocked Up – one of the best comedies of the last decade, and certainly one of the best from writer-director Judd Apatow. [Sam]
Django Unchained (January 24)
Quentin Tarantino’s last cinematic offering (Inglourious Basterds) was in my opinion one of his greatest works, so to see Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and (especially) Leonardo Dicaprio having some badass fun under Tarantino’s direction, Who can wait? [Chris]
Silver Linings Playbook (January 31)
To be honest I don’t know a whole lot about this film, but I’ve heard a lot of praise from fellow film-lovers and critics who I trust. Jennifer Lawrence is yet to put a foot wrong, and director David O. Russell always offers up something interesting. [Sam]
Cloud Atlas (February 21)
Nothing is more welcome than an original, brave and most of all ambitious piece of cinema. Especially when it’s directed by the Wachowski siblings (The Matrix) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run). It could be a masterpiece or a miserable failure. The unpredictability alone is worth anticipation. [Chris]
Other notable releases
December: Liberal Arts (13th), Rise of the Guardians (13th), Les Misérables (26th), Sightseers (26th), Wreck-it Ralph (26th).
January: Hitchcock (10th), Paranorman (10th), The Impossible (24th), Flight (31st), Zero Dark Thirty (31st).
February: Anna Karenina (7th), Lincoln (7th).
What are you looking forward to this summer?