2012 Tantalisers: Drama and Comedy opinion

So, what have we got to look forward to this wonderfully crisp new year? Loosely defined “sci-fi and action” to come but first, the even looser catchall of “drama and comedy.”

Some especially safe early highlights (early as in January/February and safe because I’ve seen ‘em) are Shame, featuring Michael Fassbender (who will be one of the stand-out actors of the year), Roman Polanski’s hilarious Carnage featuring Kate Winslet and Jodie Foster, The Descendants, directed by Alexander Payne of Sideways fame, and indie high-fliers Martha Marcy May Marlene and Like Crazy. The Muppets are going to be unavoidable in February, Rampart has had some rave reviews and Young Adult, from Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman, the writer and director partnership behind Juno, is quite a tasty prospect.

In March there are some foreign language treats, including Carancho from Argentina, Michael from Germany, and the slow-moving but visually stunning Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. Academy Award hopeful Le Havre should turn up soon, and Israeli film Footnote must surely secure a release, too.

Some screenwriting gods will be gracing us, with the Coen Brothers’ penned (but not directed) Gambit coming in September, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained currently due a Boxing Day release, and Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths will hopefully prove to be a worthy follow-up to the magnificent In Bruges.

The Place Beyond the Pines starring Ryan Gosling and directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) will hopefully pop up and, showing no signs of resting, Gosling will also appear in Gangster Squad alongside quite an impressive cast as well as, possibly gaining a release this year, teaming up with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn once more for Only God Forgives.

Terrence Malick appears to be on a bit of a roll, too, with an untitled project (pictured) tentatively due this year, ahead of two films in 2013. His previous film, The Tree of Life, experienced significant production and distribution delays, though, so let’s wait until the chicks are hatched before we count them.

John Hillcoat’s Wettest County, sporting an impressive cast will swing our way in May, Moonrise Kingdom, the latest from Wes Anderson, should come our way summertime-ish and, finally, Lincoln, for which Daniel Day Lewis will win an Oscar next year, may come our way before the year is out or may appear at the start of 2013.

4th Jan 2012