Monday Morning Quarterback Part II

By BOP Staff

August 8, 2012

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Edwin Davies: The only film that I'm absolutely dying to see is The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson's long-awaited, fairly secretive follow-up to There Will Be Blood. Four of the five films Anderson has made have been masterpieces (and even the remaining one, Hard Eight, is pretty damn good) and what little has been seen of The Master seems to suggest that he is going to have five to his name before the year is out.

Other than that, I'm really looking forward to Looper, which looks great, and Lawless and Killing Them Softly, two films from a couple of Antipodean directors whose earlier films (John Hillcoat directed The Proposition and The Road; Andrew Dominik directed Chopper and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) have me excited to see whatever they to next.

Jason Barney: That is a great question. It seemed like going into the summer I was aware of almost every single major release. Now, here we are, entering mid August, and I can't really mention that many films on the schedule between now and the holidays. The only one that really comes to mind is the Bruce Willis time travel story, Looper. Seems like this year there should have been a District 9 or Contagion type film ready to lead the late summer and fall box office, but I just haven't seen it yet.

Felix Quinonez: I'm really excited to see Paranorman. I love the tagline; "You don't become a hero by being normal." I think the animation and story both look great. But I am also dying to see Skyfall. James Bond has been gone too long. But the movie I'm most excited to see is Django Unchained. I know that actually comes out after The Hobbit but it's still the movie I'm looking forward to the most. Tarantino has yet to let me down.


Jim Van Nest: I'm pretty pumped about Django as well, but more immediate, I'm really excited to see the new Bourne flick with Jeremy Renner.

Shalimar Sahota: I've been a fan of Rian Johnson ever since I viewed Brick, so Looper, with its immediate and wild concept, has been up there as one of my most anticipated films of the year. Following closely behind would be ParaNorman, the kind of film I can see myself chilling out to over Halloween (though it's a slight shame it isn't being released then). Also Coraline is one of the best 3D films I've ever seen, so I'm pretty much sold on anything Laika produce.

Brett Ballard-Beach: I'll put my vote out there for Wreck-It Ralph, whose trailer has brought a smile to my face each of the three times I have seen it. If we count December as a whole, then I would also include Django Unchained and This is 40, if only because I sense that it could be either A) charmingly navel-gazing, b) the How Do You Know of winter 2013 or c) simply Judd Apatow's Blake Edward's That's Life!. Finally, Anna Karenina and Lincoln. Can Spielberg sell us a non-vampire hunting 16th president? I think so!

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