February 14, 2012 – GQ India Online
So 2011 wasn’t the most exciting year for movies. But it was a pretty great year for guy movies. Drive, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Moneyball, Warrior – these films took classic dude genres (cars, spies, sports) and raised the stakes and standards. They were slick, smart and tough. Think of them as the appetizer. In 2012 we’ll see new additions to the Bourne, Bond and Batman franchises. We’ll get Billy Murray as FDR. We’ll get new films fromboth Andersons – and we couldn’t even fit all of these into our top 10.
Here’s our list of Hollywood movies to look out for in 2012.
Lincoln: It’s going to be a good year for Abe. First, he will receive Hollywood’s highest honor: Daniel Day-Lewis has come out of hiding to take on the role in the Spielberg-directed biopic. He will also be slaying Vampires, though not in the same movie. In our dreams.
Cosmopolis: Okay so it stars Robert Pattinson, but otherwise this one has the pedigree of a top-notch guy movie. David Cronenberg (A History of Violence, Dead Ringers) adapts Don Delillo’s 2003 postmodern Oddyssey about a billionaire patrolling Manhattan in an ultra-luxurious limo. Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti and Samantha Morton co-star.
Only God Forgives: Man of the moment, Ryan Gosling, teams up with his award-winning director from Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn, for a film about drugs, boxing and Bangkok. We’re thinking The Hangover II had it been 1) supremely messed up, and 2) good.
Prometheus: Ridley Scott (as in Gladiator and Blade Runner) returns with a loose prequel to his 1979 sci-fi masterpiece Alien, starring Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender and Idris Elba. Apparently the belly-bursting menace from the original is gone. God knows what he’s come up with this time.
Django Unchained: Another Tarantino revenge film: this time set in the antebellum American south, where an escaped slave goes on a rampage under the guidance of a German bounty hunter in order to rescue his wife from an evil slave owner (of course). The cast includes Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington and Leonardo Dicaprio. Guess who’s who.
This is Forty: Few people have done more for dude-cinema in the last decade than Judd Apatow. The director of The Forty Year-Old Virgin (and producer of basically every other slapstick bromedy since 2004) returns with a follow-up to 2007’s Knocked Up, this time focusing on Debbie and Pete – Leslie Mann and Paul Rudd – who were our favorite part of Knocked Up anyway.
The Master: In his first film since 2007’s magisterial There Will Be Blood, Paul Thomas Anderson reunites with previous collaborator, and fellow genius, Philip Seymour Hoffman in a movie that’s “not” about Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Brace yourselves.
The Dark Knight Rises: Christopher Nolan hasn’t let us down yet. His third and final Batman installment brings 2011 MVP Tom Hardy (Warrior, Tinker Tailor) to the franchise as the villain Bane. In the comic books, Bane breaks Batman’s back. What that means in Nolan’s terminally bleak universe is anyone’s guess. We’ll also get Anne Hathaway in a cat suit and Marion Cotillard, who we’d watch in just about anything.
Skyfall: Bond returns, this time with Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Revolutionary Road) directing. But we’re most excited to see Javier Bardem return to full-blown villainy after his terrifying, Oscar-winning turn in 2007’s No Country for Old Men.
The Grandmasters: Wong Kar-wei, the Hong Kong-based, neo-noir master behind classics like Days of Being Wild, Chungking Express, and In the Mood for Love, directs a new film about Bruce Lee’s martial arts instructor. It’s bound to be moody, lush and chock full of killer fight sequences. What more could you ask for?