The Waiting is the Hardest Part: Movies I Can’t Wait to See

When you’re a huge movie fan, you’re liable to find out about lots and lots of projects well in advance of their release dates. This forces you into a very difficult position. You have to wait until it finally reaches theaters. Or when you don’t live in a movie mega-hub like Austin, Los Angeles, or New York, you’re forced to wait until the film hits DVD, Netflix Instant, or any of the other various viewing methods available. Right now, I’m extremely anxious to see an awful lot of films but I have to wait them out. Here’s what I can’t wait to see:

Hugo Cabret
Martin Scorsese’s latest work revolves around an orphan living in the walls of a train station. It’s a period piece, taking place in the 1930’s, and the cast is phenomenal. It features Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Ben Kingsley, Chloe Moretz, and Ray Winstone, amongst others. It also stars Christopher Lee, the Patron Saint of Hammer Horror films. Most intriguing to me is that it’s going to be shot in 3D. I tend to scoff at the technology because it’s been around for such a long time and yet it’s treated as if it’s a brand new toy. But when someone as skilled as Scorsese chooses to film in 3D, it gives me great pause. Hugo Cabret is scheduled to release on November 23rd this year, per IMDb

Attack the Block
This is the film that took Austin’s SXSW by storm in March. It was written and directed by Joe Cornish, a British comedian who’s been popping up in some very big places recently. Attack the Block represents his directorial debut and he worked together with the Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz team to get it made. Edgar Wright served as the Executive Producer, longtime Wright collaborator Nira Park produced the film, and Nick Frost stars. Billed as “Inner City vs. Outer Space”, I have yet to see a bad review. In fact, some of the resources I trust most have been positively glowing about it. I dare you to read this review from Film Crit Hulk! and not get excited about the film. The UK release date is this week, and Sony Pictures has bought the film for American distribution. I have no clue when we’ll see it here in the U.S. but we will see it at some point. That day can’t come soon enough. Here’s the trailer:

The Master
This has been an on again, off again proposition from P.T. Anderson but Slash Film popped the cork on some huge news this week- Anderson’s film tentatively titled The Master is back on, and shooting begins on June 13th. The synopsis found at Deadline:

Hoffman stars as a man who returns after witnessing the horrors of WWII and tries to rediscover who he is in post-war America. He creates a belief system, something that catches on with other lost souls.

To me, this sounds like the type of film that hearkens back to 70’s cinema, exploring deeper themes and weighty subject matter. Putting aside how exciting it is for Anderson to be making any film for the first time since 2007’s There Will be Blood, it simply sounds like an incredible movie. In Anderson’s hands, it’ll have every chance to be something truly special.

Frankenstein’s Army
Yet another film that I became aware of thanks to Slash Film, here’s the synopsis:

Toward the end of World War II, Russian soldiers pushing into eastern Germany stumble across a secret Nazi lab, one that has unearthed and begun experimenting with the journal of one Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The scientists have used the legendary Frankenstein’s work to assemble an army of supersoldiers stitched together from the body parts of their fallen comrades – a desperate Hitler’s last ghastly ploy to escape defeat.

The film apparently uses vintage newsreel footage as the building blocks to make (drumroll please) a Nazi Zombie movie. What the world needs now is Nazi Zombies, sweet Nazi Zombies. It’s such a goofy sub-genre and if you like horror at all, then you realize how fun Nazi Zombies are and the potential for this whole idea. Here’s the teaser footage released for the film:

Django Unchained
News broke a few months back that Quentin Tarantino’s next film would be a spaghetti western. And now, rumors persist that it’s a film about a former slave who tries to rescue his wife from an evil plantation owner. Really, you had me at “Tarantino” and “spaghetti western”. This is likely a long way off, so it may be the longest wait on this list. But it will almost certainly be rewarding.

Melancholia
Lars von Trier follows up on his highly controversial Antichrist by bringing back Charlotte Gainesbourg and pairing her with Kirsten Dunst. Von Trier is very much a love-or-hate director with not much room in between. I’m a fan, and I’m anxious for the November release date. The poster art promises a film that should be very Lars Von Trier-y.

Keyhole
Guy Maddin has a new film that’s currently in post-production. It stars an interesting cast featuring quite a bit of name recognition for a Maddin film: Jason Patric, Udo Kier, Kevin McDonald, and frequent Maddin star Isabella Rossellini. Maddin is known for weaving homages to silent films, ripe with surrealism and mise-en-scene. The plot to Keyhole references gangsters, which leaves me to wonder if he’s not moving his roots forward 10 or 20 years in homage to the wonderful pre-Hayes Code gangster films of the 1930’s. Sadly, I’m not sure that this film is going to hit any theater in my area and I’ll wind up having an even longer wait for it to reach Netflix Instant or DVD.

The Innkeepers
I am the world’s biggest sucker for haunted house and/or ghost stories, whether it be on TV or film or in literature. When I found out that Ti West’s follow-up to The House of the Devil was scheduled to be a haunted house film, I knew I was hooked. Like Attack the Block, it premiered at SXSW and got a glowing review from my favorite critic, Peter Hall. Not that it needed the review for my interest to be piqued. I can’t seem to find a wide release date and I sort of assume I’ll be watching it on DVD. With any luck, I’ll be watching it sometime in October.


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24 responses to “The Waiting is the Hardest Part: Movies I Can’t Wait to See

  1. Some really big waits you have there John. I know that it can be unbearable at times. I am as bad as you with patience.

    Would it be bad if I said I was going to see Attack the Block this weekend?

    C

    • I’m so jealous of you Brits. You get Peter Serafinowicz and Bill Bailey and Karl Pilkington and early releases of Attack the Block. We get 95% of our theaters showing the same three summer blockbusters and a bunch of Saturday Night Live people on TV.

      • @da_Rhettster

        Any word on the third movie in the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy with Edgar Wright/Nick Frost/Simon Pegg? Last I heard, it was to be called World’s End and would somehow feature the Green (or mint) Cornetto. Shawn of the Dead, remember, had the RED Cornetto (for zombie blood) and Hot Fuzz had Blue (for police).

        • My understanding is that Wright’s wrapping up “Ant Man” (which I think he’s even writing with Cornish), and then they’ll move on to that project.

      • @da_Rhettster

        Not to mention The Trip with Steve Coogan and Rob Bryden. Was that a BBC series that was made into a movie? My understanding is that this was an entrant in the Tribeca Film Festival

  2. The Tree of Life is coming out in a couple weeks and I’m already about to explode! Django Unchained is still a very long way off ahah 😉

    • I have a weird relationship with Malick films. I think they’re incredible. I like them a lot. But I don’t know that I “enjoy” watching them, if that makes sense. It feels like homework. Very rewarding homework.

  3. “Melancholia.” Ha! The perfect name for a Lars von Trier film, as that’s how they’ve all left me so far. The one I’m the most excited about is The Master, definitely. I know P.T. Anderson will knock that one out of the park, and perhaps FINALLY get the Best Director Oscar. I’m excited about seeing another Scorsese movie, but the 3D really puts me off. I’ll have to get used to it, I suppose. I’ve been avoiding these movies, but I just don’t have a choice anymore. Scorsese, why have you forsaken me?

    • I figure that Scorsese wouldn’t lead me astray.

      Speaking of PTA, I guess he’s got another one in the works based on a novel called “Inherent Vice”.

  4. rtm

    I’m sorry John, don’t hate me but I don’t think any of these are my cup of tea… especially Von Trier stuff. ‘Django Unchained’ piqued my interest when I heard about it though, is that the one where Wil Smith is rumored to star?

    As for movies I can’t wait to see, I’m dying to see ANYTHING (poster, teaser, what have you) on Coriolanus and Machine Gun Preacher. Been waiting for at least a year for both of them.

    • Ah, no worries at all Ruth. Django is indeed the one that Will Smith is rumored to star in, though nothing is verified.

      That’s quite a cast for “Machine Gun Preacher”. Looks like it comes out in September, per IMDb.

      • rtm

        Oh good, glad you’re not mad at me 🙂 What do you think about Wil Smith and Tarantino? You think that’s a good combo?

        MGP sounds really good from what I’ve been hearing… a gritty, heart-wrenching true story that has a potential to be a character-driven piece, something Butler needs right now and I know he can do. With Marc Forster directing, I’m quite optimistic it’ll be good. It’s probably gonna be a limited release though.

        • I generally like Will Smith but him + Tarantino sounds like such a weird mix. But I felt the same way about Brad Pitt before I saw “Inglourious Basterds”, and that ended up being a stroke of genius. I think Will Smith and Tarantino can work in a really surprising way.

  5. Although Melancholia and Tree of Life are on the top of my anticipated list, I knew nothing about Attack the Block, but Nick Frost being versatile buys my ticket.

    I have the Django Unchained script in my inbox and I really need time to read beyond the first or second page. it. I’m not sure about the subject matter and the violence, but Quentin Tarantino might as well be a novelist. 🙂

  6. Great choices…I share your enthusiasm! New Guy Maddin…WOOHOO! Looking forward to checking out Lars Von Tier’s new film too. P.T. Anderson…YIP! Nazi zombies??!! Well…it goes without saying that is now high on my own priority list! I’m 50/50 with Ti West, I like a few of his flicks, others…not so much. Can’t say Scorcese is really doing it for me these days though.

    I’m excited to check out Cronenberg’s new flick A Dangerous Method (I’m a big fan of Michael Fassbender and Vincent Cassel and Mortensen is in this one again too).

    • What other Ti Wests have you seen? I’ve only done House of the Devil, but loved it, and would like to try some more.

      In six hours, I’ll be checking my first film off of this list when I go to the St. Louis advanced screening of Attack the Block. Needless to say, these next 6 hours are going to be looooong.

      • Goregirl

        I actually liked House of the Devil but it has to be the most uneventful satan-themed horror film I’ve ever seen! West’s The Roost had potential that just didn’t pan out. I found that one plain dull. Cabin Fever 2 is complete fluff but the gore is kinda fun. It grabs a point for having a pus filled bloody penis in it.

  7. Oh, this is all too familiar. And as if waiting for what seems like an eternity, from the trailer’s realease until the film itself comes out, weren’t enough already, I live in Germany and so many (especially smaller) films open here much later that in the USA or the UK. For example Midnight in Paris doesn’t open until August 18th and Attack the Block only comes out on September 22nd. But things like The Zookeeper and the latest Adam Sandler fare are sure to open “on time”…

    • Wow… “The Zookeeper” is your choice? Please accept my deepest condolences.

      • No, no, no, no, no! No, not my choice. Definitely not my choice! Was just pointing out the overall stupidity of the situation.

        PS: I realize I might’ve misunderstood your reply a bit. But still, I’d rather look stupid explaining myself than have anybody anywhere think that I might like these piles of cinematic barfs *shivers*

        • Ha, thanks for elaborating. No worries- I got you loud and clear the first time. Let’s face it- nobody wants to see The Zookeeper. I feel bad that it’s being pushed in your direction while lots better options aren’t.

          • Tim

            Hahaha, WOW, I guess she (along with everyone with a brain) really doesn’t want to see The Zookeeper. I think it’s safe to say she would rather “choose death!”

            Seriously though, Frankenstein + Zombies + Nazis = Awesome!!! Of course, I am actually a fan of Cowboys and Aliens though, so you can’t really trust my opinion 🙂

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