1. Django Unchained
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Don Johnson, M.C. Gainey, Tom Savini
Release date: December 25
Could we be on the verge of revivals for old-school filmmakers like Sergio Leone and Sergio Corbucci? If Quentin Tarantino has his way, that's precisely what could be on the horizon, and we're not mad at that in the least bit.
Tapping into his endless pool of knowledge and fandom for the Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s and '70s, Tarantino is coming back three short years after the tremendous success of the excellent Inglourious Basterds with Django Unchained, and it looks like a taboo-bursting blast. Jamie Foxx plays a slave who gets freed by a dentist/bounty hunter (Inglourious Basterds star, and Oscar winner, Christoph Waltz) and embarks on a blood-soaked rescue mission to save his wife (Kerry Washington) from a sadistic plantation owner (played by, that's right, Leonardo Dicaprio). And it will be just as gory, hilarious, and subversive as you're imagining, if not more so.
Early footage screened at Comic-Con, as well as the first trailers released, hint at a darkly comedic romp in the vein of Basterds, which is exciting enough. But once you factor in the thought of Dicaprio gnawing scenery as a cold-blooded, maniacal slave owner, and realize that Tarantino cast Don Johnson to do his best Foghorn Leghorn impersonation while playing another slave owner, Django Unchained moves up quite a few notches on the anticipation scale.
You officially have less than four months left to rent such Tarantino favorites as Corbucci's Minnesota Clay (1965) and Django (1966) for preparation's sake.