I struggle with a lot of things, moods, artistic influences, broken relationships, coffee and cigarettes, but above all, sleep. So last night, I spent hours in bed reading A Clash of Kings, watching 21 music videos (yes I counted), and a barrage of movie trailers. In the end, I went back to playing Bejeweled until my hands ached and thereafter, fell asleep.

Here are two of the films I am most looking forward to this year.

Another film adaptaion of Leo Tolstoy‘s Anna Karenina.

What can I say? I am a fan of Russian novelists and playwrights and all that they produce. I have a dvd copy of the 1997 Anna Karenina film adaptation with Sophie Marceau and Sean Bean. I have been a fan of Sean Bean, even before he was the beloved Eddard Stark in HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Anna Karenina — Sophie Marceau
Count Alexey Vronsky — Sean Bean, Tobey Maguire
Konstantin Levin — Douglas Henshall
Kitty Shcherbatsky — Mira Kirshner, Paloma Baeza

Music: an edited version of Lux Aeterna by Clint Mansell

What is exciting about the 2012 adaptation is that it is directed by British director Joe Wright, who produced such beautiful films as Pride & PrejudiceAtonement, and Hanna.

I have dvd copies of these films and these films are ones I watch over and over and over again. I became a fan of Keira Knightley because of this, as well as A Fine Frenzy – just because someone on Youtube decided to make a video of scenes from Pride & Prejudice using her music. Click here to view that video on Youtube. I moved on to having A Fine Frenzy’s Almost Lover and Ashes and Wine as my favorite songs when I am in emo-shitz mode, but I digress.

Atonement is just beautiful and if you haven’t seen Hanna just yet, you absolutely have to. We have Joe Wright to thank for these films. Interestingly enough, Joe Wright likes working with the same actors again and again. Saoirse Ronan was haunting in Atonement, and because of that, I watch all the films she is in.

Another film that might not see Philippine cinemas is Zhang Yimou‘s The Flowers of War released December 2011.

Again, what’s not to be excited about this film when it has Christian Bale in it and is directed by none other than Zhang Yimou, who brought us such films as Not One Less, Raise the Red Lantern, Hero and House of Flying Daggers.

Here’s another trailer:

I wish they’d release it here in the Philippines, but if not, there’s always uhm, you know. Too bad.