Wednesday, April 29, 2009

2009: A Look the future

I have compiled a list of the films that I am looking forward to for the rest of the year. It is not in any order, whenever I thought of a film I would add it to the list. Here it is

The Limits of Control

Everything and I mean everything that Jim Jarmusch has made has been good. I am sure this will not be an exception. I hope the limited release is not that limited.

The Brothers Bloom

Rian Johnson’s Brick has to be one of the best debut films in the past ten years. His follow up looks brilliant with an amazing cast consisting of Rachel Weiz, Adrien Brody, Mark Rufallo, Rinko Kikuchi, and Robbie Coltrane.

Inglorious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino’s war epic that he has been working on for over a decade. For as long as I have known of Tarantino, I have been waiting for this film. That day is finally coming and it makes me feel good inside just thinking about it.


The cast is what makes this film interesting to me. Chiwetel Elijofor, John Cusak, Thandie Newton, Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, and Oliver Platt. That is a very decent cast and the whole 2012 concept is interesting. I highly doubt that Roland Emmerich will go all the way and end the world in the film, as that would be a difficult concept to sell. There will be some ridiculous plot point that saves everything.

The Road

This was supposed to have come out in November of last year but has been delayed. It is suppose to come out this year, but there has yet to be a release date set. I am sure that this will end up being worth the wait. Directed by John Hillcoat, with Viggo Mortensen, Charlize Theron, Guy Pierce, Robert Duvall , and Garret Dilahunt starring. Yeah it will be worth the wait.

Big Fan

I don’t know too much about this other than it is directed by Robert D. Siegel who wrote The Wrestler. The main reason I looking forward to seeing this, is to see the great comedian Patton Oswalt.

The Lovely Bones

I have not read the book by Alice Sebold, but I plan to rectify that soon. This film has so many things going for it. The great Peter Jackson and his faithful writing partners Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, as wells as a cast with such actors as Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weiz, Susan Surandon, and Stanlet Tucci. Out of all the actors though, the one I am most glad to see in this is Saoirse Ronan. Atonement and City of Ember already under her belt, this will also be a good step towards a great career.

Where the wild things are

The trailer came out for this and everyone went crazy. This has been in development since 2000, when there was an actual teaser trailer attached to How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Spike Jonze is incredible and the film should be fantastic.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Wes Anderson changes things up and tells this story using animation. It will be the first time that Anderson has directed something based on someone elses work. Anderson and Noah Baumbach adapted the story for the big screen from the novel by Roald Dahl. Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, Anjelica Huston, George Clooney, Cate Blanchet, and Jarvis Cocker all do voice work.


I worried about this movie. I was not looking forward to Ratatouille or Wall-E and I loved both of them. This one has intrigued me, but since I am excited for this maybe it won’t be as good.

Drag Me To Hell

Sam and Ivan Raimi bring us a horror movie with an amazing title. Sam Raimi is a very good director, so he could be doing anything and I would be excited to see it. Alison Lohman, and Justin Long star.

Year One

A lot of talented people worked on this project, and hopefully it will deliver on everything it promises. Pairing Jack Black and Michael Cera was a wise casting choice, and with Harold Ramis directing it should be good.

Funny People

I am not the biggest fan of the Judd Apatow’s other directorial efforts, but this one judging by the trailer should be his best. Apatow always give his movies a big heart, and this one appears to be no exception. Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann, Eric Bana, Jason Scwartzman, Jonah Hill, RZA all appear. That is a very good cast. Apparently all of the stand-up was filmed live in front of a real audience, so that should give the film a real authenticity.

The Taking of Pelham 123

I can’t deny that Tony Scott has provided a lot of cinematic enjoyment over the years, and I am very excited for his fourth film with Denzel Washington. Some people can’t take John Travolta seriously as a bad guy (or good guy), but I still remember his roles in Broken Arrow and Face/Off and his return as an action villain is a welcome one.

500 Days of Summer

The genius casting of Joseph Gordon-Leavitt and Zoey Deschanel make this movie required viewing. Not to mention a very good trailer that highlights an interesting and stylized non love story. This will be the first feature from music video director Marc Webb.

The Boat that Rocked

A who’s who of British talent as well as Phillip Seymour Hoffman and some other nationalities mixed in for fun, star in a comedy about a true life pirate radio in England during the 60s. Richard Curtis directs, Gemma Arterton, Kenneth Branagh, Rhys Darby, Jack Davenport, Nick Frost, January Jones, Rhys Ifans, Bill Nighy star. If that doesn’t make you want to go to the movie theatre and shell out money to see this, nothing will.

Shutter Island

Martin Scorsese’s upcoming mystery film is based on a novel by Dennis Lehane who also wrote the novels Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone. The adaptations of Lehane’s work have been very successful so far, and in the hands of Scorsese I doubt this will be any different. The cast is amazing with Max Von Sydow, Emily Mortimer, Ben Kingsley, Jackie Earl Haley, Mark Ruffalo, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Elias Koteas, and Patricia Clarkson.


James Cameron wrote this film almost a decade ago, and when it is released it will have been in post production for close to two years. I know nothing about the film other than that it is suppose to be the best 3D that we have seen on the big screen.

The Invention of Lying

Ricky Gervais and Matthew Robinson co-direct and co-wrote this upcoming film set in a world without lying. There are many funny people in this. Gervais, Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, Jeffrey Tambor, Christopher Guest, John Hodgman, Louis CK, as well as Jennifer Garner with Patrick Stewart narrating.

Whip It

This will be Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut. That will probably make a lot of people not interested in this roller derby film, but the cast is intriguing, Ellen Page, Kristen Wiig, Zoe Bell, Marcia Gay Harden, and Juliette Lewis.

The Tree of Life

This has been pushed back until 2010, but I decided to include it anyway. I am looking forward to this for a few reasons. Terrence Malik, Dinosaurs, IMax. This will be brilliant.


Francis Ford Coppola’s film about a man trying to find his missing brother, and that is all that I know about this. I assume that it is independently funded by Coppola just like Youth Without Youth was. Vincent Gallo and Maribel Verdu star


This film is entirely based around Sam Rockwell’s character which is great because Rockwell is an amazing actor. This is the first feature by Duncan Jones, and in all of the interviews with him, he seems like he is a very competent director who should have a good career. We will see once the film gets a release.

The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

Terry Gilliam says that this is his return to the style of his films in the 80s. Apparently this is the first film that he has storyboarded himself since Baron Munchausen. The film will get a lot of publicity as it is the last thing that Heath Ledger appeared in. Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, and Jude Law finished his role, Christpher Plummer, and Tom Waits also star.

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