Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Ten Fall Films To Look Forward To?

by Nick
So, since the summer season is over (boring and disappointing as it has largely been), I was wondering who is looking forward to what this fall and winter?

Thus far into the year it's these for me, even if I'm prepared that at the year's end the 'best of' list will probably look a whole lot different.

1. The Prestige

I don't think I even have to get into why, but suffice to say that, amen Brian, when I saw that trailer, man, I was so sold.

2. The Departed

Even if the trailer did not make my heart do summersaults, and Nicholson's Boston Irish dialect did not falter at times, and it appeared to be just a straight off remake of the original, this would still be one of the must sees of the year.

3. The Fountain

It's dividing critics up in love-or-hate camps. I'm betting on being in the love camp. I mean just look at that trailer again.

4. Pan's Labyrinth

The trailer for this film, plus the promise of it being a spanish talking weirdo take on Alice in Wonderland set in the Spanish civil war by the amazing Del Toro, makes me giddy. So cool.

5. The Good Shepherd

Also ranted about this one before. No trailer for this one yet, just set-pics, but so far nothing's come up to change my mind. James Jesus Angleton's story must be told!

6. Babel

Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu. There, I said it.

7. Borat

Funniest trailer of the year? Yes, my humor is low and I am prejudiced.

8. History Boys (new)

Just squeezed in this one. After seeing the trailer (flash though it be), basically just had to. Looks like a winner.

9. Casino Royale

Seriously, who isn't going to see this? Also Craig looks like a great new Bond.

10. Running With Scissors

Surprised by this, never was a fan of Nip/Tuck, but the trailer makes this look like a quality drama-comedy in the vein of Royal Tenenbaums. And that can't be a bad thing.

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I know there are quite a few other interesting looking films coming out, but in a top ten, these are the ones I want see now.

25 Comments:

Blogger Jackrabbit Slim said...

The only one of those I probably won't see is the Bond film--I lost interest in that franchise a long time ago. It will probably be a rental. I'm also not sold on Borat--I haven't had much exposure to the character and the trailer makes me wonder if that can be sustained for an entire film.

I'm looking forward to Flags of My Fathers, because Clint is on an incredible roll right now, and The Good German, because it's Soderbergh and Clooney, but not an Ocean film.

9/07/2006 08:59:00 AM  
Blogger Jackrabbit Slim said...

Forgot to add Little Children. Read the book, and the trailer is interesting. And I can't wait to see Jackie Earle Haley play a child molester.

9/07/2006 02:43:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

I just ain't feeling it for Flags. Probably because I fear the kind of American patriotism that gives me allergies. Am interested in the Letters companion piece, though, so together they might make interesting viewing, but that one's apparently coming out next year.

Soderbergh is cool, but Good German seems like he's gone all experimental again. Sometimes that is good, usually it is bad. Take this from a Cate Blanchett interview in NYMag.

What was Soderbergh like as a director?
The Good German is a highly stylized noir piece, so he’d written this little one-page manifesto for us that began, “Dear Thespian,” which was incredibly helpful. The acting style was so remote from what we understand to be naturalistic or realistic­—he described it to us as “enthusiastically theatrical.”

What does that mean?
The performance style was utterly pre-Method, very front foot, and, to our perception now, quite declamatory.

Huh?
The introspective qualities of the character were very much projected outward.

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Yeah, so, huh.

9/08/2006 07:58:00 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

And, fuck! Forgot Zodiac, which could be fantastic. I'd rank that one as five or six on the list. But I can't be bothered changing it now.

9/08/2006 08:12:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I'm lukewarm to The Good Shepard, History boys, and Running With Scissors. I think I would replace them with Inland Empire, Shortbus, and Zodiac.

The Departed, don't you mean The De Part Ed? That's what all the posters say. If someone was driving or just walking briskly by, they would totally mistake that for The He Fart Ed. I did, at least. I giggled almost as much as I did during the credits to The Illusionist when I saw that the cinematographer's name was Dick Pope. I almost had to leave the theatre when I started to think about what his hat would look like.

9/08/2006 04:06:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Is Inland Empire coming out this year? If so, great.

I saw a teaser trailer for Shortbus a couple weeks ago that was genius.

Dunno about Borat. I'm really in the mood for something very biting, something that will really piss people off, and have been for months. But I'm not sold on it yet. I'm worried that it's softer than it looks.

What the world really needs is another Natural Born Killers.

9/12/2006 10:59:00 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

I giggled almost as much as I did during the credits to The Illusionist when I saw that the cinematographer's name was Dick Pope.

Was this the pre- or after credits?

Seriously, how can a guy go through life and decide that Dick Pope is a better name than Richard Pope?

But, yeah, that mental image is funny.

What the world really needs is another Natural Born Killers.

Set in Baghdad, right?

9/12/2006 06:04:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

By the way, anyone see the new Flags of Our Fathers trailer? If so, any reactions?

Can't say I'm entirely pushed over, but it's looking better than I thought it would be. But the colour-drenched WW2 look is almost a minus. Be brave Clint! Make it black and white!

9/12/2006 06:10:00 PM  
Blogger jaydro said...

I liked the trailer. I thought the movie was going to be perhaps a straight Iwo Jima movie, but looks from the trailer like it's as much about how the famous photo affected those in it.

And I wouldn't have called it color-drenched. More muted--more like those early competitors to Technicolor that didn't look so bright.

I'm disappointed the Japanese story (and who thinks Letters from Iwo Jima is a better title than Red Sun, Black Sand?) isn't coming out till next year, though I guess maybe it will be timed for the DVD release of the first movie and Oscar publicity etc.

9/12/2006 08:25:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

He worked on Dark City, one of my favorite movies.

Are you sure it's the right Dark City? Says his one was made in 1990 by Sidney Lumet. I imagine you as more of the-1998-one-by-Proyas-kinda-guy.

And I wouldn't have called it color-drenched.

Sorry, Engrish probrem. I meant to say colour-drained, but muted works just as well.

(and who thinks Letters from Iwo Jima is a better title than Red Sun, Black Sand?)

Red Sun, Black Sand absolutely, but that ain't a title to bring in the rubes, exactly.

9/13/2006 06:35:00 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

And wtf is wrong with Recent Comments?

9/13/2006 06:49:00 AM  
Blogger jaydro said...

I e-mailed Brian about the Recent Comments craziness. wtf, indeed!

Anyway, maybe someone thought Red Sun, Black Sand may have sounded too much like White Hunter, Black Heart, which is one of my favorite Eastwood films, though it was a flop.

9/13/2006 09:09:00 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

I don't see a problem with the recent comments...

9/13/2006 10:34:00 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Ehm, well on the main page I see part of my comment, displayed on the right side. This part:

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I imagine you as more of the-1998-one-by-Proyas-kinda-guy.

And I wouldn't have called it color-drenched.

Sorry, Engrish probrem. I meant to say colour-drained, but muted works just as well.

(and who thinks Letters from Iwo Jima is a better title than Red Sun, Black Sand?)

Red Sun, Black Sand absolutely, but that ain't a title to bring in the rubes, exactly.
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links and all, but in red-brown coloured text, after the text Recent Comments, but before

Brian:
Ten Fall Films To Look Forward To?

Squashed in-between like.


I'm using Mozilla Firefox, btw.

9/13/2006 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger Nick said...

Fuck it, I'll make a post about it and put up a picture. I'll remove it afterwards. Don't comment on it!

9/13/2006 11:05:00 AM  
Blogger Jackrabbit Slim said...

I'm not seeing any problems. Using Internet Explorer.

9/13/2006 12:22:00 PM  
Blogger jaydro said...

I'm seeing what Nick is seeing, only I saw it first with part of my comment about JFK. I wondered if it was due to the open link tag on Chris's previous comment (page up from this comment to see it). There's no close on the link there....

9/13/2006 01:15:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Better now?

9/13/2006 01:30:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Better now?

Nope.

9/13/2006 01:41:00 PM  
Blogger jaydro said...

Yeah, with Chris's comment gone it's all better. Too bad you couldn't just stick a close link in there.

Anyway, and now I realized I was misreading Nick's comment above as being munged with Brian's next non-existent comment. That was just Nick quoting....

9/13/2006 01:55:00 PM  
Blogger jaydro said...

Uh, just for the record, there was the removal of Chris's comment between Nick's "Nope" and my "Yeah."

9/13/2006 01:59:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Uh, just for the record, there was the removal of Chris's comment between Nick's "Nope" and my "Yeah."

Yeah, here's the full text:

"Opening credits, I remember it being a pretty title card too.

He is quite a good cinematographer, I hope he has a sense of humor about his name.

He worked on Dark City, one of my favorite movies."

I would have liked to just add the closing tag, but not possible, so what can you do.

Sorry, Chris.

9/13/2006 02:02:00 PM  
Blogger jaydro said...

Okay, I think you can remove that post, Nick. I would comment on it, but....

Hey, those are some ugly fonts you're using there (looking at your screen capture)! I go with Georgia for serif and Futura Lt Bt for sans-serif. ;-)

9/13/2006 02:03:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Yup, it's gone now. Thanks, Brian.

And somehow I just knew this was all Chris' fault.

Hey, those are some ugly fonts you're using there (looking at your screen capture)! I go with Georgia for serif and Futura Lt Bt for sans-serif. ;-)

Hmmm... it does look better... but dammit, it just doesn't feel right. Like it's a little too pretty...

9/13/2006 03:04:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

As for Good German, the poster is now available ... "highly stylized noir piece", indeed.

9/20/2006 11:17:00 AM  

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