Wednesday, January 17, 2007

This Year I Look Forward To...

by Nick
Global Warming!
It's mid-January and there's no snow or ice outside, at all! Hasn't been any practically all year. Summer was amazing, too. All sun, all the time. Sure, there's been some hurricane winds and some warnings of floods (Skåne is quite flat), but there's a price to everything these days.

Having a proper summer vacation
Don't know where yet. Suggestions have been Ghana, Kenya, London, New York and renting a Croatian lighthouse in the Adriatic. Probably end up in Stockholm again.

Going to more concerts
I like going to concerts. Don't know why I don't do it more often.

Fixing up those last pieces of my apartment
That damn Billy shelf is going to hang on the wall like a rock. They will be like one. Along with all those picture frames.

Reading Tolstoy's War & Peace
This summer's literary project. If completed in good time to be followed by Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov.

Seeing some TV-series conclude
Rome, Sopranos, and my new favorite Death Note promise to do so this year.

Seeing the Wells and Poland fight escalate
I've read both of them for some time now, and they've never been as vicious and odious as the past year. Last time it led to Poland breaking up, but they reconciled. Now they're getting riled up more than usual. Maybe they figure it gives more page hits. None the less, very fun.

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Seeing Some Films:

The Films I Haven't Seen Yet
Children of Men, Pan's Labyrinth, Harsh Times, Letters From Iwo Jima/Flags of Our Fathers, Little Children, The Conformist, Army of Shadows, The History Boys, Fast Food Nation,

Crazy CGI-epics
300 (I mean, you've seen the trailer, right? It's going to be humongous), Stardust (Neil Gaiman wrote the book. Loved the book. Recommend it highly), Beowulf (Neil Gaiman co-wrote the screenplay, Zemeckis is directing and great cast), Golden Compass (the trilogy is one of the finest fantasy epics released. Good casting so far, Kidman & Craig, but Weitz directing is worrying, and production looks too bright), Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix

3:10 to Yuma (Christian Bale hunting Russell Crowe), Seraphim Falls (Liam Neeson hunting Pierce Brosnan)

Spy Films!
The Bourne Ultimatum (this is near the top of most expected), Lust, Caution (Ang Lee's latest set in WWII Shanghai with Tony Leung and Joan Chen), The Kingdom (Peter Berg is a very good director and the story is written by Michael Mann), Rendition (Tsotsi director makes American debut with Jake Gyllenhaal and Reese Witherspoon)

Zodiac (March 2, folks), Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg directs what seems like a History of Violence continuation with Viggo Mortensen as a hitman in London), American Gangster (Ridley Scott with Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. Bada bing), Gone Baby Gone (book is great, casting is amazing, and director is Ben Affleck? Strangely look very much forward to this), No Country For Old Men, Red Road (Scottish low-budget a la Caché. Big hit at Cannes)

Being passively forced by the market powers to go to this summer's CGI-sequel-fests
You know the ones.

The (Fingers Crossed) Well-Made Comedies
Knocked Up (Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen reunite), Margot at the Wedding (Noah Baumbach with Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Jason Leigh), Boss of It All (Lars Von Trier latest), Ratatouille, Hot Fuzz (seems funny enough), The Simpsons Movie (it will probably be good. But I don't know, something feels off), Cassandra's Dream (Woody Allens latest London project with Ewan McGregor and Colin Farrell)

The Presumptive Oscar Dramas
There Will Be Blood (PTA's oil epic with Daniel Day Lewis), Atonement (the book is very good, wonder how it will translate, though. But Wright's Pride & Prejudice was, I agree, first class craftmanship), Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan with Matt Damon and Anna Paquin), Charlie Wilson's War (Mike Nichols with Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman), The Golden Age (Elizabeth was as historically inaccurate as a historical drama can get, but highly entertaining nonetheless), Reign Over Me (I look forward to an Adam Sandler movie? Check pulse..), Lions for Lambs (strange title, Robert Redford directing, meh, Tom Cruise starring, more meh)

The I-Don't-Know-Where-To-Put-These
Black Snake Moan, Grindhouse, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Lesley Vernon (premise is promising, and word is very good), Sunshine (Danny Boyle sun sci-fi with a helluva cast), I Am Legend (great book vs. Will Smith), The Lookout (Scott Frank's directorial debut. Wrote Out of Sight and Minority Report), Angel-a (Luc Besson first live-action in years. But Invisibles looks like shit, so), The Invasion (very delayed, but director deserves benefit of doubt. Second Craig & Kidman pairing of the year), Rescue Dawn (Herzog's crazy Vietnam film with Bale and Steve Zahn), Talk to Me (Cheadle plays 60's radio host with Chiwetel Eijofor)

(List of films found at LA Times)


Blogger Brian said...

Why is no snow or ice good news? I'd love some ice and snow. Check that, we actually have some ice and snow today ... good times. Traffic much better.

Gotta go with the lighthouse.

I think The Kingdom will be just good enough that I'll wish Mann had directed it himself. Looks like second-rate Syriana so far.

I think I know what feels off about The Simpson Move - the fact that the show has sucked since the millenium changed.

I'd add the Coens' No Country for Old Men to the anticipateds.

All in all, so many directors had movies out in 2006 that 2007 looks comparatively lean. Unfortunately, so many of the highly anticipated 2006 films turned out flawed. Maybe the opposite thing will happen this year.

1/17/2007 11:39:00 AM  
Blogger Count Olaf said...

No ice or snow? California has been in a state of emergency for 2 weeks because the temperature dropped below 50 degrees Fahrenheit!

And I love my Billy bookcase and shelves...VIVA IKEA!

1/17/2007 01:57:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

I'd add the Coens' No Country for Old Men to the anticipateds.

Done. LA Times didn't have it listed as a release, but looks good. Lot of good thrillers coming out this year.

California has been in a state of emergency for 2 weeks because the temperature dropped below 50 degrees Fahrenheit!

So that's where it went! You're welcome to it.

I should have written that damn wall instead, since this particular Billy bookcase is not the problem, but a combination of concrete and iron net reinforcement (don't know what they call it in construction Americanese) that has caused the lives of two power drills.

Gotta go with the lighthouse.

I'm leaning towards that myself, but a couple of my friends can't swim, so they're hesitant. They think safaris sound safer.

1/17/2007 05:25:00 PM  
Blogger Count Olaf said...

Anyone still interest in Lost for 2007? Clip#5 over here is intriguing.

And your Lighthouse travel agency says they're no longer accepting reservations for 2007....too late?

1/17/2007 06:45:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Added Danny Boyle's Sunshine after watching the trailer for it.

1/19/2007 02:36:00 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

And your Lighthouse travel agency says they're no longer accepting reservations for 2007....too late?

Hm... maybe. Should be able to find other ones, though, right? Which aren't on the net. That old men who mumble to themselves and squint at you with their one non-glass eye rent out, cackling loudly to themselves once you depart with the rusty key after having paid the ridiculously low sum for one week's rent, to arrive at a crumbling sixty foot tower hovering at the edge of a sharp, lonely cliff surveying dark seas under even darker clouds, lightning in the air and ravens squaks to accompany you as you ascend the ancient brick road littered with graves without names and reach a blinking neon sign saying...

1/19/2007 02:50:00 PM  
Blogger Brian said...

Man, clearly you take better vacations than I do.

1/19/2007 03:08:00 PM  

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