Saturday, November 22, 2008

End of the Year

2008. Another year, another year of cinema. And since most of us loony critics parse our calenders by film release patterns and movie seasons, all of us know that the "holidays" aren't about Christmas or Thanksgiving or New Year's. No, they're about more important things like pouncing on the Oscar bait as soon as possible, gossiping about FYC ads, and thinking about what our top tens will look like come January. And of course, the year doesn't really end until those statuettes are handed out and everyone can let out a collective sigh and get back to their lives.

At least, that's just me.

Now, I may not be as active on here as I once was, but I still do get excited about the movies around this time of year. I still have oodles of films to see, and that's why I want to share my list of the most anticipated, as well as the titles I'm apprehensive about, and the ones I'm outright dreading.

(i.e. I'm going because...)
1. Milk - Two words: Van Sant.
2. The Wrestler - Aronofsky intriguing, maturing.
3. Il y a long temps que je t'aime - High brow angst.
4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - Fincher's opus.
5. Synecdoche, New York - Kaufman. After The Savages, PSH = a favourite.
6. Waltz with Bashir - The Persepolis of the year?
7. The Reader - Love the book; high expectations.
8. Doubt - I'm going to watch Ms. Davis; Streep a happy side attraction.
9. The Class - Dangerous territory, but I'm hopeful. Plus, as a teacher...
10. A Christmas Tale - Desplechin; interested to see his next.

Revolutionary Road - I'm going for Shannon.
Australia - Kidman = robot; Jackman = porn.
Valkyrie - Does anyone even know what to think about this project anymore?
Quantum of Solace - Was on-board until the deadly word-of-mouth.
Yes Man - Carrey doing comedy, but Peyton Reed! And that supporting cast!

Gran Torino - See Clint glower and snarl and grrrr.
Frost/Nixon - Garish aesthetic; Langella loud.
Defiance - Zwick makes me sick.
The Day the Earth Stood Still - You lost me at "Keanu Reeves plays an alien..."

Marley & Me - No, not me.
Four Christmases - One is plenty, thanks.
Seven Pounds - See Smith suffer with dignity part 2

The Four Meme

It's something, however small. And these are always fun to fill out! Remember how these were all the rage in the blogging world a couple of years ago?

Four jobs you've had in your life: video store clerk, research assistant, CSR at clothing store and Academic English teacher (at present)

Four movies you could watch over and over again: That modern-day Pride and Prejudice reworking, this moony Shakespeare adaptation, a film about three witches causing trouble in Salem, and probably the ultimate comfort-food-as-film: Little Women

Four places you've lived: Toronto (and its many suburbs), Dubai, Minneapolis, and Houston

Four TV shows you love to watch: I don't have cable, so I'm kinda out of the loop lately, but I'm always spinning the DVDs of Slings & Arrows, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Arrested Development, and (of course) The Simpsons

Four places you've been on vacation: Dar-es-Salaam, New York City, Stratford, Muscat

Four websites you visit daily: Facebook, In Contention, IMDb, and (cheating here, I know!) my blog list (Nathaniel, Nick, JA, Glenn, dl, etc)

Four of your favourite foods: Dosa, Falafel (or even a hummus/pita approximation), dhal and brown rice, and injera

Four places you'd rather be right now
1. NYC visiting my sister, my brother-in-law and my brand-new baby niece Ava!
2. At the gym, training for the marathon I'm supposedly running in the spring
3. At the movie theatre, watching Il y a longtemps que je t'aime, Synecdoche New York or Milk
4. Finished my graduate school application (which I should be working on RIGHT NOW.)

Four bloggers you're tagging (not sure if you've done this one already, but if not...): Glenn, dl, David and Sultana