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.

SIGN ME UP
(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.

I LIKED YOU UNTIL I SAW YOUR TRAILER
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!

DRAGGED KICKING AND SCREAMING
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..."

YOU WILL HAVE TO PROP UP MY CORPSE
Marley & Me - No, not me.
Four Christmases - One is plenty, thanks.
Seven Pounds - See Smith suffer with dignity part 2

3 comments:

Jonathan Mendelsohn said...

Rourke, The Reader, Fincher, yes, yes, yes.
Streep? Not so much. Even as a side attraction, other than The Prada movie ... I find her performances so affected, annoying. Am I wrong?

Emma said...

Il y a long temps que je t'aime is a good movie. Not amazing, but as good as can be on the used premise it runs by (the sis has a troubled secret), and Kristen Scott Thomas is dazzling.

Navi said...

GIVE FROST/NIXON A CHANCE DAMNIT!