Sunday, 13 January 2008


Sorry that my blog has been very intermittent but all that's about to change.

2008 is a new year and I will put more articles up, maybe a few small reviews, charts etc.

The way way to start bulking up my blog is a quick look at the upcoming movies that I'm wanting to see as it's the beginning of the year. Without further ado lets have a look at some of the movies that I can't wait to see this year!*

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull:

After years in development hell, Lucas and Spielberg are now in post production of their forth installment of the Indiana saga and I can't wait to see what the cast and crew come up with.

Ford is once again donning the Fedora, Karen Allen is coming back as Indy's old flame, and the filmmakers have decided to go back to basics with the action. No CGI here folks, only stunt men half killing themselves for our entertainment.

The addition of Shia LaBeouf and Cate Blanchett in the cast are also much welcomed in Camp Byron. Blanchett is a strong actress who deserves to be in a fun movie (Hot Fuzz cameo excluded) after spending her time in some heavy affair. LaBeouf was the best thing about Transformers and has shown at a young age he has more than enough charm and comic timing to keep up with such a huge project.

Hopefully Ford's age won't be a problem and David Koepp's script is more Raiders of the Lost Ark than Death Becomes Her.


I am a big fan of Doug Limans films, even Mr and Mrs Smith, so I'm quite intrigued on how this film will turn out. Now is the time for Hayden Christensen to show that he can actually carry a movie well (sorry haven't seen Shattered Glass yet). The cast is an interesting mix that could work and Samuel L Jackson might not phone in a performance this time.
Liman is a director who has not only made successful films but made them with a bit of talent also. It's hard to believe this guy made the cult comedy Swingers before starting off the intensely popular Bourne franchise. He has a great ability to adapt to whatever material with ease and with David S Goyer (Batman Begins) and Jim Uhls (Fight Club) helming the script this could be a fun two hours.

No Country For Old Men

It's the fucking Coens! Need I say more? Yes? Well ok then, it's the Coens with a flick that's doing well in critical praise as well as award nominations. While many look at Quintin Tarantino as a director who makes films only for himself, you only have to pick one or two titles from the Coen filmography to see that Ethan and Joel have always done things THEIR way. This has lead to some dubious recent outings which i won't mention (I will say Alec Guinness may have turned in his grave), however their portfolio is a eclectic mix of great entertainment and this looks like no exception.


While all the subtely of the comics will probably be lost, Wanted still looks like it could be a good laugh. Timur Bekmambetov is an action director I can really get behind. Despite being a director that places style over substance, Bekmambetov can still tell a better story than say I don't know.......Micheal Bay. Bekmambetov has also grabbed himself a cast which not only combines strong character acting (Terrance Stamp, Morgan Freedman) but box office draw as well (Angelina Jolie). The film is also taking a bit of a risk with the lead. James McAvoy is not only making a name for himself in kiddy blockbuster affair (Narnia) but in period drama Oscar Bait (Atonement). It will be interesting to see the actor adapt to something such as this. The trailer has the kind of crazy action which made the Night Watch franchise so watchable and while it will upset every comic nerd from here to Ohio, it could become a cult classic to others who know nothing about it.

Sweeney Todd

I am not the biggest Burton fan, however I'm oddly curious about his next endeavour. I love violent revenge movies, Depp's a great actor and Burton's style is prefect for the material at hand. Sweeney Todd is coming over from America with high praise from the likes of Roger Ebert (like him or not) and has hit the imdb's top 250 films list extremely quickly (most likely Burton fans rating it ten for the sake of it).
The art direction looks top notch (Typical Burton) and supposedly Depp and Bonhiem Carter can sing. One thing that bothers me however is Depp's preformance. Granted I haven't seen the film yet but in watching the trailer, Depp acts like he's Jack Sparrow with a razor. This wouldn't be such a bad thing if I hadn't had grown so tired of the Keith Richards impression after three movies.
Issues aside the film looks delectably, twisted and evil. The film might keep me distanced from any emotional response (I get that a lot with Burton) but the films tale of madness and murder should keep me going for the duration.


I've typed some insane ramblings about this little ditty on my site already but it's worth mentioning again. Matt Reeves film looks like it could be one of the surprises of the year. Cloverfield look like it's going to take a few risks such as unknown actors and a release date during Hollywood down time. However, net hype has kept interest ticking over and unlike crap like Snakes on a Plane, Cloverfield looks like it's more going for it than a ridiculous name.

The Dark Knight

For me Batman Begins was brilliant. It was one of my favorite movies of 2005 and of recent times. To me The Dark Knight looks willing to make Begins look like a piece of shit. I checked out the trailer only recently this week (after a very entertaining marketing campaign) and I went nuts. I know many people are still quite worried about Ledger and what his portrayal of the "clown prince of crime" may be like. However, Heaths "down to earth" Psychopath is so much more creepier than the previous portrayal. In fact this joker is likened more to Nicholson's performance in The Shining than anything else. Fans always worry when actors aren't too familiar with the source material. But seeing Ledger in action during the trailer brings a lot of confront.

The trailer itself, is full of shots which should tantalizes fans, including the very intriguing destruction of the bat signal. This is the film I am waiting for the most this year and I have to wait till fucking July!!!!!!!!

There Will Be Blood

Being the P.T.A whore that I am, I cannot wait for this movie. It's been five long years since Punch Drunk Love and it's about time Mr Anderson came back with some serious cinema. As I write this, the National Society of Film Critics have picked There Will Be Blood with their Best Picture award. Once again rave reviews have been landed upon the director and one of his works. To add to this reviews have described the film as less pompous, something that has followed the director since Magnolia. With this said the trailer gives off an even more epic feel than Anderson's three hour opus.

The cast has Daniel Day Lewis leading from the front and he appears to channelling his Bill the Butcher role from Gangs of New York. Paul Dano is bringing up the rear, also garnering some optimistic approval. Day Lewis put in one of my favorite performances of 2002 in Gangs and it looks like he will be well remembered again with this performance. I have only seen Dano in The Girl Next Door (2004) which while cute wasn't anything too outstanding. In TWBB however, he looks set to expand his acting wings.
Oh and the by Radioheads Johnny Greenwood! So one of my favourite directors is working with one of the musicians from one of my favorite bands. Good times methinks.

Funny Games

Now I don't understand why Micheal Hanke would want to make a shot for shot remake of his disturbing yet brilliant critique on violence. But then it's clearly made for people who don't watch subtitled movies. Fair enough I guess. However those people Hanke may be aiming for might miss the point of Hanke's scathing attack on well....themselves. I loved the original film because it's one of the most provocative and frustrating works I've ever seen. Feel shit after watching it? You should. Despite the director's arrogance at his own audience, the film has made me think twice about some of the violence I watch in films.
The remake? Well it has Tim Roth and Naomi Watts as the unfortunate souls whose idyllic trip to a holiday home ends in pain and murder. While Micheal Pitt (The Dreamers) and Brady Corbet (Mysterious Skin) are the two villains of the piece.
While I've seen the bad side of directors remaking their own films again for the American Market (I'm looking at you George Sluizer). However, with this said If done right, Hanke could garner himself some new fans.

Bond 22

Not the biggest bond fan in the world but Casino Royale was worth watching. The film's success (both critical and box office) might make a certain stupid website look even more ridiculous. Craig may not be the quintessential Bond that many would like to see. However not only he's closer to Flamings model of Bond, but his performance not only had an assured coolness but was more grounded in realism. (thank you Doug Liman and Matt Damon!)
Paul Haggis is once again behind the screenplay which should only be a good thing, the director however is an odd choice. Marc Forster is known for his touchy feely movies (Finding Neverland, Monster's Ball). Never the less the change in direction of the franchise may suit the German director.

* Please note that some of the films have already been released in the U.S. However I going with U.K releases.