Saturday 3 January 2009

Films for the early months of 2009

I've already started a movie project for the next couple of weeks: see the films that I missed last year, like the wonderful "Wendy and Lucy" that did so well at last year's Vienna Film Festival (I didn't even try to get tickets for that one, there was so much positive coverage in advance it sold out very quickly). The same applies to the Swedish horror vampire film "Låt den rätte komma in" - somehow, Holiday season always leaves me with an urge to watch horror movies (I started with "The Exorcism of Emily Rose") and this one seems to be really good. I might also try and get a look at some of the highly recommended Spanish horror flicks [rec] and "El Orfanato" (both originally released in 2007).

Låt den rätte komma in

More movies I missed this year: "W", "Zack and Miri Make a Porno", "Battle in Seattle", "My Winnipeg", "Ballast", "Synecdoche, New York", "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist"

I enjoy Gus Van Sant most when he makes small movies with an unknown cast ("Elephant", "Paranoid Park") but I'm pretty sure that "Milk" is a fantastic movie. It comes out in Germany on February 19th.

NY Times Review
PopMatters Review


David Fincher's new movie "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is also something I look forward too: Fincher occasionally amazes me ("Seven", "Fight Club"), but now and then also kinda bores me ("Panic Room", "Zodiac" which I didn't enjoy at all, although I know it got rave reviews). I'm willing to give this one every chance to convince me, after all, the cast is amazing (Brad Pitt, Julia Ormond, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton).

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

also in a little wider time span: "Inglourious Basterds" by Quentin Tarantino, slowly assembling a stunning mix of actors (with Daniel Brühl and Til Schweiger acting alongside "The Office's" BJ Novak and Brad Pitt) and the next sadly postponed Harry Potter movie, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", set to open on July 16. Also possibly "Funny People", the next movie actually directed by Judd Apatow, featuring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Eric Bana, Jonah Hill and Jason Schwartzman, but then, Apatow goes wrong as often as he goes right, so we'll see. According to the ever-so-useful imdb, Ellen Page's next project "Whip It!" is already in post-production but there seems to be no release-date yet: It's directed by Drew Barrymore and features, apart from herself and Page, Juliette Lewis (yay), Marcia Gay Harden and Alia Shawkat (from "Arrested Development"). In addition, one of my favourite directors, Claire Denis ("Nenette & Boni", "Beau Travail"), seems to be finishing production on a movie called "White Material", featuring Isabelle Huppert and Christopher Lambert.

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