Tuesday, April 21, 2009

SUMMER MOVIE PREVIEW: August/September...

So, over at /Film, they have decided to put together a few video blogs about this upcoming summer movie season. While I haven't had the luck of gaining video capabilities (no camera over here), I have the time to put together a post in a similar fashion. However, I do want to hear your opinions on these films. These are the 5 films I am most looking forward to, being released this upcoming August and September...

5. The Time Traveler's Wife


Based on the famous novel of the same name, The Time Traveler's Wife is the much troubled adaptation starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams. The plot is interesting, as the film will follow a librarian with a specific gene that allows him to invouluntarily time travel. Instead of simply looking at the effect the time travel has on time itself, like most films, it takes a look at the complications that it brings in the librarians marriage. The interesting concept and star studded cast have this film firmly planted in at number 5.

4. The Boat That Rocked

This is another film that is made by it's monsterous cast. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kenneth Branagh, Rhys Ifrans and the stunning Gemma Arterton, this is the new film from Love Actually director Richard Curtis. It tells the story of 8 DJs who create an illegal pirate radio station in the North Sea during the '60's. It looks very light and airy, and I'm always in for a period comedy with a great cast.

3.Taking Woodstock

Now, this is an interesting film. It tells the backstory of the setup of the historic Woodstock festival, and is a really tough project to get a grip on. About two months ago, the first trailer was released, to less than stellar response, especially from yours truly. It is the new film from Brokeback Mountain director Ang Lee, and stars Demetri Martin. The trailer premiered on Martin's show, Important Things, and isn't one that I'm to excited about. It's a mixed bag of comedy, and while I LOVE Lee and his minimilast style of drama/comedy, it just didn't seem to hit on all the points. That said, it was only one trailer, and with a film maker like Lee, I have to give him the benefit of the doubt.

2. 9

This is the only September release on this list. Produced by Timur Bekmambatov (director of Wanted) and Tim Burton, this is the new film from first time feature director Shane Acker. It is a remake/rehash/adaptation/redo of his short, of the same name, telling the story of a post apocalyptic future where all of humanity is threatened. While the story is pretty standard fare in the general term, it is the characters and the style of animation that has me interested. Featuring a star studded cast with Elijah Wood and Jennifer Connelly, it feautres 9 dolls who go out into the world to save the world from complete destruction. THAT is what makes this film my number two.

1. Inglorious Basterds

Really, this is a no brainer. Tarantino's long awaited WWII epic not only features a really interesting cast and crew, but is one of the best scripts I've read in the last few years. Here is why this film is number 1, in simple math.

Cool of Resivior Dogs + Violence of Kill Bill + Tarantino's Style + WWII + Really Interesting Cast + BRILLIANT script = Why Inglorious Basterds will blow us all away come August.

What are YOU looking forward to?

Go see something good!

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