Saturday, June 03, 2006

Fighting the Movie Blahs Part II

It's been a long dry spell for good movies. But I'm ever optimistic, and these upcoming movies have got my attention.

Top Picks

  • My Super Ex-Girlfriend - Luke Wilson and Uma Thurman, hilarious preview
  • Lady in the Water - new M. Night Shyamalan
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest - I know that whenever they film parts 2 and 3 simeultaneously, the results are usually terrible (Back to the Future, The Matrix), but I can't wait for this sequel!
  • Heading South--Charlotte Rampling in a new film by Laurent Cantet (Time Out, Human Resources
  • A Scanner Darkly - raves from Cannes for Linklater's PK Dick adaptation (not so much love for his Fast Food Nation adaptation, but there's honor in that failure)
  • Volver - new Almodover: early reviews make it sound much safer and accessible than his previous queer grenade, Bad Education
  • Other Cannes films that the smart critics liked: Babel (new one from Inarritu), Colossal Youth, and Climates (from the director of Distant).
  • Southland Tales - I know it's going to be bad, I believe Donnie Darko was a fluke (because the director's cut ruined it), I don't care if a few people booed it at Cannes, I still want to see it because it sounds bizarre
  • Quinceanera - A Sundance success about a gentrifying L.A. neighborhood
  • Snakes on a Plane - why the hell not?

Wait for the Reviews

  • Twelve and Holding - actually this one's already opened to very mixed reviews, more neg.
  • Time to Leave by Francois Ozon, second in a trilogy about mourning and death, following Under the Sand. Ozon often disappoints, but he's prolific, has great concepts and casts top actors. And look, he's got his own web site.
  • Lower City
  • The Great New Wonderful - the wonderful Maggie Gyllenhaal in a post 9/11 movie
  • Strangers with Candy
  • Road to Guantanamo - another Michael Winterbottom film (the most versatile, prolific, hit-or-miss director in the world?)
  • Wassup Rockers - new Larry Clark
  • Queens - Spanish queer film with some Almodovar alumni
  • Pulse - Kristen Bell continues to follow in Sarah Michelle Gellar's career path, this time into the realm of Japanese Horror remakes
  • House of Sand - new Brazilian film with Fernanda Montenegro
  • Little Miss Sunshine - funny comic premise ft. Toni Colette, Greg Kinnear and Steve Carrell
  • Is It Really So Strange? - documentary on the puzzling trend of Latino fans of Morrissey - Moz in the culture of machismo
  • Odete - Portuguese queer film
  • The King - new Gael Garcia Bernal film
  • House of Adam - clash between gay recluse and religious zealots--is there any way this could be good?
  • The Reaping - new Joel Silver thriller starring Hillary Swank, directed by a 24 vet
  • Invincible - Sports biopic starring Mark Wahlberg, a surprisingly great actor whose looks have probably hurt as well as helped his career
  • 3 Needles - Thom Fitzgerald's (Beefcake, ) has gotten labeled as "too ambitious," but I want to see it--a globe-spanning AIDS drama, it has a killer cast (Sevigny, Oh, Lu, Dukakis, Channing, Asmore) with several performances being singled out for praise - if this one shows up in Chicago, it'll probably be for a couple shows only

Outlook Not So Good

Song: "Starts Off With a Bang" by Mobius Band


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