Saturday, September 20, 2008

End Of The Year Movie Preview

The summer movie season has quietly passed. There was one great film released (The Dark Knight), a few good enough movies (Iron Man was one), and then there was a pile of mostly forgettable movies (I can't believe I paid to see Hancock).

So far, the fall movie season has not made much of an impression. Recent releases include The Women, Lakeview Terrace, and My Best Friend's Girl - anyone who chooses to watch these three movies should have to submit to a drug test.

Unfortunately the months to come don't seem to have anything truly great to offer to moviegoers. Here is a look at a few films that have a chance of being watchable:


Synecdoche, New York - October 24

Charlie Kaufman is the writer behind some of the most inventive films of the past decade (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). Synecdoche is his first time as both writer and director. From what I've read about this film, it deals with the basic themes of life and death, but in a mind-bending way that is uniquely Kaufmanesque.

Other October Films:

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People - October 3
Rachel Getting Married - October 3
Body of Lies - October 10
Changeling - October 24


Quantum of Solace - November 14

Daniel Craig returns as James Bond and he is out for revenge. Replacing Martin Campbell as director is Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Stranger Than Fiction). Hopefully Forster doesn't change the formula too much, as Casino Royale pumped new blood into the Bond franchise.

Other November Films:

Role Models - November 7
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas - November 7
The Soloist - November 21
The Road - November 26


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - December 25

This is an adaptation of a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. From the trailer, it looks like the film will focus more on the dramatic aspects of the story and less on the comical elements. Curious Case is directed by David Fincher, who is coming off of one of the most under-appreciated films from 2007, Zodiac.

Other December Films:

Crossing Over - December 3
Frost/Nixon - December 5
The Day the Earth Stood Still - December 12
Defiance - December 12

1 comment:

Mom said...

When do you have time to do all this?!!!