End of the Year Blowout!
So with Hollywood hording all of the quality dramas until the end of the year, what films seem like they are going to be the best? Click on the name of the film to see the trailer.
1. Doubt: Right now I'd put my money on this one running away with the Oscars. Multiple acting Oscars and adapted screenplay although I think they'll give Best Director to someone more Hollywood.
2. Milk: The political climate should help this film get some buzz and I wouldn't be surprised if Sean Penn got an Oscar night podium to deliver a message to the nation while winning another Best Actor.
3. The Brothers Bloom: I doubt this will get any Oscar nominations but I loved the trailer and am eagerly awaiting this caper/con flick.
4. The Wrestler: I'm interested in seeing Mickey Rourke's comeback performance and am hoping that Aronofsky has given himself a somewhat "normal" script to work with. I have to admit, I've still yet to get through The Fountain.
5. Four Christmases: I actually don't even have high expectations for this film. I just know that some time over the month of December, I'll want a light, escapist film to go see and this seems like the best bet.
6. Che: I'm intrigued but it work of mouth and reviews aren't good, it could easily be pushed aside. While I know I miss out on a lot of quality foreign films because I think this way, I can't get past the fact that one of the reasons that I go to the movies is because I don't feel like sitting down and reading. If I'm not in the mood for a book, I'm not going to be in the mood for reading in a darkened theater. It's an unfortunate way of thinking, I know, but I also think it's the way a lot of people think.
7. Valkyrie: A lot of bad buzz but it's Singer/Mcquarrie of Usual Suspects fame. The latest trailer was good enough to get me on the bandwagon.
8. Revolutionary Road: Leo, Winslet, Sam Mendes. I'm a fan of all three so I'll be ready to give this one a look. Sam Mendes could snag Best Director if this one lives up to its pedigree.
The question marks: Seven Pounds, Yes Man, Frost Nixon, The Day the Earth Stood Still
As for the others: Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Australia seem like sprawling epic romances that really have little going on to reel me in. Australia's running time is also daunting. Even if they get great reviews, I might not break down and see them. I have zero interest in Gran Torino and will also go so far to say that I'm not a Clint Eastwood fan. I liked a lot of his early stuff (and think A Perfect World is highly underrated) but I could do without most of his latest ventures, save for Mystic River. Marley and Me? Well, they got one out of two right. The Spirit looks awful. I'll probably let The Reader slip to the Netflix queue and that's about it.