American Gangster (2007)
*American Gangster. Denzel Washington is Harlem’s top drug kingpin and Russell Crowe is the cop trying to take him down in this 70s period crime drama from director Ridley Scott. I was skeptical at first. The gangster genre seemed a little played out, Crowe’s schtick had worn thin and Scott has been a bit uneven lately. The director’s cut of Kingdom of Heaven was pretty great though and Crowe has redeemed himself with 3:10 to Yuma. I’m officially excited about this one. Trailer
The Martian Child. John Cusack and Amanda Peet take in a pasty looking child who says he’s from Mars…and maybe he is. The cynic in me looks at the trailer and wants to punch someone in the neck. The optimist in me thinks John Cusack is pretty good and that trailers often lie. Then the cynic in me beats the living holy hell out of the optimist in me. Trailer
Bee Movie. Jerry Seinfeld is Barry B. Benson. He’s a bee. Get it? Yeah, and he’s going to sue us for stealing bee’s honey for thousands of years. I can just see the cheesy Pete Hammond pull quote already: “Bee Movie gets an A+!!!!” Trailer
Darfur Now. “A call to action for people everywhere to help stop the catastrophe in Darfur, Sudan.” That about sums this documentary up, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, all across the country, people are still saying “Darfur where?” Website
*Joe Strummer. The Future is Unwritten. Julien Temple documentary about the late Clash frontman. Trailer
*No Country for Old Men. Though I liked them better than most people I know, I don’t consider Intolerable Cruelty or The Ladykillers (2004) to be real Coen Brothers movies. Therefore, this is the first real one in 6 or 7 years. It’s not just my most anticipated movie of 2007. It’s my most anticipated movie in years. What’s it about? What difference does it make? Who’s in it? Who cares? I’m not posting a picture and I’m not even linking to the trailer.
*Southland Tales. Richard Kelly’s much maligned and long delayed ensemble Comedy, Musical, Sci-Fi, Thriller set in the near future finally hits the big screen after a lot of editing and the shooting of hundreds of additional special effects shots. With Dwayne Johnson, Seann William Scott, Sarah Michelle Gellar and others. Trailer
Lions for Lambs. Robert Redford directs Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise and himself in this drama that weaves together the stories of an idealistic professor and an ambitious presidential candidate. The whole thing centers on the war in Afghanistan. Another crumby looking trailer.
Fred Claus. Another obligatory Christmas themed movie that will probably make a ton of money. The title pretty much says it all…gee, wouldn’t that suck having Santa for a brother? It’s got a good cast (Paul Giamatti, Vince Vaughn, Miranda Richardson, Kevin Spacey and Rachel Weisz) but it just looks awful. You know it does. Trailer
I Could Never Be Your Woman. Amy Heckerling writes and directs this romantic comedy that finds Michelle Pfeiffer falling in love with younger man Paul Rudd. So is this going to be the Amy Heckerling who brought us Clueless and directed Fast Times at Ridgemont Highor or is it going to be the Amy Heckerling who brought us Look Who’s Talking, Too? Based on this trailer it’s #2, no pun intended…well maybe a little.
The Life of Reilly. I’m deadly serious when I tell you I want to see this documentary about 1970s game show panelist extraordinaire Charles Nelson Reilly. I’m not shitting you. I do. No, really. Trailer
Love in the Time of Cholera. Break out your Oscar ballots. Oprah has spoken and she says “If you love love, this book is the best love story ever.” It’s the story of author Gabriel García Márquez’s parents and how they waited 50 years to be together. Now it’s a movie so you don’t even have to be able to read to enjoy it. Javier Bardem and Benjamin Bratt star. Mike Newell directs.
Beowulf. The 12 or 13 hundred year old Old English epic poem about the warrior Beowulf comes to life…well if you consider the creepy CGI with the dead eyes to be life. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. Screenplay by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary. With Angelina Jolie, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Winstone and others. Trailer
*Margot at the Wedding. Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) brings us another family tale. This one’s got Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Jack black. Trailer
Redacted. Brian De Palma takes on the Iraq war. Is this going to be like Casualties of War ? Is it uncool for me to admit I didn’t like that movie? At all?
Enchanted. A beautiful princess (Amy Adams) is banished from her happy, musical, animated home and ends up in modern-day Manhattan. I was sharpening my knives to eviscerate this one from day one as it looked like Walt Disney’s legacy was going to be finally and completely Shrekified with a lot of fart jokes and pop culture references. Then I heard the bad news from some sources that’s it’s actually really good. With Thomas Kinkade’s A Christmas Cottage delayed until 2008, what am I supposed to rip apart?
*I’m Not There. Todd Haynes’ biopic about Bob Dylan where the legendary singer/songwriter is played by everyone from Cate Blanchett to a little black kid. Could be brilliant or it could be a train wreck. At the very least I’ll bet it’s interesting. Trailer
Stephen King’s The Mist. Frank Darabont did great things with the Stephen King short story Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption. Can he repeat the magic with another one? There are a lot of ways this one could go sour, but we’ll see. Trailer
Christmas in Wonderland. Swayze! Electra! Christmas!
This Christmas. Lindo! Elba! Christmas!
Seriously. Just stop with the crappy Christmas movies already.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Julien Schnabel directs this true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, the successful French Elle editor-in-chief who has a stroke at age 43. Undaunted by a little thing like total paralysis, he authors a memoir by blinking in code. Me? If I’m so much as reduced to wearing an adult diaper, I want to be put down.
The Savages. Two siblings who don’t get along are forced together when their father begins showing signs of dementia. It’s a comedy drama directed by Tamara Jenkins and I’m only mentioning it because it’s got Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Teeth. When a virgin is sexually assaulted, she discovers her vagina has teeth. I say her vagina has teeth.
Flawless. Michael Caine plays an aging janitor who pulls off a jewel heist in 1960s-era London. Directed by Michael Radford (Il Postino, The Merchant of Venice). You’re still thinking about the vagina with teeth, aren’t you?