I’ve been looking over release schedules and other people’s lists of films in 2008, and I’m getting excited. A lot of great directors are releasing new films this year, and a lot of intriguing premises are popping up. It’s anyone’s guess as to how many will live up to the hype (and hopefully the buzz from upcoming film festivals will help sort that out), but at the least, 2008 has the potential to be an interesting year at the movies.
My list is below, including my comments on why the film intrigues me. I’ve rarely mentioned the plot, as the talent attached to the film (director, writer, or cast) is usually what gets me to the theater. Also, you’ll note that this list of films is somewhat devoid of foreign movies, which make up a great portion of my viewing; I’m not sure why it’s so much harder to track those from where I sit!
I’m in no way claiming to have found all the interesting films for this year – so leave the ones you’re anticipating in the comments.
This is possibly just an exercise in viral/strange marketing, but if you’ve seen the trailers, you know what I mean.
Be Kind Rewind
Not everyone loved Michel Gondry’s last film (The Science of Sleep), but this looks like a real winner.
I think I’m mainly interested because the poster is just darn cool. The cast includes Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes.
The trailers make it look exciting, and because Doug Liman is directing (The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith), it should deliver. Also, the kid from Billy Elliot is in it, all grown up, which seems like it might cancel out Hayden Christensen in a good way.
My Blueberry Nights
Director Wong Kar Wai has made some of the most lovely-looking films you can imagine (In the Mood for Love, 2046), and now he’s making a film in English starring Norah Jones and Jude Law.
I am mostly just really interested because of the trailer, which left me wanting to know what happens next.