Friday, April 10, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are Trailer


I stopped my list at the end of July the other night.  Where the Wild Things Are doesn't open until October 16th.  But I can't keep this trailer from you.

When I heard last year that Spike Jonze was directing this movie, I was psyched--I felt that of all the filmmakers active today, few if any stood a better chance of bringing this book to life.  If the two or so minute sample below is any indication of the final product--if the movie is anywhere near as beautifully constructed as this trailer--Where the Wild Things Are could wind up being the best movie of 2009.  Mark my words.

[Please don't even consider watching this trailer without going full-screen.  Trust me.]

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Coming Soon(ish)

[05.01 UPDATE: Official Moon trailer linked.
 04.26 UPDATE: Added All the Boys Love Mandy Lane(07.17) and The Cove(07.31).]
I know I've said it before, but I feel compelled to say it again: Savannah, GA's film-exhibition scene is less-than-ideal.  And that's putting it mildly.  You would think that the hometown to one of the biggest (if not the biggest) film schools in the United States could support at least one art-house movie theatre (and probably it can), but no such institution exists as of this writing.

Many of the movies I am most eager to see at any given time only ever see limited releases.  So, once everybody in New York, L.A., and the rest of the major film markets get their fill, the little-films-that-can essentially disappear until the DVD-release months later.  And little old me, well, I'm left in everyone else's dust.

But I shall not be deterred!  Despite the debilitating lack of access, I cannot help but keep my ear to the ground, hunting down the latest and greatest films coming soon to a theatre hours and hours from me!

What am I looking forward to between now and the end of July?  So glad you asked...

Now Playing (in certain places)
  • Hunger (opened 03.20, apparently, but seems to have one of those goofy staggered/incremental release schedules)  This looks terrific.  Can't wait to see it.
  • Forbidden Lie$ (just opened in NY; opens Friday in LA)
  • Gigantic (just opened in NY)  I'm not sold on this one.  But Zooey's in it!  And John Goodman, too!  And Zach Galifianakis plays a homeless guy!  Seriously, who didn't see that one coming?!
  • Lymelife (just opened in NY & NJ)
  • Sugar (just opened in NY & LA) I don't like baseball, but the sport does seem to lend itself pretty well to film.  The NaturalField of Dreams, A League of Their Own(yes, I like A League of Their Own), The Sandlot...the list goes on.  And Sugar may very well be the next movie to make the cut.  From the fine folks who brought us Half Nelson a couple years back.
  • Fighting  Dito Montiel's second film, the first having been A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints.  Here's hoping Channing Tatum's first lead turn measures up to his great supporting role in the aforementioned Saints.
  • The Soloist
  • Tyson  Mike Tyson documentary.  Disgusting though he often is, Tyson is a fascinating character.  Should be interesting.
  • Adoration
  • Next Day Air  I don't expect this to be a good movie.  But Mos Def and Donald Faison are pretty rad.  And it looks funny.  Thus, I wanna see it.
  • Star Trek  I'm not a huge Star Trek guy, but this movie looks great.
  • The Brothers Bloom (Wide Release: 05.29)  Directed by Rian Johnson, who previously made Brick.  Looks a little goofy, but I'll certainly give it a shot.
  • Management  This movie looks pretty dumb.  But c'mon, Steve Zahn's awesome!
  • Away We Go  After watching the trailer one time, I'm really looking forward to this movie.
  • The Hangover  The second of three movies on this list featuring Zach Galifiankis.  Dude's been getting a ton of work!
  • Land of the Lost
  • Moon  Starring Sam Rockwell!  Directed by David Bowie's son!
  • Public Enemies  Definitely a list-topper.  Channing Tatum's in this one too, by the way.  Dude gets more work than Zachy G!
  • Bruno  I'm a little worried that Sacha Baron Cohen might wear out the welcome of Da Ali G Show's characters and comedic style.  I hope he didn't peak too soon.
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • All the Boys Love Mandy Lane  Added this movie for one reason: Jonathan Levine, the man behind The Wackness, directed it.  Horror/slasher movies generally don't do much for me, but The Wackness is so good that I'll give anything Levine made a chance until further notice.
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince  Only music-hating Muggles aren't excited about this.  Easily my most anticipated Summer 09 movie.
  • All Good Things
  • G-Force  Because nothing says instant classic like Will Arnett and Zach Galifianakis commanding a team of rodent special agents.