Well, it’s been a good year at the movies so far. There are only a few films that I’m interested in seeing this Summer (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Pineapple Express, and Tropic Thunder)
My Top 5 for 2008 So Far:
1. The Dark Knight
3. American Teen
4. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
5. Iron Man
That said, I’m really looking forward to Oscar season this year. I have a feeling that the Academy Awards are going to be insane with competition. Last year was good, but this will probably be better. This afternoon I hunted down the upcoming films for the rest of the year.
My Top 11 Must-Sees:
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Directed By: David Fincher
Starring: Brad Pitt / Cate Blanchett / Tilda Swinton
Zodiac was royally shafted at the Academy Awards this year. I thought it should have been nominated for picture, adapted screenplay, supporting actor (Robert Downey Jr) and visual effects. It probably wouldn’t have won any, but it should have had some recognition.
That said, I think Benjamin Button is going to get Fincher back in the game.
Burn After Reading
Directed By: Ethan Coen / Joel Coen
Starring: Brad Pitt / George Clooney / John Malkovich / Tilda Swinton / Frances McDormand
After the amazing No Country for Old Men last year, it looks like the Coens are back in action with a dark screwball comedy (their forte) with a great ensemble cast. It will be nice to see Frances McDormand in a Coen film again.
Directed By: Sam Mendes
Starring: Leondardo DiCaprio / Kate Winslet / Kathy Bates
Looks like a Titanic cast reunion. Add in the director of American Beauty and Road to Perdition and you have an awesome combination.
Directed By: Joe Wright
Starring: Robert Downey Jr. / Jamie Foxx / Catharine Keener
Robert Downey Jr. has been in an insane number of films the last few years. That’s all.
Directed By: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Hugh Jackman / Nicole Kidman / David Wenham
Quite simply, this looks epic, and I do not want to miss seeing it on the silver screen. It may end up being the next Lawrence of Arabia for all we know. And you can’t go wrong with Hugh Jacman.
Directed By: Ed Harris
Starring: Viggo Mortensen / Renée Zellweger / Jeremy Irons / Ed Harris
As long as it’s better than Hidalgo. Solid cast, and the amazing Ed Harris.
Directed By: Neil LaBute
Starring: Patrick Wilson / Kerry Washington / Samuel L. Jackson
What can I say? The preview sold me. This looks to be quite the tense film.
Body of Lies
Directed By: Ridley Scott
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio / Russell Crowe
Since 2002, DiCaprio hasn’t disappionted me once as an actor. He just keeps plugging away. With 8 films in the next two years, he’s going to be a busy man. And to top it off, the preview reminded me a little bit of Michael Mann’s Heat, which is never a bad thing.
Directed By: John Patrick Shanley
Starring: Meryl Streep / Philip Seymour Hoffman / Amy Adams
I’ve heard really good things about the Shanley’s play, which this is based on. And what a great cast.
Directed By: Stephen Daldry
Starring: Kate Winslet / Ralph Fiennes
Directed By: Edward Zwick
Starring: Daniel Craig / Liev Schreiber / Jamie Bell
You can’t go wrong with Edward Zwick.
What films are you looking forward to the most?
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