Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Long-awaited non-music post. Well, not really "long-awaited." More like "Can't you write about anything else? Dork."

So I was perusing the release schedule for "Hollywood" films debuting in the final months of this year, and I must say that, beginning with the release (limited though it was) of Tim Burton's Corpse Bride last week, there is quite a stock of potentially great films coming out in the run-up to the award season. Each week until the end of the year features at least one movie that should be worth watching. A not too brief sampling: the afore-mentioned Corpse Bride; David Cronenberg's A History of Violence with Viggo Mortensen; Capote, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as the whiny-voiced writer; George Clooney's Good Night and Good Luck, which picked up a bunch of awards at the Venice Film Festival and deals with a subject rather close to my heart; Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown; Val Kilmer and Robert Downey Jr. in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, a supposedly wonderful riff on the buddy cop genre; Shopgirl, which might temporarily return Steve Martin from stupid-childrens-comedy hell; Jarhead, Sam Mendes Gulf War dramedy; the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (need I say more); Syriana, from the writer of Traffic and starring George Clooney as a deep-cover CIA operative; Memoirs of a Geisha, a film I wasn't sold on until I saw the stunning art design and cinematography showcased in its trailer; Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain, which garnered unqualified raves at the Toronto Film Fest; The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe (though it could just be a second-rate Lord of the Rings); All the King's Men, a remake of the political thriller with Sean Penn; Steven Spielberg's Munich; and of course, the Peter Jackson remake of King Kong.

Wow. That paragraph has so many italics I fear I may have done irreparable harm to my CTRL and I keys. ;-)


Anonymous doginwater said...

wow. thanks for that. I had no idea that many interesting movies were coming out. It might be premature to give up on the movie industry just yet!

9/20/2005 11:33 a.m.  
Blogger Punk is Dead said...

You're welcome... and considering the advance reviews most of the films have been getting (well, at least those that have been making the rounds at festivals), it appears that most of them might actually live up to their potential.

9/20/2005 11:37 a.m.  
Blogger the man with no name said...

i'm looking forward to 'corpse bride', 'capote', 'good night and good luck', 'shopgirl', 'harry potter and the goblet of fire', 'syriana' and 'munich'.

'kiss kiss bang bang' looks terrible! so does 'king kong'.

9/20/2005 1:38 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am looking forward to Narnia! I really hope they haven't destroyed it on film.

9/20/2005 4:05 p.m.  
Blogger Punk is Dead said...

Oh NatMac... your tastes are so difficult to peg. I thought you loved Val Kilmer!?!

9/21/2005 12:47 a.m.  
Blogger the man with no name said...

dude i love kilmer so much but old kilmer. 80's kilmer. 'real genius'/'top secret' kilmer. he hasn't delivered in quite some time. i still have hope for the future though. he has like 6 films in pre-production right now including a comedy starring 'warwick davis'.

9/22/2005 1:33 a.m.  
Blogger Punk is Dead said...

I love how you put celebrities' names in quotations, as though it were not fully established as to whether they were real people or not.


9/22/2005 10:23 a.m.  
Blogger the man with no name said...

i do it because i'm an idiot.

9/22/2005 4:43 p.m.  

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