When I look over the next few months, I see a vast wastand of stupid comedies, non-scary horror movies, dramas and boring: the studios know that this is a fallow time, with the return of children in school and adults who nest in the winter cold, and, as usual, they are saving the good things for later in the year. But there are, surprisingly, quite a few films scheduled for January, February and March that look like they could be good, and that could help me keep my sanity until the likes of Indiana Jones 4 and the new Batman film is released.
Films I look forward to myself, please:
Cloverfield (opens January 18): I love a good disaster film, and we New Yorkers still get a chill out bizarre to see our city wreck the film (but only on the film).
Rambo (opens January 25): Stallone the latest incursion by revisiting its past, with Rocky Balboa, is so well good that gives me hope for this unexpected times (he wrote and directed two films).
Jumper (opens February 14): Although Hayden Christensen keeps trying to prove me wrong when I defend her acting skills, SF this action flick is directed by Doug Liman – who kicked ass with film . & Mrs. Smith and The Bourne Identity .
10,000 BC (opens March 7): Because it represents, like the mammoths and sabertooth tigers and other animals cool glaciation.
Movies with a British provenance, and I am nothing if not an Anglophile:
The Other Boleyn Girl (opens February 29): The script is by Peter Morgan (The Queen), and there are people like delicious Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Eric Bana in period costume. Yum.
Inkheart (opening March 21): It is a fantasy about books, books and bring to life, and I am as big a book nerd that I am a nerd movie (and more stars Brendan Fraser and Andy Serkis).
Run, Fat Boy, Run (opens March 28): Even though it's a fairly standard romantic comedy (I saw him last fall, when he was originally scheduled to open), it stars one of my boyfriends, Simon Pegg, and it was just adorable.
Films on oddballs, which are always fun:
Charlie Bartlett (opening Feb. 22): I saw one last year, before its release was postponed, and it has major future star Anton Yelchin as a millennium Ferris Bueller.
Penelope (opens Feb. 29): Yet another film pushed back from the summer, when it would have gotten lost, and because it is about a pig-faced girl (Christina Ricci) who gets wooed by James McAvoy, that even Non-pig -faced girls Etc.
Movies that might have a chance to be among the best in all of 2008:
Be Kind Rewind (opening Jan. 25): Writer-director Michel Gondry (The Science of Sleep, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) still makes wonderfully challenging films, and that has a Blackjack and Mos Def remake of classic films, and that Or must do is
Pride & Glory (opening March 14): With Edward Norton and Colin Farrell, bringing intensity to a story of corruption in the NYPD, via a script by Joe Carnahan, who made the brilliant and misunderstood Narc (I am ready to forgive Awful Smokin ' Aces), it could have this year, The Departed.
Stop Loss (opening March 28): Boys Do not Cry filmmaker Kimberly Peirce turns his unique eye on the mess that is the American army in Iraq, and she got Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Timothy Olyphant followed suit, and they're two of the best players working today.