Monday, February 18, 2008

Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback.

I've been listening to more movie podcasts lately and doing some catching up. A big topic of discussion has been 2008 movie releases. Some are always brought to my attention I didn't know about while others go completely missed. So here are my top 10 Most Obvious Must-Sees (for me). These are really just the blockbuster mega-watt releases; I'll delve into a presumably better, perhaps less-sought-after selection in another post.

In no particular order...

1. Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (May release)

I'm equally excited and terrified. Please, please don't let them fuck it up. I think my fears have been quelled after hearing the 50s sci-fi take they're doing...but Lucas having involvement in the story worries me--though I suppose it shouldn't. Not unless he's going to be responsible for any dialogue, mind you. If anyone hasn't read it, here's the Vanity Fair article.

2. Sex & the City: The Movie (May release)

Can I help you? Leave me alone. I fully admit I can't wait. Even D has seen enough of the series that he'll know what's going on!

3. Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (May release)

I've only seen the first one once but I really enjoyed it. I also never read the series, so I have no idea what's going to happen. I could read them, I suppose, but having done so in the past has never (or seldom, anyway) yielded good results for my opinions on the film!

4. Star Trek (Christmas release)

A vaguely questionable cast (along with a vaguely questionable decision altogether), but whatever. Time will tell. I really do have a feeling this is going to be a major cock-up, but I will not go into it expecting to hate it. At least not until I know more...

5. Quantum of Solace (November release)

I really don't mind the title, despite the shit it's been getting. Though my sister Veloute said it best: "My first thought was, 'Yeah, but what's the American title going to be?'" Regardless, I'll be there with bells on, Casino Royale was fucking awesome. For more plot details, go here.

6. Iron Man (May release)

Not too sure what to expect--it might majorly suck, as these tend to go one way or the other. Obviously I'll watch any Robert Downey, Jr. movie and it won't be a waste of my time, but that doesn't mean he hasn't let me down before...

7. The Dark Knight(July release)

Who doesn't want to see this? Incredible cast (I'll take Maggie Gyllenhaal over Katie Holmes ANY DAY!) and what appears to be a very dark take on the Joker. Loved the original, but I can't say I found Nicholson's Joker an eighth as psychotic as what's going on here.

8. Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince

I looked for a trailer but they were so bad I couldn't tell if they were fanmade or real. Sadly, I think the main one is indeed real, despite looking like it was chopped together from previous films. The fourth film is still the standout, though the movies have yet to deliver even a fraction of the enjoyment I get from the books. But curiosity has always had me at the theatre on opening day.

9. Zach & Miri Make a Porno (2008 release)

This is supposed to come out this year but I also think they're still working on it, so no release date as of yet. It's the newest Kevin Smith film, about two platonic friends who decide to make an adult film to end their financial woes. I don't think it's going for mystery.

10. Wall.E (June release)

I really like the idea of minimal dialogue, Pixar getting back to its roots, blah blah. Count me in.

Jesus. May is going to be a busy month.


Triana said...


Just when I had given up on anythign good every playing at the movie theater again. Woo hoo! Movie date night is back! Well at least a little while.

Ellen Aim said...

I know, I'm excited! I'm actually going to make more of an effort to see movies in the theatre, I think.

Rather than two weeks at Oscar time!

SkylersDad said...

Lots of good looking stuff on your list! Sigh, if only I could find a way to go to movies regularly...

The [Cherry] Ride said...

I'm with you on a lot of these, although some I have not heard of. Especially Dark Knight.

Isn't "Mysteries of Pittsburgh" coming out thie year? I'm looking forward to that one since it is one of my top 5 books of all time (so it is an almost guarantee that they'll fuck it up.)

Ellen Aim said...

Skyler'sD: Meh, you know most of it will probably end up being majorly disappointing!!

[C]Ride: I know nothing of MOP, have to check it out.

Kind of sad, but if you look at these ten, only Zach & Miri can say it is based on anything even vaguely original.

CinemaslaveJoe said...

Star Trek has been moved from Christmas 2008 to May 2009, sadly.


Ellen Aim said...

Fuck's sake. There's one inevitable slap in the face I can put off for another six months...