So many upcoming films...oh my!

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  1. Vickie_M

    Vickie_M Producer

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    I wrote this for a mailing list I'm on, and decided to share it here. It's not comprehensive, but it's a pretty good list of what's coming up (minus the release dates, because someone was just asking if there were any good movies being released and I just wanted to provide titles). I'm leaving in my comments, because I'm lazy. I got most of my information from
    The Two Towers is my #1 MUST SEE
    These are all my other MUST SEEs for the rest of the year. Some of these might/will not open wide until early 2003:
    - 8 Mile (dir. Curtis "LA Confidential" Hanson; Eminem. Gotta see it)
    - 25th Hour, The (dir. Spike Lee; killer cast starting with Edward Norton)
    - About Schmidt (dir. Alexander "Election" Payne; Jack Nicholson, Hope Davis)
    - Adaptation (dir. Spike "Being John Malkovich" Jonze, writer Charlie "ditto" Kaufman; Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep)
    - All or Nothing (dir. Mike "Topsy Turvy" Leigh; I'll see anything he does)
    - Ararat (dir. Atom "The Sweet Hereafter" Egoyan; ditto)
    - Auto Focus (dir. Paul Schrader; biopic with Greg Kinnear as Bob Crane)
    - Below (dir. David "Pitch Black" Twohy, writer Darren "Requiem For A Dream" Aronofsky )
    - Bloody Sunday (about Sunday, January 30th, 1972 in Northern Ireland)
    - Bowling for Columbine (Michael "Roger & Me" Moore's new one)
    - Catch Me If You Can (dir. Spielberg; Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio)
    - Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (dir. George Clooney, writer Charlie Kaufman)
    - Crazy as Hell (dir. Eriq La Salle. Sounds warped. I like warped)
    - Decade Under the Influence, A (dir. Ted Demme (RIP); doc about 70's filmmaking)
    - Equilibrium (stars Christian Bale, Emily Watson, Sean Bean. Grim futuristic thriller)
    - Far From Heaven (dir. Todd "Velvet Goldmine" Haynes; Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid)
    - Frida (dir. Julie "Titus" Taymor; Salma Hayek, about the artist Frida Kahlo)
    - Gangs of New York (dir. Martin Scorcese; Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis)
    - Grey Zone, The (dir. Tim Blake Nelson; Harvey Keitel, concentration camp film)
    - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (oh why not)
    - Hours, The (dir. Stephen "Billy Elliot" Daldry; Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore)
    - Heaven (dir. Tom "Run Lola Run" Tykwer, writers Krzysztofs, Kieslowski and Piesiewicz, Cate Blanchett)
    - Igby Goes Down (Kieran Culkin)
    - Life of David Gale, The (dir. Alan "Birdy" Parker; Kevin Spacey, Laura Linney, Kate Winslet)
    - Magdalene Sisters, The (dir. Peter "My Name Is Joe" Mullan)
    - Moonlight Mile (Dustin Hoffman, Susan Sarandon, Jake Gyllenhaal - can't pass up)
    - Naqoyqatsi (another one of those "quatsi" movies)
    - Personal Velocity (Fairuza Balk, Parker Posey, Kyra Sedgwick. getting raves at festivals)
    - Pianist, The (dir. Roman Polanski; Adrien Brody. won Palme d'Or, 2002 Cannes)
    - Punch-Drunk Love (dir. PT Anderson; Emily Watson, some dork)
    - Pinocchio (dir. Roberto Benigni; don't laugh, I think this will be wonderful!)
    - Rabbit-Proof Fence (dir. Phillip "Dead Calm" Noyce; Aborigine youth tragedy, score by Peter Gabriel)
    - Red Dragon (prequel to Silence of the Lambs)
    - Ring, The (remake, schemake, who cares, I want to see it)
    - Roger Dodger (tiny film that's gotten great reviews at Venice Film Festival)
    - Safe Conduct (dir. Bertrand Tavernier. about WWII French filmmakers)
    - Solaris (dir. Steven Soderbergh; George Clooney)
    - Spider - (dir. David Cronenberg, Ralph Fiennes, Gabriel Byrne, Lynn Redgrave, Miranda Richardson)
    - Talk to Her (dir. Pedro Almodóvar; Ebert says it's his best yet)
    - Truth About Charlie, The (dir. Jonathan Demme; Mark Wahlberg, Thandie Newton, remake of Charade)
    - Veronica Guerin (story of the murdered reporter, starring Cate Blanchett)
    - Welcome to Collinwood (Willian H. Macy, Sam Rockwell, George Clooney comedy)
    I will be EXTREMELY depressed if I can't see all of those.
    These look promising, and on the surface I want to see them all, but I have to learn more about them, read more, see reviews.
    - Abandon (I had no interest until I heard that Zooey Deschanel and Melanie Lynskey were in it)
    - Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony (documentary about South African music during aparthied)
    - Banger Sisters, The (cringe, I know, but Sarandon and Hawn? Gotta see it, if only in matinee)
    - Barbershop (just sounds good to me)
    - Between Strangers (dir. Edoardo Ponti; directs his mom Sophia Loren, Mira Sorvino)
    - Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary (documentary about, well, Hitler's secretary)
    - Blue Car (just sounds interesting)
    - Chicago (just because)
    - Children of the Century (dir. Diane "Entre Nous" Kurys; Juliette Binoche as George Sand!)
    - Core, The (um, er, I'm a sucker for Aaron Eckhart)
    - Crime of Father Amaro, The (stars Gael Garcia Bernal of Y Tu Mama Tambien)
    - Das Experiment (fascinating premise, partially filmed in Wuppertal!)
    - Die Another Day (just because)
    - Down and Out with the Dolls (comedic story of the rise and fall of an all-girl indie rock band in Portland)
    - Emperor's Club, The (Kevin Kline, could be good)
    - Evelyn (dir. Bruce Beresford; Pierce Brosnan, John Lynch, Aidan Quinn AND Stephen Rea? Wow!)
    - Femme Fatale (film noir by Brian De Palma)
    - Formula 51 (dir. Ronny Yu; Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Carlyle)
    - Four Feathers, The (dir. Shekhar Kapur. I loved Elizabeth)
    - Friends and Family (comedy about gay hitmen)
    - Ghost Ship (title says it all)
    - God is Great, I'm Not (newest one with Audrey Tautou)
    - In Praise of Love (dir. Jean-Luc Godard)
    - Interstate 60 (cool cast, inc. James Marsden, Gary Oldman, Ann-Margaret !!)
    - Just a Kiss (dir. Fisher Stevens; Marisa Tomei)
    - Love in the Time of Money (Steve Buscemi, Rosario Dawson)
    - Love Liza (Philip Seymour Hoffman as a bereft widower)
    - Max (John Cusack, Noah Taylor, Leelee Sobieski. Noah Taylor as Hitler!)
    - Maid In Manhattan (dir. Wayne "Joy Luck Club" Wang; Jennifer Lopez. Oh shut up, I like her)
    - Man from Elysian Fields, The (Andy Garcia as a writer moonlighting as a male escort)
    - Mesmerist, The (Edger Allen Poe story set in modern LA)
    - No News from God (stars Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz. sounds warped. I like warped)
    - Phone Booth (dir. Joel Schumacher; Colin Ferrell. They made a great team in Tigerland)
    - Pipe Dreams (plumber tries to change his image with women)
    - Pinochet Case, The (doc about, well, Pinochet)
    - Rising Place, The (I heard some buzz about this intimate indie set in the 1940's)
    - Rules of Attraction, The (dir. Roger "Killing Zoe" Avary; based on Bret Easton Ellis novel)
    - Russian Ark (I have no idea, but someone said it was beautiful)
    - Skins (dir. Chris "Smoke Signals" Eyre; Graham Greene)
    - Secretary (sounds warped. I like warped)
    - Shanghai Ghetto (doc about Holocaust survivors sneaking into China)
    - Slap Her, She's French (the previews are funny, maybe the movie is too)
    - Spirited Away (we'll see. I hate the dubbed into English thing)
    - Standing in the Shadows of Motown (documentary about Motown's Funk Brothers)
    - Star Trek: Nemesis (I'm not into Star Trek, but this could be good for non-Trekkers)
    - Sweet Home Alabama (dir. Andy Tennant; Reese Witherspoon, but I'd see it for Melanie Lynskey)
    - Transporter, The (dir. Corey Yuen, writer Luc Besson; courier gets into trouble)
    - Trapped (I don't know, but I like Kevin Bacon and Courtney Love)
    - Two Weeks Notice (Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant? C'mon, you know they're cute)
    - Weight of Water, The (dir. Kathryn Bigelow; Sean Penn)
    - White Oleander (nice cast, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Patrick Fugit, Robin Wright Penn, Renee Zellweger)
    - Young Unknowns, The (tiny indie, but was compared to Hurlyburly)
    I'm sure there are more that I don't know about or forgot to add. I'm also sure that I won't see a fraction of these films due to lack of money.
  2. Matt Giggey

    Matt Giggey Stunt Coordinator

    Sep 2, 2001
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    These are the only ones I'm really looking forward to, but I'll end up seeing a few others after viewing trailers and/or reading reviews.

    - 25th Hour, The
    - Adaptation
    - Ararat
    - Auto Focus
    - Bowling for Columbine
    - Catch Me If You Can
    - Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
    - Far From Heaven
    - Femme Fatale
    - Frida
    - Gangs of New York
    - Grey Zone, The
    - Heaven
    - In Praise of Love
    - Pianist, The
    - Punch-Drunk Love
    - Solaris
    - Spider
    - Spirited Away
    - The Two Towers
  3. Vickie_M

    Vickie_M Producer

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    Bruce Hedtke Cinematographer

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  5. Adam_S

    Adam_S Producer

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    Spirited Away isn't anime, it's Miyazaki
    i don't really care for anime either.
    If only I could see half of the films coming out I'd be happy, but I'll probably end up with much less. these are the ones I REALLY want to see, and the ones in bold are the ones I"ll probaly get to see
    8 Mile
    About Schmidt
    Catch Me If You Can
    Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
    Die Another Day
    Eight Crazy Nights
    Four Feathers, The
    Gangs of New York
    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    I Spy
    Igby Goes Down
    Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie
    Knockaround Guys
    Punch-Drunk Love
    Rules of Attraction, The
    Red Dragon
    Ring, The
    Shanghai Knights
    Spirited Away
    Star Trek: Nemesis
    Sweet Home Alabama
    Transporter, The
    Treasure Planet
    Tuck Everlasting
    White Oleander
  6. Steve Christou

    Steve Christou Long Member

    Apr 25, 2000
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    Steve Christou
    Nice list Vickie, but to be blunt there are only 3 films there I know I'll see in the cinema, the rest I'm indifferent about, a few rentals there.
    The Two Towers is number one on my very short list of films to see in the next few months.
    Bond 20 and Star Trek 10 are close behind.
    Gangs of New York is a maybe, I know some of you can't wait to see it, but I'll probably just wait for the DVD, unless my girl Sandra drags my lazy ass to see it.
    I'm not a big fan of DiCaprio or Tom Hanks so the Spielberg film doesn't interest me much either.
  7. Tom-G

    Tom-G Screenwriter

    Mar 31, 2000
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    That's quite a list! There are a few that are must-sees for me such as Gangs of New York, Die Another Day, Star Trek: Nemesis and Punch Drunk Love.
    Red Dragon is another must-see. Edward Norton, Emily Watson and Ralph Fiennes alone are enough to get me to go, but I'm hoping that this Lecter movie will return to the psychological terror rather than the freak show that was Ridley Scott's Hannibal.
  8. Tom-G

    Tom-G Screenwriter

    Mar 31, 2000
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    Also, I don't know how anyone else feels, but I'm apprehensive, but somewhat intrigued by the remake of Solaris.
    The orginal was a terrific film, but I see no reason for it to be remade despite how much I appreciate Soderbergh's work. I just hope that Soderbergh retains the metaphysical theme of the orginal.
  9. Marc Colella

    Marc Colella Cinematographer

    Jun 19, 1999
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    Punch-Drunk Love is my most anticipated film of the year.
    I got in line an hour before the boxoffice opened for a chance of getting tickets to the Toronto Film Festival screening of Punch-Drunk Love.
    Unfortunately it sold out very early, and being there 2 hours earlier probably wouldn't have helped either.
    Now I'm waiting for October 18th, which seems like years away.
  10. Vickie_M

    Vickie_M Producer

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