As a self-proclaimed movie guru, I am here to tell you which movies you’re not going to want to miss this holiday season and maybe update you on some ones you already missed. I’ll post the links to IMDB and to a trailer on youtube, if I embedded all the trailers if would take up an ungodly amount of space.
Upcoming in 07′ (in chronological order)
Margot At The Wedding – http://imdb.com/title/tt0757361/
I’m excited to see this movie. It is writer/director Noah Baumbach’s follow-up to his Oscar nominated film, The Squid And The Whale. I loved the Squid and the Whale, it’s one of my favorite movies, especially of the last few years. Baumbach has a way with words/storytelling. His characters are extremely engaging and very funny, but the story remains deep and has multiple layers to it. These make for a very interesting film. In Margot At The Wedding, Margot (Nicole Kidman) and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline (Jennifer Jason Leigh) after she announces that she is getting married to less-than-impressive Malcolm (Jack Black). In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed family secrets.
Released (Limited) – November 16th
No Country For Old Men – http://imdb.com/title/tt0477348/
This is the movie I am most anxious to see presently. This is the newest Coen brothers film. The Coen brothers are the masterminds behind, Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou?, and The Big Lebowski. I’ve heard through the grapevine that this film is a bit different than there older films, but it still has a Coen aspect too it. In No Country For Old Men, Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon some dead bodies, a stash of heroin and more than $2 million in cash near the Rio Grande. Javier Bardem, Woody Harrelson, and Tommy Lee Jones star. Bardem’s character is rumored to be the new face of evil, I’m excited to see his performance.
Released – November 21st
The Savages – http://imdb.com/title/tt0775529/
Rookie writer/director Tamara Jenkins managed to snag two of todays most talented actor and put together what looks like a great film. Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman star in this dark comedy. The Savages is about a sister (Linney) and brother (Hoffman) who must face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father. Linney and Hoffman are great, I really look forward to this film.
Released (Limited) – November 28th
Director Jason Reitman (Thank You For Smoking) chose to take on this little number. The trailer gave me a similar feeling that Little Miss Sunshine did. Ellen Page (Hard Candy) and Michael Cera (Superbad) star in this comedy about a young woman (Page) faced with an unplanned pregnancy, who then makes an unusual and bizarre decision regarding her unborn child. The trailer alone made me laugh out loud, I am very excited to see this movie.
Released (Limited) December 5th
There Will Be Blood – http://imdb.com/title/tt0469494/
This is writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s newest contribution to the cinematic world. Anderson, who has both written and directed: Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, and Boogie Nights, has set high standards with his previous works. This movie looks thoroughly well made simply from the preview. The movies stars Daniel Day-Lewis (Gangs of New York) and Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine). There Will Be Blood is a story about family, greed, religion, and oil, centered around a turn-of-the-century Texas prospector (Daniel Day-Lewis) in the early days of the business. Christmas may come a little bit late this year.
Released (Limited) – December 28th
Movies that you may have missed, but shouldn’t have in 07′
Lars And The Real Girl – 5/5
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford – 5/5
3:10 to Yuma – 5/5
Pan’s Labyrinth 5/5
Knocked Up – 5/5
Zodiac – 4.5/5
American Gangster – 4/5
Reign Over Me – 4/5
Check those out if you haven’t.
Movies to look for in 08′
Will be coming soon, I’m compiling a list slowly but surely.