Since we are all into June, and the year is half over, its as good as time as any to peak around the curve at what is coming up the rest of the year in film.
June 12: Moon
Sam Rockwell plays a very lonely engineer, nearing the end of his three year mission at a one-man mining facility on the moon. He can’t wait to get home, and all is fine until he has an unpredictable encounter. Some of the stuff I have been reading about this makes it seems like a particular version of The Twilight Zone, with a bigger budget, and a great actor. It looks to have great potential.
June 19: Dead Snow (German)
If you are looking for something cultural, consider this German film (English subtitles) which was a Sundance Film Festival selection. Take Friday the Thirteenth, mix in a little Evil Dead, and sprinkle on Triumph of the Will. Even if you are not into horror, you need to see this preview.
June 24: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
The only reason I might go take in Michael Bay’s sequel to his disappointing first film about vehicles that are “more than meets the eye”, is that the Constructocons apparently have a scene where they merge to form Devestator. Otherwise, I will respectfully pass.
July 10: Brüno
The man who brought us Borat, now brings to the screen another of his viral characters, Brüno, a gay fashionista. The film appears to follow a similar formula to Borat, which means it will likely be at least pretty funny, though I don’t know how Sasha Baron Cohen could ever capture that lightning in a bottle twice.
July 17: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
I think whatever major union represents British screen actors had better make sure that they skim a healthy percentage to J.K. Rowling for singlehandedly making sure British actors have steady employment for the last 6+ years. Supposedly, things look dark for young Harry and his band of young wizards. I hope they all live (oh wait, there’s is one more book out there somewhere, so I guess they do! … sorry to spoil the ending!)
August 7: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
This film should not work, but it is hard not to give it a chance with the cast. Dennis Quaid is the leader (General Hawk). Ray “Darth Maul” Park is back in black as Snake Eyes. Rachel Nichols ditches the green skin she had in Star Trek, but keeps the trademark red locks to play the crossbow wielding Scarlet. Christopher Eccleston gives up being the good guy, Dr. Who, for playing Destro (sans silver mask), while the appearance of Gordon Jospeh-Levitt as the hissing Cobra Commander has been kept under wraps. My fingers are crossed.
August 14: District 9
South Africa has had plenty of problems from Apartheid to HIV, but this film presents a problem of a different sort … Peter “Lord of the Rings” Jackson produces.
September 4: Pandorum
Two crew members awake on a spaceship with no memory of who they are or what they are supposed to be doing ….. oh yeah, they may not be alone. Dennis Quaid stars.
September 18: Splice
This Canadian offering will apparently not be subtitled, so make sure you know English. Oscar winner Adrian Brody stars as a scientist who creates (through genetic splicing) a human chimaera that rapidly changes into a monster of some kind that must be stopped at all costs …. perhaps the Canadian answer to Species. Vincenczo Natali (who directed the awesome film Cube) directs.
September 25: Whiteout
There’s a killer on the loose at McMurdo Station (that’s in Antarctica), and U.S. Marshal Kate Beckinsale has to catch the killer before the sun goes down. Sounds like 30 Days of Night, without the vampires.
October 16: Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak’s children’s book is a classic among classics, but one has to wonder, even with the breathtaking visuals if this will translate well to the screen. I’m not sure the kiddies will want to see it, but it is hard for someone from my generation not to experience a twinge of nostalgia when you see Max in his monster suit romping or sailing …
October 23: Amelia
Given Hilary Swank’s perchance for winning Oscars while playing strong (dare I say, masculine) women it was inevitable that someone would come up with an Amelia Earhart biopic and get Swank into the cockpit … and here we are. Richard Gere and Ben Obi-Wan MacGregor are in there somewhere.
October 30: The Box
Cameron Diaz and James Marsden star in this Twilight Zone ripoff about a couple who finds a box capable of granting wishes with a tremendous price.
November 6: A Christmas Carol
Utilizing the same animation technology used in The Polar Express, Robert Zemeckis animates Jim Carey as both Scrooge and the Ghosts …. we will see ….
November 6: The Wolf Man
You’ve got the definitive classic werewolf tale starring Benicio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins (and throw in Hugo Weaving to really up the creepiness factor). I saw the trailer before it was removed from YouTube, and it looked tremendous!
December 18: Avatar
A decade after Titanic, Willy Wonka James Cameron returns with an attempt at redemption. The details of this film, in typical Cameron fashion are locked up tight. There are hints of “technology so revolutionary that it will alter the very nature of film” …. normally that’s a load of hooie … but this is James Cameron, and you have to take that with a little bit of possibility that it is the truth. Sam Worthington (who will be playing Perseus in the upcoming remake of Clash of the Titans) stars along with Sigourney Weaver (who once upon a time made a REALLY good film with James Cameron), Zoe “Uhura” Saldana, and Giovanni Ribisi are also on board. We will see, indeed.
I just came across this article in “Total Film” which highlights some information on”Avatar”. It sounds like James Cameron is pulling a Peter Jackson and putting all of his money on one number and spinning the roulette wheel: it is either going to be his masterpiece or a monumental disaster financially.