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Top Six: Most anticipated movies of 2009

logo222I’m home from school, and, while I can’t do my Top Six movies of 2008 because I have yet to see “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and feel like I’ll really enjoy that flick, I need something to do. That’s pretty much why this blog has been started back up, even after such a long hiatus.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to keep Movie Chutzpah up through next semester, but you never know. But, let’s all just enjoy it while it lasts.

Let’s be honest; 2008 was an incredible year for movies. “The Dark Knight,” “WALL-E,” you name it — there were some amazing movies that hit theaters this year, and I think it showed at the box office. Even with the industry worried about home theaters, netflix and pirating movies taking away from the in-theater sales, “The Dark Knight” made an insane amount of cash, and even smaller flicks like “Mama Mia” did quite well in their runs. So will the studios be able to keep it up with their 2009 lineups?

We’ll see. The lasting effects of the writers’ strike might put a damper on things — especially in the comic book movie genre, which could lose a lot of the steam it picked up with “The Dark Knight” and “Iron Man.” But even so, there’s plenty to be excited about, I promise. Without further ado, here are the six movies I can’t wait to see next year.

6. “Terminator Salvation,” May 22, 2009

title-for-terminator-4-gets-terminated“1984” is my favorite book, “Brazil” is one of my favorite movies and so-on — I love dystopian literature. I always have and a I probably always is. There’s just something very intriguing to me about the different ways government and society could go to absolute shit. And, with the entire human race being beaten in a war versus man-like machines, it doesn’t get any more dystopian and depressing than the Terminator series. I know that, no matter how many of these films McG decides to pop out (he apparently already has plans for a fifth installment after “Salvation”), nothing will ever top “Terminator 2,” but I still enjoyed the third one. “Salvation,” even though Arnold isn’t going to be in it, is exactly what Terminator fans have wanted since the beginning; we’ve heard about the Great War between man and machine for three movies. Now we get to see it. I’m really excited that Christian Bale is playing John Connor, too — I think he’s going to be a really good addition to the franchise. Check out the trailer here:

5. “Monsters vs. Aliens,” March 27, 2009

monster_vs_alienI have yet to see a Disney 3-D movie, but I’ve heard very good things about it — like, the innovations that have been made in this new generation of 3-D movies are good enough to remove the kitsch label from the technology. This will most likely be the first one I see, because it looks amazing. Action, humor and crazy character designs — I really think this has the potential to be one of, if not the, best non-Pixar CGI-based film yet. It looks as if it has a tiny bite of satire, and it definitely doesn’t take itself too seriously, blatantly making fun of the classic genres its borrowing from. I love, love, love b-level 1950s sci-fi movie like “Attack of the 50 foot Woman,” “The Blob” and especially “Plan 9 From Outer Space,” so I’m assuming that a lil’ throwback-parody action in “Monsters vs. Aliens” (it looks as though the 5o-foot woman actually makes an appearance in the flick) will be fantastic. This is going to be a good one.

4. “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” Nov. 6, 2009

9220__wes_lSome people love him; some people think he’s a no-talent assclown who hides under the “indie” label to slip crappy movies into American pop-culture. Wes Anderson is a very polarizing director, and I happen to be in the former category. I adore all of his movies, and “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” which is reportedly using the stop-motion animation that Anderson tinkered with in “Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” is definitely one of the most intriguing endeavors of 2009. Although the settings of his movies are drastically different, I think the core of every one has been the same — dealing with disappointment, family issues and general disfunction. I can’t tell you how excited I am to see Anderson try to work out of his element with this project. “The Fantastic Mr. Fox,” is based on a classic childrens’ novel by Roald Dahl and will a great lineup of voice actors, including George Clooney, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jason Schwartzman and Anjelica Huston. Here’s a clip from “The Life Aquatic” that showcases the stop-motion animation that could be used in “Mr. Fox,” too:

3. “Inglourious Basterds,” June 2009

tarantino-sipaFirst of all, let me say something: I know both “Inglorious” and “Bastards” are spelled wrong in the title — but that’s the way director Quention Tarantino wants it. And at this point, I’m ready to let him do whatever he wants, just as long as this movie finally gets finished. He’s been talking about this project, I believe, since the early 1990s after the completion of “Reservoir Dogs.” No after all the speculation, hype and rumor, we finally know that it’s finally going to get made — with a killer cast that includes Brad Pitt, B.J. Novak (from “The Office”) and Samuel L. Jackson. From what I’ve heard about this flick, including script reviews and such, this could be Tarantino’s coupe de grace, his masterpiece. And that’s with”Pulp Fiction” — one of the best movies of all time — hanging over this project’s head. Maybe I’m getting a little carried away on the hype train, but, I think it’s safe to say that, if there’s this much buzz around a movie this earlier, it’s going to be pretty darn impressive. Here’s a fan-made video of the shooting set of the flick:

2. “Watchmen,” March 6, 2009

watchmenMy first experience with the graphic novel “Watchmen” came as soon as I could find the book after I saw the mysterious trailer linked to “The Dark Knight.” I don’t like comic books, but this was different, and it completely blew me away. Reviews — even ones from cynical comic book fans who have seen bits and pieces of the film — are crazy-good already, headed by a glowing review by indie-film guru and mega-nerd Kevin Smith. Zack Snyder’s movie is one of the only big-name comic book adaptations that will hit theaters next year, but it’s a good one. If done right, and from all accounts it has been, Snyder continue setting the bar higher for comic book movies, a trend that started with “Spider-Man” and has continued through “The Dark Knight.” I don’t want to get my hopes up too high, but I really can’t wait until I can see this — in the IMAX Experience, of course.

1. “Where the Wild Things Are,” Oct. 16, 2009

where_the_wild_things_areflvThis movie just has to freakin’ come out already! Shoots and edits and reshoots and re-edits and test audiences and so on — this movie has gone through a lot, even the release date being pushed back over a year. It seems as though everything is on the right track now, with — apparently and hopefully — the majority of Spike Jonze’s original, darker view in tact. The studio has backed him 100 percent, even after children were scared and adults calling the lead character, Max, “unlikeable” in test screenings. I, for one, desperately want to see Jonze’s version hit the screens; his work on movies like “Adaptation” and “Being John Malkovich” is simply amazing, and bringing that gritty, realistic style to one of the most surreal and famous childrens’ novels of all time … well, I’m just just excited to see it. The video posted below is very, very early test footage — the sound isn’t synced and the kid isn’t actually Max Powers, who will be playing Max — but the angles, lighting, cinematography and general feel of the movie is exactly what I expect. October 16th cannot come soon enough:

December 22, 2008 at 10:08 pm 2 comments

Brad Pitt signed on for Inglorious Bastards

There has been quite a bit of news in the last couple days surrounding Quentin Tarantino’s potential “masterpiece,” the super-mega-anticipated “Inglorious Bastards.” Today, Variety reports that Brad Pitt, whose name has attached to the rumors about the flick for quite some time, has finally made it official that he will star as Aldo Raine in the World War II epic.

I think Pitt is great for the part, a “Tennessee hillbilly who assembles a team of eight Jewish-American soldiers.” He’s always been a great character actor, from “Snatch” to “Fight Club” to the upcoming “Curios Case of Benjamin Button,” so there’s no doubt in my mind that Pitt will portray said hillbilly perfectly.

Leo DiCaprio, another big name that was rumored to star, seems to have been dropped for consideration, which kind of disappoints me. I think DiCaprio is another one of Hollywood’s truly great actors right now, and it would have been incredible to see he and Pitt share screen time. Whether as friends or enemies (I have yet to read the script, so I’m not sure whether Pitt and DiCaprio’s supposed characters worked together of not), I’m sure their confrontations and such would be very dynamic.

Here’s the most surprising news surrounding “Bastards,” though — Tarantino’s friend and expert in all things horror, Eli Roth, has been brought up as an actor in the movie. What? That really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. Every time Tarantino has mentioned the project for the last decade (or however long it’s actually been since he started talking up “Bastards”), he has stirred up the crazy, only half-believable casting choices, putting together a dream cast that any director would kill to be a part of. Then when movie actually becomes a reality (primary shooting begins Oct. 13), he goes and casts a director in the movie? Not some Oscar-nominated movie star, like he’s been talking about forever? It seems like such an odd change of plans to me.

Oh well. With or without Roth, this movie is going to kick some serious ass.

August 7, 2008 at 8:04 pm 5 comments

Inglorious Bastards cast starting to take shape?

First, let me say that well before I heard news (well, about 12 hours, according to the time stamps) about script reviews throwing the word “masterpiece” around to describe Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming World War II Epic “Inglorious Bastards,” I had this to say about the flick:

I don’t know why, but I just feel like this could even trump “Pulp Fiction” as Tarantino’s definitive directorial highlight. I mean, obviously it alls comes down to execution, but the early news and buzz I hear about this leads me to hope for nothing less than pure genius.

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Solid reports that Brad Pitt is in talks to play Aldo Raine, one of two lead roles have been all over the internet, but today moviehole reports that Leo DiCaprio is a name being tossed around by Tarantino for the other lead, Hans Landa. Pitt and DiCaprio would be a casting dream come true, and there’s no doubt that each would be great in this flick, although is more than possible that they could actually spend little to no screen time together in the movie.

That’s because “Inglorious Bastards,” which borrows its title from an early eighties movie, is broken up into two distinct segments, or chapters, like Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction.” So, it might be like “Pulp Fiction,” in that Pitt could be this film’s John Travolta, and DiCaprio could be Bruce Willis — both play intricate roles, but they don’t really interact.

Other casting rumors are Tarantino staples, Michael Madsen and Tim Roth, which really come as no surprise. Tarantino is known to recast people over and over (Madsen’s in both “Kill Bill”s and “Reservoir Dogs”).

Obviously, DiCaprio’s involvement is just a rumor, with Tarantino’s simply expressing interest in having him on board for the film. But this is great news nonetheless; It completely reaffirms the opinion I reposted above — it comes down to execution, and Tarantino seems to be doing everything right as of now. A script can be the greatest ever, but the final product wholly rests on whether or not the cast can pull it off.

DiCaprio and Pitt are two of the best actors in Hollywood with two really diverse bodies of work. There’s no doubt in my mind that they would bring “Inglorious Bastards” to the next level.

Regardless of whether or not Tarantino can ink deals with Pitt and DiCaprio to come on board for “Inglorious Bastards,” there’s no doubt in my mind that he will eventually come up with the ultimately perfect cast for this flick. He’s incredible at casting lead roles with actors no one would ever think to cast (Travolta in “Pulp Fiction,” Uma Thurman in “Kill Bill,” etc.), but once you see them in the roles, you immediately see why they’re there. And especially with a project like this, where Tarantino is just giddy with enthusiasm about, there’s not question that he’s going to make absolutely sure that the cast is exactly perfect in every way

Whether or not you like Tarantino’s work, get excited about this movie. It’s shaping up to be one helluva flick.

July 16, 2008 at 7:30 am 4 comments

Is the ball finally rolling on Inglorious Bastards?

I’m not exactly sure what to make of Quentin Tarantino. I mean, on one hand his movies like “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill” are so fantastic, it’s hard to imagine the Cinema World without him. On the other hand, though, his shout-outs and dedications to old-school movie genres and techniques sometimes grow tedious. It’s cool that he’s revisiting this stuff, but how much of it is him and how much is plagiarizing the past?

I don’t know, but I have been so excited about his All Talk, No Walk project “Inglorious Bastards” since I first heard about it. Sure, it’s a throw back to old war movies, but like “Pulp Fiction,” this project has an air originality and wonderment that some of his films lack.

And after so much talk, it looks like he’s finally making due on the film. According to the Deadline Hollywood Daily, Tarantino, who’s been sitting on this script for qite some time, has finally begun the arduous task of shopping this around for potential distributors.

“Quentin Tarantino has just gone out with his long-anticipated script about World War II. But here’s the weird thing sources are telling me: not only is Laurence Bender attached to produce Inglorious Bastards, but there’s also “a possibility” that Harvey Weinstein will be producing as well but not financing it.

I hear it’s gone out to Universal, Warner Bros, Paramount (all yesterday) and Sony (today). As usual, there’s a lot of secrecy surrounding this Quentin project sent out by William Morris.”

The article also hints that Brad Pitt is being recruited by Tarantino for the flick.

Tarantino seems so passionate about this flick, something that’s been lacking in his later works. Nothing’s done (the thing isn’t casted or funded yet) and I haven’t read any of the script (does anyone know whether or not bits and pieces of it are floating around the interwebs?), but something tells me that this flick is going to be absolutely stunning.

I don’t know why, but I just feel like this could even trump “Pulp Fiction” as Tarantino’s definitive directorial highlight. I mean, obviously it alls comes down to execution, but the early news and buzz I hear about this leads me to hope for nothing less than pure genius.

July 9, 2008 at 6:31 am 3 comments