Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Movies That Better Rock

As you may have already guessed by now, I am a pretty big movie fanatic (the theme of my wedding reception was "the movies/great movie couples," and there is a room in my condo decorated with movie posters and stills...). However, there hasn't been a lot out in theaters recently that I've been excited about. Typically my husband and I are going to see something at least every few weeks... but not lately. However, there is hope. Below are some upcoming films that I am pretty psyched for based on their trailers (one is even already out, but I chose to see Superbad last weekend instead).

- Stardust

This one's already playing, so I need to make a theater run soon. While it hasn't been doing too well at the box office and it's gotten wildly mixed reviews, I have hope that it is in the same vein as The Princess Bride, my all-time favorite movie. Claire Danes annoys me, but I hope that everything else in the movie will outweigh that. If anyone's seen it, let me know!

- Into the Wild - September 21, 2007

Written and directed by Sean Penn and based on the best-selling book by Jon Krakauer... starring Emile Hirsch (The Girl Next Door was good - admit it and deal with it and embrace it!) as the main dude, with Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener and some other big names as the people that come in and out of his life. It looks excellent, hooray! This was a book I could not put down despite the fact that I thought I would not like it. And since my memory is so poor, it's actually a big deal that I not only remember this book but also remember the process of reading it - sitting in my bed at grad school, staying up way too late in order to finish it. I hope the movie does it justice.

- The Golden Compass - December 7, 2007

I have already mentioned my excitement for this movie in previous posts, so I won't go on and on... but it does look awesome and if you haven't read this book (the first in a highly acclaimed trilogy) and you like this sort of fantasy/sci-fi genre, you should check it out in the next few months. When I was in New Zealand last year on my search for Frodo and Gandalf, I met some people who told me I should immediately buy the books (once they found out how nerdy I was). There was also a play based on the trilogy that they held over the course of three nights in London a while back. Anyway, it looks like they have done well enough with the film version, however, that you could just be lazy and enjoy the movie on its own. You can also see what your daemon would be if you lived in that world! I took the test (it's 20 questions) a few months back, and I got matched with a gibbon. But I just took it again and I was matched with a fox, which I think suits me better. It said I was modest, dependable, assertive, competitive and solitary - I mostly agree with that analysis. Alas, I see no fox following me around.

- I Am Legend - December 14, 2007

I go nuts over stuff like this! And what can I say, I love Will Smith - he'll always be the Fresh Prince to me - word to big bird! This movie is technically a remake (it's based on a book by the same name, but there have already been two movie versions - The Last Man On Earth (1964) and The Omega Man(1971)), but I never read the book or saw the other films, so I don't care.

- Untitled J.J. Abrams Project aka Cloverfield - January 18, 2008

Not so sure about this trailer (which has garnered a frenzy of speculation by people with A LOT of time on their hands... piecing together stills to find secret codes and clues, etc.)... but I have all the faith in the world in the creator of Lost!

- Vantage Point - February 18, 2008

Good Lord, Lost is going to be back in February AND I get a dose of The Mad Doctor on the big screen in that same month? It will be like heaven on earth. Plus the movie looks good and I love stories that unfold after you see everything from different perspectives.

Any others I missed?

- e


Wanders said...

You failed to mention Speed Racer, also starring the Mad Doctor as Racer X, which is sad only because I always believed I was destined to play Racer X, even as a child. Of course, I'll allow you to be less enthusiastic about this film than me. I assume everyone is less enthusiastic than me. DO NOT SEE THE INVASION which I wrote about on my blog.

Erika (aka "e") said...

I *KNEW* someone would mention Speed Racer, I just didn't know who or how long it would take. Congrats on being the first, wanders!

I was never a Speed Racer fan, so I didn't mention it. But you can go see it when it comes out and then let me know if it's worth it or not and I will trust you!

And I am way more afraid of Nicole Kidman's unmovable brow than I am of aliens, so no need to see Invasion on my end...
- e

Anonymous said...

Transformers was awesome-good story, great effects, and very funny. I didn't think I'd like it so much (as I was too old for the toys/cartoons way back when!) so when my husband wanted to see it, I was not optimistic, but...IT ROCKED! I saw it twice now. You leave the theater actually expecting to see a truck get up and transform in the parking lot!

Anonymous said...

The J.J. Abrams movie looks interesting. I just hope it lives up to the hype and doesn't turn out to be another "Blair Witch" fiasco.

Erika (aka "e") said...

While I myself did not play with Transformers, my brother did, so I knew about them and still know the "More than meets the eye!" song. I also like Shia LaBoeuf, so I'm not really sure why I didn't go to the movie because I did hear great reviews for it. If it is still out by me, perhaps I will use a free movie pass I just got (that you can't use with any movie that just came out) to go check it out. I will add it to my Netflix queue in the meantime so I don't forget!