The Shape of Things to Come

Rounding up a few forward looking pieces – some early, pre-Sundance buzz for the new year:

  • The L.A. Times gathers 2007 prognostications from 17 entertainment writers and industry types. Within, Cinematical declares Black Snake Moan, Grindhouse, Hot Fuzz (Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright), Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry to be the most talked about films, while Hollywood Elsewhere predicts that at least one of three Iraq/Afghanistan films will make it to the big Oscar dance: Charlie Wilson’s War (Mike Nichols) with Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams – Lions for Lambs (Robert Redford) Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep – In The Valley of Elah (Paul Haggis) with Tommy Lee Jones, James Franco, Charlize Theron, Susan Sarandon. Also of note is The Squid and the Whale director Noah Baumbach’s next picture – Margot at the Wedding (formerly referred to as The Untitled Noah Baumbach Project), featuring Nicole Kidman, Jack Black, John Turturro and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
  • Upcoming releases Grindhouse, Black Snake Moan and Jeremy Piven’s Smokin’ Aces all bear the markings of 60’s and 70’s exploitation. Call it a comeback?
  • Salon’s Beyond the Multiplex adds 11 independent-leaning films to their to-see list, including Steve Bucemi’s Interview and Jia Zhang-ke’s Still Life.
  • And while everyone is in the mood to tout their early favorites and making mental notes on the unfolding release calendar, I’ll drop a few titles: I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (Tsai Ming-Liang), Daniel Day Lewis in P.T. Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, suicide bomber drama Day Night Day Night (Julia Loktev), Wong Kar-Wai’s American invasion – My Blueberry Nights (assists from Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, Norah Jones), Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul), I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK (Chan-Wook Park), plus the aforementioned Black Snake Moan (Craig Brewer)and Margot at the Wedding (Noah Baumbach). More on all of these over the coming months.
Posted by Ted Zee on January 10th 2007 | Home Page | 1 Comment Subscribe to this site's feed

One Response

  1. differ Says:

    Great іnformation. Lucкy me I found your blog by accident (stumbleսpon).
    I’ve book marked it for ⅼater!

Leave a Comment

Please note: Comment moderation is enabled and may delay your comment. There is no need to resubmit your comment.