I am off to see Margot at the Wedding. wheeeee [/bragging]
L I M I T E D
Finishing the Game Justin Lin (Better Luck Tomorrow) directs a comedy about the casting process to finish Bruce Lee's last picture (unfinished when he died) Game of Death
The Good Night -Gwyneth's brother Jake directs her in his first feature, a lucid dream dramedy which also stars Penélope Cruz, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg and Danny DeVito
Michael Clayton -The Clooney makes another sober bid for awards season play with this legal drama written and directed by Bourne franchise scribe Tony Gilroy. Co-starring Oscar-bound (?) Tom Wilkinson (In the Bedroom) and the always welcome presence of avant garde icon gone mainstream Tilda Swinton
Plus documentaries including rave magnet My Kid Could Paint That about an explosive few months in the art world that mainstream media egged on, Tony Kaye's (controversy freak!) abortion doc Lake of Fire, a look at the exhausting topic of religion vs. the gays For the Bible Tells Me So
W I D E
Feel the Noise a would be rapper on the run from thugs. Let's hope it is not as generic as its tag line "dream out loud"
The Heartbreak Kid Ben Stiller, comedic assault #347. That guy sure stays busy. But I detect some misogyny from the trailer (wives bring a man down... ewww, woman are gross if you have to live with them.... etcetera hard-ee-har-har). No thanks, Ben
The Seeker: The Dark is Rising based on the fantasy series from Susan Cooper although this is the second novel of that series. Why start at the beginning? It's fun that Hollywood has discovered the fantasy novel --truly an inexhaustible supply of source material though separating the jewels from the shiny fakes will be difficult-- but it's sad that they'll probably be careless with them. They've made a lot of changes to this one and change is fine if its driven by artistry (see Peter Jackson) and not a lack of imagination or commercial concerns (i.e. the neutering of the entire thematic drive of The Golden Compass which is so heavily about organized religion in literary form and which will be about what exactly onscreen... the special effects?)
E X P A N D I N G
It just got easier to see In the Valley of Elah, Into the Wild, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Across the Universe. The Darjeeling Limited (related post) and Ang Lee's Lust, Caution both added a few markets but most of you will still have to wait.
How long is it until you can take Wes Anderon's red yellow and orange Indian voyage? How long is it until you can witness Tony Leung Chiu Wai & Tang Wei's Cirque du Soleil worthy flexibility for yourself?