The Emmys and the movies
The Emmy nominee list is here – and since lately I’ve been watching too many TV shows for my own good, I have a bunch of people & shows I’m really rooting for: “Recount” (which I’ve seen recently and which was really good – and launched at a very good moment since the US elections are right around the corner), Steve Carell (Michael Scott might make you cringe every single time he opens his mouth – but that’s only a testament to Carell’s genius), Kevin Spacey (because I always root for him – he’s one of the fewer and fewer actors I have nothing but respect for), Mary Louise Parker (she’s my favorite TV lady, especially since Lauren Graham’s Lorelai is out of the picture now. Plus, Weeds is really fun.)…and…Lost’s Michael Emerson (Ben is one of the characters that just got better and better). Plus, how can one choose between The Daily Show and The Colbert Report?
Wow, that was one long sentence 😛
So, that’s the Emmys part of the post…and the movies – it’s all about the movies I’m looking forward to this autumn/winter, because even when superhero season is coming to an end – there’s still movies to see :)) And these are the ones I think hold the most promises – even Oscar promises. But I’m not judging before I see – unlike the “Oscar buzz” that Heath Ledger’s Joker is supposed to have generated months before the movie was out 😛
Burn after reading (Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, John Malkovich, Frances McDormand. Plus, the Coen Brothers) – US: Sept 12th. A tagline like “Intelligence is relative”, all the big names on board and John Malkovich running down the street in a bathrobe and with some kind of axe in his hand – that’s the promise of weirdly great fun. (How many movies did Clooney and Pitt do together by now? Is this the 4th?)
Igor (John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese) – US: Sept 19th. Ugly cartoon monsters, the voices of the tow Johns – I say Sold! 😀 Definite potential for being funnier than this summer’s cartoons.
Blindness (Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo) – US: Sept 26th. IMDB has it rated at 6.6 already, reviewers haven’t been kind, but I still want to see how it turned out. After all, it’s a difficult book to put on screen and the writer’s credentials aren’t impressive (to say the least 😛 ) – but I’m giving it a chance.
Good (Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs) – US: sometime in Sept. “The rise of national socialism in Germany should not be regarded as a conspiracy of madmen. Millions of “good” people found themselves in a society spiralling into terrible chaos. A film about then, which illuminates the terrors of now”. To me, all that sounds promising. And I’m glad Viggo’s getting better roles these days 😉
Pride and Glory (Colin Farrell, Edward Norton) – US: Oct 24th. Family of policemen – divided because their members are on different sides, long speeches about honor and staying together – I can see it all and it looks like one big deja vu. But I’ve sat through Death to Smoochy – and Norton’s made it bearable, so I bet he’s gonna make something good out of this one too.
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – US: Nov 21st. It’s Harry Potter. ’nuff said 😉
Doubt (Meryl Streep, Phillip Seymour Hoffman) – US: Dec 12th. This one doesn’t look to special – but lately I’m marking Hoffman’s movies as generally good. And I always like “quick fire dialougue” even if I expect it to be, in this case, a bit preachy.
The Reader (Kate Winslet, Ralph Finnes) – US: Dec 12th. It’s an adaptation of a Bernard Schlink novel (which I haven’t read, but which I heard is quite good) directed by Stephen Daldry, who’s proved he can turn the book into a movie quite well (The Hours – must see, but, more than that, must read.) Kate apparently replaced Nicole Kidman for this movie – which seems like a good idea to me, I don’t think Kidman and Finnes would have clicked. But then again, we’ll never know 😛
The curious case of Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton) – US: Dec 19th. You might have me pegged for a Brad fan – but I’m not, it’s all just a coincidence. The curious case… is based on a short story by F Scott Fitzgerald and it’s about a man who’s aging backwards. Which seems a bit sick, but also kinda catchy – especially with David Fincher (him – I really love) directing.
Revolutionary Road (Leonardo di Caprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates) – US: Dec 26th. Two Kate Winslet movies in one month. I’m dieing to see how well will the reteaming of the Titanic actors do (with hubby Sam Mendes – American Beauty – directing), because, even after 11 years (can’t believe it’s been that long), I think they’re still Jack&Rose to a lot of people and seeing them together under such different circumstances…we’ll just have to see. The movies sounds pretty good actually (and, of course, it’s generating Oscar buzz 6 months before its release. I wonder who’s doing all this buzzing :)) )
(Possibly) Guilty pleasures:
Birds of America (Lauren Graham, Matthew Perry). No idea when it’ll be in the cinema. If ever. But I bet Lauren and Matthew (friends in real life – or maybe even a couple) have great chemistry. And it’s very exciting to see them together. At least for me 😉
Flash of genius (Lauren Graham, Alan Alda, Greg Kinnear) – US: Oct 25th. Just look at the cast. Again, some of my favorite TV actors. And Lauren Graham twice is no coincidence 😉
Plus, for 2009: rumours of Kevin Spacey in a Aaron Sorkin-penned movie (mmm, what a treat!), another David Fincher movie (Sci-fi? Really? I don’t think he’s done that before 😉 ), Morgan Freeman playing Nelson Mandela, with Clint Eastwood directing (who’s acting I don’t particularly enjoy, but he’s turned out to be quite the director…) Johnny Depp & Christian Bale in a Michael Mann gangster movie and Chirstopher Plummer as Leo Tolstoy. At least theoretically, the future is a bit bright…right? 😛
( And the chocolate’s there because it’s just better than popcorn. And when you google images for “movies”, the first thing you get is popcorn. Which is just wrong. 😀 )