10 Films to look forward to in the rest of 2004.
From my perspective, 2004, has been about eclecticism. For some reason those big sure fire hits like Spider-Man 2, The Day After Tomorrow, Van Helsing, etc., despite their relative success, are not striking the chords they used to. I mean yeah, Spider-Man has made a lot of money, but does anybody even care anymore?
It’s ever becoming apparent that you can make a movie about the crucification of Christ and get an audience, you can make a documentary and get a $100 million + dollar audience, YOU CAN make a small female targeted action/comedy/drama and get an audience (Kill Bill 2/Mean Girls/The Notebook), YOU CAN EVEN write a sequel to a generic CG movie about a green ogre, get critical approval, and end up as one of the top money making movies of all time. You can even get an NC-17 wide release in America now (The Dreamers). Even the indie theaters’ box offices are on FIRE.
With that said, big and small, there are a lot of interesting projects coming out. We got a Scorsese epic coming, the hopeful “return” of Oliver Stone with Alexander, we got very smart, very adult dramas and thrillers by acclaimed directors upcoming… films like We Don’t Live Here Anymore, Birth, Proof and Closer. We got the long awaited Phantom of the Opera. The release schedule seems to be dotted with far, far more foreign films than usual. Hero, Warriors of Heaven and Earth, Motorcycle Diaries, Bad Education, A Very Long Engagement, Zatoichi, etc.
Here is my short, short but hopefully eclectic look at 10 films that are on the way that I think look great:
( Birth, The Incredibles, Kinsey, The Life Aquatic, Un long dimanche de fiancailles, The Motorcycle Diaries, Saw, Shaun of the Dead, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Team America: World PoliceCollapse )