A few days ago, I posted an alleged picture of Johnny Depp as the Madd Hatter in Tim Burton’s upcoming Alice in Wonderland project. You can read it here. But that film is somewhat far away, so why not take a gander at what’s coming up in the next few months?
Twilight: FLASHLIGHT WARNING: Attending this film will leave you exposed to a legion of Edward Cullen-loving teenage girls. Enter at own risk. WARNING DISCONNECTED. On a more serious level, Stephanie Meyer’s pop culture sensation makes its jump onto the big screen this weekend. Reviews are coming in shakey right now, with Twilight ranking in on Rotten Tomatoes at a measely 45%. That sucks (get it, vampires, sucks…).
Milk: Sean Penn has been known for his politics, so its rightful that he takes on the role of Harvey Milk, San Francisco’s first openly gay city supervisor. The film chronicles his political fallout and, ultimately, his assasination. Yes, that kind of blows the end for you, but considering this is based on a true story, it’s already out there. While this could have helped sink California’s Proposition 8 (which passed, banning gay marriage in the state), the passing may very well help the film rise in the box office. Release: November 26 (limited).
Frost/Nixon: Ron Howard has made some impressive projects during his time as a filmmaker, but Frost/Nixon could top them all. It’s an adaptation of the well-regarded Broadway play of the same name. The film uses almost the entire cast from the play, with Tony Award winner Frank Langella reprising his role of former President Richard Nixon and Michael Sheen as David Frost. Its premise is to show the interviews between Frost and Nixon regarding Watergate. Frost/Nixon has been generating a lot of Oscar buzz, so not only does it look interesting, but it could be a contender for some Oscars next year. Release: December 5 (limited).
Doubt: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams. Those names alone should tell you that you are in for a solid film. Set in 1964, a priest is accused by a nun of abusing an African American student. After denying the accusation, the film dives into the issues of morality, religion and authority. It may fly under the radar for most people, despite being a successful play, but definitely keep an eye on this one. Release: December 10 (limited).
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: Undoubtedly, this is the most interesting film on this list. First of all, it’s directed by David Fincher, whose work includes Zodiac, Fight Club, Se7en and so on. Second, Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Tilda Swinton make up the stellar cast. Lastly, it is about a man (played by Pitt) who ages backwards with odd consequences. If there is anything on this list to check out, I think I’ll have to recommend this one the most. Release: 12/25.
Well, I’d say that’s a pretty hefty list. Of course there is plenty of other films to check out, but these are some of the big shots coming out this winter. Remember: watching movies is good for you. And watching good ones is even better.