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2005 Spring Movies: What to look forward to, what to dread.
Topic by: underdog
Posted: March 10, 2005 - 1:18 PM PST
Last Reply: November 6, 2005 - 12:45 PM PST

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author topic: 2005 Spring Movies: What to look forward to, what to dread.
underdog
post #1  on March 10, 2005 - 1:18 PM PST  
New thread:

Here are just some of the films coming to theaters soon, and I'm sure there are many more. Which are you looking forward to, and which... just sound like you should skip 'em?

Coming Very Soon:
Millions (a change of pace for Danny Boyle, looks
Upside of Anger (Costner returns to his bread and butter, romantic comedy; we'll see...)
Robots (I have my doubts, but the voice cast is excellent and the look is certainly unique...)

Coming Soon:
* Sin City
* The Ring Two
* Oldboy
* Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
* Melinda and Melinda
* The Ballad of Jack and Rose
* Ice Princess
* The Weather Man
* Guess Who
* Beauty Shop

Sahara
Fever Pitch


Coming Later:
The Interpreter
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (some discussion of which happened here
XXX (couldn't be worse than the last one)
Palindromes (new Todd Solondz)
Eros (Wong Kai-wai, Steven Soderbergh, Michelangelo Antonioni directing a trifecta!)
Amityville Horror (remake, ugh)

Kingdom of Heaven (big ol' Crusades movie by Ridley Scott)
Monster in Law
Kicking and Screaming

Star Wars III Revenge of the Stiffs, er Sith
Madagascar
Longest Yard
Kung Fu Hustle
The Game of their Lives (about US improbable world cup victory in 1950)

And what am I forgetting?
What are you looking forward to?


C
kohnfused1
post #2  on March 10, 2005 - 2:41 PM PST  
I'm looking forward to you getting your Honda Hybrid, so I can hitch a ride. The Muni fares are going up, and I'm not about to peddle my way home.

What's up wit dat, C?
underdog
post #3  on March 10, 2005 - 3:14 PM PST  
> On March 10, 2005 - 2:41 PM PST kohnfused1 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I'm looking forward to you getting your Honda Hybrid, so I can hitch a ride. The Muni fares are going up, and I'm not about to peddle my way home.
>
> What's up wit dat, C?
> ---------------------------------

Wait, I thought someone here was going to buy me one of those! Where's that generous member who has yet to step forward? For now, you must be thinking of my 84 Honda Prelude, which I'll sell to you for a song (and dance).

Meanwhile... on subject... I'm really looking forward to the new Star Wars movie. No, I'm not.

Seriously, I'm cautiously excited about the Hitchhiker movie, and the new Todd Solondz, and Eros, and possibly Scott's crusades pic... and definitely OldBoy!

Eoliano
post #4  on March 10, 2005 - 3:22 PM PST  
Let's see, I'm looking forward to finally seeing Oldboy, a film that I've heard so much about both here and elsewhere. Pollack's The Interpreter looks like an interesting thriller and hopefully a return to form, whatever that was... oh yeah, now I remember. More than just my curiosity is aroused by Eros, Solondz's Palindromes, is a safe bet, if only to growl at Ellen Barkin, and Woody's film, sure why not. I will definitely see Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and being an armchair crusader, I couldn't possibly resist seeing Scott's Kingdom of Heaven. As much as I like some of Bolye's films, Millions seems like too much of a confection and I would rather stop in See's for some chocolate hazelnut thingies instead.

Oh yeah, almost forgot, Sin City, is that a Del Webb production?
markhl
post #5  on March 10, 2005 - 8:37 PM PST  
The brainwashing appears to have worked.. *cackle* *cackle*
markhl
post #6  on March 10, 2005 - 8:43 PM PST  
I wonder if the DVD is set to follow soon after the theatrical release...

Anyway, back on topic.. I'm curious about if Ring 2 will improve upon the japanese Ring 2, which was ok but did too little to develop the Ringu lore.. Well, Naomi Watts is easy on the eyes so I suppose I could sit through another re-make..

After seeing a trailer on TV as well, I couldn't help but wonder if the original Ms. Congeniality actually did well enough at the box office to justify a second movie. I think watching a lot of international movies have kinda ruined what taste I may have had for most US films... how unfortunate..
JGerow
post #7  on March 11, 2005 - 11:52 AM PST  
I barely have time to keep up with my GreenCine rentals and movies on TV, but from underdog's list, Eros is definitely the top choice (anything by Wong or Antonioni is a must-see). Otherwise, I'm eagerly awaiting Gregg Araki's much-praised Mysterious Skin (opening in June). Millions looks enjoyable, and Gunner Palace is a wonderful documentary on the real war in Iraq. Based on the trailer, Woody Allen's Melinda & Melinda looks truly awful - his most pretentious and unfunny dramedy in years.

Most of the rest looks like the usual "Hollywood crap" (I love that old IFC commercial). As always, independent and foreign films are filling the void. The film of the year for cinephiles may be Claire Denis's The Intruder, showing at the French Film Now series this month in New York and making the festival circuit. Finally, I'll probably see Todd Solondz's Palindromes and hate myself in the morning.
erostratus99
post #8  on March 11, 2005 - 10:58 PM PST  
My hope is to see the U.S. release of Lars von Trier's second installment of his "American" trilogy- Manderlay.
Also: although it does not seem very likely to happen in the near future, the stateside release of Wong Kar Wai's 2046 would be high on my list of films to see.
ALittlefield
post #9  on March 12, 2005 - 10:50 AM PST  
The only big movie that looks good to me is the stop motion animated Tim Burton film THE CORPSE BRIDE; from the short preview clip I saw at IFilms it looks great! I hope stop motion films continue to be made. (I believe a Wallace and Grommit film is coming relatively soon).
IronS
post #10  on March 12, 2005 - 2:26 PM PST  
I saw "Robots" last night and it was a lot of fun.

I am really looking forward to Wallace & Gromit - Curse of the Wererabbit in October.
dh22
post #11  on March 12, 2005 - 6:59 PM PST  
Sin City is looking interesting. Definately a big name cast. It looks like it could go either way - cool flick, or total bust. The way Hollywood as been, I'd expect the later. And Rodriguez is directing so that only worries me. I think he's a creative guy, but he tends to "over do it"
erostratus99
post #12  on March 12, 2005 - 8:01 PM PST  
> On March 12, 2005 - 10:50 AM PST ALittlefield wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> The only big movie that looks good to me is the stop motion animated Tim Burton film THE CORPSE BRIDE; from the short preview clip I saw at IFilms it looks great! I hope stop motion films continue to be made. (I believe a Wallace and Grommit film is coming relatively soon).
> ---------------------------------

Lest we not forget Mr. Burton's interpretation of Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". Although I am not looking forward to this, it is quite certain that many others will be.
woozy
post #13  on March 12, 2005 - 11:29 PM PST  
> I am really looking forward to Wallace & Gromit - Curse of the Wererabbit in October.
>
> ---------------------------------


OHMYGOD!!!OHMYGOD!!!OHMYGOD!!! *squeals uncontrollably*
ALittlefield
post #14  on March 13, 2005 - 11:26 AM PST  
> On March 12, 2005 - 11:29 PM PST woozy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > I am really looking forward to Wallace & Gromit - Curse of the Wererabbit in October.
> >
> > ---------------------------------
>
>
> OHMYGOD!!!OHMYGOD!!!OHMYGOD!!! *squeals uncontrollably*
>
> ---------------------------------

And might I add, it's about time W & G finally get a feature(not that I didn't enjoy CHICKEN RUN).
artifex
post #15  on March 13, 2005 - 12:22 PM PST  
> On March 12, 2005 - 8:01 PM PST erostratus99 wrote:
> Lest we not forget Mr. Burton's interpretation of Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". Although I am not looking forward to this, it is quite certain that many others will be.

I was, until I started seeing clips. Johnny Depp looks too much like Michael Jackson, so I'm scared, not excited. That, and Tim Burton's visual effects worked great for Nightmare before Christmas, but I'm not so sure about live action.
woozy
post #16  on March 13, 2005 - 4:35 PM PST  
> On March 13, 2005 - 12:22 PM PST artifex wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On March 12, 2005 - 8:01 PM PST erostratus99 wrote:
> > Lest we not forget Mr. Burton's interpretation of Dahl's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". Although I am not looking forward to this, it is quite certain that many others will be.
>
> I was, until I started seeing clips. Johnny Depp looks too much like Michael Jackson, so I'm scared, not excited. That, and Tim Burton's visual effects worked great for Nightmare before Christmas, but I'm not so sure about live action.
> ---------------------------------

Tim Burton runs hot and cold with me. I *do* like his live action visuals but he often seems shallow under the surface (to me).

Anyhow, I seem to be one of the few people who found the Gene Wilder "Willie Wonka and chocolate factory" an insipid piece of tripe. That folks my age and younger find it a childhood classic on par with the Wizard of Oz and E.T. utterly galls me.

So I'm looking forward to this.

(not that I like ET all that much, I was in my college when it came out after all and it *is* Spielberg, but at least I understand why kids love and remember it.)

erostratus99
post #17  on March 13, 2005 - 8:06 PM PST  
> I was, until I started seeing clips. Johnny Depp looks too much like Michael Jackson, so I'm scared, not excited. That, and Tim Burton's visual effects worked great for Nightmare before Christmas, but I'm not so sure about live action.
> ---------------------------------

I have heard that Burton has attempted to create a "truer" interpretation of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". Because Dahl was a favourite of mine as a child, I am a bit concerned about the possible blight to be inflicted on the book by the uncertainty of Burton's visual style. That is, the younger generation of readers who see this film and afterwards read the book, may be dissappointed with the book as it may not re-produce the highly stylised treatment Burton gives most of his films. Indeed, Dahl's verbal imagery may be far more adept, thus negating another adaptation of the book.

As mentioned earlier, I am anticipating Lars von Trier's Manderlay. Have any of you thoughts on this film or his previous Dogville?
underdog
post #18  on March 14, 2005 - 8:33 AM PST  
> On March 13, 2005 - 8:06 PM PST erostratus99 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > I was, until I started seeing clips. Johnny Depp looks too much like Michael Jackson, so I'm scared, not excited. That, and Tim Burton's visual effects worked great for Nightmare before Christmas, but I'm not so sure about live action.
> > ---------------------------------
>
> I have heard that Burton has attempted to create a "truer" interpretation of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".


As are some of you, I am firmly in the very cautiously optimistic camp when it comes to this one. I am fond of the original to a point, except for the Oompa Loompas and the fact that some of it is just plain dreary. But I think Burton and co. did a fine job with James and the Giant Peach and even though this one is live action, it has some promise.

Or it could be truly dreadful. Guess we'll see.

Now the Wallace and Gromit film, that one will surely be a cracking good film, something to look forward to!




woozy
post #19  on March 14, 2005 - 9:28 AM PST  
>>But I think Burton and co. did a fine job with James and the Giant Peach and even though this one is live action, it has some promise.
>

Ya know, I never saw the "James and the Giant Peach" movie, despite my firm belief "James and the Giant Peach" was Dahl's best children's book. Should I rent it?
Shaky
post #20  on March 14, 2005 - 9:43 AM PST  
I am most looking forward to the theatrical release of Nausicaa. Yes, Disney is releasing Ghibli's Nausicaa in select theaters this summer. Okay, so it's the English dub, but just to get to see this film on a big screen will make up for it. Okay, okay, it's not a spring release, but having it looming there on the summer horizon with the release of Howl's Moving Castle in June completely overshadows anything coming in the next few months. Except maybe Steamboy.
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