Monday, December 15, 2008

Baby Steps

2008 is easily the most depressing year I can remember. Everyone's dying or close to dead, gay rights was smacked down a few pegs, I did an emotional 180 at the start of the year that later turned completely around, and the cinematic year ain't all that better. At least, in theory. Because I haven't seen a lot yet. I've seen a lot of notable films so far, of course, more than this time last year I can tell ya that. Maybe that's because I'm older, and so are my tastes and wisdom (if I have any). But we're not through. Of course, I fully expect the Chloes not to be suitably finished till March at least, but y'all can give me that much time, right? I also promise to actually finish them this time, AND put up a complete listing for the '07 Chloes by then. For karma. But I digress. What's still in the future for me?

Slumdog Millionaire, which has a critical monopoly thus far for some reason, finally opens in my area Friday. I just want to see it and get it over with, you know? Seeing it as the BP of at least half of the critic's groups has been frustrating as hell, and I just DON'T want to find it overrated. Danny Boyle is amazing filmmaker (see Millions!) and each time I see the trailer, which has been a lot lately, I want to see it more. I can't believe it could actually win Best Picture, tho? It just seems so... not Best Picture-y. BUT I DON'T KNOW THAT YET.

Milk is also obviously a huge blind spot for me. And it's actually been here since Friday! Hopefully, if there is any justice in this world, I'll see it this weekend -- because, yes, I am seeing it. My mom genuinely wants to! Victory, thy name is J.D. Ugh. Also actually within reach: Synecdoche, New York, which I should see Wednesday. W00t.

Now, add to those (and others I didn't mention) all the December Oscar movies -- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Revolutionary Road, Doubt, The Wrestler, Waltz with Bashir, Nothing But the Truth, Defiance and Frost/Nixon -- all of which I want to see. But I'm truly most excited for The Reader. Stephen Daldry's other two films, Billy Elliot and The Hours, are utterly perfect, and anyone who can bat 1.000% with me is someone I take seriously. Plus, it features what honestly looks like a potentially career-best performance by Kate Winslet, is the 53rd in-credit collabo of Bruno Ganz and Alexandra Maria Lara, (David Kross' apparently huge...), and emotional and moral disenfranchisement in post-WWII Germany. I mean, that's like a near-perfect storm to me. I have no clue when it'll actually open here, naturally, but DAMN IT I can't wait.

Gran Torino can go fuck itself.

What're you anticipating on the horizon that you think may explode you?


mB said...

Gran Torino can DEF go FUCK ITSELF. Ugh. Over it and with no desire to see it (not that it'll open anywhere NEAR where I am right now til about like .... never!)

Matthew Lucas said...

"Gran Torino" is one of my favorite films of the year. By far.

J.D. said...

@mB: You're lucky, being on another continent where it can never reach you.

@Matt: But it's not really attractive, is it? I'll probably see it just because of the inexplicable-seeming acclaim, but it would be weird if I actually liked it.

Matthew Lucas said...

That depends on your definition of attractive. I thought I would like it because I like Eastwood...but I didn't expect to LOVE it. Which I did. A lot.

J.D. said...

Well, I'm not that big on him. And Changeling made me like him even less. And then the trailer for GT comes out, and I'm scarred for life. Seriously, that thing was horrible. It made me angry at the world. Well, even more.

Matthew Lucas said...

Haha I loved that trailer.

J.D. said...

You're a horrible human being.

Mark said...

'Slumdog' is finally opening within range, which is exciting. I'll probably end up seeing it. I might go into the city to see 'Doubt', another one I've been eagerly anticipating.

And, ugh, have you heard that 'Gran Torino' song where Clint is "singing"/growling? Really...depressing.

And, uhm, then of course 'Button', in which I'll flock to the cinema on Christmas day, hell or friggin high water.

Dave said...

Nothing. And that's really depressing.

I'm seeing Changeling tomorrow but my hopes have been diminished (maybe that's a good thing?). And the more I see/hear about Slumdog Millionaire the more it makes me want to punch Danny Boyle's stupid face in.

I'll still see it, naturally. (But I won't enjoy it!)

anahita said...

I agree, Slumdog Millionaire and The Reader are so high on my list of priorities that they're almost in the sky. I do wanna see gran torino cos I heart Clint Eastwood...and Rachel Getting Married seems really good as well xxx

Dame James Henry said...

That Slumdog Millionaire trailer has scarred me for life. I've only seen it once and it made me want to die (a lot) at how corny and inspirational-mucky it looks. I know I'll have to see it eventually because it's bound to get a Best Picture nom, but it will be kicking and screaming, let me tell you. I actually want to see Gran Torino more because I'm excited to really make fun of the stupid-looking film. That trailer is one of the funniest things I've seen all year.

The only things I'm really excited to see are Milk and Rachel Getting Married, both of which haven't opened in my area yet. Other than that, I'm pretty meh on the rest of them.

the misomaniac said...

'frost/nixon'! also, 'defiance' sounds cheesy and feel-goody but as it features nazis, i anticipate its release as well.

David S. said...

The only reason I'm going to see Slumdog Millionaire is because of Millions. Which I'm not sure is a good thing. Also its R and I need my cousin to take me, but whatever.

J.D. said...

@Mark: Yes I have. *shudders*

@Dave: NOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Don't see Changeling. FTLOG, please save yourself from that misery.

@anahita: My anticipatory sky is vast, yo. I can fit at least 30 different things up there and still have room for Hugh Jackman's torso (mmm, Hugh Jackman's torso).

@James: That's what I thought of it the first couple times I saw it. But then it kept being shown in front of everything, and somewhere along the line I fell in love it?! IDK. :(

I can't believe RGM hasn't opened in your area yet, dude. :-\

@Miso: And Jamie Bell. Mmm, Jamie Bell.

@David: So you love Millions too?! OMG!!! Love love love love.

Also, Sunshine is severely unstable genius.

David Giancarlo said...

Slumdog Millionaire was the worst way that I spent $8 this year. Ugh. I am still angry about this a month after the fact. Doubt is my most anticipated film of the year, well, because I worship at the altar of Meryl Streep. I'll be seeing that on Saturday followed by The Reader.