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?