Tuesday, February 03, 2009

WE CAN'T WAIT: A CELEBRATION OF IMPATIENCE OVER AT THE FILM EXPERIENCE.

On a daily basis, Nathaniel R. (that "R" stands for Reinhold, son of Judge) represents the fever of Hollywood idolatry better than anyone else I know. That's why I love him. I've often thought, "Geez, he's bound to run out of Michelle Pfeiffer material one of these days, right?", but nope... his is a bottomless heart of devotion that just keeps springing inspiration.

Well, Nathaniel kindly asked four other film bloggers to join him in a round table discussion of The 20 Most Anticipated Films of 2009. I'm honored to be one of them. The other participants are:

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JA from My New Plaid Pants
Whitney from Dear Jesus
Joe from Low Resolution
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The actual countdown of The 20 Most Anticipated Films of 2009 begins tomorrow at The Film Experience Blog, but as a pre-game treat, Nathaniel asked us to comment on a few of the films each of us voted for but that didn't make the collective list.

Here are three of mine:

Ondine - written & directed by Neil Jordan; starring Colin Farrell and Stephen Rea.

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IMDb lists the plot as: "The story of an Irish fisherman who discovers a woman in his fishing net who he believes to be a mermaid."

OK. Fine by me. You're probably immediately thinking of Splash or Aquamarine. I just love Neil Jordan, Colin Farrell and Stephen Rea.

Serious Moonlight - written by Adrienne Shelly; directed by Cheryl Hines; starring Kristen Bell, Meg Ryan, Justin Long, Timothy Hutton.

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Cheryl Hines takes Adrienne Shelly's script and honors her late friend by making a movie from it. Let's set aside, for a sec, how much that makes my heart melt, and remember how Waitress unveiled the quirky, down-home humor of actress Adrienne Shelly. So, as a tribute to Shelly and as a continuation of her loving little vision, I look forward to Serious Moonlight.

Fighting - written & directed by Dito Montiel; starring Channing Tatum, Terrance Howard, Luis Guzman.

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It's true... watching the recently released trailer for Fighting makes one think of a Fight Club meets Step Up mash-up, but those who saw Montiel's debut, A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints, recognized that Montiel has the potential to bring his own version of the spiritual-streets-of-New York (a la Who's That Knocking at My Door) to the modern era. Will Fighting be Montiel's Mean Streets? I wouldn't excitedly go that far... but it's definitely got me wondering.

**DON'T FORGET to visit The Film Experience Blog from February 4th - February 13th (not that you shouldn't visit TFEB outside of those dates!) and read our round table discussions about 2009's upcoming films. Leave your comments there as well!

4 comments:

NATHANIEL R said...

I feel a little terrible that my object of lust "CT" did not get any votes from me for his many films but I'll still see them

Fox said...

Channing Tatum is like a nice mix of adorable and tough at the same time. I love watching that guy. I hope he sky-rockets in Hollywood. Apparently his also really nice fella!

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