Tuesday, February 03, 2009


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:

JA from My New Plaid Pants
Whitney from Dear Jesus
Joe from Low Resolution

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.

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.

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.


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!



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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