Over at Film Experience, I’ve been having a conversation about films I’m most excited to see this coming year. It turns out that all of my favorite directors (the ones that are alive) seem to be releasing films in 2009. Kiarostami, Haneke, Woody Allen, Lars von Trier, Quentin Tarantino, Julie Taymor, Jane Campion, Wes Anderson, Terrence Malick, Terry Gilliam, Spike Jonze, Sam Raimi, Michel Gondry, etc. etc.
Justin Long and Zooey Deschanel are in about 500 movies coming out next year, which I think is pretty great. Especially the Deschanel part. Wes Anderson’s The Fantastic Mr. Fox is finally coming out, which I’m really curious to see. It’s been on imdb for so long now.
Julie Taymor is doing another Shakespeare adaptation (The Tempest)…I’m hoping along the lines of Titus. Taymor is so excellent with visuals, but I would rather she work with time honored material, and The Tempest is one of my favorites. Maybe she’ll do it like the production I once saw that only had three actors, one of the males playing all of the female characters, even when they had to communicate with each other. This one supposedly changes Prospero into Prospera…so that sounds awesome.
Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaul are finally playing brothers in Brothers. Cold Souls, 500 Days of Summer, World’s Greatest Dad, and An Education are all Sundance films that got great reviews from Scott and I coming out this year. Cormac McArthy’s The Road is coming up. Larry David is in the new Woody Allen movie…and on and on.
There are so many things to be excited about. Check out Film Experience starting tomorrow for some really funny jokes I made about it. Oh yeah, and Joe, JA, and Fox are making some good (better) ones too!