Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Anticipatory Goodness

Excellent post on My New Plaid Pants looking at the movies he's most excited for as the year draws into its final quarter. Back when I used to write for 411 mania, I'd do about three of these columns a year, as the movies I would look forward to most would shift and change as the year went on. Here's where my list stands now, in order of most anticipated:

1 - Milk (Gus Van Sant)
2 - Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme)
3 - Zack and Miri Make a Porno (Kevin Smith)
4 - Australia (Baz Luhrman)
5 - Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (Peter Sollett)
6 - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (David Fincher)
7 - The Wrestler (Darren Aronofsky)
8 - The Brothers Bloom (Rian Johnson)
9 - Doubt (John Patrick Shanley)
10 - Synecdoche, NY (Charlie Kaufman)

Looking at that list, four of those movies (numbers 2, 3, 5, and 7) were totally not there at the beginning of the year. While more good-on-paper movies like Revolutionary Road and Frost/Nixon have fallen by the wayside, I'm suddenly falling back in love with Jonathan Demme and Kevin Smith. It's a good feeling.

I'm more bullish on Australia now than I was before, while I'm slightly less so on Benjamin Button (for no good reason -- it can't be that bullshitty "bad buzz" that greeted those few clips; am I creeped out by Old Baby Brad Pitt?). Milk has been my number-one movie all year, and that has only been amplified by a stellar trailer and awesome word of mouth.

And yes, I do realize that my list is dominated by weirdo auteurs who have been embraced by the middlebrow film snob community and whose movies tend to make their partisans feel better about their own intelligence simply by virtue of the fact that the mainstream doesn't fully embrace them. I am well aware.

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