Friday, September 08, 2006

The Fall Of Hollywood

I recently saw a USA Today feature (which means it's on two pages) about the top ten films coming this fall. I always hope that's when they'll finally release the high-quality stuff. From the article, I don't expect much.

Here's the list:

1. Hollywoodland (opening today). Adrien Brody investigates the mysterious death of George Reeves, who played Superman on TV (I thought it was suicide). Reeves' life interests me, but a fake investigation of his death doesn't.

2. The Black Dahlia. Another mysterious real-life death in Hollywood. Brian De Palma can be an intriguing director, but I have no interest in this ancient (1947) case.

3. All The King's Men. I'm not the biggest fan of the original, but a modern remake, even with a good cast, sounds far worse.

4. The Departed. The latest from Martin Scorsese, whose best work seems years behind him. The cast attracts me, but early word is not great.

5. Flags Of Our Fathers. I usually don't like Clint Eastwood films anyway, and while WWII was the central event of the last century, it doesn't mean movies about it (that I already know the story of) are any good.

6. Marie Antoinette. Booed at Cannes, and I didn't even like Sofia Coppola's "good" film Lost In Translation.

7. Babel. The word is pretty good so I have some hope for this one (even if it's not in English).

8. A Good Year. A male Under The Tuscan Sun. No thanks.

9. Casino Royale. The Bond series is pretty tired. Perhaps Daniel Craig can re-animate it, but we don't even know if it'll be better than the first movie version.

10. Bobby. The assassination of Robert Kennedy. More boring politics, this time from director Emilio Estevez.

At least there'll be new Lost.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope The Departed is good. Scorsese's always said he doesn't care about plot, but the plot of Infernal Affairs was really strong IMHO and as long as MS doesn't mess with it too much, I think there's at least hope.

7:40 AM, September 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to some other reviews of Hollywoodland that I've read, there was a brief thought that George Reeves' death wasn't suicide ("foul play suspected" and all that).

Doesn't matter; I have no confidence that Ben Affleck can have a leading role in a good movie.

1:45 PM, September 08, 2006  

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