CATEGORIES New Releases, Fandom, Movie Marketing, James Bond, Daniel Craig, Movie News, New Releases, CinematicalUSA Today has a piece up today about 16 "hot" movies to watch for in 2008. Here's the list:
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Sex and the City: The Movie
The Dark Knight
Quantum of Solace (aka the New James Bond Flick)
The Incredible Hulk
Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Madagascar: The Crate Escape
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Of these, I'm excited about Indiana Jones (if only to see a geriatric Harrison Ford swinging that bullwhip around), The Dark Knight (if only to see Heath Ledger), Iron Man (if only to see Robert Downey, Jr), Speed Racer (hey, it's the Wachowskis and looks pretty trippy) and Caspian and the Harry Potter (because I love the books). I'm moderately interested in seeing Mamma Mia!, X-Files, Star Trek, and The Day the Earth Stood Still. The latter has Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly and I'm curious to see how it comes out. There's not a lot of midde ground for me with Keanu, I either love him (Speed, the Matrix flicks, My Own Private Idaho) or loathe him (A Walk in the Clouds, Johnny Mnemonic).
I've not got a lot of interest in the Sex and the City movie, really -- been there, done that, don't think we need the movie. I've never been that into Bond, so can take or leave this latest entry. I'd rather see more of Matt Damon in another Bourne flick, personally. The Incredible Hulk? Meh. The Mummy? Uh, no. Don't care. Madagascar was cute the first time, but I'm not convinced it merits a sequel. I get the whole built-in appeal that makes it easier to sell kids on harassing their parents into buying Happy Meals to get the toys; other than that, I don't see that a Madagascar sequel has a lot of reason to exist. Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3D kinda feels like Land of the Lost in 3D ("Marshall, Will and Holly, on a routine expedition ...")
2008 has an awful lot of films that are sequels, remakes or adaptations, which kinda makes me wonder where, outside the indie film world, is the original material? Not that adaptations can't be perfectly good films, and I get that the Bonds and geek/superhero fare will always have that built in fanbase, but I do like a bit of originality mixed in with my rehash, just for flavor.
I was going to put a poll for this, but since our polling system currently only allows you to make one choice, and I figure a lot of folks might have more than one film they're pumped about seeing, a discussion might be more interesting. Here's your sandbox -- which of these films are you most excited to see? Which could you care less about? And which shouldn't have been made at all? Discuss away.