2006: Movies I am Looking Forward To

So far, 2006 has been a dull month. With not many Oscar hopefuls in the marketplace and January sluggishness now extending into March sluggishness, the only people who have had anything to cheer about this year have been Horror fans.

And I am not a horror fan.

So, here are the movies I am most looking forward to in 2006:

  • V for Vendetta (17th of March)
    Ever since “Aint it Cool News started raving about this one last December”:http://www.aintitcool.com/display.cgi?id=21999 this has been the one to watch for. The Wachowskis, Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving in a terrorist-as-hero graphic novel adaptation- can that sentence go wrong? UPDATE:This movie was fantastic. A thinking man’s action film- not quite subtle- but one that raises all the right questions without feeling the need to answer all of them.
  • American Dreams (21st of April)
    Dennis Quaid and Hugh Grant in a Paul Weitz movie. That’s one feel great movie for this spring. UPDATE (22nd of April):This was not quite as good as I had expected but a solid satire on pop culture, politics and foreign policy. It stuck to easy targets for the most part, but Hugh Grant, Dennis Quaid and Mandy Moore hold up their extremes quite well.
  • Art School Confidential (28th of April)
    One word: Terry Zwigoff. OK, those are two words, but they stand for the guy who did Ghost World and Bad Santa; both my top 5 films of 2001 and 2003, respectively. Written by Ghost World’s Daniel Clowes.
  • The Da Vinci Code (19th of May)
    Maybe? Ron Howard hasn’t impressed me much since Apollo 13, but this one is hard to do wrong.
  • Cars (9th of June)
    Pixar. John Lasseter. Do these words mean anything to you?
  • Superman Returns (30th of June)
    I was only mildly interested until that last trailer hit. My god- even with Brando’s back-from-the-dead narration- that trailer had me stoked.
  • A Scanner Darkly (7th of July)
    Ah yes, I have a few movie weaknesses and one of the biggest is Richard Linklater. I would watch it if it was a blank screen for 3 hours. Yes, that kind of a weakness.
  • Little Miss Sunshine (28th of July)
    Steve Carell going for drama in a Sundance-selected ensemble quirky family on a Volkswagen-van road trip to a child beauty pagent is exactly my kind of movie. I think.
  • The Science of Sleep (18th of August)
    The last thing Michael Gondry did was “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”:http://www.devanshanu.com/things/2005/02/28/2004/ which- if you were paying attention- was my favorite movie of 2005. I also think Gael García Bernal (and Diego Garcia, who’s not in this one) are on the verge of becoming the Antonio Banderas(es) of this generation.
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