Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Movies to look forward to...

I hate hyping myself up for movies too much, but there's nothing wrong with a little anticipation is there? This article by Devin Faraci at Chud has certainly got me psyched to see the three films he calls "stunning achievements, absolute masterworks". And those films are Guillermo del Toro's dark fantasy Pan's Labyrinth, Alfonso Cuaron's dystopian sci-fi tale Children of Men, and Darren Aronofsky's millenia spanning love story The Fountain.

I've been hearing about The Fountain for years - it's had quite a troubled production. Pan's Labyrinth has been on my radar for some time as well - at least a year, if not more. Children of Men caught me by surprise though - I knew nothing of it till I saw the trailer, and while my curiosity was piqued then, I didn't get too excited by it till the reviews started popping up.

I have no idea if I'll wind up loving these films or not (or even hating them - The Fountain has had its share of extreme negative reactions), but given the people involved and the positive reactions from credible sources, I'm certain that they are exceptional films that will be worth watching.

Besides those three, I'm also keenly anticipating Zack Snyder and Frank Miller's ultra stylized Battle of Thermopylae film 300, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3, and Hot Fuzz from Shaun of the Dead duo Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright.


sanity index said...

I was going to comment on this the last time I was here... I very much look forward to The Fountain, saw a preview for Pan's Labyrinth and am still undecided, and thank you for putting Children of Men on my radar!

For the most part, I ignore critics and go with my guts. The premise for The Fountain is too interesting to pass it up.

Antimatter said...

Don't be undecided, it's gonna be great, and at the very least something different! :) The preview had that cheesy Mr Voice Guy, plus it hides the fact that the film isn't in English (the cheeky bastards).

I don't go by what critics say, but it's always interesting to see what the critical consensus is... I do enjoy reading thoughtful reviews after seeing a film; I rarely do more than skim most reviews before seeing one.