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Filmstalker's films to see in 2007

Cameo-Screen1.jpgWell we're a few days into 2007, and to finish off the trilogy of articles on the passing of the year film wise, here's the last in the series, the blockbuster completion if you will. Here are the films that I will be looking out for in 2007, and there's a few on the list. Not content with just doing a top ten, I've listed all the films I'm looking forward to seeing this year.

To help you along the journey I've added a quick list at the start of the article, so if you don't want to read through them all just click on the film and you'll head straight to the write up.

The films carry the UK release dates, and are taken from the IMDB upcoming list, so bear in mind over the months to come these dates will no doubt shift, and there are films I will have obviously missed out, if I have please do add them in with a comment about why you are looking forward to them. As usual, on with the debate!

First up, here's the list of films. Just select a title and you'll head down the page to my explanation. Otherwise, just keep scrolling and reading.

January
5th Apocalypto
12th Smokin' Aces, The Last King of Scotland
19th Rocky Balboa, Babel, Zwartboek, Infamous
26th Ils, The Fountain, Bobby, Blood Diamond
February
2nd Notes on a Scandal
9th Hannibal Rising
16th Hot Fuzz, The Bridge
23rd The Good Shepherd, Letters from Iwo Jima, Number 23, Sheitan
March
2nd Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia (Curse of the Golden Flower)
9th Inland Empire, Gone, The Good German
16th Zodiac
23rd Shooter
30th 300
April
6th Sunshine, The Hitcher, Turistas, Unknown, The Reaping, Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)
20th The Kingdom
May
4th Spider-Man 3
11th Balls of Fury, 28 Weeks Later...
18th Black Snake Moan
25th Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End, Jindabyne
June
8th Ocean's Thirteen
15th Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
29th Shrek the Third
July
6th Live Free or Die Hard
13th Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
27th Transformers, The Simpsons Movie
August
3rd The Bourne Ultimatum
September
14th The Invasion
21st Resident Evil: Extinction
October
19th Halloween, Grand Theft Auto IV
November
9th Vantage Point, American Gangster
December
14th I Am Legend


January
5th Apocalypto
With all the fuss about Gibson dying down, the next target is the film itself with calls of historical innaccuracies and misportrayals. To me this all reeks of double standards as films such as Pearl Harbour, Braveheart and U571 never drew much comment from the US. As long as the film is not pitching itself as historical fact and carries a decent message at the start, what does it really matter? Seems it's all out for Gibson at the moment. Controversy aside, the epic scale, the non-acting cast, the ancient language, and the brutal aspect of the film has me fascinated, and eager to see for myself. Review due tomorrow.

12th Smokin' Aces
This just looks stunning doesn't it? The teaser and trailers we've seen to date are very stylish and sports a superb cast and such a great story premise. Jeremy Piven is the guy that has immediately latched me onto this tale, but then there's Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta and Peter Berg who are also great actors with a superb screen presence. Yes, it's going to be all out action, but I'm just expecting so much style and classy writing from this. Hopefully I'm not hoping for too much, but there's nothing yet to make me think otherwise.

12th The Last King of Scotland
I deeply regret not taking the chance to see this at the Inverness Film Festival, so now I have to wait until later this month to see it. I love Forest Whitaker both in front and behind of the camera, so to hear that his performance here is garnering award after award is great news and is making me hungry to see it. Whitaker seems to put in a blistering performance, and when you see him on the clips, teasers and trailers, he's just so powerful and intimidating, and then the next moment he's warm and charming. It's also a very powerful tale and the story of what Amin did should be out there for all to see. Listen, none of this anticipation is regarding the loose connection with Scotland. Okay, maybe a little! Seriously, this is going to be a blistering performance.

19th Rocky Balboa
How can you not want to see this film? The sixth and final in the series that Sylvester Stallone wrote, directed and starred in and promises the fans that it will rectify what the last put wrong, bringing a true Rocky tale to the screen with added dramatic impact. Everyone who has seen or read anything of this film is singing its praises, and Stallone is confident for the film. If he can inject anything from his brilliant Cop Land performance then we're in for a great dramatic end to the lengthy tale of Rocky. The fact that he's now in his fifties is such a bonus for the tale, unlike most franchise returns. This could well be one of my favourite films of the year.

19th Babel
It's an intriguing trailer, and early on the studio cleverly put in a scene where Cate Blanchett and Brad Pitt have a really strong acting moment together. It's quiet, restrained, but filled with emotion, not the usual marketing release but it grabs you and tells the tone of the film instantly. It looks a like a strong ensemble film that's going to pack a powerful message. I'm a big fan of Blanchett and Pitt really can pull out powerful, emotive performances, it looks like this is going to be one of these.

19th Zwartboek
Paul Verhoeven co-wrote and directed this film of a Jewish girl fighting in the Dutch resistance, and I have to say that there's so much more to the story than just that, and the film is getting some very strong reviews. What's more interesting is to look at Verhoeven's past filmmaking experience and to think that this is a World War II thriller. What's more amazing is that by all accounts he's pulled it off and created quite a strong film. I'm really keen to see how Verhoeven has created this and brought it to the screen.

26th Ils (Them) (Filmstalker review)
I've already seen this film, and I have to recommend it to you and try and persuade you to go and see it. This is such an effective horror and has so many great tricks up its sleeve to scare you, and I'm not talking the leaping out from the cupboard kind of scare. The writering and directing team of David Moreau and Xavier Palud have now been pulled into Hollywood and are going to remake the strong Asian horror called The Eye, not to mention the rumour that they've been signed to remake this film for Hollywood. For me budget is not going to beat writing and a passion for your material, and that's what Ils has. Right until the very closing moment of the film you're shocked and the surprises keep coming. Ils is a superbly effective thriller-horror that you really have to see.

26th The Fountain
I'm not sure if I'm going to like it, but this is a journey I really want to see. Hugh Jackman alongside Rachael Weiss both playing very dramatically for such an epic sounding tale just can't be missed. It almost feels like an event film, a film you have to see to say you've seen it, but I think it promises so much more. Darren Aronofsky is a superb writer and director who I discovered through the amazing Requim for a Dream which pulled a stunning performance from the gorgeous Jennifer Connelly. I'm sure that this will be the same for The Fountain. It's promising in story, talent, acting and just sheer scale, and a must see film for the year.

26th Bobby
I think this one is difficult for me and it's on the edge of not being caught this year. There's not a lot about Robert Kennedy himself, but more about people around the event who are affected by the assassination. The talent pool is stunning and hugely varied, and so many talented actors and actresses. I think the one clip that's caught me into this film is that of, surprise, Demi Moore. She's sitting there pretending to be a lush, smoking away, and talking to Sharon Stone as though she's a bitter and broken woman, and she just nails that scene perfectly. So for me it's the cast and that scene that's inspiring me to see the film. Is it enough? I'm not so sure with the early reviews aren't exactly bursting with praise.

26th Blood Diamond
Okay so Leonardo DiCaprio's accent is a little bit odd when watching the trailer, but after a few viewings it's not that bad and you concentrate on the strong performances that are promised from both he and Djimon Hounsou. There's also the third in the line-up of the leads with Jennifer Connelly again, as well as the superb Arnold Vosloo. This is another story that's focused on something that is affecting people in the world today, something political and with a sense of purpose in the world, yet it's packaged up in a strong thriller, and I really like that aspect of film. They can bring forward a real world message and yet still be extremely entertaining, and that's what I'm hoping from this film.

February
2nd Notes on a Scandal
This came out of nowhere for me and when I saw the trailer of Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench playing against type, very much so on Dench's part. These two actresses, for me at least, are very much the leaders of their industry and Dench moreso, so to see them working together is going to be superb. The story looks extremely powerful and yet very intimate at the same time, and with such a strong casting I don't think there's any reason we can afford ignore this film.

9th Hannibal Rising
Well despite the lacklustre feel of what is set to come in this story, this is another film I think I just have to see regardless. The idea that young Lector is wearing the restraint mask from the films of his later life just reeks of forced storytelling, but the early life of that very alluring character Hannibal is the positive side of the film. I'm almost finished reading Hannibal by Thomas Harris, and I'm bitterly disappointed, and I already have Hannibal Rising to read as an Xmas pressie (thanks Jill!). I'm not really expecting that much from the book, and I'm sure that the film is going to lose a lot of the subtlety from Manhunter and Silence of the Lambs, which is a huge shame. Still, it is a must see to find out how the Lector character comes to pass, and there's a chance it could work out.

16th Hot Fuzz
After Shaun of the Dead you could be mistaken for worrying that the follow up could never live up to the cleverness and comedy of their first film. Well, from everything we've seen so far Shaun was just the beginning, there are bags of talent and comedy in these guys and already I'm looking forward to more. Hot Fuzz is the story of a superb cop thrown out of London because he's just too successful and he ends up in the middle of nowhere in a little local constabulary. Yet the village turns out not to be as quiet as they first thought and his talents are in call more than ever. The trailer promises some very strong setups and there are hardly any of the characters featured in it, although we see a great shot of the moustached and evil Timothy Dalton.

16th The Bridge
I heard about this film some time ago and was immediately drawn to it. With cameras filming the Golden Gate Bridge for a year, filming suicide attempts and using them to tell the story of some of the two dozen suicides during that time. Amazingly the documentary makers got involved and managed to prevent suicides during the time of their filming. The film actually looks at how people get to this point, and tries to demystify what's behind these faceless statistics. I'm intrigued by the material of the film, not by the aspect of death and suicide, but by how the film will look at the people behind those that take their own lives and what drives them to this.

23rd The Good Shepherd
This is really Robert De Niro's long time project of the birth of the CIA. Although he really wanted to film the later part of the life of the agent Edward Wilson leading around the destruction of the Berlin Wall, but the earlier years was deemed better for a first film. I really want to see more of this story and find out if the producer who was responsible for damaging a few Exorcist films has managed to hit this with his midas touch. More than that I'm keen to find out how strong the performances turn out because looking at the cast list I do feel there's a little bit of a mismatch, Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie? Although saying that there's also De Niro, Alec Baldwin, Michael Gambon, William Hurt, Joe Pesci, John Turturro, and so on. Definitely worth a visit.

23rd Letters from Iwo Jima
The second of Clint Eastwood's two films about the battle of Iwo Jima, although Flags of Our Fathers had a release in 2006, I'm not really seeing it until 2007 and it'll be an interesting comparison against the Japanese viewpoint of the battle in Letters from Iwo Jima. The lead of Ken Watanabe already promises great presence and stature, with the sedate and restrained work from Eastwood there's obviously bags of Oscar potential and such a strong message from both films.

23rd The Number 23
I keep saying this, Jim Carrey shouldn't keep doing all out comedy and he really should explore his dramatic side more. Just look at Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or The Truman Show, the man is a great actor and he's forever hiding it with his comic turns. So I'm really keen to see him playing in this thriller of a man slowly turning himself mad when he finds a book that convinces him that everything is a coincidence in his life. He's backed up by two great actors, Danny Huston and the superb and gorgeous Virginia Madsen. Okay so Joel Schumacher directing and he has a serious up and down backlist, and I'm hoping this is an up and we get a really good performance from a serious and non-rubber faced Carrey. Oh, and look at that lovely release date.

23rd Sheitan
I missed this at the EIFF last year, but I'm still pretty keen to see it for two reasons, horror and Vincent Cassel. Cassel is an amazing actor and apparently this film is quite an over the top performance but in a superb way. It's a typical horror on paper, but there's that promised performance of Cassel that just has me hugely interested.

March
2nd Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia aka Curse of the Golden Flower
The trailers and stills for this film look absolutely gorgeous, not to mention the great stunts and fight work. I have to say that this could be the best Asian film to make it across the water and it looks set to usurp both Hero and Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon. The cinematography looks amazing and that alone would be enough to tempt you in, but then there's Chow Yun-Fat and the writer and director Yimou Zhang. This does promise to be spectacular.

9th Inland Empire
David Lynch. That's it, that's the reason to see this film. Lynch is coming out with what seems to be more like a stream of consciousness rather than a film with a plotted out story. The idea of a Lynch film is alluring, and so it's on the list.

9th Gone
I've seen a trailer way back for this and it sounds like it could well deliver some psychological aspects to the thriller rather than just straight horror. A couple out travelling through the Australian outback pick up an American who cleverly works to split them apart and rip apart the relationships. I do hoe there's more psychology than horror, it would be great to see how the stranger works his way into their lives and pulls them apart.

9th The Good German
Film noir from Steven Soderbergh with George Clooney, Cate Blanchett and Tobey MacGuire starting to clear away the cobwebs of Spidey, doesn't it already sound like a strong offering? There's quite a few other strong actors in the film too, and although some early comments are saying it's not as strong as expected I think that any non comedy or romantic role that Clooney stars in is well worth seeing these days.

16th Zodiac
David Fincher returns, and just like Inland Empire and David Lynch, this is a much anticipated return that could probably sell the this movie on its own, but there's much more here. Again the cast is impressive, Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards and Brian Cox, never mind that the story is about the men who became obsessed with finding the notorious and never caught San Francisco serial killer Zodiac. It's taken from the actual book written by Robert Graysmith, the character who is played by Gyllenhaal. I'm interested in the fact that it focuses more on the men who become obsessed with the capture of the killer than of the story of the killer or killers themselves.

23rd Shooter
The trailer makes this look like a powerful film with Danny Glover and Mark Wahlberg both doing something a little different. Sure the story is something we've heard before where a man is pulled back in to do a mission that turns out to be there to set him up, but it does look well filmed and full of action. Wahlberg might just suit more of the action roles too, I'm also interested to see Glover playing what looks to be a bad guy, he may not ready for retirement after all. Oh, and did I mention that the superb director Antoine Fuqua was in charge?

30th 300
Wow. What is there to say about this Frank Miller comic adapted for the big screen. Just like Sin City it looks set to carry tons of atmosphere and style, and this could be the film that catapults Gerard Butler to the forefront of Hollywood, in fact I think we're seeing that already and the film hasn't been released as yet. Gorgeous looking (not Butler!), packed with style and action, this promises to be one of the biggest films of the year, not just for the comic fans either.

April
6th Sunshine
There's been a long wait it seems for this film, Danny Boyle and Alex Garland in space with a few strong names such as Cillian Murphy and Michelle Yeoh. Scientists head to the Sun to find out what happened to the last expedition that was never heard of again, and to try and complete the mission they never, save the sun from extinction and therefore the destruction of life on Earth. What will Boyle make of this Garland script, and how will Yeoh be in this all English language role?

6th The Hitcher
I have to see this for two reasons, one is Sean Bean replacing Rutger Hauer as the classic Hitcher character, and the second is the fact that it's the Michael Bay remake of a cult horror-thriller which is superbly written and directed. It's not over the top and it's all very restrained, something I fear that this remake won't be. It'll be big, loud and explosive, and nothing like the original. Still, with such a great original it's a must see.

13th Turistas
There's already been a few disappointing reviews that are saying this isn't the film you're lead to believe. It's not that scary or horrific, and that's a huge disappointment considering its R rating and what the teaser and storyline promise, however not so surprising when you've seen all the marketing clips that show just about constant dialogue and bikini shots. The film is about a group of younger holidaymakers in Brazil who are robbed and then taken to a local's house in the middle of nowhere to stay. From here on it does get quite similar to Hostel, but some of the scenes look to have a lot of promise, yet the early reviews say otherwise.

13th Unknown
This is a quiet little horror-thriller that from the trailer has a similar feel to the first Saw, and yet it looks like quite a bit more. Five men wake up in a locked warehouse with no memory of who they are. They are forced to try and work out what's going on and suspicion and paranoia creep in. Sounds interesting doesn't it, or are you thinking it's too much like Saw? Okay let me drop these names on you, James Caviezel, Greg Kinnear, Bridget Moynahan, Joe Pantoliano and Barry Pepper. Yes, that's the cast, interested now?

13th The Reaping
This is the biblical horror-thriller starring the gorgeous Hilary Swank. The trailer makes it look strong, setting up an interesting quandary for the heroine of the film and in many ways it feels similar to the Demi Moore film The Seventh Sign, but still quite different. I'm intrigued to see what the talents of Swank are doing with this film. Is she taking a job to get something else made or to earn some cash, or is this befitting of some of the powerful roles she's had to date? I'm interested to see which way this turns out.

13th Das Leben der Anderen aka The Lives of Others
I have but a faint recollection of hearing about this film, and I can't remember anything really about it. Yet in the back of my mind something is tugging and telling me to go and see it. The film looks at the heavy observation that often occurred in East Germany. The Minister of Culture becomes interested in a couple, an actress and a dramatist who are both big intellectual stars, and he orders full observation of them, more and more he becomes fascinated by their lives and what he sees. I can't tell you any more and can give no real reason why I'm looking forward to it. I'm just sure I've heard about it somewhere and that it was very positive.

20th The Kingdom
I always associate Peter Berg with acting, and he's a good actor too, but I hardly ever think of him as a director. I keep forgetting that he helmed the superb Very Bad Things, and he's working on a number of projects just now from the remake of Cheung fo (The Mission), the Black Ops revenge thriller The Losers to Tonight, He Comes with Will Smith and Charlize Theron. He's certainly lining himself up some great projects with good talent, and I'm really hoping he keeps up what I so enjoyed with Very Bad Things. The story is strong and is set in the modern day, real world, add a pretty solid cast and this could well be a strong thriller which has the potential to say quite a bit.

May
4th Spider-Man 3
What is there to say? One of the big trilogy blockbusters of the year and we've got Venom and Sandman in there to fight Spidey. Hopefully it's not the final one with Raimi and Maguire, but I think we should go expecting that.

11th Balls of Fury
Bizarre looking, but strangely attractive, this is a film that's pulling me to it for Christopher Walken and the Enter the Dragon idea transposed to…Ping Pong. Comedies in the last few years have really left me doing little more than giggling occasionally and I've been put off seeing so many that people have recommended. I'm hoping that this might turn me around and make me look back on some of those highly recommended films, and maybe find something in there to laugh heartily at.

11th 28 Weeks Later...
Although I wasn't a huge fan of 28 Days Later, it was clever and looked at the Zombie idea a little differently. This sequel intends to do that very same thing and puts a very clever slant on what to do once the Zombies have been quarantined and the disease wiped out, that is, repopulate. However things aren't going to go quite the way the US forces who imposed the quarantine expected, and as the British return so does the disease. It sounds interesting, I just hope it's better than the first film.

18th Black Snake Moan
Controversial right off the bat, but Cristina Ricci and Samuel L. Jackson star and Jackson isn't falling on his stereotypical performance, so that has to be good. The story is certainly off the beaten track of Hollywood, with a god-fearing bluesman taking in Ricci after finding her beaten and left for dead at the side of the road. She's full of addiction so he chains her to the radiator to help her fight her demons, and in the process…certainly sounds off the beaten track enough to be something different, but something special?

25th Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
I really didn't want to put this here, but when I thought about it I realised that I couldn't miss this other blockbuster trilogy. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (Filmstalker review) was poor and was an advertisement for the new ride and only gave us the first two acts, this should be the third act to conclude it and hopefully return to the entertainment factor of the first. Please though, leave it there.

25th Jindabyne (Filmstalker review)
Another film I've seen, I know, but another one that's worth telling you to watch out for. A solid story with some genuinely creepy moments, but it's really about the characters as their relationships fall apart after discovering a dead Aboriginal girl and the excellent performances from the gorgeous Laura Linney and Gabriel Byrne. Ermm, he's not gorgeous as Linney!

June
8th Ocean's Thirteen
Another trilogy blockbuster gets completed, and this is perhaps one of the more promising ones. The cast is stunning, and must have cost a fortune to get together, so we have to hope not all the budget is blown on that and there's a strong enough script to hold up to the previous two and give us the same style and entertainment we're used to from the series. What we've seen so far certainly confirms that, and you have to admit the performances are fun to watch, if slightly easy for the actors.

15th Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer. That's it I'm afraid, I'm really not looking forward to anything else in this film and if it wasn't for his arrival I might well miss it. Even so, he's not looking that great in the effects shots I've seen so far, but we'll give it a go and see. Things like the Fantasticar are really making the cheese pour out of the story for me, and that's a clear indication of why I never really enjoyed the comic, too much cheese.

29th Shrek the Third
Okay, when I said a little while back about me being put off by comedies because there are so many bad ones I've seen, well here's a series that shows there's still original comedy in comedy films. Another massive trilogy completed this year, and how can you not be looking forward to seeing these characters frolic on screen once again? Supposedly the ideas and new characters are as good as ever, and although history might suggest otherwise for trilogies and freshness and originality, this one might just live up to it.

July
6th Live Free or Die Hard
Bruce Willis returns and there seems like there might not be a vest in sight, or any hair! Seriously though, this film promises wads of action, particularly with Len Wiseman at the helm, and despite some ropey effects in the early teaser, I think we're going to be blown away by the action. However, there's something that does have me a little worried, the sheer over the top factor of the film. I'm worried it might go too far, and it's only the one scene that has me worried from the trailer, something that just makes me think of the silliness of some of the car stunts in Transporter II (Filmstalker review). It's when the car is driven into the middle barrier of the road and flies into the helicopter and explodes…Again, it's just one scene, so I'll hold judgement, but it does have me a little worried.

13th Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Well I'm no big fan, but the idea that this is going to be the darkest and more adult of the films to date has me very interested, that and some of the superb names associated with the cast - Robbie Coltrane, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, and the superb Alan Rickman. Despite my Potter aversion, I think this might pull me in.

27th Transformers
This is perhaps the major film event of the year, our first chance to see the full size, real life, robots in disguise. Yes, so Michael Bay is directing, but let's look on the good side of Bay, he delivers action pictures galore and they often do have more than one layer in them and good characters. Why won't that work in Transformers? As for the updating of their look, I'm all for that, as he himself said at one point, blocky 80's looking paintjobs aren't what we would want to see. I am looking forward to it, but I'm expecting action and scale galore and that's it.

27th The Simpsons Movie
Well, it's the Simpsons isn't it, and that's all the reason I'm going to see it. There's going to be laughs galore and hopefully as clever and witty a script as with the series.

August
3rd The Bourne Ultimatum
Okay, I'm actually not looking forward to this much. I'm expecting another ramp up of the shaky camera work, but I am hoping for another thrilling script to come forward. Despite the difficulty in following the action the second was still very entertaining and well written, and Matt Damon is rather good in this role. Another big film trilogy though!

September
14th The Invasion
More than anything I'm keen to see if this can actually work. Despite the name changes back and forth and the reshoot, I'm hopeful that the big name cast and the direction of Oliver Hirschbiegel will bring something more than a remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers as we've always been told this is supposed to be.

21st Resident Evil: Extinction
Hey, don't knock it. These films are fun, and I'm interested to see where they take the story, not exactly looking forward to it like the rest of these films, but mildly interested for some mindless fun. Come on, it's just mindless Zombie shooting and action, what's so wrong with that?

October
19th Halloween
Another big name remake, and this one has Rob Zombie remaking the John Carpenter classic that spawned one of the biggest horror franchises. There are worlds between Zombie and Carpenter in terms of style, so it'll be interesting to see what comes out of this and if Zombie adopts a Carpenter-esque feel for the film, more moody and menacing than in your face blood and violence. The cast has pretty much been announced and it's looking like a Devils Rejects (Filmstalker review) reunion. I'm not so sure this can turn out as well as the original, but it's worth seeing how it does.

19th Grand Theft Auto IV
It's not strictly a film, but for me this ranks up there with the releases on the list in terms of anticipation and entertainment. The previous GTA: San Andreas was huge and the plot was very cinematic, now we're going to get more, bigger, better and supposedly even more free roaming. Sign me up for my pre-order.

November
9th Vantage Point
This film had immediate interest for me. It's the telling of an assassination attempt on the President of the United States from five different viewpoints, supposedly revealing different aspects of the assassination as we move on, and hopefully twisting and turning us more often than we expect. Matthew Fox, William Hurt, Eduardo Noriega, Dennis Quaid, Sigourney Weaver and Forest Whitaker in another big cast film, there's a lot of them about this year. Sounds like a great thriller and it makes me think of all the political thrillers of the seventies. This is definitely on my interested in list, whether Whitaker takes home an Oscar or not, he's one of the best actors around.

9th American Gangster
This film is another with a dicey past, it's already been cancelled once and the studios had to pay the actors involved despite it being cancelled. Well now it's back on and Denzel Washington is back for pay cheque number two and Russell Crowe is alongside him for a hopefully strong dramatic performance. There are a few other good names in there like Cuba Gooding Jr., Carla Gugino and John Ortiz, and the story sounds good. During the 1970's a drug smuggler uses the body bags of soldiers killed in Vietnam to smuggle heroin into the country, based on a magazine article of the time, this looks set to be a tough story. Previously Antoine Fuqua was lined up to direct, now it's Ridley Scott, and part of me wishes it still was Fuqua, but Scott will do a great job, just with a thick spread of style over the top.

December
14th I Am Legend
Will Smith revisits the source material of the Richard Matheson novel of the same name which was already made as the film The Omega Man with the gun wielding Charlton Heston. I liked the original film, I really did enjoy it, and I'm having a hard time finding what they could bring to the new one apart from scares and better effects. Is this going to turn into a tepid remake, or is there something that could really come out of this? We heard in the past that the clever aspect of the story with the infected tribes becoming intelligent and working against the sole survivor was gone and it became the all out fight for survival, and that was severely disappointing. I'm thinking this is going to be a poor version and we're going to miss out the excellent aspects of the original story.


Well there you go, thanks for making it through that with me. That's the list to look forward to, and I'll get that entered in the upcoming list that's shown across the site. Do you agree or disagree with any of these, or are there some films that I haven't included that are on your list?





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Comments

Richard,

You never cease to amaze me with the amount of writing you do on this blog!

Your list is giving me ideas of what to check out as well. My buddy reviewed "The Fountain" on my site recently and I'll be seeing "Balls of Fury" at Sundance later this month.

I'm hoping to get out and see a LOT more films this year!

Vic

Just caught Sheitan at Fango's Weekend of Horrors (review and all that jazz on site). I think I want to see Hannibal Rising because it just sounds so....bad. Balls of Fury looks quite fun, and so does Black Snake Moan. Here's hoping it's a better year than last year.

Richard, without a shadow of a doubt 300 will be the movie for me in 07. Ever since getting wind of this movie back in 05, I have been waiting like a child does for x'mas...Just 3 more months!!!!!!!

I'm right there with you, mike. I'll probably take off work that day and catch the first matinee.

I know it's already shown across the pond, but Pan's Labyrinth would have been on my list had a theater actually decided to run it locally.

Well hap, just to make u feel good, where I live over in the far east, we don't even have "The Descent" yet, not cinema or dvd. And that movie came out in the UK in mid 05. So I have to use "other means" to watch it!!! By the way b4 I watched that movie I put on a pair of man size pampers, so i would'nt piss my wife off by messing up our sofa!!

Cheers Vic. What can I say, I love writing and I'm glad people read it, even at this length!! Perhaps we could do something together on the films this year then...who knows.

Mike\Hap - 300 is definitely up there in my top must sees. I think it's going to be stormingly good.

Damn, that's a shame you haven't had a descent Descent (see what I did?!) release Mike, well "other methods" can be a good substitute!

Richard, finally!!! ;D

Well, I've seen Apocalypto on opening day and just waiting to read your review now Rich. I've seen 30 films in 2006 (I know not a lot!) and would definitely like to see more films this year.

I'll try to be as organised as Mr. Filmstalker here- I'll also write them in the order of their release date, and the ones with an asterisk means they're films I can not afford to miss.

January-
*The Last Kind of Scotland
*Rocky Balboa
Zwartboek (Black Book)
*Blood Diamond
*The Fountain
Smokin' Aces

February-
*Notes on a Scandal
*Hot Fuzz
Letters from Iwo Jima
*Number 23
The Good Shepherd

March-
*300 (YES BABY!!!) And of course Butler is gorgeous too! ;)
The Good German
*Zodiac

May-
Spiderman 3
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
(I share your sentiments about this, but heck, it will be silly seeing the first 2 and not watching the last installment - hopefully)

June-
Ocean's 13 - only because of Al Pacino, I wasnt a fan of the first 2
Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer
Shrek 3

July-
*Transformers
*Live Free, Die Hard

August-
The Bourne Ultimatum

September-
*The Invasion

November-
*American Gangster

December-
I am Legend

mike: Way too much information...apparently I should add the Descent to my queue, eh?

Descent isn't on your queue! Quick! Add it now!

Filmstalker review.

Be warned about "300"... there was a not so great review of it on Ain't It Cool.

Vic

Yeah, that was a review sent in by a "scooper" wasn't it? I'm not so keen on those when they are so far before a release and there's only one.

A few more, from different sources, and closer to the release and I might start taking notice.

The Last Legion, another movie coming out in 07. Starring Colin Firth and Ben Kingsley. It's about the rescue of the last Roman boy emperor from the hands of brutal barbarians. I just love all these sword and sandal stuff. I know some are crap and too gay,but I'm still addicted to them.


I am getting old, so my "must see" in 2007 will be reduced to:

-Apocalypto

-Zwartboek

-The Fountain

-The Pursuit of Happiness

-Letters from Iwo Jima

-Inland Empire

-Zodiac (this is IT)

-Spiderman 3

-Ratatouille

Until now.


That sounds interesing Mike, I'm gonna look that up and see what I can find.

Old Peter? Geez...join the club!

HAHAHAHA I am even older than you two! Speaking of which, Richard, you have to change your age in your blog, it's still 30 something, or does the counting stop there? ;)

Mike, I am with you on The Last Legion, and Peter, looking forward to see Ratatouille too. That trailer cracks me up big time!

Well Richard, it's actually adapted from a very good book with the same name. When I first heard of it I was very excited as the book was an excellent read. The author's name is Valerio Massimo Manfredi. His books are well recommended.


I forgot the Simpsons movie!!! What an unforgettable omission!!! That is a must see by all means!

Transformers and The Simpson Movie on THE SAME DATE ? Can't be true. This would mean a box-office suicide for Transformers.

I am looking forward to see the return of David Fincher with his Zodiac.

300 looks awesome, but I doubt that Frank Miller is as good of a director as Robert Rodriguez. Certainly when it comes to direction of actors...still, I am curious.

Dave, I think you might be just a little right and we might find that it isn't as strong as we expected. The last trailer I saw for 300 had the cheesiest of lines at the end of it.

That's definitely the release date for both films. However I suspect they are already considering moving one. Do you really think Simpsons will out do Transformers?

Frank Miller, is not the director for 300, Zack Snyder is. Frank Miller is the guy who wrote the comic of the 300.

You wanna check out this film in 2007!

this trailer is SO funny!

http://www.empireonline.com/futurefilms/film.asp?id=133310

Just want to say I am also looking forward to see Das Leben der Anderen aka The Lives of Others. And I knew I'd find the details of release here. Just heard glowing reviews about this one and just found out that its Germany's entry to the Academy's Best Foreign Language Film category too.

Here's a link to the trailer Rich (unless of course you've seen it already):

http://www.apple.com/trailers/sony/thelivesofothers/

I really must go to sleep now! I'll blame it on the Coca-Cola. And it was large too.

I have heard several glowing reviews about Das Leben der Anderen aka The Lives of Others and I am glad you also mentioned this in your list Richard.


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