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Films to stalk in 2008: Part one

Fireworks.jpgWell here we are at 2008, the year has just flown by. In the first of three articles I'm going to take you through the films for 2008. Not all of them, but the better ones.

This first article lists the releases that currently have a UK release date. The second article looks at those that are just listed as being released during 2008, and the final will look through the films that IMDB list as due for release in 2008 but there's little chance of us seeing them.

All in all, this is the most complete review you'll see of 2008, and I hope you appreciate the days spent compiling and writing it!

Months:
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November

Films:
January
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Charlie Wilson's War
In the Valley of Elah
Man in the Chair
No Country for Old Men
Revolutionary Road
Se, jie (Lust, Caution)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
The Good Night

February
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
Awake
Battle for Haditha
Be Kind Rewind
Cloverfield
Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le Scaphandre et le papillon)
Jumper
Juno
My Blueberry Nights
One Missed Call
Rambo
The 11th Hour
The Bank Job
There Will Be Blood
Untraceable
Waz

March
[Rec]
10,000 B.C.
CJ7
Diary of the Dead
Flashbacks of a Fool
In Bruges
Lars and the Real Girl
Possession
Pride and Glory
Redacted
The Other Boleyn Girl
The Cottage
Vantage Point

April
21
A Tale of Two Sisters
Cidade dos Homens (City of Men)
Grand Theft Auto IV
Persepolis
Stop-Loss
The Escapist
The Ruins

May
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Iron Man
Leatherheads
Speed Racer
The Flock

June
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
The Happening
The Incredible Hulk

July
Hancock
Kung Fu Panda
Mamma Mia!
The Dark Knight
WALL-E

August
Babylon A.D.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
Tropic Thunder
X-Files 2

September
Case 39
Death Race
Eagle Eye
How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
The International

October
Quarantined

November
Bond 22
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Lakeview Terrace
Saw V
Star Trek

January
Hotdog-xsmall.gifSe, jie (Lust, Caution) 04/01
Ang Lee's film of romance, lust, and spying during World War II in Shanghai. Tony Leung, Wei Tang and Joan Chen are set to deliver superb performances in a film that I'm desperate to see.

Revolutionary Road 09/01
Sam Mendes' latest film stars his wife Kate Winslet alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as a couple who are living the ideal suburban life in id-1950's and are struggling to come to terms with their personal problems. There have been very positive things said about this story, and Winslet and DiCaprio should shine next to each other.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 10/11
I just saw the UK theatrical trailer for this before I Am Legend, and I have to say I'm still surprised they aren't making more of the musical element. Two lines of song that are barely sung and more spoken don't make the audience totally comfortable with the knowledge that this is a musical.

Charlie Wilson's War 11/01
Although the ending has been altered so as not to make the connections between the funding of the Afghani rebels against Russia and the rise of the Taliban and Al Qaeda, this film might yet deliver more meat than the trailer suggests. It seems to show a bumbling comedy of errors, and yet I'm hopeful of something a little more insightful into the critical period in world affairs. Mike Nichols directs Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifBefore the Devil Knows You're Dead 11/01
There's not been that much said about this film from Sidney Lumet, but the clips I've seen look moody and dark. Two brothers, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke, decide to rob their parents jewellery store, except events turn terrible very quickly and their lives will never be the same. Expect a lot from Lumet's direction and with such talent in front of the camera coupled with Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei and Rosemary Harris, we're in for a powerful film.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifNo Country for Old Men 18/01
Javier Bardem and this film are heading for the Oscars, of that I have no doubt. The Coen brothers have made something special in this film and the nominations are showing it. Definitely worth catching when it's released in the cinema, and the line up of Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson and Kelly Macdonald looks superb.

The Good Night 18/01
Jake Paltrow wrote and directed this film. Know him from somewhere? Try Gwyneth Paltrow's brother, and she stars in the film too, along with Penélope Cruz, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Danny DeVito and Keith Allen. The idea is that Freeman plays a man who is bored with his life and his girlfriend played by Paltrow (Gwyneth that is!), so at night he dreams of a wonderful girlfriend and life in the guise of Penélope Cruz. So when he sees her in real life, he's astounded and sets out to get her, not realising that he might be giving up the best thing he has.

Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem 18/01
This film is looking better than the first, that was until I saw the early reviews. Perhaps they are wrong though as the Strause brothers do come highly recommended...for their visual effects anyway. If nothing else this will be a good fun science fiction romp, but it's not going to capture that initial feeling of Alien or Predator on their own.

In the Valley of Elah 25/01
Paul Haggis wrote the screenplay and directs this film which follows the investigation of a missing officer on his return from Iraq by his father and a police detective. Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Jason Patric, Susan Sarandon, James Franco, Barry Corbin, Josh Brolin and Frances Fisher star in the film that is marks a rush of films looking at the effects of the Iraqi war on real people.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifMan in the Chair 25/01
Christopher Plummer is a cinematic presence and a great actor, and in Michael Schroeder's new film he plays an elderly man who likes his classic films and easy drink. He's the last of the crew that filmed Citizen Kane, and when a young film-maker who is heading for the wrong side of the tracks finds this out, he tries to illicit his help on a film he's making. It looks superb and the performance from Plummer should be excellent.


February
Hotdog-xsmall.gifCloverfield 01/02
Well the hype will soon be at an end, later for us in the UK than those across in the US, and so by then we'll have all the magic taken from the hype as we find out what's really behind the story. The handheld filming of the destruction of New York by unknown creatures sounds like one big monster movie, and it is, but with a few twists and turns along the way and some superb effects. A big event movie even if it does look like Blair Witch filming.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifDiving Bell and the Butterfly (Le Scaphandre et le papillon) 08/02
The true story of the editor of Elle magazine who suffered a stroke and had to live with a paralysed body, only his left eye could blink and move. This is set to be a stirring and heart wrenching story, and it has also been nominated and winning awards galore.

Juno 08/02
Another potential Oscar winner which sees Ellen Page play a young woman who becomes pregnant and makes a decision on what to do with the baby and her life. Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney and J.K. Simmons star in the film by Jason Reitman which is gaining the ex-stripper Diablo Cody a great reputation as a writer. Well done her, and this is a definite watch out for, even if personally I'm not feeling drawn to the story.

One Missed Call 08/02
I'm not really sure about this next film in the long line of Asian remakes, however there are some positive things being said about it and the original was pretty creepy with a cracking ending. Can it really be remade? Eric Valette is the man directing with Shannyn Sossamon and Edward Burns starring.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifAll the Boys Love Mandy Lane 15/02
I thought we would never get to see this film, especially when the commentary coming from the reviews wasn't as strong as the publicity and the trailers made us think. Mixing the typical slasher idea with the group of lone teens out on their own, this film promises to update and take a different look at the classic idea. It'll be interesting to see if it manages to do that.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifThere Will Be Blood 15/02
Paul Thomas Anderson has attracted Daniel Day-Lewis back to the screen in this story about greed and corruption in the early days of the oil business, and how one man is driven by the desire of oil. It looks to bring some powerful performances and intense film-making.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifJumper 15/02
Doug Liman directs the David S. Goyer, Jim Uhls and Simon Kinberg script which adapts the novel from Steven Gould. The story is of a young man who discovers he has the ability to teleport himself at will, and through the story he realises he's not the only one who can, and that there's a war going on between the Jumpers and a strange “official” agency. Starring Hayden Christensen, Samuel L. Jackson, Diane Lane, Jamie Bell and Rachel Bilson, the cast does pack a punch and the trailers have been looking more and more exciting. Can Liman deliver again?

The 11th Hour 15/02
Leonardo DiCaprio presents a film about global warming, of which we can't have enough...oh I forget, they're all wrong and we're imagining it all.

Be Kind Rewind 22/02
Mos Def and Jack Black take on a strange tale that might just capture the audience. When a video rental store's tapes get erased the two owners make their own version of a film to satisfy a loyal customer, a dementia ridden old lady. However the tape is a hit and so they start making more and more cheap copies of famous films. Already that has you hooked, the idea of a transformers copy with a man covered in cardboard boxes is rather amusing.

My Blueberry Nights 22/02
Kar Wai Wong's film has been on the go for some time, and it's still a few months off, as is anything meatier about the plot other than knowing that Norah Jones plays a girl that travels across American to find out what love is. It also stars Jude Law, David Strathairn, Natalie Portman and Rachel Weisz. However with little really known about it and the teaser we saw ages ago looking confused and with stuttering dialogue, the film should look and feel much, much better, going by past directing experience that is.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifRambo 22/02
Having brought back Rocky so successfully, it looks like we're set for a hugely successful comeback from Rambo. This episode promises to be brutal and show some harsh realities of war and combat while still bringing out a human story. Stallone is definitely back.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifWaz 22/02
A strong, dark, and more intelligent thriller than most. Well filmed, strongly directed, some very good performances and delivers some great moments of tension and uncomfortable horror. Have a look through the Filmstalker reviews for this one.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifThe Bank Job 29/02
The events of an infamous bank robbery that was silenced by the government, implicated a member of the Royal family, and netted the never caught criminals millions. Starring Jason Statham in a non action role, which should be interesting, and a pretty decent British cast to boot.

Awake 29/02
Hayden Christensen, Jessica Alba, Terrence Howard and Lena Olin star in a film about a man who wakes up during open heart surgery and can feel everything and hear everything that is going on, and he starts to discover that this is no ordinary operation.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifBattle for Haditha 29/02
A film by Nick Broomfield that looks into the massacre of twenty four civilians who were allegedly shot by four U.S. Marines in retaliations for the death of a U.S. Marine who had been killed by a roadside bomb. The film will follow the multiple viewpoints of the same story, from an Iraqi family, those that planted the bomb and an Iraqi troop that is hit by the bomb.

Untraceable 29/02
An FBI Internet crime agent who normally never goes on field work is drawn into the life of a serial killer who is posting live video on the internet of his victims, as more visitors arrive, he is drained of more blood. Can the killer be traced?


March
Diary of the Dead 07/03
George A. Romero's latest zombie film, this one heads back to the beginning of the world zombie infestation and sees a group of film-making students recording the events as they happen through their horror film.

The Other Boleyn Girl 07/03
Although I really am not looking forward to the rise in these romance based costume dramas, this one offers some more interest, mainly because we know the fate of the one who finally married the King. Not just that though, it's the cast, Eric Bana playing King Henry VIII and Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson the Boleyn sisters, and an appearance from Kristin Scott Thomas. That cast does promise a lot, and the original novel receives strong praise too. Perhaps there's more to this.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifVantage Point 07/03
The assassination of the President of the United States is told from eight different perspectives and with a superb cast. Sigourney Weaver, Matthew Fox, Forest Whitaker, Dennis Quaid, William Hurt, Edgar Ramirez, Eduardo Noriega, and so on. This looks powerful indeed.

10,000 B.C. 14/03
This could be a great epic film, or just some enjoyable effects driven action-adventure, it could go either way with Roland Emmerich in charge, however you are assured that it won't be rubbish and it won't be dull.

The Cottage 14/03
Now the thought of another horror comedy from Britain does concern me, not for any of those reasons but that a successful film is all too often copied again and again until there's no life left in it. However this is written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams who did London to Brighton which was well received, and it stars Andy Serkis...okay, it also stars Jennifer Ellison from Brookside, but she was in Phantom of the Opera and did very well.

Flashbacks of a Fool 14/03
Daniel Craig plays the fading Hollywood star who returns to his hometown to attend his best friend's funeral and spends the time looking back at his younger days. The film also stars Claire Forlani, the excellent Mark Strong, James D'Arcy, and some very lovely ladies including the rapper Eve.

Possession 14/03
This latest Asian horror/thriller remake starring Sarah Michelle Gellar really shouldn't be on the list, except that the trailer is intriguing, and it looks like it might actually deliver a creepy film. I know she's doing too many of these, but from the trailers this one looks okay, maybe even good.

Pride and Glory 14/03
Where did this come from? Joe Carnahan co-writes this story with Gavin O'Connor who then directs. It stars Edward Norton, Colin Farrell and features other names such as Noah Emmerich and Jon Voight in a story about a family who have always been New York City Police officers. One of them investigates a case that reveals a police corruption scandal which involves his own brother in law, and the truth threatens to destroy the family as well as the New York Police Department.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifCJ7 12/03
Stephen Chow's latest film sees the son of a poor labourer find a magical new toy, something that has come from millions of miles away. Chow's talent was clearly seen with Kung-Fu Hustle, and that's the reputation that is carrying us towards this film. Hopefully it will be as magical and enjoyable as Hustle was.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifLars and the Real Girl2 1/03
When I first saw the trailer for this I was laughing, and at the same time very confused. A young man begins a real relationship with an sex doll he bought on the internet, and everyone around him tries to support him in his belief. It's getting great reviews and looks set to be an oddball but very enjoyable film with as much drama as comedy.

Hotdog-xsmall.gif[Rec] 21/03
Another hand held film, but this time from Spain. The story of a news crew who attend a strange fire only to find out that there's much more going on than they first thought, it seems that zombies could well be real. Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza's film is already being remade by Hollywood, but as usual I'd recommend seeing the original before it's watered down by Hollywood rules of profit margins.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifRedacted 21/03
Brian De Palma has already been causing controversy with this film that looks at the story of the real life rape and killing of a fourteen year old Iraqi girl by US Soldiers. Using all manner of material we see how war affects people. The film itself has already been redacted with the censoring and removal of some of the actual images from the battlefield. Even without them this will be a definite must see, and not just because De Palma is at the helm, but for the message and what we can gleam from it.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifIn Bruges 28/03
Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson as hitmen hiding out and waiting for their boss to arrive, a boss who is none to pleased with them and seems to want them dead too, he's played by Ralph Fiennes. The film is a comedy and it looks rather good fun, and that cast list looks a really interesting mix.


April
Hotdog-xsmall.gifGrand Theft Auto IV ??/04
Yes well I can be forgiven for dropping one none film in here, GTA IV is going to be mammoth and is one of the most enjoyable games there is that has a huge cinematic experience with a detailed story that I've ever played. There's clever writing throughout the series, from the smallest detail o on the radio adverts through to the cut scenes in the game.

21 11/04
The film is taken from the novel Bringing Down the House which is the true story of how MIT students were recruited to head to Vegas and count cards. They won a fortune, but soon because notorious around the casinos, so much so that they were banned. However the book reads as a diary and never really gives much tension or danger, and it's here where the poetic licence of the screenplay and film will come in. With Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne as the heavyweights in the film then you'd think that it could deliver a more powerful punch.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifCidade dos Homens (City of Men) 11/04
A sort of sequel or spin off to City of God and the television series that followed it, City of Men, which ran for four series. In Rio two boys are about to turn eighteen, these best friends are about to find out something earth shattering about their missing fathers which will destroy their friendship and put them squarely in the middle of a rival drug gang war. If City of God was anything to go by this should be a stunning film, and already it's gaining high praise.

Persepolis 11/04
This is the animated story of a young Iranian girl as she grows up through the beginning of the Islamic revolution in Iran. It comes from Marjane Satrapi's own story as she grew up in Iran, left to gather a European education, returned through loneliness and misery, and was forced once again to leave under the pressures of Islamic life in Iran. The comic has been brought to life by Vincent Paronnaud and herself, and looks set to be our closest look into Iran that many of us will have seen.

Stop-Loss 11/04
The story of a soldier who refuses to return to fight in Iraq after completing his tour of duty despite a Government mandate ordering him to do so. Kimberly Peirce co-wrote and directed, and she's most known for the Hilary Swank starrer Boys Don't Cry as well as its original, so expect it to be heart wrenching and emotionally stirring.

The Escapist 11/04
http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0961728/
Brian Cox, Joseph Fiennes, Liam Cunningham, Damian Lewis, Seu Jorge, Dominic Cooper, Steven Mackintosh and Damian Lewis star in this film about a prison escape in London. Cox plays an institutionalised convict who is twelve years into his life sentence without parole when he hears his daughter is gravely ill. So he pulls together other misfit prisoners and devises an escape plan so he can see her before she dies.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifThe Ruins 18/04
Having just read the novel of the film I'm really keen to see how they manage to translate the paranoia and bleakness of the story to the screen. I'm not convinced that they can, but the author most certainly is, and the trailer and on set words we've heard to date really do suggest that they're going to pull no punches and bring a dark and desperate story to the screen.

A Tale of Two Sisters 25/04
This is the remake (yes that word still features far too often in 2008) of the Korean film. Two teenage sisters return home from a spell in a mental hospital and they find that their recovery is being hampered by a cruel stepmother and a strange ghost. I really need to view the original again as it was a while ago since I'd seen it, but the film is held in high regard. It'll be interesting to see if the British Guard brothers can bring this to life in Hollywood. Strange that it's through DreamWorks.


May
Hotdog-xsmall.gifIron Man 02/05
Jon Favreau has potentially the biggest superhero film on his hands to rival Batman and Superman, and beat Spider-Man to third place. The classic tale of a billionaire who creates a suit to keep him alive and refines it into something to wield power over enemies of him and his country looks set to come to life in an amazing film followed by a superb videogame. The cast is excellent too and is topped by Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jeff Bridges. This is one of the films to watch out for this year.

Leatherheads 09/05
George Clooney dons a strange helmet and cloth cap to bring to life a romantic comedy set in the early days of professional American Football in the early 1920's. Personally I really don't see the attraction of this type of film and it'll be hard to sell outside of America – sorry to tell you that the sport isn't as big east or west of that land mass. To demonstrate I'll tell you that I used to root for New Orleans Saints...yes, that says it all. Still, Clooney directs this film and with the talent he's been showing behind the camera this could swing it for the audiences.

The Flock 16/05
that word should strike fear into any potential audience when they hear it. Reshoots by another director almost always spell disaster, and while reshoots aren't uncommon, bringing in someone else means the studio didn't like what the first guy did, and that's worrying. Still the plot is interesting. Richard Gere plays a federal agent who is training his female replacement, played by Claire Danes, and has to track down a missing girl whom he is convinced is connected to a paroled sex offender he's been investigating. I had been looking forward to the film for a while, but now that reshoots and a new director are mentioned, I'm not so sure.

Speed Racer 16/05
The Wachowski Brothers return with a comic book/cartoon series adaptation which looks set to vividly recreate the cartoon/comic world for the big screen. However I have to say that it has looked rather campy from the footage to date. Emile Hirsch, Christina Ricci, Susan Sarandon, Matthew Fox, Scott Porter and John Goodman headline the big event film.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 22/05
Well the gang's all here, those that aren't too greedy and are still alive anyway, and Spielberg is trying to recreate the magic of the original Indiana Jones. However Harrison Ford is old nowadays, and seeing him try and play the action hero in Firewall was painful and embarrassing. Maybe it's just not in him anymore? Either way we have to see this one.


June
Hotdog-xsmall.gifThe Happening 13/06
M. Night Shyamalan's next film is going into 18-rated horror territory and has once again managed to grab an interesting cast. Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel and John Leguizamo lead in this film about a time in the future when the Earth has found a way to fight back against the disease that is humanity. Plants begin to release a spore that infects human hosts and forces them to kill themselves, and others. I have high hopes that after the fright of Lady in the Water we'll see Shyamalan come back to full strength.

The Incredible Hulk 20/06
Edward Norton receives writing credit for this version of the film from the Transporter director Louis Leterrier, so that means lot's of high octane action anyway. Liv Tyler, Tim Roth and William Hurt also star, so does that mean it's going to be a little more high brow? Highly unlikely I think. I think we'll find in years to come that the Ang Lee version of the film will be looked on with a positive light, how this one fares, well we'll have to see.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 27/06
The next in the franchise, but you know what? With all these teen story franchises coming out I'm finding I'm a little jaded, particularly with this message filled and saccharin sweet story. Maybe, like Harry Potter, as the story moves forward it'll get richer, deeper and maybe a little darker, and that's good for everyone.


July
Hotdog-xsmall.gifHancock 02/07
Will Smith, Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron star in this story of a hard drinking and reluctant superhero. He abuses his power and throws it around with abandon. That means he's not well liked by people and when he saves the life of a PR executive he promises to help turn his life around. At the same time the superhero falls for the PR execs wife, and everything gets complicated. Now I wasn't really interested too much in this until I noticed that it was co-written by John August of The Nines, as well as Peter Berg who also directs. Of course the worrying thing is that there are three other names on the screenplay duties.

Kung Fu Panda 04/07
Yes it looks pretty silly, but I do think it might capture some of that DreamWorks clever scripting that seems to have been gently slipping away. This also stars Jack Black, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, Lucy Liu, Ian McShane. Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, David Cross, Dan Fogler, Michael Clarke Duncan, James Hong, and my fingers are getting sore!

Mamma Mia! 11/07
The stage musical using the music of Abba is brought to life on screen thanks to an amazing cast including Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård and Julie Walters.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifWALL-E 18/07
The teaser trailer did look lovely and rich with character, but also promised something a little darker and perhaps bigger than we've seen. Perhaps not though, we'll have to wait and see what it turns into, as at the moment it looks like a family comedy with elements of romance.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifThe Dark Knight 25/07
Batman returns – no not the film, I mean he's back again! - Plus he's bringing his biggest adversary, and he's also received the Nolan make over. The Joker appears in one of the biggest hypes and marketing programmes we've ever seen, and it's working on all fronts. The new film looks spectacular, and the opening footage we've seen makes the new Joker look like the best ever, and the Dark Knight like the best Batman yet.


August
Tropic Thunder 01/08
Ben Stiller, Katie Holmes or Jack Black might put some off, but Robert Downey Jr., Nick Nolte, Tom Cruise, Matthew McConaughey, Tobey Maguire and Justin Theroux are just some of the names on the cast list that won't. Okay it is a blatant copy of the story of Three Amigos, but it sounds like it could be a really good laugh.

X-Files 2 01/08
Chris Carter directs David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson once again in an X-Files sequel that sequels nothing. It's dropping all the conspiracy stories and going with a stand alone supernatural horror, and I think that's a very bad move.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 08/08
The Mummy franchise continues with Rob Cohen at the helm and Rachel Weisz swapped for Maria Bello. Not only that but Egypt is swapped for China, and the Mummy is swapped for Jet Li as Emporer Han. Throw in Brendan Fraser, John Hannah (thankful for the work) and Michelle Yeoh, and we just might have a magical adventure, Cohen certainly seems to think so, but can it recapture the audience?

Hotdog-xsmall.gifHellboy II: The Golden Army 22/08
Guillermo del Toro brings Hellboy back for his latest outing, and if successful we might just get a third. In my mind this character is one of the leading superheroes on screen today, he's just so enjoyable to watch and his questionable morals and desires make him a wonderfully flawed character. Add in great visuals and relationships among his team and this is really enjoyable series, well let's hope it is with this second film which is much grander in its vision.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifBabylon A.D. 29/08
Mathieu Kassovitz directs the story of a mercenary played by Vin Diesel who escorts a woman from Russia to China. She's carrying an organism that a cult wants to harvest in order to create a new Messiah. Wow, there's a story line. Plus Michelle Yeoh, Gérard Depardieu, Charlotte Rampling, Mark Strong, Mélanie Thierry and Lambert Wilson star.


September
Hotdog-xsmall.gifEagle Eye 05/09
D. J. Caruso directs Shia LaBeouf once again, this time alongside Michelle Monaghan, Rosario Dawson and Billy Bob Thornton in a story about a young guy and a single mother who are caught up in a terrorist cell plotting a terrorist assassination.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifThe International 12/09
Tom Tykwer directed one of my favourite films, Run Lola Run (Lola rennt) and more recently directed Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, with The International he's directing Clive Owen, Naomi Watts, Armin Mueller-Stahl and Ulrich Thomsen in a story about an Interpol agent who is trying to expose a high-profile financial institutions role in an international arms dealing ring. Sounds like an exciting story and with Tykwer behind it you can guarantee it'll look great.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifCase 39 19/09
Christian Alvart wrote and directed the stunningly good Antikörper (Antibodies) which I loved when I saw at the EIFF, now he's turned to Hollywood and he's directing Renée Zellweger in the story of a social worker who is trying to save a girl from her abusive parents but discovers that the girl is not as innocent in this as she suspects. By the strength of Antibodies, I'm marking this one as a film to watch out for.

Death Race 26/09
The remake of the classic and campy Death Race 2000, but this one looks like they are modernising it and making it pretty hardcore, without any campiness. Could Paul W. S. Anderson produce something special? Jason Statham, Joan Allen and Ian McShane star.

How to Lose Friends & Alienate People 03/09
Simon Pegg stars in this adaptation of the memoirs of Toby Young, a British writer who went to New York, joined a high profile magazine, and had everything at his feet...and then he tripped. It also stars Megan Fox, Kirsten Dunst, Jeff Bridges, Gillian Anderson and Danny Huston. Although the trailers don't make it look that strong, the cast suggests otherwise. I really do hope there's something interesting in here and the main character is more engaging and sympathetic than the clips we've seen.


October
Quarantined 24/10
This is the Hollywood remake of [Rec], adapted and filmed by director John Erick Dowdle who wrote and directed The Poughkeepsie Tapes. There are a few recognisable names in the cast too, Jennifer Carpenter, Columbus Short, Jay Hernandez, Rade Serbedzija and Greg Germann. Perhaps this could be a good remake, after all the word is the original is so good. However I always think that some subtlety is lost when remaking these original films, especially from abroad.


November
Saw V 01/11
He's back...again. This time we're told that an investigative journalist stumbles into one of Jigsaw's games.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifBond 22 07/11
p and the organisations uncovered in Casino Royale. He'll be a little darker, a little more Bond, but the same Craig.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 21/11
The series is getting darker and darker, and I'm really starting to enjoy it. That said I just saw Order of the Phoenix and was rather disappointed so seeing David Yates return might not be the best thing for the series. It stars the whole host of characters, will boast an amazing budget, and the effects will look great. Let's just hope the story flows better than the previous and there aren't too many threads left hanging.

Lakeview Terrace 28/11
Neil LaBute will hopefully do better here than with his dreadful and very ill conceived Wicker Man remake.Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington star as the interracial couple who move next door to an LAPD officer played by Samuel L. Jackson who will stop at nothing to get them out of his neighbourhood.

Hotdog-xsmall.gifStar Trek 26/11
This is one of the biggest must see films this year, and another from J.J. Abrams in some form. This one is directed by, and from all the information we've been hearing, I think it's sounding pretty impressive from a Star Trek fan's point of view. I am disappointed we're going back to the young Kirk crew and not making Enterprise work or looking at an entirely new story, but here we are and I think that Abrams is going to make the best of it, and with that cast it's looking even better.


Hope you've found that list interesting and useful. Next up will be the films that don't have a specific release date in 2008 as yet, or just have a single release date in one territory outside of the UK. After that I'll conclude the 2008 release round up by looking at some of the titles listed on IMDB for 2008 that I just don't think are going to get made, or I don't want to get made.

Are these films you're looking forward to in 2008? Anything you think I've missed, or do you just disagree with one of the choices? Say so.




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Whew Richard! I have not yet had the chance to go through the 1st part of your Films to Stalk for 2008 and you already have the 2nd!

Well get reading! They're still going to be here in the Features archive.

Watch out, there's a fourth coming!

You mean a 3rd right? :P

Oh just in case you haven't checked your email yet, I have sent my Top 10 best list for 2007. Sorry for the delay. ;)

Yeah, just what I said...?!

Here goes!

Revolutionary Road
Sweeney Todd
Charlie Wilson's War
No Country for Old Men
The Good Night
In the Valley of Elah
Cloverfield
Juno
Jumper (It's Hayden Christensen for goodness' sake!)
There will be Blood
The 11th Hour
Rambo
Vantage Point
Iron Man
Prince Caspian
The Happening
The Incredible Hulk
Mamma Mia!
Wall-E
The Dark Knight
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
X-Files 2
Tropic Thunder
10,000 BC

Not on this list that I am also keen to see are: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day with Frances McDormand, Amy Adams & Ciaran Hinds and Made of Honor with Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan.


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