Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Cult films to come

I spend a lot of time writing articles on this blog, about lesser known movies that have not gotten the attention they deserve. At the same time, movie production is at a higher level than ever, and still steadily rising. So many films are coming out every day, it's impossible to keep up with them all.

Seven years ago I was asked to write an article for a Norwegian newspaper, about new movies I was eagerly awaiting. Among the ones I mentioned back then were Ghost in the Shell 2, The Corpse Bride, Boondock Saints 2, Shaun of the Dead, A History of Violence, Manderlay and Inglourious Basterds

While most of them lived up to expectation and then some, there were some that were utterly disappointing and I'm almost ashamed to write today that I actually had any hopes for them at all. 

As a break from all my old cult film reminiscing, I thought it would be nice to take a new look into the future, scan the horizon and write about 15 new exciting films whose trailers are giving me a semi:

The Kinematograph - This is the new feature film from Thomas Baginski, the amazing director of Katedra and Fallen Art.

Biutiful - The new film from the director of Amores Perros. This trailer gives me goose bumps!

Woochi - The trailer makes me think of Stephen Chow and his great kung-fu adventures. As far as I understand, Mr. Chow has nothing to do with this film, but it still looks to be an entertaining journey into stupidity.

Hobo With a Shotgun - The title alone is just too awesome! The fact that is stars Rutger Hauer doesn't hurt either.

Kuky se vrací - Yeay, puppets! Could it be that Jim Henson has a bastard offspring in the Czech Republic?

Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl - There's more blood in the trailer for this, than all of Ichi the Killer! Looks to be a so-bad-its-good low budget, over the top splatter.

The Illusionist  - This is the new feature film from Belleville director Sylvain Chomet. Mr. Chomet was earlier robbed of Oscars by Pixar, on two separate occasions. Let's hope this is his brake.

Best Worst Movie - This is a documentary about what is supposedly a movie worse than even The Room. This is the story behind Troll 2.

Enter the Void - GASPAR NOE!!!! (He's the director of Irreversible, in case you didn't know)

Les derniers jours du monde - I just love end-of-the-world-movies, and hope this'll be better than Last Night. I couldn't find an international trailer with subtitles anywhere, but maybe that's just as well, as not too much of the plot will be revealed. The visual phantasm of this trailer should be enough to spark interest on its own. 

Black Swan - I don't want to post the trailer here, because it reveals way too much of the movie, and it looks to be one of those films you want to know as little as possible about before seeing it. But the fact that it is the new film Aronofski and features larger-than-life actor Vincent Cassel, should be enough to get anybody's heart racing.

I'm Still Here - The already infamous m/d-ockumentary about Joaquin Phenix's descent into hip-hop madness.It's probably all fake, but still looks to be an interesting film.

Devil - More minimalism! People stuck in elevators is always fun. If it's even half as good as Elevated, then that should still make a pretty awesome movie.

A Sad Trumpet Ballad - This is the new film by Spanish legend Álex de la Iglesia. Apparently it's already won several awards.

The Troll Hunter - Since this site has readers from more than 80 countries, I have to promote this Norwegian film that is coming soon too. Looks pretty funny.

PS: As I started writing this article some time ago, several of these might be out already, so happy hunting. I'll probably put the ones that live up to expectations here, once I've gotten around to see them.
If anybody out there has already seen any of the ones above, or have some additional titles to add, please leave a comment. =)

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