on anticipation

April 6, 2010 § 2 Comments

how many hours spent on this site?   *(and if you have ocd, yes, i know it’s lorem ipsum and i do know what it is..)

but oh yes.  trailers.  the kimchi to my sweet potato existence.

(-if you didn’t get that, i think hope it means this blog’s global readership is expanding.)

so on to today’s i-want-it-bads…….


the endearing indie:

artois the goat, in theatres april 9 2010, directed by cliff & kyle bogart

“Lab technician Virgil Gurdies embarks on an epic quest to create the greatest goat cheese the world has ever known, and reclaim the heart of his beloved Angie. She has taken a new job in Detroit and to follow her means signing his life over to his soul—sapping career in artificial flavor additives. To stay behind and pursue his newfound passion for fine artisanal goat cheese, is to risk losing her forever. Despite his lack of resources, experience, or basic competency in the field of agriculture, Virgil heads for the hills (literally) with a felonious German baker, a grave— digging hermit, and a tiny white goat named Artois. With Angie awaiting his imminent return and a conference of the International Cheese Consortium just a few months away, he has no choice but to go for broke. Throw away everything he has on a gamble: That, before it is too late, he can craft a cheese that will change the world. A cheese that will buy him a new life. A cheese of destiny.”

the i-want-it factor:  ★★★★★

why: seems quirky, michel gondry-esque, features white goats, he wants a girl named angie, and come on, the guy’s name is virgil (in a french accent).  what’s not to like?  the downside: trying to find this in korea…..


the high-brow artsie:

i am love, in theatres june 18 2010, directed by luca guadagnino, starring tilda swinton

“I AM LOVE tells the story of the wealthy Recchi family, whose lives are undergoing sweeping changes. Eduardo Sr., the family patriarch, has decided to name a successor to the reigns of his massive industrial company, surprising everyone by splitting power between his son Tancredi, and grandson Edo. But Edo dreams of opening a restaurant with his friend Antonio, a handsome and talented chef. At the heart of the family is Tancredi’s wife Emma (Tilda Swinton), a Russian immigrant who has adopted the culture of Milan. An adoring and attentive mother, her existence is shocked to the core when she falls quickly and deeply in love with Edo’s friend and partner Antonio, and embarks on a passionate love affair that will change her family forever.”

the i-want-it factor:  ★★★★★

why: i love tilda swinton.  she looks beautiful, exquisite in the trailer.  the setting is italy.  io sono l’amore, it’s an interesting title.  what can i say, it just looks gorgeous, all fleeting glances and blurry flowers and stony eyes.. i hope it turns out as stunning as i expect..


the unorthodox documentary:

the thorn in the heart (l’épine dans le coeur), released april 2 2010, directed by michel gondry

“Michel Gondry is a filmmaker known for breaking new ground — be it in the world of commercial advertising, directing music videos for the likes of Bjork and The White Stripes, or helming imaginative features like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Dave Chapelle’s Block Party, or the upcoming The Green Hornet. Gondry’s newest film, THE THORN IN THE HEART (L’Epine dans le Coeur), further propels his filmography into the realm of the unvisted with a personal look at the life of Gondry family matriarch, his aunt Suzette Gondry, and her relationship with her son, Jean—Yves. Michel examines Suzette’s years as a schoolteacher and her life in rural France. During the course of filming the documentary, new family stories are unearthed and Michel uses his camera to explore them in a subtle and sensitive way. THE THORN IN THE HEART had its world premiere screening in the official selection at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.”

the i-want-it factor:  ★★★★★

why:  well for starters, it’s michel gondry.  michel gondry with a camera in rural france is a lot more exciting than a lot of other directors with machine guns in new york.  and i’ve always thought that if i were ever to make a movie, it would be amazing to make a documentary featuring my family, but in an abstract, unconventional and loving way.  i love family stories.  thirdly, it’s in french, i understand it!  amazing.  fourthly, how cool is it to see invisible clothes on little kids?  but mostly, it’s michel gondry.


the inspirational documentary:

dancing across borders, released march 26 2010, directed by anne bass

“Dancing Across Borders chronicles the intimate and triumphant story of Sokvannara Sar, who was discovered by Anne Bass on a trip to Angkor Wat, Cambodia, in 2000 and brought to the ballet stage in America. A longtime patron of dance in the U.S., Bass arranged for Sy to visit New York and audition for the prestigious School of the American Ballet (SAB). What unfolds is a tentative negotiation between Sy and the world of American ballet and culture—from the serene countryside of Southeast Asia to the halls of SAB, to the stage of the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle. The film follows Sy’s unusual development as a dancer and offers a remarkable behind—the—scenes look into the world of American ballet. At its heart, Dancing Across Borders is an extraordinary story of growth, adaptation, and belonging as well as of the development of talent and the mastery of an art form.”

the i-want-it factor:  ★★★★

why:  i’m a sucker for dance movies, and that boy is so graceful.  i love how he says, “like a little duck.”  it’s been a while since a good dancing documentary came out, can’t wait to see it.


the michael cera teen comedy:

scott pilgrim vs. the world, in theatres august 13 2010, directed by edgar wright

“Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera). A bass guitarist for garage band Sex Bob—omb, the 22—year—old has just met the girl of his dreams…literally. The only catch to winning Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him. Genre—smashing filmmaker Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) tells the amazing story of one romantic slacker’s quest to power up with love in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Scott Pilgrim has never had a problem getting a girlfriend. It’s getting rid of them that proves difficult. From the girl who kicked his heart’s ass—and now is back in town—to the teenage distraction he’s trying to shake when Ramona rollerblades into his world, love hasn’t been easy. He soon discovers, however, his new crush has the most unusual baggage of all: a nefarious league of exes controls her love life and will do whatever it takes to eliminate him as a suitor. As Scott gets closer to Ramona, he must face an increasingly vicious rogues’ gallery from her past—from infamous skateboarders to vegan rock stars and fearsome identical twins. And if he hopes to win his true love, he must vanquish them all before it really is game over.”

the i-want-it factor:  ★★★

why: what a cool idea.  and the slogan,”an epic tale of epic epicness” sounds well, epic-ly moronic but kind of endearing at the same time.  and the fact that anna kendrick comes out (albeit for 3 seconds in the trailer) and says, “oh that’s not that bad, “.. well anything with anna kendrick is good with me.  and the girl, whoever she is mary elizabeth winstead, is freaking pretty.  and has a hot voice.  as much as i dislike michael cera, i will endure the fact that he is the star of an action-ish movie to see these two girls.  who knows, this comedy might actually be funny.  (there are so few genuinely funny movies out there these days!)

never seen her before.. mary elizabeth winstead.


the futuristic/spacey documentary:

hubble imax 3d, released march 19 2010, directed by toni myers, narrated by leonardo dicaprio

“Through the power of IMAX® 3D, Hubble 3D will enable movie—goers to journey through distant galaxies to explore the grandeur and mysteries of our celestial surroundings, and accompany space—walking astronauts as they attempt the most difficult and important tasks in NASA’s history. The film will offer an inspiring and unique look into the Hubble Space Telescope’s legacy and highlight its profound impact on the way we view the universe and ourselves. Hubble 3D is an IMAX and Warner Bros. Pictures production, in cooperation with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The film reunites the Space Station 3D filmmaking team, led by Producer/Director Toni Myers. Hubble 3D will blast off exclusively to IMAX and IMAX 3D theatres on March 19th, 2010.”

the i-want-it factor:  ★★★

why: oh the power of imax 3d, the power of hubble, the majesty of the universe… i’m curious to see what it looks like.  won’t sound bad with leo dicapo’s narration either.


the historical drama:

vincere (which btw, means “to win”), released march 19 2010, directed by marco bellocchio

“A cinematic tour—de—force, VINCERE is Italian master Marco Bellocchio’s (FISTS IN THE POCKET) portrait of Benito Mussolini (Filippo Timi), and the fiery woman who was his secret wife and the mother of his abandoned child (Giovanna Mezzogiorno). The film was a standout selection of the 2009 Cannes, Telluride, Toronto, New York, AFI film festivals, and received awards for Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Actor at the Chicago IFF. In VINCERE, the closely guarded story of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini’s secret lover and son is revealed in fittingly operatic proportions. Thunderstruck by the young Mussolini’s charisma, Ida Dalser gives up everything to help champion his revolutionary ideas. When he disappears during World War I and later resurfaces with a new wife, the scorned Dalser and her son are locked away in separate asylums for more than a decade. But Ida will not disappear without a fight….”

the i-want-it factor:  ★★★★

why: to watch the scene that includes the image below:



the spanish art film:

broken embraces (los abrazos rotos), released november 20 2009, directed by pedro almodóvar, starring penélope cruz

“A man writes, lives and loves in darkness. Fourteen years before, he was in a brutal car crash on the island of Lanzarote. In the accident, he not only lost his sight, he also lost Lena, the love of his life. This man uses two names: Harry Caine, a playful pseudonym with which he signs his literary works, stories and scripts, and Mateo Blanco, his real name, with which he lives and signs the film he directs. After the accident, Mateo Blanco reduces himself to his pseudonym, Harry Caine. If he can’t direct films he can only survive with the idea that Mateo Blanco died on Lanzarote with his beloved Lena. In the present day, Harry Caine lives thanks to the scripts he writes and to the help he gets from his faithful former production manager, Judit García, and from Diego, her son, his secretary, typist and guide. Since he decided to live and tell stories, Harry is an active, attractive blind man who has developed all his other senses in order to enjoy life, on a basis of irony and self—induced amnesia. He has erased from his biography any trace of his first identity, Mateo Blanco. One night Diego has an accident and Harry takes care of him (his mother, Judit, is out of Madrid and they decide not to tell her anything so as not to alarm her). During the first nights of his convalescence, Diego asks him about the time when he answered to the name of Mateo Blanco, after a moment of astonishment Harry can’t refuse and he tells Diego what happened fourteen years before with the idea of entertaining him, just as a father tells his little child a story so that he’ll fall asleep. The story of Mateo, Lena, Judit and Ernesto Martel is a story of “amour fou”, dominated by fatality, jealously, the abuse of power, treachery and a guilt complex. A moving and terrible story, the most expressive image of which is the photo of two lovers embracing, torn into a thousand pieces.”

the i-want-it factor:  ★★★★★

why: with this new one, penelope cruz has now appeared in four of pedro almodóvar’s films (live flesh, all about my mother, volver, broken embraces) and i haven’t seen anything by him yet.  i don’t know anything about his work, but the trailer itself seems a masterpiece.  the colour


the return of wall street:

wall street: money never sleeps, in theatres september 24 2010, directed by oliver stone

“Michael Douglas is back in his Oscar®—winning role as one of the screen’s most notorious villains, Gordon Gekko. Emerging from a lengthy prison stint, Gekko finds himself on the outside of a world he once dominated. Looking to repair his damaged relationship with his daughter Winnie, Gekko forms an alliance with her fiancé Jacob (Shia LaBeouf). But can Jacob and Winnie really trust the ex—financial titan, whose relentless efforts to redefine himself in a different era have unexpected consequences.”

the i-want-it factor:  ★★★★★

why:  oh yes, does this look goood.  considering it separately from the original wall street, which was more than twenty years ago!, it looks revamped and ready to roll.  shia labeouf paired up with real-life girlfriend/best actress nominee carey mulligan (who already rocks my world from the trailer, she’s got presence, no?) and michael douglas, commanding as ever.  and have you ever noticed that when british actors do american accents, it sounds like a much more interesting language than when americans speak it?  christian bale‘s batman, robert pattinson‘s edward, that girl emilie de ravin from remember me, and this girl carey mulligan in the trailer.. british people and american accents make american english sound richer, more creamy or something, and less nonchalant.  but anyway, i digress.  looks good.

OH and their posters are beautiful; like portrait paintings of the rich and powerful, which, in this context, seems appropriate:

poster one...

poster two (my personal favourite)..

and the 1987 original.


the never-before-seen tennessee williams:

the loss of a teardrop diamond, released january 8, 2010, directed by jodie markell

“Widely considered the most important American playwright of the post-WWII, era, Williams wrote the TEARDROP DIAMOND screenplay at the height of his late-1950’s heyday, amid such classic plays, (which themselves were adapted into classic films), as “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Suddenly, Last Summer,” “Sweet Bird of Youth,” and “Orpheus Descending.” Set in the Roaring Twenties in the town of Memphis, the film tells the story of Fisher Willow (Howard) a headstrong young heiress who chafes under the constraints of proper Southern society, and who rebels by asking the impoverished but handsome son of her father’s caretaker, Jimmy Dobyne (Evans), to escort her to the major social events of the season. The relationship is purely a business arrangement at the outset, with Fisher paying for Jimmy’s time and attention, but when she discovers that she really loves him, she finds it impossible to re-write the rules and earn the affection she tried to buy. Howard’s ability to evoke the dueling strength and fragility of this quintessential Williams heroine, along with her stunning mastery of his lush, poetic language, firmly establish her as one of the best actresses of her generation, and place her Fisher Willow in a pantheon of performances that includes Vivien Leigh’s Blanche DuBois, Elizabeth Taylor’s Maggie the Cat, Anna Magnani’s Serafina delle Rose, and Geraldine Page’s Alexandra Del Lago.”

the i-want-it factor:  ★★★★★

why: the classics are the best.  and though this doesn’t exactly count as an american classic YET (though its screenwriter is most definitely a legend), it looks promising.  another reason is the pairing up of bryce dallas howard and chris evans (aka johnny storm from fantastic four).  just judging by the trailer, the chemistry looks good, and howard is ridiculously charming.  chris evans is handsome.  shallow reasons but what else can you tell from a trailer of a movie you’ve never seen?  besides,  it’s always nice to see a feisty-rich-girl-from-the-south story.


and lastly..

the one movie i’m actually most likely to end up watching:

diary of a wimpy kid, released march 19 2010, directed by thor freudenthal

“Meet the kid who made “wimpy” cool, in a family comedy based on the best—selling illustrated novel Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, the first in a series that has thus far sold 24 million copies. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID chronicles the adventures of wise—cracking middle school student Greg Heffley, who must somehow survive the scariest time of anyone’s life: middle school.”

the i-want-it factor:  ★★★★

why:  i have two sisters in primary school.  my mother’s bought them every single hard-cover copy of these books.  i might as well accept that we’re going to see it, sooner or later, and might as well look forward to it.  i kind of can’t wait.  it honestly looks pretty hilarious.   OH and the kid’s older brother is being played by canadian actor devon bostick, who i’ve been dying to see in the 2009 atom egoyan film, adoration (i want it!).

devon bostick.. such an interesting, almost strange face.

ahhhhhh the promise of good movies to come……. that wraps up this ridiculously time-consuming post.  guilty my pleasure.




OH and what films do you want to see?  have you seen any of the things i mentioned above yet?

please. comments are like candy canes on christmas  :)



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