...which I want to see. With the Christmas holidays coming up, people will be rushing from the cold outside and sitting with their popcorn to enjoy some of the newest releases. Also over the next couple of months, the Academy will be thinking which film, actor/tress etc will be winning the coveted award come early next year.
So just as the Summer blockkbusters draw to a close, a new season of film is coming to the local cinema. See what you think-
Blindness is a 2008 dramatic thriller film that is an adaptation of the 1995 novel of the same name by José Saramago about a society suffering an epidemic of blindness. The film is written by Don McKellar and directed by Fernando Meirelles with Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo as the stars.
Milk is a 2008 American biographical film directed by Gus Van Sant. The screenplay by Dustin Lance Black focuses on the later life, political career, and assassination of San Francisco city supervisor/gay rights activist Harvey Milk.
W. (pronounced "dub-ya") is a 2008 biographical film based on the life and presidency of George W. Bush. It was produced and directed by Oliver Stone, written by Stanley Weiser, and stars Josh Brolin as President Bush. Stone compares his goal for W. to the approach of The Queen (2006) and his own Nixon (1995). Filming began on May 12, 2008, in Louisiana and the film was released on October 17. The Motion Picture Association of America rated the film PG-13 in the United States for "language including sexual references, some alcohol abuse, smoking and brief disturbing war images."
Changeling is a 2008 American period thriller directed by Clint Eastwood. The film is set in late 1920s Los Angeles and is based on the true story of a woman who recognizes that the boy returned to her after a kidnapping is not her son. After confronting the city authorities, she is vilified as an unfit mother and branded delusional. The film was written by J. Michael Straczynski, who spent a year researching the case through archived city records. It was produced by Imagine Entertainment and Malpaso Productions for Universal Pictures. Ron Howard was originally slated to direct, but scheduling difficulties and Universal's desire to fast track the project led to his replacement by Eastwood.
Angelina Jolie appears in the lead role with support from Jeffrey Donovan, John Malkovich, Jason Butler Harner, Amy Ryan, Michael Kelly, Geoff Pierson, and Colm Feore. The film explores themes such as disempowerment of women, corruption in political hierarchies, and the impact that violent crime has on communities. Principal photography began on October 15, 2007 and was completed in November 2007. Filming took place at locations in and around Los Angeles. Changeling premiered in competition at the 61st Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2008, where it received largely positive reviews. The film had its North American premiere on October 4, 2008 as the centerpiece of the 46th New York Film Festival. It was released wide in North America on October 31, 2008 after a limited release that began on October 24, 2008. It will be released in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland on November 28, 2008.
5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a 2008 film in a modern setting loosely adapted from the 1922 short story of the same name written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film is directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. The film will be released December 25, 2008. Unlike Fincher's earlier work, the film is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for "Brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking", making it his first PG-13 film.
Adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" follows a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time.
Frost/Nixon is a 2008 drama film based upon the play of the same name by Peter Morgan. The film version is directed by Ron Howard and produced by Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title Films for Universal Pictures. The film reunites its original two stars from the London and Broadway productions of the play, Frank Langella as former President of the United States Richard Nixon and Michael Sheen as British TV broadcaster David Frost. Filming began on August 27, 2007.
Australia is an upcoming period epic film directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. The screenplay was written by Luhrmann and screenwriter Stuart Beattie, with Ronald Harwood also later credited. The story takes place during the bombing of Darwin in Australia during World War II. Production took place in Sydney, Darwin, Kununurra, and Bowen. The movie was to be released on 13 November 2008 in Australia and 16 November 2008 in the United States; however, Fox announced that it had pushed back the release dates in both Australia and the United States to 26 November 2008, with subsequent worldwide release dates throughout late December and January 2009.
During World War II, Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) is an English aristocrat who is left in control of a cattle station in Australia. She is assisted by an Australian drover (Hugh Jackman), in whom she becomes romantically interested. He helps to drive the cattle across the property as they are under the threat of nearby Darwin being bombed.
Passengers is 2008 drama film starring Anne Hathaway and Patrick Wilson, and directed by Rodrigo Garcia. It was released in the United States by TriStar Pictures on October 24, 2008.