Sunday, August 21, 2011

COMING SOON! Movies I'm looking forward to watching.

As a kid growing up in a small town in the 60s and 70s, watching movies was THE thing to do. There was no internet then, there were no video games, there was nothing to do in the weekends, unless there was a birthday party or fiesta or some such event. Even then, we would always watch movies. Two movies in one go. All four (later 6) movie houses showed double features, with the main feature having been shown about a month in advance in Manila and the second feature shown much, much, much earlier. Think HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 doubled with THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. There were even times when we had triple showings of movies.

Between the features, there would be about thirty minutes of "extras" or what I know now as trailers. In the Martial Law years, propaganda about how great Marcos and Imelda were were shown along with the trailers.

These days, one doesn't have to go to the movies to see trailers. youtube and are great resources to check on upcoming movies. Sadly, some of these never make it to Manila. Happily, there's amazon (and Metrowalk. wink, wink).

Here's my current list:

1. THE WOMAN IN BLACK - slated for a 2012 release, theater aficionados will certainly bitch about how different the movie is from the play which it could be based on. It's possible that the screenplay is based on the book on which the play is based. Regardless, the trailer looks fine and Daniel Radcliffe couldn't have gotten a better postgraduate role than this. Horror is my favorite movie genre so I'm really looking forward to this.

2. HYSTERIA (2011) - Words fail me. But I'll try. Nope. Words fail me.

3. THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE (2011) - speaking of Martial Law, remember the nasty rumors of someone being just a changeling, and...Well, this rumor seems to run parallel to this movie's plot. A history boy grows up, again to a good postgraduate role.

4. CARNAGE (2011) - when GOD OF CARNAGE opened on Broadway in 2009, it was tough to get a ticket to the show. After all, it had an all-star cast: James Gandolfini, Jeff Daniels, Marcia Gay Harden and Hope Davis. when it opened on West End in 2008, it was also a runaway hit, not only because it featured Ralph Fiennes, but also because the play itself was well-reviewed. I'm just curious how the movie adaptation will turn out. After all, it has 4 great actors in it, including the amazing Christoph Waltz (yes, INGLORIOUS BASTERDS' Hans Landa). 

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