Director: Pete Docter
Writer: Bob Peterson
Cast: Ed Asner, Jordan Nagai, Christopher Plummer, John Ratzenberger
What is it?: Pixar follows up the brilliant Wall-E with this story of a seventy-something man traveling the globe in his flying house, along with a young wilderness ranger.
Why I’m Interested: You had me at Pixar. I love imaginative, insightful, inspiring storytelling, and no one does that better, or more consistently, than Pixar. As far as I can tell from this short trailer, there is another home run on the way.
“How wrong can you be?”
Director: Stephen Daldry
Writer: Bernhard Schlink (novel), David Hare (screenplay)
Cast: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, David Kross
What is it?: In post-WWII Germany, a young man has an affair with an older woman who ends up on trial for war crimes.
Why I’m Interested: What looks to be a strong cast in a film that looks like it may lead to some substantial and interesting conversations.
“You sing the blues, you don’t have to live ’em.”
Writer/Director: Darnell Martin
Cast: Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Beyonce Knowles, Mos Def, Gabrielle Union
What is it?: Based on historical events, the film follows the story of the rise of Chess Records in 1950s Chicago.
Why I’m Interested: The realm of biopics and such in the musical realm is obviously well trodden by now. While the genre can often be lackluster, it has also given way to some great performances in the past. I still want to hear how closely the film ties to history, but I must admit a soft spot for films that give me insight into the story behind great songs from before I was born.
Plus, Mos Def as Chuck Berry has to make you at least curious. No?
“Can two men reproduce?”
“No, but God knows we keep trying.”
Director: Gus Van Sant
Writer: Dustin Lance Black
Cast: Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco
What is it?: The story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man elected to major office, who was assassinated by Dan White.
Why I’m Interested: A timely story in light of recent events. While I have read some criticism for glossing over Milk’s faults, what biopic isn’t guilty of that to some extent. From Sean Penn and Josh Brolin on down, the performances look to be electric.
Monsters vs. Aliens
I’m calling this a bonus trailer because I don’t feel like doing all the normal work.