I've been waiting for this trailer for some time and finally it's here:
1. TRUE GRIT
The 1969 film, starring john Wayne, is a classic. It would be hard to imagine another version of the story being done by just any old director. It's a good thing the Coens are the guys behind this remake as I can't think of anyone better for the job. Actually, calling this film a remake might be a tad premature. Supposedly the film draws more from the source material than the original film, but that remains to be seen. Either way, I'm firmly behind the picture, even more so now that I've seen the trailer. Remarkable westerns are few and far between these days and from the minute of footage I just watched, this appears to at least be an ambitious one. The cast for this one is astounding. Opening Christmas Day.
2. THE FIGHTER
This trailer has been out for a bit, but I never included it here, so without further delay:
This project bounced around for a bit and was attached to director Darren Aronofsky for some time. Now, under the direction of David O. Russel (THREE KINGS), it's finally making its way to theaters. I like the look of the trailer. Wahlberg is often hit-or-miss for me, but he seems to do remarkably better when paired with quality directors. His work with Russel previously has been pretty good, so I expect the same from THE FIGHTER. The real story coming out of this trailer appears to be Christian Bale, who might just put on the best performance of his career in this film. Time will tell, but I'm thinking he'll likely be in the running for a supporting actor nod early next year. THE FIGHTER opens everywhere December 10.
3. THE KINGS SPEECH
This one has Oscar material written all over it. It's just the type of film they are likely to embrace and with good reason.
Personally, I believe Colin Firth deserved the Oscar for Best Actor last year over Jeff Bridges. Hopefully he'll have another shot this year after this performance. There's even a chance he'll go up against Bridges again. Anyway, this Tom Hooper directed film has impressed critics at recent festivals and is likely to become one of the best reviewed films of the year. This one hits theaters November 26th.
4. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS
This second trailer is even more exciting than the first. Hopefully, this final chapter(s) of the film series will be more satisfying than the final book. Nice to finally see Bill Nighy as Rufus Scrimgeour this time around. The end begins November 19.