Summary: A hotshot gambler becomes tangled in a game with deadly consequences.
Chris Martin isn't the only British fella whose works have gone down the toilet since he married an American woman. Guy Ritchie is also a member of that club.
Ritchie goes back to the genre that made him famous, here with a Vegas-themed gangster flick including characters with crazy names like Howard the Indian, French Paul, and my favorite, Fat Dan. The early reviews for this film weren't too great (too confusing, makes no sense, not as good as Snatch, and so on), but I'm still looking forward to it.
12. A SCANNER DARKLY
Summary: Set in a future world where America has lost the war on drugs, undercover cop Fred (Reeves) is one of many agents hooked on the popular drug Substance D, which causes its users to develop split personalities. Fred, for instance, is also Bob, a notorious drug dealer. Along with his superior officers, Fred sets up an elaborate scheme to catch Bob and tear down his operation.
If that doesn't pique your interest in seeing this film, let me give you this: musical score by Radiohead. Excuse me, I need to change my pants.
13. SHOOT 'EM UP
(no pic due to early development)
Summary: A mysterious man protects a newborn baby from criminals out to kill it.
All I know about this movie is that it's supposed to be the "ultimate action movie" like the ones John Woo used to make and it stars Clive Owen. And it's directed by the guy who wrote Double Dragon: The Movie. Wait a minute...
14. SNAKES ON A PLANE
Summary: An FBI agent is on a long and difficult search to bring a ruthless crime boss to justice. He finds a witness related to his case and takes him on a commercial flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles. Things take a turn for the worst when it's discovered that the crime boss has loaded the cargo with all kinds of venomous snakes!
Did you not see that picture up there? What else do I need to say? Samuel L. Jackson playing the FBI agent is just icing on the cake.
15. SOUTHLAND TALES
Summary: A musical/comedy set in 2008 where a three-day heatwave in Los Angeles culminates in a huge Fourth of July party.
This is Richard Kelly's follow-up to Donnie Darko. The guy is young, talented, and doing what I want to do. Bastard.
16. SUPERMAN RETURNS
Summary: Superman, uh, returns.
Let me just come out and say I'm not a big fan of Superman. Why? Because he's just too damn overpowered! He's strong, fast, can fly, and has eyes that can shoot frickin' laser beams. What. The. Eff. He can do everything. He can't lose to anyone. Well, except Batman. I'm not even joking. Batman beat the crap out of him in The Dark Knight Returns. (When he was over 60, natch!)
So why is it on the list? Because of Bryan Singer.
17. TENACIOUS D IN: THE PICK OF DESTINY
Summary: In Venice Beach, naive Midwesterner JB (Black) bonds with local slacker KG (Glass) and they form the rock band Tenacious D. Setting out to become the world's greatest band is no easy feat, so they set out to steal what could be the answer to their prayers -- a magical guitar pick housed in a rock-and-roll museum some 300 miles away.
I don't really have to explain this one, do I?
18. THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA
Summary: Ranch hand Pete Perkins (Jones) looks to fulfill the promise to his recently deceased best friend by burying him in his hometown in Mexico.
Tons of praise have been heaped on this directorial debut by Tommy Lee Jones, yet I haven't seen a single trailer, TV spot, or newspaper ad for it. That last one is probably because I don't read the newspaper, but I digress. Where did this come from? Have you seen this at your local theater? I may have to catch this one on DVD.
19. V FOR VENDETTA
Summary: In an alternate timeline where Germany won World War II and Great Britain is now a facist state, a masked vigilante known only as "V" conducts guerrilla warfare against the government. When he rescues a normal young woman, she joins his struggle against the forces of oppression.
Alan Moore's theatrical adaptations haven't fared too well -- From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Constantine (which I really liked, but didn't make that much money). That's all supposed to change with this one. Ironic, since Moore reportedly wasn't too pleased with the project and wanted his name removed from it.
This movie will cause controversy when it's released. A terrorist as the hero? Americans can't accept that!
And bald Natalie Portman is still hot Natalie Portman.
Summary: Based on the true account of the mysterious San Francisco mass-murderer (and astrology fan) who slaughtered numerous humans in the 60s and 70s and submitted detailed accounts of the slayings to the newspaper.
A movie about a serial killer, directed by David Fincher. Where do I sign up?!
Well, there you have it. What do you guys think? It was fun writing out these lists. Maybe I'll do more of them.