In upcoming months several movies are on their way to theaters. Given my financial state, it is most likely I'll be seeing most of these on DVD. But here are some that I'm looking forward to.
The Hobbit. Again, no surprise! Each of Peter Jackson's previous Tolkien films came out near enough to my birthday I decided to treat them as gifts! And I've hopes this one--which seems to have a stellar cast--will lack the ever-so-slightly rushed quality I felt eroded the second and third films of the trilogy. Not that I didn't think they were good! Far from it! But methinks none of them were quite as good as the first, and frankly the third fell short of the second. Got terribly excited to see who was cast as Bilbo (huge Sherlock fan here) and my only real disappointment remains that the wonderful Guillermo del Toro ended up not directing. How I would have loved to see his take on this world, this story! Here's a little secret--the Rankin Bass animated version seemed to me to have worked in many ways. It captured some of the emotional resonance of the tale. Now Jackson's trailer seemed to do the same.
interviewed one of the writer-directors for vampires.com, which left me tremendously excited about this flick. Set in Hungary in the late 1980s (still in the Cold War, before the internet took off, etc.) this is the first serious cinematic attempt to do Le Fanu's tale justice in over twenty years! The images he showed me and some of the details he shared (some of which I remain not-at-liberty-to-reveal) excited me very much! Frankly, I feel most versions err on the side of trying to make this story something it is not--a thriller akin to Bram Stoker's more famous vampire novel, instead of the almost surreal erotic nightmare of the book. Not this time!