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Eye Candy 2009

February 26, 2009

With the Oscars been and gone we wont have many films of “substance” around until post summer (autumn time is generally the time that studios release their award pictures – take a look at this years best picture noms – Slumdog, Milk, Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon The Reader), – this is so that they are fresh in the minds of the voters) so what films have we go to look forward to until then?

There is no easing up on the blockbusters this year, I am personally only a hair line fracture more excited about Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince (2009) than I am about Star Trek (2009).

And of course sequel fever has never been more alive and well. The more darker return of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) the more hairier X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).

A film I have been dying to see since it’s premiere at Sundance last year is Sunshine Cleaning (2009), starring Amy Adams and Emily Blunt; two sisters who go into the crime scene clean up business to make some cashitos. It has been picked up by Overture Films for limited release on March 13th in the US. But no word of a UK release yet. Fingers crossed.

If you’re down for a little regressing – this is the one. Adventureland (2009). Seeing as it’s set in the 80’s it is definitely trying to appeal to the “oldskool” vibe and success of The Breakfast Club (1985) and Ferris Beuller’s Day Off (1987). It’s a summer release, so if you’ve had enough of CGI check it out.

Sascha Baron Cohen’s next venture comes in the form of flamboyant Austrian fashionista Brüno (2009). No teaser trailer as of yet, but if the reports of gate crashing Milan fashion week are anything to go by we wont be dissapointed.

Films pinned for the latter quarter of the year are; Inglorious Basterds (2009) from Tarantino, Ashecliffe (2009) (or Shutter Island) from Scorsese, Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) by Wes Anderson (we definitely need more Roald Dahl adaptations) and A Christmas Carol (2009) with Jim Carey.

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