monstrous Notable Films of 2010) and I think this list will be filled with movies worth paying attention to in 2010.
DOMESTIC You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger Directed by Woody Allen Starring Naomi Watts, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin, Antonio Banderas, Lucy Punch Written by Woody Allen
The Gist I’m not sure! Woody Allen movies have really tight security – or at least nobody bothers to go hunting for spoilers on them. What we do know is that Anthony Hopkins plays a man who has an affair with a much younger woman who takes him for all his money. Naomi Watts plays his daughter and Lucy Punch is the woman.
Participants to Watch Lucy Punch may not be a name you know right now, but she’s taking on a role that was intended for Nicole Kidman, so I imagine it’s fairly juicy.
Anthony Hopkins has entered the ‘let’s have a goddamned blast’ stage of his career, and he’s described this film as a ton of fun to make. I hope it shows onscreen.
Josh Brolin because he’s Josh Brolin. I don’t know what kind of role he plays, but it’s Josh Brolin.
The Buzz I don’t think I’ve heard anything about this movie yet. There’s no trailer, very few production stills, and I’m not even certain what the title itself means.
Best Case We get a good late period Woody Allen film. Woody’s still churning them out once a year, and they’re pretty hit or miss – but the reality is that even his hits are less than his previous work. Much less. You have to walk into a Woody Allen film with managed expectations these days, but he can still deliver a good – but rarely great – film.
Worst Case A stinker. When Woody is off, he’s really off. Last year’s Whatever Works was a script that he had in a drawer somewhere since the 70s and it really felt like it. A bad Woody Allen movie is like death, and he can drag great talent down with him.
CHUD’s Prognosis I’m going in with hope. But I’m also ready to take a hit. With Woody you just can’t tell anymore, but the guy’s too much of a genius to not at least give him a shot.
Useful Links Here’s young Woody Allen talking to the CBC in 1967.I don’t know if the movie is about fortune telling, but you can buy a Zoltar machine at this link.