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Filed under: films — drei @ 12:00 am

Pre-summer Movies
Mon, 19 Feb 2007 02:21:00 GMT

The period before the summer season is usually dormant for film releases, when critics take their rest after the politics of the awards season, and viewers wait for the big blow of summer films.  This year’s summer line-up once again boasts of big names and franchises, most of which are third installments: Spiderman 3, Shrek the Third, Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End, Ocean’s Thirteen, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Evan Almighty, Transformers, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Simpsons Movie, The Bourne Ultimatum, and Rush Hour 3.  My top picks would be Spiderman, Evan Almighty, Transformers (hoping it will redeem Michael Bay), and of course, Order of the Phoenix, the final appearance of the great Gary Oldman as my favorite Potter character.

Here are three promising films from three great directors, to be released before the summer season in Hollywood starts:

sunshineSunshine, dir. Danny Boyle.  When the trailer of The Two Towers came out in 2002, I was raving inside the cinema because of two things – the sequel of the most powerful adventure saga is finally on its way, and the more important one, the trailer used the musical score of Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream.  Before I saw Donnie Darko, Requiem was my favorite movie of all time.  And until today, I consider it as one of the best musical scores ever made.  So when I saw the trailer of Sunshine during an Apocalypto screening last week, I was ecstatic to know that Danny Boyle was genius enough to use the same haunting musical score.  Boyle is known for using techno music in most of his films (Moby was all over The Beach, and Underworld’s first hit is always associated with Trainspotting), but he probably thought Sunshine needs a different touch.  At least in the trailer.  Sunshine stars Cillian Murphy, in a futuristic film about a team of scientists trying to ignite a dying sun.  Danny Boyle may have a knack for unconventional plotlines like the vampire virus, or a magical beach, or a dying sun, but he never ever goes wrong.

the number 23The Number 23, dir. Joel Schumacher.  The moment Jim Carrey turned down the lead role in Phone Booth, director Joel Schumacher must’ve thought he lost the opportunity to work with a great star, and should work with Jim in another project.  The result: the creepy The Number 23, where a man discovers everything about him is connected to the number 23, known as the number of the devil (2/3 = .666, hehe).  I must admit that during high school, Joel Schumacher was a favorite (Flatliners, Batman Forever).  My taste was so mainstream then, and I had no idea greater films exist outside Hollywood.  And I have always been a big fan of Jim Carrey films; he’s just so versatile that he can be a clown and heavily dramatic at the same time.  The Number 23 is a definite addition to his credentials, and the posters alone show a Jim Carrey we’ve never seen before.

zodiacZodiac, dir. David Fincher.  If you think Tarantino is overrated as the modern day cult director, then David Fincher might be your man.  It’s been years since Fincher made his last movie The Panic Room, and Zodiac was said to have been researched and shot too long due to Fincher’s obsession with the original novels, which was based on real events in San Francisco in the 60’s.  The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey, Jr, as three characters – a comic book writer, a detective, and a news reporter – obsessed with the same serial killer, Zodiac.  Initial screenings showed mixed reviews, probably because similar plotlines are seen almost every day on television, and somehow it’s hard to par the fanbase of Gil Grissom after six seasons.  But I still plan to watch this, because of Fincher, and because the combination of Gyllenhaal, Ruffalo, and Downey in a serial killer film must be one promising spectacle.

The Number 23 and Dreamgirls open this week in Metro Manila theatres


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