The best movies of 2008 that you don't know about yet
Posted Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 10:01 AM Central
by John Couture
In what is quickly becoming an annual tradition, we are setting about to predict the Top Box Office movies of the year and the list of those movies that will be on everyone's tongues come this time next year, but few people know about right now.
And think about it, by its very definition, picking sleeper hit movies should be an impossible task, but that doesn't discourage us one bit.
My colleague Tim Briscoe and I compiled this list of 15 films. They are our picks for the movies that not everyone knows about now but they most certainly will at this time next year.
And if our track record is any indication, we've just doomed all of these movies to be big busts.
National Treasure hangover if you will, but we think that audiences will still be in the mood for a good, old-fashioned treasure hunt next month. Sure, Matthew McConaughey doesn't have the best track record carrying big action extravaganzas *cough* Sahara *cough*, but considering that this is also his first re-teaming with Kate Hudson since their very successful match in How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, we think sparks might fly one more time. Feb. 8.
Jack Black and Mos Def might be the new Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. Feb. 22.
Judd Apatow do no wrong? We'll find out in May as this interesting comedy finds a couple of TV actors Jason Segel and Kristen Bell looking to make the jump to the big screen. Interestingly, Segel plays a character called Marshall on his show How I Met Your Mother. That's good enough for us. May 30.
Fight Club fan or a member of Chuck Palahniuk's cult like I am, there's a good chance that you have no idea what this movie is. And that might be a good thing. This is the second adaptation of one of Chuck's books and his one, the aforementioned Fight Club, seemed to do alright. This time, the subject matter of a sex-addicted renaissance re-enactor who connives do-gooders out of their money by pretending to choke in expensive restaurants might be too much to swallow. Or not. It debuts at Sundance next week, we'll know shortly. July. Owen Wilson showcase, but his suicide attempt last year forced director and best bud Ben Stiller to recast the part. Enter Matthew McConaughey. The cast is chock full comic geniuses and one cameo involving a bald, bearded and fat Tom Cruise has already brought about one threatened lawsuit. The basic premise of actors filming a Vietnam War movie being accidentally brought in to fight a real war sounds promising, as long as it's not Delta Farce 2. July 11. Drew Barrymore is the queen of rom-coms and Scarlett Johansson will provide enough eye candy to make it a real date movie. Of course, it does have the Ben Affleck curse going against it. Well, that and our annual sleeper curse. Aug. 1.
Seth Rogen is the crown prince golden comic boy of the moment and he seemingly has the Golden Touch in anything that he's in. Of course, this pot infused story might really test the limits of his power, but if Harold & Kumar 2 hits big in April, look for this one to be the next stoner cult classic. Aug. 8. Shia LaBeouf can bring home the beef in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull then his follow-up should be enormous. Considering that Steven Spielberg is producing and Shia is surrounded by a top-notch cast, it would take a lot for this one to flounder. Aug. 8. Seth Rogen and is the next movie from cult filmmaker Kevin Smith. Smith is known these days to cut his movies together while filming, so the film should be ready to come out by fourth quarter. The success or failure of The Pineapple Express will dictate whether they push it out this year to strike while the proverbial iron is hot or delay it until enough time has passed. October.
When Harry Met Sally...s? I guess we'll find out in October. Juno and Superbad's Michael Cera takes the lead of a musician who asks a girl to be his "girlfriend" for 5 minutes in order to snow his ex. From there, it seems that their lives are inexplicably linked in romance and friendship. Oct. 3.
Bill Murray. Tim Robbins. Martin Landau. Of course, the science fiction/fantasy angle has been the death knell for many movies that have come before it, so there is a bit of trepidation here, but we think it will be a winner. Oct. 10. No Country for Old Men, we would be foolish to ever discount any future movies from Joel and Ethan Coen. And we're anything but foolish. With George Clooney, Brad Pitt and John Malkovich in the leads and the return of Frances McDormand to the Coen Brothers world, salivating would be more accurate in describing our state. November. Brad Pitt anchors the F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation of the story of Benjamin Button, who is born at the turn of the 20th Century as a man in his eighties that begins to age backwards. The movie is quite ambitious in its scope, but it anyone can pull it off, it's director David Fincher. Nov. 26.
Jim Carrey still relevant in the comedy landscape? It seems that his dalliances into more dramatic roles have diminished his once powerful base of comedy fans. This movie is a return of sorts to his roots as he plays a man that agrees to a self-help principle of saying yes to everything. Is Jim Carrey back? That would be a huge Yes from us. Dec. 19.
Titanic together for a new movie. Revolutionary Road marks the first time that Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet have reunited onscreen. And they even dug up Kathy Bates, just in case. Dec. 19.