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Mirajeff gives AICN his preview of the 80 films to watch in 2006!!!

Hey folks, Harry here with Mirajeff's picks for the films to watch in 2006 - and he's done a pretty damn good job, though I do have a few additions to the list I'd like to mention first, that didn't make his list.

1) BLACK SNAKE MOAN - this is an incredibly anticipated film for me this year. Craig Brewer made my favorite film of 2005 with HUSTLE & FLOW - and this film, starring Christina Ricci as a nymphomaniac and Samuel L Jackson as.... well that's the surprise. I hear that Justin Timberlake is amazing in the film - and yes, I know that sounds about as likely as a brilliant Freddie Prinze Jr... but I'm hearing from a lot of filmmakers that Justin's making the turn into a powerful actor! I'm also dying to see Sam Jackson's SNAKES ON THE MUTHERFUCKIN' PLANE this year too!

2) CYBORG GIRL - Chan Wook Park's film after LADY VENGEANCE (which Tartan Films will release in March and AICN will be hosting screenings all over the country for). CYBORG GIRL is about a girl in a mental institution that believes she's an incredibly powerful cyborg living in a war between humans and machines. Ultimately it's a love story about her and another patient amidst the delusions and insanity of the asylum. As the Title character we get: Kang Hye-Jung from OLDBOY! Can not wait to see this!

3) HAIL CAESAR - The Coen Brothers next film, which apparently will start shooting soon. I've heard it will complete the idiot trilogy starring George Clooney and is set in the 1920's with a theater group trying to put on a production of Shakespeare's JULIUS CAESAR! I don't know about you, but instantly I think this is genius.

4) SCOOP - Woody Allen's second outing with Scarlet Johansson is a must see after watching their first film together, MATCH POINT, the best Woody in years. If Woody has found in Scarlet a new actress to be inspired to create for, then we're in for a massive treat! I hope this is the case.

5) MARIE ANTOINETTE - Sofia Coppola's trailer blew me away with its vitality and charge. Can't wait to see this film, I've just got a feeling that this is going to be incredibly special. Kirsten's got the right neck for Antoinette, heh - and Jason Schwartzman as Louis XVI is just bizarre - but it works with Kirsten's Marie - I think. Could be amazing. Dying to see Asia Argento's Madame du Barry!

6) ROMAN - Directorial Debut of Angela Bettis (star of MAY) - written by Lucky McKee (director of MAY) and starring Lucky McKee - this is the companion piece film to MAY. A film about lonliness, love and the comedy of life. I've seen a 9 minute teaser for it that was just haunting and tragic. Beautiful looking story.

7) PAN'S LABYRINTH - The third Guillermo Del Toro Spanish language "fairy tale". First was CRONOS, then came THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE... This film is on a greater scale than any of those, yet at the same time is vastly more intimate. This will be one of the best films of 2006. It is set during the Spanish Revolution and deals with a little girl in the middle of the revolution that discovers a scary magical world.

8) A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION - Robert Altman's latest starring: Woody Harrelson, Tommy Lee Jones, Garrison Keillor, Kevin Kline, Lindsay Lohan, Virginia Madsen, John C. Reilly, Maya Rudolph, Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin. It's an adaptation of a very popular radio program. It's getting it's premiere at this year's SXSW!

9) TALES OF THE RAT FINK - One of my favorite documentarians is Ron Mann, who has made COMIC BOOK CONFIDENTIAL, GRASS, TWIST and others that I've loved. This time his laser-beamed focus is upon a genius of American Pop-Culture - Ed "Big Daddy" Roth - the man responsible for the greatest innovations in the designing of hot rods and custom cars. It's a pure car fetishists' fevered fantasy and knowing Ron Mann's documentary style, I'm dying to see its premiere at SXSW!

10) THE CHILDREN OF MEN - Directed by Alfonso Cuaron, this science fiction film set in 2027 when inexplicably man can no longer procreate - a single pregnate woman is taken to be studied as the possible savior of humankind. Starring Michael Caine, Julianne Moore, Clive Owen and a host of others - this is the exact sort of material I dream of Cuaron getting his hands on!

11) SHOOT 'EM UP - In what really wants and hopes to be the biggest baddest cool outrageous gunplay film in the history of mankind - we have SHOOT 'EM UP. It stars Clive Owen in a role that would make Chow Yun Fat weak in the knees. Co-stars Paul Giamatti and Monica Bellucci - and an unknown as the baby. This could be a fucking blast.

Well - those are the eleven films I can think of that aren't listed below that I know I'm dying to see in the year ahead. If you happen to come across or know anything about these films and would like to help with our coverage of the titles you find on this page, by all means let me AICN know at This Address which Moriarty, Quint and I all get a copy of. Pics, information, test screenings, rumors... we love it all as it's the foreplay that leads to the final act. Happy 2006 Everyone - and hopefully we'll get a little film called 2GETHER 4EVER this year too!

Greetings AICN, MiraJeff here with a look at my Most Anticipated films of 2006, which is shaping up to be a hell of a year. My Best Of 2005 List will be up shortly, but for now, here are 80 movies to whet your appetites. Enjoy, and then go on the talkbacks and let her rip.

1. The DaVinci Code- Sorry, but it’s true. Loved the book and can’t wait to see how the film plays out now that we all know the twists. Besides, you gotta show Tom Hanks and Ron Howard some love.

2. Superman Returns- Yes, the trailer looked that good. We’ll see if Routh can fill out those tights. Lord knows Spacey’s gonna bring the pain as Lex and as Lois, Bosworth just drips sex. Why doesn’t she get as much attention as Jessica Alba?

3/4. Zodiac/ The Black Dahlia- I love David Fincher and I love movies about serial killers. Remember Se7en? Plus, I’m a sucker for true crime stories and DePalma is a master of suspense. These movies will both kick unruly ass.

5. Southland Tales- The script is solid, but what will be interesting to see is whether Richard Kelly’s quirky casting (ex-SNLers?) pays off, and how it will affect the tone of the film. Now when will those graphic novels be available?

6. The Departed- I got to work as a PA for one day with the 2nd unit. Still counts as working on a Scorcese picture. The source material is excellent (Infernal Affairs #5 on last year’s Best Of list), the cast is superb (Jack’s back) and the movie is set in Boston. What more do you want?

7. A Scanner Darkly- Radiohead, you’re my favorite band in the world. Please score this film. It looks amazing, and Woody Harrelson is the man. I wish more movies looked like this.

8. The Fountain- The director is a genius and the trailer intrigued me. If it doesn’t work, there’s always Aronofsky’s LOST episode to look forward to. Plus, I’m not normally a fan of Hugh, but…

9. X3- this movie looks cool. Maybe it was the brooding music that matched the trailer’s editing, or maybe it’s just that I’ve read the first 2 acts of the script and know what surprises Ratner has in store for us, but I’m excited about this one. Honestly though, it’s gonna be tough to top X2.

10. Grind House- As long as Tarantino cuts down on presenting, and keeps directing, I’ll continue paying 11 bucks to go to the movies. This sounds like a great idea and I can’t wait to see those fake trailers.

11/12. World Trade Center/ Flight 93- I’ve read the WTC script and it will not be an overview of 9/11. Instead, Oliver Stone has chosen to focus on two of the heroes, and I’m psyched that Michael Pena is one of them. He gave the year’s best supporting performance in Crash, which was largely overshadowed (as far as awards are concerned) by Dillon and Cheadle. Flight 93 will be the first 9/11 story released and director Paul Greengrass’ film concerns the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania and the heroic efforts of its passengers to stop the terrorists.

13. V For Vendetta- I admit, after hearing everyone at BNAT rave about this film, I got excited. I also get excited over Natalie Portman, even with her head shaved.

14. Miami Vice- Love Colin’s sleazy look. He and Foxx make a bad-ass duo, plus Naomie Harris is seriously the hottest woman I have ever seen in person. If Michael Mann gets this anywhere near Heat or Collateral, I will start walking around NY wearing a white jacket.

15. Flags of Our Fathers- Clint promises to go 3 for 3 after Mystic River and Million Dollar Baby, and the material should allow the young cast (Paul Walker, Jesse Bradford, Barry Pepper, and Ryan Phillippe) to show off their acting chops.

16. Lady In the Water- M. Night returns with, what’s this, a bedtime story? In any case, Giammatti is one of the best actors working today, Bryce is the real deal, and the trailer has some serious atmosphere going for it. I’d see anything Shyamalan makes.

17. Inside Man- It doesn’t look like a Spike Lee film. It doesn’t sound like a Spike Lee Film. But it’s got Oscar pedigree with Denzel, Jodie Foster, and my new favorite asskicker, Clive Owen. That trailer is intense.

18. Brick- This movie set Sundance on fire and the trailer makes it looks like film noir for teens. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was incredible in Mysterious Skin, and hopefully this will be his breakout year.

19. Mission: Impossible: III- Enough colons for ya? The trailer looks sharp (love that blast knocking Tom off his feet) but I think it has a tough release date in over-crowded May, although with two hotties joining the team (Michelle Mongahan and Keri Russell) and Truman Capote as the baddie, this movie could be Tom’s saving grace after a bad PR year for him. J.J. Abrams should is a good fit for this franchise.

20. Poseidon- Sure it looks like The Perfect Storm, and why shouldn’t it? It’s the same director (Wolfgang Petersen). Doesn’t mean Kurt Russell and Josh Lucas won’t put the hurt on the king of the ocean.

21. Young Hannibal- Although Hopkins isn’t behind the mask in this prequel, the screenplay is by author Thomas Harris and Lecter as a character has always been fascinating. It’ll be fun to watch him as a teenager, but I wonder what he eats when he gets the munchies?

22-26. Thank You For Smoking/ Running With Scissors/ Stranger Than Fiction/ For Your Consideration/ American Dreamz- Five comedies (I think) for the intelligent moviegoer. Not sure if that’s me, but regardless, I’ll be there for these. All of these films have impressive casts whose talents will be put to good use, because some of these stories are tough sells.

27/28. The Good Shepherd/ The Good German- Good+Good= a Great time at the movies for me. Robert DeNiro directs himself alongside Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie and Joe Pesci in this history of the CIA. German stars Clooney and Cate Blanchett in another murder mystery from director Steven Soderbergh.

29/30. Alpha Dog/ Edison- Ah, the Justin Timberlake movies, both of which I’m genuinely excited about. Nick Cassavetes has assembled a great young cast including Emile Hirsch as Jesse James Hollywood, though Edison may have more potential to be a great movie, as it costars Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey as corrupt cops.

31-33. Nacho Libre/ Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny/ Untitled NASCAR Comedy- Jack Black is one of the funniest guys in the world right now, and next year he’s rocking hard. I’ve watched the D since their heyday on HBO, and can’t wait to see them conquer the big screen. Plus, the idea of JB as a Mexican wrestler, from a script by Mike White, makes me giddy. Now normally, I’m not so high on Ferrell. I think his shtick is getting tired. I’m that guy who didn’t really like Anchorman or Old School that much. But Adam McKay is a funny dude. Has been ever since those SNL short films. And NASCAR is the perfect stage for the two of them to team up again and make us laugh.

34-38. The Break Up/ Me, You, and Dupree/ The Wendell Baker Story/ Idiocracy/ Cars- The stars of Wedding Crashers return with few new comedies. As Dupree, Owen plays the houseguest from hell who moves into Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson’s new home. The trailer looks a little laugh-starved, though Dillon is always good for a pick-me-up (remember There’s Something About Mary?). The Break-Up trailer scored major points with me, from the chemistry between its stars to its cheesy but clever tagline. I’m betting Vince’s movie wins out, but that Owen is such a charmer. He also co-stars with brother Luke in The Wendell Baker Story, which Luke wrote and co-directed with brother Andrew about hijinx going on at a retirement hotel. Mike Judge handles writing/directing duties in Idiocracy, which imagines a dumbed-down future in which Luke is the smartest man alive. Owen also provides the lead voice in Cars, the latest gift from John Lassetter and the rest of the boys at Pixar.

39/40. Revolver/ Sunshine- Two of my favorite British directors return to American cinemas this year. Not really sure what Sunshine is about but it reunites Danny Boyle with 28 Days Later star Cillian Murphy, while Guy Ritchie’s twist-filled crime movie features Ray Liotta and Jason Statham.

41-44. The Hills Have Eyes/ When A Stranger Calls/ Pulse/ The Omen 666- I’ve seen the trailers for the first three and director Alexandre Aja’s (High Tension) take on Wes Craven’s cult classic looks sufficiently creepy. Good to see Emile de Ravin finally get off that frickin’ island, and Ted Levine’s voice alone could make me wet my pants. As for Stranger, this is a terrible idea for a movie. We already know the killer is in the house, so what’s the big surprise? The script by Jake Wade Wall sucked, Camilla Belle is overrated as both an actress and a pin-up, and this movie is destined to not live up to the original. Simon West should teach a class in mediocre filmmaking. Meanwhile, Pulse was not a very good J-horror movie, although it’s gotten positive reviews on this site. The trailer for the American version looks like it has taken care of the original’s problems, but this one could turn out as limp as The Grudge or The Ring 2. I mean, Kristen Bell and Christina Milian? Come on. Finally, although I haven’t seen anything about The Omen remake, I love the casting of Live Schreiber and Julia Stiles. There, I said it.

45-48. Final Destination 3/ SawIII/ Texas Chainsaw Massacre Prequel/ Basic Instinct 2- The directors of the first Final Destination (is that an oxymoron) return for this latest sequel in which teens cheat death. The opening scene on a roller-coaster is said to be pretty scary. Mum’s the word on Saw III but Jigsaw is sure to be back, bloody as ever. Hopefully, Lions Gate will keep the rest of the New Kids on the Block away from this one and bring back Cary Elwes’ amputee-doctor. Haven’t heard much about the other two movies, although TCM’s Jordana Brewster is gorgeous and looks just like the hottest girl from my high school days, and Sharon Stone is never too old to flash her, well, you know. I just hope Wayne Knight is there again to watch.

49-51. The Benchwarmers/ Click/ School For Scoundrels- Is Jon Heder ready to move on from Napoleon Dynamite, and more importantly, is that all we’ll ever see him as? We’ll find out this year. While he’s flanked by proven comedy veterans David Spade and Rob Schneider in Benchwarmers, he may be on his own in Scoundrels, the new Todd Phillips flick which had a predictable, unfunny script. Heder plays a meter maid who is taught to act like a man by Billy Bob Thornton, who also needs to reinvent himself since he’s been playing the same role in three straight movies. As for Click, I never discount the Sandman, but he needs a genuinely funny movie to recapture his appeal. The high-concept idea could be pretty funny, but Sandler hasn’t faired well as of late, although Grandma’s Boy (due this week) was a pleasant surprise.

52-54. Scary Movie 4/ Little Man / Date Movie- The Wayans Brothers are at it again. Little Man sounds like it’ll be as tough to pull off as White Chicks, but hey, at least they’re giving it a shot. In SM4, Anna Faris returns as Cindy Campbell, and director David Zucker looks set to spoof recent films like Saw, War of the Worlds, and The Village. Meanwhile, New Line has come up with its own spoof film, this one targeted at those trite pieces of crap called romantic comedies. Alyson Hannigan and Eddie Griffin as her dad are enlisted to earn big laughs, and friends of mine who saw this being filmed last summer said it looked funny.

55-58. RV/ Jackass 2/ Accepted/ Block Party- Wow, check out Robin Williams’ IMDB page. He hasn’t done a funny movie in a long-ass time, huh? Here’s hoping director Barry Levinson makes use of this guy’s talents. If he doesn’t, it’s all on Cheryl Hines’ shoulders. Grosse Pointe Blank writer Steve Pink directs Accepted, which sounds like it could be a funny teen comedy. It stars Justin Long as a kid who can’t get into college, so he starts his own. Meanwhile, the Jackass boys reunite for another painful sequel, and Dave Chappelle moves from the small screen to the big screen with this stand-up/concert film a la Sarah Silverman that might make up for his decision to walk out on his Comedy Central contract.

59/60. Lucky You/ Lucky Number Slevin- Aside from their luck-laden titles, the only thing these two movies have in common are that I want to see them. Eric Bana tries to win Drew Barrymore in between poker hands in the Curtis Hanson film, and Slevin stars Josh Hartnett, Ben Kingsley, Bruce Willis, and Morgan Freeman as a character named The Boss. Sounds cool.

61. Hard Candy- I read the highly original, page-turner of a script and word out of Sundance was positive enough. Patrick Wilson’s rising star has cooled considerably, but this creepy story of a 14 year-old girl getting revenge on a sexual predator could scare up some nice indie dollars.

62. 16 Blocks- Richard Donner directs this action pic that stars Bruce Willis as a cop who has a tough time escorting Mos Def to the courthouse so he can testify. Sounds like fun to me. It’s as if Willis can do no wrong in my eyes. I even liked Hostage.

63. The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada- Reviews have been very kind and Tommy Lee Jones has been landing on a lot of critics’ shortlists for Best Actor. I’ve read reviews that describe it as unlike any other film you’ve ever seen. Well I believe it when I see it.

64/65. The Visiting/ The Sentinel- Again, two completely unrelated films except for the word “the” in their titles. Forget Basinger and Mr. Zeta-Jones, if the Sentinel is any good it’ll be because of the efforts of one man, Keifer Sutherland, who doesn’t have any time to take names while he kicks ass weekly on 24. Visiting is a Body Snatchers retread, but it’s got Nicky Kidman and the new Bond going for it, plus the return of teen heartthrob JTT! Yay! (vomiting sounds)

66. Children of Men- Alfonso Cuaron adapts and directs this futuristic story set in a world in which man can no longer procreate. When Julianne Moore becomes miraculously pregnant, Clive Owen is assigned to protect her. The strong supporting cast features Michael Caine, Peter Mullan, Charlie Hunnam and Danny Huston, but I haven’t liked a Julianne Moore movie since Magnolia. Ouch.

67. Art School Confidential- A Terry Zwigoff film from a Daniel Clowes script starring John Malkovich and star-in-the-making Max Minghella. I’m curious.

68/69. Silent Hill/ Night Watch- Saw Night Watch last year and visually, it’s quite impressive. The story leaves more to be desired, but that’s what the sequels are for. Fox Searchlight has been taking their sweet-ass time with this one. And as for Silent Hill, I never played the video game, so I have no idea what to expect from this film but I have faith in director Cristopher Gans.

70-72. The Descent/ Slither/ Stay Alive- Most everyone at BNAT loved The Descent, so hopefully I’ll fall in with that line of thinking. Slither looks like a fun horror-comedy, and I’ll see any splatter-fest with Elizabeth Banks in it. As for Stay Alive, I just hope Frankie Muniz doesn’t. His death scene could be this year’s answer to Paris Hilton’s in House of Wax.

73/74. Firewall/ Running Scared- You gotta get excited about the return of Harrison Ford, on my 22nd birthday no less, although the plot sounds a little “been there-done that.” Paul Walker’s latest has the good mind to use a Muse song in its trailer, and those slapshots to the face look painful. I like the film’s color scheme too. Looks kinda gritty.

75/76. Find Me Guilty/ Gridiron Gang- Vin Diesel dons hair for Sidney Lumet’s courtroom drama before he becomes “Hitman.” The Rock should take note. While Southland Tales is a start, this ill-conceived remake is a step backwards buddy. Follow the Deez and try being serious for once. You’ve got talent, so use it.

77. Lonesome Jim- Affleck Alert! No, not Ben! The talented one, Casey, duh! Steve Buscemi steps behind the lens again too, which is always interesting. Remember that snowy Sopranos episode?

78/79. Pirates of the Caribbean 2/ Casino Royale- There two are more like unanticipated. Here’s a shocker for ya. I hate James Bond. Hate him. As well as Pierce fit in the role, I turned Goldeneye off halfway, slept through Tomorrow Never Dies, and didn’t even bother to see World Is Not Enough or Die Another Day. I would’ve liked to have seen Clive Owen step into the tuxedo but Daniel Craig will have to do. Either way, I’m not excited about Casino Royale and probably won’t even see it. And here’s another shocker. I didn’t like Pirates of the Caribbean and lately, I don’t like Johnny Depp. I think his Oscar nomination for playing Capt. Jack Sparrow is one of the single worse decisions the Academy has ever made, period. Pirates is a strictly fluff movie, a popcorn flick for summer, based on a theme park ride no less, that should never have garnered any serious discussion for awards. The fact that Disney is betting the bank on two sequels, frankly to me, is sad, but perhaps what’s even sadder is how big these films will be. They’re just going to make money, money, and more money. Which is a shame. Because Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are two of the most overrated stars of the millennium. I am completely baffled by their success and widespread popularity. Did people actually see Elizabethtown or Kingdom of Heaven, or Domino? They suck and even though I will admit that the trailer entertained me and the design of Davey Jones looks cool, I will be happily enjoying other movies while people stand in line to see these two blockbusters.

80. Montreal in a Jetta- This unproduced screenplay from no-name writer MiraJeff is about three underage friends who hop in a white Volkswagen and head to Canada in search of legal alcohol consumption, lesbian strip shows, and other illicit activities. Who knows, maybe this is the year someone buys the rights to this baby which could be the next American Pie… or American Pie: Band Camp. Either way, you could cast monkeys in these roles and you’d still have a better movie than Daltry Calhoun.

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  • Jan. 2, 2006, 9:35 p.m. CST

    looks like another shitty year!

    by Orionsangels

    J/K lol, or am I?

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 9:49 p.m. CST


    by Judas Booth

    sorry...had to do it.

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 9:52 p.m. CST

    what about Kurt Wimmer's ULTRAVIOLET?

    by Rindain

    ...and Ridley Scott's A GOOD YEAR?

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 9:53 p.m. CST


    by paulh

    I'ma movin' up :)

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 9:53 p.m. CST

    With that 'SECOND' out of the way...

    by Judas Booth

    I'm most looking forward to 'V for Vendetta'. I just hope that it lives up to all of the hype on here. And, I'll have to admit, I'll go see M:I:III, X3, and 'Superman 3' unless advance word indicates major league suckage. There might be some new porn to watch out for, too. We'll see.

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 9:54 p.m. CST

    As close as I will ever get to first

    by Almecius

    A lot of sequels, but still should be fun Pirates looks pretty good, I just hope the writing is on the same level as the first one.

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 9:58 p.m. CST

    'Kingdom of Heaven: Director's Cut'

    by Judas Booth

    THAT'S what I'm looking forward to the most, and that'll be on dvd. I guess I'll plop down some cash on the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' sequel(s) too.

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Not to sound like a jerk, but who's MiraJeff?

    by Ribbons

    Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the list (and it's a good one too), but are you like an editor or something? Or can anyone (hypothetically) send in a list and expect to have it published?

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 10 p.m. CST

    Yes i

    by Plazola_MEX

    There are no more Star wars, Terminators, Aliens or another movie franchise that gets me the hots. Let

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 10:02 p.m. CST

    I hope Harry/Moriarty/Quint give us their 2006 lists too...

    by Rindain

    ...because I'm really interested in their opinions of this year's films. I've got a good handle on the kinds of films these guys like, so seeing what they are anticipating most would help me find films I might not see otherwise.

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 10:06 p.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    I'm pretty sure Harry said he was gonna do one after he put up January's DVD releases.

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 10:09 p.m. CST

    3 out of 80 isn't bad...

    by paulh

    Superman Returns, X-3 and DaVinci Code seem the only ones I'd go out of my way to see.

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 10:14 p.m. CST

    What!? Where's Snakes on a Plane!?

    by The Funketeer

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 10:20 p.m. CST

    The Departed

    by Rasputin77

    I hope that this film lives up to its potential. After 2 good, but not great films, Scorsese needs to show us why he is America's greatest living director again.

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 10:26 p.m. CST


    by P.Furious

    This list is easily going to be bitched about since everyone's radar is pointed in different directions, but overall not a bad crop of films to look forward. Still here's my short rap of movies that weren't included that should be - The Tale of Despereaux, Chomet's next after Triplets of Belleville. The Fantastic Mr. Fox - Wes Anderson meets Roald Dahl. It might not happen, but how about Where the Wild Things Are - Spike Jonze's next? And lastly, Harry, I'm glad you added a documentary to the list but is that the only major doc to watch out for? While not a huge fan, I do appreciate the discussion he draws up - so how about Sicko, Michael Moore's next? How about the Last King of Scotland, Rocket Science, Roving Mars, etc. Oh, and by the way - Children of Men, one that you added, actually did make Mirajeff's list.

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 10:29 p.m. CST

    no 300 next year?



  • Jan. 2, 2006, 10:31 p.m. CST


    by Rindain

    Yeah, I saw that comment at the end of Harry's Best of 2005 article and was looking forward to his top 20 most anctipated of 2006 list--hopefully he'll still do it now that MiraJeff's posted his. Or at the very least it would be cool to see Moriarty/Quint's list.

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 10:31 p.m. CST

    re: 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' and 'Children of Men'

    by Ribbons

    So Anderson is finally doing 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' now? I know he'd been talking about doing it for a long time, but I thought he abandoned the project. That's great news. *********** So this 'Children of Men,' I'm wondering, is there a point to it? I've been reading the synopsis for a year and I still haven't been able to puzzle it out. There are no more children and people can't procreate, which I'm sure is supposed to mean something, but what, I don't know.

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 10:35 p.m. CST

    What about SIN CITY 2?

    by Rindain

    Isn't that due in 2006?

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Credibility lost with the bizarre amount of Justin Timberlake fa

    by IndustryKiller

    I saw the trailer for both ALpha Dog and Edison and I can tell you already that Justin TImberlake is not a good actor, and I'm willing to bet money on it. In the case of Edison when the star of the movie (Timberlake) has about two lines in the trailer you know something is up. It reminds me of when a trailer for a subtitled film is shown and they purposely keep talking out of it. And if you think from what little you saw of him in those trailers looked promising you need to check your head.

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Oh and paul Walker doesn't have any acting chops

    by IndustryKiller

    Let's not give credit where it isn't due eh?

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 10:59 p.m. CST

    Silent Hill will rock

    by Bob of the Shire

    It has Pyramid Head in it. How can it not rock? And Akira Yamaoka is doing the soundtrack! For those that haven't played the games, that's a very, very good thing.

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Da Vinci Code? Zzzzzzz.

    by Serious Black

    The plot is ho-hum. The only interesting parts are his speculations on the origins of many Christian beliefs. Not sure how discussions of Christian symbolism is going to make for a good movie.

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 11:16 p.m. CST

    The beginning of Da Vinci Code is pretty funny.

    by Serious Black

    I can just picture this mortally wounded man spurting hot red jets of blood while staggering around the museum leaving his mysterious clues. Can't wait for the SNL parody.

  • He shot the fucking rumor down himself a week after it came out. He's working on adapting a british novel...and what the fuck do you care about Cronenberg's next anyway? HoV wasn't even good enough to make any goddman list you put up...bullshit overrated Hustle & Flow. Give me a fucking break.

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 11:31 p.m. CST

    who the f is mirajeff and why do i care what he wants to see...

    by chickychow

    i can make me own list.

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Right on, ULTRAVIOLET!

    by SamBlackChvrch21

    I have a sad feeling that Ultraviolet will go the same way as Equilibrium and the latter was an excellent flick.

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Where the fuck is Jeff Goldblum???

    by Uncle Stan

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Where the fuck is Jeff Goldblum???

    by Uncle Stan

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Where the fuck is Jeff Goldblum???

    by Uncle Stan

  • Jan. 2, 2006, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Revolver came out a couple of months ago here and boy, did it su

    by Windowlicker74

    I mean Guy Ritchie really reeds to either retire or divorce. and whats Three Burials doing on this list? thats a 2005 movie.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 12:01 a.m. CST

    Hating James Bond is fucking Communist!

    by Liberty Valance

    And from what I read this contempt comes solely from the first hour of GoldenEye. You make a retarded generalization about hating James Bond and back it up by citing only the Brosnan entries. You do realize there were 16 fucking Bond flicks before Pierce, don't you you silly twat? And if you hate the entire series why would you possibly give a fuck who got cast in the role for Casino Royale? You'll take your tongue out of Clive Owen's ass and ram it up Daniel Craig's when Casino Royale knocks your dick in the dirt. Fucker.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 12:24 a.m. CST

    The Science of Sleep

    by Stanley Spector

    Michel Gondry directs (from his own script) Gael Garc

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Where the fuck is Jeff Goldblum???

    by evolvingsensblty

    Where the fuck is Jeff Goldblum???

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 12:31 a.m. CST


    by victor laszlo

    are we forgetting the mega-budget ultra-violent Mad-Mel indigenous tongued MAYAN CIVILIZATION film on the way!?

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Where the fuck is Jeff Goldblum???

    by evolvingsensblty


  • Jan. 3, 2006, 12:33 a.m. CST


    by evolvingsensblty

    the fuck???

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 12:33 a.m. CST


    by evolvingsensblty


  • Jan. 3, 2006, 12:35 a.m. CST


    by evolvingsensblty


  • Jan. 3, 2006, 12:37 a.m. CST

    Goldblum is

    by HarrisTelemacher

    not gonna be in a movie for a little while. He spent most of 2005 in New York City acting in The Pillowman on Broadway. It ended around Novemeber, so he ain't gonna be in anything until 07. If he started filming again immeadiately. And Pillowman was awesome and he was awesome in it.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 12:37 a.m. CST

    is Jeff Goldblum???

    by evolvingsensblty

    Where the fuck???

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 12:49 a.m. CST

    I'd rather see Goldblum's Top 80...

    by aSTRESSEDavenger

    MiraJeff is an idiot. How can SUPERMAN RETURNS be #2 with that shitty trailer?

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Did you not read the list, Harry?

    by PsychoCrash

    Children of Men is on there...

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 12:55 a.m. CST

    And by "brooding" X3 music...

    by aSTRESSEDavenger he referring to that shitty beatbox thing happening at the beginning? And more twists does not necessarily make for a better film. The reason that those deaths are so shocking is because they are poor decisions. Idiot.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Untitled NASCAR comedy?

    by kintar0

    I thought it was called High, Wide & Handsome: With A Subtitle I Don't Remember But Probably "The Ricky Bobby Story."

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 12:59 a.m. CST

    does anyone out there have ANY fucking idea.........

    by bigdickmcgee

    What James Cameron's Project 880 is???? I read it was shooting before Battle Angel. Harry, earn your keep, man. Your ass is supposed to be on top of this. As for the 2006 movie list - looks like a Netflix year. Don't think I'd wait in line for any of those. Oh well, low expectations = possibility of less cinematic suckage.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 1:01 a.m. CST

    Who is Jeff Goldblum????

    by Capt. Blackadder

    And will we see him in JP4???

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 1:03 a.m. CST

    "I didn

    by ScarranHalfBreed

    "Pirates is a strictly fluff movie, a popcorn flick..." What's wrong with giving a popcorn film an award? A film that exists purely to be fun is just as important as one that's supposed to tug at your heartstrings or make you go "Hmmm". I'm not a huge fan of Pirates either, but this attitude seems to be one of snobbery. If you thought Depp's performance wasn't deserving of an award, then fine, but to diss his award because he wasn't starring in a biopic or a film with "Beautiful" or "Life" in the title seems churlish. (Anyway, I hate awards, so I don't know why I even have an opinion on this.)

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 1:04 a.m. CST


    by bigdickmcgee

    Was excited for this until it was delayed for a year and re-edited to a PG-13. Wimmer must be on the verge of committing seppukku.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Fawning over Timberfake, but knocking Kristen Bell?

    by LordEnigma

    Dude. Seriously? Seriously? Dude. Come on, go watch Veronica Mars, and get a clue. Elizabeth Banks makes you hard, but Kristen Bell gets slagged? Seriously?////////////////////And I hear by put up for induction into the TALKBACK HALL OF FAME; "Where in the fuck, is Jeff Goldblum?" May it proudly stand next to Hulk Hogan, Beer, Cheeting, and First as a staple of talkbacks to come.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 1:12 a.m. CST

    He's right. Where the fuck is that tomboy beanpole Jeff Gol

    by Canada's King

    Regardless, thanks for the info HarrisTelemacher.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 1:20 a.m. CST

    Block party is the film to see for 06!! I mean, a fucking FUGEE

    by AshesOfDonnie

    Yes, Pras,Wyclef and Lauren Hill!and besides the fact Michel Gondry and Chappelle are involved, this movie can't miss. besides that, Art School Confidential is my other high hope.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Harry's most anticipated movie of 2004.....

    by bigdickmcgee

    was The Terminal. Good night.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 1:28 a.m. CST

    So let me get this right

    by slder78

    Justin Timberlake = Thespian Kiera Knightly = not Thespian AND Overrated? - ok to the corner of the room with you. NOW! Don't you give me that look, you're gonna get it! Now you stay there until Superman Returns comes on DVD. What? Orlando Bloom is overrated as well? Ok. You can see Superman at the second run theater, but not before.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Where is Jeff Goldblum, you ask?

    by Ribbons

    He's in somebody's bathroom, watching them poop.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Good Grief that's a lot of movies...

    by Thorfin

    ... who has time to look forward to 80 movies?

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 1:41 a.m. CST

    scorsese will own all asses in 2006

    by Chief Redcock

    fuck the academy. even after all these years, no one can top marty. you know it in your heart to be true. eat my ass, eastwood.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 3:19 a.m. CST

    why so glum glummy?

    by AwesomeBillFunk

    I think there is a lot of potential in amongst that lot. Have high hopes for the fountain and V for Vendetta. Some Cauron, Coppola, Mann, Park, Scorsese, Eastwood, Spike Lee, Soderberg, Coens and Boyle should go down nicely as well. Plus at least another dozen there that I'm interested in. May be another down year at the box office, but it could be a great year for film. Or not what the hell do I know? Speaking of box office looks a certain lock in for DaVinci code as number one, maybe Pirates can pose a challenge. Don't think superman, x-3, MI3 or cars will quite get there but all should muster nice world wide box office results.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Scorsese v Eastwood

    by Rasputin77

    Its unfair to slam Eastwood, even though I agree that Scorsese should have won. My beef isn't with Clint, its with Kevin Costner, John Avildsen and Robert Redford - the guys who robbed Marty first time round. Scorsese losing with The Aviator is nothing compared to him losing with Goodfellas, Raging Bull and Taxi Driver. And to be fair to Eastwood, it isn't like he has never directed another good film. He has made a few classics in his time. Blame the Academy! They forgot to honour Kubrick and Hitchcock too. Scorsese is in good company.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Crank w/ Jason Statham

    by MrMxyzptlk

    Let's face it - 2006 is the year of Statham, Jason Statham! And this flick is gonna crack it apart!

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 3:41 a.m. CST

    RobinP's picks for 2006 AND 2007

    by RobinP

    I look forward to X3, MI3 and maybe, just maybe Superman Returns. Not much else that I know of as yet. Then for 2007, it's Spider-Man 3. I'm turning minimalist.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 3:46 a.m. CST

    HATES bond?????????????

    by Silver777

    wow. eat shit and die...please. You have no testosterone in your lousy excuse for a testicular system. Thanks for the list though.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 3:51 a.m. CST

    Pirates of the Carribean was boring

    by The Wrong Guy

    JD was kinda amusing-nothing more, nothing less. Definately not deserving of an Oscar nom (though I think Depp should've gotten one for Ed Wood). The film itself was boring, not nearly as clever as it and mainstream audiences thought it was, and featured some of the most cheesy, hackneyed performances from Bloom and Knightley. Rush was adequate. The appeal of POTC is completely lost on me.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 5:21 a.m. CST

    Is Peter Jackson releasing his remake of Son of Kong in '06?

    by The Dubliner

    Has anyone ever seen that shit? The sequel to the 1933 KONG? It's really fucking dumb! Bit I have to say I'd be quite hopeful of the remake. Since Peter Jackson made an insanely stupid remake of King Kong, which wasn't originally a stupid movie, perhaps he'll make a really smart remake of Son of Kong, which was.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 5:36 a.m. CST

    I agree..."hates Bond" ???

    by RobinP

    While I'm not looking forward to Casino Royale because it's not the way I'd like to see the franchise go....Damn, who could hate the Bond films en masse and still lay claim to credibility on a site like this ?

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 5:38 a.m. CST

    What is Jeff Goldblum?

    by dr_buggerlugs

    Indeed, are we all Jeff Goldblum?

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 6:25 a.m. CST

    My top ten most anticipated of 2006

    by Dickie Greenleaf

    #1 THE DEPARTED (Martin Scorsese) It's Scorsese and that's enough. But throw Damon, Di Caprio, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin and Jack into the mix and this is sure to be unstoppable #2 ZODIAC (David Fincher) Apart from marking a return to the genre that made most of us sit up and take notice of Fincher in the first place, I honestly cannot wait to see how America's supreme visualist shoots a period piece, the setting here being 70's-era San Francisco #3 BABEL (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) Represents one of cinema's most exciting new double acts with Inarritu again working from a script by Guillermo Arriaga following AMORES PERROS and 21 GRAMS and starring Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt and Gael Garcia Bernal #4 THE GOOD GERMAN (Steven Soderbergh) It feels like a while now since Soderbergh's last great film, SOLARIS, and this one's certainly intriguing. Clooney's incredible run looks set to continue and Soderbergh's decision to shoot in black and white could be inspired (and will further confirm his reputation as one of the most interesting cinematographers around today) #5 THE PRESTIGE (Christopher Nolan) Following the success of BATMAN BEGINS, Nolan could be emerging as one of the best modern commercial filmmakers around. Bale and Jackman is a good pairing, intriguing premise, cool period setting and Michael Caine #6 THE BLACK DAHLIA (Brian De Palma) - There would be few greater pleasures this year than witnessing a true return to former glory for De Palma. There may be those who fing things to like in recent films, but he hasn't made a genuinely great film since CARLITO'S WAY, and that was 13 years ago. But the idea of a De Palma noir should be enough to get anyone excited, Scarlett Johansson could not be more perfectly suited to the genre, and the world of James Elroy is endlessly fascinating #7 MARIE-ANTOINETTE (Sofia Coppola) Here's one of this decade's true finds and the progression of Ms. Coppola's unique sensibility (kinda something like crossing Terrence Malick with Wong Kar-wai) is very welcome. There's a delicate intimacy that she has so far married to an effortless style, and bringing that to the recreation of a lost era such as this setting should be very intresting #8 THE FOUNTAIN (Darren Aronofsky) This has certainly been a long time coming and will hopefully be worth the wait. True, provocative, visionary sci-fi is few and far between. Aronofsky's a real talent and I believe he has great work within him. REQUIEM was certainly impressive, but not quite a great film. Could this be this generation's 2001? Wouldn't that be something #9 BREAKING AND ENTERING (Anthony Minghella) I love the films of Anthony Minghella. In a lot of ways he reminds me of David Lean, and not just because of the way he shot THE ENGLISH PATIENT (Lean made a lot of smaller, character driven films prior to his famed epics). There's a strong, traditional and literate approach to his filmmaking, and always gets the very best out of his actors. Jude Law has done his best work with Minghella, and here he stars alongside Juliette Binoche and Martin Freeman (who was so good in THE OFFICE). After the epic scope of COLD MOUNTAIN, it will be great to see Minghella working back in Britain, and in a nice twist opposed to a number of younger filmmakers making period-set stories for the first time this year, it will be cool to see Minghella tackling a contemporary story set in modern, urban London #10 MIAMI VICE (Michael Mann) - It may look lightweight, but there's always more going on in a Michael Mann film. After the his trilogy of unconventional epics (HEAT, THE INSIDER and ALI), VICE will likey pursue a more genre-driven route like COLLATERAL. But Mann is one of those filmmakers that is still always able to draw more out of generic staples than most, and his continuing experimentation and development of digital shooting techniques is an example of how modern equipment can best serve story and character. Just outside the list is FLIGHT 93 (Paul Greengrass) and WORLD TRADE CENTRE (Oliver Stone). This pair of films will be the first major attempts to document 9/11, and they will be significant for that very reason. The curiosity factor will be high and the mood of recent American cinema (think about the underlying currents in MUNICH, SYRIANA, JARHEAD, GOOD NIGHT..., WAR OF THE WORLDS) suggests perhaps the time is right. Expect these films to be among the most scrutinized of the year. Stone has always been a controversial figure, but is always worth watching and it will serve him well if his focus is indeed to be on a more personal level as reported as opposed to a broader overview of the event. Paul Greengrass has shown he is capable of combining a real, unsentimental documentarian's eye (BLOODY SUNDAY) with a visceral, sometimes punishing style (THE BOURNE SUPREMACY) and his recreation of events on the fateful flight in question is sure to be very powerful. Let's hope both films do the material justice If I was certain they would be out in 2006, the following would be on the list - the return of Coppola Sr. with YOUTH WITHOUT YOUH, Spielberg's adaptation of TEAM OF RIVALS about Lincoln and THERE WILL BE BLOOD by PT Anderson.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 7:22 a.m. CST

    Yes, what about SIn City 2?

    by ATARI

    IMDB shows a release of 2006.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Will X3 be the last?

    by DannyOcean01

    I hope Ratner's got a great script to work with and that somehow he grows a style of his own, but what really concerns me is the idea that this will be the last X-Men film. Considering the number of characters, I viewed the X franchise as the one with the most life. Is Ratner packing all these characters in by way of a send off?? It will be interesting to see how Shoot 'Em Up sizes up to Wimmer's Ultraviolet, especially as they're both trying to push the boundaries of action splendifery. I'm so looking forward to V for Vendetta I might go to Berlin to see it. Hell, it's Berlin, do I really need an excuse to visit?

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 8:48 a.m. CST

    i just read the da vinci code and...

    by newc0253

    dear god it's awful. a trashy thriller is fine but a trashy thriller with pseudointellectual pretensions sucks ass. seriously, people who think this is smart are people who don't read very much/at all. having said that, i expect the movie will be better than the book if only because the movie-goer won't have to suffer through dan brown's terrible screed. p.s. revolver? revolver's already shown here in the UK and it was fucking awful. i liked LSTSB and snatch, but revolver sucked donkey balls.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 8:52 a.m. CST

    Heard about the scene in "Young Hannibal..."

    by Uncapie

    "Hey Hannibal, clean out that elephant stall!" will be this year's catch phrase. "Alpy" portrayed by "Jumbo" in a choice piece of casting, will steal the film. Looking forward to the "Chilly Elephant" musical dance sequence.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 9:22 a.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    The end of the X-Series? For the immediate future, yes. But I think the plan is to start it up again with a "new arc" and a new writing/directing team, or something. I know there are at least two spin-offs in the works (which may or may not ever see the light of day), so they're still trying to get some mileage out of it.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 9:51 a.m. CST

    What's this "Mirajeff bashing" all about, huh?

    by CurryIce

    Are you fucking new here or what? He already contributed many well written reviews on this site and this is his preview list and AICN(or Harry) decided to put it up. SO WHAT'S YOUR FUCKING PROBLEM GUYS? jeeezzz If you disagree with him then fine disagree and put some arguments (or write down your own list or whatever etc.) BUT YOU JUST HAD TO CALL HIM "MORON" AND WHATEVER WHAT, RIGHT? Man, the TB is getting worse every year... "that Justin's making the turn into a powerful actor!" ...?...I'll believe that when i see it with my own eyes.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 10:22 a.m. CST

    "Harrison Ford returns on my22nd birthday"

    by Tarl_Cabot

    That was my cue to stop reading this drivel. Harry,I like you and Moriarty and I appreciate your socially stunted 30ish take on all things geeky but don't start putting insipid 22 year old retards that think their opinions are worth listening to...and talk in utterly unorigianl AICN vernacular...just idiotic. Doesn't like James Bond but looks forward to another Harrison Bored movie? sheesh.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Great year

    by Lovecraftfan

    Why are people bitching there are some great films potentionally on the list

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 11 a.m. CST

    Lady Vengeance...

    by gobofraggleuk already available on DVD with free delivery from Hong Kong at, with English subs, so why would we care that it's officially released in March?

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Just watched Infernal Affairs again over the holiday (SPOILER WA

    by Garbageman33

    I just don't think a big Hollywood release is gonna have the balls to have either Damon or Dicaprio (I'm not sure who's playing which role) get shot in the head by a supporting character.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Look forward to Sunshine, 300 and the Science of Sleep.

    by PVIII

    Boyle, Snyder and Gondry. All is well.

  • One of them does, most definitely, get shot in the head.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 1:15 p.m. CST

    by BankyEdwards2309

    ..*Sniff..Sniff*..does this mean there is no release this year for the Zeus-esque Steven Segal, yet long do I have to wait for him to once again don the white apron and unleash his mighty chopper in...Under Seige 3 ? wake up Hollywood!

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 1:58 p.m. CST

    I don't know Harry...

    by Halloween68

    I don't know how geared one can get for a Lindsey Lohan project, much less a Justin Timberlake project. I think you need to take a step back from the gay cowboys eatin' pudding material and invest yourself more into the movies for guys who like movies deal. Sam Jackson alone doesn't make a movie macho by definition. Look at the turds that were Episode 1 and 2. Jackson was in both of those. Yet I was still acosted with that whole teletubby with light sabers vibe throughout...even with old Jules Winnfield's scenes. Also, let's not proclaim Guilermo's newest a classic just yet. I try not to talk up a movie before I see it. I've been burnt too many times. A lot of you (even though I liked the film; maybe not as much as some of his others; but i still liked it all the same) say you were dumped on by Gilliam's latest. I can remember the pain in my side after watching INTOLERABLE CRUELTY. Even the best trip up on occasion.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 2:11 p.m. CST


    by EyeofPolyphemus

    Is no one curious to see how Mad Mel's pet project turns out? Today's his 50 birthday to boot.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Firewall: Time for Harrison to fix up the ranch.

    by NiceMarmot

    "Get out of my bank!!"

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Ummm, is Bloodrayne deserves 2/5 stars?

    by PVIII I'm pretty scared. Someone kinda' enjoyed the movie.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 3:10 p.m. CST

    On PIRATES...

    by Halloween68

    What should it matter what the movie's based on? What does matter was that the first movie was actually very good. It was written, well conceived of, well acted and well made. This was one of the biggest suprises for me in the past five or six years. Who would have thunk it. A movie based on animatronic pirates actually captures the imagination. I certainly wasn't thinking it going in. I was actually overwelmed on Depp's recognition. I didn't think the Academy had the balls. It's about time roles from genre movies are getting noticed. LOTR hit the film awards with a resounding bang, now let's see all the Jack Sparrow's get nominated. Are any of these roles less difficult to pull off? Are they lesser performances just because they are in make-believe universes? I got news for you... All films happen in make-believe universes. It's just that some of them have chainsaw weilding maniacs, lightspeed driven spacecraft and fireball tossing wizards in them. Every movie doesn't have to have a serious, ground-in-reality concept to make them memorable. Hey. I'd be the first person to vote for Kong as best Actor. Michael Kaine's Alfred as best supporting actor. Maybe next year we can get Spacey an award for his role as Mr. Luthor. Bosworth for Lane. Also, why the dislike for Depp if I might ask? If anything, you have to admire Depp for his film choices. He's a favorite for not only Burton, but for Gilliam as well. Also, KINGDOM OF HEAVEN was very good. One of the more underrated films of the year. I do agree that Bloom needs to grow a little bit though. I've heard he's good in ELIZABETHTOWN though. And I'm dying to see DOMINO, because dammit, Keira Knightly is smoking hot in everything she's in.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Very excited about 2006

    by cyanide christ

    Lots of geeky goodness headed our way.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 3:40 p.m. CST


    by evolvingsensblty


  • Jan. 3, 2006, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Anyone who says this new Lois Lane oozes sex is clearly in need

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    Unless that person is gay, because they don't like girls, so they wouldn't know.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Pirates of the Carribean was good let me tell you why

    by zooch

    Sure, it was a popcorn movie, but a good one, so were the Indain Jones movies, and as I remember correctly when I saw Pirates, I thought it was probably one of the most fun action adventure film experiences I've had at the theatre since I saw Indian Jones.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 4:24 p.m. CST

    I can't wait until I get to see For Your Consideration.

    by Barry Egan

    The Guest comedies rule.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 4:34 p.m. CST

    A good year for Sci-Fi fans

    by zooch

    Does anyone notice this year we get to have Cuaron's "The Children of Men", Phillip K. Dick adapted "A Scanner Darkly", Wachowski Brother's "V For Vendetta", and Aronofsky's "The Fountain". What a year!

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Harry--please find out what Project 880 is

    by Rindain

    I've also heard it's shooting before Battle Angel.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 4:43 p.m. CST

    where's goldblum?

    by lopan

    someone snapped their fingers in central park and he instantly appeared in china. the essence of chaos!

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 4:50 p.m. CST

    a good year for sci-fi fans

    by Rindain

    zooch, I would add Danny Boyle's SUNSHINE to that list, as well as Wimmer's ULTRAVIOLET

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 5:21 p.m. CST

    a shitty list

    by hellas1g7

    no clerks2 or sin city 2

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 5:23 p.m. CST

    thanks for mentioning boyle's sunshine, i'd forgotten ab

    by Chief Redcock

  • then i guess some folks have a severely denuded imagination. i mean, i enjoyed POTC but it says something about the desperately low level of the expectations that we have for summer blockbusters that simply because POTC didn't completely suck ass that it's therefore acclaimed as a good film. similarly, i think depp's a good actor but if doing a funny keith richards impersonation is all it takes to get an oscar nod these days, then i hope they give one to that talking lion in that narnia because i reckon it must be pretty hard to train a lion to talk, especially to talk like liam neeson.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 5:33 p.m. CST

    ...a few more

    by Arion214

    The live action "Beowulf and Grendel", China's "The Promise", and "300" if it comes out this year.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 5:43 p.m. CST

    great sunshine production blog...

    by Rindain up at First pics from the movie are out and they look great. The cast is awesome of course (Cillian Murphy, Michelle Yeoh, Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, etc) and the pics that have been released show super-detailed production design.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Superman Returns = 2

    by AlwaysThere

    Why waste your time with that? And the trailer for it was good? Drugs are bad man, drugs are bad.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 6:57 p.m. CST

    RE: ""hates Bond" ???"

    by Citizen Arcane

    He said he's 21 years old. He probably has ADD and didn't take his Ritalin when he popped in GoldenEye. If he did see Casino Royale, he'd probably spend the time comparing the new guy to the very first Bond, Pierce Brosnan.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 7:13 p.m. CST


    by Lovecraftfan

    Whats up with the Pirates hate. I thought it was a total blast of a film headed by a great performance by Depp

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Block Party

    by Jaka

    Isn't this the Brooklyn block party with all the hip-hop acts? Fugees reunited? Does it have stand-up too? Huh.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 7:21 p.m. CST

    Oh yeah, and...

    by Jaka

    ...I'll probably see about 10 of these films plus about 5 listed in the talkbacks. And that's a full year for me. Movies are expensive these days. I'll probably purchase 40-50 dvd's this year too (3-4 a month). Most of which will be movies I haven't seen. So, what, 55 to 65 new movies in a year. That's a lot of movies yo! I don't know how you site guys do it....well, yeah I do, it's your job. But damn, ya'lls watch a lot of movies. Thanks for the tip on the email going to everybody Harry.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Where the fuck is Jeff Goldblum?

    by tango fett

    He's at home, WASHIN' HIS TIGHTS!

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 7:49 p.m. CST

    That doesn't make sense...

    by tango fett

    Anyways, looking forward to V for Vendetta, x3, Pairie Home Companion, Tenacious D: Pick of Destiny and there's probably more but eh, I'm tired. Oh, and bring on Sin City 2.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 8:49 p.m. CST

    A neat list, but

    by RezE11even

    I dont get the inclusion of several films that you obviously aren't anticipating.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 9:31 p.m. CST

    what a tool...

    by jrbarker

    doesnt like Johnnny Depp? whatever.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Maybe it's the fact that I'm probably the last of my gen

    by Neosamurai85

    But damn you people making me feel old. Who is MiraJeff? He's a fucking film geek! Just like everyone else here. Anyone can send in reviews, rumors, news, ect. Hell, for better or worse I've even done it a few times! As the number of readers have grown the chances of having a voice have dropped, but still some get through. But yes, this kind of thing is normal. What is everybody freaking out about? Peace.

  • Jan. 3, 2006, 10:18 p.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    I wasn't freaking out, I was just wondering who he was. Obviously people send in reviews all the time, but I figured that was different can of worms. An article like this is more like an editorial, which is why I asked whether or not he was an editor. I didn't realize that people could -- hypothetically -- just write up lists and send them in. No offense intended.

  • Jan. 4, 2006, 12:27 a.m. CST

    die uwe boll, original Casino Royale, and horror

    by unclefishbits

    I will not accept that Uwe Boll has done anything that doesn't desrve his spine being severed like a head on a stick.... I would do it myself. Someone who doesn't like Bond has absolutely no cultural reference at the age of 22. It isn't his fault... this guy wasn't alive during the cold war... how could he know.... AND... if the remake of Casino Royale doesn't have Niven, Woody Allen, or especially.. Peter Sellers... well.. fuck it. And the horror seems fun this year. After Hostel, I do not know what could beat it. It may not be good, but I trust Eli. He loves the horror so much it makes me sickened and happy.

  • Jan. 4, 2006, 12:32 a.m. CST

    let's go over reviews of Uwe Boll's last movie....

    by unclefishbits

    "Saying Uwe Boll's Alone in the Dark is better than his 2003 American debut House of the Dead is akin to praising syphilis for not being HIV." -- Nicholas Schager, SLANT "The three stars have seen better days, but I'd like to think they could still do something classier and more dignified than this. Like gay porn." -- Rob Vaux, FLIPSIDE MOVIE EMPORIUM "There are some stupid films that rock, if you turn your brain off and enjoy them. Alone in the Dark isn't one of these, though it is very stupid." -- Michael Wilmington, CHICAGO TRIBUNE "Terrible beyond belief, like the worst 1940s serial ever made. As for Slater and Dorff...well, they've been in worse movies--wait a minute, no they haven't." -- Frank Swietek, ONE GUY'S OPINION "Attains a level of awe-inspiring Velveeta dunderheadedness." -- Andrew Wright, THE STRANGER (SEATTLE, WA) "Obvious dry humping to inappropriate music doesn't cut it in a horror flick

  • Jan. 4, 2006, 12:40 a.m. CST

    and about bloodrayne

    by unclefishbits

    as they say... he makes films cheap so he still gets money... but let's really get this guy out of hollywood so that Paul WS Anderson can get back to making the worst films... someone I can actually handle. Anyhoo... here is another testament of how Uwe Boll is a piece of shit, a horrible horrible human being, violating SAG rules, and someone that should be summarily shot. I hate him like he killed my father.... from IMDB trivia -- "The half-naked prostitutes in the scene with Leonid (Meat Loaf) are actually real Romanian prostitutes. According to director Uwe Boll (at the Stockholm International Filmfestival) it was cheaper to hire real prostitutes than actresses." I mean... beyond the lack of ethics or professionalism... uhh... did anyone actually see House of the Dead. I would like to know if anyone has actually enjoyed one of his films... like I enjoyed Event Horizon. I am easily attacked on it.. but it was ok. Has anyone said that about a Uwe film. Wow... why am I on this diatribe? Still... he deserves to go to the hostel. I would pay 20K....

  • Jan. 4, 2006, 1:51 a.m. CST

    what about The Passion Of The Clerks?

    by jules windex

    Oh, and I will run naked through the street if Timberlake gives a good performance.

  • Jan. 4, 2006, 4:06 a.m. CST

    hey jules windex.....

    by unclefishbits

    Uhhh... I guess, then... uh.. I am hoping Timberlake gives a good performance. Only because how I don't like comedies much, but DIED laughing with Will Farrell running through "the quad" all nude and what not. Oh my. The wife's friends? Oh. Go Timberlake! I am gonna get shirts made.

  • Jan. 4, 2006, 6:51 a.m. CST


    by DannyOcean01

    It seems bizarre as I remember them excluding Gambit from X3 saying they'd save him for another film. Sounds a bit stupid now. Call me a cynic, but why include people like psylocke, but not Gambit? Are all these characters there to fake an epic feel for a last X-Men film (BY THE WAY PRODUCERS. YOU CANNOT FINISH AN X-FRANCHISE WITHOUT SENTINELS. PERIOD) or are they just there to allow them even more spin-offs. A Leech movie coming in 2008?

  • Jan. 4, 2006, 10 a.m. CST

    It's all good Ribbons

    by Neosamurai85

    Wasn't really aiming the flamethrower at you there bud. maybe it was an optical trick with all the "Where's Jeff?" posts... but I thought there were a lot more posts after yours like chickychow's and those were the ones I was jumping at. Good point about the list. I'm not sure that this is too commom, although I can think of three reasons to post it: 1) It's a pretty good list with weigh-ins and some info 2) Some of them were news to me 3) Not all the opinions are generic. Peace.

  • Jan. 4, 2006, 10:14 a.m. CST

    Oh and don't mistake me for a big supporter of this guy

    by Neosamurai85

    There is a LOT I don't agree with about that list, but what's wrong is wrong. Make your onw lists. I guess some of the staff are kinda bigshots now... but to paraphrase with bad spelling the man on my salad dressing bottle... "There are only movie geeks in this room... and only one thing is certain... none of us are going to make it through all these flicks." Peace.

  • Jan. 4, 2006, 10:18 a.m. CST


    by talbuckin

    Spanish revolution? What the fuck?? you mean spanish postwar era.

  • Jan. 4, 2006, 11:21 a.m. CST


    by Halloween68

    I'll stand by PIRATES any day. The movie was very entertaining. 'Very well made. I got to tell you too... I'm really starting to like the director, Gore Verbinski. I thought his take on THE RING was very effective. Visually speaking, all his films have blown me away. Remember MOUSEHUNT? I think he's a very good up and coming director. And I don't think you need to fall on insults to get your point across. My point concerning the find of an imaginative story line from looking at a room full of animatronic pirates sells itself. The movie was everything a family friendly pirate movie should be. It had that old Disney SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON feel to it. It had humor, sweeping adventure. Thanks to Verbinski, it definitely had the right atmosphere and struck the right tone throughout. I also though he got the most from all his actors. Especially from Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Depp. And Johnny Depp's take on the pirate Sparrow was unique. That's why it's noteworthy. No one else would have brought that to the table. It's not simply an afterthought of an impersonation. Depp is in character throughout the movie. It's his role that really pushes the movie over the top, making it a great movie. Making it more than the good movie that it is. I don't know... Have you ever been on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride? The movie is all I could have ever asked for and more. Maybe my love for the movie is part nostalgia. But whatever it is, you can't deny mass appeal for it. There's something there that keeps bringing people back for more. I'm betting it's the fact that from the very first frame to almost the very last, there's not a moment where the audience is either laughing, clapping or sitting on the edge of their seats. And give me a break. A half-assed voice over is not the same as getting the voice, mannerisms and expressions down of a leading character and making an audience believe your that character through an entire feature film. Whatever Depp is, he's certainly dedicated to his craft. If you don't believe me, watch LOST IN LA MANCHA.

  • Jan. 4, 2006, 12:13 p.m. CST

    aicn need more people with taste

    by drjones

    thanks harry for giving this list some point and depth. what do we need a list for if every single spot is a gigantic advertised blockbuster. even my film - legastenic friends could assemble the first spots. sorry but without harry's addition this is a disappointment.

  • Jan. 4, 2006, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Where is Jeff Goldblum?

    by Purgatori

    He's out digging up Ben Vereen for the inevitable Tenspeed and Brownshoe remake so they can do some Hi-larious cameos. Wait...Ben Vereen isn't dead?

  • Jan. 4, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST

    A bit hard on old Johnny Depp, I thought . . .

    by ol' painless

    Sure, his Capn' Jack Sparrow probably wasn't of sufficient depth to warrant an Oscar nom, but for me, it was the single most distinctive acting performance of that year: he really was fantastic, and riffing on Keith Richard was a stroke of pure genius. Made Orlando Bloom completely disappear (not hard, I grant you). Can't wait for the sequel: Johnny D AND Keith R on the screen together as father and son should truly be a sight to be hold.

  • Jan. 4, 2006, 2:59 p.m. CST

    Where is Jeff Goldblum?

    by ol' painless

    He's calling his guru: he's forgotten his mantra.

  • Jan. 4, 2006, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Found Goldblum

    by Pageiv

  • Jan. 4, 2006, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Jeff Goldblum

    by unclefishbits

    Is working out a script with Peter Weller and John Lithgow for the remake, prequel of Buckaroo Bonzai... oh wait... he is here... Fay Grim (2006) (pre-production) Mini's First Time (2005) (post-production) And he plays in a band, and he does some plays. I like Goldblum. He was on Conan recently... acting all pissed off because he didn't know he wasn't getting paid. I would love to have some tea with the goldblum. I am sure it would be quite good. Him and the tea. I bet he can pick up hot chicks too.. or at least be a good wingman. I am sounding like Ed Grimley from SNL

  • Jan. 4, 2006, 3:55 p.m. CST

    "Have you ever been on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride?"

    by newc0253

    yes, but when i go to the movies, i gotta say i expect slightly more than the vibe i got from some themepark ride that i took when i was 13 years old. i also went on the haunted house ride at disneyland, but that don't mean i'll fall over any movie that manages to recreate that experience either. like i say, i enjoyed POTC but in a popcorn fun kind of way, nothing more. i mean, i also enjoyed national treasure, but that don't mean i think nic cage or jerry bruckheimer deserve inordinate praise (still less a bloody oscar nomination) for what is otherwise mindless fun.

  • Jan. 4, 2006, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Edison, or how do I fuck up a movie with Freeman and Spacey

    by lostbat

    Mirajeff's 3 major mistakes: 1. There can't be a movie with Justin Timerblake to look forward to..... 2. Don't touch James Bond. You can discuss the actors, but in the end it doesn't matter. It is and was great entertainment. And that's why people go in cinema's you know............. 3.What's wrong with a popcorn-movie? Johnny Depp is a great actor. Him getting an Oscar would have been great. Besides Titanic and Lord of the Rings(which they couldn't avoid), oscars are seldom given to movies "the average moviegoer" watches. It would have given the academy a little credibilty and a "human face". Look at the potential oscar candidates this year. I am not going to see that movie about the gay cowboys. The producers, memories of a geisha,etc,.. Sometimes I ask myself if the studios make movies, just to get an oscar or to please a big audience...... Don't forget the decreasing amount of cinema visitors. It all has a reason. So bring us MI-3, Casino Royale,Superman, Spidermans, X3 and give Harrison Ford a good paycheck for INDY 4, because thats the only movie he ever should do again before his longawaited retirement..... THESE ARE THE MOVIES WHY PEOPLE VISIT CINEMAS IN OTHER TO FINANCE ALL THOSE OTHER MOVIES THAT NOBODY WANTS TO SEE ANYWAY!!! oooh and yes I love and miss Jeff Goldblum

  • Jan. 4, 2006, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Jeff Goldblum Watches People Poop?!

    by ZombieSolutions

    and i thought i was weird.

  • ... I may still be laughing about that three years from now. Seriously, one of the worst actors in Hollywood today. As for that Inside Man trailer, I counted more dialogue cliches than I have fingers on my hands. If the dialogue in it is reprsentative of the film, I'll take a pass - even with that cast.

  • Jan. 4, 2006, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Jeff Goldblum is...

    by Jaka

    ...vomiting on you while pondering ways to sell engineered dinosaurs wholesale....or something.

  • Jan. 5, 2006, 7:04 a.m. CST

    "Pulse was not a very good J-horror movie"

    by godoffireinhell

    Are you on crack?

  • Jan. 5, 2006, 7:54 a.m. CST

    by drjones

    i love aicn but the variety that made and makes this site a very special place should be deemed important. aicn lost a bit on creativity, style and quality to ... i'm just afraid that it will become worse.

  • Jan. 5, 2006, 6:37 p.m. CST

    I'm certainly looking forward to...

    by tango fett

    Happy Feet. I smell Oscar.

  • Jan. 6, 2006, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Newc0253 and Lostbat

    by Halloween68

    Newc0253, I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree. The difference between the movie based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and the movie based on the Haunted Mansion ride is one was very well thought out and very well portrayed fun picture that not only entertained but brought back fond memories of a childhood and the first time you went through the caves with the "yo, ho, ho, ho, and a bottle of rum" playing in the background, and one just sucked ass all the way around. And why should it matter what inspired a movie so much if the movie itself is inpiring? Who knows, CITIZEN KANE might have been inspired by a real sled the Wells had as a kid that he effectionately called Rosebud. Does that make it any less of a movie? Also, a popcorn movie can also be Oscar worthy. Some of the biggest Academy pleasers are quote unquote popcorn movies. LOTR, BRAVEHEART, TITANIC come to mind. These are all big action/adventure/disaster big bang, blow 'em up visual extravaganzas. I mean, yeah, TITANIC was part Romance, but come on, the reason most people watch that movie was for the James Cameron special effects and the portrayal of the disaster itself. And Lostbat, I agree with you on most counts, but most great directors don't direct for oscars or for audience... They direct movies for themselves. It's an outlet for self expression. How many times have you heard the following expression, "I direct movies that I myself would want to see"?

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 11:16 p.m. CST

    In support of Justin Timberlake

    by GForce05

    The only plausable explanation I can think of for bashing Justin Timberlake is because your jealous or a hater or both. "But he's gay" you saw. Yeah, that's probably why he has banged Britney Spears, Camron Diez, Janet Jackson (read that in Rolling Stone), that actress from charmed (can't remember her name but the most famous one, also read in Rolling Stone), Kyle Minow (from Rolling Stone), and so many more that I read in my music mag's that it's completely unfair. Justin Timberlake bangs so many hot girls that his nickname in Britain is "Trowsersnake", true fact. "But he's a sissy." You say. Maybe that's why he sings choruses for original OG Snoop Dogg songs and does songs with The Clipse and a lot of other rappers I think to, and maybe that's why he's a guest sports announcer for ABC sports in his free time, and put's on yearly charity sporting events. And maybe that's why he's playing a thuggish drug dealer in Alpha Dog. Not to mention his music video for "Cry me a river" is maybe the coolest music video since Michael Jackson hayday, watch it and understand it if you don't believe me (it's conceptual). Not to mention he "Accidently" showed the whole world Janet Jackson's tit during the super bowl, come on, that's awesome, if your a guy and you don't think so than YOUR the gay one. How cool is Justin Timberlake in the music world? John Mayer is only a backup musician in his club band, true fact. Plus he is a BETTER dancer than Micheal Jackson has ever been, not gay dance but cool brake dancish robot shit. Plus he play's Piano and guitar and bass guitar. Why? Because he is completely deticated to entertainment. He works at it like Nasa used to work at building space ships, and at this moment he is probably the most talented individual in entertainment. That's why Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey wanted to work with him and that is why so many people, including the reviewer here are interested in seeing what he brings to film, because the guy has apparently never failed at ANYTHING. On VH1 they even had this thing where they showed him at a talent competition when he was 10 and he won EVERY SINGLE EVENT. I'm sure he will be huge in film, seriously. And I'm not even gay or anything, I just know talent when I see it.

  • Jan. 7, 2006, 11:23 p.m. CST

    A smarter Brad Pitt

    by GForce05

    I also want to add to my post above. At the least I see Justin Timberlake ending up like being something like the next Brad Pitt, but a little smarter. "Oh this guy is defininately gay" your thinking. why? Fight Club, Snatch, Seven, 12 Monkey's, Troy, and Mr. and Mrs. Smith were all badass in my opinion.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 12:59 a.m. CST

    More Timberlake support

    by GForce05

    I just read that Justin Timberlake is starring in a new movie called Black Snake Moan with Samual "Bad motherfucker" Jackson, directed by the same genius who directed Harry's fav movie this year Hussle and Flow. I also just read that Bruce Willis is personally petitioning the studio for Timberlake to costar with him in Die Hard 4. So what's more likely, that Justin Timberlake actually has talent and is convincing virtually everyone in the entertainment industry of that fact or that he is terrible, because though you know nothing about him you know that he was in N'sync when he was 15 or something (and which by the way was the highest grossing group of the ninties I believ, under his barely teenage direction, yes he was in creative control of the group) I was 15 or so too when N'sync was around.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 1:03 a.m. CST


    by GForce05

    If Justin Timberlake was a no talent loser do you think that McDonalds would use one of his songs to lauch their very first global ad campaign? You've heard McDonald's new slogan "I'm Lovin' it". That was actually bought from Justin Timberlake, it was the chorus to one of his songs, it's even sung in the ad's the same way, and that's why their was a brief snippet of Justin Timberlake in the ads when they first came out. Seriously, you haters really need to get up on your entertainment trivia.

  • Jan. 8, 2006, 1:10 a.m. CST

    And by the way

    by GForce05

    Pirates of the Caribean does not deserve 2 sequals, and Johnney Dept is infact an overrated sissy boy slime ball who save for Jack Sparrow I could give two shits about, Oh I guess Icibod Crane was alright as well. I just shiver everytime I see his petophile Wonka character, especially compared to the infinitely supperior Gene Wilder. FACT!