Death of a Superhero
The Pitch: “Donald is a different kind of superhero. In his real life he is sick. But the 15-year-old has an outstanding talent to animate with pen and ink; a dark world in which an invincible superhero battles a deadly nemesis.”
The Point: Toying with reality, it’s a welcome premise with all the regular superheroes flying and web-swinging around everywhere.
The Pitch: “It all starts with a kiss for Audrey Tautou in this deliciously delicate romantic comedy based on the bestselling novel already translated into over 15 languages worldwide.”
The Point: There’s a reason Tautou is always in these kinds of movies, and she’s the reason they’re usual great.
The Pitch: “A chronicle of three weeks in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students as seen through the eyes of a substitute teacher.”
The Point: Tony Kaye directs here, and he hasn’t done much of note since American History X, but Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks and James Caan make a great cast for him to utilize. Oddly enough, he’s following it up with a movie called Attachment.
Eddie – The Sleepwalking Cannibal
The Pitch: “Lars, once a young art-world celebrity, is slipping away fast into the land of has-beens, but he refuses to paint. His inspiration is carnage – blood, guts and limbs – and he’s vowed to never to down that dark road again.”
The Point: The title. Really just the title.
The Pitch: “Rachel, a 15-year-old Mormon girl, discovers a forbidden rock music tape. Three months later, she claims to have had an immaculate conception. Her parents arrange a marriage, but Rachel runs away to the closest city, Las Vegas.”
The Point: Billy Zane! But seriously, it’s an interesting-sounding twist on the coming-of-age tale that could potentially produce a baby made by Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Farewell, My Queen
The Pitch: “July 1789. Versailles carries on isolated from the rest of the world. Sidonie the Queen’s reader knows these will be the last days she’ll spend at her queen’s side. Rioters have taken the Bastille. What will become of the court?”
The Point: Lesbianism in Marie Antoinette’s heart and lap might be a marketing tactic, but both Diane Kruger and Lea Seydoux provide strong performances in a vibrant costume drama.
The Pitch: “23 international thinkers, government advisors and Wall Street money-men explain how to establish a moral and just society and how to create a new economic world dramatically improving the quality of life for billions.”
The Point: Wow. Tall order. The kind of think-piece and living brainstorm session that seems necessary and fascinating. Why not play “What If” with our current economic problems?
The Pitch: “A group of freeloading roomies living in the lap of luxury at their rock star friend’s Beverly Hills mansion are faced with the demise of their sweet set-up when they discover their digs are being put up for sale.”
The Point: Even though the aren’t starring, Broken Lizard is at the heart of the movie. Bond girls Denise Richards and Jane Seymour are also at its heart. And Olivia Munn. Plus, Dave Foley provides the sex appeal.
From Up On Poppy Hill
The Pitch: “Yokohama, 1963. A love story set amongst the high school students who were the first generation of a new Japan, perfectly captures the hopes of a new dawn.”
The Point: New anime co-written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son, Tales from Earthsea director Goro Miyazaki.
The Giant Mechanical Man
The Pitch: “An offbeat romantic comedy about a silver-painted street performer and the soft spoken zoo worker who falls for him.”
The Point: Quirky? Probably, especially with Jenna Fisher, Malin Ackerman, Chris Messina and Topher Grace involved. Hopefully director Lee Kirk will rise above his previous writing work.
The Pitch: “Fourteen-year-old Ellis is getting ready to leave his home in Tucson for his freshman year at an East Coast prep school. This means leaving behind his flaky, new age mother and the only real father he has ever known, Goat Man.”
The Point: Although Allison found it lacking in consequences and weight, maybe Vera Farmiga as a hippie mother and David Duchovny as a man who hangs out with goats will be enough for it to entertain.
God Bless America
The Pitch: “A subversive, violent and darkly comedic social commentary on post 9/11 America, about a man who starts killing society’s cruelest people.”
The Point: Oh, Bobcat Goldthwait. Either the trailer sold you or nothing will.