2003 provided us with more than our fair share of great movies.
Luckily, 2004 looks to follow suit or potentially even top the
previous year with a promising lineup of releases. I am eagerly
awaiting a number of movies set for release over the next twelve
months, but I have narrowed them down to the ten films I am most
looking forward to seeing this year:
Fiona brings Shrek home to meet her parents in this sequel to
the hilarious 2001 blockbuster. My hopes are high that this second
chapter will do fans of its predecessor proud. Released May 21.
“Kill Bill Vol. 2”
“Vol. 1” was one of my favorite movies of 2003, so I am
salivating in anticipation to see Uma Thurman slice and dice her
way through the remainder of her list of those who did her wrong.
Released April 16.
Hugh Jackman, playing the legendary monster hunter, takes on
Dracula, Frankenstein and the Wolf Man. Kate Beckinsale, hot off
her recent vampire work in “Underworld,” tags along to do some
slaying of her own. I just hope that the film gets the R rating its
material demands. Released May 7.
The thought of Will Ferrel as a 1970s TV news anchorman is funny
in itself, but the casting of Christina Applegate and “The Daily
Show with John Stewart’s” Steve Carell further this film’s chance
at success. Released July 9.
Details are sparse concerning M. Night Shyamalan’s fourth film
focusing on a village surrounded by a forest inhabited by mythical
creatures but Shyamalan (“The Sixth Sense”) hasn’t disappointed me
yet and this premise is packed with potential. Release July 30.
“The Stepford Wives”
Although I have a feeling this remake of the cult film from the
70s will be a little lighter in tone, I can’t wait to see Nicole
Kidman, Matthew Broderick and Faith Hill (making her film debut)
breath new life into this story of wives being replaced by robots.
Released June 11.
The story of Achilles (Brad Pitt) setting out to retrieve Helen
of Troy finally gets the full-scale film treatment it deserves. You
can pretty much bet this film will be nothing short of incredible.
Released May 14.
“The Ring 2”
Naomi Watts returns in this film said to be both a sequel and a
prequel to the original. I consider “The Ring” to be the scariest
movie of all time, so I hope the filmmakers do not do what has been
done to countless other horror classics and follow it up with a
lame sequel. Released November 10.
“Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow”
I have yet to see much about this film starring Jude Law,
Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie, but buzz is building that it
will be a thoroughly original and visually impressive spectacle.
Released over summer.
“The Passion of The Christ”
With all the controversy this film has received prior to its
release, it will be interesting to see if the final product is
worth the hype. Thankfully the idea of releasing the Aramaic
language film without subtitles was reversed, although the thought
of seeing Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene is enticing with or
without the ability to understand what she says. Released February