So the Cannes film Festival lineup has been announced and, after what many thought was an off 2008 (after such an amazing 2007 that included No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood), and it seems like it’s back up to 2007 levels again.
Films debuting, or at least appearing there, include Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds (trailer posted on TLOS a month or so ago), France’s enfant terrible Gasper Noé’s “Enter the Void”, Almodóvar’s “Broken Embraces”, Pixar’s “Up”, Ang Lee’s “Taking Woodstock”, Sam Raimi’s “Drag Me To Hell”, Alain Resnais’s “Les herbes folles,” and, the one I’m most excited about, Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (the closest thing I can find to a trailer so far is below) – which by some accounts is a return to the wonder of earlier Gilliam work like “Time Bandits” and, one of my favorite films of all time “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen”. It also has the dubious distinction of being the last film Heath Ledger completed (and you thought it was the Dark Knight). Including, supposedly, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, Verne Troyer AND Tom Waits and, well, you can understand why I’d be giddy about this.
Of course, though I’ve long been a huge Gilliam fan and even apologist at times (The Brothers Grimm, while not great, was not the crapfest many folks made it out to be), there’s no denying that Gilliam’s last film, “Tideland” was such a bitter and twisted fable that it seemed he’d snapped and decided to say “fuck you!” for two hours to his most loyal audiences.
So I’m excited, but, you know, tempered with more than a bit of skepticism.
(in an unrelated note, several of us have been slacking off here the last 2 weeks or so due to other ridiculous busyness in the rest of our ridiculous lives… but that will be remedied this week, starting today!)