I’ve recently seen trailers for three promising Hollywood films:
- Munich (MOV) is the new film from Steven Spielberg, due out just before Christmas. Written by the excellent playwright Tony Kushner, it tells of the aftermath of the tragic 1972 Munich shootings, and how a reticent Israeli assasin hunts down the killers. I don’t care for Eric Bana, but the rest of the cast–David Craig, Geoffrey Rush, Hanns Zischler–are excellent.
- A political thriller about the oil industry, Syriana is written and directed by Stephen Gaghan, who wrote Traffic. He looks to be a protege of Soderbergh. The film has a great cast–Matt Damon, George Clooney, Chris Coope, the list goes on and on.
- The campiest movie in Camptown, The Producers is an adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, originated created as a 1968 film by the broad comedy master Mel Brooks. I think. Regardless, it stars Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, reprising their stage roles. They star as two down-on-their-luck producers running a scam to close a show as quickly as possible. Their choice of libretto? “Springtime for Hitler”, written by Franz Liebkind, who’s played with wild abandon by Will Ferell.