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Already sick of the summer?  I'm getting close, although I loved "Ocean's Thirteen".  Is that wrong?  Probably. 

                             

Nevertheless, Variety has a lengthy piece on what to expect in the final months of the year (usually the time when everything good gets released).  As ususal, it's going to be crowded and busy and full of very interesting films like Noah Baumbach's "Margot at the Wedding," Paul Haggis's "In the Valley of Elah," The Coen Bros. "No Country for Old Men," Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood,"  Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs," David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises," Joe Wright's "Atonement," Terry George's "Reservation Road," Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution," Wong Kar Wai's "My Blueberry Nights,"  . . .

Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," Wes Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited", Marc Forrester's "The Kite Runner", Francis Ford Coppola's "Youth Without Youth,"  Woody Allen's "Cassandra's Dream",  Ridley Scott's "American Gangster", Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd," Mike Nichols's "Charlie Wilson's War," Tony Gilroy's "Michael Clayton," Shekar Kapur's "The Golden Age," Tamara Jenkins's "The Savages,", Michael Winterbottom's "A Mighty Heart", Milos Foreman's "Goya's Ghosts", Jim Mangold's "3:10 to Yuma", as well as documentaries "Sicko" by Michael Moore and "The 11th Hour" produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. 

                         

Holy shit that's a lot of [what I think will be] quality stuff.  And that doesn't even count the stuff that is still in limbo (i.e. Gus Van Zant's "Paranoid Park"), that comes in from abroad (i.e. "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days"), or that we don't hear of until it's released (i.e. "Once").  As well,  "Away from Her," (dir. Sarah Polley), "Rescue Dawn," (dir. Werner Herzog),  "Evening" (dir. Lajos Koltai), and Broken English (dir. Zoe Cassavetes) all release later this summer. 

Add in "Zodiac,"(by far the best film I've seen this year), "Mr. Brooks" for William Hurt's performance, "La Vie en Rose", "Paris je t'aime", "The Namesake", "Grindhouse" (esp. "Death Proof"), and "The Wind That Shakes the Barley," and you have the making of one hell of a year in film. 

Alright, that's enough movie talk for one day.  Time to do something else. 

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