Two to Look Forward To

1. ACROSS THE UNIVERSE (click here for the trailer)

I don't think the official site's up and running yet, but Aint It Cool News posted the link to Julie Taymor's newest, ACORSS THE UNIVERSE. The first time I saw TITUS I knew that Taymor was someone to watch - visually spectacular and thematically challenging. FRIDA also proved to be an delight for the eyes, and that's without Selma Hayek doffing her clothes and kissing women. Here she tackles the 60's in all its different facets, with the music of The Beatles providing the drive to the story. It looks a little like MOULIN ROUGE with THE DREAMERS, which may or may not be a good thing. Based on the trailer, though. I'd say this will definitely turn some heads.


2. 1408 (click here for the trailer)

It's few and far between that can successfully adapt Stephen King to the screen. Frank Darabont is pulling for a trifecta with his version of THE MIST coming soon that promises to be a far departure from the more realistic, dramatic fare THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION and THE GREEN MILE were. In the meantime, Mikael Hafstrom, who last directed the not-so-great DERAILED here in America tries his hand directing John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in the spooky haunted hotel story 1408. I'll see John Cusack in just about anything, and the chance to watch him tackle some truly horrific material looks to be a blast here.