Saturday, January 12, 2008

Blindness - Most Anticipated in 2008.

I haven't read José Saramago's novel Blindness, but in look at 2008's upcoming films, Blindness might be one of my most anticipated films of this upcoming year.

Blindness is about a city where everyone is struck with an epidemic of blindness...that is everyone, EXCEPT the doctor's wife (played by Julianne Moore).

It sounds like an M. Night Shyamalan film set up, but it's not directed by Shymalan, which at this point, seems like a good thing (Shymalan needs some new inspiration). But the film is directer by Fernando Meirelles who's directed two absolute favorite films of mine, City of God, and The Constant Gardner. I also love screenwriters Don McKeller's unique and successful screenplay of The Red Violin.

I ready for Julianne Moore to have another recognized performance (and I don't want it to be for Savage Grace). I want Mark Ruffalo and Gabriel Gael Garcia Bernal to score their first academy award nominations. I'm excited that Danny Glover is narrating and not Morgan Freeman (Freeman's great, but his fantastic narration is overplayed).

The initial stills (example, the one posted above) from the set look intriguing and I'm ready to be intrigued. There's still a few 2007 releases I want to see, but as I look to 2008, Blindness is topping my list for most anticipated.

What are you anticipating in 2008?


Anonymous said...

Wow! Thanks for pointing this out. Blindness is a disturbing challenging book. It's very good too.

I had no idea it was being filmed.

Alvaro Zinos-Amaro said...

I'm a little embarassed I haven't read the novel yet (I'm fluent in Spanish). Definitely loved The Constant Gardner. Thanks for visiting my blog btw! :-)

Heather said...

I'm looking forward to The Time Traveler's Wife ( I loved the book, and am interested to see how they convert it to a movie. Apparently the author was thinking "movie" while writing it, and the book is exceptionally vivid and clear.

I'll have to check out Blindness, too, though. That looks different enough to be interesting.

RJ said...

I'm so f-ing pumped for this movie

Apparently, Gael's character is eevil

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Anonymous said...

This is easily my most anticipated film of 2008 for both the actors involved, the director and the source material which proved to be one of the most challenging reads of my life. I've always loved the challenge of reading Saramago's work but this was so difficult to get through, I only managed to get halfway through the novel.

I may have to give it another shot.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Looks very intriging. I'll have to keep my eye out for this one!

Will said...

RC, you have GOT to read this novel. It's simply incredible. When Alison and I heard a few months ago that it was getting made into a film - by none other than Meirelles (one of our favorite directors, too), we just about peed our pants. :-)