A lot of new trailers have been launched onto the Internet in the past few days, mainly for 2004's big releases...
We begin with The Ladykillers, the Coen Brothers' next cinematic outing, due for release on 26 March 2004. From the look of the trailer it possesses the usual Coen quirks, although hopefully it won't venture too much into slapstick.
Jude Law will have a very busy year; not only has he had the recent release of Cold Mountain, but he has several others being released - including Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, a 1939-set action adventure.
The sequel to Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick, will be one of next summer's big action flicks - and it reunites star Vin Diesel with writer/director David Twohy. I wasn't much of a fan of the original, but the sequel looks like it is attacking from a different angle...with the presence of Judi Dench, it definitely is an intriguing one.
Sam Raimi - creator of the highly acclaimed Evil Dead trilogy, helmer who made a fortune from the screen adaptation of the comic book character, Spider-Man. Known before as The Amazing Spider-Man, the sequel has now reverted to just Spider-Man 2; nevertheless it looks like the popcorn film of next summer. Due for release on 2 July 2004.
Now here is a more obscure film, yet one that has already been met with some excellent reviews at festivals. That film is Afghanistan's Osama, featuring the story about a girl fighting back in the oppressed world of the Taliban. Very topical, and, from the trailer, looks very good.
Mel Gibson's much-hyped and also equally controversial film, The Passion of the Christ (known before as just The Passion), is released next year. Although the language may be in Latin, the visuals are so striking as to make this one of your top priorities for next year.
Winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Gus Van Sant's controversial film about a Columbine-style massacre, Elephant, looks very promising indeed.
From the director of Blade II comes another comic book adaptation - Hellboy, set to be released sometime before the summer. Starring Ron Perlman as the titular Nazi-bashing character, it is set to be a fun and bombastic experience.
Marvel Comics have another stab at cinematic acclaim with The Punisher - although I am unfamiliar with both cast and also the comic, the trailer makes it out to be a fairly adequate action thriller.
Garfield, the cute and furry feline, will make the jump to the big screen next year voiced by Bill Murray - let's just hope it won't be another Cats & Dogs...
Disney Pixar's The Incredibles will be their follow-up to record-smashing Finding Nemo, and from the look of this teaser it looks all set to be another home run for the wizards at the animation studio.
Another animated feature, but this time from the guys at DreamWorks - Shrek 2, the sequel to the hugely successful story of an ogre and his trials and tribulations. Set for a summer release, this looks as much fun as the original.
House of Sand and Fog is surely another awards contender: from the look of this trailer it could be a captivating drama, featuring two Oscar-winners in their prime.
And to finish, another venture into the bizarre world of Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. With Jim Carrey now getting better and better (Man on the Moon, Bruce Almighty), plus a fine ensemble cast, this is one of the films that I am personally most anticipating.