Thursday, May 21, 2009

Brought to You by the Number Nine

There are two movies coming out this year with simple numerical titles, and both are the number nine.  More specifically, one is "9" and the other is "NINE."  What are the odds?  (I don't care to do that math...)

"9" looks like an off-beat CG epic about a post-apocalyptic world in which the only surviving creatures have potato sacks for skin.  You know, typical stuff.  But as familiar as Elijah Wood doing the whole "why does everything depend on lil' old me?" routine might feel, from what I've seen this film has a unique visual style that will set it apart from most CG stuff out there (steam-punk retro darkness that can only happen if Tim Burton attaches his name).  It looks like a fun, dark animated adventure movie, which might be coming back in vogue (anyone see Coraline?  Nobody does it better than Henry Selick and Niel Gaiman).

Then there's "NINE," a film-adaptation of a Broadway musical that was based on a non-musical film.  You know, typical stuff.   Apparently it loosely follows Federico Fellini's 8 1/2, a semi-autobiographical film about fictional director Guido Contini's obsessions with sex, film making, and his mother.  I'm totally down, the trailer was all I really needed.  Say what you will about film adaptations of musicals, or about the director of Chicago.  I have one counter argument: Daniel Day Lewis. 

Maybe next year, since it'll be 2010, we'll have a musical version of Blake Edward's "10" on Broadway, and a space-epic CG adaptation of The Ten Commandments simply called "Ten."  Our numerical future is looking bright.


  1. Unfortunately "2012" also comes out this year...SO THERE GOES YOUR THEORY

  2. The people who made that film really do believe the world will end in 2012, so I don't think we should count the crazies.