looking forward to . . .

Ah a new year and so much to look forward to on the screen . . .

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button: nuff said. 

Synecdoche, New York:  this sounds insane and it has some incredible makeup — Mike Marino was kind enough to send me some high-resolution images of old-age makeups on Jennifer Jason Leigh  and Samantha Morton, and those nice people at Temptu made my mouth water telling me about a fake-tattoo makeup that took two days to apply!

The Dust of Time: I loved The Weeping Meadow so I can’t wait for the next instalment of Eleni’s story, and I’ve seen some superb work that Vittorio Sodano has done on Irène Jacob and Valeria Golino.

Grey Gardens: I’ll watch anything with Jessica Lange — I’ve only seeen a YouTube-quality promo but that looks to be quite some transformation from Bill Corso.

Ne te retourne pas: I only know a little about this Marina de Van movie but that sounds intriging — Sophie Marceau apparently gradually transforms into Monica Bellucci.

Mr Nobody: in the near future, at 120 years-old, the last mortal relives his real and imaginary years of marriage — so where does the neanderthal makeup come in? Twilight Creations did the special makeup effects and prosthetics for Jared Leto and Sarah Polley.

Cirque du Freak: so we’ve all seen the images of a full-bearded Salma Hayek and our kids enjoyed the book but there’s so much more — from what I’ve seen, Amalgamated Dynamics seem to have been having fun with all those circus freaks.

Star Trek: so can JJ Abrams breathe new life into a very tired franchise? Even if he can’t there’s going to be some great makeups — there are just so many talented people working with Barney Burman on those aliens.

Dorian Gray: is it really over sixty years since we had a movie adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray?

The Reader: both the novel and its leading character left me cold, still those pictures of Kate Winslet as the older Hanna look interesting. 

Anonymous: okay its the fourth series and RTE were already dredging the celebrity barrel last year but I’m a sucker for ‘fakeovers’ and I love those Hybrid FX makups. 

One of the Boys: gives ‘women a once-in-a-lifetime chance to become a man’, with a lot of help from Neill Gorton.

Margaret: I thought Andrea Riseborough captured the not-yet-Milk-Snatcher  wonderfully in Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley so it will be fun to see Lindsay Duncan tackle the broken-by-the-Poll-Tax version.

The Danish Girl: okay, so we’re not going to see it this year and I happen to think that Nicole Kidman has an amazingly disengaging presence on screen — maybe it’s me, but I just cannot bring myself to care about any of the characters she plays — but I’m still hoping to learn more about this movie, and particularly about the extent of her transformation, during this year.

And its only three weeks to IMATS London!

Meanwhile the first update of 2009 to themakeupgallery should be online in a couple of days.

PS 07/01/2009: I would have included Watchmen but, sadly, in view of the latest legal news there doesn’t seem much point.

PPS 17/01/2009: The Watchmen dispute has been settled:

Warner Bros and Twentieth Century Fox have resolved their dispute regarding the rights to the upcoming motion picture Watchmen in a confidential settlement. Warner Bros acknowledges that Fox acted in good faith in bringing its claims, which were asserted prior to the start of principal photography. Fox acknowledges that Warner Bros acted in good faith in defending against those claims. Warner Bros and Fox, like all Watchmen fans, look forward with great anticipation to this film’s March 6 release in theatres.

And it’s only one week to IMATS!

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