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Tags: Alan Rickman, films, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Harry Potter

Date: 07 January 2005 23:10:32

The original intention of this post was to provide an a-z of weird and wonderful films due out this year, but the filmmakers seem a little imaginatively deprived when it comes to coming up with titles beginning with X for release this year anyway.

So here instead is an alternative guide to some odd movies to look out for in the coming year - don't blame me if some don't get released, I'm surprised that they all got past the pitching stage!

First, let's get the major/expected releases out of the way...

We're all aware of the sequels and prequels due this year; the one I'm looking forward to most is Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (almost as much as book 6 in the same series).
Also coming are Batman Begins
and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.

TV and radio series making it to the big screen include:
Red Dwarf: The Movie,
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,
The Dukes of Hazzard,
Sprung! The Magic Roundabout,
The Wallace & Gromit Movie: Curse of the Wererabbit and one that may have escaped your attention so far...
Royston Vasey: The Motion Picture.

Then there's the books making it to the big screen, and aside from Harry Potter IV, there's quite a few - these are a selection of those that I've read:
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe,
The Lovely Bones and
Star Girl.

Everyone should see Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, because it has Alan Rickman in it, and he's good. (Mr Rickman will also be appearing in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire as Severus Snape, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as the voice of Marvin the Paranoid Android.)

The 2 most fantastically named movies of 2005 are in no particular order are:
Malice in Sunderland
and The Gingerdead Man. Not sure either are worth going to see just for the title though.

Slightly more promising are the bizarre plots that some of this years movies seem wont to base themselves on, here are a few examples to finish off this entry:
Valiant, the story of a pigeon in wartime.
The Puffy Chair roadtrip with an armchair
Darwin Awards with Joseph Fiennes and Winona Ryder.
Fellowship of the Dice that'd be the 12 sided variety then?
and, amazingly, Tortilla Heaven - restaurateur finds the face of Jesus in a tortilla.

Enjoy whatever movies you watch this year, feel free to leave your reviews in the comments box below.