Thursday, January 14, 2010

Are these your most anticipated films of 2010?

Metacritic, the review aggregate site, has come up with a list of what they think are the most anticipated films of 2010. I will go down the list, offer my commentary, then pick some titles I think they missed.

1. Inception - Christopher Nolan directs. That's all I need to know and I'm sold.  But it helps that the trailers have some absolutely breathtaking shots. - July 16.

2. Iron Man 2 - I wasn't quite so high on the first Iron Man as a lot of people were, mainly because I didn't think Jeff Bridges was a great villain. Mickey Rourke, though? That just might be another matter altogether. - May 7.

3. Toy Story 3 - Duh. I'd kick this even higher still. - June 18

4. Robin Hood - You know, I'm kind of surprised to find myself not that excited about this one, even after watching the trailer. Sure, it might be great, but it feels disturbingly like a return to the well for both director Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott. We'll see. - May 14

5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1  - I'm always up for this series. This is coming up faster than I thought. I was going to read the book before seeing it, but I don't like to read the books RIGHT before I see the films.  Given that some people I know said they were glad they didn't re-read Half Blood Prince before seeing that film, and the same team made this movie, maybe I should lay off.  - Nov. 19.

6. The Green Hornet - Don't know if I would place it this high, but I can't help but be intrigued with Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) directing. - Dec. 22

7. The Expendables - Can't put that this high. I was never a huge Stallone fan, although Rocky Balboa came off better than I thought it would. - Aug. 13

8. Tron Legacy - I was really into Tron when I was 12. I'm there. - Dec. 17

9. Alice in Wonderland - Color me curioser and curioser. - March 5

10. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - I didn't even get around to New Moon yet. - June 30

11. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - Don't know much about this one, but I do know Edgar Wright of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz fame is the director. That's enough to spark my interest. - TBD

12. The A-Team - No. I thought the show was stupid when I was a teenager. And the trailer does nothing to make me look forward to it. Adding to the poison is director Joe Carnahan, whose last film, Smokin' Aces, was putrid. - June 11

13. Kick-Ass: This flick feels like the sort of thing the geek crowd overrates, but I admit it could work, and Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake) is a talented director. But will this be Sin City or Watchmen?

14. Shutter Island: Higher, higher! Scorsese's latest was number one on my list when it was supposed to come out last year - and so it must be number one again this year.- The all too far-away date of Feb. 19.

15. Predators - Hey, it's gotta be better than those Alien vs. Predator bores, doesn't it? Well, doesn't it? - July 7

16. Johnah Hex - Pixar animator Justin Hayward directs a Western based on a comic book. Hmmm. But Megan Fox is in it. Hmph. - June 18

17. Sex and the City 2 - I liked the first movie fine, but I'm not exactly chomping at the bit for the sequel. And what's the deal with the camel in the trailer anyway? Who does director Michael Patrick King think he is, David Lean? - May 28

18. Shrek Forever After - Interesting that this is down this low. After the lazy and limp Shrek the Third, is anybody above the age of 9 really anxious to see this? - May 21

19. A Nightmare on Elm Street - I liked the original, but has even ONE of these Platinum Dunes remakes been worth a damn? Jackie Earle Haley is an inspired choice to play Freddy, but I still can't bring myself to care. - April 30

20. The Last Airbender - As regrettable as M. Night Shyamalan's movies have been of late, I'm not ready to write him off yet. Besides, a "niece" of mine wants to see this, so I'm in. - July 2


The Fighter: Amy Adams .... aw, c'mon, do I really need to provide any other explanation? OK, David O. Russell directing a boxing drama is interesting too. TBD

The Green Zone: Like Christopher Nolan, Paul Greengrass (United 93, the Bournes Supremacy and Ultimatum) has become a director whose films I will see no matter what they're about. - March 12

How to Train Your Dragon - I'm not a great fan of DreamWorks' animated movies, but I am cruous about this one because it's directed by Chris Sanders and Dean Deblois, who defected from Disney, where they made the wonderful Lilo & Stitch. I'm hoping they bring much-needed heart to the studio's oeuvre.- March 26

Rapunzel: Having just succeeded grandly with The Princess and the Frog, Disney serves up another fairy tale. I hope it still looks as gorgeous as it does in this test footage. - Nov. 12

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger - Don't know what it's about, but I do know it's Woody Allen directing Naomi Watts, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin and Antonio Banderas. Good enough for me. -TBD

Your Highness - Natalie Portman AND Zooey Deschanel star in a film directed by David Gordon Green? One ticket sold! - Oct. 1

Untitled James L. Brooks movie - Brooks (Terms of Endearment, As Good as it Gets) is always interesting, and so are his casts. The three leads are Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd and Jack Nicholson. - Dec. 17

What movies are you most looking forward to seeing this year?


Scott Copeland said...

Concerning Shrek, my children don't care. Shrek 3 stunk, and my six-year-old knows it.

Scott Copeland said...

Hey! Good news for people looking forward to A-Team! Smokin Aces 2 comes out on DVD Tuesday!