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10 for ’10: My Most Anticipated Movies of 2010…

‘Tis still (barely) the season and all that…

I thought I’d very quickly jot down my most anticipated movies of the upcoming 12 months. This is a personal list and is by no means anything official or objective. It’s subjective all the way, baby. Keep in mind that I am a nerd who lives in Ireland, so two of these bad boys have already seen release and mixed reception Stateside. So, let’s get this thing started.

10.) Toy Story 3

Narrowly edging out Iron Man 2 for a space on the list, it’s Pixar. Sure, it’s not quite as exciting as an original Pixar film, but it’s Toy Story! And this year’s addition is Timothy Dalton, who apparently plays a theatrical hedgehog when he’s not playing a theatrical convenience store manager or a theatrical timelord. I’ve always had a soft spot for the toys, so it’ll be nice to see them again. In fact, it’ll be nice enough to see Toy Story 2 back on the big screen earlier in the year (and in 3D) as a primer. 2010 is the year of the toy.

09.) Tron Legacy

The eighties are back baby! Seriously, look at this list and count the homages. This movie came out of nowhere at Comic Con last year, which is a so-so indicator of awesomeness (in previous years it has heralded The Dark Knight and Watchmen), and features an eye-popping trailer which certainly grabbed my attention. It’ll be fun to get a better look at the world of Tron now that the technology exists to render it in such a way that it doesn’t look like a first year student’s computer science project. Plus, you know, Jeff Bridges!

08.) Predators

This could really go either way. On one hand, it couldn’t be worse than the Alien vs. Predator films. On the other… well, it possibly could. Seriously though, the saintly hand of Robert Rodriguez has graced this project and I’m quite enamoured with director Nimród Antal’s earlier project, Vacancy. The cast is… interesting. On one hand, you had Oscar-winner Adrien Brody (remember him?) and Topher Grace – whose biggest accomplishment so far is making Tobey Maguire look macho. On the other hand, you have Laurence ‘I can do CSI and keep my cred’ Fishburne and Danny Trejo. Danny Trejo is so badass he doesn’t need a fancy sentence between his names. It’s not going to be Shakespeare, but it could be a worthy successor to Predator.

07.) The Wolfman

Speaking of revived creature features. Yes, there is cause to worry about this one. Delay after delay. Rewrites and reshoots. The director of Jurassic Park III. On the other hand, there’s Anthony Hopkins, Benecio del Toro and Emily Blunt. And you just know that the make-up is going to be eye-popping. If it can make itself a worthy successor to the trashy Universal Horror it draws its title from, it will have earned its place on this list. Roll on Bride of Frankenstein!

06.) The Expendables

Yet another homage to a cheesy and altogether forgotten genre! And – as an aside – I’m surprised that Jonah Hex didn’t quite make the cut to complete the resurrection of trashy genres thing I got going on in this part of the list, but who knows? Anyhoo, doesn’t it just sound incredible. It’s an eighties action flick with an amazing cast. Seriously. Sly Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Brittany Murphy! It’s a brilliantly retro and shallow film – they even make crap eighties-style jokes in the trailer. It isn’t going to win any Oscars, but it might just be the action film of next year.

05.) Kick-Ass

This is a strange one. This could be the film we wanted Watchmen to be. Alan Moore always wrote books. That’s not an insult, just an observation – he’s a very tough cookie to adapt, even when you clearly love the source material. Mark Millar, on the other hand, writes movies. His books aren’t as deep or insightful as Moore’s, they lack all the complexities and textual references – they are much simpler. His version of The Ultimates reads like the storyboards for an action film. His comics are just screaming for adaptation. I didn’t really like Wanted, his ‘other’ blockbuster film, but I think that Kick-Ass could manage to offer a deconstruction of the cinematic superhero film. The trailers look good and initial word (from the Buttnumb-athon) is strong.

04.) Invictus

Morgan Freeman getting his first really juicy role in quite a few years? Clint Eastwood directing? It really doesn’t get more interesting than this. Eastwood is one of America’s great working directors, so his insight into post-apartheid South America should be interesting, and it’s been a while since Freeman has been the lead in a film that’s worth watching. Two masters at play.

03.) The Road

I loved the novel – a parable for our times. This visuals alone should be breathtaking and incredible and the cast is amazing – even though it seems a bit overloaded for what should really just be the story of a boy and his father. I doubt that the film will capture all the magic of Cormac McCarthy’s novel, but if it can bring just some of that to the screen, it will be a story worth watching.

02.) Shutter Island

Martin Scorcese has been on fire these past few years and it appears that Leonardo diCaprio is the new Robert deNiro. It’s scorcese offering a skewed freaky mystery on an asylum, so it’s a promising premise to begin with – the idea is relatively distant from Scorcese’s comfort zone, but – in fairness – The Departed has been his only real return to the crime genre in the past few years. The cast is dynamite and the trailer looks freaky. It looks like Paramount may have backed the wrong horse when they moved Shutter Island back to concentrate their Oscar marketting on The Lovely Bones.

01.) Inception

We know next to nothing about this film, other than that our mind is apparently the scene of the crime. But it’s Christopher Nolan with an all-star cast and an amzing budget. That just sounds like great things waiting to happen, doesn’t it?

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4 Responses

  1. Hi there! I posted a similar post back in October (http://wp.me/pxXPC-o8), looks like we both can’t wait for Inception and Toy Story 3. I just added The Expendables and The Wolfman as honorable mentions, the first is intriguing just on the cast alone! My friend saw The Road last weekend and though he was a fan of the novel, he found the movie really depressing. I might check that out on dvd though. Cheers!

  2. I have been waiting VERY impatiently on “Shutter Island” since October, when it should have been released. Right now I’m trying to operate on the “it will be worth the wait” philosophy … time will tell.

    • Amen on that, I really hope that Paramount just made a bad choice with their Oscar contender – because I really want it to be better than The Lovely Bones.

  3. I’m also waiting for “Shutter Island” – “Alice in Wonderland” should be interesting. As usual, too many remakes this year: http://ribsramblings.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/new-movies-please/

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