Jodo Kast wrote:
I'm surprised there isn't a thread dedicated to 2010 movies yet.
Well, after the controversial mini-fiasco that played out in the Films 2009 thread from last year, I was a bit hesitant to start another like-minded topic. That said, I believe this thread can certainly serve as a good, general overview for what we're all expecting to see in 2010. For a point of reference at what's coming, check out the current 2010 listing of movies that's available.
I've only seen two so far this year, both of which I caught this weekend: Alice In Wonderland and How To Train Your Dragon. The latter was a far more enjoyable affair.
Here are the rest, which I categorized into three separate tiers: "Must see", "Likely to see", and "Still undecided."
Clash of The Titans (4/2) - I admit I've never watched the original, but it's something I plan to do very soon. I've always had a mild interest in Greek mythology, so I'm surprised I've waited this long. (Plus, I was always curious to see Ray Harryhausen's last foray in film-making.) Should be interesting to see what sort of reception this glossy new remake receives.
Iron Man 2 (5/7) - Given how well the first film went over, the ongoing mentality with the sequel is that it can't possibly fail. But hey, never say never. In any case, I'm looking forward to seeing more of Starks' shiny new weapons tech. And let's hope John Debney can create a more substantial music score than Ramin Djawadi did for the original.
Prince of Persia: Sands of Time (5/28) - With Bruckheimer-infused action, direction by Mike Newell, and Jordan Mechner having had a hand in the writing, one hopes this will be one video game to movie adaptation that's gonna work. Oh, and let's not forget chesty Jake!
Toy Story 3 (6/11) - How To Train Your Dragon quickly set the bar for excellent CG-animated films this year, so in addition to living up to the Toy Story legacy, Pixar's definitely got a lot to prove this time around.
Hairspray 2 (July) - I don't think anyone knows a thing about this sequel (and the ambiguous release date doesn't help matters) - but I loved the first one, so I'll support whatever this ends up being.
Inception (7/16) - More patented Nolan mindfrack for the win!
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (11/19) - The Half-Blood Prince gave me renewed faith that Yates will do this one right. And though John Williams sadly isn't onboard for music duties, hearing that Alexandre Desplat will be replacing Nicholas Cooper as music composer is a definite step in the right direction.
LIKELY TO SEE:
The Ghost Writer (2/19) - I think I'm too late for this one, so I'll have to wait out for the home release. Reviews for this drama-thriller piece have been favorable: methodically tense pacing, great performances, and edgy direction.
The Secret of Kells (3/5) - The only reason I've yet to see what looks like an artfully delicious piece of hand-drawn animation is its limited theatrical run. This could be another one I'll have to wait out for the home release.
Green Zone (3/12) - Loved Greengrass's Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum, but I'm hearing mixed reactions on this one. Like, "Bourne in Baghdad, but without the same, focused visceral punch." I'm actually reading the book that the film was inspired by at the moment, Imperial Life In The Emerald City. It's a pretty good read.
The Karate Kid (6/11) - Should I be ashamed to admit that I dug the kid-on-kid violence that transpired between young Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow in last year's G.I. Joe? The idea of a little black kid using Kung Fu to kick some equal-aged Asian tail tickles me for some reason. The trailer's fight and training montages look entertaining, and it should be interesting to see if James Horner can experience a re-surge in musical creativity, even after Avatar.
Diary of A Wimpy Kid (3/19) - Hey Ashley, you saw this one yet? My young cousins got into the books recently, I should give them a read before deciding to check the movie out.
Robin Hood (5/14) - Been a while since I've seen a Ridley Scott flick. The trailers look like serious business, but the rocky rewrites the screenplay went through leaves one rightfully concerned.
Shrek Forever After (5/21) - So now I'm torn. Again, "How To Train Your Dragon" was an amazing film from Dreamworks -- but then I'm remember just how abysmal Shrek The Third was, and last year's Monsters vs Aliens wasn't exactly hot shit, either. No matter how this one turns out, though, I have this nagging desire to see this ever dwindling series to the end.
The A-Team (6/11) - I've watched very little of the original show, but my stupid female hormones are drawing me to the new movie because of Bradley Cooper. Plus, I always loved that theme song; I hope Silvestri uses it for his score.
The Last Airbender (7/2) - I've yet to see a single episode of Avatar. Fans of the show, how excited are you for this one?
Despicable Me (7/9) - The film's concept sounds just ridiculous enough to work. I'll be glad when I don't have to watch that damned trailer of the Great Pyramid of Giza deflating ever again.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice (7/16) - I actually saw them filming this in Manhattan last summer. New York cinemaphiles have a strange impulse to see anything their city is featured in. I guess this won't be an exception.
Ramona and Beezus (7/23) - While I enjoyed Beverly Cleary's Henry and Ribsy stories a lot more, I have a special place in my heart for the Qumby sisters as well. This should give me a good excuse to introduce my young cousins to the books. (Or maybe that in itself is an excuse, because I want to see me some more Josh Duhamel. Twice-cursed female hormones.)
The Chronicles of Narnia: the Voyage of the Dawn Treader (12/10) - Hell, I haven't even seen the first two Narnias in their entirety yet.
The Green Hornet (12/22) - The Jew Hunter himself is starring. That just may be enough for me.