Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Centennial Post! Upcoming Movies I'm Looking Forward To!
Sweet, I've reached a hundred posts. We've come a long way here since I started this site back in 2K6. Here's to a hundred more, at least. (Thanks to Tee Breezy for his contributions to the image above.)
Along the same lines as my previous (Not Quite) 50 Movies I'm Looking Forward To post from November of 2007, this post will give you some details on a few movies that I'm expecting to be pretty entertaining.
Burn After Reading - September 12th, 2008
This one is a no-brainer. After the Academy-Award winning No Country For Old Men, the Coen Brothers are back with this comedy that features Pitt, Clooney, Malkovich, and more. Story goes that Pitt finds Malkovich's ex-CIA memoirs and tries to blackmail him while Clooney is another agent who gets in the mix. Should be pretty funny.
Appaloosa - October 3rd, 2008 (Limited Release)
Ed Harris co-wrote, directed, and stars in this western about two ex-lawmen who are hired to save a town from some corrupt ranchers. 3:10 To Yuma was one of my favorite movies last year, and this one has the same vibe to it. It won't be another Tombstone (nothing comes close in my eyes), but it should be more action-oriented than The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford at least.
The Brothers Bloom - October 24th, 2008
I've mentioned this one before, but it's worth mentioning again. Rian Johnson, who directed the high school noir Brick back in 2005, has finally put out a second feature. This one is about con men brothers who get involved with one last job involving a millionaire heiress that takes them around the world. Stars Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel Weisz.
The Road - November 26th, 2008
This adaptation of a Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) novel stars Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron. It's set in a post-apocalyptic world where a man and his son must travel across the country, fending off cannibals and stragglers. Sounds like it could be similar in tone to I Am Legend. No trailer yet.
Transporter 3 - November 26th, 2008
Jason Statham returns as Frank Martin, our favorite driver/white martial artist combo. If you've seen the first two in this series, you know what you're getting yourself into with this one, and the teaser trailer looks phenomenal. (Wait a second until the ad disappears, and beware of the volume - it's unexpectedly loud.)
Taken - January 23rd, 2009
Liam Neeson stars in this French movie about a former spy who has to save his daughter (Maggie Grace), who has been sold into slavery on a vacation. This should be absolutely fantastic. I'm really pumped about it.
Push - February 6th, 2009
Director Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin, Wicker Park) takes a crack at the sci-fi genre in this X-Men-esque flick starring Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, and Djimon Hounsou. The concept revolves around people with telekinetic abilities banding together to escape the government agency that they're forced to work for. Sounds like a Joss Whedon plotline to me, but it has some potential. No trailer yet.
Watchmen - March 6th, 2009
After reading the graphic novel and then watching the trailer, my interest in this project skyrocketed, making this my most anticipated movie of next year (aside from James Cameron's Avatar). The book was so dense that it's hard to even explain, but suffice it to say that it's exactly the kind of superhero movie that we need to see due to the influx of them in the past few years. And with Zack "300" Snyder behind the camera, this project looks like it's in perfect hands. Kevin Smith recently saw an early cut of the movie and said that it was "f*cking astounding," and that they definitely pulled it off.
Crank 2: High Voltage - April 17th, 2009
I've talked about this one before, as well. But that doesn't mean it isn't one of my most anticipated movies of the year. The first Crank was wild, and this one is set to be 20 times more ridiculous. Statham comes back to face a Chinese mobster who has stolen his heart and replaced it with a battery powered one that needs jolts of electricity to keep him alive. No trailer yet.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine - May 1st, 2009
Hugh Jackman is back as Wolverine in this prequel that delves a little deeper into the amnesiatic mind of Logan. I think the dude could play Wolverine in his sleep, and he was always my favorite part about the other X-Men movies, so I'm definitely down for seeing this one. Plus, Ryan Reynolds is in it. No trailer yet.
Star Trek - May 8th, 2009
JJ Abrams' take on the classic science fiction franchise was pushed back from Christmas until summer, and in the long run that will allow them to make a better movie for us to enjoy. After recently watching all of the original crew films, I'm excited to see Abrams and his writers tackle Kirk, Spock, and the rest of the crew set in a time before all of the other adventures. This prequel focuses more on how the characters got to know each other in the early days at Starfleet Academy.
Terminator Salvation - May 22nd, 2009
This entry into the Terminator franchise concentrates on John Connor and his attempt to lead the resistance against Skynet after they take over. The first of a new trilogy, this one also stars Christian Bale and should take a more serious approach to the material than Terminator 3 (which I didn't mind, by the way.)
Fast and Furious - June 5th, 2009
I wish they would have gone with my title of 4 Fast 4 Furious, but in any case, this movie reunites the stars from the original flick and brings the street racing action back to the United States after a terrible trip to Japan in Tokyo Drift. Paul Walker and Vin Diesel back together again? As much as this series is kind of "meh" to me, I think that's enough to get me back in the theater. No trailer yet.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - June 26th, 2009
I'm not really looking forward to this one THAT much, but I do really like Michael Bay movies and Shia LaBeouf (not to mention the fact that Megan Fox is a hottie), so that kind of predisposes me toward being excited for this movie. Story-wise, I'm sure it will suck. But who cares? Giant robots smashing things are always cool for summer movies. No trailer yet.
Public Enemies - July 1st, 2009
Michael Mann, one of my favorite directors, brings us this 1930's crime story of the infamous John Dillinger and the FBI man who brings him to justice. Starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, those are three elements that are practically begging for an Oscar nomination already. No trailer yet.
So there you have it. There's a couple more that I'm really looking forward to - Eagle Eye, Killshot, Fanboys, Game, Nottingham, and Avatar - but I mentioned those in my last post of this sort and don't want to rehash all of those plot details again. Thanks again for reading everyone. Until next time...
Posted by Ben Pearson at 8:21 AM