Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tricentennial Post

This is the best I can do in five minutes right now. I'm tired. Apologies.

It's my 300th post, and I'd like to thank you for coming by. In keeping with our original NJNM centennial post tradition (instead of patting myself on the back like I did in the Bicentennial), I'll do something potentially relevant to you: list a few upcoming movies I'm looking forward to. I'll skip the superhero ones - Green Lantern, Thor, Captain America, X-Men: First Class - and also pass over anything that doesn't have a trailer yet - Fast Five (yes, seriously), Source Code, Red Riding Hood, and much more. Keep checking the trailers section on the right side of the page for updated trailers as these films (and more) get closer to release.

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
This creepy looking horror flick from producer Guillermo del Toro and first time director Troy Nixey blew me away at Comic-Con 2010. Unfortunately, its release has been delayed indefinitely while Disney sells off Miramax and things get shuffled around over there. Here's hoping this one hits screens by the end of 2011.

Sucker Punch
I almost got into a ridiculously early cut of this movie back in September, but it fell through and now I have to wait like everyone else until March 25th, 2011. Zack Snyder's latest prompted me to post the following on my Twitter account: "Sucker Punch looks totally insane - like Inception crossed with Gamer, shaken by Tim Burton and stirred by Zack Snyder." If nothing else, it will be a visual feast.

True Grit
The Coen brothers tackling a remake of a classic western? With Jeff Bridges in John Wayne's iconic Rooster Cogburn role? And Matt Damon and Josh Brolin supporting? How can you not be excited about this? Hits theaters Christmas Day, 2010.

127 Hours
Danny Boyle's follow-up to the wildly successful Slumdog Millionaire looks to be a really intense theatrical experience. It's the true story of Aron Ralston, the man who was forced to sever his own arm in order to survive a hiking accident. Does Fox Searchlight have another hit on its hands, or will audiences shy away from the subject matter? I don't care either way - I think it looks solid. Release date: November 5th, 2010. 

The Fighter
Of all the films on this list, I'm the least excited for this one. Still, the Wahlberg/Bale combo will be interesting to see on the big screen and I'm wondering if this one will be an Oscar contender. Hits theaters December 10th, 2010.

Tron Legacy
After nothing but anticipation for this project, I'm starting to hear negative things about it for the first time. Word on the street is that lead actor Garrett Hedlund is terrible in this movie, but it's going to take more than unconfirmed rumors to keep me away from what could be one of the coolest looking movies since The Matrix. I'm still holding out hope for this one. In theaters December 17th, 2010.

Black Swan
Darren Aronofsky's follow-up to The Wrestler pits Natalie Portman against Mila Kunis in a psychological ballerina battle. Sound lame? Check out the trailer. Huge buzz for this one has me kinda stoked about it, and Aronofsky very rarely lets me down. In theaters December 1st, 2010.

The Adjustment Bureau
God bless Universal Pictures. They make some really unique business decisions that haven't seemed to pay out for them financially over the past five years or so, but I'm really digging the fact that they have the balls to make those choices. Here's hoping The Adjustment Bureau - a slick-looking blend of action, science fiction, and romance starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt - won't be another project added to their list of bad decisions. Arrives in theaters March 4th, 2011.

That's all for now. Check out the archives for some old classics and give the Not Just New Movies Podcast a listen if you haven't yet. Thanks to you for reading, thanks to my fellow writers for contributing, and everyone keep checking back for (not just) new reviews.


Critical Carson said...

Emily Blunt is pretty hot, my dude, but Black Swan? I'm afraid you've gone soft, Ben P.

The Real Alan Trehern said...

There's no way you've been around for three hundred years, brother!

However, if that IS the case, congrats. I'll be nice and not blow up your mailbox for a week or something.