11/22/2010

Movies I'm Looking Forward To...

To say that 2010 is a slow movie year would be an understatement. But it's not so much that I've had to sit through a ton of bad movies. It's more like I've seen a ton of mediocre ones (or, based on trailers and reviews, haven't had much of a desire to explore what a film might be about).

But, as always, the last month and a half of the year offers some true gems. Below are the last eight films of the year I'm looking forward to.

Anyone want to go to the movies...

Faster looks like your basic revenge on wheels story. But, I have to admit, I'm a sucker for The Rock Dwayne Johnson. Adding Billy Bob Thornton to the list just sweetens the deal. I'm pretty sure it's not going to win any awards, but it should be a great time...


I'm hoping Tangled is better than Disney's last animated offering, The Princess and the Frog. (No, I don't count Toy Story 3. That's a Pixar movie.) It really bugs me that Disney blames the failure of that one on a marketing geared too much toward girls, instead of just fessing up to it being a sub-par movie. In fact, they believe that so much, they changed the title of this film (from "Rapunzel") and cut all of their trailers to focus more on the male lead (Zachary Levi). Here's hoping it's as funny as the trailers make it look...


Look, Black Swan. You had me at "Directed by Darren Aronofsky". But to throw in "Starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Wynona Ryder"? That's just not fair. Fun fact: Aronofsky says this film and The Wrestler started out as the same movie, with Mickey Rourke's Randy "The Ram" romancing Natalie Portman's ballerina. I'm hoping this one doesn't make me as depressed as The Wrestler did...


Full confession: I never read past "The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe" in The Chronicles series. And I've also been monumentally disappointed by the movie series thus far. But I'm still in for The Voyage of the Dawn Treader if only to see the story of the boy who becomes a dragon. I've heard it used as an illustration of stripping sin from our lives many times in the past year, and I'm anxious to see it play out on screen. Who knows? If the movie is good enough, I might pick up the books and finish the series...


Two of my favorite actors in one movie is almost a surefire formula to get my booty in a theater seat. But when you factor in The Fighter's underdog boxer takes on seemingly insurmountable odds storyline, you'd have to fight to keep me away. (Yes, I know that was Gene Shalit bad.) Much has been made about Christian Bale's physical transformation for his role here. And Wahlberg has had success in this kind of role before (Invincible). I can't wait...


I've got almost no expectations for Tron: Legacy. (Which is a great place to be when watching a movie.) I barely remember the first one, save for its amazing visuals. But I'm sure I'll check it out again before seeing this long-in-development sequel. At this point in his career, you're almost guaranteed a good time if Jeff Bridges is involved...


Gweneth Paltrow has fallen down on my list of actors I enjoy watching. But when she's on, she's great. (Hello, Pepper Potts.) But something about this story of a country singer's return from rehab to recapture her audience (probably the theme song) has me eager to see Country Strong. The supporting cast is pretty weak on paper. Tim McGraw, Leighton Meester, and Garrett Hedlund (the lead in Tron) are all still green. But, with a good enough story, miracles can happen. I'm not sure if this is that story, so it may have to rely on its soundtrack. I guess we'll see and hear soon...


I've got to say, True Grit is the film I'm most looking forward to this season. I've never been much of a fan of the Coens, but No Country For Old Men changed that. And with a cast that sports Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, and Matt Damon in a re-imagining of a John Wayne classic, you're pretty much guaranteed oscar buzz. I'm prety stoked I get to end the year on this one...

3 comments:

Rick said...

DO NOT let the movie keep you from reading the rest of the CHRONICLES. That would be wrong, possibly Dante' Inferno wrong. Just saying.

Also, Netflix the original TRON before the new flick. It holds up amazingly well for the time elapsed. Trace loved it, and I think it brings something to the story to know the story.

Lisa Marie said...

Let me know what you think of Black Swan. I can't wait to see True Grit. I want to read it before I see it though...

Josh(ua) Treece said...

Apparently the state capital of SC isn't important enough for some releases yet. Still waiting on 127 hours to make it here. And no Black Swan yet either. Boo. But I have seen Tangled and Faster. Both were quite good!

I'll let you know on Black Swan. I saw you didn't like it. Did you know True Grit was a John Wayne movie? I kind of want to see that one too.