Over 30 movies to look forward to and the year has just begun!
With 2009 winding down, it’s time to look ahead at 2010. (I feel like that’s an incredibly cliched sentence to start a blog post with… I’m leaving it in though.)
While there are always the requisite sequels to look forward to, there are also a bunch of new franchises and films on the way. I’ve been reading a lot of previews over the last week or so and I’ve compiled a list of movies to look forward to next year but first, my own personal Top 5.
Toy Story 3 (June)
The Original Toy Story is one of my all time favorites. That movie was a pretty big influence on me when I was younger as it showed me what hard work and passion can bring to a film. Just watch the special features on some of Pixar’s DVD’s. There is always a way to make things better and more interesting. The effort they put into stories is unmatched in today’s world of sequels and remakes. Yet here we are, on the verge of a Pixar sequel and no one has any doubts it will be amazing. That’s a lot of hype to live up to and I can’t wait to watch Toy Story 3 exceed expectations. (Note: I’d also like to thank Pixar for not calling it Toy Story 3D… I hate when studios do that.)
The Book of Eli (January)
I just saw The Road. Weeks before that, I saw 2012 and there are close to a million other ‘end of the world’ movies out there. I’m not sure what makes this one any different but something about the trailer has me excited to buy my ticket. It gives you just enough that you want to find out what exactly is going on. Curiosity is a powerful marketing tool. It gets big points for arriving early in the year as well. Due to the early release, Book of Eli will be replaced by Prince of Persia on this list once I’ve seen it.
Shutter Island (February)
Martin Scorsese is an unbelievable human being. He is responsible for so many incredible films including some of the best of all time. The man is a genius. So how does a genius follow up Best Picture winner The Departed? With an equally awesome looking film that looks incredible. It’s sad to think that it was delayed but I’m positive it’ll be worth the wait.
Iron Man 2 (May)
The first Iron Man kicked ass. It’s one of my favorite comic book movies of all time. (Don’t worry Dark Knight. You’re still number 1) I have extremely high expectations for the follow up. My only complaint in the first movie was the lackluster final fight. Hopefully, Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash puts up a better fight.
Speaking of Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan is very close to knocking Shyamalan off the top spot as my favorite director. Everything he has ever done is original, interesting, exciting and cool. I suppose I have to ramble on about Nolan because no one has any idea what this movie is about. All we know so far is that the trailer is amazing and it’s going to kick ass. It’s my number 1 anticipated movie of the year and July can’t get here fast enough.
(Note: Leo shows up twice in my top 5… That guy needs an Oscar.)
Prince of Persia (May) I loved the trailer for this movie. Here is an example of a brand new franchise that may stand the test of time. (Pun intended) As I mentioned above, this is technically one of my Top 5 anticipated movies of the year. I can’t wait.
The Last Airbender (June) M. Night Shyamalan is my favorite director because he creates original stories. However, his last few films weren’t my favorites and I’m interested to see what he does with established material.
Predators (July) Another reimagining that has fans everywhere holding their breath.
The Expendables (August) Do yourself a favor. IMDB this movie and take a look at the cast. If you aren’t curious after that, you aren’t an action fan.
The Wolfman (February) I dislike period movies but release one with a Wolfman in it and I’ll hear you out.
Buried (?) Ryan Reynolds stars in a movie about a guy who gets kidnapped in Iraq and buried alive in a coffin. Crazy concept.
Megamind (November) I just found out this movie existed. It’s an animated comedy starring the voices of Will Farrell, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Tina Fey. I’m curious.
Kick Ass (April) I’m not super excited to see this movie. It looks extremely stylized and cool but I’m not sold on the concept. (It doesn’t help that I know nothing about the comic book.)
Cop Out (February) I’m not a massive fan of Kevin Smith’s movies but I’m a huge fan of the man himself. The Evening With DVD’s are treasured parts of my collection. If you’ve seen any of those flicks you’ll know why I’m curious to see what he and Bruce Willis come up with. There have been rumors that Smith has called Bruce ‘undirectable’. Not sure if that’s true but I’m sure Evening With PT 4 willl address it.
Clash of the Titans (March) Wicked trailer. Here’s a movie that doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously. It has monsters and battles. There really isn’t much else to say until March.
Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Theif (February) This movie made the list purely because I find it fascinating how many franchises like this haven’t taken off. (Lemony Snickets, Golden Compass etc…)
Robin Hood (May) This project has been reinvented so many times I don’t know what to expect. I still think Ridley and co will deliver an entertaining movie.
Area 51 (?) The creator of Paranormal Activity (My favorite movie of 2009) returns with another ‘found footage’ movie involving aliens. I’m there.
The Other Guys (August) Mark Walberg, Will Farrell, Dwayne Johnson and Sam Jackson in the same action comedy? Nice.
Resident Evil: Afterlife (September) Wentworth Miller AKA Michael Scofield himself is in this movie. I miss Prison Break.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader (December) The first movie was decent, the second blew and the third has a new crew. (Which rhymes by the way)
Alice in Wonderland (March) I’ve never been sold on Tim Burton. Some of his movies I like and some I don’t but I’m really looking forward to this one.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (April) I honestly think this will be good.
Jonah Hex (June) Heard rumors last week that they are reshooting some scenes. That’s never a good sign but Megan Fox is in it. It probably won’t be that great.
The Green Hornet (December) I believe this flick has one of two options. It’ll will be successful or it will bomb but still become a cult classic. (Both are arguably positive outcomes)
The Social Network (October) Due to my recent obsession with social media and marketing, I’m interested to see the story of Facebook on the big screen.
Machete (April) I’ll wait for video.
Edge of Darkness (January) Mel Gibson returns as a pissed off father/cop. He’s one of my all time favorite actors. Leave the controversy behind, you have to admit he’s made some amazing movies.
How To Train Your Dragon (March) Cartoon. 3D. Dragons. Sold.
Twilight 3: Eclipse (June) I saw the first movie a while back and it wasn’t terrible. Maybe I don’t get the hype but this has TMN on Demand written all over it.
The Green Zone (March) I like political thrillers and when Jason Bourne himself reteams with Director Paul Greengrass it belongs on lists like this.
Shrek Forever After (May) Booo. Supposedly, this is last Shrek… Until they make another one.
The A Team (June) I recently became a fan of the UFC and especially The Ultimate Fighter reality series. Rampage vs Rashad was supposed to be a huge fight but The A Team screwed everything up. It better be good Rampage… It better be good.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 (November) This series has reached the point where everyone will want to see it just to see how it all ends. Did they really have to split it into two parts though? I’m not opposed to the idea but having to wait months after a crazy cliffhanger is mean. It’s just mean.
I’m completely aware that this list doesn’t even come close to the amount of watchable movies coming out next year. Notably absent from this list are a large number of Comedies, Romantic Comedies and horror flicks. I left them off primarily because they don’t normally carry as much buzz as some of the higher profile films on the list but also because narrowing them down would have been impossible.
Regardless, it’s going to be a great year!