This year has quite a lot to make up for the disappointments I constantly endured last year. With Date Night, Cop Out being completely average, Jason Bateman doing a shitty Jennifer Aniston veichle (which I still haven’t seen), to Woody Allen extremely under performing after doing my now third fave film of all time (Whatever Works) with You’ll Meet A Tall Dark Stranger. Sure there were solid gold locked films that I knew I was gonna like no matter what with Shutter Island, Inception and especially The Social Network, and one huge suprise that became my favourite film, Scott Pilgrim, but as a whole 2010 was a pretty average year for cinema, with only a few suprises. Will 2011 be the same? I hope not, but if it does I won’t be as annoyed as there’s new Curb Your Enthusiasm to look forward to, to make up for it. Here’s some films I’m eager to see this year, films I’m anticipating, or just films that I may not be too interested in but I know I’ll be seeing regardless.
Plot-Two Brit sci-fi geeks on a roadtrip round the US encounter a friendly alien, and are doggedly pursued by two FBI agents, while also being helped by a friendly, eccentric woman.
Director: Gregg Mottola
Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Sigourney Weaver.
Why I Want to See This?- My most anticipated film of the year. Pegg & Frost team up again minus Director Edgar Wright, though Mottola is a more than capable Director has he’s Directed Bateman before on Arrested Development and Rogen and Hader in Superbad, for this sci-fi comedy, with Bateman returning back into my good graces, SNL Players Hader and Wiig co-starring! And the final icing on the cake being Rogen voicing the title alien. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Can’t wait.
The Green Hornet
Plot-Bored billionaire decides to become a superhero, and teams up with a martial arts expert to stop a crazy villian.
Director: Michel Gondry
Stars: Seth Rogen, Christolph Waltz, Cameron Diaz.
Why I want to see it?-Seth Rogen is back after a year’s absence with this action comedy, Directed by Michel Gondry, and featuring Christoplh Waltz as the villian. Huzzah.
Plot-Teenagers find themselves stranded in an extremely radical christian conservative town, where horror, pain and suffering follow.
Director: Kevin Smith
Stars: Michael Parks, John Goodman.
Why I Want to See It?-Kevin Smith (yes the same man behind those funny Jay & Silent Bob comedies) immidiatly making up for Cop Out with this chilling looking horror, with Michael Parks going to be a sensation as the sinister religious zealot. And John Goodman’s back. Yuss. The teaser for this is amazing.
Plot-Anthology comedy by the Farrelly’s with some of the funniest people around today.
Directors: The Farrelly Brothers.
Stars: A lot, including Johnny Knoxville, Naomi Watts, Anna Faris, Hugh Jackman, Seann William Scott.
Why I Want to See This?-I love anthology movies, I love Farrelly Brothers films, and this has a lot of stars I like. Automatic must see. Hopefully the world will follow suit.
Plot-After ten years of peace, The Ghostface Killer is back to terrorise Sidney, Dewey and Gale again. New teens too.
Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courtney Cox,
Why I Want to See This?-A decade has passed since the last, but Wes Craven and cast are back, aswell as a new batch of teens to be terrorised. Bring it.
Plot: Three friends decide to murder their horrible bosses after finally having enough of years of torment.
Director: Seth Gordon
Stars: Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston.
Why I Want to See This?-Another Bateman comedy that sounds funny. Co stars SNL Player Sudeikis, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s Day, and Hollywood A-Listers Farrell and Aniston, again in a Bateman film, but I know this will be better.
Plot-A married man switches bodies with his best friend.
Director: David Dobkin
Stars: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, Leslie Mann.
Why I Want to See This? Silly plot, but will be made funny by the comedy talents of the three leads.
Plot-An orphan becomes tangled in a mystery to do with his late father and an automaton.
Director: Martin Scorsese.
Stars: Chloe Moretz, Jude Law, Sacha Baron Cohen.
Why I Want to See This?-Scorsese doing a family friendly film. Will still be great. Having Baron Cohen is another plus.
Plot-About a violent, loner who hates the world and everyone around him, until he happens to meet a young boy does his life naturally drastically begin to change.
Director: Spencer Susser
Stars: Joseph Gordon Leavitt, Natalie Paortman.
Why I Want to See This?-Gordon Levitt playing a violent loner? Yes please. Have seen a clip. Looks good.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (US)
Plot-Remake of the Swedish sensation, about a jounalist’s search for a woman who’s been missing, or dead for forty years.
Director: David Fincher
Stars: Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Stellan Skarsgard.
Why I Want to See This?-Because Fincher has proven that he can make anything and it’ll always be good. This being a thriller is right up his alley. Will also watch the original before seeing this.
Midnight In Paris
Plot-A presumbly neurotic couple travel to Paris for business, and will get more than they expected.
Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Michael Sheen, Rachel McAdams, Marion Coitillard, Adrien Brody, Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, Allison Pill.
Why I Want to See This?-Woody Allen’s latest. Please make up for You’ll Meet A Tall Dark Stranger. With a cast like this (minus Rachael McAdams) he just might.
Plot-Those loveable, classic puppets are back, with Kermit and the gang putting on a show to save their old theater.
Director: James Bobin
Stars: The Muppets (duh), Jason Segel and a host of other major celebrities.
Why I Want to See This?-It has been too long since The Muppets have been on the big screen (1999’s Muppets In Space to be precise, but 1997’s Muppet Treasure Island was their last great hit), so Segel, along with his Forgetting Sarah Marshall Director bringing back those wonderful puppets. God bless them.
Caesar: Rise Of The Apes
Plot-Remake of the fourth outing in the original Planet of the Apes series from 1968-1973 Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, shows how the apes conquered mankind and ruled our planet, thanks to a talking ape descandent from the future named Caesar.
Director: Rupert Wyatt
Stars: James Franco, Andy Serkis, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow.
Why I Want to See This?-I am a huge Planet of the Apes fan. The original series is my favourite science fiction series ever, more than Star Wars definetly, though I was quite disappointed with Tim Burton’s remake. Now exactly a decade has passed since that disaster and this better make up for that, and not be a repeat. So far it’s not, with the apes being cgi now, and I couldn’t care less for the Director and stars attached. I’ll just have to wait and see.
Guns, Girls And Gambling
Plot-A bunch of people, including Elvis impersonators, Indians, Cowboys and various other shady people are all chasing after a priceless American Indian artifact stolen during a poker game at an Indian casino.
Director: Michael Winnick
Stars: Gary Oldman, Christian Slater, Dane Cook, Chris Kattan.
Why I Want to See It? Slater, Oldman (True Romance reunion huzzah) and Cook in a movie! Awesome.
Plot-Follows the life of a struggling NY writer, and his relationships with his friends, as well as their own dramas.
Director: Josh Radnor
Stars: Josh Radnor, Malin Ackerman, Tony Hale.
Why I Want to See It?-To see if How I Met Your Mother’s Ted Mosby can carry a film, and after seeing the trailer and seeing that their’s drama for Tony ‘Buster Bluth’ Hale automatically makes it a must see.
Tree Of Life
Plot-Drama about a young boy’s troubles growing up in the 1950s, also follows him into his adult life too.
Director: Terrence Malick.
Stars: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn.
Why I Want to See This?-Originally I thought this was gonna be a three hour epic about Brad Pitt and Sean Penn as Cavemen fighting dinosaurs. Instead it’s a three hour epic about a boy’s life growing up in the 1950s. Still intruiged and I’m sure it’ll be good, but damn that first idea sounded soo much better.
X-Men: First Class
Plot-Prequel, showhing how the X-Men were formed, how all the classic characters discovered their powers, and how the war between Professor X and Magneto begun.
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender.
Why I Want to See This?-After a disappointing third, and spin-off too, can a prequel bring back the charm? With Kick Ass Director Vaughn Directing and Inglourious Basterds Fassbender starring I think so.
Plot-Troubled husband and father decides to put a beaver puppet on and use that has his way of communicating.
Director: Jodie Foster.
Stars: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster.
Why I Want to See This?-Gibson may or may not return to good graces with this film, but I’m pretty interested in it none the less due to the rather interesting plot. But can it be taken seriously?
Plot-A family who have recently moved to a new house find themselves terrorised by a killer who’d killed the previous owners.
Director: Jim Sheridan
Stars: Daniel Craig, Rachel Weiz, Naomi Watts
Why I Want to See This?-Naomi Watts doing what was done to her in Funny Games!? Sweeeet.
The Hangover Part II
Plot-Sequel to the suprise (and very overrated) comedy hit of 2009, follows the gang as they travel to Bangkok for a wedding.
Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zack Galifianakis, Ken Jeong.
Why I Want to See It? I’m sure this will be pretty funny, and their bringing back Jeong, the funniest person from the original. But it will be overrated for sure.
My Week With Marilyn
Plot-An employee of Sir Laurence Olivier documents the tense relationship between him and Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Prince And The Showgirl.
Director: Simon Curtis
Stars: Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh, Emma Watson, Judi Dench.
Why I Want to See This? Another new expose on someone famous, and while another film on Monroe is being made at the moment called Blonde with Naomi Watts as the blonde bombshell, I feel it’s better to get this one out of the way first as I’m waay more interested in the next.
Mission Impossible IV
Plot- Once again super spy Ethan Hunt is thrust into another deadly impossible mission.
Director: Brad Bird
Stars: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg.
Why I Want to See This? After a great third, another continuation for Cruise, with Pegg and Directed by Bird I’m down with.
Plot-A test pilot is granted mystical powers and becomes the eponymous superhero.
Director: Martin Campbell.
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Temuera Morrison, Taika Waititi.
Why I Want to See This? While I’d rather Reynolds be doing Dead Pool instead, this should be an entertaining super hero blockbuster.
Plot-Two women battle to plan their friend’s wedding.
Director: Paul Feig
Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Jon Hamm.
Why I Want to See This? Ok the plot couldn’t be anymore what I’m not into, but it stars Wiig and Rudolph, two of the funniest women in the world so it could be really, really funny.
Plot-A young man’s bond with a horse is threatened when the horse is sold and shipped over to the trenches of WW1. So the man decides to enlist and save his friend.
Director: Steven Speilberg.
Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston.
Why I Want to See This? Speilberg’s latest, can make up for Indy IV. But the plots muffed.
Plot-A young girl who has been commited, imagines a dream world to help her cope, and also to plan a daring escape.
Director: Zach Schneider.
Stars: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jon Hamm.
Why I Want to See This? Schneider’s latest, could be another Watchmen, or the female 300. Here’s to the former.
The Rum Diary
Plot-Johnny Depp plays a freelance journalist juggling many problems, based on a Hunter S. Thompson novel.
Director: Bruce Robinson.
Stars: Johnny Depp
Why I Want to See This? Depp returning to Hunter S. Thompson territory. Please be toned down in the excessiveness that Fear & Loathing relished.
A Dangerous Method
Plot-A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmond Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.
Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley
Why I Want to See This? Cronenberg and Mortensen’s third pairing in a row sounds interesting, and should be better than Eastern Promises. But maybe not History Of Violence. Plus it’s got the always good Fassbender.
Plot-A vengeful father chases after the men who killed his daughter by literally running them over with his pimp ass car.
Director: Patrick Lussier.
Stars: Nicolas Cage, William Fichtner.
Why I Want to See This? Ridiculous plot will be made interesting by Nic Cage.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Plot-A semi retired veteran spy is forced out of retirement to track down a Soviet agent during the Cold War.
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Stars: Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Gary Oldman, Ralph Fiennes.
Why I Want to See This? The Director of Let The Right One In’s next film starring Gary Oldman and Ralph Fiennes.
Plot-A Cloverfield repeat.
Director: J.J. Abrams.
Stars: Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka, Kyle Chandler.
Why I Want to See This? Another Cloverfield. Sure it will be good
Friends With benefits
Plot-The relations between two friends gets obviosuly complicated when they decide to get kinky.
Director: Will Gluck
Stars: Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake, Patricia Clarkson.
Why I Want to See This? A romantic comedy starring Timberlake and Kunis, so what? But if it’s got Clarkson then I’m in.