2010 Coming Attractions

2009 was a lousy year for movies, at least according to my specific tastes. The #1 movie of the year prominently featured the font Papyrus. Michael Bay continued to mock and mangle my childhood with his crappy Transformers franchise. And don't get me started on those sexy vampires and half naked Indian werewolves. 2010 looks much more promising. Because you are dying to know, here's a few films I have high hopes for:

Alice in Wonderland

Release Date:
March 5
Tagline: You're invited to a very important date.

There are a few things you can always depend on when a new Tim Burton movie comes out. It will be visually stunning, with plenty of gnarled, swirly tree branches. And there will be some wild, new Johnny Depp character (in this case, the Mad Hatter). But Burton will also be exploring new territory in Alice in Wonderland, using a combination of live action and motion capture animation for the first time. Burton has never been a big special effects guy so I'm interested to see how he handles it. I'm also curious about the direction of the story, which isn't going to be a straight retelling of what has already been told countless times. It is actually being approached as more of a semi-sequel, taking place some years after Alice's original trip to Wonderland. Just as long as it's not another Hook.

The A-Team

Release Date: June 11
Tagline: There is no Plan B.

Here's yet another big screen adaption of a favorite childhood TV show that I am looking forward to against my better judgment, given the track record of similar properties (i.e The Dukes of Hazzard, Transformers, G.I. Joe). Surely Liam "Mentor" Neeson will lend some gravitas as Hannibal, the cigar-chomping leader of the A-Team. But if the movie doesn't feature countless rounds of ammunition being fired without anyone actually getting shot, or at least one scene where the bad guys roll their car half a dozen times only to climb out totally unscathed, I will be very disappointed. The first trailer does seem to have fully embraced the goofy spirit of the show. I have two words for you: Parachuting. Tank.


Release Date: July 16
Tagline: Your mind is the scene of the crime.

For months now, Christopher Nolan's follow-up to The Dark Knight has only been described as "a contemporary science fiction action thriller set within the architecture of the mind." Given the lack of details, many were speculating early on that Inception was actually Nolan's next Batman film. The trailers have been refreshingly vague, content to only hint at the overarching story while offering tantalizing glimpses of the mind-bending special effects. A recent feature in the L.A. Times further characterizes the film as part international thriller, part story of madness and lost love, and part metaphysical heist movie. Nolan also cites the globetrotting sensibility of the James Bond films—not just geographically, but within the dimensions of time and reality as well. Oh Christopher, you had me at metaphysical heist movie.


Krissy said...

If Liam Neeson is not karate-chopping people's necks, then I don't even want to bother seeing that one.

Stephanie said...

i'm mostly looking forward to alice in wonderland (or alice and wonderland OR alison wonderland... i've heard them all). it's my favorite book and favorite disney movie, but i like the twist he's going to put on it. i've been looking forward to this movie for a long time.

Marc said...

I can buy the parachuting tank... but shooting down aircraft using the tanks armaments as it parachutes to safety, that's the magic of Hollywood.

ScottBoomer said...

I am most excited for The A-Team. If it's anyting like the TV show, which it wouldn't be hard to be, it should be great.
How ever I think Alice In Wonderland will be another weird peice of crap the Tim Burton puts out, which will probably leave to wonder, once again, how much and which kinds of drugs he does.

Ben said...

I'm definitely on board for these. But surely you anticipate more movies than just these? How about Iron Man 2? Toy Story 3? Tron Legacy? And let's not forget another sure-fire hit from M. Night Shamalamading-dong, The Last Airbender.