I was going to save this list for last, since it seemed fitting to end my 2009 lists with one looking ahead to 2010. However, at the pace I am writing these who knows what month we will be in by the time I finish. Thus, I’m going ahead with this one now. Here are the movies of 2010 that I am anticipating with the most excitement. The list will probably shift as the year goes on and I learn more of the films coming later in the year, but for now, this is the list. As always, in no particular order.
Written & Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe
Release Date: July, 16
So, with the exception that this poster (while still great) looks an awful lot like the poster for Christopher Nolan’s last movie, everything about this film makes me wish it came out in February instead of July. Part sci-fi, part heist film, part thriller, part spy film, and probably a bunch of other genres as well, Nolan will once again blast us off into the world of great storytelling. The guy brought us Memento, Batman Begins, The Prestige, and The Dark Knight, and this time he is working with DiCaprio. (momentary Gob Bluth voice) C’mon! How can anyone not be excited about this movie?
Here is the newest trailer, full of wonderfulness:
2. Iron Man 2
Written By: Justin Theroux
Directed By: Jon Favreau
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johannson, Sam Rockwell
Release Date: May 7
Have you seen the first Iron Man?! That’s really all that needs to be said. Plus, this time around we get War Machine. Come quickly May, come quickly.
3. Alice in Wonderland
Written by: Linda Woolverton (screenplay), Lewis Carroll (books)
Directed By: Tim Burton
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman
Release Date: March 5
Tim Burton telling the story of one of Alice’s Wonderland adventures through the lens of his dark and beautiful imagination. Yes, please.
See the most recent, and to date the longest trailer here: Alice in Wonderland
Written By: Mark Millar (graphic novels) Jane Goldman (screenplay)
Directed By: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, Nicolas Cage, Mark Strong, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Release Date: April 16
The poster is telling me to shut up and kick-ass so I will keep it short. The trailer, as well as all early reports from people who have seen the film or footage of the film so far say Kick-Ass does indeed kick ass.
Here is the brand new (within the last week) international red band trailer, it starts off with familiar footage, but offers some wonderful new stuff later on: Kick-Ass
5. Dinner for Schmucks
Written By: Andy Borowitz (screenplay) Ken Daurio (writer)
Directed By: Jay Roach
Starring: See Below.
Release Date: July 23
This one doesn’t have a poster, or a trailer for me to offer you yet. However, I doubt I need to. Eight small words should be all you need. Those words are: Paul. Rudd. Zach. Galifianakis. Steve. Carrell. Jemaine. Clement.
6. Toy Story 3
Written By: Michael Arndt
Directed By: Lee Unkrich
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Michael Keaton, Joan Cusack, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris
Release Date: June 18
If you don’t know how much I love Pixar, then we’ve never met before, and you have probably never been to this website either. Thus, let me introduce myself. I’m Scott, and this is my blog, Gloaming and Dawn. I think Pixar tells stories as well as anyone else in the business, and until they find a way to disappoint me I will await each new release with bated breath, especially after last year’s Up.
See the trailer here: Toy Story 3
7. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Written By: Bryan Lee O’Malley (graphic novels) Edgar Wright & Michael Bacall (screenplay)
Directed By: Edgar Wright
Starring: Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Satya Bhabha, Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick, Brie Larson, Alison Pill, Aubrey Plaza, Brandon Routh
Release Date: August 13
No trailer has been released as of yet, but I assure you I will post one when it becomes available. Directed by the genius who helped give the world Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, and Spaced, the movie is an adaptation of the graphic novels of the same name. It’s about the title character, who meets the girl of his dreams only to discover that her seven evil exes are out to kill him. The film figures to be absurd in all the best possible ways, and nobody does that better than Mr. Wright.
They showed the current version of the film in Vegas last month and early buzz is great.
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One
Written By: J.K. Rowling (novel) Steve Kloves (screenplay)
Directed By: David Yates
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Wright
Release Date: November 19
If I had to give my voice away Little Mermaid-style for a chance to live at Hogwarts, I would do it, no doubt about it. Hopefully one of the talented witches or wizards there would be able to help me get my voice back, or fake it. Sadly, I know of no scary octopus lady to make such a deal with, so I will have to watch the movies and reread the books instead.
The trailer is up on YouTube if you care to check, but the quality is pretty consistently terrible, so just rent the Blu-Ray for Half-Blood Prince if you are really dying to see it.
Only two film installments left and we will get a new Harry Potter experience for the last time, thus placing people of all ages worldwide on suicide watch. That is until they can scrounge up the money to head down to Orlando to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, which opens this Spring. I want to go to there. (Go ahead, judge me.)
9. Tron Legacy
Written By: Adam Horowitz & Richard Jefferies
Directed By: Joseph Kosinski
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde, Garrett Hedlund, Michael Sheen, John Hurt, Serinda Swan
Release Date: December 17
In my mind, this trailer doesn’t really get old. Watch it in wonderful HD here: Tron Legacy
10. Green Zone
Written By: Rajiv Chandrasekaran (book) Brian Helgeland (screenplay)
Directed By: Paul Greengrass
Starring: Matt Damon
Release Date: March 12
This one is just around the corner. The tagline on the poster is obviously terrible, but two of the primary people responsible for Bourne’s Supremacy and Ultimatum team up again. In my opinion, enough said.
Honorable Mention: Shutter Island, Jonah Hex, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Robin Hood, Gulliver’s Travels
So, there’s my list. What movies are you most excited to see this year? (And for some reason, whenever I ask that sort of question people seem to think they can only pick off my list, not true!)