Most Anticipated of 2011

25 01 2011

There’s a strong chance I haven’t even heard of most of the movies that will end up being my year-end favorites, but as of now, here’s what I can’t wait to see:

20) Source Code

Duncan Jones’ follow-up to Moon, one of my recent favorites.  Honestly, I didn’t care for the trailer much, but I’m excited for this based on Jones’ name alone and the fact that it’s another original sci-fi.

19) The Grandmasters

Wong Kar-Wai’s new film about Bruce Lee’s trainer.

18) J. Edgar

A Clint Eastwood directed biopic about J. Edgar Hoover starring Leonardo DiCaprio.  Not usually a biopic fan, but I can’t wait for anything Leo does at this point.

17) Tintin

Peter Jackson produces, Spielberg directs.  I’m honestly not very familiar with the source material, but I like the idea of Spielberg making an animated film, plus he and Peter Jackson should make a great combo.

16) The Hunter

An Indie thriller starring Willem Dafoe.  I can’t say exactly why I’m anticipating this one so much, just have a good feeling about it.

15) The Skin That I Inhabit

Pedro Almodovar’s latest.  That’s all I know about this one.

14) Hobo With a Shotgun

Like Machete, this was originally a fake trailer.  Should be another good 90 minutes of Grindhouse fun.

13) The Rum Diary

The first film from Withnail and I director Bruce Robinson in 19 years.  Johnny Depp stars in his 2nd Hunter S. Thompson adaptation.

12) Meek’s Cutoff

Kelly Reichardt and Michelle Williams are collaborating again after 2008’s Wendy and Lucy, which was great.  This is about settlers traveling through the Oregon desert in the 19th century.  Could be amazing.

11) Hanna

The trailer makes this look like a blast.  Good director, good cast, should be fun.  Check out the trailer here.

10) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Social Network was so good that I can’t wait to see this.  David Fincher’s next has some of the same cast and crew as Network, with Trent Reznor writing the score and Rooney Mara taking the lead role.  Even though I don’t like the idea of Hollywood remaking every recent successful foreign film, I’m on board with this one.

9) The Borrowers

The new Studio Ghibli film, written by Hayao Miyazaki.  Can’t wait.

8.) Wuthering Heights

Andrea Arnold’s follow-up to Fish Tank, one of my favorites from last year.  Classic source material, can’t wait to see what she’s able to do with it.

7) Shame

Director Steve McQueen and his leading man Michael Fassbender’s follow-up to their amazing 2009 film Hunger.  I can’t see this duo not going 2 for 2.

6) Drive

Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Valhalla Rising) is one of the most interesting up-and-coming directors around, and this is first big “Hollywood” film, starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, and Ron Perlman.  The film is about a stunt driver who discovers that he has a price on his head.  Can’t wait to see what Refn does with a more straightforward story like this.  My hopes are sky high.

5) A Dangerous Method

The third film from David Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen, this time also starring Michael Fassbender (!) and Keira Knightley.  The film’s about Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, and it should be amazing.

4) Hugo Cabret

Martin Scorsese directing a kid’s film?  In 3D?  I’m happy to see Scorsese trying something so new, and the source material is great.  It’s also got a good looking ensemble with Chloe Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Jude Law, Emily Mortimer, Michael Pitt, Christopher Lee, Ray Winstone, and Sacha Baron Cohen.

3) Melancholia

Lars Von Trier’s follow-up to Antichrist.  I love anything Von Trier, and I love sci-fi, so my expectations are pretty much through the roof on this one.  Von Trier jokingly said that he’d have “no more happy endings!” before filming this one, and sure enough the plot deals with Earth’s imminent destruction.

2) The Tree of Life

I said the same thing last year, but I can’t remember a time when this wasn’t on my most anticipated list.  It looks like all the delays are finally over, especially since a beautiful trailer was released recently.  Terrence Malick movies are always an event, and this sounds like it could be one of his best.

1) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

It’s been an incredible series, and the end is looking to be 2 hours of epic non-stop climax.  I thought part 1 was amazing, so this should basically be the best thing ever for big Potter fans.  I’ll be sad when it’s over.

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Catfish

21 10 2010

The last thing I want to do is spoil a brilliant film, so I’m going to refrain from writing any kind of real review here.  However, I will say that you must check this one out.  It’s a great, entertaining documentary that will certainly spark some conversation.  It makes for a great companion piece with The Social Network too (it’s no coincidence they were released so closely together). 

If you need some extra incentive to see this, then watch the trailer below.  It’s a great trailer that doesn’t give anything away, and honestly just watching it kind of gives me chills:

9/10





The Social Network

7 10 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do not dismiss David Fincher’s The Social Network as simply “that Facebook movie,”  as its themes are universal and definitely pretty relevant.  Think of it more as a tragic character study about an incredibly young, smart, and troubled billionaire.

Regardless of any mixed feelings you or I may have towards any of Fincher’s past movies (Fight Club, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, etc.), all of the “below the line” technical work, such as the cinematography, lighting, sound and visual effects, editing, blah blah blah, are always perfect.  This is espcially true for the The Social Network.  Everything just looks and sounds flawless the whole way through (the crew race comes to mind as one of the best examples).  I wasn’t even aware until after I saw the film of all the incredible special effects work that went into it because of how seamlessly integrated everything is.  As it turns out, the Winklevoss twins (the characters suing Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg) were both played by Armie Hammer, at least sort of.  Hammer would apparently always play the main twin in every scene while another actor would play the other twin, however Fincher would then digitally replace the other actor’s face with Hammer’s in post-production, similar to the effects work in Benjamin Button, where Fincher CGI’d Brad Pitt’s face onto a baby or an old man or something.  Pretty amazing stuff.

The score, done by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails, is another stand-out for me.  I’m not much of a fan of Nine Inch Nails thanks to Reznor’s vocals and, in my opinion, awful teenage emo lyrics, but the man can write haunting instrumental works.  It’s a brilliant score and really propels the film to another level.

But besides all of that, the film works because it’s such an interesting and current story and is so wonderfully told and acted.  It’s an important movie that everyone in this Facebook generation should see.  Also yes, Justin Timberlake can act, in fact he’s pretty good.

9/10





Some new trailers

11 07 2010

The Social Network, directed by David Fincher.  I think this looks great, much better than I thought it would, and I really love the use of “Creep” in this trailer:

This one looks like a lot of fun:

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut.  Doesn’t look too special to me but Hoffman’s always great to watch and I’m curious to see how he fares as a director:

The new Woody Allen:

I’d say this looks like a good crime thriller (and it’s getting lots of good buzz) but Affleck’s presence is really off-putting.  He really brings it down for me:

And finally, the new Inarritu (Babel, Amores Perros) film, which I think looks amazing.  It sparked a lot of controversy at Cannes this year, and that’s always a good thing if you ask me.  Definitely give this one a look: