After having seen The Social Network, which as I stated last week, is my favorite movie so far this year, I thought I would make a list for my most anticipated films for the rest of the year and tell you why you should be anticipating them, too. This blog isn’t really bloggie (bloggy?) enough sometimes, so I’m glad to offer something here other than my boring 1200-word reviews. I’ll separate this into two parts and then toss in some honorable mentions at the end as well. Also, if you’re reading this, then I demand that you COMMENT afterwards and tell me your most anticipated movie. C'mon, I don't ask for much. Heaven forbid we get an actual discussion going.
#10: Inside Job
Trailer Here. (Random tip, sometimes I have to refresh my screen to get trailers to play on IMDb).
Coming in at #10 on my list is this documentary that covers the global financial crisis (you know, that one we’re still in the middle of). While I don’t expect this to be 100% “fair and balanced” (although it probably would qualify as that under certain networks’ apparent definitions of the phrase), I have heard that it is very informative and gives you a really great overview of how everything went down, literally. Additionally, it is supposedly very well made.
#9: Another Year
This would be higher on my list, as it’s by an A-list director (Mike Leigh) with a great cast and has been dominating the festival circuit, except for the fact that the subject matter looks a little depressing. I’m sort of inherently against movies with zero redeeming value, which seems like it could be the case here, but the combination of director + cast + scriptwriter should be good enough to give it a shot.
#8: TRON Legacy
First of all, yes, I’m serious. For some reason I have been ridiculously excited about this film ever since I saw the trailer back in the summer. I don’t expect it to be a tour-de-force of acting or any sort of moving screenplay or plot, but the visual effects are stunning and unique, and looks like it will be a real dazzler in IMAX 3D. Second of all, the music was scored by Daft Punk....I mean, how can this be anything short of awesome?
#7: 127 Hours
Coming off of his success with Slumdog Millionaire, director Danny Boyle is sticking with Oscar-bait here. James Franco stars in this true story as the Dude Who Cut His Own Arm Off when he got it stuck under a rock (oh, did I spoil it for you?). I was a huge fan of Into The Wild, so if this has a similar naturalistic vibe to it, then I will like it. I’m not quite ready for any solid Oscar predictions yet, but you can bet I will point back to this post in January when this movie is nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor, because it will be.
#6: True Grit
|The Dude wearing an eye patch has no chance of failure.|
The Coen Brothers? Check. Jeff Bridges wearing an eye patch? Check. Matt Damon? Check. Western? Check. Remake of a John Wayne Movie? Check.
Okay, I’m in.