Looking forward to new film in 2010
"Last year's mega smash "Avatar" still has legs at the budget box offices and IMAX screens, but frankly, it's getting a little old. It's a new year and there's a lot of new cinematic greatness on the horizon. It's time to move on.
Here are a handful of films we're looking forward to this year. Got any other recommendations? Use the Talkback feature to let us know.
Pick: "True Grit"
It's not due out until Christmas, and the release could easily be pushed into 2011. But I'm waiting to see the Coen brothers' remake of 1969's "True Grit," with Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn, one of John Wayne's finest roles. The original was pretty gritty. I can only imagine the Coens' spin on this Western classic.
Molly Snyder Edler
Pick: "Sex and the City 2"
I know very little about the plot of the sequel to the 2008 "Sex and The City" movie, but it really doesn't matter. This film could receive pages of bad reviews and a pile of downward thumbs and I would still count the days until it opens on May 28, 2010. I am particularly looking forward to it because all of the original cast members are returning -- including Chris Noth (Mr. Big / John) and Willie Garson (Sanford Blatch). Plus, I really cannot wait to see what the girls are wearing. I love a side of outrageous fashion with my Raisinettes.
Pick: "The Green Hornet"
French director Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "The Science of Sleep," all those kickass Bjork and White Stripes videos) is at it again, and that's always good news for me. His superhero action film, "The Green Hornet" is in post production and is scheduled for release around Christmas. The film, which is an adaptation of the radio and television character of the same name, stars Seth Rogan as the crime-fighting hero. It should be a lot of fun, as all Gondry projects turn out to be.
Pick: "A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas"
My schedule doesn't permit me to see many movies in theaters. Since I have to wait for Netflix or pay-per-view options, I'm generally way behind the new releases. I know that Andy Tarnoff is completely stoked to see "Red Dawn," and that made me think about the summer of the remake. They're re-doing "The Karate Kid" (set in China with Jackie Chan, I think). They're also doing a movie about "The A-Team" and putting out sequels to "Iron Man" and "Sex and the City." I guess the movies that attracted my interest most were "A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas" -- I like that franchise for a quick laugh -- and then, of course, the highly-anticipated "MacGruber." It's not that I want to see the movie. I know I won't, because I'm pretty sure it's going to suck. I just can't wait to read the reviews. That sketch gets tired on "SNL," so I have no idea how it's going to play out on the big screen. The reviews will be amazing.
Pick: "Iron Man 2"
Scarlett Johansson's in "Iron Man 2." I'm sold. I loved the first one, and can't wait for the second. "Iron Man" was the perfect blend of action, comedy and some "serious" stuff as Tony Stark, the industrialist and master engineer, struggled with his power, relationships and purpose. Sequels can be tricky but Robert Downey, Jr. is back and Don Cheadle replaces Terrence Howard as Rhodey (good move) so the cast is looking solid. But wait. Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, the above mentioned Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Samuel L. Jackson also all are in IM2. Wow. Jon Favreau's back as the director and he's saying this is the second of an Iron Man trilogy. Hits the U.S. on May 7, and England on April 30.
Depressing as it was, I liked "The Squid and the Whale" (maybe it was the American Museum of Natural History stuff that reminded me of going there as a kid) and who isn't a Ben Stiller fan? So, put Stiller together with Baumbach and I'm ready to watch the sparks fly. Stiller as a 40-ish nowhere man has the potential to be both funny and sad at the same time and all best movies are bittersweet, right?
Pick: "Red Dawn"
"Red Dawn" was the movie I loved to be afraid of when it came out in 1984. It captured all my 10-year-old fears about the Cold War, and it both terrified me and fired me up ("Wolverines!!"). So imagine my surprise when I learned that a remake will be released this fall, with the Chinese replacing the Russians this time around. Perhaps this version, starring Chris Hemsworth (Capt. Kirk's dad), will be less nightmare-inducing but equally action-packed. I know I won't be the only guy my age who lines up to see this film opening week.
I feel like less of a man if I didn't say I was looking forward to any movie that featured Scarlett Johanssen dressed like that.
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