I posted my top ten anticipated 2010 movies list back in early September. After some consideration, I’ve decided to remove Valentine’s Day. I know one can’t judge a movie from its trailer, but something about it just screams bland and vanilla to me despite its all-star cast (or because of it?). In any case, The Rum Diary should’ve been on this list all along anyway, as I’d rather spend my ten bucks seeing that than a rom-com any day!
1. Clash of the Titans (March 26th, 2010)
As a fan of swords/sandals flicks, this one looks like it’s going to kick lots of @$$! Haven’t seen the original but hope this is more in the vein of Gladiator and Sam Worthington’ll be the hottest Aussie import since Russell Crowe.
2. War of Gods (July 16th, 2010 TBD – see updated news)
Two people involved in this movie got me excited: Tarsem Singh who did the marvelous The Fall, and Henry Cavill, who finally got the lead role after failing to bag Bond/Superman/Batman/Twilight‘s Edward roles all in the last 5 years!! Under Singh direction, it’d be visually breathtaking for sure, and methink Tinseltown could use a brand new leading man, so I sure hope Cavill delivers!
3. Inception (July 16th, 2010)
Christopher Nolan is probably the only director whose movies I’ll always watch. Ever since the groundbreaking Memento, he’s consistently done great work. Even his so-so flick like The Prestige was still far better than most. Inception is promised to be a contemporary sci-fi thriller about a CEO involved in a blackmailing scandal — and the rather bizarre & mysterious teaser trailer gets me even more fired up about it.
4. Toy Story 3 (June 18th, 2010)
Woody, Buzz and the toy gang were hugely entertaining in the first two, and judging from its trailer, they’d be just as fun in their third outing. Michael Keaton joins the cast as the voice of Ken, Barbie’s boyfriend. John Lasseter passed the directing torch to Lee Unkrich this time, who was the co-director for Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc., so we should expect the same quality craftmanship.
5. Iron Man 2 (May 7th, 2010)
This movie actually surpassed my expectation, as I was snickering (in a bad way) when I first saw the trailer. It’s now become one of my top 10 favorite super hero flicks and mostly because of Robert Downey Jr.’s performance. Mickey Rourke is scorching hot right now after The Wrestler, so I’m curious to see how he’s milking his comeback.
6. Rum Diary (TBD, 2010)
I blogged about this back in July with the on-set pics in Puerto Rico. Johnny Depp in an adventure drama is enticing enough, throw in Aaron Eckhart and it’s definitely a must-see in my book. I’m not a huge fan of the Pirates series so it’s nice to see Depp look like himself and the morality tale story line is definitely intriguing.
7. Robin Hood (May 14th, 2010)
Russell Crowe teams up again with Riddley Scott, which always brings back memory of the glorious Gladiator. I wish they had stuck with the original idea of making the Sheriff of Nottingham as the main character (see my previous post) but I’m still curious to see how this pan out. Plus, I love Cate Blanchett so I’m glad she’d be Maid Marian instead of Sienna Miller.
8. The Town (September 10th, 2010)
Ben Affleck is back in the director’s chair again in his second feature film since the excellent Gone Baby Gone. The crime thriller is set in Boston (Affleck’s hometown) which centers in a love triangle between a female bank manager, a longtime thief who stole more than her heart, and an equally smitten FBI agent trying to bust the crook and his gang before they can pull another big job. Affleck plays the thief opposite Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm as the agent. The plot sounds ok but I’d love to see these two hunky leading men square off on screen. Oh, and did I mention Chris Cooper is in it, too? Great character actor I haven’t seen in a while.
9. Leaves of Grass (April 2, 2010)
I blogged about this back in July when it was announced it’d premiere at TIFF. Edward Norton playing two very different characters is enough to get me interested, but according to IMDB, he was ‘so desperate to star in this movie that he took a pay cut, stating in an interview that he “actually got paid half what I usually make”‘ Hmmm, what is it about this role that is worth half his pay? I’m eager to find out!
10. Edge of Darkness (January 29th, 2010)
Mel Gibson’s been absent from the acting business ever since the unexpected blockbuster The Passion of the Christ. I quite like him as an actor so I welcome his comeback. In this dark thriller, he plays homicide detective Thomas Craven who investigates the death of his activist daughter. He uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent tasked with cleaning up the evidence. Martin Campbell who successfully revived the Bond series with the hugely entertaining Casino Royale is at the helm. I never tire of a smart, solid thriller, and this one just might fit into that category.