Updates on FC’s Top Ten Most Anticipated 2010 Flix: Part 2

Here’s the second part of my earlier post. Two of the last five have ‘fallen out’ of my anticipated list, but I might still check ’em out on DVD.

6. Rum Diary (TBD, 2010)

Photo courtesy of http://www.thebadandugly.com

Wow, this movie still has yet to find a distributor, despite having Johnny Depp and Aaron Eckhart as the lead actors. As I said in my previous post back in July with the on-set pics in Puerto Rico, the movie is based on a novel by Hunter S. Thompson with the same name, Depp plays an American journalist named Paul Kemp, which is loosely based on the author’s own life journey.

According to CinemaBlend, “…the rumor is that the movie may show up at Cannes or barring that, the movie’s producer may show up at Cannes looking for someone to distribute [it].” Well, I hope we get to see it this year yet.

7. Robin Hood (May 14th, 2010)
Two of my favorite Aussie actors Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett in a movie that echoes one of my beloved movie Gladiator. What’s not to love? This is one of the few critics-proof movie for me this year. The second trailer wets my appetite even more!


8. The TownSeptember 10th, 2010

I think Ben Affleck is probably a better director than he is an actor, as proven by his excellent effort in Gone Baby Gone. He’s going to do both in this crime thriller set in his hometown of Boston. The plot: As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down. Based on the novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan, NOT to be confused with the Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood flick 🙂

The movie’s got two hot TV stars: Jon Hamm (Mad Men) as the FBI agent and Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) as Affleck’s troubled ex-girlfriend, who happens to be Jeremy Renner’s sister (fresh out of his Oscar nom for The Hurt Locker). Chris Cooper will play Affleck’s father and Rebecca Hall as the bank manager. Great cast, though I’m primarily curious to see how Affleck’s direction on this one will pan out.

9. The Next Three DaysNovember 19th (replacing Leaves of Grass – I was stoked when I first heard about this almost a year ago, but as soon as I saw the trailer let’s just say I lost interest, double Ed Norton notwithstanding)

Per SlashFilm, this crime drama is a remake of a French film, about a husband (Russell Crowe) looking to break his wrongly imprisoned wife (Elizabeth Banks) out of jail. At least, she says she’s wrongly imprisoned.

The film also stars Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Jonathan Tucker, Brian Dennehy, and RZA. Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) pens the script AND directs the film, which is now listed to be in post-production. I hope this is more Casino Royale than Quantum of Solace, which were both written by Haggis, but I’m always up for seeing two great thespians (Crowe + Neeson) square off on-screen!

10. The A-Team June 11 (replacing Mel Gibson’s Edge of Darkness)
Suffice it to say the second trailer won me over. “They’re the best and they specialize in the ridiculous!” Jessica Biel’s FBI agent quips. Yeah, BRING IT ON! It’s the quintessential summer popcorn flick and this one looks darn entertaining! Love the part when BA whistles the A-Team tune before he blew off the skyscraper window. I find myself humming that tune every so often now 🙂

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Honorable mentions:

  • The Expendables (August 20)
    I know I’m going to get flak for putting this on the honorable mentions, but I was kind of meh about the trailer (which I said to Marc in the comment section of his post). I still might see this in the theater, I’m just not as psyched about it as when I first heard about it.
  • Knight & Day (July 2)
    I’m not a huge Tom Cruise fan by any means, but the trailer of the action-comedy looks like fun. Plus, director James Mangold did Walk the Line and 3:10 to Yuma, so how bad can it be, right?
  • Paul (TBD)
    Simon Pegg/Nick Frost team up again in this sci-fi comedy about two British comic-book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51. As a fan of Shaun of the Dead & Hot Fuzz, naturally I’m intrigued by this one. I’ll spotlight this project sometime soon.

Updates on FC’s Top Ten Most Anticipated 2010 Flix: Part 1

I wrote this top ten list of most anticipated movies back in October, and lots of stuff have changed since then. Either I no longer anticipate a given flick, or simply the release date has been pushed back to next year, etc. So here are updates on the first five on my list.

1. Clash of the Titans (April 2, 2010)

This one turns out to be quite a disappointment, glad I didn’t pay the 3D fare! Read the full review.

2. Immortals (TBD 2011 – see updated news)

The most notable update is the title has been changed to Immortals, changed from Dawn of War/War of Gods. The main lead actor to play Theseus remains to be Henry Cavill, but this flick has since expanded the cast: Mickey Rourke (as the villain), John Hurt, Stephen Dorff, Frieda Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), and Luke Evans (Apollo in Clash of the Titans), among others.

Luke Evans has been cast as Zeus

This FirstShowing article reveals a very promising small details of that, courtesy of British actor Evans who’ll play Zeus in this movie (quite an upgrade from playing Apollo, eh?).

[Immortals] really plays on the human side of the battle, whereas there are so many monsters in Clash of the Titans. This film really is very strongly based on Earth, I would say, and it is about the human battle. The gods have a very strong presence [in it] and it’s a much bigger action film; this is way more action. Whereas the gods in Clash do very little but stay in Mount Olympus, in [Immortals] they are hands-on — especially Zeus. I’ve had training in every weapon you could imagine a god using.”

He’s also got this to say about the Indian director Tarsem: “What’s great about Tarsem is you only have to spend 10 minutes in his company to know the man is a visionary and a genius. If you know his work, you know how beautiful and visually stunning it can be. Tarsem sets an amazing scene and allows the actors to feel completely immersed in the world — we’ve walked on to the sets and they’re superb. The details of these sets are spectacular, and you know Tarsem has had a hand in every decision.”

With that said, this will also end up in my inevitable Most Anticipated 2011 Flicks blog post 🙂

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3. Inception (July 16th, 2010)

You bet this is still one of my most anticipated flicks, in fact, this has risen to the top of the list! Five things I’ve learned so far:

  • According to Leonardo DiCaprio, the plot didn’t even make sense to the actors when they did the film. “We had to do a lot of detective work (laughing) to figure out what the movie was about.”
  • Nolan originally wrote this as a heist movie, realizing that “… traditionally [they] are very deliberately superficial in emotional terms”, but later realize he needed to “raise the emotional stakes
  • DiCaprio was integral in Cobb’s character development. “I’ve incorporated a huge number of his ideas. Leo’s very analytical, particularly from character point of view but also how the entire story is going to function and relate to his character… I think it’s improved the project enormously. The emotional life of the character now drives the story more than it did before.” [LA Times Blog]
  • This is the thinking-person’s Bond movie: “I grew up watching James Bond films and loving those and watching spy movies with their globetrotting sensibility…. We get to do that here, not just geographically but also in time and dimensions of reality as well. We get to make a movie that’s expansive, I suppose you’d say, in four dimensions.”
  • Inception is Nolan’s biggest challenge yet: “This is the biggest challenge I’ve taken on to this point… We’re trying to tell a story on a massive scale, a true blockbuster scale – the biggest I’ve ever been involved with. We tried to make a very large-scale film with The Dark Knight and with this one we wanted to push that even further.”

    [the last two bullets are courtesy of LA Times Hero Complex Blog]


Here’s the enigmatic second trailer. If there’s a flick that’ll blow Avatar out of the water, this’ll be it. Surely this is by far the best trailer of the year!

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4. Toy Story 3 (June 18th, 2010)

A decade an a half after the first one came out in 1995, this time it’ll be in 3D! I’m a huge fan of the first two, and as if having Woody, Buzz and the gang back isn’t enough to anticipate this, they throw in a new toy voiced by none other than Timothy Dalton!! The Ken/Barbie thing looks pretty funny too, I seriously doubt I’ll be disappointed with this one.

All fourteen characters of Toy Story 3

Screenrant also have a handy guide to all fourteen new characters in Toy Story 3.
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5. Iron Man 2 (May 7th, 2010)

The first one was sooo much fun and judging from the trailer, the sequel definitely ups the ante with plenty more action. I’m not totally stoked with Don Cheadle replacing Terrence Howard, nothing against Cheadle — granted he’s a great actor — but I just think Howard suits the Rhodes role better, and he’s got a nice rapport with Robert Downey Jr.  RDJ himself is still as mischievous and fun-loving as ever, this role is tailor-made for him as much as the suit is to Tony Stark. Oh speaking of the suit, who doesn’t dig the awesome briefcase suit?

This featurette centers specifically of Stark and his assistant Pepper Pots … it’s a testament to how great RDJ is because he even makes Gwyneth Paltrow looks so darn likable!

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Look for Part 2 sometime next week. Now, any one of this is on your anticipated list?