The Weekly Seven: 2010 Preview
I’m going to make this a recurring segment. Essentially it is just going to be a weekly list of seven things under whatever category I want. This should be fun. This week’s list is:
Seven most anticipated movies for 2010 (or at least the first half or so):
This movie was supposed to be released in October but apparently the Weinsteins didn’t want to have to put in the extra funding to market it for Oscars this year. This makes me a bit worried about it, but I can’t help but think it will still be great. The trailers are intriguing and I’m interested to see what Martin Scorsese can do in the Horror/Thriller genre. A stacked cast consists of Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo and Ben Kingsley (among others). Perhaps a February release will help it stand out since that is typically slower time for quality movies, rather than getting lost in the mess of Oscar season. We’ll find out in a couple months.
Kick-Ass (Release Date: April 16)
Matthew Vaughn, director of Layer Cake, brings us this comedic superhero movie starring Nicolas Cage, Mark Strong and Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin from Superbad). Nicolas Cage has been pretty hit or miss lately, but he is at his best when the director just cuts him loose and lets him be as zany as he wants to be. Just because he chooses to make a lot of bad movies doesn’t mean he forgot how to act. Regardless, the clips I have seen of this movie are great and you have to appreciate a movie for having the balls to call itself Kick-Ass.
I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of the casting of Shia Labeouf in this one but the idea of Michael Douglas returning to the Gordon Gekko character is just too awesome to pass up. Other new additions to the sequel include Carey Mulligan (an Oscar contender for her role in this year’s An Education), Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon and Josh Brolin. It also has Charlie Sheen returning as Bud White, and it will be nice to see him back on the big screen. I really enjoyed last year’s W so hopefully director Oliver Stone is back on track after a few years of disappointments.
The trailer is already out, and it definitely looks like it will deliver on the franchise’s potential that was only hinted at in the first movie. Don Cheadle is in as a replacement to Terrance Howard, but that doesn’t really bother me at all. I’m most intrigued to see what Mickey Rourke can do in a movie like this after giving his career a rebirth in last year’s The Wrestler. Other new additions to the cast are Sam Rockwell as a rival arms dealer to Tony Stark and Scarlett Johannson as “Black Widow.” Check out the trailer if you haven’t already. It is possible that Iron Man 2 could push The Dark Knight for superhero supremacy, and take down its opening weekend box-office record in the process.
I’m a huge fan of both Russell Crowe and director Ridley Scott, so I’m extremely excited for their fifth collaboration in Robin Hood. Looking basically like Gladiator with a bow and arrow, this figured to give a much darker, more epic look at the legend. Cate Blanchett, Mark Strong and William Hurt help round out the cast. I’m hoping this will be a bit of a return to form for Crowe who hasn’t really been in top form over the past few years.
Josh Brolin stars as Jonah Hex, a scarred bounty huner. The impressive cast also includes John Malkovich, Will Arnett, Inglourious Basterd Michael Fassbender and recent Oscar nominee Michael Shannon. Even still, the hype for this movie has mostly been centered around the idea of seeing Megan Fox in a corset. To me, it seems like an interesting, refreshing new take on the Western genre. Josh Brolin has been on fire lately, so hopefully the trend continues.
Christopher Nolan, director of The Dark Knight, returns with the futuristic sci-fi thriller, Inception. I don’t know a lot about the plot at this point, but the special effects promise to be stunning and Nolan has never disappointed me. Apparently, the movie is set within the mind of the main character (Leonardo DiCaprio). Leo is joined by a star studded cast that features Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy and Michael Caine. Even without a lot of knowledge of the plot, the cast and director is enough to get me excited about Inception.
I’m definitely also excited about The Expendables, The Social Network, Love and Other Drugs and Hereafter, but those come pretty late in the year so I will talk more about those at a later date.