Since lists are not really my thing, please note that this list is NOT in the order I wish to see (as that might have been too hard for brain to facture in and really, they are all equal in my heart!) but in the order of release date. This is not a 2010 list by any means as some of the ones coming up will be released this month (thank goodness I’ll have something to do on Christmas Day!). Here’s to hoping they fulfill every expectation!
The Lovely Bones
Release Date: December 11
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Mark Walberg, Saoirse Ronan, Stanly Tucci
Director: Peter Jackson
Synopsis: Young Susie Salmon watches over her family from “the in-between” as they deal with the aftermath of her brutal rape and murder
Why I want to see: The book was amazing! I only hope Peter Jackson does it a little bit of justice as am sure that the parts of Susie watching down from ‘the in-between’ where not easy to film as really, what does limbo look like?
Release Date: December 25
Starring: Daniel Day- Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Fergie and Judi Dench
Director: Rob Marshall
Synopsis: A famous film director reaches a creative and personal crisis of epic proportions while balancing the numerous women in his life
Why I want to see: Daniel Day Lewis! Period! I love him and while I’m not a huge fan of musicals (other than ‘Glee’), I will go see this one for the most amazing actor… to ever… walk… the face of the planet!! I am also curious to see if Fergie can act and Kate Hudson can sing! Early reviews are not giving it much of chance, however will wait to see for myself.
Release Date: December 25
Starring: Robert Downey Jr J , Jude Law, Mark Strong, Rachel McAdams
Director: Guy Ritchie
Synopsis: Robert Downey Jr. brings the legendary detective to life as he has never been portrayed before. Jude Law stars as Holmes’ trusted colleague, Watson, a doctor and war veteran who is a formidable ally for Sherlock Holmes. Rachel McAdams stars as Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have bested Holmes and who has maintained a tempestuous relationship with the detective. Mark Strong stars as their mysterious new adversary, Blackwood.
Why I want to see: Hello!? Did you see the synopsis above? Robert Downey Jr – SHIRTLESS and bare knuckle boxing!! Plus, Rachel McAdams is my second favorite Canadian actress (Sandra Oh, my love for you will never die!). Guy Ritchie is definitely one of my favorite directors! Ever since ‘Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ I’ve pulled myself off my couch to see his amazing skill on the big screen (even that crappy one with his ex-wifey – what was that called again?)
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Release Date: December 25
Starring: Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farell, Christopher Plummer
Director: Terry Gilliam
Synopsis: Dr. Parnassus has the extraordinary gift of inspiring the imaginations of others. Helped by his traveling theatre troupe, including his sarcastic and cynical sidekick Percy and versatile young player Anton, Parnassus offers audience members the chance to transcend mundane reality by passing through a magical mirror into a fantastic universe of limitless imagination. However, Parnassus’ magic comes at a price. For centuries he’s been gambling with the devil, Mr. Nick who is coming to collect his prize — Parnassus’ precious daughter, Valentina on her upcoming 16th birthday. Oblivious to her rapidly approaching fate, Valentina falls for Tony, a charming outsider with motives of his own. In order to save his daughter and redeem himself, Parnassus makes one final bet with Mr. Nick, which sends Tony and Valentina and the entire theatre troupe on a ride of twists and turns, in and out of London and the Imaginarium’s spectacular landscape.
Why I want to see: Have I ever said how much I miss Heath Ledger? Such promise… and if anyone knows what it’s like to have a difficult time sleeping and just wanting to be able to lay your head down and have a restful, relaxing dose off, it’s me (which is why his death hit very hard, not for the talent that disappeared in a blinks eye, but the vast realization that it could have been me, any of us really that suffer insomnia from time to time…). I want to see this film mainly because I have a feeling that Terry Gilliam, in the aftermath of everything and with Johnny, Jude and Colin stepping into the shoes of a very talented individual, he may have put everything he could into this film and that it might end up being a lovely send off to someone that was dear.
Release Date: January 1, 2010
Starring: Renee Zellweger, Ian McShane, Bradley Cooper, Jodelle Ferland, Callum Keith Rennie
Director: Christian Alvart
Synopsis: Family services social worker Emily Jenkins thinks she has seen it all until she meets her newest, most mysterious case, troubled 10-year old Lilith Sullivan. Emily’s worst fears are confirmed when the parents try to kill Lilith, their only daughter. Emily saves her and decides to take her in herself until the right foster family comes along.
Why I want to see: Because the trailer looks good and Callum Keith Rennie is quickly becoming my favorite psychotic person!! I have been watching him since ‘Double Happiness’ (Sandra Oh, my love will never die! Lol! I said that already somewhere else) and his turn in ‘Californication’ rocked my world, so I will support my fellow Canadian in anything that he does… even if it’s trying to kill his daughter and send her to hell! Oh yeah, and Bradley Cooper makes for good eye candy!
Date: January 8, 2010
Starring: Ethan Hawke, William Dafoe Director: Michael and Peter Spierig
Synopsis: Edward Dalton is a researcher in the year 2019, in which an unknown plague has transformed the world’s population into vampires. As the human population nears extinction, vampires must capture and farm every remaining human, or find a blood substitute before time runs out. However, a covert group of vampires makes a remarkable discovery, one which has the power to save the human race.
Why I want to see: this isn’t ‘New Moon’ and I’m expecting blood, guts and things to explode – especially vampires!! I have been waiting for a real vampire flick for a while, and even though ‘True Blood’ has helped me get through some of the painful experiences known as ‘Twilight’ and ‘Vampire Diaries’, it only airs during the summer! What I am suppose to do the other nine months of the year!?
Release Date: January 22, 2010
Starring: Paul Bettany, Denis Quaid, Tyrese Gibson, Charles S Dutton, Doug Jones
Director: Scott Scharles Stewart
Synopsis: At a remote truck stop diner, in the wake of a biblical apocalypse, a group of strangers unwittingly become humanity’s last line of defense when they discover the diner’s young waitress is pregnant with the messiah.
Why I want to see: Once again, the trailer looks awesome! Especially on the big screen, so I’m mainly on this one for the special effects and for the fact that Paul Bettany is in something that is not of the Victorian era, not holding a tennis racket and kissing Kristen Dunst (eek!), or sporting an albino look!
Alice in Wonderland
Release Date: March 5, 2010
Starring: Mia Wasikowska (spell that 5 times fast!), Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Stephen Fry, Christopher Lee, Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman (I’m getting excited just listing off the cast!)
Director: Tim Burton
Synopsis: 19-year-old Alice (Wasikowska) returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen’s reign of terror.
Why I want to see: It’s like a poo poo platter of everyone I love to watch, all wrapped up into one, funfilled adventure! I soooo can’t wait to see this film I might have to tide myself over with rereads of the book, Tom Petty videos, and see what cartoons I can come across over the next three months!
Clash Of The Titans
Release Date: March 26, 2010
Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Danny Huston, Jason Flemyng
Director: Louis Letterier
Synopsis: In a loose adaptation from Greek mythology, Perseus (Worthington) who was born of a god but raised as a man, sets off on an epic mission to combat Hades (Fiennes) before he can seize power from Zeus (Neeson) and unleash hell on earth.
Why I want to see: Two Words – EYE CANDY! Sam Worthington, the only real reason I saw ‘Terminator Salvation’ and probably the only reason I’ll see go to see ‘Avatar’ (I see ‘Waterworld’ curse all over that one!). Liam Neeson is always great to watch as is Ralph Fiennes so I’ll be happy in the front row with my pop and popcorn, wiping away the drool that drips from my bottom lip!
Release Date: April 9, 2010
Starring: Steve Carrell, Tina Fey, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Mark Ruffalo, Ray Liotta, Kristen Wigg
Director: Shawn Levy
Synopsis: In New York City, a case of mistaken identity turns a bored married couple’s attempt at a glamorous and romantic evening into something more thrilling and dangerous.
Why I want to see: Because Steve and Tina can do no wrong! They are hilarious apart, so am hoping beyond hope that they are hilarious together!
Release Date: April 16, 2009
Starring: Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloe Moretz
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Synopsis: Despite the fact that he has zero superpowers, teenage fanboy Dave Lizewski (Johnson) looks to reincarnate himself as a crime-fighting superhero named Kick-Ass, a decision that will inspire a subculture of copy cats, put his life in danger, and unite him with a similarly minded father-daughter duo (Cage and Moretz).
Why I want to see: Nothin’ says ‘I have to see this movie’ more than seeing a superhero wanna be plunge to his death trying to fly off the top of a high rise at the beginning of trailer!
Nightmare on Elm Street Redo
Release Date: April 30, 2009
Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Kellun Lutz, Clancy Brown
Director: Samual Bayer
Synopsis: Disfigured serial killer Freddy Krueger (Haley) stalks a group of young people in their dreams, forcing them to remain awake as the only alternative to death.
Why I want to see: When I heard that they were making a remake of this film, my first thoughts were ‘Aww man! WTF!?’. Then I heard that Jackie Earle Haley was being cast as the man who haunted most of young adolescent dreams (I watched all of the series between the ages of like 7-13 years old, against my mother’s wishes!) and decided that it might not be as terrible as I first imagined. Really, for nostalgia alone I have to go see this one!