Tuesday, September 14, 2010

2010: The Year in Films - So Far, and Ahead

Best Films So Far:
Inception Why: Earlier post

Shutter Island Why: Martin Scorsese. Leonardo DiCaprio. Cinematography

Toy Story 3 Why: Pixar is the greatest film production studio of all time

Despicable Me Why: Steve Carell and his minions

Date Night Why: Steve Carell and Tina Fey (the funniest woman in America)

Kick-Ass Why: It was good, but nothing special

Dinner For Schmucks, The Crazies, The Runaways, Nowhere Boy, Resident Evil Afterlife

Haven’t seen yet but heard:
The Other Guys, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Machete, The American

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps Why: Michael Douglas returns as Gordon Gekko, his Oscar-winning role from 1987’s hit Wall Street. With him is Shia LaBeouf, and the filmed is being helmed by Oliver Stone, who also directed the first part twenty years ago. Also, I think this is the first time a best actor winner is doing a sequel with the same character. If, and I doubt it, he wins an Oscar for this role - again, that will make film history.

The Social Network Why: The good: director David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en, Curious Case of Benjamin Button), and writer Aaron Sorkin (The West Wing, A Few Good Men).
The I-don’t-care-about-because-the-good-is-enough-to-make-me-watch-this: It’s about the invention of facebook.

Hereafter Why: Clint Eastwood reunites with Matt Damon after last year’s Invictus (great film) in this supernatural thriller written by Peter Morgan (The Queen, The Last King Of Scotland, Frost/Nixon).

Due Date Why: Robert Downey Jr. (who can do no wrong, in film) and the guys who made The Hangover. Can’t wait. Robert Downey Jr. has two hit franchises that are worth over a billion each (Iron Man universe, Sherlock Holmes) for two different studios (which pretty much makes him the biggest star in Hollywood right now); and Todd Phillips is go-to guy to make adult mainstream comedies. It’s obvious that this movie is just a way for the studio to cash in on the team’s value, but I think it will be a good one regardless.

Little Fockers Why: Ben Stiller will always be funny because he made Zoolander. So I’ll watch anything he is a part of. And its a third part in the Meet The Parents franchise.

Black Swan Why: A thriller - directed by Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Wrestler) and starring Natalie Portman (one of the best actresses of this generation) and Mila Kunis - set in the dangerous world of ballet dancing.

Why: It’s a comedy about aliens in America - two british, and one real alien. Probably the funniest movie this year.

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - Part 1 (November 2010), Part 2 (July 2011) Why: Because its the biggest film franchise of all time. And because Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) got paid over $40 million for this two-part film - it puts him in the list of highest paid actors with Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Tom Hanks, Robert Downey Jr. - based on the last of the Harry Potter books. So obviously it’ll make a billion dollars, or two. And yes it’ll be good too.

How Do You Know Why: Veteran filmmaker James L. Brooks (I like his movies, but I will always remember his as one of the creators of The Simpsons) returns to the romantic comedy-drama genre, starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, and Jack Nicholson.

You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger Why: I’m not sure, but I hope it will be good. The cast is great (exception: Frieda Pinto from Slumdog), and it’s Woody Allen, who is the best-worst director who may or may not have lost his touch. But then he makes a film like Vicky Cristina Barcelona. So let’s hope its more like that, and less (or not at all) like Whatever Works.

True Grit Why: The Coen Brothers. Matt Damon. Jeff Bridges. Josh Brolin. Oh, and it’s a western too.

Somewhere Why: Sofia Coppola (Francis Ford Coppola’s daughter, not that she needs the introduction though) wrote and directed this film about “A hard-living Hollywood actor re-examines his life after his 11-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit.” She already won The Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival last week, which is the highest prize to be given to a film at the festival.

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