Boy and I were talking about movies the other day and he was saying that, unlike other years, there isn’t really anything on the horizon that seems like it’s worth looking forward to in 2009. As a movie buff myself, I couldn’t believe this, so I did a little digging and came up with a few things that might just be worth that $13 movie price tag.
So, my top 15 for this year are:
1. Watchmen: After years of failed scripts and more recently, a lawsuit that threatened to delay its release, the adaptation of Alan Moore’s graphic novel is finally going to hit the screen. From the moment I saw the preview, I was dying to see this one. The visual style is awesome, the story is cool and it will be nice to see Denny the Magical Heart patient from Grey’s Anatomy do something other than die or have ghost sex with Izzie (EW!).
Date of release: March 6
2. Youth in Revolt: I haven’t seen anything regarding this movie and it could end up being horrible, but I have hope that the book I loved detailing the insane exploits of 14-year-old Nick Twisp will be brought to the screen with the same kind of style and humour CD Payne gave it. C’mon guys! I’m counting on you not to disappoint me the way Skipped Parts did.
Date of release: February 20.
4. Adventureland: Follow-up from the dude who did Superbad but with more of a sentimental side. Jesse Eisenberg has a summer adventure working at an amusement park with that chick from Twilight. Hilarity and sexy times ensue.
Date of release: March 27.
5. X-Men Origins – Wolverine: Recently, people freaked out over this movie’s reshoots, but since the movie is revolving around one of the best X-Men characters, I have high hopes. Plus, is there any way it can really be worse than X-Men 3? I say, if it’s half way decent, we usurp that disappointing pile of crap and call this one the third installment instead.
Date of release: May 1.
7. The Brothers Bloom: A follow up by the guy who did Brick, this flick is the story of two con-men brothers who want to get out of the life, but not before doing one last job. Unfortunately, things get complicated when one of them falls in love with the mark.
Date of release: May 29.
9. Up: Another beautifully animated treat from Pixar as their latest effort details an old man who makes his house into a flying contraption so he can see the world. Too cute.
Date of release: May 29.
10. I Love You, Beth Cooper: Read the book this flick is based on not too long ago and from the story (geeky guy tells the most popular girl in school he loves her in his validictorian speech), it sounds very much like the fun kind of teen party movie they used to make in the 1980s. Right on.
Date of release: July 10.
11. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince: With the studio delaying this one for months, the latest installment of the boy wizard’s adventures had better be good.
Date of release: July 17.
12. Funny People: A movie about stand-up comics that features a bunch of funny people. It could have problems since it has a Lifetime movie slant to it (someone has a terminal disease!), but it’s Apatow so I’m willing to give him a little good will here.
Date of release: July 31.
13. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: As you know, I love this comic and the recent casting updates have been reassuring it’s on the right track so sight unseen, I’m getting behind this adaptation.
Date of release: Undetermined, but since they’re just wrapping up casting, I would imagine some time in the last quarter of the year .
14. Dead Snow: I love me some zombies and this Norwegian flick about stupid teenagers who steal Nazi gold only to be attacked by the reanimated Nazis themselves looks awesome!
Date of release: Undetermined, but the reception it has been getting at Sundance leaves me hopeful it will be picked up by a North American distributor soon.
15. 500 Days of Summer: Joseph Gordon Levitt and Zoey Dechanel rock their indieness in this romantic comedy. The buzz is still early on this one , but the visuals look great and I’ve got my fingers crossed that this movie will help JGL get the attention he deserves. If people are falling all over themselves to give Zach Efron money, then someone like Levitt (who has been kicking ass and taking names for years now) should be laughing his way to the bank.
Date of release: July 24.
And as an added bonus . . .
Mystery Team: This premiered at Sundance and currently has no distributer, but this funny little flick about a bunch of high school dudes in a mystery club who are asked to solve a real crime looks kind of genius. It’s definitely for a certain sense of humour, but the trailer (NSFW) made me laugh.
What movies are you looking forward to?