So, with the year starting up in earnest finally, I figured it’s time to get down to brass tacks. I’m trying to keep you up on things in my life this year, at least in part. One of those things is the big movies of 2010. Like my friend Elizabeth Ditty, I’m bringing to you a small list of the top movies that are really getting me excited this year. There are dozens more movies, but these are the best of the best, the ones that I can’t wait to see. So, in no particular order, I bring you
Release Date: December 17
I’m not even the world’s biggest Tron fan, but there’s something about this movie that’s captured my imagination in every way possible. From the retro cyberpunk set and production design, to the slick modern look to the effects, to the fact that DAFT EFFIN PUNK (!!!) is doing the soundtrack. Tron Legacy is probably my most anticipated of 2010. And so far away!
Release Date: February 19
I’m actually kind of at the end of the hype train for this one, since I originally got excited for it back when it was supposed to come out in October. Thankfully, it hits next month and by all accounts it’s fantastic. Scorsese going into full on thriller mode is something I can’t wait to see.
Beauty and the Beast in 3D
Release Date: February 12
Beauty and the Beast is easily one of the best Disney movies I’ve ever seen, the movie that was nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars and helped advance animated movies as an acceptable art form in America. So the chance to see it again in theaters in a glorious rerelease is too much to pass up. I’m not sure how 2D animation in 3D is going to work, but I’m more than willing to find out.
Hot Tub Time Machine
Release Date: March 19
Look at that title. LOOK AT IT! Isn’t it glorious? The story of a bunch of friends who find a hot tub that takes them back to the 1980s, this looks like a pretty awesome genre-bending comedy. John Cusack and Craig Robinson are the ones to watch here, I think. Love them both. And seeing Craig Robinson get bigger and bigger roles over time has been a pleasure.
Clash of the Titans
Release Date: March 26
One of the few remakes I’m genuinely very excited for. The original Clash of the Titans was the definition of a special effects movie and the update looks like it takes enough cues from the original and adds in all the scale and ability of modern effects work to create something that looks like it’s going to be pretty awe-inspiring.
Toy Story 3
Release Date: June 18
The final Toy Story movie, ripped from the grasp of Disney’s past mismanagement, looks like it’s going to be a darker film than the first two. With heavy themes of abandonment and identity, the worst fears of the first movie have come true. Take that and wrap it around a prison break movie and you have what will likely be another Pixar masterpiece.
Release Date: July 16
Christopher Nolan is one of my favorite directors working today. From Memento through to the Dark Knight, I adore each and every one of his movies in its own way. They’re masterpieces of identity and madness. And the latest looks to be every bit as mind-bending. The teaser trailers look very much like the initial trailer campaign for the Matrix, but I have much more faith in Nolan, and whatever Inception is, I can’t wait to find out.
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Release Date: Summer 2010
I just recently read the first three volumes of Scott Pilgrim on recommendation, and I can’t wait to read the rest of it. Scott Pilgrim is the perfect amalgam of webcomics-inspired storylines, music and video games and action and relationships into something really special. I can’t wait to see this movie, even if it’s a disaster.
Release Date: Aug 13
Stallone, Statham, Li, Lundgren, Rourke, Willis, Trejo, Schwarzenegger. If that (not even full) cast list doesn’t have you wanting to see this on principle, then you haven’t seen enough movies. The Expendables is hopefully going to be Stallone’s ridiculous over-the-top action masterpiece. But even if it isn’t, that cast alone is enough to get me excited.
The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Release Date: Dec 10
My favorite Narnia book is turning into a movie. I’m looking forward to this one quite a bit, even thought it seems like there’s very little hype behind it. Ships and adventure are always great fun.
Release Date: TBD 2010
Darren Aronofsky’s new film is a thriller about rival ballerinas starring Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman. Though knowing Aronofsky’s work, I imagine that it’s going to get a little crazy, and probably extremely sad. I’ve become a weird Aronofsky superfan lately, so this one is pretty huge on my radar. Unfortunately, this one’s probably the least along, so I don’t really have much else to share about it.