Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Anticipating 2010: Part 4

So after Parts One, Two and Three I'm finally read to unveil the ten films I'm anticipating the most for 2010. I suppose many weren't all too pleased with 2009. I've not decided as yet, though they were not the decade's worst. But with a new decade beginning I hope 2010 impresses more than it disappoints. These are the ten films that have had be salivating for quite some time.

I’ll admit that I’m not the biggest Nolan fan although the sheer bravura of The Prestige, as imperfect as it was, left me convinced that he could do great things. Sure this has Leonardo DiCaprio and Marion Cotillard [in what's probably a small role]; but I'm not certain if this is going to be that film that makes me love him. I really don't know much about this film, other than it's scientifically charged plotwise, and involves a ton of blackmail. That's not much to go on, but I'll see how it goes.

Julianne Moore and Annette Bening star as lesbian lovers with two children. When the sperm donor father enters the picture, drama ensues, naturally. Seeing Julianne and Annette play off each other could be something especial. I’ve been wanting Mark Ruffalo to get some love for some time now. After his eclectic turn in You Can Count On Me he’s showed up doing underrated work in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Zodiac and Reservation Road. Hopefully this doesn’t become too generic. I have high hopes.

Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley [two of the Bennett sisters] star is this supernatural drama, based on a somewhat acclaimed novel. The story centres on a group of English friends who find out that the exclusive private school which they attend is simply a front for harvesting organs. It does sound a bit like The Island, but I'm still expecting this to be good. It will be nice to see Keira and Carey team up again with Sally Hawkins in a small role.

Here it is, another Annette Bening piece. Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and Samuel Jackson. The drama surrounds a woman [Bening] searching for the daughter she gave up for adoptions decades ago. Washington co-stars as a woman searching for a child to adopt. This was screened to good reviews last year and though I don’t want to jinx her [again] notices predicted an Oscar showing for Ms. Warren Beatty herself. I’ll see what happens. Still, regardless of whether or not Oscar recognises this. I’m keeping my eye on it.

This is pure fanboy. I tried to adjust and adjust, but it ends up in my top ten because regardless of the quality I am dying to see this. I’ve read the book so much that my hardcover copy is becoming tattered. I mean, I hate to sound like a nerd, but I’m just way too excited for this. I hope that they finally give Rupert Grint something notable to do than just act as some sort of inane form of comic relief.

Alice in Wonderland is one of the most original, entreating but simultaneously thought provoking. I have to admit that the previous live action version was a guilty pleasure, and with all his broodiness and his macabre self I can’t resist Tim Burton. Sure, I love him more when he’s toned down [Big Fish] but I love him any way. Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen is the type of wonderful casting that’s just scintillating. This looks like it’s going to be the most entertaining movie experience of the year to come.

Cate Blanchett and Russell Crow are a duo I would pay good money to see. The Aussies. Ridley Scott is an underrated director who has yet to win an Oscar. I warrant it won’t be for this, but I’m all ready to see a new incarnation of Robin Hood. It’s anyone’s guess if it’ll be able to combat with Errol Flynn/Olivia de Havilland, but visually thus far it look satisfying and my anticipating will remain untempered until I see it.

This film is important because it marks the return of Nicole Kidman to cinema. Not that Nine wasn’t cinema, but it wasn’t a lead role. Aaron Eckhart and Nicole Kidman star as a husband and wife who cope with the death of her child. Perhaps, that alone sounds generic – but adapted from a Award winning play [which earned Cynthia Nixon a Tony]: I don't think so. Diane Wiest costars as her mother with Sandra Oh and Tammy Blanchard in supporting roles.

This was actually coasting along as my number one for some time until…My reasons for anticipating this are multitudinous. Scorsese and DiCaprio have impressed me three times in the last decade, add that to Michelle Williams – whom I like, though I didn’t like her Brokeback turn, Emily Mortimer [underrated in Match Point], Mark Ruffalo [underrated in everything he does], the wonderful Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley and you have what looks like one hell of cast. Scorsese is one of those directors that just work for me, and the chances are that I’m going to like what he does. I’m just not sure if I’m going to love it or worship it.

Helena Bonham Carter and Colin Firth star as the parents of Queen Elizabeth II, Michael Gambon, Geoffrey Rush, Timothy Spall and Guy Pearce costar. The film centres on George VI, who in the 1940’s has developed a nervous stutter. With the help of unorthodox speech therapist [Rush] who helps to work on the “king’s speech’, George eventually loses the stutter leading his country through the horrid 1940s. It’s a weird premise, duly noted. But the film’s cast is top notch – Helena Bonham Carter in particular needs a good role. And the director Tom Hooper won an Emmy for his adaptation of the first Elizabeth’s life. It’s being distributed by the Weinstein Company who are probably hoping for Oscar love, which I am too actually. I suppose it’s a weird choice for my number one, but I have really high hopes for this – obviously.
So were there any surprises? I'll be back with the performances I'm looking forward to.


Alex in Movieland said...

YAY for Rabbit Hole!
neah for Shutter Island (who is SO predictable from the trailer...)

Inception should be higher :P at least for the visual fx. I'm curious how much Marion is in it!

Nigel said...

I also terms of Rabbit Hole.

I absolutely adore Kidman. Some people can't warm up to her icy demeanor but that's what I love about her.

I hope it's a treat...Jesus people need to talk about her talent again, instead of her stretched face lol

Runs Like A Gay said...

Nice choice for number 1, if a little off the radar now.

I'll have to investigate more.

Brilliant list overall.

Jude said...

Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley are reuniting? Wow I had no idea! Thanks for the info

Anonymous said...

Sorry, "Mother and Child" is not a Bening piece. Bening is supporting, the most co-lead to Ms. Naomi Watts, who is the lead. And the drama does not surround a woman [Bening] surrounds a woman [Watts] given up for adoption by her mother played by Bening...., and another woman [Washington] looking to adopt...Make no mistake, Ms. Watts is the official lead and she also has been leading the promotion for the film.

joe burns said...

Interesting about Rabbit Hole. I wonder if Bonham-Carter will be nominated again for The King's Speech. And I will never see Shutter Island!

Robert said...

I hadn't heard of "The Kids Are Alright" until you mentioned it but I am really intrigued!!! Bening and Moore is like, a dream team to me, they're both fantastic. Sounds interesting...

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

alex and nigel glad to see nk has some love. really psyched about rabbit hole.

alex alex, i wonder how high she is too. i wish that "juno" was not in this.

joe why exactly won't you see shutter island?

runs like a gay it was off the radar, but my darling helena is demands only #1! :)

jude spread the word. it is an important event 

anon show yourself! why do you know so much? thanks for info, though supporting or not annette bening is priceless.

robert annette and julianne does sound particularly good of a duo.

CrazyCris said...

As my Dad and I would say: If Robin Hood's on the big screen... we'll definitely be there to see it!!! ;o)

I'm looking forward to seeing quite a few of these as well (Deathly Hallows, YAY!!! but I don't understand the need to divide it in two). Thx for putting together this list, you've brought my attention to several interesting titles I'd never heard of. :o)

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

crazycris i'm actually quite annoyed with the splitting of the books. the could have at least done a matrix and released one in july and one in december, but i'll be waiting either way.

M. Carter @ the Movies said...

I have been PINING for "Shutter Island" since last October, and I'm still somewhat miffed that the release date was pushed back (boo ... hiss). The Scorcese+DiCaprio combo is always a winner in my book, and the fact that Mark Ruffalo and Jackie Earle Haley are in the cast is a cherry on the sundae.

"The Lovely Bones" would have been on my version of this list (had I made one), but I suppose this weekend will tell if it lives up to the book.

Andrew: Encore Entertainment said...

m.carter you shouldn't have told me about bones, now i'll spend who'll weekend wondering if you'll hate it like most or like it - like me