10 to look out for in 2010
It’s already the end of April and the summer blockbusters are beginning to dominate the cinemas. It’s been a surprisingly strong start to the year for us genre fans, with films like The Book of Eli, The Crazies and Daybreakers turning out to be pretty damn good. I was gazing over the release schedule for the remainder of the year and there seems to be a lot of absolute garbage coming out, and next to nothing in the way of decent genre fare, unless you want to count Piranha 3D or Resident Evil 4. I don’t.
If you think that the year would continue as strongly as the first three months or so, consider these upcoming classics; Sex and the City 2, Get him to the Greek, Marmaduke, Twilight 3, Step Up 3D, Yogi Bear, Little Fockers and some movie called Walter the Farting Dog that stars the Jonas Brothers. But, there are a few interesting possibilities in the mix, which you may or may not be aware of. I will try to cover a few international releases of interest as well, mainly Aussie or UK. If anyone wants to cover foreign language/asian cinema go for it.
Set in World War I this film recounts the true story of Captain Oliver Woodward and the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company’s efforts to tunnel under a german bunker and detonate explosives that will aid the Brits advance. Hopefully this will be a throwback to the terrific Aussie war films of the late 70’s and early 80’s like Gallipoli, Breaker Morant and The Light Horsemen. This was recently released in Australia, but I’m not sure when it will be released overseas.
Based on a series of young adult novels by John Marsden about a foreign invasion of Australia, this is adapted and directed by Pirates of the Caribbean screenwriter Stuart Beattie. Cheers to Koutch for spotting this one. No definitive release date on this one yet. Expect it later this year.
If you’ve seen Chopper or The Square, you know that Aussie crime flicks can be pretty bloody good when they work. This one stars Joel Edgerton, Ben Mendelsohn, and Guy Pearce and it won the Grand Jury Prize (World Cinema Dramatic) at this years Sundance Film Festival. It’s coming out in the US around July if I’m not mistaken.
Adapted from the book by Kazuo Ishiguro by Alex Garland and directed by Mark Romanek, NLMG tells the story of reunited friends (Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield) who face the dark secrets buried in their communal past. With no contact or knowledge of the outside world during their years at the boarding school, they discover they are clones, born and raised for the sole purpose of providing organs for transplants. I haven’t read the book, but it’s supposed to be terrific, and Garland and Romanek are enough to have me very interested.
Brighton Rock (remake)
I’ve never seen the original (which I need to rectify), but I’m sure this remake will get quite a few people up in arms. It’s written and directed by Rowan Joffé (son of Roland) and stars Helen Mirren, Pete Postlethwaite, Carey Mulligan (again!) and Sam Riley (from the terrific ‘Control’). Word has it that the script is a cracker. I would think it will need to be to appease the fans.
I wouldn’t normally show any interest in a film about ballet, but when it’s directed by Darren Aronofsky and has the jiblet tingling trio of Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Winona Ryder in it I am willing to give it a go. It’s a thriller about rival ballet dancers and apparently there is some erotic shenanigans rumoured to be involved. All that adds up to me being interested.
David O. Russell is a bit like Richard Kelly in that he made a critical darling film, received the keys to the kingdom and followed it up with a bafflingly awful film that makes no sense. If you’ve endured I Heart Huckabees you know what I’m talking about. Good god that was garbage. Here, Russell gets another crack at the big time with a straightforward story. And unlike Kelly screwing the pooch with his chance (The Box), I really can’t see how Russell can fuck this one up. It stars Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg as real life half-brothers who were professional boxers in the 70’s – 90’s. Looks to be a pretty straightforward biopic of these two guys and hopefully will make a decent flick.
Hunter S. Thompson. Johnny Depp. Aaron Eckhart. Amber Heard. Richard Jenkins. Directed by Bruce Robinson. Do I really need to say any more? Probably top three most anticipated for me. Can’t wait.
Another in my top three most anticipated. Terence Malick is one of the best directors alive and he is never anything but ambitious. No one really knows what this is about. Apparently there are scifi elements. And it’s a period piece. What we do know is that it stars Sean Penn and Brad Pitt. It comes out towards the end of the year (hopefully). Who knows what to expect?
Ben Afflecks follow up to Gone, Baby Gone stars himself alongside Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner and the awesome Chris Cooper in a film based on the Chuck Hogan novel Prince of Thieves about four bank robbers being pursued by the FBI. I love a good crime flick and this one is looking promising.
A few others to look out for
Mad Mel stars as a depressed bloke who befriends a hand puppet. Directed and co-starring Jodie Foster. Not quite sure what to make of this one yet.
A Seabiscuit-esque tale of the real life champion horse Secretariat, which was the first horse in 25 years to win the Triple Crown. Starring Diane Lane, John Malkovich and Scott Glenn, this will presumably be uplifting feelgoodery, but if it’s anywhere near as good as Seabiscuit I’ll be very pleased. Yes, I love Seabiscuit.
Adrian Brody and Sarah Polley as two scientists who fuck with nature. Directed by Vincenzo Natali (Cube and Cypher), both Jarv and I are attending the London premiere next week so you can expect a review from one of us soon.
And here are a few of the available trailers