I still have a few matters to attend to before I can finish up my Best of 09 lists (I still need to see Up in the Air, I just got this past season of Weeds from Netflix, etc) but because I promised myself that I would post something here tonight, I present to you:
It would take SO many more blog posts for me to express exactly how much I cannot wait for this movie. Based on the indescribably awesome comic series from Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World not only stars an impressive roundup of Young Hollywood’s nerd elite (Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Schwartzman, Mae Whitman and many more) but is being brought to life by the gloriously talented ♥Edgar Wright♥. If you’re familiar with Wright’s filmography and read even a page of O’Malley’s “Pilgrim” comics, you’ll know that this is a match made in cinematic heaven.
To understand the insane level of excitement I have for this film, I need to give you some background. Wright was announced as director of the project in May of 2005 and famously made much to do about revealing casting details through his “picture of the day” posts on his MySpace blog and later on his official website. The hype and excitement continued once filming began and Wright and the cast began chronicling the film’s progress through a series of video blogs on the official Scott Pilgrim vs. the World website. Since filming wrapped last August, an excitingly excessive amount of secrecy has surrounded it, with only 2 stills from the movie being released earlier this month and Wright frequently crying wolf on his Twitter feed in regards to the ever-forthcoming trailer. (ie: “Oh hey, it’s the Scott Pilgrim trailer! http://twitpic.com/x7woj )
Amidst the shenanigans and secrecy, the film recently test screened in Vegas where audience members described it as “kind of like a John Hughes movie smashed into The Matrix” and (of course) “a nerdgasm.” And in October, Wright’s fellow director and close pal Jason Reitman saw the opening 30 minutes of the film and called it “a game changer for Edgar AND the genre” and “the first all encompassing film of the joystick generation.” 194 days, kids. 194 days.
2. Toy Story 3 (June 18)
I shouldn’t even have to explain why this movie is on my list. Pixar owns my soul and the previous Toy Story movies have a lot to do with that. I don’t have any reason to think this film would cause me to feel otherwise.
3. Your Highness (October 1) RELEASE CHANGED TO APRIL 2011
Let me break it down for you: Danny McBride. James Franco. Zooey Deschanel. Justin Theroux. Written by Ben Best & Danny McBride, directed by David Gordon Green. Based on those facts alone, I’d already be sold, but then throw in the part where it’s a medieval fantasy slacker comedy? I cannot WAIT to see what on earth this movie is going to be.
4. Paul (rumored release August) RELEASE CHANGED TO SPRING 2011
The latest project from Simon Pegg and Nick Frost is not helmed by frequent collaborator Edgar Wright (because as noted above, he was busy making THE MOST AWESOME MOVIE I WILL EVER SEE) but instead boasts the name of a director with a filmography just as impressive as Wright’s: Greg Mottola. Again, these credits alone would’ve piqued my interest but the film also co-stars Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Joe Lo Truglio, Jeffrey Tambor, Jane Lynch, Jason Bateman AND a motion-captured Seth Rogen. Very little is known about the plot, other than Pegg and Frost play comic nerds who go on a road trip and encounter Rogen’s titular CGI alien along the way. Sounds like fun to me!
5. The Green Hornet (December 22) RELEASE MOVED TO JANUARY 2011
(and being converted to 3D, grumble grumble)
Seth Rogen writing, producing and starring in a comic book movie. From the beginning, this concept was oddly intriguing. As time went on and details started to emerge, the film somehow evolved into a bizarrely enigmatic amalgamation of cast and crew. (Inexplicably, Michel Gondry signed on to direct while Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz and likely Oscar winner Christoph Waltz rounded out the primary cast.) Will the movie be serious? Will it be funny? Can any of this possibly be real? Sadly, we have to wait until the end of the year to find out the answers to these questions.
6. Iron Man 2 (May 7)
The first Iron Man film was surprisingly enjoyable for me. Despite a thin plot and supremely lame villain (and largely because of Robert Downey Jr.’s charismatic performance), Iron Man took a B-grade comic book hero and made him undeniably cool, current and exciting – and redeemed Marvel Studios’ recent sins against nerds (Spiderman 3, X-Men: The Last Stand, both Fantastic Fours, both Hulks) in the process. The first film ends on such a high note, I’ve literally been waiting for this sequel since the credits rolled. Since I caught Iron Man in a second-run theater, I’m looking forward to experiencing Iron Man 2 with the opening crowds.
7. Get Him to the Greek (June 4)
A spin-off of sorts from the sublime Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Russell Brand is reprising his character while Jonah Hill is inexplicably not?), I have no idea what the quality or purpose of this film is going to be and that is exciting to me. But seeing as I’ve never been disappointed by the creative forces behind the project (produced by Judd Apatow, written and directed by Nick Stoller, original songs by Jason Segel), I think it’s safe to say that this movie will be a successful venture for everyone involved.
8. The Social Network (October 1)
I’m realizing now just how many 2010 releases I am anticipating simply because I am baffled by the credits list. Consider this equation: This film = Directed by David Fincher + Screenplay by Aaron Sorkin + Starring Jesse Eisenberg + Justin Timberlake + Based on a non-fiction book about the founding of FACEBOOK. Are you as intrigued as I am?
9. Green Zone (March 12)
Hard to believe there was a time when I didn’t think Matt Damon kicked ass. (Or as Paul Rudd said in The 40 Year Old Virgin, “I always thought that Matt Damon was like a Streisand…”) While we may have to wait indefinitely for the next Bourne installment, this latest Paul Greengrass/Damon collaboration looks just as exciting.
10. Kick-Ass (April 16)
Based on the comic series by Mark Millar (author of the Wanted comic series, which was successfully -and in my opinion, awesomely – adapted in 2008), Kick-Ass may appear to be an innocent, run-of-the-mill story of vigilante superheroes but any further investigating will prove you oh-so-delightfully wrong. Adapted by Matthew Vaughn (former producing partner of Guy Ritchie), the film is said to keep the spirit of the comics intact – meaning that the profanities will be spewed and the violence will be graphically gratuitous (or perhaps gratuitously graphic?). Think Watchmen with less post-modernism and more teenagers. -Insert pun about that sounding kick-ass.-
– Cop Out (formerly A Couple of Dicks) (February 26)
Supposedly a throwback to the buddy cop comedies of the 80s, Cop Out marks the first time Kevin Smith directs a movie he didn’t write. While Tracy Morgan will surely continue to play Tracy Morgan (just as I fully expect Bruce Willis to play the Bruce Willis character), the film looks like a fun ride.
– Hot Tub Time Machine (March 26)
This movie looks equally horrible and potentially hilarious. But with a starring cast of John Cusack, Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and Clark Duke, I have to at least give it a shot.
– MacGruber (May 21)
Yes, making films out of SNL sketches is a notoriously bad idea. No, that does not stop me from being morbidly fascinated by what this movie could be. Yes, I mainly want to see this movie to find out if everyone will explode at the end like they usually do at the end of MacGruber sketches.
– The A-Team (June 11)
I was born in the 80s, grew up watching Nick at Nite in the 90s. What do you expect?
– Inception (July 16)
Unlike most of my nerd brethren, I do not bow at the altar of Christopher Nolan. However, next to no information is available about this movie, which in this day and age is the best way to market your movie. And also, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in it. So.
– The Adjustment Bureau (September 17) (RELEASE CHANGED TO MARCH 2011) Matt Damon + Emily Blunt + Sci-Fi = I can’t decide which part of that equation is the most attractive to me.
– Due Date (November 5)
Basically all we know so far is that this is a road trip movie, directed by Todd Phillips, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis. And frankly, that’s enough for me.
– Gulliver’s Travels (December 22)
JASON SEGEL IS IN IT. That would be reason enough for me to see it, but it also stars Jack Black and Emily Blunt and the screenplay is co-written by Nick Stoller. But mainly, Jason Segel is in it.
And not to get too ahead of myself here, but I’m going to go ahead and call it. . .
Most Anticipated Movie of 2011
– The Cabin in the Woods (January 14, 2011) RELEASE DATE KIND OF LOOKING TBD-ISH.
Most Anticipated Movie of 2012
– Untitled Star Trek Sequel (June 29, 2012) RELEASE DATE PENDING BOOHOOHOOHOO
What are some of your most anticipated releases this year?