Here is our list of the Top 20 Most Anticipated Films of 2009 (in convenient alphabetical order!)
Angels & Demons – I’m hoping Ron Howard and Co. will atone for their sins from The Da Vinci Code. The book was sweet. (Machinegunrap)
Avatar - James Cameron finally directs another fictional film. (Machinegunrap)
Bruno – Would have easily made the list but I am just afraid of a letdown with the heights that Borat reached. (The Rake)
Funny People – Apatow’s directorial follow-up to Knocked Up is sure to be funny. Even the title promises it. (Machinegunrap)
The Human Factor – Clint Eastwood makes great movies. This is sure to be his next. (Machinegunrap)
Inglourious Basterds – Tarantino is back with Pitt in a main role. Not happy about the subject matter (WW II) but it is a passion project of his, so I am hoping it turns out. (The Rake)
The Lovely Bones – Peter Jackson directing a murdered young girl as she watches her family from heaven. (Machinegunrap)
Public Enemies – Michael Mann, Christian Bale and Johnny Depp. Any Mann film makes this sort of list consistently for me. Watch Collateral again if you need a refresher. (The Rake)
The Road – Because I read the book and thought the production stills (see below) I have seen have nailed what I envisioned when I was reading it. Disappointed that it had to be pushed back to this year. (The Rake)
Shutter Island – Scorsese. DiCaprio. Lehane. Memorize it. Be there. (Machinegunrap)
The Soloist – This one being delayed sucks, but RDJ and Jamey Focks (I mean, Jamie Foxx) based on a true story. This one could be moving. (The Rake)
State of Play – Russell Crowe and Affleck (acting again) is enough to get some intrigue. We’ll see if it pans out. The trailer is here. (The Rake)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – The Transformers themselves were the best part of the first film. There are more of them this time. (Machinegunrap)
Up – At the moment, Pixar magic only comes around once a year. Cherish it. (Machinegunrap)
Whatever Works – Woody Allen teams up with Larry David, if there’s a better pairing imaginable, I don’t want to hear it. (Machinegunrap)
Where The Wild Things Are – Years ago, this book was a childhood favorite. Maurice Sendak rules and Spike Jonze directs. (The Rake)
The Wolfman – The photo still of Benicio Del Toro as the Wolf Man is just fresh. Only question is, did he need any make up? Love you, Benicio. (The Rake)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine – Mr. Jackman is growing on me and the trailer is simply dope. Normally this wouldn’t rate that high for me, but I am anticipating it based on what I have seen. (The Rake)
Some others we have a definite interest in as well:
Taking of Pelham 123 – Denzel in a remake of the 1974 classic heist film.
Killshot – Elmore Leonard adaptation (one of my favorite authors) and because Out of Sight was so good.
The Maiden Heist – Morgan Freeman, Chris Walken, and William H. Macy. A cast to drool over.
Push – Dakota Fanning and Chris Evans in a quasi-Superhero movie. It looks and sounds good.
Game – Mainly for Gerard Butler. His RocknRolla performance won me over.
Duplicity – Clive Owen and Julia Roberts re-team after their hot pairing in Closer.
Green Zone – Paul Greengrass directs CIA agents searching for WMD’s. It’s gotta be tight.