My Must-See Movies for 2010

Disclaimers: The synopsis you can find here aren’t mine at all..they’re from Movie Moron and other websites but that doesn’t mean I can’t make my own side comments on the movie does it? So here are the Top Movies I personally made the commitment to see this year.

Alice In Wonderland
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway
Director: Tim Burton
Release Date: 5th March 2010

As per usual, the visuals of the latest Tim Burton project, Alice In Wonderland, look stunning. Newcomer Mia Wasikowskia plays Alice in the loose adaptation of Carroll’s treasured novel, alongside Burton mainstays Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. The only troubling aspect of this is the ‘loose’ part of the loose adaptation; unlike the previous adaptations Burton has made (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, etc.) this film will take more liberties with the source material. It features a considerably older Alice returning to Wonderland. That sounds a bit like Hook. But we’re confident it won’t be met with the same lukewarm reception, and that Burton thrills us with a wild and wacky world as he has in the past.

Note: Okay, so I haven’t seen this movie yet but bet your ass I’m going to see this one…either in the theaters if I still can or via downloaded copy which is cheaper, btw.

Clash Of The Titans
Starring: Sam Worthington, Gemma Arterton, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes
Director: Louis Letterier
Release Date: 2nd April 2010

The highest remake on the list, Clash of the Titans takes the most fondly remembered sword and sandal classic to showcase Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion creatures and re-imagines it for the CGI generation. Director Louis Letterier should be somewhat familiar with intense action and CG smackdowns thanks to his prior work on The Incredible Hulk and The Transporter franchises. Up and coming actors Sam Worthington (Terminator: Salvation, Avatar) and Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia) take on the roles of Perseus and Io, whilst veterans Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes take on the roles of Zeus and Hades. It will be interesting to see how the Olympian elements of the story are handled, as the gods have been notably absent from most recent sword and sandal flicks like Troy.

Note: One of my all time favorite movie; yeah, I’m a big fan of epic films and I am really hoping that this one would be a great movie…and its on 3D! Planning to take the kids on this one and actually already teaching them Greek mythology in preparation for it. Yay!

A Nightmare On Elm Street
Starring: Jackie Earle Haley
Director: Samuel Bayer
Release Date: 16th April 2010

Freddy Krueger, the dream-world dwelling killer first brought to cinema screens in 1984, is back. But this time Robert Englund is going to be watching it in the cinema with the rest of us. Exec-producer Michael Bay is hitting the Batman Begins/Casino Royale/Star Trek reboot button in an effort to kick start the franchise ala Texas Chainsaw Massacre. There’s only one reason this has ranked so highly on our list – the casting of Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy.

Note: I followed this movie series from 1 through 7; and now I’m really hoping that this remake would do justice to the first one.

The Expendables
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jet Li, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Director: Sylvester Stallone
Release Date: 23rd April 2010

Sly Stallone wants to go out in a blaze of gory. Sorry, typo, blaze of glory. Actually, they’re both right. The Expendables could well be the throwback action movie that dreams are made of. With a cast list that reads like someone just reading names off of their action movie DVD collection, fans of the genre are getting spoilt rotten.

Note: Oh yeah! This one’s something I’ve been waiting for for ages! I heard about the project about two years ago and at the time they weren’t even sure it’ll push through but it did and yay! for that! Honestly, I’m actually on it just for Jason Statham and Jet Li.

Iron Man 2
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson
Director: Jon Favreau
Release Date: 7th May 2010

‘I am Iron Man.’ How could you not be desperate to see a sequel after Robert Downey Jr delivered that line at a press conference in the final scene of Iron Man? Like Tony Stark, director Jon Favreau has tinkered with his machine, upgraded it, and is ready to show the world Iron Man Mark II. In the superhero sequel tradition, it promises to be bigger and better, with the new friends, new foes and heightened fanboy expectations. Scarlett Johansson is Natasha Romanov – Tony Stark’s replacement red-head assistant now that Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts has been promoted – she’s also secretly Russian superspy Black Widow. Mickey Rourke plays fellow Russian Whiplash, Iron Man’s nemesis along with Sam Rockwell’s Justin hammer. It appears as though The Iron Man armour has kick-started a new Cold War…

Terrence Howard is probably (like the rest of us) still in shock after getting Cheadled, and Olga Kurylenko can’t believe she didn’t get Johansson’s part. She refuses to take the costume off, it’s kind of embarrassing…

Note: Need I say anything at all?????

Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood
Starring: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett
Director: Ridley Scott
Release Date: 14th May 2010

Ridley Scott is a living legend. The mastermind behind Alien, Blade Runner and Gladiator returns to roughly the period of time in which his criminally underrated Crusades movie Kingdom of Heaven took place and reunites with frequent collaborator Russell Crowe. So he should be in his comfort zone and ready to deliver a memorable take on the oft filmed Robin Hood legend, presumably without incongruous accents, talking foxes or men in tights. We really could do with seeing a new promo image now though…

Note: I honestly think that we have far too many Robin Hood films already but seeing the cast (Russell Crowe) and the director (Ridley Scott) really sold me out on this one. I mean, come on with those two around this has to be a good one. Besides, I might not even have any choice in the matter…it’s a Russel Crowe film and hubby just likes him far too much to miss out on this one.

The Karate Kid

Starring: Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Director: Harald Zwart
Release Date: June 11, 2010

In Columbia Pictures’ The Karate Kid, 12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s (Taraji P. Henson) latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying—and the feeling is mutual—but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre’s feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts “the karate kid” on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

Note: There’s just too many things wrong with this movie! Foremost of all, it’s entitled Karate Kid – then features a Jacky Chan teaching martial arts to a kid. Why is this so wrong? 1- Karate is a Japanese art…now if you want Jacky Chan on it it should be titled Kung Fu Kid or Wu Zhu Kid or something that has to do with Chinese martial arts; 2 – the film location was China NOT Japan as it should be! In truth the first Karate Kid was more accurate in that it has a Japanese martial arts teaching teaching Karate, and the film’s location actually included Japan! Think about it! Though I am going to have to see it because the kids insisted.

The A-Team
Starring: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper
Director: Joe Carnahan
Release Date: 11th June 2010

Smoking Aces was insane. In. Sane. And while it wasn’t spectacular successful, it is proof positive that Joe Carnahan may be able to breathe some life into The A-Team. As evidenced by this years Star Trek, well-known television characters in a high-octane cinematic adaptation can be a very, very good thing.

Carnahan has lined up a couple of cast members already, namely Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper. Neeson will be taking on the role of Hannibal, and although it’s been argued that his on screen persona differs considerably from that of previous Hannibal, George Peppard, Taken proved he can do action, and how many other actors have trained Obi-Wan Kenobi and Batman? Man of the moment Bradley Cooper will play Face, a role originated by Dirk Benedict (the lesser of two Starbucks). If you’re looking at the picture above and wondering why Quinton Jackson is there as B A Baracus when nobody has been cast as B A Baracus, it’s because the other candidates are so ridiculous that we’ll continue to pretend Quinton Jackson has been cast until our dreams of perfect casting are crushed by an official announcement.

Note: Out of curiosity I’d like to see this movie…TheA-Team was huge in the 80s which was my growng up years and it would be nice to reminisce.

Jonah Hex

Release Date: June 18, 2010
Director: Jimmy Hayward
Screenwriter: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor
Starring: Josh Brolin, John Malkovich, Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Michael Shannon

Jonah Hex (Josh Brolin) is a scarred drifter and bounty hunter of last resort, a tough and stoic gunslinger who can track down anyone… and anything. Having survived death, Jonah’s violent history is steeped in myth and legend, and has left him with one foot in the natural world and one on the “other side.” His only human connection is with Leila (Megan Fox), whose life in a brothel has left her with scars of her own. But Jonah’s past is about to catch up with him when the U.S. military makes him an offer he can’t refuse: in exchange for his freedom from the warrants on his head, he must track down and stop the dangerous terrorist Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich). But Turnbull, who is gathering an army and preparing to unleash Hell, is also Jonah’s oldest enemy and will stop at nothing until Jonah is dead. Based on the legendary graphic novel, “Jonah Hex” is an epic adventure thriller about one man’s personal quest for redemption against the vast canvas of the battle between good.

Note: Just curious.

The Last Airbender
Starring: Noah Ringer, Dev Patel, Jackson Rathbone, Nicola Peltz
Director: M Night Shyamalan
Release Date: 2nd July 2010

Possibly the most divisive movie on the list. Shyamalan is loved by some and loathed by others, but there’s no denying that The Happening was an all-time low, resulting in some declaring The Last Airbender a flop before hearing a single line of dialogue. But it’s not just the Shyamalan apologists that are praying for this movie to be good, it’s fans of the source material. Avatar: The Last Airbender was one of Nick’s most popular shows, a well animated, action-packed, humorous and intelligent piece of television with a mythos to rival Star Wars and an appeal well beyond its target demographic.

Note: My kids and I just love this animated series (can’t really call it anime although it is Asian based, because it was made by Nick). And I know that we will line up in the theater for this one…it’s just too bad that it’s wrapped in so much controversy at this time concerning the casting and racism. I know it would have been so great if they used Asian actors but as long as the movie is good and it does justice to the animated series I wouldn’t really mind. Somehow, its a lot like the issue with Memoirs of a Geisha, and I glad that the movie didn’t get held up 2 years to come out.

Inception
Starring: Leonardo Dicaprio, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ken Watanabe
Director: Christopher Nolan
Release Date: 16th July 2010

Nothing else could have been number one, not after 2008, not after The Dark Knight. It. Was. Awesome. Due in no small part to the genius of Christopher Nolan, a director with an enviable track record, who now turns his attentions to the sci-fi genre with Inception, a movie shrouded in Cloverfield-levels of mystery.

We know Ken Watanabe is blackmailing Leonardo DiCaprio, who’s married to Marion Cotillard and works with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ellen Page, but that’s it. Oh, and, it’s set within ‘the architecture of the mind’, which could mean anything at this point. Inception makes number one sheerly on the basis of the talent involved, the mega cast, the phenomenal director, and, again, because of 2008, which as our top two shows, was quite a good year for movies.

Note: Leonardo di Caprio and Ken Watanabe sold this one out for me. I mean, I didn’t actually fell in love with Jack, but I must admit and surrender to the undeniable fact – that Leonardo di Caprio is one of the most talented and versatile actors in the world today and I just love this movies. And Ken Watanabe was simply one of my favorite Japanese actors…well, next to Takizawa Hideaki of course.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina, Teresa Palmer, Monica Bellucci, Toby Kebbell
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures/Jerry Bruckheimer Films
Director: Jon Turteltaub
Release Date: July 16, 2010

Balthazar Blake (NICOLAS CAGE) is a master sorcerer in modern-day Manhattan trying to defend the city from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath (ALFRED MOLINA). Balthazar can’t do it alone, so he recruits Dave Stutler (JAY BARUCHEL), a seemingly average guy who demonstrates hidden potential, as his reluctant protégé. The sorcerer gives his unwilling accomplice a crash course in the art and science of magic, and together, these unlikely partners work to stop the forces of darkness. It’ll take all the courage Dave can muster to survive his training, save the city and get the girl as he becomes the Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: David Yates
Release Date: November 19, 2010

J.K. Rowling’s seventh and final book has to be divided into two parts for the big screen. The movies will follow Harry, Hermione, and Ron as they seek out the remaining horcruxes and attempt to destroy Voldemort, all of which becomes much more difficult as he gains control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts.

The quality of this series has not only been sustained – it’s increased with every film. David Yates has proven himself as a great helmer for these stories, and with the freedom of a two-parter, the epic conclusion to the most recognizable wizard in the world has the potential to be awe-inspiring. The only downside is having to wait half a year for the conclusion to the conclusion.

Note: November 19th just couldn’t come soon enough!!!!

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Release Date: December 10, 2010
Studio: Fox Walden
Director: Michael Apted
Screenwriter: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Richard LaGravenese, Michael Petroni
Starring: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes, Will Poulter, Gary Sweet, Bruce Spence, Arthur Angel, Shane Rangi, Liam Neeson

This time around – Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their pesky cousin Eustace Scrubb – find themselves swallowed into a painting and on to a fantastic Narnian ship headed for the very edges of the world.

Joining forces once again with their royal friend Prince Caspian and the warrior mouse Reepicheep, they are whisked away on a mysterious mission to the Lone Islands, and beyond. On this bewitching voyage that will test their hearts and spirits, the trio will face magical Dufflepuds, sinister slave traders, roaring dragons and enchanted merfolk. Only an entirely uncharted journey to Aslan’s Country – a voyage of destiny and transformation for each of those aboard the Dawn Treader – can save Narnia, and all the astonishing creatures in it, from an unfathomable fate.

Note:  Goodness! Will the good times never end?! LOL! I love this series and I love the books too! Can’t wait to see this one.

Tron Legacy
Starring: Garrett Hedlund, Jeff Bridges, Olivia Wilde
Director: Joseph Kosinski
Release Date: 17th December 2010

Tron was ahead of its time. Now is that time. While the first film amazed with its vision and FX, it still managed to bore with its pace, but on the basis of this concept trailer, the sequel has managed to get the balance just right. The plot sees Flynn’s son enter Tron to find out what happened to his father (Jeff Bridges) all those years ago. Looks spectacular.

Note: Another one that I want to see out of curiosity. I mean I saw the first Tron movie and now I’m wondering how this one will turn out.

The Green Hornet
Starring: Seth Rogen,  Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Edward Furlong
Director: Michel Gondry
Release Date: 22nd December 2010

The second nerd-friendly Seth Rogen entry on the list, but this one’s different. This is superhero Seth Rogen. The last time we saw Rogen kicking ass and taking names he wasn’t wearing a mask, he was high, and he was riding shotgun with Harry Osborn. Now he’s the one with the sidekick, and if what has been said up until now is true, The Green Hornet may be more lighthearted than some superhero fare, but it won’t be an out-and-out comedy.

The second nerd-friendly Seth Rogen entry on the list, but this one’s different. This is superhero Seth Rogen. The last time we saw Rogen kicking ass and taking names he wasn’t wearing a mask, he was high, and he was riding shotgun with Harry Osborn. Now he’s the one with the sidekick, and if what has been said up until now is true, The Green Hornet may be more lighthearted than some superhero fare, but it won’t be an out-and-out comedy.

Note: I remember watching this and seeing Bruce Lee kick butt as Kaito, and now I wonder if it’ll be as good as the series had been.  Earlier Sony announced that Stephen Chow would be playing the role of Kaito I think they already changed that, now I wonder how Jay Chou will do. I mean would he compliment the movie or not? No, I am not a big fan of Green Hornet, I mean who wants a superhero that’s always dependent on his side kick and oneyou know wouldn’t be any good on this own…sheesh!

But honestly, once the masks are removed the ladies would probably be swooning over Kaito more than the Green Hornet…believe it!  Any questions?

9 Responses to “My Must-See Movies for 2010”

  1. Some of them sound good, lol. Looking forward to HP mainly and Alice In wonderland!!

  2. wonderwall97 Says:

    Nice post. Its like, now, we have a list of films that we should try watching ^_^ .The Clash of the Titans is near. .^_^

  3. ,WDBHLCFA Says:

    wHAT about harry potter and the deathly hallows part 2 ??????

  4. slumblogmillionaire Says:

    Dev Patel rocks in the last airbender
    WE LOVE YOU DEV🙂 !!!

  5. just watched Inception…the best movie ever and I cant wait for the dvd.

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