Movies for the rest of 2010
November and December are famously for those serious Oscar-bait movies that make the critics’ “best of the year” lists.
Sure, those are cool…but what’s up for the geeks? 😉
November 5 2010
Dreamworks brings you Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey, and a Metro City full of celebrity voices in this animated supervillian tale. Dreamworks Animation is already having a good year, with Shrek 4 (238m domestic gross…dogro) and How to Train Your Dragon (217m).
November 12 2010
Genre-friendly Eric Balfour (Haven’s Duke Crocker, Calvin Banks on Veritas: The Quest, Milo Pressman on 24) is one of the actors dealing with an alien invasion of Los Angeles…which may or may not be a safer city than Tokyo if you want to avoid sci-fi cataclysms. This movie has a good special effects pedigree…that’s not always enough to get people into the theatres, though.
So, you might have heard of this little book series… ;) They decided not to release this first of two movies made out of the last book in 3D, because they didn’t think they could get it done satisfactorily in time. Of course, that also means they can release it later in 3D. This should clearly be a blockbuster, especially internationally. I’d expect some Oscar noms for it as well.
November 26 2010
Hey, kids! Once upon a time, the Disney name wasn’t most associated with squeaky-clean TV/Pop stars, but with animated movies based on fairy tales (4 reals…text the rents). They’ve tried to re-image this one, so it’s more adventure oriented, but…shhh…it’s really Rapunzel. Zachary Levi (Chuck) and Mandy Moore lead the voice cast…but having Brad Garrett and Ron Perlman as henchmen is kind of cool. It’s written by Dan Fogelman (Bolt, Cars), with music by Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast…and Little Shop of Horrors). I’ve been a Disney stockholder since I was 12, but I think this will have a serious challenge to break 200m (last year’s The Princess and the Frog ended up at about 104m).
December 3 2010
This might not come to your town…it’s a Finnish movie with Santa Claus being unearthed in an archaeological dig…and very bad things follow. It says it’s a comedy. Okay, maybe you’ll go see Black Swan…
October 10 2010
Julie Taymor (Across the Universe) directs Helen Mirren as Propsero…um…Prospera in the Shakespeare adaptation. If you know the play, and you know this has big names in it, you may be wondering who is playing Caliban and Ariel. Caliban is Alias’ Djimon Honsou and Ariel is Ben Whishaw (who hasn’t made a big impact on this side of the pond yet). Other interesting names include Russell Brand, Alan Cumming, Alfred Molina, Chris Cooper, and David Straitharn. My guess is this is an arthouse success. It will have to be good to be better than another Tempest adaptation, Forbidden Planet…
Michael Apted (Gorillas in the Mist, Coal Miner’s Daughter, Nell) might mean this will be considerably more dramatic than the last installment. Georgie Henley is back at Lucy, and Skandar Keynes is back as Edmund. Bruce Spence (Legend of the Seeker, The Road Warrior) and Simon Pegg (Spaced…I know, Shaun of the Dead and Star Trek, but I really enjoyed Spaced) join the cast. This should do well, especially internationally.
December 17 2010
Some people are really psyched for this. Jeff Bridges (the original Tron, last year’s Crazy Heart), Bruce Boxleitner (the original Tron, Babylon 5) Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon, the Underworld series), Olivia Wilde (House), and Garrett Hedlund (Eragon) are among the stars. No David Warner? Hmm…
I liked Yogi Bear (and Huckleberry Hound and Quick Draw McGraw and Snagglepuss). Honestly, though, the stills look creepy. Dan Aykroyd (as Yogi), Christine Taylor, Tom Cavanaugh (of the Ed TV series…he voices Ranger Smith), Anna Farris…and Justin Timberlake as Boo-Boo. While they are presumably hoping for an Alvin and the Chipmunks sized hit, I have my doubts. I’m always happy to be proved wrong and have a movie do better and be better than I expect…and I do like Dan Aykroyd.
When you think literary classic, you think Jack Black, right? Well, in this case, you might…yes, it’s a classic, but it’s a snarky satire, too. The director/screenwriter (Rob Letterman) helmed/wrote Monsters vs. Aliens and Shark Tale. This one isn’t animated…although there may certainly be some animated elements. It’s a fun cast (Jason Segal, Emily Blunt, Billy Connolly, Amanda Peet) and I suspect it will do okay and have a long life on video.
After that, on to 2011! As I wrote earlier, I think that may the geekiest movie year ever…
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.