Wednesday, August 12, 2009

25 Anticipated Films Part II

It's time for Part II of the Top 25 Most Anticipated Films Left in 2009! Today I give you numbers 20-16 all which I couldn't be more excited about. One thing that may become apparent as this list develops it that I have abandoned the month of August. There are plenty of great movies to see in August, but this list is more for films post Summer through the end of the year. A time of year that is traditionally filled with a great number of quality films. Without further delay here's Part II of the Top 25 Most Anticipated Films Left in 2009...

20. Shutter IslandMartin Scorsese is brilliant, I love his films. I will say that he has been leaning on Leonardo DiCaprio or the other way around (depending on how you look at it) a lot as of late, but "Shutter Island" still has me intrigued. One major reason is that Scorsese has stepped out of his gangster shell and is bringing us a thriller. From what the trailer has shown, his thriller looks damn good too. DiCaprio could make or break the film, but irregardless I amped enough for it to make the list. A final note, anything that has Mark Ruffalo starring will immediately have my full attention.

Director: Martin Scorsese
Writer: Laeta Kalogridis and Dennis Lehane
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams, Max von Sydow and Jackie Earle Haley.
Synopsis: Drama is set in 1954, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels is investigating the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane and is presumed to be hiding on the remote Shutter Island.
Release Date: 10-02-09

19. 2012
When I first heard Roland Emmerich was making another disaster movie after a heavy eye-roll, I assumed it would be yet another over-inflated spectacle. Then I saw the trailer, Wow! My initial reaction may still be very much warranted, but the special effects and sheer destruction that this movie has within it is enough to land itself in the Top 25 Most Anticipated Films Left in 2009. I am hoping that "2012" ends up being a lot more like Independence Day than anything resembling Emmerich's more recent lesser efforts. Having Jon Cusack in the cast definitely helps his cause, well at least in my book.

Director: Roland Emmerich
Writer: Roland Emmerich and Harald Kloser
Cast: John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Oliver Platt.
Synopsis: An epic adventure about a global cataclysm that brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors.
Release Date: 11-13-09

18. Broken Embraces
Pedro Almodóvar is an amazing talent hands down and there should be no surprise that one of his films is on my list. Almodóvar with "Broken Embraces" has returned to film noir in a tale that follows a blind writer as he tells a story that is set both in the present and in the 1990's. Penélope Cruz stars as a call girl who becomes a mistress to a jealous millionaire only to later begin an affair with Mateo Blanco also known as Harry Caine (the blind writer). The film is a four-way tale of fate, jealousy, abuse of power, betrayal and guilt that weaves through Harry's past and present. The first images I saw of this film instantly pulled me in and after watching the international trailer I have been waiting patiently for "Broken Embraces" to release.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Writer: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Penélope Cruz, Lluís Homar, Blanca Portillo, José Luis Gómez, Tamar Novas and Rubén Ochandiano
Synopsis: Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie.
Release Date: 11-20-09 New York & 12-11-09 Los Angeles

17. Couples Retreat
Say that Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn are back together in a comedy and you have me sold. "Couples Retreat" doesn't stop with just another Vaughn and Favreau team-up but the duo wrote the comedy together and brought on a bunch a quality actors to star in the couples comedy. Namely Jason Bateman, who I have loved since his early television days as Derek on Silver Spoons. John Michael Higgins is always worth a few laughs as is Ken Jeong, who plays one of the couples retreat therapists. I'm sure the story won't be groundbreaking or stray too far from typical comedy formula, but a Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn scripted comedy already has me laughing and definitely earns it's spot on Schofizzy's Top 25 Most Anticipated Films Left in 2009.

Director: Peter Billingsley
Writer: Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn and Dana Fox
Cast: Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Jon Favreau, Kristin Davis, Vince Vaughn, Malin Akerman, Faizon Love, Tasha Smith, Ken Jeong, Jean Reno and John Michael Higgins.
Synopsis: A comedy centered around four couples who settle into a tropical-island resort for a vacation. While one of the couples is there to work on the marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort's therapy sessions is not optional.
Release Date: 10-09-09

16. 9
First thing I heard about "9" was it was another animated feature produced by Tim Burton, which didn't really get my ears perked at all. Frankly, Tim Burton's mind has become an old hat now. What was once magical and new unfortunately, has become dull and more of the same. Despite my cynicism I began to look further at "9" and only became more and more infatuated with the story and characters the more I learned and saw. "9" is definitely Shane Acker's child. Do not mistake this as another Tim Burton project. While you can see why Burton's put his name to it, "9" is something entirely different from the traditional stuff Burton has done. "9" looks incredible, it has amazing animation, outstanding voice actors and should prove to be absolutely riveting for both adults and children.

Director: Shane Acker
Writer: Shane Acker and Pamela Pettler
Cast: Elijah Wood, John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Martin Landau, Christopher Plummer and Fred Tatasciore.
Synopsis: When 9 first comes to life, he finds himself in a post-apocalyptic world where all humans are gone, and it is only by chance that he discovers a small community of others like him taking refuge from fearsome machines that roam the earth intent on their extinction. Despite being the neophyte of the group, 9 convinces the others that hiding will do them no good. They must take the offensive if they are to survive, and they must discover why the machines want to destroy them in the first place. As they'll soon come to learn, the very future of civilization may depend on them.
Release Date: 09-09-09

If you missed Part I check it out here and stay tuned for Part's III-V...


Great list so far dude... Avatar and 9 are going to be let downs. Don't buy into the hype!