Sunday, January 16, 2011

Top 10 movies I really want to see this year.

You may be expecting a list filled with the best 2011 as a year has to offer. Alas, that is not the case. Most of these movies are ones you probably saw last year, but I'll only be getting to see this year (when they come out on DVD, no less, because I'm so youthful), since New Zealand sucks.

10. Source Code

Expected NZ release date: Undated.
While I didn't entirely get the premise from the trailer (probably a good thing), I am really looking forward to seeing the next movie from Moon director Duncan Jones. The fact that it also stars the lovely Vera Farmiga (notably missing last year compared to her busy year before) has got my ticket already booked. And it should be nice to see Jake Gyllenhaal not being a beefcake prince or a viagra salesman...just back to what he does best, being a hero.

9. The Fighter

Expected NZ release date: January 20
If only this film had been released sometime after August this year, then I would have been able to go and see it no sweat. But nooooooo, gotta wait for it to be on DVD, which, at earliest, is May. I have to wait that long to see the best performed film of the year? Don't even tell me how great Christian Bale is. I might just cry.

8. Friends with Benefits

Expected NZ release date: October 13
"What?!" I hear you cry. Hey, this list is filled with awards bait and thrillers, so why can't I have a romantic comedy in there? Friends with Benefits looks like the best of the lot (not to be confused with Natalie Portman's No Strings Attached). Mila Kunis and Justin 'I'm an actor now' Timberlake take the lead role in Easy A helmer Will Gluck's latest, which also stars Emma Stone, Patricia Clarkson and Woody Harrelson. See? Can't be too bad.

7. The Adjustment Bureau

Expected NZ release date: March 3
Hey wait, wasn't this movie supposed to come out last year? Hopefully this movie is good, because God knows Emily Blunt needs it, after last years releases (The Wolfman, Wild Target, Gulliver's Travels). If it's based on a Phillip K. Dick story and has Matt Damon in the lead role, it's sure to work, right? I don't know, but I want THE EMILY BLUNT back!

6. The Tree of Life 

Expected NZ release date: Undated.
Is there another film coming out this year that's more exciting? No. Everyone with a filmic bone in their body wants to see this.

5. 127 Hours

Expected NZ release date: February 10
Bloody Danny Boyle choosing that funky music to go with his trailer filled with awesome visuals getting me excited for this one. And then, of course, since a man chops his arm off, the censors get afraid that I might follow suit after watching this movie because I'm so young, and they slap an R16 on it. So that's a June watch for me, then? I love you until then, James Franco...

4. Hanna

Expected NZ release date: June 14
Those comparisons between this and Kick-Ass' Hit-girl are incredibly lazy. Yes, there is a young girl killing machine (played by the always amazing Saoirse Ronan) who is smarter than the average bear, but that's about as far as it goes. Eric Bana comes back to our screens as a non time traveller, and Cate Blanchett also comes along for the ride. If she's there, I'm there. Plus it's directed by Joe Wright, who has most notably dabbled in period romance (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement), so this should be an interesting move.

3. Never Let Me Go

Expected NZ release date: March 17
Never Let Me Go might send me on a journey to the most expensive arthouse-esque cinema nearby for the first time in my life, mainly because I've waited so bloody long to see this movie come out. Yeah, Carey Mulligan and the noticably absent Keira Knightley are in it, but you know the real reason I want to see this. ANDREW GARFIELD. ANDREW GARFIELD. ANDREW GARFIELD. Okay, the story sounds scary enough, plus it's written by Alex Garland, so I'm in. But ANDREW GARFIELD is in it!

2. Black Swan

Expected NZ release date: January 27
Again, won't be seeing this in it's theatrical release, you know why. Damn, I've wanted to see this ever since the first trailer came out way back in August. Now Natalie Portman's getting all this Oscar buzz, I wanna see it more. Me and psychological thrillers usually go hand in hand, so this is really a no brainer.

1. Sucker Punch

Expected NZ release date: March 24
Yeah, I'm pretty sure guys are the only ones who are supposed to be uber-excited about this as it has all those hot chicks with machine guns. But I'm geeking out already for this one, mainly because I love Zack Snyder's work and he explained this as having 'multi levels of reality'. Inception, anyone? I'm hoping to God that this isn't a flop, because the trailers (with all their slow-mo and uber-awesomeness) make it look so cool! Come on Zack Snyder, you can do it!

What are you most looking forward to seeing in the coming year? Comment below!

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