Saturday, January 15, 2011

25 Most Anticipated Films of 2011 Pt. 2

11. SUPER 8 - June 10 - J.J. Abrams

The Hubbub: This film had an attention-grabbing teaser before it even went into production. With JJ Abrams at the helm, Spielberg producing and the promise of an old-school monster-movie feel a la JAWS, SUPER 8 might just steal Summer.

Word of Caution: Though I don't really mind, the film's cast lacks the star power of your standard high-profile summer fare.

12. GREEN LANTERN - June 17 - Martin Campbell

The Hubbub: ...It's a live-action Green Lantern movie and the beginning of what could be a string of DC Superhero films.

Word of Caution: To me, the current state of the CGI (as shown in the trailer) is lower than one should expect out of such CG-dependent film.

13. Harry Potter 7 pt 2 - July 15 - David Yates

The Hubbub: As of now, this is the final Harry Potter movie ever, which is a big deal for the industry and especially Warner Brothers. It's also the second half of THE DEATHLY HALLOWS installment, the first of which was maybe the best film in the series.

Word of Caution: These films are fairly hot-and-cold. There's still a high likelihood that this one will fall flat, especially considering the book on which it's based did just that.


*First trailer may debut during Super-Bowl

The Hubbub: Captain America is one of the most popular super-heroes ever and there's never been a good movie made about him. CAPTAIN AMERICA will also be a lead-in for next year's AVENGERS.

Word of Caution: The director is Joe Johnston...whose last three films were JURASSIC PARK 3, HILDALGO and THE WOLFMAN.

15. COWBOYS AND ALIENS - July 29 - Jon Favreau

The Hubbub: Favreau's first non-IRON MAN film since 2005. The movie also boasts an impressive cast including Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Paul Dano, Sam Rockwell, Keith Carradine and Olivia Wilde and was written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof of STAR TREK, "Fringe" and "Lost" fame.

Word of Caution: May be biting off more than it can properly chew.

16. DRIVE - September 16 - Nicolas Winding Refn

The Hubbub: Exciting cast, including Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks, Bryan Cranston, and Albert Brooks. Also Refn's first Hollywood release (I think).

Word of Caution: I don't know, Refn is pretty weird sometimes, I guess.

17. MONEYBALL - September 23 - Bennett Miller

The Hubbub: Based on the non-fiction book by Michael Lewis about when the Oakland A's general manager utilized a computer-analysis system to draft their players. Starring Brad Pitt and helmed by Bennett Miller (CAPOTE).

Word of Caution: It's still a movie about baseball.

18. TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY - September - Tomas Alfredson

The Hubbub: Based on the popular John le Carre novel. Yet another impressive ensemble featuring Mark Strong, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy. Also Alfredson's follow-up to LET THE RIGHT ONE IN.

Word of Caution: English language debuts don't always go so well (see: THE TOURIST).

19. THE THING - October 14 - Matthijs van Heijningen Jr

The Hubbub: Kind of interesting in that it's not exactly a remake and more of a prequel. Ron Moore (of "Battlestar" fame) also has a writing credit on the film.

Word of Caution: Since it's a prequel, it has the potential to ret-con the original film and therefore cheapen it.

20. THE MUPPETS - November 23 - James Bobin

The Hubbub: They're not quite mops and they're not quite puppets, but everyone loves them. Starting to fill out with quite an impressive cast including Zach Galifianakis as Hobo Joe and Chris Cooper as Tex Richman (who I can only assume will be the villain). Can you imagine a showdown between him and the curmudgeonly eagle?

Word of Caution: With the ever-expanding cast inevitably will come numerous annoying actors.

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