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10 films I’m salivating for in 2010

Words. I use lots of them all the time in this blog. Sometimes I use so many I have to dust off my Roget’s Thesaurus to find more. It’s a vicious, unforgiving cycle.

But today, because morning came a whole lot sooner than I would have liked, instead of words I’m going to give you videos — videos of the 10 films I’m most excited about in 2010 (excluding “The Expendables” and “You Again,” both posted previously):

“The Kids Are All Right” (July 7)
Dir. by Lisa Chodolenko; starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska


“Inception” (July 16)
Dir. by Christopher Nolan; starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Cillian Murphy


“Life During Wartime (July 23; limited release)
Dir. by Todd Solondz; starring Allison Janney, Ally Sheedy, Ciarin Hinds, Chris Marquette

 (It’s a sequel/variation on “Happiness.” “HAPPINESS.” I can die in good spirits now.)


“Get Low” (July 30; limited release)
Dir. by Aaron Schneider; starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Lucas Black


“The American” (Sept. 1)
Dir. by Anton Corbijn; starring George Clooney, Bruce Altman, Thekla Reuten


“Resident Evil: Afterlife” (Sept. 10)
Dir. by Paul W.S. Anderson; starring Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Spencer Locke

 (What can I say? I am deeply and passionately committed to watching any and all movies where Milla Jovovich fights people. In thigh-high boots and tight tops.)


Aaaaand four more with no trailers yet, or illegal trailers I’m not smart enough to know how to find on the Interweb:

Jeremy Renner and Ben Affleck star in Affleck's adaptation of novel "Prince of Thieves."

“The Town” (Sept. 17)
Dir. by Ben Affleck; starring Ben Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Rebecca Hall, Blake Lively, Chris Cooper
— As long as Ben Affleck keeps making crime dramas near Beantown, I’ll keep watching them. Especially when they have a cast like this.

“Betty Anne Waters” (Oct. 15)
Dir. by Tony Goldwyn; starring Hillary Swank, Sam Rockwell, Minnie Driver, Clea DuVall
— Whoever thought to pair Swank with Rockwell deserves a medal. Big and shiny one.

“Due Date” (Nov. 5)
Dir. by Todd Phillips; starring Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan, Jamie Foxx
— They had me at “Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis.”

“True Grit” (Dec. 25)
Dir. by Joel and Ethan Coen; starring Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin
 — If “No Country for Old Men” taught us anything, it’s that when the brothers Coen make a Western — or even a movie in dusty terrain — you see it and ask questions later.

41 Responses

  1. Only two of what I consider to be the usual suspects (Inception, The Kids Are All Right) show up in your ten which is interesting. Rabbit Hole and The King’s Speech are still the two I’m anticipating most.

  2. I’d never heard of GET LOW before this post – thanks for the tip, I’m really lookin’ forward to that now!

  3. Great list as it doesn’t rehash all of the usual suspects that show up on most list. Never heard of The Town, Due Date (RDJ and Monaghan team up again!) and Life During Wartime so thanks for the exposure!

  4. The Coens could release their version of the plastic bag floating along the breeze from American Beauty & I’d be in line for it. I so carry their water, no matter what.

    I’m also of the mind that if you are a person that isn’t looking forward to seeing Inception, you are completely dead inside.

    • @ Encore — Yep, give me 365 days of Big New Releases and I’ll go for the little indies I have to drive 30-60 minutes to see every time.

      @ Hatter — The combo of Bill Murray and Robert Duvall is too magnificent to resist.

      @ Castor — Because I like Todd Solondz, I’m psyched for “Life During Wartime” (it has Allison Janney in it!) even though I have no idea what direction the film will go in.

      @ Cinematically-Correct — I’d say the same thing about “True Grit.” I’m so glad the Coens are prolific as well as brilliant; otherwise, I’d spend half my life waiting for new releases from them!

  5. Inception has me salivating – I’m not sure it’s because of the trailer which doesn’t give too much away but I know Nolan will deliver. Also great cast. And speaking of great casts, Get Low looks promising too!

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  7. I won’t even watch a trailer for “Inception” because I’m so convinced it will rock my world.

    One to watch: “Love and Other Drugs.” Directed by Ed Zwick, it has Jake Gyllenhaal as a Viagra salesman and Anne Hathaway in a leading role. It had me at “directed by.”

  8. To quote Clarence Worley for the second time in as many weeks “do you know what films are? They’re for people who don’t like movies” Resident Evil is a movie.

    • Funny – I always placed “films” above movies.

      • Films are above movies from an artistic point of view but movies are above films from fun point of view. Jane Campion makes films, Tarantino makes movies, Scorsese does both at the same time, I think that’s what you call geniuses.

  9. I have an intense desire to see Annette Bening and Julianne Moore in a lesbian relationship

  10. I couldn’t be less excited for Life During Wartime (I hated Happiness). But Inception, Due Date, True Grit and Tron Legacy are on my anticipated list.


    That is all.

  12. Like many others, haven’t checked out the trailer for Inception, because I really don’t want to spoil anything. So looking forward to it!
    There are some other interesting ones in there; including The American..

  13. I agree about Inception, just hope he doesn’t sell out, I prefer Nolan when he takes chances.

    The american is on my list, I loved the images by the same director in ‘Control’ , he’s originally a photographer I’m told.

    Life during wartime trailer looks promising ,on my list.

    Films also on my 2010 “to see” list (I am aware some not out until 2011, or have already been released :

    Please Give / dir: Nicole Holofcener
    Greenburg / dir: Noah Baumbach
    Little fockers / sequel
    Somewhere / dir: Sofia Coppola
    Black Swan / dir. Darren Aronofsky
    Restless / dir: Gus Van Sant
    The Descendants / dir: Alexander Payne
    Source Code / dir: Duncan Jones
    Mute / dir: Duncan Jones
    The Future /dir: Miranda July
    The Cross / dir: Andrew Niccol
    Cemetery Junction / Ricky Gervais
    Blue Valentine
    The Adventurer’s Handbook
    Grown Ups
    Due Date /sequel to ‘The hangover’

  14. I haven’t even heard of most of those films but some of them look pretty good. Really looking forward to Inception though, the trailer for that looked nuts.

  15. Yes, yes, no, yes, yes, yes, yes, no, yes and hell yes!

  16. man, everyones doing their 2010 previews
    arent we in 2010?

  17. @Fitz : Thanks for pointing that out, my error. But Todd Phillips is directing Due Date, though.

    Here’s the ‘real’ Hangover 2 (2011) link :

  18. I’m extremely excited about Inception. Definitely can’t say the same for Resident Evil: Afterlife. Not really sure how that franchise hasn’t died off yet.

    • @ moviesandsong365 — I’d forgotten about Alexander Payne’s new movie; thanks for the reminder!

      @ James — It stopped being “good” for me after the second one, but I keep watching because of Milla Jovovich. Damn she’s hot.

  19. Goodness, I am totally with you on all of these (well, except Life During Wartime because admittedly I’m not that into Todd Solondz). The Kids Are All Right especially has me excited after reading reviews from Sundance.

    Also, just so you know, you get a mention on the most recent episode of the Matineecast!

  20. True Grit — remake of the John Wayne as Rooster Coglan flick? Just watched it yesterday, and I’m a fan.

  21. Have to say that The American looked like a really long cologne/traveler’s check commercial:P It and Get Low look just a bit bland but I suspect another trailer will do the trick for me.

    Resident Evil 1 was decent, 2 was a lot of fun, and 3 was disappointing (though the ending was a nice set up for something bigger). the trailer for 4 does look pretty slick even though most of what is shown looks like they copied signature scenes from the last 10 years’ action films (MI2, Spider Man, and The Matrix Reloaded to name a few). But it’s go my attention…I just hope that using the fusion camera isn’t the film’s only high point:)

  22. Inception should be awesome! (Even though I have no idea what the movie is going to be about based on the trailer…it seems like a quite ambitious concept.) I think I’ve liked every Christopher Nolan movie I’ve seen.

    • @ Alex — You like me! You really like me! I’m so thrilled you mentioned me. “Very smart and very funny,” I think you called me, but it’s not like I’ll let that go to my head or anything … and I do appreciate you noting that I think chick flicks suck. Because most of them do.

      @ FRC — This looks to be based on Portis’ novel as well, though who knows how the Coens will deviate from the original material. I’m stoked to see what Bridges does with Marshal Reuben J. Cogburn.

      @ Marc — “Get Low” is just being all underground about how good it is. I wouldn’t miss the Murray/Duvall combo.

      @ Jesse — That’s the beauty of the trailer. It tells you NOTHING about the film, which alternately maddens me and intrigues me!

  23. Inception has so much hype that it actually may not be that good honestly. But The Kid’s Aren’t Alright is what I’m looking the most forward to.

  24. Yep, Inception. Everything else is just padding on that list.

  25. Inception, Inception.

    But I admit The American has my interest perked. Then again, it’s difficult for me not to get excited about anything George Clooney does. I just like him that much.

  26. Great list! Looking foward to all of these as well. Apart from the obvious ones, The Town really interests me, especially after Affleck’s directorial debut in Gone Baby Gone.

  27. I am disapponted by that Resident Evil trailer, looks like The Matrix with Zombies. Which in itself doesn’t necessarily sound like a terrible thing, but it’s been done ad nauseum. It just looks very weary. They may have missed a good opportunity to re-invigorate a tired franchise but why they bothered in the first place is indicative of the New Hollywood era we seem to be immersed in (see Darren’s ‘Are spin-offs the new sequel?’ post), and it shows no sign of going away. Hollywood has realised that it doesn’t have to make good films to make a lot of money, maybe it already knows this but it is really starting to trickle down to the local movie-plex. I’m not sure if this is a good thing for the future of cinema, but hey, it’ll give us something to muse about right?

    • @ Darren — The Coens aren’t padding. My outer Coen nerd won’t let me say this.

      @ Heather — George is a cool cat, and he’s more than a pretty face. He’s grown into a very good actor; I think “Up in the Air” represents his best work yet.

      @ Red — “Gone Baby Gone” was so much darker and better than I expected that I made a vow to see anything Ben Affleck directs. Maybe he’s one of those actors who belongs behind the camera and not in front of it.

      @ Ronan — I won’t argue that point; I expect very little from “Resident Evil 14,” or whatever it is! 🙂 There’s just this pathological need in me to finish a franchise no matter how bad it is. Perhaps given the zombie renaissance of late, directors are amping up the zombie angle to capitalize. That’s too bad, because there were interesting elements of humanity (not much, but they were there) in “Resident Evil” and “Resident Evil: Apocalypse.”

  28. You know how I feel about Inception, but I’m psyched about The Town, too! It’s on my Top Ten Anticipated List of this year. I keep checking for the trailer but no luck yet so far. The photos I’ve been seeing looks great though, that Jon Hamm looks good with his FBI uniform, ehm 🙂

  29. I smell a DiCaprio vs. Clooney showdown at the Oscars. Keeping my fingers crossed! Don’t worry, Milla Jovovich fascinates me, too.

  30. Resident Evil? To each his own I suppose. I’ll stick with the games for the time being.

    Didn’t know about Life During Wartime though. Solondz is the man and it is named after one awesome freakin’ Talking Heads song. Gonna have to scope that one out.

  31. “Life During Wartime” a Talking heads song is new to me.
    I’ll be sharing it in my next weekly blogpost of songs ( ;


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