Tuesday, 13 October 2009

TOP 5 - Films I'm far too excited about far too soon.

This post is not going to be trailer reviews, because none of these films have trailers out yet. I still really want to see them though.

1. Alien Prequel

Director: Ridely Scott
Writer: Jon Spaihts
Starring: TBA
Release date: 2011

Let's be honest, it was all downhill from the moment Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo,
signed off in the first film. Alien: Resurrection brought Ripley back to life as a half alien half human with acid for blood and pointy black fingernails because she had alien DNA in her because she died with a chestburster inside her. What? Luckily, Ridley Scott is returning to the franchise he originated, to tell the story of the giant stargazing 'space jockey' seen in the first film. With the director of the two greatest sci-fi films ever made on board, this could be the world's second ever Good Prequel (after Temple of Doom).

2. The Avengers

Director: TBA
Writer: Zak Penn
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Samuel L Jackson, Edward Norton
Release date: 4 May 2012

Who else shivered with delight when Sam Jackson cameoed at the end of Iron Man? Jackson plays the baddest superspy of all time, Nick Fury, leading
a superteam of Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Thor, and hopefully Wolverine and Ant-Man. Even if you're not a huge comic book nerd, with the amount of preperation Marvel has been doing, this film could be bigger than Transformers and Transformers 2 put together. The Ultimates comic series and the Iron Man film also hint at something a bit more political than other superhero films.

3. Iron Man 2

Director: Jon Favreau
Writer: Justin Theroux
Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Sam R
Release date: 7 May 2010

Yes, I like comics, and my favourite comic book character is easily Iron Man. The first film was a huge treat for me, especially with my favourite actor of all time, RDJ, in the lead role. Iron Man 2 is going to be bigger, faster, more explode-y and more complicated - more complicated meaning, with more drinking and loads more Scarlett Johansson. Sa
m Rockwell, maybe my second favourite actor (go see Moon go see it now) plays Tony Stark's business rival Justin Hammer. If you weren't keen on the first movie, then this probably won't convince you, but I don't care.

4. Ant-Man
Director: Edgar Wright
Writers: Joe Cornish & Edgar Wright
Starring: TBA
Release date: 2012

Another Avengers movie! Before Scott Pilgrim, this was going to be Edgar Wright's next film, and I got really excited. Edgar Wright started out as a comedy director, and proved how brilliantly he can combine balls-to-the-wall, big budget action with humour in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Joe Cornish of Adam & Joe as scriptwriter also points to laughs ahoy. This could actually be a good superhero comedy, unlike Hancock which had a boring and confusing second half, and Superhero Movie, the less said about which the better. Watch this space, Edgar Wright will begin work after Scott Pilgrim.

5. My Best Friend
Director: Wes Anderson
Writer: TBA
Starring: TBA
Release date: 2011

Anderson's first remake, this is based on Mon Meilleur Ami, a French film about a grouchy antique salesman who realises he has no best friend, and because of a bet, has 10 days to find one. He meets a friendly taxi driver who just could be his first real friend. Sound cliché to you? It does to me, but it also sounds perfect for Anderson, bringing together two of his favourite themes: gruff, disillusioned middle-aged men making human connection, and incredibly rich people. For me, the whimsical Anderson can't put a foot wrong right now, and even though I know next to nothing about this film, I can't wait to see it.

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