I’ve been seeing a lot of “best of/worst of” 2009 lists and though I would love to sit down and make my own, it would take me a year to process my likes and dislikes. I thought maybe it would be easier to list off all the movies I’m looking forward to next year. So here goes it…
The Lovely Bones
I was upset that the December release date was pushed back to Jan. I think it only played in very selected cities or at least just L.A. so either way, I won’t get to see it till 2010. I read the book and thought it was sadly beautiful so I was drawn to see what Peter Jackson would do with it and now in 2010, I’ll finally know.
Adam Green has made my list as one of my favorite directors just based on how much I love Hatchet and how much of a poster boy he is for horror lovers. At L.A. Fango Weekend of Horrors, Green discussed Frozen and said it was like Open Water on a ski lift. I just watched the trailer and wow, that’s the best way to describe it. The thing I love about these kinds of movies is the “how the fuck do we get out of this?” situation. When I first heard about it, I thought, “well, can’t someone just jump and get help?” That kinda looks like it would maybe hurt. Check out the trailer here- http://www.apple.com/trailers/independent/frozen/
Alice in Wonderland
Let it be known that I love, love, love! Alice in Wonderland. It’s my absolute favorite Disney movie. I yearn for the day that I get to witness some sort of American McGee‘s version of Alice but I’m fond of Tim Burton so I’m hoping for the best here. I only saw a few minutes of his Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and it scared me. Not in a good way but in a “what the crap is this?” way. I don’t know how I’ll feel about his take on Alice, but I know I’ll harbor some great nostalgic moments and that’s all I need.
P.S. Does anyone else wonder if Burton’s carrying a major hard-on for Johnny Depp?
I’m annoyed that the trailer isn’t available online yet. I’m hearing that it’s attached to Avatar screenings yet I went to a sneak preview where no trailers were shown at all. Wa-wa.
But ok, let’s be completely honest here, I love what Aja did with The Hills Have Eyes but even if Piranha sucks 8 different kinds of ass, I don’t think there’s anyway I won’t enjoy this. Killer fish…killing.. in 3-D. Here’s my 10 bucks Hollywood, show this movie to me now.
Here’s the original for anyone who hasn’t seen it.
A Nightmare on Elm St. (remake)
We can all go on a debate on original vs. remake and fuck remakes and so on, blah, blah. There are a lot of remakes I don’t like but there are a few that I thought “wow, that was awesome.” Even if I had to see if from a view point of a “different” movie other than a side-by-side comparison to the original. Anyway, I’m really looking forward to seeing A Nightmare on Elm St.
It sucks that Robert Englund isn’t Freddy. We all know and love him as Freddy but I’m not completely opposed to bringing someone fresh into the mix. During the first two films, Freddy was a serious guy, really fuckin scary and he gave us real nightmares. Then went on the other films where he turned out to be a real cool killer. We looked forward to his “punnies” and antics. When New Nightmare came out, I thought “this is the Freddy I fear.” His dark, sinister presences gave me chills and I knew there were no jokes coming from him to ease that tension. The remake is taking us back to that person plus a back story, yay back stories! Just based on the trailer, I have no doubt that this movie won’t shame the Freddy legend.
(I only hope he doesn’t have that “big bad wolf” voice during the whole movie)
Let Me In (Let The Right One In Remake)
Ah, Let The Right One In, be still my heart. Again on the remake track, I have no problem with one of my favorite movies being Americanized. And I heard that this version will incorporate some of the book. I loved how the movie stuck mainly with the kids’ story throughout the whole movie instead of spinning off into all the different characters in the book but I would like to see some elements of the book spliced into the new film. I had to run out and buy the book the same weekend I saw the movie because I was dying to know some sort of origins of Eli. I wanted to know how she got to be her and so on. I think if that’s brought out in the new movie without complicating the story, it will turn out to be great. We’ll see.
So far that’s all I can think of right now. I’m sure I’m missing a few but those are the ones that I’m really looking forward to and I hope I’m not disappointed. Oh lord, don’t let me be disappointed!
2010, bring us great movies!