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20 February 2009 @ 09:04 am
Upcoming movies  
It's about that time of year again, where i look at all the upcoming movies to see what appeals to me, or what i'm curious about, or what i'm appalled by :)

I think it was last year that i switched over from using IMDB to Wikipedia, just because they have a better organized and easier to find list, and it loads quicker :) If you want, you can follow along with the wikipedia article.

Actually, this is quite a bit earlier than last year. Of the previous list of 20 movies, i saw 6 of them in the theatre, 5 of them on DVD (via shelleycat's Netflix account =) decided 2 of them looked too dumb for words after i saw a couple trailers, and there are 4 others i'd still kinda like to see (one of which should be showing up in shelleycat's mailbox soon.) And one of them got delayed to this year and shows up in the list below =)

This year's upcoming movies:

  • "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li" - I'm not exactly _interested_ in it, but i am curious to see how the latest iteration of bad movies based on a video game works out :)
  • "Watchmen" - I was rather wary of this at first because it's being done by the guy who did 300, and i was very put off by the art style of that movie. But judging by the trailers Watchmen isn't going to be as bad as that, so i'm cautiously hopeful at the moment.
  • "Tokyo!" - Seems to be a bizarre but possibly interesting art-type film
  • "Race to Witch Mountain" - I loved the books as a kid, and it's been long enough since i read them that i may not be horrified by all the liberties i'm sure they'll take :)
  • "Knowing" - It's supposed to be a movie about the end of the world, or some such, so it may be interesting, or it may just suck.
  • "This Side of the Truth" - This is supposed to be set in an "alternate earth" in which lying was never invented, until someone comes up with the idea in the equivalent of the present day. Rather implausible, but it might be interesting, depending on what the story is really about.
  • "Monsters vs. Aliens" - CG comedy by DreamWorks, so there's pretty good odds it will actually be interesting.
  • "Dragonball Evolution" - A live-action adaption of Dragonball. Words can not descrive the WTFness when i first saw a poster for this. I couldn't even identify who most of the actors were supposed to be. Like Streetfighter, i'm mainly interested in this out of a curiosity about the magnitude of the trainwreck we are about to witness :)
  • "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" - Another one i hadn't heard of until i saw the movie poster for it.
  • "Star Trek" - Doesn't that need a subtitle or something?
  • "Terminator Salvation" - I never actually saw the third Terminator movie and heard it kinda sucked after the fact. So i don't have much in the way of expectations for this one, but we'll see what the reviews say when it comes out.
  • "Up" - I'm not as intrigued by the concept as i was by a lot of their earlier films, but i'm not put off the way i was by "Cars" either.
  • "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" - The saving grace of the first one was that i saw it at Anime Expo. This one is coming out a week or two earlier however, so it's not going to have that benefit. On the other hand, most of the damage has already been done with the first one.
  • "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" - Oh yeah, i saw a 3D preview for this one too. I thought the first Ice Age movie was okay, but never saw the second one.
  • "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" - What else is there to say? :)
  • "G-Force" - A Disney movie staring Nicolas Cage as a guniea pig secret agent. It's just so bizarre that i had to add it to the list :)
  • "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" - This will probably be awesome, or awesomely sucky. Either way it should be possibly to derive some entertainment out of it :)
  • "Tekken" - Say what? I guess someone figured they couldn't let Streetfighter get away with hogging all the bad movie adaptions of fighting games pie this year? =P
  • "District 9" - Seems to be a science-fiction-as-social-comentary movie, about a group of aliens who land in modern day Africa and are enslaved by a corporation named "Multi National United."
  • "Pandorum" - Some kind of science fiction film about which little seems to be known.
  • "9" - Looks awesome
  • "Daybreakers" - Some kind of post-apocalyptic vampire movie
  • "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" - SRSLY?
  • "Jennifer's Body" - Wikipedia claims it has been "described as similar in tone to 'Heathers'"
  • "The Surrogates" - Another sci-fi film, this one starring Bruce Willis.
  • "Toy Story 3D" - Just a 3D version of the original i guess. Still might be worth seeing.
  • "Where the Wild Things Are" - Well i guess if we've got Streetfighter and Tekken this year, we need something to accompany "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" as well :)
  • "Astro Boy" - ...and likewise, something to go along with Dragonball =P
  • "Fantastic Mr. Fox" - Now it's a trio of kids books.
  • "2012" - A "science fiction" movie based on the whole end of the Mayan callendar thing. If it starts talking about pole reversal i may have to throtle someone =P
  • "Sherlock Holmes" - A Sherlock Holmes movie starring Robert Downey Jr.? Interesting...
  • "Planet 51" - Hmmm, some kind of CG SF movie, looks like a comedy one.
  • "Avatar" - Not the Last Airbender, this seems to be a 3D CG SF movie by James Cameron.
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Geoff: Animal (rant)thegreatgonz on February 20th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
Re "Witch Mountain", judging by the trailers, "liberties" doesn't begin to describe it. I loved the book too (and the old, fairly faithful Disney movie they made from it), and the trailer makes it look like there's basically nothing left of it except a couple of blond kids (who aren't actually even kids anymore) and a road trip.
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 20th, 2009 08:06 pm (UTC)
All i really remember from the books is that there were some kids who were actually aliens who had psychic powers and were trying to get away from, um, the government i guess? So assuming the movie is any good in its own right it would be kinda hard from them to screw that formula up :)
Kirin: Avatar-Gaiakirinn on February 20th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
The only ones of these I'm at all likely to actually get around to seeing are Watchmen, Star Trek, Potter, maybe 9, and *maybe* Transformers. Even that would be a lot of actual theater movies for me in a season or two, though.

Oh, and I'm kind of shocked that Tekken is actually out soon; I occasionally follow Tekken game news, and I only remember vaguely hearing that someone was working on it. All indications, or course, are that it will be terrible and bear some slight passing resemblance to the game continuity.
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 20th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
I'll definitely see Potter and 9.

I'll probably see Up and Stark Trek (at least last i heard shelleycat seemed pretty interested in the trailers.)

I'd kind of like to see Monsters vs. Aliens, just for the excuse to play around with the 3D glasses :)

Anything else will just be a bonus (hopefully =)
Kirin: Avatar-Gaiakirinn on February 20th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
Oops, I left Up off my list. I'd like to see that, too. Gah, too many movies.

Which means Transformers will probably get bumped off for being dumb, though that's a slight shame, since Michael Bay movies are really only worth anything in a theater for the giant explosions and shiny things. Oh well.

Actually, in practice, which of the big fan movies I see out of Watchmen, ST, and TF will probably mostly depend on which ones friends end up making an outing of at a time that's convenient for us.

Lately I've found Dreamwork's CG comedies to be kind of superseded by Pixar's, so I probably won't bother with that one. Trailer looked mildly amusing, but not enough to make me buy a 3D theater ticket.
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debate: tekkenakiko on February 20th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
Bob ain't in it. No UST :( *pout*
Kirin: Mylene-huh?kirinn on February 20th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
You realize this reply makes no sense in context since I didn't even mention the Tekken movie here, right? (I figured that one was in "too stupid to pay for" territory despite being fans of the franchise.)
Sister Atom Bomb of Courteous Debateakiko on February 20th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Makes perfect sense if you look at the icon. :P
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 21st, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
Well since i couldn't see the icon when i first read the comment in email i was glad for the clarification :)