Friday, January 14, 2011

The Sadness of 2011

Once again, it's time to play the "there are no good movies coming out next year" game - except this time, the barren wasteland of 2011 is quite shocking - scary, even. 
Seriously, over the first four months of the year, what is anybody legitimately looking forward to? I kind of have a hankering to see Joe Wright's Hanna or Duncan Jones' Source Code and maybe Francis Lawrence's Water for Elephants, but I'm not really excited about any of it - even Pixar's offering this year will struggle to get me in the theater. 
The summer? Full of superheroes (Thor, Captain America, Green Lantern) and sequels that nobody cares about (Pirates of the Caribbean, Transformers), what's new? 
Well Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens should be a wonderful little genre splice-up that I'm looking forward to and Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class should be interesting, given the conceptual work being shared by the film's creators plus the young, diverse cast slipping on the costumes. (Although I still contend that Singer's X-Men films were uniformly overpraised for being simply competent.) And J.J. Abrams also returns to the monster-flick with Super 8, so that should be fun. 
Other than that, it's Katherine Heigl Lionsgate action-comedies and more Kevin James buffoonery...and we thought last year was bad. 

1 comment:

  1. Martin Scorsese's HUGO CABRET
    Terrance Malick's TREE OF LIFE
    Steven Spielberg's WARHORSE
    (or his TINTIN collaboration w. Peter jackson for that matter)
    Cameron Crowe's WE BOUGHT A ZOO
    Alexander Payne's THE DESCENDANTS

    ...and that's just off the top of my head.