Thursday, January 8, 2009

Most Anticipated Movies of 2009

Once again we stand at the threshold of contention! My friends over at SoulKerfuffle and LastBestAngryMan and I have decided to post our most anticipated movies of 2009.

Unlike Mr. Soulkerfuffle, I am an avid movie-goer. I love watching a film on the big screen and usually am accompanied by The Machete and the Jakiddy-Jake in these endeavors. Our standards are notoriously low at times (usually we only require violence and profanity and/or irreverent comedy), but hey, I firmly believe you can really enjoy sifting through the garbage (D-War) to find an unexpected gem (who thought Iron Man would be that amazingly, ridiculously good?). A lot of times "bad" movies are just as entertaining as "good" ones.

D-War and anything Ewe Boll-related being the notable exceptions.

5. New Moon

Ok, before everyone gets into a tizzy and starts questioning whether "those old rumors are true" just hear me out. Every once in a while (ok a lot of times) I drag the wife out to movies I enjoy (with guns and swords and monsters and all kinds of cool stuff). For some strange reason, she usually does not find these movies all that entertaining (with the most notable exception of Iron Man).

A few weeks back, I volunteered to see Twilight (occasionally she has the reading-equivalent of my movie taste) to make up for all of the crap I've made her sit through. Compared with something like Sex in the City or Marley and Me I'll take vampires, mild violence and comically bad lines any and every day of the week to make her happy (and to fulfill my husbandly date-movie requirements).

4. Star Trek

In the great Star Wars vs. Star Trek war, I am most certainly firmly standing beside Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, lightsaber at the ready. That may have slightly shifted a bit when I saw this:

Holy crap that looks cool.

The thing that has me interested, though, is the cast which includes Nicholas Angel as Scotty, Roldy as the much-The Machete-anticipated Dr. Sulu (oh myyyyyyyy, will he bring his en-tourage to see this film?), Eomer as Bones, Syler as Spock, and goddamned Darwin Tremor as Kirk!!!

I've also included a link to the theme song, which is also AWESOME.

3. Public Enemies

John Dillinger as portrayed by Johnny Depp. Do you really need any more reason than that? Ok, well he's being chased by Batman.

"Dames. They'll get you every time."

2. Watchmen

While this movie is a blatant ripoff of the first season of Heroes, it should be ok.

All joking and button-pushing aside, I agree with Mr. Soulkerfuffle that a lot can and has been going wrong with this film. I still hold out hope, however, that Alan Moore will burn down every theater and destroy every copy of this film personally if it sucks (after that last debacle). The script is based on one of (if not the) best graphic novels of all time, so it has a lot of good material to draw off of, if it isn't changed too much.

The trailer looks exceptional:

Hopefully that's an indication of unbridled awesomeness.

1. Fast & Furious

It seems like only yesterday when I saw the original Diesel-powered The Fast and the Furious in the theater. Eight times. No, literally, I saw it in the theater eight times when it was released in 2001.

I don't care what you say, the second and third sequels never happened.

Even beyond all of the unbelievable cars and stunts, the original 2001 movie was an entertainingly gritty cop/car drama reminiscent of Bullit. I loved every second of it.

Possibly the most badass action movie trailer of all time:

And no, contrary to popular belief, The Machete was neither consulted for nor performed any of the above driving stunts.


At January 8, 2009 at 1:11 PM , Anonymous Karen said...

Haha! Mad props to New Moon! Did you here they are keeping the same kid for Jacob? Yay!

At January 8, 2009 at 1:11 PM , Anonymous Karen said...

Misspelled "hear"...sigh...

At January 8, 2009 at 1:37 PM , Blogger Yeager said...

You're going to see the JJ Abrahms Star Trek. Really. After watching Cloverfield. You honestly think this is a good idea? This is going to be Stark Trek 90210.

At January 8, 2009 at 2:05 PM , Blogger LastBestAngryMan said...

Personally I think Abrams' Star Trek looks a hell of a lot more fun than any of the boring, staid, pretentious crap that's ever been on the big screen labeled "Star Trek" before.

Also, I still have never seen the original The Fast and the Furious. Don't know if I ever will.

At January 8, 2009 at 2:08 PM , Blogger Andy said...


Melrose Space...

The monster-background noise was awesome in Cloverfield.


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