The Upcoming Film Slate

Inception was amongst my most anticipated film of 2010 for this summer, and having seen that film in theaters (although I would very much like to see it once or twice more, soon), focus inevitably moves towards the next big thing to watch. With San Diego Comic Con over, and with it, a large rush of new trailers and films announced, or at least expounded upon. Looking at what’s coming up, there are a couple of films that have caught my eye, which will be released in the next year or so.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1

When it comes to Harry Potter, I’ve enjoyed the books, but I’ve really disliked the movies. The first and second films were simply abysmal, childish and completely didn’t mesh with my vision of what the books were, while The Prisoner of Azkaban was marvelous, film-wise, but lacking in terms of adaptation. I haven’t seen the movies that follow, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Order of the Phoenix and the Half Blood Prince, and I’ve heard varying degrees of quality from the lot of them. Still, the films look like they are getting better, and hopefully, I’ll catch up with the films in order to see the first of the last Harry Potter film in theaters. Overall, I’ve really liked what I’ve seen from the trailers, in terms of film quality and the story, and if anything, it’ll hopefully be fun to watch.

Tron: Legacy

I first watched the original Tron earlier this year, and I was absolutely blown away by it. The graphics are certainly outdated, but that hardly matters. Now, the original cast is back, aged in real time, and along with it, a stunning new version of the computerized universe, which, from all appearances by the trailers and VFX reels, looks simply stunning. This film has me left with some extremely high hopes, and I’m interested to see where they can go with the story, twenty or so years later. With the release of the first film, there was a certain understanding as to how computers and cyberspace was used. Now, in the age where computers are a major part of entertainment and work, that understanding has changed, substantially. Hopefully, the film will change with that change in understanding.

Battle: Los Angeles

This film is one that has seen the occasional news, but with Comic Con, there were several major announcements, and a trailer released, which has gotten me very interested in what this one will be about. The basic premise is that the film will mesh Independence Day and Black Hawk Down, as the Marines confront an alien invasion in Los Angeles. My guess is that this film will be approached much like we did District 9, with an original story, marketed with an interesting viral marketing campaign, similar film styles and so forth. The basic premise, marines vs. aliens, is already a fun one. What’s gotten me more interested is that this film is being approached as if it were a war film. The aliens will be organized, logical, and aren’t going to be destroying things like monuments. Plus, there will be combat. It should be a fun ride. No trailer yet, but that should be coming soon.

Sucker Punch

The trailer for this new Zach Snyder film looked just plain awesome. I have very little to go on: a trailer that combines dragons, Samurai, rockets, Nazis, alien planets, and a bunch of girls, and a description of ‘Alice in Wonderland plus machine guns.’. The film doesn’t look like it’s going to be anything that’s going to be thought provoking or anything like that. This looks to be the film that will be balls to the wall action, coupled with Snyder’s fantastic visual style that he’s worked on in 300 and Watchmen.

Thor

The trailer for this film leaked this morning, and honestly? It looks much better than I thought it might. Thor was a film that I wasn’t all that interested in watching, but it looks like it could be quite a bit of fun, especially as Marvel dips further and further into the Avengers arc that will be tying all of their films together. There is enough action and familiar characters to make this film appear to feel very much at home with the universe that’s being created, and it’s just one further step in a bigger plan that Marvel has going.

Monsters

Titled Mexico’s District 9, this film has also been on my radar, with a couple of short teasers and photos. The premise follows a NASA satellite that had been searching for life crashes south of the United States border, bringing with it something, which blankets all of Mexico in a quarantine zone. A journalist has to bring someone across the area to the U.S., and they’ll be coming across these aliens. It looks like there’ll be a bit of a pointed message with it, and that worked well with District 9. Plus, it’s an original/independent film, which has me even more interested, getting some fresh voices to the genre.

Source Code

The last film on the list is Duncan Jone’s Source Code, which has wrapped filming in Montreal, and according to Jones, should be out early in 2011. Jones created the fantastic film Moon, which has become one of my all time favorites, and is putting together a story of a soldier who has to go into the minds of the victims of a train bombing in order to discover who the perpetrator was. Jones is going to be someone to watch with the genre, and I have a feeling that this film will be a very interesting one to watch.

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3 thoughts on “The Upcoming Film Slate

  1. Hmm. Of those I’m interested in Thor (and Cap, and Avengers. . .), Source Code and Monsters. Other forthcoming movies I’m looking forward to:

    Amadillo, by Janus Metz Pedersen — Documentary about Danish soldiers in Afghanistan. Looks fantastic, but hasn’t gotten any US distribution that I’m aware of.

    The Tree of Life, by Terrence Malick

    Umm. And there are others, I’m sure, but they’re not coming to mind right now.

    • I’m not as excited for Captain America/Thor as I was Iron Man, but they should be good in the run up to the Avengers.

      Los Angeles is the one that I’m the most excited for though.

  2. Interesting that we’re at opposite ends with the Potter films. I thought the first was best, each has been a little less so as the books and thus the films got less fun and more serious and dark. I kept reading, but only to follow the thread of the story. Almost quit when favorite character was killed. Read to the end, and will probably watch the films same, but I’m renting them these days while I was buying the DVDs at first.

    Of the others, maybe Tron and L.A.

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