A few days ago, io9 posted a list of 55 science fiction and fantasy movies to watch for in 2011. I picked out ten of the ones that I’m most interested in, but if you want to see the full list, go here: http://io9.com/5723075/55-science-fictionfantasy-movies-to-watch-out-for-in-2011.
As for the ones I’m into . . .
1.) Drive Angry
I know. I’m a little ashamed of myself for being interested in this, but I kind of adore William Fichtner, and he looks badASS as The Accountant. I’ll be voting for him against Nicholas Cage the whole way. Sure, Cage will win, you know, being the good guy and all, but I’ll be able to pretend for at least an hour and twenty minutes that Fichtner will make it. Hey, it’ll be like watching Under Siege again. Didn’t anyone else wish that Tommy Lee Jones shot Steven Segal in the head? Just me? Huh.
2.) Battle: Los Angeles
Why I want to see . . .
Partially because shit’s gonna blow up. Partially because Aaron Eckhart’s in it. And partially because I’m hopeful that Michelle Rodriguez’s character might actually make it through the movie without getting killed. Although, I’d prefer it if she just played a completely different type of character, you know, someone who’s not a badass with a chip on her shoulder. That . . . probably won’t happen here.
Simon Pegg. Nick Frost. Jason Bateman. Aliens.
I don’t believe anymore needs to be said.
4.) Sucker Punch
Yeah, there’s a good chance this is going to be a huge, hot mess, but I’m looking forward to it anyway. Say what you want about Zack Snyder, but the guy can make gorgeously, visually arresting movies, and I loved Dawn of The Dead, liked Watchmen a lot, and thought 300 was relatively fun, albeit a little ridiculous. So when I saw the trailer to this, awesomely paired with Led Zeppelin’s “When The Levees Break” at Comic Con? You bet your ass I was all in.
I can’t even express how excited I am to see this movie. James Gunn, Nathan Fillion, and a darkly comic superhero story? Sold.
6.) X-Men: First Class
Oh, that hat.
I’ll admit, I’m a little wary about this one, considering how X3 broke my soul, and Wolverine, well, that was just . . . yeah. But I’m cautiously optimistic about Origins, considering that Matthew Vaughn’s directing it. (Michael Fassbender doesn’t hurt, either. He was brilliant in Inglourious Basterds.)
7.) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II
I’ve already written about half of the country descending into some strange sort of madness when it came to HP:DH Part I; that movie was brilliant, people, brilliant. But even if you’re one of those strange (but, I’m sure, very nice) people who didn’t like Part I, you’re still going to be seeing Part II. No worries about this one at the box office.
I will be at the midnight showing an hour early, myself.
Oh, and it won’t happen, of course, but I’d consider it a very early Christmas present from God if they didn’t include J.K. Rowling’s hideously saccharine ending. Just putting that out there in the cosmos.
8.) Cowboys and Aliens
Mek’s planning on watching a bunch of westerns this year, and I’m planning on watch a bunch of sci fi movies, so it only seems fitting that we see this film together in theater.
I keep forgetting what this one’s called, because they keep changing the freaking title on me, but I’m determined to see it, anyway. Why? Mostly this cast: Cillian Murphy, Amanda Seyfried, Justin Timberlake, Matthew Bomer. Heh. Five years ago, Justin Timberlake would not have been a selling point for me. Funny, how life changes on you. Blame Black Snake Moan for that one.
10.) Sherlock Holmes 2
I’ll admit, when I saw the trailer for the first movie, I rolled my eyes pretty hard, but . . . look, Sherlock Holmes is just fun. Of course, you can talk about Robert Downey Jr.’s effortless charm, but it’s Jude Law that I really love in that film. There’s something about his Watson that I find compelling. And I’m super excited for the sequel . . . even though I assume it means that the new Mrs. Watson is about to be killed off. Too bad. I actually kind of liked Mary.
Maybe this will be a good year for movies, people.