Okay, so 2008 is far behind us, and it didn't quite make an impression on anyone (can someone tell me why Slumdog is taking every and all prizes other than because its competition is horribly weak?) In any case: let's look ahead people! I mostly look forward to films because of the people involved so that's why the list skews more towards films made by/starring people I love. "Big Movies" and the "Blockbusters" don't really get me excited though I do end up watching them, so that's why stuff like Watchmen, Terminator and Avatar don't quite make it to the list. Without further ado:
Top 20 Films I'm Most Looking Forward to
20. Cherie (Stephen Frears)
Michelle Pfeiffer in a costume drama. Need we say more?
19. Shutter Island (Martin Scorcese)
Despite The Aviator I still look forward to any Leo/Marty pairing.
18. Duplicity (Tony Gilroy)
You had me at Julia Roberts headlining a film. Add in Tony 'Bourne/Michael Clayton' Gilroy and a shirtless scene with Clive Owen and you've got me really intrigued for this film.
17. A Single Man (Tom Ford)
You have to give props to Mr Ford for bringing together three stars I love: Julianne, Lee & Colin. Also, I love the original story so I'm interested to see how this turns out.
16. An Education (Lone Scherfig)
If there was one deafening pronouncement coming from Sundance this year, it was the breakthrough of a certain Ms Carey Mulligan in this Nick Hornby-penned film. Add in Peter Saarsgard and an academic environment and I'm sold.
15. Rudo y Cursi (Carlos Cuaron)
Gael. Diego. 'Nuff said.
14. Brothers (Jim Sheridan)
Is it just me or was this supposed to be an '08 release? In any case, this remake of a Danish film of the same name has me intrigued, mainly for the talent involved (Ms Portman, Jake and Tobey).
13. Ponyo at the Cliff (Hayao Miyazaki)
I'm an animation freak, so of course I would be
looking forward to Miyazaki's new retelling of Anderson's Little Mermaid. Also, is this not the best voice acting cast since... ever? You had me at Tina Fey.
12. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (David Yates)
This was on my list last year: Warner Bros better make our wait worth while!
11. Los Abrazos Rotos (Pedro Almodovar)
Penelope. Pedro. 'Nuff said.
10. The Princess and the Frog (Ron 'n John)
These are the guys that brought us The Little Mermaid, Hercules and Aladdin, and while I'm unsure about the whole 'Randy Newman writes New Orleans tunes' is gonna work out, I have high hopes for this return to form among the Disney crowd.
9. Away We Go (Sam Mendes)
This is why doing research for upcoming films is fun: you realize John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph Maggie Gyllenhaal, Cheryl Hines, Alison Janney and Catherine O'Hara are starring in a new comedy film by Sam Mendes!
8. Julie and Julia (Nora Ephron)
Meryl. Amy. 'Nuff said.
7.The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackson)
The novel tells the story of a girl who watches from heaven as her family deal with her murder. Intriguing no? We'll see what Mr Jackson cooks up for us.
6. Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (Edgar Wright)
Have you really not picked up the wonderful comic books that trace the trials and tribulations of a certain Scott Pilgrim? What is wrong with you? And now, with a wonderful cast, I can't wait to see what this film looks like.
5. Sunshine Cleaning (Christine Jeffs)
Amy. Emily. 'Nuff said. (This film also closes the Amy-Emily-Meryl-Anne square - wait no. Amy and Anne now need to star in something...)
4. 500 Days of Summer (Marc Webb)
I already talked about how much I was looking forward to this film starring Zoey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt here.
3. Nine (Rob Marshall)
Nicole. Penelope. Kate. Sophia. Judi. Marion. 'Nuff said. Well, no - add to it the directorial vision of Rob Marshall and you've got yourself the most anticipated musical this year.
2. Talking Woodstock (Ang Lee)
When has Mr Lee disappointed us? (If you're answer was "Hulk" please go skulk in the corner right now, shame on you!) Also: Emile, Paul (Dano), Liev, Imelda, Demetri Martin (just saw him on Flight of the Conchords - so cute!) and Jonathan 'Spring Awakening' Groff!
1. Up (Pete Docter)
Is this a surprise to anyone? Of course PIXAR's latest installment would make my number 1 (the fact that Ratatouille and Wall‧E were my top picks for the last two years proves that I have yet to be disappointed by Lassetter & co).