I really have a lot of stuff to do aside from making this list, but I feel like taking a break right now. It’s been a while since I’ve made an article like this so bear with me please (thanks for taking your time to read this). Nevertheless, I hope after this you could decide on which films to spend your money on, as well as share a few films I may have missed!
Let me start off by listing the honorable mentions, which includes those which almost made my Top 10, those that looked cool but I’m not really dying to see, and those I really don’t want to see but worthy of being mentioned.
NOT REALLY FEELIN’…
This Is 40
Stars: Leslie Mann, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Megan Fox
I liked Paul Rudd and Jason Segel in I Love You, Man, but from what I’ve seen in the trailer it’s not as funny or as interesting. It’s probably suited for a different demographic. For those interested, they say it’s the sort-of-sequel for Knocked Up, which could be true.
Killing Them Softly
Stars: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins
Oscar bait! Seriously, Brad Pitt might even win an academy award for this, but the way the trailer was constructed was a mess! I seems like a decent drama, but I got really discouraged based on what I saw. Still, it’s an X-Factor which could go both ways.
Zero Dark Thirty
It was 2010 when Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker won over her ex-husband James Cameron’s Avatar for best picture. For me it was the worst decision the Academy has made, until The King’s Speech won over The Social Network the following year. You probably get the picture: a decent war film trumps a technological marvel, quite unfair in my opinion. This time Bigelow attempts to bring to the big screen an even more sensitive topic. So sensitive in fact that I’d feel uncomfortable to even consider watching it. Maybe you’d want to see it, but I give this one a pass.
LOOKS COOL, BUT I PROBABLY WON’T WATCH IT IN THEATERS
Playing For Keeps
Stars: Gerard Butler, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Megan Fox
I think Gerard Butler is good in romantic comedies. Sure, you normally don’t associate him with that genre, but refer to The Ugly Truth and you’ll see that he actually fits the role of a leading man. And while the trailer doesn’t look as funny, at least I found the premise much more interesting than This Is 40. As a trivia though, Megan Fox stars in both. Is she slowly, quietly working her way back to the top?
Stars: Keira Knightley, Aaron Johnson, Jude Law
Well look at that, Keira Knightley being typecast as the lead actress in a dress. But hey, she still looks stunning in it and it looks like the film’s heading towards Oscar-town as well. I read in a site that people who have read the novel absolutely love it, and feel like the actors are perfect for their roles. The plot looks strong and I’m eager to know more, but as of now I don’t really feel like lining up to catch it.
Stars: Tom Cruise
It’s Ethan Hunt outside Mission Impossible! But compared to that I thought the action scene they showed here felt weaker. The movie title is awful as well. Still, a mild version of M:I should be worth a view.
Stars: Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Olga Kurylenko, Abbie Cornish
One of the biggest winners of the Toronto International Film Festival. It has an awesome concept and a star-studded cast, though I wasn’t head over heels laughing while watching the trailer. Should be fun at least.
Stars: Matt Damon, John Krasinski
A gifted actor starring in what looks like another potential Oscar contender. I like the concept, but I’m not totally clamoring for it.
COMING SOON…PART 2: THE RUNNERS-UP!