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Movies I’m Looking Forward To in 2009

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Movies I’m Looking Forward To
 
I saw some Trailers for movies last night at the opening of 007’s “Quantum of Solace”. That prompted me to take a look at what I might be interested in for 2009.
 

 
“Quantum of Solace” wrapped up "Casino Royale" well and sets us all up for a whole new level of Bad Guys, and every government they have infiltrated, all needing the ‘special attention’ of James Bond to make things right. I see at least 3 more movies with Daniel Craig keeping me interested unless the anticipated theme sells out to support government as a ‘necessary evil’ that must compromise (kill, lie, cheat, steal) to accomplish the “good” that exists only in the minds of those advocating the compromise.
 
Quantum of Solace left us with the possibility of an interesting view of governments as nothing more than useful tools of very Bad and Powerful people (appealing to their market I imagine).
 
One of the movie trailers was for “The International”.

The International (February)
What could be more timely than a drama about the international banking system? Clearly, the producers didn’t appreciate the serendipity because it was delayed while additional, more action-packed, scenes were added. Will the world be tired of hearing about bankers by February? Naomi Watts and the thinking woman’s action man Clive Owen rather hope not. TrailerPoster
The 50 Biggest Movies of 2009 Our selection of the fifty most exciting blockbuster films for the year ahead ( below are a few of the 50 listed that I may have an interest in TimesOnline.UK)
 
 

Star Trek (May – Try and keep our generation away)

J.J. Abrams attempts to reinvigorate the slightly tired Star Trek franchise with a story set immediately before the action of the first TV series. Winona Ryder looks set for a return to the big leagues as Amanda Grayson – Spock’s mum. British geek god Simon Pegg turns up as Scotty, and Zachary Quinto the dark presence at the heart of TV’s Heroes certainly looks the part as a young Spock. Expect tricksy time travel shenanigans, freak transporter accidents and a clever, ubiquitous and ultimately slightly annoying viral marketing campaign. Official siteAlan Coren on Star Trek in 1976 Trailer
 
Fast & Furious (June – my two sons have been big fans of this series for many years and I bet I can get a movie date with them for this one)
Fourth in the franchise but (and pay attention, there will be a test) occupying the number three slot in the series narrative, the movie will take the story back to its very beginnings. Paul Walker and Vin Diesel reunite in the franchise that inspired a million minor motoring offences. Official site
 
The Birds (The original Alfred Hitchcock movie scared the crap out of me when I was a kid and as an adult I had to work to overcome a fear of touching birds)
Few details are available about this re-make of Hitchcock’s strangest movie. Naomi Watts is reputedly playing Melanie Daniels, the mischievous socialite portrayed byTippi Hedren in the 1963 film, and there’s talk of George Clooney for the role of Mitch Brenner, the smoothly irresistible lawyer who draws her to the doomed township of Bodega Bay. The original Times review
 
Nottingham (November – Russell Crowe’s participation guarantees that my wife will want to see this)
Russell Crowe plays dual roles in this revision of the Robin Hood legend. If you can trust anyone, it’s a bone fide cinema genius like director Ridley Scott but Hood and Nottingham with the same face sounds like a recipe for chuckles rather than thrills. News item
 
2012 (July – The End of the Mayan Calendar coming in 2012 was certain to create a market for such a movie,… well, here it is)
Master of disaster Roland Emmerich (The Day after Tomorrow, Godzilla, Independence Day) assembles an impressive cast including John Cusack, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson and Danny Glover for an apocalyptic epic based on a 7th Century Mayan prophecy. Never one to do things by halves, Emmerich will apparently open the film with the end of the world as we know it and let things escalate from there. Director interview
 
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (June – Our family enjoyed the first movie so I suspect this will be another family event. And the girl was definitely pleasant to watch)
The inevitable sequel to last year’s surprise hit features more action, more laughs, and more shape-shifting robots. Michael Bay and Shia LeBoef return as director and star respectively with the astoundingly attractive Megan Fox as Shia’s love interest, a more international battleground and the eagerly anticipated introduction of fan favourite Soundwave. Official site
 
Terminator Salvation (June – Oh heck yes! How is any SciFi fan going to be able tostay away from this one?)
The long-awaited ‘future war’ segment of the Terminator saga, previously only hinted at in the first three movies, dominates proceedings in Charlie’s Angels director McG’s bold reawakening of the killer robot franchise. Christian Bale, fresh from his spectacular triumph as one fanboy hero in Dark Knight essays another - John Connor, charismatic leader of the anti-Skynet forces who the Terminators have been trying to eliminate for the last three films. Roland Kickinger will be the principal Terminator this because Arnold Schwarzenegger is said to be too busy running California to appear as the iconic cyborg killing machine and Anton Yelchin, Sam Worthington and Helena Bonham-Carter are along for the ride. Official site Trailer

Angels & Demons (May – A friend was very entertained by the book and I’m certain that the religious controvercy and Tom Hanks participation will get me to at least rent the DVD when it comes out)
In the wake of the Da Vinci Code, another recklessly improbable Dan Brown adventure gets the Tom Hanks treatment. Ewan McGregor comes on board this time for a breakneck chase around Vatican City in search of some antimatter, the Illuminati and a decent haircut. The critics will snigger, and Dan Brown fans (of whom there are many) will ignore them and make May one of the busiest months at the box office. Teaser trailer

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (May – Another franchise that my family has enjoyed together)
Hugh Jackman’s back for an X-Men prequel set 17 years before the action of the first movie.The film traces the early career of Logan, the indestructible mutant who will one day be X-Man Wolverine. Cameos from future X-Men and the chance to see how Logan acquired his deadly claws and curious hairdo give the film a geek power that will set the internet buzzing ahead of the premiere. It will be interesting to see how this performs after the third X-Men movie was seen by many to be something of a mis-step in the X-franchise. Marvel Comics page Teaser trailer

Watchmen (March – looks cool and there is a lot of hype, but I suspect I’ll wait until my youngest daughter (19) tells me what she thinks of it. The the best movie critic of the family) UK Exclusive - New Trailer
Alan Moore’s superlative comic book finally, against the author’s will, reaches the big screen. There’s little doubt for anyone who’s read the original comic that this movie will be a huge triumph. We know the ending has been amended but every scene that’s been seen so far is slavishly faithful to Dave Gibbons’s original drawings, with just a few costume tweaks to make Nite Owl look a little less ridiculous and Silk Spectre a little bit sexier. How Watchmen will play to audiences who haven’t already been seduced by Moore’s vision of a parallel universe Cold War showdown between the members of a disbanded hero team remains to be seen. You can be sure, however, that every comic geek in the western world will see this film, and either rave about it or rail against it on the internet for evermore. Blockbuster Buzz on Watchmen Official site TrailerFeaturette
Did I mention that Star Trek was coming out in 2009? (May)
J.J. Abrams attempts to reinvigorate the slightly tired Star Trek franchise with a story set immediately before the action of the first TV series. Winona Ryder looks set for a return to the big leagues as Amanda Grayson – Spock’s mum. British geek god Simon Pegg turns up as Scotty, and Zachary Quinto the dark presence at the heart of TV’s Heroes certainly looks the part as a young Spock. Expect tricksy time travel shenanigans, freak transporter accidents and a clever, ubiquitous and ultimately slightly annoying viral marketing campaign. Official site Alan Coren on Star Trek in 1976 Trailer
 
 

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