21 December 2009

Movie Wish List #12

There are so many cool films coming out I actually had to stop listing them all here! (I'll save them for a later post e.g. Kick Ass, Clash of the Titans etc). These will keep us going for a long while:

Last Updated:24 March 2011

Avatar [imdb] - NZ Release 16 December 2009
Director: James Cameron; Starring: Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez
The Plot: A band of humans are pitted in a battle against a distant planet's indigenous population.
The hype for this film is crazt. The 3D is meant to be awesome.

Sherlock Holmes [imdb] - NZ Release 26 December 2009
Director: Guy Ritchie; Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Rachel McAdams
The Plot: Detective Sherlock Holmes (Downey Jr.) and his stalwart partner Watson (Law) engage in a battle of wits and brawn with a nemesis whose plot is a threat to all of England.

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo [imdb] - NZ Release 26 December 2009
Director: Niels Arden Oplevc; Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Peter Haber
The Plot: Swedish thriller based on Stieg Larsson's novel about a journalist and a young female hacker.

Whip It [imdb] - NZ Release 7 January 2010
Director: Drew Barrymore; Starring: Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, Marcia Gay Harden, Shannon Eagen, Zoe Bell, Juliette Lewis
The Plot: In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin.

Fantastic Mr Fox [imdb] - NZ Release 7 January 2010
Director: Wes Anderson; Starring (voices of): George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, Jarvis Cocker, Wes Anderson
The Plot: Angry farmers, tired of sharing their chickens with a sly fox, look to get rid of their opponent and his family.

Up in the Air [imdb] - NZ Release 14 January 2010
Director: Jason Reitman; Starring: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Melanie Lynskey, Danny McBride, Zach Galifianakis
The Plot: Ryan Bingham (Clooney) is a corporate-downsizing expert whose cherished life on the road is threatened just as he is on the cusp of reaching ten million frequent flyer miles and just after he's met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.

Nine [imdb] - NZ Release 28 January 2010
Director: Rob Marshall; Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren, Kate Hudson
The Plot: Famous film director Guido Contini (Day-Lewis) struggles to find harmony in his professional and personal lives, as he engages in dramatic relationships with his wife, his mistress, his muse, his agent, and his mother.

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire [imdb] - NZ Release 4 February 2010
Director: Lee Daniels; Starring: Gabourey 'Gabby' Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz
The Plot: In Harlem, an overweight, illiterate teen (Sidibe) who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction.

Edge of Darkness [imdb] - NZ Release 4 February 2010
Director: Martin Campbell; Starring: Mel Gibson, Ray Winstone, Danny Huston
The Plot: As homicide detective Thomas Craven (Gibson) investigates the death of his activist daughter, he uncovers not only her secret life, but a corporate cover-up and government collusion that attracts an agent (Winstone) tasked with cleaning up the evidence.

The Book of Eli [imdb] - NZ Release 18 February 2010
Director: Albert Hughes Allen Hughes; Starring: Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis, Ray Stevenson, Michael Gamb,on, Jennifer Beals, Gary Oldman
The Plot: In a post-apocalyptic United States, a lone man (Washington) fights his way across the country in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.

Shutter Island [imdb] - NZ Release 25 February 2010
Director: Martin Scorsese; Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams. Patrica Clarkson
The Plot: When a psychotic killer (Mortimer) disappears from a mental institution on Shutter Island, a pair of U.S. Marshals (Ruffalo and DiCaprio) race against the clock in order to track her down.

Alice in Wonderland [imdb] - NZ Release 4 March 2010
Director: Tim Burton; Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Stephen Fry, Christopher Lee, Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman, Matt Lucas, Marton Csokas
The Plot: 19-year-old Alice (Wasikowska) returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror.

Daybreakers [imdb] - NZ Release 11 March 2010
Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig; Starring: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Sam Neill
The Plot: In the year 2017, a plague has transformed most every human into vampires. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher (Hawke) works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.

MicMacs [imdb]
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet; Starring: Dany Boon, André Dussollier, Nicolas Marié, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Yolande Moreau, Dominique Pinon
The Plot: A man is accidently shot in the head, survives due to a medical miracle, but ends up homeless. He is befriended by an eccentric bunch of misfits, who help him plot to take down the weapons manufacturers responsible for the bullet used in his shooting.
From the genuis director that gave us Amelie, The City of Lost Children, and Delicatessen - I'm *really* excited to see this film. I hope it gets a NZ release soon, or I might be tempted to buy the DVD from overseas.

Armored [imdb]
Director: Nimród Antal; Staring: Columbus Short, Matt Dillon, Laurence Fishburne, Jean Jeno, Skeet Urlich
The Plot: A newbie guard for an armored truck company is coerced by his veteran coworkers to steal a truck containing $42 million. But a wrinkle in their supposedly foolproof plan divides the group, leading to a potentially deadly resolution.
'Vacancy' wasn't bad (also by Nimród Antal). I am guessing this will be full of action. Plus I am bias towards Jean Reno (Matt Dillon and Skeet Urlich help too!).

Brothers [imdb]
Director: Jim Sheridan; Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Tobey Maguire
The Plot: Sam Cahill (Maguire) returns from being held as a prisoner-of-war in Afghanistan to find that his ex-con brother (Gyllenhaal) has become the man, of sorts, of the household where Sam's wife, Grace (Portman) had been living under the assumption that she was a widow.

The Last Station [imdb]
Director: Michael Hoffman; Starring: Helen Mirren, James McAvoy, Christopher Plummer, Paul Giamatti
The Plot: The Countess Sofya (Mirren), wife and muse to Leo Tolstoy (Plummer), uses every trick of seduction on her husband's loyal disciple (McAvoy), whom she believes was the person responsible for Tolstoy signing a new will that leaves his work and property to the Russian people.
A total of 5 Independent Spirit Awards nominations greeted the period piece a few days before its U.S. release. Will it be matched (at least) by its Oscar tally?

Youth in Revolt [imdb]
Director: Miguel Arteta; Starring: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Ray Liotta, Steve Buscemi, Jean Smart, and Zach Galifianakis
The Plot: Like most teens, young Nick Twisp (Cera) is ruled by his libido. And from the recesses of a trailer park in Northern California, Twisp concocts a plan -- make that multiple schemes -- to lose his virginity to a local girl, the precocious Sheeni Saunders (Doubleday).

Legion [imdb]
Director: Scott Stewart; Starring: Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Charles S. Dutton, Lucas Black
The Plot: At a remote truck stop diner, in the wake of a biblical apocalypse, a group of strangers unwittingly become humanity's last line of defense when they discover the diner's young waitress is pregnant with the messiah.

When in Rome [imdb]
Director: Mark Steven Johnson; Starring: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Angelica Huston, Will Arnett, Jon Heder
The Plot: Beth (Bell) is a young, ambitious New Yorker who is completely unlucky in love. However, when she impulsively steals some coins from a reputed fountain of love during a whirlwind trip to Rome, she finds herself aggressively pursued by a band of suitors.
Cos I am a sucker for Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell), Will Arnett, Jon Heder, and Rome.

A Couple of Dicks [imdb]
Director: Kevin Smith; Starring: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jason Lee, Sean Williams Scott, Adam Brody, Kevin Pollack
The Plot: A comedy about two cops (Willis and Jordan) whose adventures include locating a stolen baseball card, rescuing a woman, and dealing with gangsters and their laundered money.
This cast directed by Kevin Smith - how could it go wrong?!

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