Posts Tagged ‘film’

ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Starring: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska
Director: Tim Burton
Release Date: March 4, 2010

After two decades of working together, you’d think Johnny Depp and Tim Burton would be sick of each other. But just take a look at some select titles from their filmography: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007). If there’s one thing you can predict about the two-decade Depp-Burton collaboration, it’s that it’s going to be unpredictable. Their spin on the beloved Lewis Carroll fantasy, with Depp playing the Mad Hatter and newcomer Wasikowska as the 19-year-old who falls down the rabbit hole again to end the Red Queen’s (Bonham Carter) reign of terror, should continue that streak.

CLASH OF THE TITANS
Starring: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson
Director: Louis Leterrier
Release Date: March 26, 2010

This story of the Greek myth—about Perseus, the mortal son of the Greek god Zeus, battling Medusa, the Kraken monster, and other minions of the underworld in his quest to save the Princess Andromeda—first unfurled on worldwide screens in 1981 with LA Law star Harry Hamlin in the lead. But fantasy film buffs will forever define the original for its at-the-time groundbreaking, now-quaint stop-motion visual effects, courtesy of industry maverick Ray Harryhausen. This year’s retelling has newly minted star Sam Worthington (Avatar) and 30 years’ worth of technological innovation behind it—whether it will retain the original’s charm is what will be worth checking out.

SEX AND THE CITY 2
Starring: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, Cynthia Nixon
Director: Michael Patrick King
Release Date: June 2, 2010

Also known as the Super Bowl for Fashionistas, SATC 2 features a detour to Morocco and (reportedly) a flashback to the ’80s that traces the earlier years of these four quintessential New York gals. Three interesting questions deserve to be answered: (1) How many more problems can the creators throw in Carrie and Big’s (Chris Noth) way? (2) Can costumer Patricia Field pull off “Me Decade” fashions without besmirching her fashion industry cred? And (3) How will these mature actresses portray the earlier years of their characters without, as Candice Bergen’s Vogue editor put it, “the unintended Diane Arbus subtext?”

TOY STORY 3
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen
Director: Lee Unkrich
Release Date: June 23, 2010

One word: Pixar. Do you need any other reason to be there?

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HOLLOWS, PART 1
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
Director: David Yates
Release Date: November 18, 2010

Cynics think that the climactic entry in the Harry Potter saga was split into two because Warner Bros. wanted to milk this cash-cow franchise for all the money it was worth. I prefer to believe that the filmmakers wanted enough elbow room to include as much of the richness and complexity of the final book as they could. Besides, if you’re as devoted a fan as I am—i.e.: someone who re-reads each book right before the corresponding movie comes out—you won’t start boycotting the series now, will you?

and one more bonus…

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lutner
Director: David Slade
Release Date: June 30, 2010

Because we know we’ll never hear the end of it unless you get your “I-wouldn’t-want-to-live-in-a-world-without-you-in-it” fix.