Monday, December 27, 2010

Speaking of Movies and Lists

IMDB has a list of the movies for 2011that are most anticipated.

I am surprised that this did not make the top twenty: silly take on the quest with a kick-ass Natalie Portman?

My top ten would be:
  1. Harry Potter and the end of the series.  As they say: natch!
  2. Cowboys and Aliens.  Interesting combo.
  3. Green Lantern.  Ryan Reynolds and his abs take on non-yellow evil.
  4. Hangover II ( Bill Clinton is in the credits!) or perhaps Cedar Rapids
  5. Your Highness (see above link)
  6. Suckerpunch.  Funky. 
  7. X-Men: First Class.  Let's see if they can revive the franchise.
  8. Green Hornet 
  9. Take Me Home Tonight.  Token romantic comedy with folks I like (Topher Grace to out-skinny Jay Baruchel?)
  10. Captain America/Thor--a draw since I really don't know if either one can really work, but am willing to see how it plays out (plus Sam Jackson will appear in each as Nick Fury).
And your take?


Here are the top 25 from imdb:



1. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too. Dir: Rob Marshall With: Johnny Depp, Pen√©lope Cruz, Ian McShane Action | Adventure | Fantasy
2. Fast Five (2011) Fast Five (2011)
Dominic and his crew find themselves on the wrong side of the law once again as they try to switch lanes between a ruthless drug lord and a relentless federal agent. Dir: Justin Lin With: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller
3. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011) Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the Moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and learn its secrets, which could turn the tide in the Transformers' final battle. Dir: Michael Bay With: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tyrese Gibson Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
4. Thor (2011) Thor (2011)
The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. Dir: Kenneth Branagh With: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman Action | Adventure | Drama | Fantasy
5. The Tree of Life (2011) The Tree of Life (2011)
The story centers around a family with three boys in the 1950s. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence. Dir: Terrence Malick With: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain Drama | Fantasy PG_13
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
The end begins as Harry, Ron, and Hermione go back to Hogwarts to find and destroy Voldemorts final horcruxes... Dir: David Yates With: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint Adventure | Fantasy | Mystery
7. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011)
The Quileute and the Volturi close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses different threats to the wolf pack and vampire coven. Dir: Bill Condon With: Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner Drama | Fantasy | Romance | Thriller
8. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America's ideals. Dir: Joe Johnston With: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Samuel L. Jackson Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller
9. Sucker Punch (2011) Sucker Punch (2011)
A young girl is institutionalized by her wicked stepfather. Retreating to an alternative reality as a coping strategy, she envisions a plan which will help her escape from the facility. Dir: Zack Snyder With: Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish Action | Fantasy | Thriller
10. Water for Elephants (2011) Water for Elephants (2011)
A veterinary student abandons his studies after his parents are killed and joins a traveling circus as their vet. Dir: Francis Lawrence With: Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Christoph Waltz Drama
11. X-Men: First Class (2011) X-Men: First Class (2011)
Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time... Dir: Matthew Vaughn With: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
12. Cowboys & Aliens (2011) Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys are all that stand in their way. Dir: Jon Favreau With: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller | Western
13. The Green Hornet (2011) The Green Hornet (2011)
By night, debonair newspaper publisher Britt Reid fights crime as a masked superhero known as The Green Hornet. At his side is martial arts expert Kato. Dir: Michel Gondry With: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz Action | Crime | Thriller
14. The Hangover Part II (2011) The Hangover Part II (2011)
Dir: Todd Phillips With: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms Comedy
15. Green Lantern (2011) Green Lantern (2011)
A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe. Dir: Martin Campbell With: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard Action | Sci-Fi
16. Rango (2011) Rango (2011)
A chameleon that aspires to be a swashbuckling hero finds himself in a Western town plagued by bandits and is forced to literally play the role in order to protect it. Dir: Gore Verbinski With: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Timothy Olyphant Animation | Action | Adventure
17. Real Steel (2011) Real Steel (2011)
A boxing drama set in the near-future where 2,000-pound robots that look like humans do battle. Dir: Shawn Levy Action | Drama | Sci-Fi
18. Take Me Home Tonight (2011) Take Me Home Tonight (2011)
Follow an aimless college grad who pursues his dream girl at a wild Labor Day weekend party. He, his twin sister and their best friend struggle with their burgeoning adulthood over the course of the night. Dir: Michael Dowse With: Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler Comedy | Drama R
19. I Am Number Four (2011) I Am Number Four (2011)
John is an extraordinary teen, masking his true identity and passing as a typical high school student to elude a deadly enemy seeking to destroy him. Three like him have already been killed ... he is Number Four. Dir: D.J. Caruso With: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Dianna Agron Action | Sci-Fi
20. Scream 4 (2011) Scream 4 (2011)
Ten years have passed, and Sidney Prescott, who has put herself back together thanks in part to her writing, is visited by the Ghostface Killer. Dir: Wes Craven With: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette Horror | Mystery | Thriller
21. No Strings Attached (2011) No Strings Attached (2011)
A guy and girl try to keep their relationship strictly physical, but it's not long before they learn that they want something more. Dir: Ivan Reitman Comedy | Romance
22. Red Riding Hood (2011) Red Riding Hood (2011)
Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family's displeasure. Dir: Catherine Hardwicke With: Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas, Gary Oldman Drama | Thriller
23. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011)
Dir: Brad Bird Action
24. Your Highness (2011) Your Highness (2011)
When Prince Fabious's bride is kidnapped, he goes on a quest to rescue her... accompanied by his lazy useless brother Thadeous. Dir: David Gordon Green With: Danny McBride, Zooey Deschanel, James Franco Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy R
25. Battle: Los Angeles (2011) Battle: Los Angeles (2011)
A Marine platoon faces off against an alien invasion in Los Angeles. Dir: Jonathan Liebesman With:

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