2009 was not a very good movie year. No five star movies, and the two given a verdict close to it (Benjamin Button and Up) probably both were a bit too amply rewarded. These were not the best films by David Fincher or Pixar, but pretty much top of the vintage nonetheless.
Haven’t seen Avatar yet, but I don’t think the massive F/X budget can cover the holes in the allegedly very AWOL script.
The most arresting movie of the soon-to-be-gone year was a documentary film: End of the Line showed how far along we already are in trying to decimate the life in oceans. While the fluffy likes of yet another Terminator installment and a blander-than-bland Transformers sequel were forgotten the moment I stepped out of the theatre, the teachings of End of the Line remain: keep eating sustainable seafood, and when going out for sushi, don’t always splurge on the tuna.
2010, on the other hand, promises a lot:
- Robert Downey Jr. as a more-physical-than-commonly-thought-of take on Sherlock Holmes (Guy Ritchie is SO overdue a decent film).
- Scorsese’s take on Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island (with di Caprio once again starring).
- David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin team up on a movie about the founding of Facebook (odd collaboration on a non-story).
- Toy Story 3 (the original duo reigned, and still do).
- Martin Campbell returns to one of the finest television dramas ever with his second version of Edge of Darkness (yeah, the original was one for the books, Bob Peck starring, Joe Don Baker as a convivial CIA operative, Eric Clapton’s haunting title tune, Time of the Preacher).
- Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (a match made in Heaven).
- Iron Man 2 (the first installment was by no means bad, and there’s GOT to be one superhero movie to look forward to…)
- Christopher Nolan’s new Inception.
- The alleged Kiss Kiss Bang Bang sequel (which seems to have disappeared off imdb since the last peek).
I’m sure there’ll be plenty more.
The obligatory trailer is for Edge of Darkness, looks like Craven’s changed more than just his first name in the intervening two decades and change.
Movie Monday #20: 2009/2010.