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Looking at the rest of 2010 in Movies

2010 is halfway in the books, and we’ve had some really good movies so far. It’s not like 2009, where at this point we were looking at a summer season already in flames with very little to look forward to. By that point, I had already seen my favorite film for the year (Up) and nothing came close to challening it. Shutter Island still tops my list for 2010, but here’s 10 films coming out for the rest of the year (in chronological order of release) that I feel could take Shutter down.

Toy Story 3 (June 18th)

It’s Pixar. What more do you really want? I’ll admit, I’m experiencing my usual Pixar trailer anxiety. Why is it that a studio that has never made a bad movie can never make people feel at ease that they’ll continue to do so with a trailer. However, at this point, it’s been 15 years and Pixar has never let me down. At worst it will be a movie like A Bug’s Life that would be the best thing any other any other animation studio has ever done. At best, it’s another timeless classic.

Inception (July 16th)

If you didn’t read my “Best Directors Working Today” article from a week or so ago, let me reiterrate that Chris Nolan is the best director out there. I watch the trailer to this at least once a day and in the art that is making trailers, it’s the best one since The Dark Knight. It’s a veritable who’s who of my favorite character actors: Ellen Page, Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Cillian Murphy, Ken Watanabe, Marion Contillard, and a Leonardo DiCaprio having one of-if not the best?-year of his career. I’ll be there opening night and I suspect this is going to be my #1 of the year.

The Adjustment Bureau (July 30th)

This one totally surprised me when I saw the trailer. I know quite a bit about what’s coming and when things come out, so when a trailer comes along and blows me away, I’m really excited. This stars Matt Damon as a US Senator candidate who meets a woman (played by the increasingly awesome Emily Blunt) who changes his life. Unfortunately, as mysterious men explain to him, if he pursues her, his life and hers will be utterly ruined. They are the agents of Fate and they will stop at nothing to make sure the plan is fulfilled. My explanation does it no justice. Watch the trailer:

The Social Network (October 1st)

One of my favorite directors pairs with my aboslute favorite writer for TV or screen, Aaron Sorkin, in the story of the founding of Facebook, which if you haven’t read Ben Mezrich The Accidental Billionaires, is really something to behold. Cannot wait.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 (November 16th)

I hope the series can return to form after botching the best book in the series in Half-Blood Prince. I still think Dumbledoore’s death is one of the most tragic and best written in all of fiction and the way it was absolutely butchered onscreen still makes me so mad I can’t see straight. That aside, the last book of the series is brilliant and tragic itself and has a lot of material to cover so I’m glad it was split into two films. It’s been an extraordinary franchise in the history of film and I hope it closes as well as it can.

That takes us through the fall, and I’m sure there will be films that will surprise me and come along to stun me, but there’s the five that I’m most looking forward to through Thanksgiving. How about you? What films can’t you wait for (by the way, past Thanksgiving, I cannot wait for Tron Legacy or Narnia 3, but I’m trying to keep this to the five closest in date).

My Top 5 Directors Working Today

Most people think about going to see movies in terms of the stars attached to them. I have actors and actresses that I like to be sure, but the more movies I watch (and you may have notice that I watch a LOT of them), what matters to me more is the director. There are directors whose films I will go see even if I have no interest in the subject matter whatsoever. There aren’t many. This golden list can fluctuate wildly. Stephen Spielberg, would-of course-have been on this list at one time. But after watching gutless mess after gutless mess of his, I don’t even have an interest in his films anymore. Some directors are way too hit and miss. Some have stopped altogether. So looking at their whole body of work, and they have to have had at least three films, who are my five favorite directors right now?
1. Chris Nolan (Memento, Prestige, Batman Begins, Dark Knight)
2. Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy II, Devil’s Backbone)
3. Paul Greengrass (Bourne Supremacy & Ultimatum, United 93)
4. Jason Reitman (Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air)
5. David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club, Zodiac)

Are there directors that you specifically seek out? What do you think of these five? Come on, people, comment!