My Top Ten (or is it 11?) For 2011: Movies To Look For

Published on January 30th, 2011 in: All You Need Is Now, Issues, Listicles, Movies, Staff Picks, Top Ten Lists |

twilight breaking dawn

6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 (October)

Shaddap. Yes, I know, real vampires don’t sparkle, yaddah yaddah yaddah. I haven’t read Stephenie Meyer’s vampire series (aside from a bit of the first book), but thanks to a friend, I’ve seen all the movies . . . and enjoyed them way more than I expected. Perhaps that’s not a ringing endorsement, but I’m curious to know how the final book translates to screen, especially with all the gruesome monster-pregnancy imagery. For those who prefer their vampires with more, well, bite, there’s always Priest, a post-apocalyptic graphic novel adaptation that could either be really good or really bad (set to come out on May 13).

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7. Now (October)

This science-fiction film, directed and written by Andrew Niccol, has been fairly low-profile so far. It takes place in a future where the gene for aging has been shut off, but people must pay to live more than a year beyond 25. If done right, this should pose interesting questions about money, science, and mortality, not unlike those Niccol posed in Gattaca and The Truman Show. The cast includes Red Riding Hood‘s Amanda Seyfried and Cowboys and Aliens‘ Olivia Wilde, as well as Cillian Murphy and Justin Timberlake.

live with it

8. Live With It (September)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt follows up his Inception success with a comic drama about a young man’s diagnosis of, and treatment for, cancer. Co-stars include Bryce Dallas Howard, Anna Kendrick, Angelica Huston, and Seth Rogen. I’m also looking forward to Gordon-Levitt’s Premium Rush, which involves a bike messenger pursued by a crooked cop, but that’s not slated for release until 2012.

winnie the pooh

9. Winnie the Pooh (July)

There are lots of promising-looking animated features coming out this year: Puss in Boots, Rango, Rio, and Gnomeo and Juliet among others. But in perusing the trailers for the animated offerings, this one was the only one that made me tear up. At an age when all but indie films usually go for computer animation, this is a hand-drawn movie from a major studio. Our friends from the Hundred-Acre wood also look as tenderhearted and whimsical as they ever were.

the green lantern

10. Green Lantern/Captain America: The First Avenger (June/July)

As if this weren’t the geekiest Top 10 of 2011 list already, this spot has been split in the interest of Marvel/DC peace. Although, to be honest, while I like both leads, I’m slightly more excited about the Captain America movie.

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2 Responses to “My Top Ten (or is it 11?) For 2011: Movies To Look For”


  1. Magda:
    February 2nd, 2011 at 11:37 am

    “I’ll probably be skipping the overrated and (hopefully) played-out gimmick of 3D whenever possible.”

    Amen, sister! Unless it’s an action-packed thriller, why do we need the nauseating effect of 3-D in every movie? Perhaps this toy will make way for holodecks, &c, but everything is moderation? Maybe? Please?

    ” The first Deathly Hallows movie, released last month, did not disappoint, making the best of the series’ most sluggish moments.”

    Yeah, my only complaint was that they could have used a bit of the “waiting and traveling and hiding” time for more character development outside the Trio.

    “This is Joss Whedon’s homage to horror movies and all their tropes. . . with his own subversive twist, of course.”

    That of the happy couple in the beginning, one of them will be murdered in the most bloody way possible?

    “It takes place in a future where the gene for aging has been shut off, but people must pay to live more than a year beyond 25. If done right, this should pose interesting questions about money, science, and mortality, not unlike those Niccol posed in Gattaca and The Truman Show.”

    Ooo, that’s an interesting topic for conversation. There’s definitely a doorway to discuss our society’s fear of death and disrespect of aging. Hmm….

    And one last thing, Pooh has a very interesting cast listing, see http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1449283/.

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