7. Inglourious Basterds – Release Date: June 2009
Quentin Tarantino has the ability to evoke passion from audiences. Love him or call him a hack that repeatably steals the visions of other directors for his gain, this auteur has a style all his own…. In his first movie since 2003/2004’s Kill Bill, Tarantino heads to Germany. Nazi Germany.
Starring Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Samm Levine, and Mike Myers (yes, that Mike Myers), Tarantino’s upcoming World War II movie centers on a group of Jewish-American soldiers who scalp and barbarously slaughter Nazis. If that doesn’t say “fun”, I’m not sure what does.
8. Sherlock Holmes – Release Date: November 20, 2009
Coming off two brilliant performances in Iron Man and Tropic Thunder, Robert Downey Jr. will be Sherlock Holmes next Thanksgiving. From director Guy Ritchie (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch), the legendary detective and his faithful partner Watson (played by Jude Law) must stop a mad man’s plot before all of London goes kersplow.
Not your cup of (ahem) tea? Then wait until 2010 for Iron Man 2.
9. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus – Release: 2009
From the team that brought you The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and Brazil, comes a film that aims to be just as weird, eccentric and most of all, secretive. Details of the plot are sketchy. A traveling circus show entertains audiences by giving choices between happiness and gloom. Think the boat scene from The Dark Knight.
If the plot nor the promise of utter insanity doesn’t enthrall you, I’m sure the cast will. It stars Johnny Depp, the late Heath Ledger, Colin Farrell and Jude Law.
Imaginarium is due out in 2009 though a U.S. release date is still forthcoming.
10. Up – Release: May 29, 2009
What’s expected to be one of the highlights of 2009, this movie sure isn’t getting a lot of buzz.
Up, the next feature from Disney/Pixar is about a 78 year-old man who ties thousands of balloons to his house so he can see the world. To his surprise, he finds a plucky young man has come along for a ride.
I’m waiting for a Pixar flop. At some point it has to happen. Could this be it? Could this be the movie that finally tarnishes the bullet-proof animation studio?
Up, comes direct from the writer of Ratatouille and Finding Nemo so expect enough laughs to keep adults happy and enough silliness for the younglings.