Saturday, January 15, 2011

Let's Go to the Movies!

Yesterday, while I was pondering what to post about today, I hurried out to the mailbox (hurried because it was COLD!) to see what my grumpy mailman had brought me. Yay, no bills! And, yay, the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly! And bonus, it's the 2011 Movie Preview issue.

Anyone who knows me knows I am a huge movie fan. So in honor of this, I decided to share which movies I'm looking forward to this year along with some trailers.

I Am Number Four (out Feb. 18) -- This movie is based on the young adult novel by Pittacus Lore (a pen name of James Frey -- yeah, that James Frey, but I'm trying not to think about that whole Million Little Pieces fiasco). It's about a teenage boy who has extraordinary powers, one of nine young people who came to this planet from a planet called Lorien. An enemy is hunting the nine, and Numbers One through Three have already been killed Number Four is next because they can only be killed in order. The screenplay is by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, creators of Smallville, and Marti Noxon, who worked on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, as well as newer shows like Grey's Anatomy.



Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (out May 20) -- I have to admit I had mixed feelings for a long time about this movie because, being a big fan of the Elizabeth and Will storyline I didn't know if it'd feel right without them. But the trailer looks great, and let's face it, Johnny Depp is freaking awesome. Just ask Tawny. :) Plus, it's Jack Sparrow looking for the Fountain of Youth and Ian McShane as Blackbeard!



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (July 15)-- I'm so looking forward to this movie, and not at the same time. I so want to see how the movie is done, can't wait to see Ron and Hermione finally have their kiss, but when the credits roll at the end it'll all be...over. I suspect I won't be the only person shedding tears at the theater.



Breaking Dawn, Part 1 (Nov. 18)-- Following in the footsteps of Harry Potter's last film, Stephanie Meyer's last book in her Twilight series will be split into two parts.

Cowboys & Aliens (July 29) -- Daniel Craig. Harrison Ford. And, I kid you not, cowboys fighting alien invaders. It sounds nutty, but I saw the trailer back when I saw Deathly Hallows, Part 1, and it sucked me in. Maybe because it was so unexpected.



Captain America: The First Avenger (July 22) -- What can I say? I loves me some superhero movies.

Thor (May 6) -- Remember what I just said about superhero movies? :)



Red Riding Hood (March 11) -- A much darker, much different telling of the classic tale. The trailer I saw at the theater looked great.



Green Lantern (June 17) -- Superhero movie!



Are you looking forward to any of these movies? What other ones are on your must-see list for 2011?

55 comments:

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Okay, I watched 3 or the trailers and I'm going back to watch the rest. Pass the popcorn!

Laurie Faelan said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the Harry Potter movie but like you, hate that this is the final one! I saw some previews for Red Riding Hood and that one looks really good. I'd love to see it.

The others you mentioned I haven't heard of but I Am Number Four sounds good from your description.

I usually don't see many movies in the theater but I want to change that. My daughter, granddaughter, and I went to see Tangled and had a fabulous time. I'd love to make movie going a regular thing!

Great post!

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Okay, based strictly on the trailers you posted, Trish, I'm buying my ticket to see THOR! I LURVE the fantasy and magic angle to go with the boom.

The GR wants to see Cowboys & Aliens, but he ran and hid when I played the Red Riding Hood one. Hmmm...

AC

BJ said...

I'm actually looking forward to Red riding Hood...I'm ofcourse going to watch Harry Potter (even though the books are better) and I'm going to read I Am Number Four before watching it, so I can whine about it like I did with Eragon....LOL>>>>>I wouldn't be me if I didn't :0)
I do however REALLY REALLY want to see Beastly!!!!!!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, AC, this is your second time this week, isn't it? Whoohooooo!

Trish, what a great line-up. I must admit I'm very out of touch with movies these days - at least new ones. I get the ones through my movie service (our local equivalent of Netflix). I used to be such a movie maven, you have no idea! Actually a film I'm really looking forward to seeing is The King's Speech. Everyone I know who's seen it says it's great and the cast is amazing. I love Geoffrey Rush. Did you know his home town went underwater in the recent floods. Chinchilla - my mum nursed there and always spoke of it very fondly.

Hmm, that's a bit of a segue! Sorry! Clearly I need to FOCUS!!!!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Cindy, I could literally watch movie trailers for hours. I think it would be fascinating to work in the movie industry.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Laurie, I don't go to the theater as often as I'd like, mainly because it's gotten so expensive and I have Netflix and a TiVo. But I love the theater experience of watching it on the big screen while eating nachos, my movie food of choice.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Oh, I meant to say that I want to see Tangled. It looks cute.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Cindy, I was so excited when I heard they were making a Thor movie. Have you see the new Star Trek movie? Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, played George Kirk in that movie.

And LOL on the GR watching the trailers!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

BJ, I just downloaded I Am Number Four to my Kindle last night and plan to read it before the movie comes out. I also just started re-reading the Harry Potter books and have been re-watching the HP movies in anticipation of the last movie.

I hadn't heard of Beastly, but it looks AWESOME! Wow, Alex Pettyfer (who is also the lead in I Am Number Four) is getting lots of roles. He's also a fan favorite to play Jace in the Mortal Instruments movies. They've already cast Clary, so everyone is waiting to see who they case for Jace.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Anna, I've heard wonderful things about The King's Speech too. Colin Firth was on The Daily Show (not sure if you all get that there) this week talking about making the movie.

That's so sad about the flooding. Watching all the video and seeing the photos from there is like watching the ones from here last summer all over again. It's horrible what damage water can do.

Speaking of Geoffrey Rush, he's back for the new Pirates movie. And I forgot to say that Gary Oldman is in Red Riding Hood. I love Gary Oldman, have ever since Bram Stoker's Dracula and even more when he played Sirius Black in HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Jane said...

I'm really looking forward to "Hanna," "Green Lantern" and "Sucker Punch." I love comic book movies, so I'll definitely be checking out Chris Evans as Captain America.

Kim in Hawaii said...

Must see is Pirates 4 - if only to see the shots of Hawaii. It was filmed last summer in Kaneohe Bay (near the Marine Corps Base on Oahu) and Kauai.

"The Black Pearl" is docked in the Ko'Olina Marina (near where Disney is building a new resort hotel). The marina staff are cool about it, directing fans to walk along a sea wall to take photos. I was able to take a picture of my kids in "front" of it.

Cath's Chatter said...

My hubby and I avidly watch the trailers for new movies and ALL of the ones you've listed are on our 'to watch' list!!! with one exception, Thor....I'm sorry but I can not stand Hemsworth...Ugh, had enough of him while watching 'Home and Away' (Ozzy soap for those that dont know)
Otherwise ....great list!!!!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Jane, I almost put Sucker Punch in the list but decided it had gotten long enough. :)

I hadn't heard of Hanna until this issue of EW came out. I usually like everything I see Cate Blanchett in, so I'm sure I'll see this one. And, hey, it has one of Aunty Cindy's faves -- Eric Bana. :)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Kim, that is so cool that the Black Pearl is near you. So is the new Disney resort going to be pirate themed?

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Cath, sounds like we like a lot of the same stuff. I've only see Chris Hemsworth in the one Star Trek movie, so I've not been overexposed yet.

Pissenlit said...

Woohoo for superhero movies!..well, most of them...actually, it probably depends on the superhero movie. :)

I'll be seeing the Harry Potter movie as I've seen all the others in theatres but I'm sitting on the fence about the Cowboys & Aliens one. I saw the trailer awhile back and it was surprisingly not bad. However, I think my brain just gives me a BSoD at the thought of cowboys vs. aliens.

I'm also looking forward to Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Yay 'SPLOSIONS!!! :D

Sheree said...

Wait, Deathly Hallows Part I came out already? Did I see that? I don't remember! Zoicks!

I'm waffling about "I Am Number Four" because I don't think Hollywood has been all that successful with movies from YA books, Harry Potter and Twilight notwithstanding. Of course, I will see Deathly Hallows Part II but I have not seen any of the Twilight films so I doubt I'll see this year's version either.

I will watch the Pirates of Caribbean film even without Orlando Bloom. However, as much as I like Mjöllnir, I don't think I will watch "Thor".

What's Pixar doing this year?

barb said...

Don't give GR too much popcorn AC

I can't wait for Harry Potter.... I will go with my GD as we have been to see all the other so she has to go with me even though she is 18.... I thought she would have wanted to go with her friends but no she said we have to go as we have been to all the others ....Will have to see Thor as Chris Hemsworth is another Aussie actor doing well in US

Minna said...

A movie with Cowboys & Aliens in it can't be all bad!
Sting - I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI8khooPyJk&ob=av2em

Michael Bublé - Hollywood
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBrlYtV60GA

Carol L. said...

Definitely Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean because I love Johnny Depp :) Also Little Red Riding Hood looks good.
Carol L
Lucky4750@aol.com

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Pisslit, I had to laugh at your "Yay, SPLOSIONS!" There are several of us here who love the boom too. I still need to see the second movie though. Really enjoyed the first one.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Sheree, Deathly Hallows Part 1 came out in November, but it's still in theaters if you want to catch it.

You're right, Hollywood has dudded some YA films. For instance, they messed up the end of The Golden Compass. But I have high hopes for some of the series they currently have in development, especially The Hunger Games.

Looks like Pixar has a couple of things on tap -- movies called Newt and The Bear & the Bow. 2012 will be big with Cars 2.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Barb, that's so sweet about your granddaughter (goddaughter? Wasn't sure which your "GD" meant) wanting to go see the final HP film with you.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Minna, that's what I was kind of thinking -- cowboy movie AND sci-fi movie, my two faves. :)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Carol, ah, another Johnny Depp fan. I like to tell people he grew up a couple of counties over from me in Kentucky, though he was older and we wouldn't have crossed high school paths.

Claudia Dain said...

Trish, I can't even remember why I know this now, something I read a while back, I think, but James Frey did not write Number Four; an MFA student did. This MFA student signed a deal where Frey got all the rights and the student got the "right" to not disclose that he'd written the book. !!! I think the author may be suing Frey now.

FYI. Maybe you can enjoy the movie more, knowing that?

Andrea said...

Hi, Trish! I want to see all the movies you listed, but most will wait until DVD. The ones I *MUST* see at the theater are Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2. Plus, we love superheroes in our house, so I'm sure we'll see at least one of those.

Andrea said...

Okay, my family and I just watched the trailer for Thor (twice) and we have added it to our MUST SEE list! Thanks, Trish!

Gannon Carr said...

I lurrve movies and all of the ones you've mentioned are on my list, Trish! I've seen all of the trailers, and I can't wait!!

I know I will be a sniveling, sobbing mess at the end of HP and The Deathly Hallows Part 2. :-(

Gannon Carr said...

Oh, I'm going to see The King's Speech with my sister tomorrow. Can't wait!

Angel said...

My hubby and I happen to think the trailers are the best parts of movies. We even watch them on DVDs. LOL

I'd love to see Red Riding Hood and the Cowboys vs. Aliens movie. I'm looking forward to taking my daughter to see the last Harry Potter movie. She wasn't old enough to see them in the theater until the last one in November, and it was awesome to experience that with her! Can't wait to go with her again.

Danniele

Danielle Gorman said...

I can't wait to see most of the movies you posted. I definitely can't wait to see the final installment of Harry Potter. I cried like a little baby in the last one so I know it's going to be emotional for me. I still can't wait to see it though. Have you seen the trailer for Beastly? I am looking forward to that one too. Looks really good.

Beth Andrews said...

Trish, I saw most of those trailers when we watched Deathly Hallows, part 1 *g* Which was fine with me as I'm someone who loves movie trailers!

I thought Cowboys and Aliens looked good and would like to see Red Riding Hood, too.

First I need to catch up on a few movies in my Netflix queue :-)

Anna Campbell said...

Oh, Trish, wasn't Gary O amazing in Dracula? I LOVE that movie! I haf krossed oshuns of time to find you. Sigh!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Claudia, that's awful! I did read where he was writing under lots of pseudonyms and that he was contracting out some of that writing, which I didn't particularly like the sound of, but I thought this was one he'd actually written.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Andrea, there are just some movies that must be seen on the big screen, and I think Pirates and HP movies are among those. Glad you liked the look of Thor.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Gannon, I already teared up close to the end of Part 1, so I know I'm toast for Part 2. Maybe the theaters should hand out boxes of tissues.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Danniele, trailers are like mini movies in and of themselves. And unless it's for some movie I just have no interest in, I watch the trailers on DVDs too, even if I've already seen the movie. :)

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Danielle, I hadn't heard of Beastly or seen the trailer until BJ posted about it earlier. Now it's definitely on my to-see list.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Beth, I had to laugh at the idea of catching up on my Netflix queue. I'm not sure that's possible. At one point, I couldn't add anything else to it because I'd hit the max of 500. :) That was including lots of seasons of TV shows I'd missed too, as well as movies.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Anna, Gary was awesome in Dracula. He absolutely made that movie. I don't think I would have liked it nearly as much without him.

Joan said...

I'm for Green Lantern, yanno...just to support Ryan Reynolds in that hot body suit and green is the color of Ireland...and

BEEEEP.

Ahem, I might like Thor and I just came from seeing The King's Speech. Most EXCELLENT!!!!!

Pirates just because of Depp's portrayal. The others? Meh.

They did advertise a Roman themed one today....The Eagle??? Looks interesting though their depiction of the Celts look like demented African tribesmen from the 40's movies~!

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Joan, I just recently saw something about The Eagle but I can't remember where. I love historical movies, so I'll likely see that one too, though maybe via Netflix.

Laurie Faelan said...

Anna Campbell said: Actually a film I'm really looking forward to seeing is The King's Speech. Everyone I know who's seen it says it's great and the cast is amazing.

Anna, my mom saw this yesterday and she loved it. Said it was the best movie she's seen in a long time and she sees a lot. It's on my list.

Christine Wells said...

Hey Trish! I hardly ever get to see movies but I would like to see the King's Speech, which stars Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush. I'd also love to see Tangled, which looks like a fun romp. Still haven't seen the Deathly Hallows 1 or The Girl...etc #2. I'm way behind on movie viewing. I haven't even caught up with what's out in 2011 but thanks for the run-down!

Donna MacMeans said...

Hey Trish - We went to the movies last night and saw The Fighter. They were running some of the trailers from your list before the movie. Looks like we have similar tastes.

Speaking of movies, we saw The King's Speech last weekend (I do love popcorn). That was an EXCELLENT movie. I highly recommend it.

Sheree said...

The list of kids books that Hollywood screwed up is indeed long, aside from "The Golden Compass" (which I thought was a great steampunk-lite):
- "City of Ember"
- "Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief" - if only Chris Columbus kept the kids the right age.
- "The Princess Diaries" sequel which has nothing to do with the books
- "Ramona and Beezus" - I like Selena Gomez but she's too old to be Beezus.
- "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole"
- any Narnia movies after the first one (because the first one wasn't that great either but at least the novelty of it drew people into the theater)
- "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events" which broke my heart because I love those books! This movie made me hate Jim Carrey.
- "The Spiderwick Chronicles"
- "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" - again, so sad because I love the books.

This is why I have no expectations for more movies from YA books like "The Hunger Games" or "City of Bones" as much as I adored the books. I haven't gotten around to reading "I Am Number Four" yet.

Louisa Cornell said...

Oooh Aunty !! The GR is a BIG movie fan, but he hogs the popcorn!

Great rundown of coming attractions, Trish !

I will definitely see the latest Pirates and the last Harry Potter film. Gosh, I just can't believe this is the last one.

I love anything with Gary O in it and I LOVE him in Dracula !!

I want to see Tangled because it just looks cute.

I hope The King's Speech shows up around here as I REALLY want to see it !

I tend to wait for many movies to come out on DVD. I have a huge collection and I enjoy watching my favorites again from time to time. Anyone who dog sits for me to go to Nationals (usually my nephew or a friend who is the former kennel manager of our local shelter) has a ball at my house because of the monster collection of DVD's. Lots of Disney, lots of romance, lots of adventure and boom and lots of musicals.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Christine, I haven't seen any of the Girl with... movies either. And still haven't read the books, though I know they are huge sellers and evidently quite good.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Donna, The Fighter is the one with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, right? I like both of them, and I love how Bale totally commits to a role.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

Louisa, that's a cool perk of house sitting for you -- tons of DVDs! :) They just have to bring microwave popcorn.

LilMissMolly said...

You just named all the movies that I'd love to see too! If I had to chose just one, I'd pick Harry Potter. I loved the movie that was recently released so much that I saw it 3 times in the theaters.

Trish Milburn (Tricia Mills) said...

I'm planning to go back and see Part 1 of Deathly Hallows again too. I've just re-watched movies 1-5 and still need to re-watch Half-Blood Prince before going back to see DH again.