2010’s Remaining Line-Up

Iron Man 2. Tony Stark is unwilling to divulge the secrets behind the Iron Man armor, so the U.S. Government attempts to create a duplicate suit with the assistance of Stark’s rival, Justin Hammer, putting Tony’s friend Jim Rhodes in the middle of the conflict. Meanwhile, a new foe emerges in Ivan Vanko, who creates an alternate and powerful persona known as Whiplash in order to exact revenge on the Stark family. He unites with Hammer in an effort to destroy Iron Man. I thought Iron Man was fantastic and I am eagerly awaiting this next installment.  As with all sequels, I’m not sure it’ll live up to its predecessor, especially when there are multiple villians AND more direct involvement with S.H.I.E.L.D. Still, should be fun.  I plan to see it. May 7th.

Robin Hood.  Gag me with a spoon. If you don’t have any sort of appreciation for the myth and legend, then maybe this might appeal to you. Cinematography looks great, but I don’t care to see Robin Hood go Gladiator. May 14th.

Shrek Forever AfterLonging for the days when he felt like a “real ogre,” Shrek is duped into signing a pact with Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now it’s up to Shrek to undo all he’s done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love. Honestly, I’m not being too harshly critical on this film; I’ll probably even see it. For one thing, I met the director back in 2008 while spending the summer in California (at SOCAPA). His pitch of the film sounded decent, so I plan to give him the benefit of the doubt. Furthermore, the concept is basically that of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” obviously done before, but a solid storyline overall. Plus I’m a sucker for stories where the romantic leads are separated and then brought back together in the end. Make of it what you will. May 21st.

The Karate Kid. I have mixed feelings about this. I like the idea of remaking the film, it looks like it’s being well-acted on Jaden Smith’s part, as well as Jackie Chan’s. The cinematography looks beautiful and so do the martial arts sequences in the triailer.  My issues with it are these: first and foremost, it’s set in China, which means it’s not Karate, it’s Kung Fu. So the title is null and rather useless, although the average ignorant American won’t know the difference between the two martial art styles. Secondly, I think the character is too young; I mean, 11?  Daniel Larusso was in his mid-teens in the original, which makes sense. Plus, I’m not sure how I feel about a film that says, ‘here, this American kid will come in and beat you at your own cultural art, on your turf.’ I don’t know. Either way, I do plan to see it. June 11th.

Toy Story 3.I’m a huge Toy Story fan, and I thought Toy Story 2 was the rare exception to a sequel being as good if not better than the first film. I haven’t been blown away by any of the trailers, but I do think it’s worth a trip to the theatre.  June 18th.

The Last Airbender.  I’m not too familiar with the television show upon which it’s based and I haven’t been impressed my Mr. Shyamalan in a good long while, but the trailer looks like it has some promise and, having recently been acquainted with the overall plotline, I think it could be quite awesome if handled properly. Here’s hoping.  July 2nd.

The Kids Are All Right.  I saw a mini-featurette about this on ReezChannel’s “Hollywood Dailies” the other day and it looks like it might be fantastic.  I already like Annette Benning a lot and I seem to like Mark Ruffalo with each movie I see him in. I just hope this film gets national release!  July 7th.

Despicable Me. I think this could be another “Emperor’s New Groove,” hilarious, witty and endearing. Granted, the plotline alone sounds redundant and done to death, but the execution looks, I think, brilliant.  If nothing else, I want to see it for the adorable little minions. I dare you to tell me you don’t.  July 9th.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.  I’m a die-hard fan of Fantasia, and this is what they do with the most famous, most-awesome segment from it?  I like John Turteltaub and Jay Baruchel, but I think I hear Walt Disney turning in his grave. July 16th.

Salt.  Can you say, “the female Jason Bourne”?  July 23rd.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole.  This is coming from the studio that produced Happy Feet, which I decidedly did not care for. Still, I think this looks visually stunning and I get caught up in the trailer every time I see it. I can’t wait.  September 24th.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. The final chapter of the Harry Potter film series begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione leave Hogwarts behind and set out to find and destroy the Horcruxes–the secret to Voldemort’s power and immortality. No question, this is a must-see for me, as a long-time fan of the Potter books.  I have some reservations, but so far, it looks pretty good. The only question really is where Part 1 will conclude, and Part 2 begin?  November 19th.

Tron: Legacy. OMFG.  Does this looks incredible or what?  The special effects, the cinematography, the blend of retro and modern, all amazing so far.  The possibilities for where the film could go are endless, based on how much has happened regarding technology and computers since the original Tron in the early 80’s.  I sense a midnight showing. The only downside I can see so far is that the release is so far off.  December 17th.

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