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What Movies Are You Looking Forward to in 2009?

Postby Matt » Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:23 pm

Here's my top ten that are coming out in 2009:

10. Jennifer's Body (USA)
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The Short Version: Comedy horror from the writer of Juno.

The Long Version: When a hottie cheerleader (Megan Fox) is possessed by a demon and starts seducing and feeding off the local boys, it is up to her 'plain Jane' friend to stop her. Of course, this being Hollywood, the plain Jane is played by Amanda Seyfried. What an uggo, huh?

This could be a fresh take on the already-cluttered horror/comedy genre, or it could be an absolute train wreck. Diablo Cody name-dropped Dario Argento and Herschell Gordon Lewis in her Juno screenplay, so maybe she has the horror knowledge to pull it off. Who knows?

Blood? Most likely - but also probably presented in a comedic fashion.
Sweat? Action set-pieces don't seem to be Cody's style.
Boobs? A no-nudity clause from Fox would seem to cockblock that - sideboob might be the extent.


9. Dead Snow (Norway)
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhdjCo5CEZw[/youtube]

The Short Version: Nazi zombies. In the snow.

The Long Version: Comedy/horror can turn out some absolute pieces of shit in between magic like Braindead or Shaun of the Dead, so it's always risky to put too much faith in any new one. Plus Nazi zombies are much-maligned ever since the incredibly dull Shock Waves.

But this looks like it just might be fun....check out the clip above for a taster...

Blood? Yes.
Sweat? Yes.
Boobs? Yes. Three out of three!


8. Blood: The Last Vampire (Hong Kong)
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The Short Version: Japanese half-vampire schoolgirl kills vampires with a fucking samurai sword.

The Long Version: This is a live-action expansion on the classic (far too brief) anime about a half-vampire who hunts vampires. In this story, Saya is sent in by one of those covert government organisations to infiltrate a military school post-World War II and find out which of her classmates is actually a demon.

Not much has been seen about this flick, so the jury is most definitely out.

Blood? Swords plus skin equals YES.
Sweat? Sword fights-a-go-go and doubtless chase scenes, jumping and running and all sorts.
Boobs? Extremely unlikely, sorry.


7. Of The Dead (USA)
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The Short Version: Romero does zombies! Doesn't bother with a title this time around!

The Long Version: The shooting is wrapped on the newest Romero zombie flick, but the pressure is on this. After the staggeringly brilliant original trilogy was finally continued with the disappointing Land of the Dead, it was easy to think it was just a hiccup from being so long away from the shambling not-dead. Then the awful Diary of the Dead rolled around and it looked like the master had lost it.

And so to his latest endeavour - will he come back to glory, or is he really past it? This time, the film doesn't even have a title as yet, and follows an island after the onset of the zombie apocalypse, where people are less technological. This gives it all a Western flavour. Could be good, could be shit.

Blood? Absolutely fucking guaranteed. Even at his worst, Romero has inventive and gory kills.
Sweat? No doubt there is plenty of action in amongst the social commentary.
Boobs? Unless nipples are going to represent the Middle East peace process, I doubt it.


6. Drag Me To Hell (USA)
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The Short Version: Sam Raimi returns to his roots. And I don't mean he looks up ex-girlfriends.

The Long Version: Described as a 'spook-a-blast' by Raimi, Drag Me To Hell is about a female loan officer (Alison Lohman) who is cursed by an old woman she denies cash to. After being tied up with the Spiderman films for so long, it will be interesting to see how Raimi goes with more freedom, but a smaller canvas. He has described it as returning to an Evil Dead style of filmmaking.

Blood? Perhaps not as much as you'd expect, due to the rumoured PG-13 rating target that has put off a lot of people.
Sweat? I suspect lots of running around, although the camera might do more flipping and soaring than anyone.
Boobs? Raimi still regrets the ol' tree-rape from Evil Dead so I'd say 'no' on this one.


5. Tears For Sale (Serbia)
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The Short Version: Jeunet/Gilliam style dark fairytale romp - Eastern Europe style.

The Long Version: When two women in a village ravaged by war accidentally kill the last man alive, they set off on a quest to find new virile menfolk for their village. Oh, and they are accompanied by the pissed-off ghost of their Grandmother.

The biggest hit in Serbian movie history (not sure if that's any particularly amazing claim), Tears For Sale has also been wow'ing 'em on the festival circuit. Vivid and original, this looks like a visually-amazing Grimm fairy story.

Blood? Maybe a little.
Sweat? The odd musket battle might be about the extent of it.
Boobs? Guaranteed. Those Europeans love whippin' them out at a moment's notice.


4. Martyrs (France)
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNM9kKo4JNU[/youtube]

The Short Version: The French make their bid for The Most Violent Film Ever.

The Long Version: When a girl looks for revenge against the people who imprisoned and tortured her as a child, she finds that the reasons and individuals behind it all are far more than she suspected.

Ultra-controversial French horror flick blends torture stuff with philosophical and spiritual concepts to the point that it has utterly divided critics. Reviews tend to either call if the most amazing cinematic experience for years...or a huge steaming pile of pretentious faeces.

Blood? Holy shit, yes. Great vats of the stuff.
Sweat? Shotguns 'n' fight scenes a-plenty.
Boobs? Possibly, but probably in a ghastly, grimy torture kind of way than a soft-focus Russ Meyer way.


3. Inglourious Basterds (USA)
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The Short Version: Quentin Tarantino does The Dirty Dozen. No, not in that way.

The Long Version: Inglorious Bastards was a wobbly Euro-rip off 'men on a mission flick'. Tarantino obviously liked the title and wrote a script about a group of killer Jews led by Brad Pitt huntin' Nazis in World War II. Sat sooo long in discussions that the entire original cast are now too old. Script reviews indicate this could be a real return to form for Tarantino, even if he can't seem to spell the title correctly...

Blood? Them Nazis gotta get killed somehow!
Sweat? Expect lots of running and shooting by the Basterds.
Boobs? Not really Tarantino's style, but you never know your luck with this trashy premise.


2. Watchmen (USA)
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4blSrZvPhU[/youtube]

The Short Version: The greatest graphic novel of all and generally regarded as unfilmable...gets filmed.

The Long Version: Alan Moore's Watchmen is a towering achievement, bringing adult sensibility to the childish world of superheroes and revealing the psychological, sexual and moral issues behind pulling on a mask to punch bad guys. It is also extremely dense and has long stretches of little or no action, so has had a number of failed attempts to bring it to the screen. Enter, uh, Zack (300) Snyder...

And yet the trailers and early word indicate Snyder and co have stuck slavishly to the text...but have somehow pulled it off. It won't be the biggest superhero film ever, but it has a very real chance of being the best.

Blood? Not really a gorefest type of thing...
Sweat? ...but there is a fair bit of fisticuffs. Oh, and a rape scene.
Boobs? Malin Ackerman as Silk Spectre II looks amazing and is scantily clad throughout, while for the ladies, Billy Crudup is naked most of the time. And bright blue.


1. Thirst (South Korea)
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The Short Version:Chan-wook Park does horror. Sorta.

The Long Version: A priest (Kang-ho Song) doing charity work in Africa with new diseases catches one of these killer viruses. When he amazingly recovers, it is deemed a miracle and suggested he has the power of healing...but in fact, he has another secret - he's become a frickin' vampire. Things are further complicated when he becomes romantically involved with an old friend's wife and together they plot murder...

Chan-wook Park is the most visually talented director on the planet. Even his one and only misfire (I'm A Cyborg But That's Okay) was still stunningly beautiful. Combine that with the black humour and vicious streak he has shown in pieces like Oldboy and Cut and then think about him doing a vampire movie. Oh, fuck, yes.

Blood? It's a vampire movie by the guy who did Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance. Whaddaya reckon?
Sweat? Unlikely. Expect more sweeping visuals and intense looks than runnin' and jumpin' action.
Boobs? Actress after actress pulled out of the lead role due to its 'highly explicit nature'. So I'm guessing that's a safe 'yes'.

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Re: What Movies Are You Looking Forward to in 2009?

Postby The Real JeffJack. » Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:38 pm

Rise of the Lycans! Underworld!

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Re: What Movies Are You Looking Forward to in 2009?

Postby TimiT » Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:32 pm

I've been looking forward to this for a while. It's adapted from one of my favorite books.
The Road Starring Viggo Mortensen.
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Synopsis: A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and, when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing: just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food--and each other.

Also looking forward to Slumdog Millionaire Adapted from Q&A - another of my fav novels.

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Postby Antiseptic » Sun Jan 11, 2009 10:18 pm

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Re: What Movies Are You Looking Forward to in 2009?

Postby tyrannosaurus mark » Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:16 pm

Awesome post matt, will keep an eye out. I'll have to go back and see what your 2008 picks were and how accurate you were! :)
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Re: What Movies Are You Looking Forward to in 2009?

Postby snuff » Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:21 am

Nailed a lot I have hanging out for there Matt, interesting you say it was Megan Fox's call on the n00dz, I was lead to believe the nudity was removed due to 'broader audience appeal'.

I'm actually looking forward to all the popcorn style films this year, Transformers 2, 2012, Terminator Salvation, Bruno, G.I Joe, Avatar, Toy Story 3, Star Trek, Wolverine, Where the Wild Things Are, Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, Guerrilla...

Gonna be a good year!

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Re: What Movies Are You Looking Forward to in 2009?

Postby tyrannosaurus mark » Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:23 am

Toy Story 3 and Where The Wild Things Are for me

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Re: What Movies Are You Looking Forward to in 2009?

Postby snuff » Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:30 am

Def gonna have to sus out Toy Story 3 in 3D eh.
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Postby Tacotistk » Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:38 am

Saw the dude who plays Tim Riggens in Friday Night Lights is Gambit in Wolverine. Fuckin sweet casting! Not really sure what I'm looking forward to movie-wise this year. Watchmen mostly. Other than that, nothing that I'm widdling myself over, but I'm sure there'll be plenty of good stuff. Keen to see Observe and Report.
WAY too lazy to put film titles in italics.

What's the word on Where the wild Things Are anyway? are they going to run Jonze's version or the studio proned one?
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Re: What Movies Are You Looking Forward to in 2009?

Postby Matt » Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:49 am

The studio claim to have not fucked with Jonze's vision at all...but still no sign of the movie!

I'd forgotten all about Avatar...

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Postby Tacotistk » Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:50 am

weird.. I remeber reading numerous reports that the studio was all gutted Max was such a fuckwit in the film. ignoring the fact he is in the source material as well.
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Postby snuff » Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:59 am

Tacotistk wrote:Saw the dude who plays Tim Riggens in Friday Night Lights is Gambit in Wolverine.


Josh Holloway turning that role down was wamp waaaah imo, would have made a mean Gambit.
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Postby Matt » Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:00 am

Yeah, that stuff about Where The Wild Things Are was later announced as bollocks. But fuck knows whether THAT was just the studio covering up, because the facts are that it missed its original release date by a long, long way.

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Here's a good interview with Jonze about it all - a really fucking long interview, by the way. But hey, you're up at 2am:

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/39145

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Postby tyrannosaurus mark » Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:01 am

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Postby snuff » Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:03 am

I've got some mates working on it who are getting pretty goofy about the whole thing, theres been fuck all teaser-wise for it.
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Re: What Movies Are You Looking Forward to in 2009?

Postby Matt » Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:06 am

James Cameron may be a dick, but he makes good movies. I'd be surprised if it turns out to be awful. But yeah, as Snuff says, fuck all info has been put out there yet...

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Postby tyrannosaurus mark » Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:27 am

Oh yeah? I was talking to a guy who worked on it, I think his job was setting up James Camerons monitor stuff for him. He said James Cameron was rude as

So what's up with him being a cunt? How come people kept working with him?
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tyrannosaurus mark wrote:Oh yeah? I was talking to a guy who worked on it, I think his job was setting up James Camerons monitor stuff for him. He said James Cameron was rude as

So what's up with him being a cunt? How come people kept working with him?


He fucking made fucking Aliens. That's why.

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Postby bruce wayne » Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:20 am

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Postby Marrow » Mon Jan 12, 2009 7:36 am

wasnt someone doing an adaptation of chuck palanuik's 'Porno' this year? keen if so.
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Re: What Movies Are You Looking Forward to in 2009?

Postby FC » Mon Jan 12, 2009 9:06 am

You mean Irvine Welsh's Porno, sequel to trainspotting?




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Postby Kerry » Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:04 am

Inglorious Bastards is going to be awesome. Can't wait.
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Postby distilledwater » Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:59 am

Keen for:

Sherlock Holmes, With Robert Downey Jr Directed by Guy Ritchie. Holmes is amazing and i am kinda glad Ritchie is moving away from the English gangster thing. Rock n Rolla was pretty weak

Up Pixars next feature Length. Looks colourful as. and i reckon could be a sweet story.

The Fantastic Mr Fox Wes Andersons new Project. Animated i believe using voices of many of his recurring actors. Will be Interesting to see.

X Men Origins Wolverine is the ownage. Although it would have been nice to sawyer as Gambit i don't think they have done a terrible job casting him. Should be pretty kickass from the first trailer.

The Road Best book i read in 2008. hopefully the movie pulls it off.
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Postby The Real JeffJack. » Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:20 am

distilledwater wrote:X Men Origins Wolverine is the ownage. Although it would have been nice to sawyer as Gambit i don't think they have done a terrible job casting him. Should be pretty kickass from the first trailer.


My uncle is a stuntman in sydney works for fox studios, hes done some of the stunts for Jack in this, they did alot of filming in the South Island too he said, around the LOTR area etc etc.

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Postby lena » Mon Jan 12, 2009 11:28 am

I would have liked to have seen Oliver Stone's film about Pablo Escobar, but apparently it got canned/put on hold because of W?
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Postby Marrow » Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:26 pm

You mean Irvine Welsh's Porno, sequel to trainspotting?

oh, fuck yeah, you're right.
im reading Chuck's 'Haunted' and Welsh's 'Glue' and getting wires crossed :P
but either way, im keen to see it.
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Postby Tacotistk » Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:30 pm

the new Palahniuk book is called Snuff is about a huge world-record breaking gangbang
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Postby FC » Mon Jan 12, 2009 12:39 pm

Marrow wrote:
You mean Irvine Welsh's Porno, sequel to trainspotting?

oh, fuck yeah, you're right.
im reading Chuck's 'Haunted' and Welsh's 'Glue' and getting wires crossed :P
but either way, im keen to see it.


I dont think its happening from what ive read, at least not for the moment.



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Re: What Movies Are You Looking Forward to in 2009?

Postby Matt » Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:13 pm

Yeah, I don't think Porno is happening just yet, but last I heard they were working on a script for Haunted.

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Re: What Movies Are You Looking Forward to in 2009?

Postby Dan Last » Mon Jan 12, 2009 3:45 pm

That interview with Spike Jonze was mean as, cheers Matt!
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