Most Anticipated Movies for 2009

Despite the fact that my top 20 list from last year turned out to be a bit of a disaster (5 of the films got pushed to 2009, and 8 other films ended up ranging from bad to mediocre), I’m going to give it another shot. 

20.)  Whatever Works


– The new Woody Allen comedy starring Larry David as the “Woody Allen character.” 

19.)  Watchmen


-It’s much farther back on my list than most, mainly because I’m not a huge fan of Zack Snyder or 300.  He’s great visually, but he can’t direct dialogue or drama very well, and considering neither trailer for Watchmen has had more than one line of dialogue, I remain skeptical.  But if it lives up to the graphic novel at all, then it’ll be amazing.

18.)  Terminator Salvation


-Christian Bale really is the go-to-guy for big summer action movies now.  The trailer looked good, and I trust Bale, so I’m excited.

17.)  The Limits of Control


-Jim Jarmusch always makes great, quirky movies, and this looks no different.

16.)  Bruno


Hopefully it’ll earn enough money to pay off all the inevitable lawsuits and still make a profit.

15.)  Public Enemies


-Bale vs. Depp.  Should be pretty amazing (assuming Michael Mann’s still got it).

14.)  Dodgy Dealings by the Dozens


– A new comedy by the director of Amelie.

13.)  The Lovely Bones


– Peter Jackson’s new movie.  The only thing that keeps me from being really excited is that Ryan Gosling was replaced by Mark Wahlberg for the lead role, but other than that, this looks to be pretty incredible.

12.)  Nine


– It’s by the director of Chicago (which I didn’t care for), but it stars Daniel Day-Lewis, which means I’ll be at the theater opening day.

11.)  Avatar

– James Cameron’s follow-up to Titanic.  Rumored to have groundbreaking special effects.  If nothing else, it’ll be amazing to see it just for the spectacle.

10.)  The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus


–  Heath Ledger’s final role.

9.)  Biutiful


– By the director of Amores Perros and Babel

8.)  Coraline


-Based on the Neil Gaiman graphic novel, and by the director of A Nightmare Before Christmas.

7.)  Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince


– My favorite book in the series.

6.)  Lost Embraces


– The new Pedro Almodovar film.  He’s one of the best writers/directors around, and he’s been on a role lately.

5.)  Shutter Island


– The new Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio collaboration.  Considering how good of an actor Leo’s become (I thought he was the best part of Revolutionary Road), I think this could be their best yet.

4.)  Inglorious Basterds


– Finally! After a decade of rumors, it’s finally being made.

3.)  The Road


– John Hillcoat (The Proposition) directing a Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) novel starring Viggo Mortensen (Lord of the Rings; Eastern Promises).  Should be out of this world good.

2.)  Ponyo On A Cliff


– Miyazaki’s anime was released last year in Japan and received amazing reviews.  It’ll be out in the states soon with an English dub voiced by Cate Blanchett, Liam Neeson, Tina Fey, and Lily Tomlin.  Spirited Away is one of my all time favorites, so I can’t wait for this.

1.)  The Tree of Life


– The new Terrence Malick (Days of Heaven) film with Sean Penn and Brad Pitt.  I think he’s one of the best living directors, and he’s been wanting to make this for over 30 years.  I think this has the potential to be, well, one of the best films ever made.  I know, I’m probably setting myself up for disappointment, but Malick can do no wrong.

Barely missing the list were The Wolfman (starring Benicio Del Toro), Where the Wild Things Are (directed by Spike Jonze), Mammoth (Michelle Williams and Gael Garcia Bernal), and Year One (Michael Cera and Jack Black).


5 responses to “Most Anticipated Movies for 2009

  • Max

    I can’t wait for Watchmen.

    Snyder’s bad rap might be a little undue. It might just be your preference. I can see all the slow motion action sequences being tiresome, but I wouldn’t put all the blame on Snyder for 300.

    The story of Leonidas is amazing; Frank Miller’s interpretation, not so much.

    I have been happily surprised with Snyder in the past – the remake of Dawn of the Dead was fantastic.

    The visuals in the trailers for Watchmen are stunning. It feels like a Watchmen movie, darkness riddled with purples oranges & greens.

    Save for a miraculous release of a new Star Wars trilogy, I couldn’t be more excited.


    A note: Did anybody else notice that in the trailer Rorschach’s narrative refers to the group as the ‘Watchmen’? I’ll have to reread the GN, but I’m mostly sure they are not titled as such. It’s just what they are and refers to the “quis custodiet ipsos custodes” quote. Not sure I’m right. Still, this not-so-important potential inaccuracy irks me.

  • BobFunk

    That is one hell of a post. Thanks, Evan. Looks like some greatness.

  • evan

    i was fine with all the slow-motion action sequences, i actually loved the visual style for 300. my complaint is all the intimate and dramatic moments (Leonidas with his wife, the courtroom scene, etc). sure some of the blame goes to miller, and some to the actors, but some belongs to snyder too. I agree that the dawn of the dead remake was great, but i still think snyder has trouble directing dialogue-driven scenes, and that’s why i’m still skeptical over watchmen. it could just be my preference, but i don’t think so, i know a lot of people who didn’t care for 300 for the same reasons.
    i agree that the trailer’s visuals are stunning, i don’t doubt that it’ll be a beautiful looking movie (which is why it IS on the list), but until i see some actual acting/dialogue (which the trailer stayed away from completely) i won’t get too excited. but so far so good.

  • coffee

    Coraline looks pretty good; it’s amazing how many big name actors they get for these animated flicks

  • evan


    of course, my #1 – the tree of life – has been pushed back to 2010.

    also, “lost embraces” is now “broken embraces” and there’s a spanish only trailer that looks beautiful.

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