Movies 2010 – must see or must miss?

By | March 10, 2010

It looks like we’re headed into another year of big movies. I’m getting all fan-boy giddy just thinking about what’s coming.

On the heels of Avatar, though, it seems like every big movie is being filmed in 3-D. While I’m okay with that, it means two things: feeling a little weird wearing those glasses, and higher ticket prices. Just going to a 2-D movie is more than I want to pay for movies these days. The only 3-D movie I’ve seen since my college days (trust me, it’s been a while) is Avatar. In that case, I think the 3-D was used utterly perfectly – not for shock, but for immersion in a beautifully realized world. Can all these upcoming movies really get it right, too?

Let’s get to the list. At the end you get the chance to vote… if you could only see ONE of these films this year, which would it be? And I’ll tell you my answer.

I’m already annoyed about missing The Book of Eli. Looks like a really good film and I’ve heard nothing but great reviews from friends.

Alice in Wonderland – in 3-D. This one looks like some great eye-candy, but I can’t get excited enough to worry about seeing it. I’ll be disappointed not to get the 3-D experience, but this one’s a rental.

Clash of the Titans. Again, some great eye-candy (that phrase probably applies to most movies in this list). I haven’t been able to decide yet, though, if I think this is worth seeing in the theater. It’s got some good will because of the original film, but with so much vying for my dollar this year, this one might be a casualty of having seen the story before, regardless of how good the effects are.

The Losers. Holy cow, I didn’t even know they were making this movie until 2 minutes ago. The comic was awesome! I was so psyched to see this movie until I saw the trailer. I still want to see it, but I’m worried now that they may have added too much comedy. Gotta learn more.

Iron Man 2. Oh yeah. I will be seeing this one. The first movie was excellent. The trailer looks great. It’s simply on the absolutely-must-see list.

Robin Hood. Russel Crowe as Sherwood’s hero? I’m okay with that. Looks like it’ll be a gritty Hood. This is one of those, though, that I really want to see, but may not make the cut for the theater. We’ll have to see how things are going when it’s released.

Shrek Forever After. No. Sorry. I’d love to see it, but it’ll be on DVD.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Can’t say I’m a huge Jake Gyllenhaal fan, but this trailer sold me hook, line, and sinker on this movie. I will be seeing this in the theater, and I’m pretty excited about it.

Sex and the City 2. Seriously? Why?

The Karate Kid. Loved the original. This could be good. I like Jackie Chan. Still… not sure.

The A-Team. “I love it when a plan comes together.” Nostalgia wins on this one. I’ll likely be seeing this film in the theater.

Toy Story 3. This is a tough one. I want to see it, but I want to see it with my kids, who may not be ready for it. The only Pixar movie they’ve been able to get through without being scared is Wall-E. We’ll have to see how it goes.

Knight and Day. Yeah, I know Tom Cruise is in it. I still want to see it. It looks really good. Funny too.

The Last Airbender. There’s a really good chance I’m seeing this in the theater. I like the teaser trailer better than the full trailer, though. I hope the teaser captures the feel a little better.

The Sorceror’s Apprentice. I don’t think Nicholas Cage is the right choice for this film. Still, I will go see it if at all possible. Just the car flipping through the mirror is enough to make me want to see this.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I. Yes. There’s little doubt I will see this one in the theater. It better be worth the effort, too. I’ve seen all but Half-Blood Prince on DVD, and was a little disappointed in that one.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Again, an absolute definite, unless the trailer is completely disappointing. I love this series, and the first two movies do nothing to detract from that feeling.

Smurfs, Yogi Bear, and The Green Hornet. All three of these are scheduled for release on the same day. All are at least intriguing to me. I’d like to learn more about them and look forward to the trailers. But they will all be beaten to a bloody pulp and ground into dust by the other film scheduled for release on the same day. And that would be…

Tron: Legacy. This is the film I’ve been looking forward to for 25 years. To say that it’s definite that I will be seeing this in the theater, in 3-D, would be an incredible understatement. I will likely see it more than once.

So… which one is my number one absolute must see will not miss it event movie for 2010? Come on. If you don’t know the answer you didn’t read what I said above. Don’t expect me to give you answers if you’re not willing to put the effort in…

I realize, however, that some of you may feel differently. This is a year with some pretty big hitters, and you may have other priorities. You’re certainly entitled to be wrong. I accept that. So which one is at the top of your heap?

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I took a few out of the running, but feel free to choose “Other,” and then add your vote in the comments below. And tell me why you voted for your film. What about it makes it the top of your heap? Was it a difficult call between a couple of them?

12 thoughts on “Movies 2010 – must see or must miss?

  1. pam

    Hmmm … when it comes down to it, my must-see-list is really your must-see-list, which means that I’ll go see whatever you’re most excited about. And, as I really only see trailers you make me watch, I don’t really have a clue about what else will be out this year. Of the ones you’ve listed, I’m more excited about the Prince of Persia and The Last Airbender.

    I love The Chronicles of Narnia, but am really all about the books. Not to say that I haven’t enjoyed the movies, but, just like the LOTR movies, I feel that the books are so much richer than the movies that I reserve most of my enthusiasm for the books.

    I found the Iron Man 2 trailer a bit much. Too much information and not very well organized. I know I may be the only person who feels that way about it, but … there it is.

    Honestly, I’m just excited that we’ll get to get out to the movies several times this year! Now, to arrange the babysitting …

  2. Jeff Post author

    Don’t worry, you’re not missing anything. I show you all the good ones. :)

    I used what you said about the Iron Man 2 trailer in my comment on Lee’s blog.

    We’re going to need to get some of these dates on a calendar and start budgeting for the tickets and babysitting. There are more good movies this year than I thought there would be.

  3. Jon

    Good thing you’re in my RSS feed or I would not have known about your return to the Blogosphere. Welcome back!

    Your list includes pretty much every upcoming movie that interests me (except for Despicable Me). But I only see one “event movie”: Iron Man 2. I’ll be at the first captioned showing within 50 miles, mark my words. Everything else is going into my Netflix queue. It will be an interesting fall and holiday season for DVD releases, to be sure.

    I’m embarrassed to say that I have yet to see the original Tron. Well, I’ve seen bits and pieces, of course — but never the whole feature. Just added that to my Netflix queue as well. Maybe after seeing the original, I’ll be stoked to see the re-make, re-imagining, sequel, or whatever it is.

    BTW, I have always loved the Narnia books, but found the movies unwatchable. Not exactly sure why.

  4. Jeff Post author

    Well, you’ve got a few months left to fit in the original Tron. Legacy is a direct sequel, so I’d suggest checking it out. And if you want some discussion about it, go listen to the podcast I participated in a while back. Or wait until I make the inevitable post focusing on Legacy.

    Since you haven’t seen the original, I’ll forgive your passing over Legacy as “event movie” status. But just barely. I mean, take a look at that trailer, man!

    I considered putting Despicable Me on the list, btw. I just felt like the list was already long and it’s not likely I’ll see that one in the theater. I may not even see it in 2010.

    (I have taken sporadic posting to a new level, I think. One half-hearted post in February… if I ever go an entire calendar month without posting I think it’s safe to say the apathy will have won.)

  5. Jeff Post author

    Obviously that “listen to the podcast” bit is in there for other readers who may be in your situation of having not seen Tron yet. ‘Cause there ain’t no transcript of that podcast I’m aware of.

    (Okay, yes, I deserve a slap for that. What can I say… I wasn’t thinking.)

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  7. Jason

    My list is below in priority order. As for the babysitter, if you come up here we have the built in model and that way we can all go together :) BTW, you should see how to train your dragon, that was very good and the girls loved it.

    (reality is that I will see 3-4 tops… but lists are fun)

    Must See:
    Iron Man
    Toy Story 3 (Show them the first one on DVD to gauge the response… Kayla and Lauren are excited to see #3)

    Might See P1:
    Prince of Persia
    The Sorceror’s Apprentice
    Knight and Day

    Might See P2:
    The Last Airbender (Kayla’s friend Karly is an extra in this)
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part I
    The Chronicles of Narnia
    Karate Kid (If L&K are interested)

    Will wait for DVD:
    Alice in Wonderland
    Kick Ass
    The Other Guys
    The Expendables

    No interest:
    Robin Hood

    Should have waited for DVD:
    Clash of the Titans

  8. Jeff Post author

    Nice list. I hadn’t heard of The Expendables before. Looks pretty good.

    Sadly, I think the A-Team is gonna end up on DVD for me too, now that I’m getting a better feel for my summer. It’s gonna be pretty tough to get to all three May movies that I’m shooting for (Losers, Iron Man 2, Prince of Persia).

    I’ve been hearing a lot of good stuff about that Dragon movie. I had dismissed it early on, but maybe a second look is in order.

    My schedule slightly opens up a bit in June. We should be able to take advantage of those babysitters at some point around then. May is turning out pretty tight.

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  10. Jason

    I have been on a movie kick lately and saw 3 in 4 days. Well 2 and a half. First was “The Road”, a very dark story which moves slow. I fell asleep half way through (good book though). #2 was the Wolfman, again very slow and I fell asleep halfway through but the next night I finished watching it. It ended okay but if you miss it dont worry about it. Last night I saw Alice in Wonderland and was very pleased. Definitly one of the better movies I have seen lately. Alice was worth it but skip the others.

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