My Top 10 Most-Anticipated Films of 2011

2010? Eh…pretty solid year for movies. It seemed like a good portion of the year was dominated by the hype (and eventual kind-of-letdown-ish after-feeling) of INCEPTION, but if you can see past it, it was pretty fun. Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim, and of course Iron Man 2 were good “action” movies. We had some great comedies that flew under the radar, like Get Him to the Greek, the lovely She’s Out of My League, and Clash of the Titans. It was a good year for animated films too; i loved How to Train Your Dragon, Tangled, and Toy Story 3 was epic. And there were also some awesomely bad movies, like Sex & The City 2 and The Other Guys…gotta love the ugly kids! But then, the beautiful kids walk in, like The Social Network, Black Swan and True Grit, and suddenly you’re drooling. TRON: Legacy and Harry Potter 7 made for a pretty sweet Holiday Season, and we finished the year strong. Unfortunately, i missed a few good movies, like 127 HOURS, Winter’s Bone, and The King’s Speech, but hopefully i can catch them before the Oscars in February.

Needless to say, I’m really looking forward to the 2011 Movie Season! In anticipation of the Year of Movies, i’ve cobbled together a list of the Top 10 Movies that i’m looking forward to. Maybe some of these you know, and maybe some of them you’re hearing for the first time…either way, if they made MY list, they should be pretty neat.

See the List


Editor’s Note: Some of these movies don’t have trailers yet, and at least two of them don’t even have an official poster yet. I did the best i could to get you guys some visuals, but sorry if you find them lacking.

1. Thor

Hell yes! From the moment this was announced, and the moment they cast Hemsworth, and the moment i found out about the story, i’ve been IN! The MOST in! Thor is the story of the God of Thunder who gets cast down from his realm and forced to live among mortals. Then, he beats up bad guys and stuff! This, plus the next movie on my list, will go a long way to setting up next summer’s The Avengers.

Release Date: May 6

2. Captain America: The First Avenger

Unlike Thor, I have not been into this movie since Day 1. But, the more and more i see on this, the more and more i’m in. When the first production pics came out, i was like, “hmmmm…looks kinda neat…” Now, I’m in. The director of this movie is leading it in the right direction, and the WWII setting looks pretty great. And, again, I love that Marvel is setting us up for the Avengers movies in the future.

Release Date: July 22

3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2

The final film in the Harry Potter Septology (word?) looms large over us, and when it’s all said and done, this series of films might end up right there with Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Jaws.

Release Date: July 15

4. Sucker Punch

Am i a huge Zack Snyder fan? No, not really…his Dawn of the Dead remake was pretty solid, 300 is pretty great, and unlike most, I dug WATCHMEN, but i’d hesitate to call myself a devout follower. However, I’m pretty IN for Sucker Punch. 300 + Sailor Moon + hot chicks + anime stuff = Yeah, i’m in. It may turn out to be really retarded, story-wise, and ultimately just an excuse to get a buncha crazy shit on screen, but…I’m in.

Release Date: March 25

5. Super 8

I’d love to be able to tell you what this movie is about, but truthfully, nobody is truly certain. The one thing we do know is that it’s directed by J.J. Abrams. ‘Nuff said. Allegedly, this film is Abrams’ tribute to 80’s Steven Spielberg adventure movies, and the story centers around a couple of kids in the late 70’s who like to shoot movies on their Super 8 camera, and they accidently film evidence of something…paranormal. Hmmm…IN!

Release Date: June 10

6. Kung Fu Panda 2

Loved the first one, IN for the second one. Kung Fu Panda, i think, captured lightning in a bottle, and I kinda have a feeling like this one won’t be nearly as good as the first, but…i’m still in.

Release Date: May 27

7. The Tree of Life

This movie has been in the can for quite some time, but wasn’t able to be released this year due to some various money issues, so it was pushed to May and is now easily the front-runner for some Academy Awards next year. The story starts in post-war, Beaver-Cleaver suburban America, where a young man tries to reconcile his relationship with his father, played by Brad Pitt. As he grows up, he ends up looking exactly like Sean Penn, and looks back at his life to try to figure out what it all meant as the universe spins on around him. With a great cast, some awesome cinematography, and directed by the acclaimed Terrence Malick, this is probably gonna kill.

Release Date: May 27 (Oh God! Same Release as Kung Fu Panda 2! Double Feature!?!)

8. Battle: Los Angeles

Like its name suggests, this is movie is about a battle that takes place in Los Angeles. The cool thing is that the battle is against aliens. We’ve seen aliens invade L.A. before, but this should be different. It’s not over-the-top, Armageddon-y like Independence Day, but it’s not retarded like Skyline. It’s got Aaron Eckhart in it too, so it must be sorta legit. Should be interesting. IN!

Release Date: March 11

9. Cowboys and Aliens

I really don’t know what to think about this movie. I guess i’m…in? The trailer makes it look very much like they’re playing it as a straight-forward western film, where aliens show up halfway through it. Weird. It’s got Daniel Craig, who’s cool, Harrison Ford, who is the coolest, and Olivia Wilde, who is the hottest (See: Tron). It’s directed by Jon Favreau, who directed the first two Iron Man movies with some skill. So, IN.

Release Date: July 29

10. X-Men: First Class

The next X-Men movie is directed by Matthew Vaughn, who crafted the sweet Kick-Ass, and this one takes place in the ’60’s. Need i say more? The film stars James McAvoy as Professor X and Michael Fassbender (the cool british guy in Inglorious Basterds) as Eric Lensherr, a.k.a. Magneto. In the movie, they’re still best friends, hanging out in England and New York, and it’s just coming to light that mutants are becoming prevalent in society. Man…i’m totally in.

Release Date: June 3

Didn’t Quite Make It: The Hangover 2, Moneyball, Fast Five, Source Code, Scream4, Green Latern, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, I Am Number Four, Rango, Pirates of the Caribbean 38

No…Didn’t Make It. Not Even Close: Drive Angry, Cars 2, The Smurfs, Final Destination 5, Piranha 3DD, Twilight 3, Alvin & the Chipmunks 3D

Boom! There you have it! Please comment below and lemme know what you think, or what i missed! Agree or Disagree?

4 responses

  1. Nevin

    You left off “Dinner for Schmucks”… Truly Great!

    January 7, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    • Yes. A truly hilarious movie. God…that was funny when we saw it in College Station.

      January 8, 2011 at 1:40 pm

  2. Dean

    I agree generally… Thor was by far Marvel’s best movie to date and the best movie I have seen in a very long, long time… honestly the previews did not make the movie look a fraction of how good it actually was; not even close! Captain America should be awesome too.

    I’m excited to see Green Lantern too. The very first leaked preview looked really good then the actual first preview looked kinda meh.

    The last Harry Potter was IMO the best to date too.

    Lots of good stuff this year

    May 11, 2011 at 2:59 pm

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