I haven’t ever really done this before, so why not give it a go now?
Well, why not indeed, so here’s a list of science fiction (or at least sci-fi tinged) films I’d like to see this year.
There may be more that crop up along the way, but for the moment these are the ones right now that I’m keen to view.
Season of the Witch
I find something very watchable about Nic Cage.
14th-century knights transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks deduce her powers could be the source of the Black Plague. – IMDB
A priest reluctantly goes to the Vatican to attend exorcism school, and then meets a maverick priest (played by Anthony Hopkins!) who reveals that the Devil’s reach goes much farther than he expected. – io9
Again with the Nic Cage
Now here’s a movie that looks like Nic Cage belongs in it! He’s a dead guy who breaks out of Hell to stop the cult that killed his daughter from sacrificing her baby. Let’s hope he actually drives through the gates of Hell. – io9
The Adjustment Bureau
The affair between a politician and a ballerina is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart. – IMDB
It looks like a cross between The Matrix and Inception.
A film about the real mission to space in the 1970’s that was canceled by NASA. – IMDB
Battle : Los Angeles
A Marine platoon faces off against an alien invasion in Los Angeles. – IMDB
Alien-invasion films appear to be cropping up all over the place in 2011 — please don’t let alien invasions be the new sparkly vampires.
Red Riding Hood
Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family’s displeasure. – IMDB
I hope this is a proper adult film, and not some sort of watered down 12 rated wimp-out.
The last thing I’d like to see is Warewolves go down the same route that vampires did in Hollywood films.
Suing the Devil
Malcolm Mcdowell as the devil!
What’s not to like about the above sentence?
A copywriter (Bradley Cooper) discovers a drug that gives him superhuman powers, but as he starts to probe the drug’s origin, a group of shadowy killers is on his trail. Also starring Robert De Niro. – io9
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play British nerds who pick up an alien outside Area 51 and then get chased around by Jason Bateman as a special agent. – FilmCritic
I’m finding it very difficult to come up with anything wrong about the above scenario.
The story of a young girl in a mental institution. She retreats into a bizarre fantasy world, which helps her hatch a plan to escape from the facility. – io9
I’ve been waiting for this for some time. Looks brilliant.
An action thriller centered on a soldier who wakes up in the body of an unknown man and discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. – IMDB
From the same director as Moon, which was one of 2009’s standout films for me.
It has Nathan Fillion in it as a superhero. I need say no more.
Zooey Deschanel! That is all.
Kenneth Branagh (!) directs the next Marvel Comics movie, about the Asgardian Thunder God who’s cast down to Earth and finds love with the suddenly ubiquitous Natalie Portman. – io9
A priest disobeys church law to track down the vampires who kidnapped his niece. – IMDB
X-Men : First Class
Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-MEN. – IMDB
[J.J.] Abrams is helming what appears to be another alien-monster film, this one produced by Steven Spielberg, set in the seventies. If he pulls this off, I might even be willing to forgive him the red matter in the last Star Trek film. Maybe. – FilmCritic
I’m kinda with him on the Star Trek thing, but that’s not for now.
Rise of the Apes
A prequel to Planet of the Apes, this film shows how genetic experimentation in the present day creates a super-intelligent ape, Caesar, who goes on to lead an uprising. – io9
Sinbad : The Fifth Voyage
When the Sultan’s first born is taken by an evil sorcerer, Sinbad is tasked with traveling to a desert of magic and creatures to save her. – IMDB
Apparently this is going to be a lovingly crafted tribute to Ray Harryhausen. I hope it lives up to that.
Steve Rogers wants to join the fight in World War II, but he’s too weak — until he takes an experimental serum that transforms him into a paragon, Captain America. The last of Marvel’s movies setting up next year’s The Avengers. – io9
Cowboys and Aliens
Another alien invasion film.
The track record for science-fiction and/or comic-book-related Westerns is very bad indeed. (See Jonah Hex and Wild Wild West.) But the presence of Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford means that, even if it fails, it’ll fail with at least a little bit of style.
Conan the Barbarian
The tale of Conan the Cimmerian and his adventures across the continent of Hyboria on a quest to avenge the murder of his father and the slaughter of his village. – IMDB
There’s rumours that this will be 3D. (8+/
A remake of the 1985 original.
Eternal youth costs and if you can’t afford it, well, you die.
Not a remake of the John Carpenter 1982 classic, which itself was a remake of the 1951 original, but instead it’s a prequel. We finally get to find out what happened to the inhabitants of the camp before Kurt Russell and his team got despatched there.
Martin Scorsese makes a huge departure, into movies for younger audiences — and a more fanciful story. A young boy hides inside the Paris train station and winds up repairing a mechanical man. And it’s sort of a retelling of the life of Georges Méliès, one of the first ever science fiction film-makers. – io9
I really really want this to be as good as I think it should be.
Please make it as good as the first one.
Sherlock Holmes 2
The sequel to 2009’s runaway hit reunites director Guy Ritchie and stars Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Let’s hope they have more weird steampunk doom machines this time around. – io9
I’m with the more steampunk brigade on this.
The Adventures of Tintin : Secret of the Unicorn
This one isn’t strictly science fiction or fantasy, but Tintin lives in a kind of fantasy world, full of trips into space, weird occurrences and larger-than-life adventures — and we can’t imagine that the teaming of Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson (with some writing by Steven Moffat) won’t include some nods to Tintin’s more fantastical adventures. – io9