2010, for the most part, has been a dog of a year for film. I am thinking that the coming months will be better
Skyline (Nov. 12): This appears to be a take off on War of the Worlds, set in modern Los Angeles. I have heard virtually nothing, but at this point it may already rank among the better films of the year.
Tron: Legacy (Dec. 17): The son of legendary computer game programmer Kevin Flynn (played once again by Jeff Bridges) goes searching from him when one of his old associates (Bruce Boxleitner, reprising his role) informs him that he recently got a strange communication from his father’s office. Junior gets zapped into the virtual computer world and must survive as his father once did while searching for him. WILL DECEMBER 17 PLEASE GET HERE FAST!!!
The Green Hornet (Jan. 14): I have a feeling a lot of high school trumpet players will be playing Rimsky-Korsakof’s “Flight of the Bumblebee” next school year. It is kind of like Batman without the cool rogues gallery … and if Robin were cooler than Batman … and if Batman had much cooler theme music. Christoph Waltz from Inglorious Basterds is involved, so it could be pretty good.
Battle: Los Angeles (March 11): It looks very much like the plot of Skyline, except instead of average people, the film centers on some U.S. Marines led by Aaron Eckhart (Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight), and Michelle Rodriguez (Trudy Chacon in Avatar).
Thor (May 6): Kenneth Branagh hangs up directing Shakespeare and picks up directing Stan Lee. Anthony Hopkins plays (who else) Odin who sends his arrogant son to Earth to live a partially mortal life to learn from the humans (Natalie Portman as Dr. Jane Foster) he must protect. Chris Hemsworth takes up the hammer.
X-Men: First Class (Jun 3): The history of Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr are explored as they initially come together to help fellow mutants, and then split apart to become adversaries.
Super 8 (June 10): It is 1979, and a train carrying “something” to Area 51 derails, setting lose an unknown lifeform on the heartland. It is produced by Steven Spielberg and is directed by J.J. Abrams. I predict it wins 16 Oscars and grosses Bill Gate’s personal net worth.
Green Lantern (June 17): A test pilot is granted membership in an intergalactic police force, and a special ring as his weapon to enforce justice.
Rise of the Apes (June 24): Remember the awful Tim Burton version of Planet of the Apes? I barely do, but I thought, this film did so poorly, at least they will never try a sequel like the earlier Ape films. I guess I was wrong. James Franco plays a scientist researching Alzheimer’s who accidentally gives an ape named Caesar (motion capture expert Andy Serkis) intelligence, giving birth to an Ape apocalypse. It is a rip off of Escape from the Planet of the Apes … or is it Return to the Planet of the Apes … its the Ricardo Mantalban one, whichever one that was. On the other hand, it can’t really be worse that he last one, could it?
Captain America: The First Avenger (July 22): An 4-F who wants to do his all for Uncle Sam (Chris Evans as Steve Rogers) takes an experimental drug that turns him into a soldier of great skill. Trapped in ice, Rogers reawakens in the modern era to find that he once again must battle his old nemesis, The Red Skull (Hugo Weaving). I was a big Captain America fan as a kid, and this is definitely on the to do list!
Cowboys & Aliens (July 29): Based on the comic series, a desolate town in the Arizona Territory, circa 1873 sees the townsfolk join forces with the local Apache to battle an invasion force that is not being led by Pancho Villa! You would think a film involving a battle between cowboys, Apache warriors, and aliens would be kick ass all on its own … but given that the current James Bond (Roger Craig) and the old Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) are headlining this can’t miss film, it will be a real genre twisting experience. I am betting that the closing credits will be set to Willie Nelson’s Planet Texas, being that I think it might be the only country-western song with a science fiction theme that has ever been produced.