Top 15 Most Anticipated Movies of 2009

January 5th, 2009 by Essi

(Essi Suomela from Bronson Club is a guest writer for Beyond the Iron Sky blog. She’s a real film enthusiastic and keeps an eye open for what’s happening in the industry overseas. She was kind enough to lend a hand and write her top 15 films she’s looking forwad to see next year. Essi, the stage is yours!)

Here is a list of my most anticipated movies of 2009. Enjoy!

harry-potter_1.jpg15. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I have Harry Potter here at the last place, because I really wanted it on my list, but my expectations seem to be fading away with every new release. This time especially because Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince is directed by David Yates, who has also directed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which was definitely the worst of the series. I´m a huge fan of the films, but after Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban the movies just haven´t been evolving very much.

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14. Nine
There are two reasons why this film is on my list; first of all, it is inspired by one of my all time favorite films, Fellini‘s , and secondly because it stars my favorite actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who plays a world famous film director Guido Contini as he prepares his latest picture, and balances the numerous women in his life. It is on 14th place because I don´t completely trust the director Rob Marshall

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coraline_1.jpg13. Coraline

Coraline is an animated film directed by Henry Selick, the same guy who made The Nightmare Before Christmas, so it is obvious that the film will look awesome! And if that’s enough, it is based on a great horror novella by Neil Gaiman. I´m sold!

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informant_2.jpg12. The Informant

To be honest, I don´t know that much about this film, other than it is directed by Steven Soderbergh, described as a dark comedy thriller and Matt Damon gained alot of weight for the leading role. Sounds good to me.

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monsters-vs-aliens_1.jpg11. Monster vs. Aliens
The year 2009 will definitely be a great year for animation features, and this one takes the lead as the most unique and interesting animated movie of the year. It has a satire quality about it and will definitely be enjoyable, not only to kids but to the adults as well. Or at least to the adults.

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terminator-salvation_3.jpg10. Terminator Salvation

I really like the trailer and the fact that Christian Bale is playing John Connor, but I´m terrified by the fact that it is directed by McG, which usually doesn´t mean good things… Anyway, it’s on 10th place, because the trailer gave me the chills.

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parna.jpg9. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

This is a really interesting one – an upcoming fantasy film directed by Terry Gilliam. Heath Ledger starred in the film, though Ledger’s death halfway through the filming caused production to be temporarily suspended. Ledger’s role was recast with Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Farrell portraying transformations of Ledger’s character Tony as he travels through a dream world. The movie tells a story about a travelling theater company that gives its audience much more than they were expecting for. Weird stuff, I love it!

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8. Sherlock Holmes

Let´s face it, Guy Ritchie has done only two good movies in his career, and it was about time that he tried something new. Not only did he decide to do something new, he went all the way and surprised us all with a period piece of one of the most known charecters in the world. I also want to give Guy Ritchie credit for casting Robert Downey Jr. for the role of Sherlock Holmes. I can´t wait to see this one!

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fighter.jpg7. The Fighter

Unfortunately I haven´t seen Darren Aronofsky´s The Wrestler yet, but I´m super psyched about it and since these two films are a pair, I´m also psyched about The Fighter. The first one is about Randy “The Ram” Robinson and stars Mickey Rourke. The second one is about “Irish” Micky Ward and stars Mark Wahlberg. Let´s get ready to rumble!

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avatar_1.jpg6. Avatar
This is the film that everyone is waiting for! Why? It´s directed by James Cameron and… Well who cares! The hype is on!

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watchmen_1.jpg5. Watchmen

I have mixed feelings about this one, I´m sort of expecting the worst. I love the comic, but I´m not totally convicsed of the director Zack Snyder. His previous film, 300, was only “ok”, so let´s hope for the best. The new trailer looks pretty good though.

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star_trek_2.jpg4. Star Trek

Well… It´s Star Trek.

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public-enemies_depp.jpg3. Public Enemies

Public Enemies is a gangster period movie directed by Michael Mann and starring Christian Bale and Johnny Depp as FBI agent Melvin Purvis and gangster John Dillinger. Sounds awesome!!!

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shutter-island_2.jpg2. Shutter Island

Shutter Island (also known as Ashecliffe) is a new thriller from the director Martin Scorsese, and the leading role is once again played by Leonardo DiCaprio. That´s all I need, I´m totally sold. The film is based on the 2003 novel Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. In the story two U.S. marshals investigate the disappearance of a patient from a hospital for the criminally insane, on an island in Massachusetts.

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inglourious-basterds_2.jpg1. Inglourious Basterds

And finally, the first place goes to Quentin Tarantino’s World War 2 epic. It was only a matter of time when Tarantino made his own “spaghetti-western” – and here it is. Inglourious Basterds has a huge ensemble cast, including Brad Pitt, and music by Ennio Morricone. The release date in the U.S is set to be 21st of August, hopefully it will be available to the rest of the world as soon as possible.

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Movies that didn´t make the list (but are still very interesting)

The Lovely Bones, directed by Peter Jackson

Black Dynamite, directed by Scott Sanders

The Road, directed by John Hillcoat

Up, directed by Pete Docter & Bob Peterson

X-Men Origins: Wolverine, directed by Gavin Hood

Green Zone, directed by Paul Greengrass

9, directed by Shane Acker

Do you think something is missing from these films? Drop a comment below and share your views!


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14 Responses to “Top 15 Most Anticipated Movies of 2009”

  1. Oskar says:

    Small correction. Tim Burton has nothing to do with Coraline the movie. When checking who is the producer I get three names Bill Mechanic, Mary Sandell and Claire Jennings.

  2. Essi Suomela says:

    Hey Oskar. I think you a right. Thank you for the correction.

    So, Tim Burton’s not working on it, Henry Selick the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas is working on Coraline. I don´t know where I got it in my head that Burton was the producer, I think there is mixed information in the net and I got carried away :) I guess I just wanted it to be true…

    If anyone has more accurate information on the subject, please let me know.

  3. S says:

    Great list.
    I’d pick all of those, apart from harry potter, and add..

    *’Synecdoche, New York’ by charlie kaufman
    http://movies.yahoo.com/movie/1809873025/trailer
    More self-referential film-making from kaufman.. but in a somewhat different groundhogdayesque way.

    *’The Prisoner’ remake series
    http://blogs.amctv.com/the-prisoner/
    It’s got Ian McKellen in it.. and that’s all i really know.
    But it’s the **cking prisoner!!

    *’The Moon’
    http://www.quietearth.us/articles/2008/11/17/First-images-from-MOON-are-15-shades-of-awesome
    I’m so starved of oldskool space-scifi like this.

    *William Gibson’s ‘Neuromancer’
    Now.. It’s directed by the guy who did the godawful film ‘torque’ and a bunch of britney spears videos, but the book still makes the hair on my testicles stand on end so i’m willing to give it a shot.

    *’Ong Bak 2′
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLEneaH_XpY
    Sequel to the brilliant career opener for Tony Jaa.
    While the ‘old greats’ like Jet Li and Jackie Chan today do their stuff on wires with hollywood insurance people killing all the fun, in Thailand they still do things manual and people actually get hurt.

    I’m sure there’s more, but like usual i forget

  4. I’m really looking forward to Synecdoche as well.

  5. Essi Suomela says:

    Hey S, thank you for your comment. Yeah “Synecdoche, New York” is definitely on my most anticipated list, but it was actually released in 2008, so that´s why it didn´t make the cut. Thanks for your movie tips!

  6. Samppa says:

    I’m really eager to see Todd Field’s next film, Blood Meridian. His In the Bedroom is one of the best films of the decade and although Little Children wasn’t as good, it was pretty good too. Another quite interesting coming Cormac McCarthy adaptation is The Road, directed by John Hillcoat (The Proposition). Also Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life should be released this year.

  7. sam &Jordan says:

    i WANNA WATCH A MOVIE THAT HAS HOT GUYS IN IT LIKE JOHNNY DEPP OR ROB ZOMBIE!!

  8. Duh anythiang with rob zombie is hot

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  10. watugagirl says:

    YES ROB ZOMBIE IS HOT

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