10 most anticipated films of the season

Posted by · 8:13 am · September 1st, 2009

No fanfare.  A legitimate installment of The Lists on another topic will drop from Chad later today, but here’s what has me stoked:

1. “Up in the Air” (Paramount Pictures)
2. “Avatar” (20th Century Fox)
3. “The Tree of Life” (Apparition)
4. “Where the Wild Things Are” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
5. “A Christmas Carol” (Walt Disney Pictures)
6. “Invictus” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
7. “Capitalism: A Love Story” (Overture Films)
8. “2012
(Sony Pictures) –> guilty
9. “Precious” (Lionsgate)
10. “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (Sony Pictures Classics)

You?




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  • 1 9-01-2009 at 8:17 am

    McGuff said...

    Where the Wild Things Are leads it for me by a country mile, but I’m a big Reitman fan, so I can’t disagree with your top choice in the slightest. I’ll say Precious, An Education and Invictus round out my top five.

  • 2 9-01-2009 at 8:25 am

    Loyal said...

    1. Avatar
    2. Tree of Life
    3. Nine
    4. Where The Wild Things Are
    5. The Road
    6. The Lovely Bones
    7. Fantastic Mr. Fox
    8. Capitalism: A Love Story
    9. The Princess And The Frog
    10. Sherlock Holmes

  • 3 9-01-2009 at 8:33 am

    Joel said...

    1. Where the Wild Things Are
    2. Avatar
    3. Nine
    4. A Serious Man
    5. A Christmas Carol
    6. The Tree of Life
    7. The Princess and the Frog
    8. Up in the Air
    9. The Lovely Bones
    10. 2012 (with you on this, Kris…looks awesome)

  • 4 9-01-2009 at 8:36 am

    Kokushi said...

    1. The Lovely Bones
    2. Where the Wild Things Are
    3. The Tree of Life
    4. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
    5. Ninja Assassin
    6. Avatar
    7. The Road
    8. A Serious Man
    9. Invictus
    10. Up in the Air

  • 5 9-01-2009 at 8:45 am

    Mr. F said...

    1. The Lovely Bones
    2. Avatar
    3. The Princess and the Frog
    4. Where the Wild Things Are
    5. New York, I Love You
    6. Nine
    7. 9
    8. Precious
    9. A Serious Man
    10. Tree of Life

  • 6 9-01-2009 at 9:04 am

    Aleksis said...

    1. The Tree of Life
    2. Bright Star
    3. Precious
    4. Nine

    I hope The Tree of Life is like 5 hours of pretty trees. I’d pay to see it twice!

  • 7 9-01-2009 at 9:15 am

    James D. said...

    1. The Fantastic Mr. Fox
    2. Where the Wild Things Are
    3. A Serious Man
    4. The Road

    Everything else looks mediocre to me.

  • 8 9-01-2009 at 9:15 am

    Mike_M said...

    1. Tree of Life
    2. Where the Wild Things Are
    3. The Road
    4. A Serious Man
    5. The Lovely Bones
    6. The Informant!
    7. Up In The Air
    8. Nine
    9. 9
    10. Men Who Stare at Goats

    plus 5 others:
    Avatar
    Antichrist
    Bronson
    Zombieland
    Sherlock Holmes
    An Education
    Couples Retreat (just because I want to Bora Bora last year when they were filming)

    No interest at all in 2012 though, just noticed Clooney has 3 films coming out this last quarter, wow.

  • 9 9-01-2009 at 9:25 am

    j said...

    1. The Tree of Life
    2. The Princess & the Frog
    3. The September Issue
    4. Bright Star
    5. An Education

    Also, I’m curious about Saoirse Ronan’s performance.

  • 10 9-01-2009 at 9:27 am

    average joe said...

    It’s too depressing to attempt this with Shutter Island being bumped, but I will say that Tree of Life is my number 1 by a mile

  • 11 9-01-2009 at 9:27 am

    Steven Kar said...

    Avatar – Not only my most anticipated for this fall, but my most anticipated ever since I heard they were working on it. Watched the preview, was genuinely impressed, so now I have a real reason to look forward to it.

    Surrogates – Because I like sci-fi, though I’m not expecting it to be great.

    A Serious Man – Because I’m hoping the Coens would redeem themselves after Burn After Reading, and because I liked the trailer.

    2012 – Because of the awesome destruction and CGI.

    Nine – I hate musicals but I love Day-Lewis.

    Sherlock Holmes – Looks like a lot of fun, and I have a thing for 1800s London.

    Up in the Air – Don’t care about Reitman but I like Clooney, the premise and, hell, even the posters.

    Tree of Life – Malick can be so seductive.

    The Invention of Lying – Love Ricky, trailer was underwhelming though.

    Law-Abiding Citizen – Come on, how can I not list it here after that terrific trailer with the cheesy lines and elaborate deaths and Gerard’s pathetic attempt at an American accent and the whole “we’re gonna put the whole system on trial” and “blah blah blah of biblical proportions” crap… I’m sold!

    New York, I Love You – Because I love New York. Too bad that, according to the trailer, the city only has white people.

    Amelia – Trailer cliched as hell, and female directors bore me to death, but can’t resist the charms of The Gere and that whole period in American history.

    Men Who Stare at Goats – Clooney, again. Plus a terrific cast.

  • 12 9-01-2009 at 9:41 am

    Zan said...

    1: Zombieland
    2: The Informant!
    3: An Education
    4: Antichrist
    5: The Road
    6: Up in the Air
    7: Ninja Assassin
    8: Broken Embraces
    9: Where the Wild Things Are
    10: Nine

  • 13 9-01-2009 at 10:00 am

    D.P.D. said...

    01. The Tree Of Life (Malick)
    02. Where The Wild Things Are (Jonze)
    03. The White Ribbon (Haneke)
    04. Antichrist (Von Trier)
    05. An Education (Scherfig)
    06. A Prophet (Audiard)
    07. Wild Grass (Resnais)
    08. Fish Tank (Arnold)
    09. Precious (Daniels)
    10. The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (Gilliam)

  • 14 9-01-2009 at 10:03 am

    AmericanRequiem said...

    Where the Wild things Are,
    The lovely Bones
    Avatar
    The Road

  • 15 9-01-2009 at 10:12 am

    snowballa said...

    1) Jennifer’s Body
    2) An Education
    3) Whip It
    4) Precious
    5) Good Hair (Chris Rock documentary)

    There are other interesting ones (Nine, The Informant!) and the rest meh

    @Steven Kar: The producers who put together “New York, I Love You” should feel ashamed at the whitewashing of my hometown. I hope it tanks.

  • 16 9-01-2009 at 10:13 am

    colby said...

    1. Where the Wild Things Are
    2. Doctor Parnassus
    3. The Road
    4. The Tree of Life
    5. The Invention of Lying
    6. Up in the Air
    7. Invictus
    8. A Serious Man
    9. 9
    10. Pirate Radio

    also, Good Hair, Bronson, The Boys are Back, A Christmas Carol, Precious, The 4th Kind, Men Who Stare at Goats, 2012, The Lovely Bones

  • 17 9-01-2009 at 10:14 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    “The Tree of Life,” “The White Ribbon,” “Where the Wild Things Are” and “A Prophet” lead the pack for me.

  • 18 9-01-2009 at 10:20 am

    R.J. said...

    1. Precious, and Nine (I’m in a frenzy for both)
    2. The Princess & the Frog
    3. Where the Wild Things Are
    4. Good Hair
    5. New York, I Love You
    6. Tree of Life
    7. The Lovely Bones
    8. The Road
    9. Avatar
    10. A Serious Man

    Others that almost made the list (no particular order):
    – The Fantastic Mr. Fox
    – Up in the Air
    – The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
    – An Education
    – It’s Complicated

  • 19 9-01-2009 at 10:35 am

    andrew said...

    1. Nine
    2. An Education
    3. Avatar
    4. Up in the Air
    5. Broken Embraces
    6. The Tree of Life
    7. The White Ribbon
    8. The Men Who Stare at Goats
    9. A Prophet
    10. The Fantastic Mr. Fox

    Just miss: Where the Wild Things Are, A Serious Man

  • 20 9-01-2009 at 10:50 am

    Steven Kar said...

    How about the 10 movies I’ll be avoiding?

    It’s Complicated
    Lovely Bones
    Old Dogs
    Ninja Assassin
    Twilight Saga
    The Blind Side
    Couples Retreat
    Zombieland
    Where the Wild Are
    All About Steve
    Love Happens

  • 21 9-01-2009 at 10:51 am

    Bing147 said...

    1. Where the Wild Things Are
    2. A Serious Man
    3. The Tree of Life
    4. The White Ribbon
    5. A Prophet
    6. Up in the Air
    7. Capitalism: A Love Story
    8. Nine
    9. Fish Tank
    10. Men Who Stare at Goats

    HM: Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Broken Embraces, Wild Grass, The Invention of Lying, An Education

  • 22 9-01-2009 at 10:58 am

    R.J. said...

    I also want to see Broken Embraces and Jennifer’s Body.

  • 23 9-01-2009 at 10:58 am

    El Rocho said...

    In no particular order, my ten:

    A Serious Man
    Avatar
    Where the Wild Things Are
    The White Ribbon
    The Tree of Life
    The Road
    The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus
    Ninja Assassin
    The Men Who Stare at Goats
    Antichrist

  • 24 9-01-2009 at 11:07 am

    KB said...

    1. “Precious” (Has Oscar written all over it, imo)
    2. “The Lovely Bones” (Can it live up to the book, and to Peter Jackson’s standards)
    3. “The Road” (Too long of a wait)
    4. “Invictus” (Can Eastwood do it yet again?)
    5. “An Education” (To see the Mulligan hype)
    6. “Nine” (Star power)
    7. “The Tree of Life” (Malick & Penn – enough said)
    8. “Avatar” (The trailer made me interested, plus it’s James Cameron)
    9. “The White Ribbon” (Looks to be the Foreign Film Winner right now)
    10. “Broken Embraces” (My favorite Foreign director, and I love Cruz)

  • 25 9-01-2009 at 11:20 am

    Kevin said...

    Politique des auteurs-style, I definitely won’t miss the Coen’s A SERIOUS MAN, Wes Anderson’s FANTASTIC MR. FOX, Spike Jonze’s WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, Soderbergh’s THE INFORMANT!, Zemeckis’ A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Peter Jackson’s THE LOVELY BONES and of course, Cameron’s AVATAR.

    Potential guilty pleasures: WHIP IT, NINJA ASSASSIN…

    Oh, and Malick’s TREE OF LIFE, though I doubt it’ll open around my parts before year’s end…

  • 26 9-01-2009 at 11:54 am

    david said...

    1. The Tree of Life
    2. The Lovely Bones
    3. The Road
    4. Avatar
    5. A Serious Man

    Aleksis – If the Tree of Life turns out to be the second coming of The New World…then I’m permanently off the Malick bandwagon. In fact, I must be a masochist to even present him the opportunity to fuck me over again like he did with The New World. I used to love nature before that film. Now I just want to burn, or chop down every tree I see.

  • 27 9-01-2009 at 12:21 pm

    Aleksis said...

    david:

    The New World was almost a masterpiece but got boring when people starting talking and stuff.

    Q’orianka Kilcher should have burned/chopped down the Best Actress field that year – not a single notice (I believe). One of the best perfs of the decade imo imho.

  • 28 9-01-2009 at 12:56 pm

    greg said...

    1) “Where the wild things are”
    2) “precious”
    3) “A serious man”
    4) “The Road”
    5) “Men who stare at goats”
    6) “Jennifer’s Body”
    7) “Bronson”
    8) “Ninja Assasin”
    9) “Up in the air”
    10) “Zombieland”

    HM: “Tree of life,” “Nine,” “An Education,” “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus,” and “Antichrist”

  • 29 9-01-2009 at 1:35 pm

    average joe said...

    Aleksis,
    TOTALLY agree with you about Kilcher, what a revelation. Even the critics completely missed the boat on that one.

  • 30 9-01-2009 at 2:41 pm

    Anthony B. said...

    1. Nine
    2. Where the Wild Things Are
    3. A Serious Man
    4. The Informant!
    5. The Road
    6. The Lovely Bones
    7. Shanghai
    8. Avatar
    9. Sherlock Holmes
    10. 2012

  • 31 9-01-2009 at 3:16 pm

    Krauthammer said...

    1. A Serious Man
    2. Where the Wild Things Are
    3. The Informant!
    4. Antichrist
    5. The White Ribbon
    6. Capitalism: A Love Story
    7. Avatar
    8. Bright Star
    9. Broken Embraces
    10. The Road

  • 32 9-01-2009 at 3:16 pm

    Krauthammer said...

    uhhh…put “Tree of Life” up there somewhere, and take off Broken Embraces.

  • 33 9-01-2009 at 3:46 pm

    JAB said...

    1. Where the Wild Things Are
    2. An Education
    3. Brothers
    4. The Lovely Bones
    5. Nine
    6. Precious
    7. Up in the Air
    8. Avatar
    9. Antichrist
    10. The Tree of Life

  • 34 9-01-2009 at 5:17 pm

    head_wizard said...

    In order

    1. An Education
    2. Up in the Air
    3. Fish Tank
    4. Capitalism: A Love Story
    5. Nine
    6. Bright Star
    7. The White Ribbon
    8. A Prophet
    9. Men Who Stare at Goats
    10. Where the Wild Things Are

  • 35 9-01-2009 at 5:20 pm

    immature said...

    1) The Tree of Life
    2) Dr. Parnassus
    3) Where The Wild Things Are
    4) Brothers
    5) Bright Star
    6) An Education

  • 36 9-01-2009 at 5:22 pm

    George said...

    1. The Hobbit
    2. Avatar
    3. The Lovely Bones
    4. Where the Wild Things Are
    5. Nine

  • 37 9-01-2009 at 5:26 pm

    Zach said...

    I don’t have to see anything from Invictus to know that I’ll probably hate it and I’ve seen plenty enough from A Christmas Carol to think the same.

    1. A Serious Man
    2. Avatar
    3. 9
    4. Gentlemen Broncos
    5. The Informant!
    6. Jennifer’s Body
    7. Where the Wild Things Are
    8. The Box
    9. The Tree of Life
    10. The Fantastic Mr. Fox

  • 38 9-01-2009 at 6:24 pm

    Alex said...

    1. The Lovely Bones
    2. Where The Wild Things Are
    3. Avatar
    4. The Way Back (hopefully…)
    5. The Box
    6. The Tree of Life
    7. An Education
    9. Up In The Air
    10. Nine

  • 39 9-01-2009 at 6:40 pm

    Georgie said...

    1. The Lovely Bones
    1. Where the Wild Things Are
    3. Precious
    4. A Serious Man
    5. Up in the Air
    6. Avatar
    7. An Education
    8. The Tree of Life
    9. Nine
    10. The Road

    Did my best to put them in order, but for the last four I want to see them all equally, but for different reasons.

  • 40 9-01-2009 at 7:02 pm

    Melissa said...

    1. Nine
    2. An Education
    3. Where the Wild Things Are
    4. Men Who Stare at Goats
    5. Bright Star
    6. The Tree of Life
    7. The Lovely Bones
    8. The Princess and the Frog
    9. Precious
    10.Inviticus

  • 41 9-01-2009 at 7:26 pm

    /3rtfu11 said...

    Men Who Stare at Goats
    A Serious Man
    The Informant!
    Precious
    I Can Do Bad All [B]y Myself
    Good Hair

    Invictus – If Freeman is lackluster?
    Antichrist – I give a shit for the talking animatronic fox!

  • 42 9-01-2009 at 8:53 pm

    Marvin said...

    1. Los abrazos rotos 2. The Fantastic Mr. Fox 3. A Serious Man 4. Chloe 5. Buscando un beso a medianoche 6. The Road 7. The White Ribbon 8. Where the Wild Things Are 9. Anti Christ 10. The Princess and the Frog 11. Taking Woodstock 12. The Lovely Bones I also eagerly await Toy Story in 3D, Ponyo and the Coixet movie.

  • 43 9-01-2009 at 10:06 pm

    Jake said...

    1. Where the Wild Things Are
    2. Amelia (I know, I’m the only one)
    3. The Lovely Bones
    4. Precious
    5. An Education

  • 44 9-02-2009 at 1:57 am

    Cde. said...

    1. The Tree of Life
    2. Avatar
    3. Antichrist
    4. The Princess and the Frog
    5. Bright Star
    5. Where the Wild Things Are
    6. Broken Embraces
    7. A Christmas Carol
    8. Fantastic Mr Fox
    9. A Serious Man
    10. Bronson
    HM: Up in the Air, The Road, Invictus, An Education, The Informant!

  • 45 9-02-2009 at 1:59 am

    Cde. said...

    Oops.

    Knock A Serious Man into Honourables and position Bronson in tenth place and you’d have my list.