Now what?

Posted by · 11:13 am · July 13th, 2010

With “Inception” very nearly upon us, those of you who have been salivating over Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster for months on end will need to find something else to look forward to. Call it waiting withdrawal, if you will.

Happily, the good folks of In Review Online have compiled a handy list of their 25 most anticipated films due in the latter half of 2010 (or later, depending on the US distribution situation). Thanks mostly to my festival exploits of the past year, I’ve already seen nine of them, most of them well worth waiting for — and the InRO editors were kind enough to invite me to write up my favorite film of the year thus far, Sylvain Chomet’s “The Illusionist,” for the list:

If seven years seems like a long time to have waited for a feature-length follow-up to French animator Sylvain Chomet’s cheerfully batty “The Triplets of Belleville,” the intricacy of the hand-drawn imagery on display in “The Illusionist” should put you in a forgiving mood. (Beauty shouldn’t be rushed, as Heidi Montag could well tell you.) It’s been some time since we’ve heard from Jacques Tati, too, though his entirely reasonable excuse is that he’s been dead for 27 years.

Read the rest, and their thoughts on 24 other films, here. No prizes for guessing their (and everyone else’s) #1.




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  • 1 7-13-2010 at 11:29 am

    DRM said...

    I was looking forward to Adjustment Bureau until Universal moved it to next year. So now The Social Network moves into my most anticipated slot.

  • 2 7-13-2010 at 11:33 am

    Mr. Gittes said...

    Peter Weir’s “underwhelming” body of work? The casting of Colin Farrell is silly?

    1. Tree of Life
    2. The Way Back
    3. True Grit
    4. The Fighter
    5. Edward Zwick sucks.

  • 3 7-13-2010 at 11:37 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Yeah, I wouldn’t go with that either: “Master and Commander” just gets richer with age. Also, people seem to be under the impression that Colin Farrell is the lead in “The Way Back,” but it’s Jim Sturgess.

  • 4 7-13-2010 at 11:41 am

    Sam C. Mac said...

    If Jim Sturgess is the lead in “The Way Back” I don’t blame Ranylt in the least for pretending he isn’t.

  • 5 7-13-2010 at 11:43 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I think The Fighter is creeping up on my list, based on what I’m hearing. Frankly, I’m not all that interested in The Tree of Life. I don’t worship at the Malick altar, though, regardless of my opinion of TTRL.

    Guy: Actually, Farrell and Sturgess are apparently both leads, and that’s from Rudin. So I suppose the Farrell role was beefed up? I never read the book.

  • 6 7-13-2010 at 11:51 am

    Mr. Gittes said...

    Apparently the book has Yeti-like creatures in it.

  • 7 7-13-2010 at 11:54 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    I take it back, then. Obviously, the source material has undergone some substantial changes in its conversion to (acknowledged) fiction. I was under the impression Sturgess had the heaviest lifting to do.

    Gittes: Yes, it does.

  • 8 7-13-2010 at 12:03 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Both leads, but Sturgess’s character is the primary perspective, right?

    This list is pretty nifty, although that’s quite an assload of Asian films in the festival compilation. No other countries, or continents for that matter, have anything intriguing in the midst?

    And I agree with Kris about TTOL. It doesn’t generate much excitement within me. The Fighter, The Way Back, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Blue Valentine, Another Year–I think those would be my top 5 anticipated flicks, with Hesher as a wildcard option.

    And @DRM, that’s disappointing news. TAB was one of the non-Oscary films I was most excited for. Dang nabit.

  • 9 7-13-2010 at 12:09 pm

    j said...

    Hmm, half of my T4 most anticipated are there, along with half of my T4 most dreaded.

    Ion Cinema predicts Venice, thinking probably Somewhere/Meek’s Cutoff/Zhao’s Orphan/Norwegian Wood/Way Back are there, Rabbit Hole/Tree/Grand Master perhaps, Hereafter unlikely.

  • 10 7-13-2010 at 12:12 pm

    Mike_M said...

    Tree of Life
    Social Network
    True Grit
    The Fighter
    The American
    Scott Pilgrim
    The Other Guys
    The Rum Diary
    Black Swan (not sure if it is ’10)
    It’s Kind of a Funny Story
    Blue Valentine

  • 11 7-13-2010 at 12:13 pm

    Fitz said...

    True Grit
    Tron Legacy
    Social Network
    Black Swan

  • 12 7-13-2010 at 12:15 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Other James: re Sturgess, that’s the impression I was under.

    J: Thanks, I saw that. To be honest, I don’t really get this recent online trend of predicting festival lineups … it seems to me that, in the awards off-season, people just want any excuse to offer predictions. ;)

  • 13 7-13-2010 at 12:18 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Although I would like to add most, if not all, of them do intrigue me–especially A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop.

  • 14 7-13-2010 at 12:34 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Which I had the opportunity to see at Berlin, actually — but skipped in favour of something else (can’t remember what) when I heard the middling notices. Sort of regret that now.

  • 15 7-13-2010 at 12:38 pm

    Sam C. Mac said...

    If we’re mentioning which of these we’ve seen, I just watched “Around a Small Mountain” (AaSM) and think it’s pretty stellar. I’m sort of a Rivette newbie, but this was graceful, poignant and smart. Easily one of the best of the year so far, for me.

  • 16 7-13-2010 at 12:50 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Which directly contradicts the comment I just left at your site! Happy to have my instincts proved wrong in this instance.

  • 17 7-13-2010 at 12:56 pm

    Sam C. Mac said...

    Wow, that is a direct contradiction! Down to the word “newbie.” I’ve only seen ‘Duchess’ and “Va Savoir” (admittedly, huge blind spot), but I liked how paired down this is. The parallel between life and theatre is distinctly drawn but not heavy handed, and the brevity makes sure he doesn’t really repeat himself, like you could argue he does in “Va Savoir.”

    I can’t imagine walking out of just about any 84 minute movie, so shame on them.

  • 18 7-13-2010 at 1:14 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I walked out of the 85-minute “Caterpillar” (which I’m most relieved to see is not on your list), so I’m in no position to judge.

    You must see “Celine and Julie Go Boating,” which shares the new film’s notions of performance within performance, but takes it to far deeper and more troubling places. One of my favourite films of all time — I think you will love it.

  • 19 7-13-2010 at 1:28 pm

    Estefan said...

    Wow, terrible list. The exclusions of Tron: Legacy and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World are ridiculous.

  • 20 7-13-2010 at 1:34 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    @Guy: Ah, pity. Damn these fun titles failing us! Then again, who knows? We may just feel differently….

    @Estefan: This is so tough to decipher between honesty and snark: On one hand, SPVTW is appealing, but the mention of T:L has me leaning towards facetiousness. You’re a sneaky snake, mister!

  • 21 7-13-2010 at 2:13 pm

    Andrew M said...

    The Social Network
    True Grit
    The Fighter
    Scott Pilgrim
    Tron Legacy
    It’s Kind of a Funny Story
    Another Year
    The Way Back
    The Tree of Life
    Black Swan

  • 22 7-13-2010 at 2:35 pm

    James D. said...

    I am still waiting for a DVD of The Human Centipede, personally.

  • 23 7-13-2010 at 2:43 pm

    JJ said...

    My anticipations, and why:

    The Fighter – Wahlberg/Bale/Adams/Leo.
    Another Year – Buzz/Manville.
    The Way Back – Weir/Ronan/Harris.
    Black Swan – Aronofsky/Natalie/Winona.
    Blue Valentine – Ryan/Michelle.
    The King’s Speech – the Atonement of ’10?
    Love and Other Drugs – Hathaway/Jake.
    Secretariat – I know, so sue me.
    The Conspirator – McAvoy/Wright.

  • 24 7-13-2010 at 3:12 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Who is this Buzz who stars in Another Year? I must have missed him.

  • 25 7-13-2010 at 3:13 pm

    Patryk said...

    “Black Swan”
    “Blue Valentine”
    “The Fighter”

    And still waiting to see “Leaves of Grass” with Edward Norton. Can’t seem to find out what is happening with it. Direct to DVD seems likely.

  • 26 7-13-2010 at 3:30 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Every time I see The Conspirator, my mind continually reads it as The Constipator.

    I have a feeling that actions will speak louder than misread words when that film debuts.

  • 27 7-13-2010 at 3:40 pm

    Frank Lee said...

    Boy, this is bleak. I can think of only two movies I’m really jonesing to see:

    The Woody Allen film (“You Will Meet . . .”)
    The Keira Knightly film (“Never Let Me Go”)

  • 28 7-13-2010 at 3:46 pm

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World looks atrocious.

  • 29 7-13-2010 at 4:00 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I wouldn’t be jonesing too much over “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” if I were you, Frank. But to each his own Woody.

    Er…

  • 30 7-13-2010 at 4:22 pm

    Jim T said...

    Which Woody? The one who is friends with Buzz from Another Year?

    Random, but I couldn’t resist :p

  • 31 7-13-2010 at 4:33 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Lmao Zedong. Nice one, Jim. =)

    Yeah, even though Lisa and Owen of Entertainment Weekly critics are, at times, like the Jay Lenos of film critics, Owen’s assessment of YWMATDS as “achieving in London what Anything Else achieved for NYC” doesn’t have me too antsy for yet another slide in Woody’s downward spiral of late.

    But hey, every year needs its prestigious hot messes, and we wouldn’t want Love and Other Drugs to be alone.

  • 32 7-13-2010 at 4:43 pm

    Maxim said...

    “With “Inception” very nearly upon us, those of you who have been salivating over Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster for months on end will need to find something else to look forward to. Call it waiting withdrawal, if you will.”

    Between this and “Now What” Mr. Edelstein was 100% correct.

    Also, Edward Zwick rocks.

  • 33 7-13-2010 at 4:55 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    “Between this and “Now What” Mr. Edelstein was 100% correct.”

    Care to elaborate?

  • 34 7-13-2010 at 5:02 pm

    BDM said...

    Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours gets positive feedback from test screenings. James Franco getting good early buzz. Set for release this winter!

    http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/07/13/early-buzz-danny-boyles-127-hours/

  • 35 7-13-2010 at 5:31 pm

    JJ said...

    Ed Zwick does rock.

  • 36 7-13-2010 at 5:48 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Does he? Funny, his last few works would convince me otherwise.

    Oh, by the way, JJ, you mentioned “the next Atonement w/ TKS. Could be, but I was actually assuming Never Let Me Go might be headed towards that legacy. And no, Knightley’s involvement in both is not relevant to that assessment. Just a hunch.

  • 37 7-13-2010 at 8:37 pm

    Frank Lee said...

    Ummm . . . I loved “Anything Else.”

  • 38 7-13-2010 at 8:59 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    Thank goodness for Kris and Guy not touting Inception as God’s gift to cinema the last few weeks otherwise I might go in on Friday with unrealistic expectations.

    As for the second half of 2010 I am looking forward to the works from Malick, Aronofsky, Coens, Schnabel, Fincher the most.

    I used to be a fan of boxing and believe Gatti v Ward 1 is one of the top five greatest fights in boxing’s history. So yeah I am looking forward to The Fighter.

  • 39 7-13-2010 at 9:53 pm

    James D. said...

    Frank Lee: Are you a sadist? I can make a case for just about any late-stage Allen film, but Anything Else is impossible. Strangely, Quentin Tarantino feels the same way.

  • 40 7-14-2010 at 5:17 am

    JJ said...

    The Other James D. – true, Never Let Me Go is definitely more Atonement-y than The King’s Speech (Knightley notwithstanding).

    I suppose I just meant that I could see TKS as the whole ‘multiple nomination for a period piece’ movie. Never Let Me Go could very well be that.

  • 41 7-14-2010 at 6:30 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Except that “Never Let Me Go” isn’t a period piece. And it’s a fantasy of sorts. Just want to make sure you guys are aware of that.

  • 42 7-14-2010 at 7:53 am

    JJ said...

    Thanks, Guy!

  • 43 7-14-2010 at 9:07 am

    The Other James D. said...

    I was leaning towards a more Elizabethean turn-out for TKS, but now that you mention it, it could very well be.

    Oh, and the period piece element isn’t a requirement. It’s more of the British-young-adult-drama element that led me to liken the two.

    Either way, I’m really looking forward to both. Here’s my top 10 after this month:

    01) Blue Valentine
    02) The Fighter
    03) The Illusionist
    04) It’s Kind of a Funny Story
    05) Another Year
    06) Hesher
    07) 127 Hours
    08) Night Catches Us
    09) The King’s Speech
    10) The Way Back

    I’m pretty sure I’m not forgetting anything, according to my list of what’s to come, but I would like to know what foreign movies are on their way (especially those that count as 2010 in the USA).

  • 44 7-14-2010 at 9:30 am

    Andrew M said...

    I forgot about 127 hours. That one I’m really excited about.

  • 45 7-14-2010 at 2:51 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    Weinstein is testing Miral in NYC tomorrow. I should be checking it out if all goes well.

  • 46 7-14-2010 at 3:03 pm

    The Other James D. said...

    Awesome! Let us know, in particular, about Hiam Abbass’s performance. It’s been high on my radar, and I think she’s due for some major awards recognition….But I’m curious whether she’ll be lead or if she’ll be supporting because the film is seen through Freida Pinto’s titular character’s eyes.