it was the best of times, it was the worst of times…
January 10, 2011
io9 has a rundown of SF&F films coming out in 2011. Lots of SF&F films, which ought to be really exciting, except most of them make me start choking on my own spit. Now that I know just how bad SF films can be, I fully expect most of these to be about that bad. Thank you, Michael Bay, for introducing me to the world of “It’ll probably suck.” But there are a few lights in the darkness.
Cowboys and Aliens. I really want this to be good. I’m lowering my expectations. At least my own personal eye candy will be there to dull the pain.
An epic slew of comic book/superhero movies, which I’m actually holding out hopes for: Green Hornet, Green Lantern, Thor, Captain America. I will see them all.
The Adjustment Bureau. “Based on a Philip K. Dick story” is usually a toll of doom for a movie. You know why? Because Hollywood can’t seem to bear to do the right endings. They almost always pull the punch. This one has Matt Damon in it. We’ll see.
Apollo 18. I just love the tagline to this one: “There’s a reason we’ve never gone back to the moon.” It’ll probably suck.
Limitless. I have no idea, but if it’s an SF movie without shit blowing up all the time, I’ll probably see it.
Sucker Punch. Zach Snyder’s next effort. And it’s got shit blowing up all the time. It also has mecha, zeppelins, dragons, and some seriously kick-ass women. So…hell yeah I’ll be there.
Paul. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. ‘Nuff said.
Your Highness. All I can say is it had better be actually funny and not stupid funny.
X-Men: First Class. A period X-Men movie set in the 60’s. I really want this to be good. It probably won’t be.
Sherlock Holmes 2. SQUEEEEEEE!
Can someone tell me why the hell The Thing and Planet of the Apes need prequels? And why Fright Night needed to be remade, even if it does have David Tennant in it?
Now. Okay, this is the one that’s got my big gold star on it. I don’t care what it’s about, it’s an Andrew Niccol film. This is the guy who wrote The Truman Show, and wrote and directed Gattaca, one of the best SF films ever. Excellent.
I reserve the right to change my opinion on anything once I see a trailer for it and get a sense of how it’s put together.