Recently I've been contemplating about the upcoming movie releases. During the beginning of the year nothing of interest really stood out for me. Aside from the usual HP release, and I hardly, if ever, go to the movie theaters anymore unless something really has me itching to see. I've compiled a list of upcoming movie releases that vaguely I'm interested in.
1. The Golden Compass, directed by Chris Weitz. Starring Dakota Blue Richards, Nicole Kidman.
I haven't read the book, though the trailer/previews I've seen for it are remarkable as it does look visually stunning. I'm not particularly familiar with the His Dark Materials trilogy, and I've heard most people compare it to Chronicles of Narnia, except darker. I know the controversy over comparing the two, but I don't care about that. I only know from what I've read based on the synposis and overview of what it's all mainly about, and it certainly has captured my eye as something I might see when it comes out.
2. Stardust, directed by Matthew Vaughn. Starring Claire Danes, Robert de Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer.
Again, something visually-appealing and storywise it looks really nice, but I haven't read the novel by Neil Gaiman which, I know, shame on me. But perhaps I can watch the movie then if I like it I can read the book, or vice versa depending. It's also interesting that the movie has an almost all-star cast, or at least recognizable names.
3. The Bourne Ultimatum, directed by Paul Greengrass. Starring Matt Damon, Julia Stiles.
Now, this one I'm definitely seeing in the theaters, without a doubt and no questions asked. I'm a HUGE fan of the Bourne series, and after hearing that they were making the third movie I was whooping with excitement. I love these movie series, and the book series its based on, and I think Matt Damon does a fantastic job playing Jason Bourne which he's said himself is his favorite movie character to play. I still can't believe it's been five years since the first Bourne film had been released. Talk about time flying fast! Also, I think out of all the films I'll be listing here today that the only ones I'm positive to have seen this years are The Bourne Ultimatum and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; in fact, those are probably the two most worthwhile movies this year in my opinion.
4. Becoming Jane, directed by Julian Jarrold. Starring Anne Hathaway, James McAvoy, Maggie Smith.
I wouldn't have known about this if it weren't for the preview-trailer before seeing Order of the Phoenix. I love period films, and with such films like Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice some would think this would be similar to that. It is, because both those stories were based off of Jane Austen novels and this movie is about Jane Austen herself, illustrating the life before she became the well-known author she is today and the inspirations for her writings. Having Anne Hathaway portraying Jane is a fantastic choice, at least to me anyway.
5. December Boys, directed by Rod Hardy. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Teresa Palmer.
The only reason being because of Daniel Radcliffe playing a different role outside of the Harry Potter world, and I have no doubt that it'll be good. Despite what everyone may think about his acting ability, he has certainly grown and matured not in just appearance and attitude about his career, but in his acting as well. This is proven by his recent stage performance in Equus. Plus, I've been wanting to see it since after hearing about it.
I don't know whether I'll be able to see all of these movies during their time in the theaters, probably only the one I've mentioned if I'm lucky. Hell, I still have yet to see Transformers or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!