Nick is listing out the 15 mainstream movies that are most exciting for
2010, and he’s asked me to do a supplemental list for the smaller
movies that should be on your radar. The problem is that 15 is such a
small number! So I’ve decided to do 30, and to split it between 15
smaller and indie American films and 15 foreign films (and yes, I’m
including British movies as foreign).
hardest part of this kind of a list is that I have no idea what is
actually coming; the joy of smaller and indie films is that they often
surprise you – the best movie of 2010 might be something nobody has
heard of that will debut at Cannes or Toronto. With that
caveat, I’ve done a lot of research (some of which was greatly enabled
by Garth Franklin’s monstrous Notable Films of 2010) and I think this list will be filled with movies worth paying attention to in 2010.
You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger
Directed by Woody Allen
Starring Naomi Watts, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin, Antonio Banderas, Lucy Punch
Written by Woody Allen
I’m not sure! Woody Allen movies have really tight security – or at least nobody bothers to go hunting for spoilers on them. What we do know is that Anthony Hopkins plays a man who has an affair with a much younger woman who takes him for all his money. Naomi Watts plays his daughter and Lucy Punch is the woman.
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Lucy Punch may not be a name you know right now, but she’s taking on a role that was intended for Nicole Kidman, so I imagine it’s fairly juicy.
Anthony Hopkins has entered the ‘let’s have a goddamned blast’ stage of his career, and he’s described this film as a ton of fun to make. I hope it shows onscreen.
Josh Brolin because he’s Josh Brolin. I don’t know what kind of role he plays, but it’s Josh Brolin.
I don’t think I’ve heard anything about this movie yet. There’s no trailer, very few production stills, and I’m not even certain what the title itself means.
We get a good late period Woody Allen film. Woody’s still churning them out once a year, and they’re pretty hit or miss – but the reality is that even his hits are less than his previous work. Much less. You have to walk into a Woody Allen film with managed expectations these days, but he can still deliver a good – but rarely great – film.
A stinker. When Woody is off, he’s really off. Last year’s Whatever Works was a script that he had in a drawer somewhere since the 70s and it really felt like it. A bad Woody Allen movie is like death, and he can drag great talent down with him.
I’m going in with hope. But I’m also ready to take a hit. With Woody you just can’t tell anymore, but the guy’s too much of a genius to not at least give him a shot.
Here’s young Woody Allen talking to the CBC in 1967.
I don’t know if the movie is about fortune telling, but you can buy a Zoltar machine at this link.