New movies coming out on fall 2010 is a varying mix of movie adaptations, remakes sequels, animations, 3D offers, along with the usual dose of adventure, action, suspense, horror, drama, romance, and comedy.
Top 10 Movies for Fall 2010:
10 Paranormal Activity 2
A follow-up to the low-budget camcorder-filmed horror movie Paranormal Activity, this sequel intends to repeat the original’s box office success with another scary flick without any plot details divulged about it. Although this considerably new franchise has a ready fan-base of horror movie lovers, the primary concern for it is how it can pull off the same achievement as the original considering the fact that the studio replaced the director from Oren Peli (although he still takes over as the writer and one of the producers for the sequel) to Tod Williams. The distinctive mark of Paranormal Activity is its low budget feel, making it different from big studio works. Now, like a lot of other independent and foreign films either made into remakes or sequels, this movie makes people both curious and anxious… but the bigger question is, “Can this sequel live up to the hype and the expectations?”
9 The American
George Clooney stars in the title role for the suspense thriller The American, a film about the assassin Jack who just finishes a project in Sweden. Filmed on location in Italy, the American Jack vows to contact Larry, played by Bruce Altman, for his next assignment and decides that it will be his last. This supposedly last stint for him as an assassin leads him to intertwined relationships from a friendship with a local priest to a romance with a local woman. During the course of this new project, a more dangerous fate awaits him. The film is directed by Anton Corbijn and also stars Paolo Bonacelli, Thekla Reuten, and Violante Placido.
8 Let Me In
The first time I encountered this title, it readily reminded me of a great film I watched in an international film festival entitled Let the Right One In, a Swedish vampire film directed by Tomas Alfredson. It turns out that Let Me In is actually a remake of the 2008 critically-acclaimed Let the Right One In. With the craze for vampire movies such as Twilight and TV series such as True Blood, this film about a bullied 12-year old boy befriending a new young female neighbor who turns out to be a vampire is not a surprise to become an American remake of the very successful foreign film. Let’s just hope that director Matt Reeves gives justice to what the original Swedish cinematic masterpiece offered to the audience.
Robert Rodriguez teams up with his long-time editor Ethan Maniquis in directing Machete, a story about a renegade former “Mexican Federale” who roams the cities, towns, and streets of Texas to look for work after a shakedown from a drug lord named Torrez, played by Stevel Segal. Danny Trejo plays the role of Machete, a man asked to assassinate a senator, but he finds himself set up and barely surviving a sniper’s bullet during the assassination. Soon, he seeks out revenge from his former employers. The film also stars Jessica Alba, Michelle Rodriguez, Jeff Fahey, and Lindsay Lohan.
6 The Town
Ben Affleck stars and directs The Town, a story about the unrepentant criminal named Doug MacRay who is a de factor leader of a group of ruthless bank robbers. The gang continues their criminal sprees without any personal complications until Doug finds himself falling in love with Rebecca Hall, the bank manager Claire Keesey whom the gang took as hostage just a few days ago. With her fear of the hostage takers who know too much about her, the traumatized Claire seeks solace in the love she soon shares with Doug. And there are repercussions on their passionately complicated relationship…
5 You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger is another interesting dramedy offer from director Woody Allen. It follows the story of a pair of married couples: Alfie played by Anthony Hopkins and Helena played by Gemma Jones; and their daughter Sally played by Naomi Watts and Roy played by Josh Brolin. With their passions, ambitions, and anxieties, they soon find themselves in serious problems and they have to struggle through them. This film also stars Antonio Banderas and Freida Pinto.
4 Resident Evil: Afterlife 3D
The Resident Evil franchise returns to the big screen, this time living up to the hype of 3D releases. After seeing the 3D release of its trailer at the NAB 2010 at the Las Vegas Convention Center last April, it looks promising in its 3D glory. Although the past movie adaptations of the popular video game aren’t topnotch motion picture projects, the fans of the game and the genre relatively enjoy the entertainment the franchise seasonally provides on the big screen. For this new sequel, Milla Jovovich returns as Alice. She continues her journey to find survivors in a post-apocalyptic world. While her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, she gets some unexpected help from an old friend until she and her comrades find themselves in a deadly trap upon arriving in Los Angeles.
3 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole
Zack Snyder, the visionary filmmaker behind the epic masterpiece 300, makes his animation debut with the fantasy family adventure Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, a cinematic adaptation based on the books by Kathryn Lasky. It follows the story of the young owl Soren who is enthralled by his father’s epic stories about the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who fought a great battle to save all of owlkind from evil. His dream of becoming a hero himself becomes a sibling rivalry issue with his older brother Kludd. After falling to the Pure Ones’ domain, Soren struggles to escape with the help of other brave young owls. They soar across the sea and through the mist tin search of the Great Tree, the home of the legendary Guardians, in the hope to save the owl kingdom from the hands of the Pure Ones.
Directed by Robert Schwentke and based on a cult D.C. Comics graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner, Red is an action-comedy starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren who all play as retired CIA agents who were on top of their games during their prime, but are now framed for assassination. Now the agency’s top targets due to the secrets they know, they go back to where the action is as a seniors team embarking on an impossible, cross-country mission to break into the top-secret CIA headquarters and uncover one of the biggest conspiracies in government history.
1 The Social Network
This film by one of my favorite filmmakers David Fincher is more than timely. In this world of information technology where internet typically means breakfast, work break, pastime, or even actual work, The Social Network explores the evolution of Facebook, the 2004 online social network project born at the Harvard campus, and how its overnight success changed the lives of the classmates who created it. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg as the Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Justin Timberlake as the Napster co-founder Sean Parker who becomes Facebook’s founding president, and Andrew Garfield as the Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin who later falls out with Zuckerberg over money.
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