9. Happythankyoumoreplease – I try to pay attention to indy films, but like foreign films, they’re usually not as accessible. I do take notice of a couple in particular this year, one of them being Happythankyoumoreplease. It is the writing and directorial debut of Josh Radnor (“Ted Moseby…architect”), who outside of How I Met Your Mother hasn’t really done much. This film follows in the footsteps of films such as Love Actually where there are interwoven stories of life and love between six young adults. Malin Akerman (Watchmen) and Tony Hale (Arrested Development) co-star. I believe this will potentially be my second favorite non-Hollywood film of the year (see #7 for the first).
8. The Thing – I first have to say that I am disappointed in the choice of title for this film as it is misleading. When I first saw it, I thought it was going to be a remake of John Carpenter’s The Thing, which is already a remake. I was not too pleased. Then I read about it and found out it’s actually a prequel. This interests me. It could help bring Carpenter’s The Thing to a younger generation. The prequel will show what happened to the Norwegian scientific team who first uncovered the alien life form in Antarctica’s ice as seen in Carpenter’s The Thing. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs the World), Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS: Los Angeles) and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost) co-star.
7. Super – Super is the story of a normal guy (Rainn Wilson) who because of a certain circumstances in his life decides to become a super hero. This low-budget dark comedy was written and directed by James Gunn (Slither). As a former employee of Troma Studios, Gunn has a particular sense for blood and gore. Word on the street is that Super will excel where Kick-Ass failed, by not taking itself too seriously. Apparently the kills get more absurd and ridiculous (in a fun way) as the movie progresses. Super co-stars Liv Tyler, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon, Michael Rooker and Nathan Fillion.
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) returns in the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean series. PotC: OST only returns one of the series’ co-stars (Geoffrey Rush), which means no more Orlando Bloom/Keira Knightley romances (thank you!). Penelope Cruz has been brought in as the new leading lady, and Ian McShane (Swearengen in Deadwood) will be the villain, Blackbeard. Sparrow and his crew are trying to get to the fountain of youth before Blackbeard. Rumors are that this could be the start of a new trilogy. If this film is fresh like the first PotC film was, then I am definitely ok with that.