Thursday, January 6, 2011

Top 6 Anticipated Movies of 2011

If you've read this blog for more than a few minutes, you probably realize that I love film. Here's what I'm looking forward to in the upcoming 365 days of movie watching, in no particular order:

Blue Like Jazz: It's actually happening. The Donald Miller book is finally becoming a film, supposedly being released this fall. The grass-roots story of how this film is being financed is a remarkable story in itself.

Introducing: Marshall Allman from Blue Like Jazz The Movie on Vimeo.

Super 8: J.J. Abrams is writing and directing. Steven Spielberg is producing. And the trailer below is one of the best teasers in years.

Jane Eyre: I'll admit it, I love me a good period-piece movie. While many appear formulaic, the darkly artistic undertones of the trailer below are hauntingly beautiful. Michael Fassbender's eyes in the final moments are terrifying. Cary Fukunaga's previous film, Sin Nombre, was an ambitious first feature, and I'm eager to see what he has next.

Source Code: Filmmaker Duncan Jones made one of my favorite films of 2009, Moon. While Source Code looks like it could become just another pseudo-sci-fi thriller, I'm banking on the talents of Jones and actor Jake Gyllenhaal to carry it. Plus, I'm a sucker for films that deal with time-travel.

The Way Back: Peter Weir's latest film is based on a true story of prisoners escaping a Siberian gulag. With a stellar cast (Colin Farrell, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan) and a great premise for a story, this has a lot of potential.

The Tree of Life: Easily my most anticipated film of the past three years, right up there with The Dark Knight. Terrence Malick is one of my favorite directors, and the inclusion of Brad Pitt and Sean Penn in this family drama only increases my anticipation. Be prepared for beautiful cinematography, ethereal music, haunting narration, and spiritual enlightenment.

What are you looking forward to seeing in 2011?


  1. Joel,

    While I love Miller as a writer, I really have no desire to see the film. I hope I'm wrong and movie lovers such as yourself ease my mind.

    Other than Jane Eyre, your list looks fantastic!

  2. Well, I hadn't heard about Jan Eyre. That is one of my favorite books, and I've never seen a movie version that I liked ... so I'm excited about it. :)

  3. Lori, I sadly haven't read the book yet. Got to get on that now!

    Chris, I'm holding out for Blue Like Jazz to be a delightful indie film. And I'd highly recommend Miller's "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" if you haven't read it yet.

  4. I have read "A Million Miles in a Thousand Years" and LOVED it!