As previously mentioned, I saw fewer movies in 2008 than I had in, well, maybe a decade? Here's hoping 2009 allows me to pick up the pace. That said, here are a few movies I'm stoked about seeing this year:
I Love You, Man (Jan. 16): A previous post already expressed my love of Paul Rudd. Looks to be a much-needed boost of comedy amid the usual January dreck and Oscar-bait films.
The Jonas Brothers 3D Concert Experience (Feb. 27): Yes, this one is a joke. Or is it?
The Watchmen (March 6, please, God, please!): Will this film even see the light of day in 2009? Fingers crossed that the legal battle between Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox gets resolved soon-ish so we can revel in its all-but-certain glory this spring.
Public Enemies (July 1): The word "badass" comes to mind. A cat-and-mouse thriller set in the Depression, directed by Michael Mann and starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. It has to be good, right?
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July 17): Still a little miffed they pushed back this release date eight friggin' months, but with any luck, the extra time will help make the movie that much better. The beauty of this HP book was how it balanced the teen themes (i.e. first loves, raging hormones and such) with the more-than-usual dose of heavy themes (good vs. evil, death and betrayal). Can't wait to see how it transfers to the big screen.
Where the Wild Things Are (Oct. 16): Spike Jonze has been in production of this adaptation of the classic children's tale since 2006. Hope it's worth the wait. Let's just say Jonze has never disappointed me before.
Inglorious Basterds (August-ish?): Quentin Tarantino's latest offering, starring Brad Pitt. Tarantino ventures into some new territory, tackling the story of a group of Jewish-American soldiers terrorizing the Third Reich in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. But one thing's for sure: copious amounts of violence will ensue. Nice.