The 2009 Hollywood Preview

Posted by Jonathan Nori on December 30, 2008

I am a rather voracious consumer of entertainment media. Books, movies, music, DVDs, television, stage productions…at any given time I have around 65 DVDs in my Netflix queue, and my Tivo records everything from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse to Fringe. 2008 was a great year for movies, and I’m looking forward to the DVD catch-up of the movies I didn’t make it out to see.

2009 is not looking so hot. Every year around this time I look up the coming movies for the next year and make a rough list of what to see, what to skip, and what to plan on renting. Mostly rent, because I don’t go to the theater terribly often. This year, I figured I’d post my list here, just for the fun of it. 🙂

Besides, it looks like it’s going to be a pretty rough year for Hollywood. I figure they can use all the promotion they can get right now.


Inkheart – Yet another Brendan Fraser action/adventure flick…what can I say, I love the guy. This is a renter.

Outlander – This one is already in my Netflix queue, because there’s no way I’ll actually see it in a theater. So very, very B. I miss MST3K.

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans – How can you go wrong with vampires AND werewolves in the same movie?

The Dark Knight – RUMOR! I have seen reference on the Internets (therefore it MUST be true!) that The Dark Knight will be returning to IMAX screens sometime in January. I might have to get a babysitter.


Push – Looks like another Jumper–marginal action/sci-fi. Rent, but don’t expect much beyond some flashy SXF.

The Velveteen Rabbit – Something to take my daughter to see! The only other movie she’s seen in the theater is Wall-E, and we saw that twice.

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li – The only redeeming factor of this movie is…wait, there isn’t one. But it’s Street Fighter, so I’ll rent it eventually. Shoryu-ken!

The Resurrection – This is one of those rare movies that I’ll see in the theater even if it’s awful.


12 – A remake of Twelve Angry Men! A renter for sure. It’ll have to be amazing to outdo the original. Maybe it’ll have mind-readers, or robots, or time travel. Or maybe a time-traveling, mind reading robot. Or not.

Watchmen – More comic superheroes. Unless I hear really good things about this one, it’ll be a renter.


Dragonball Evolution – As a huge Dragonball and Dragonball Z fan, I can’t express in words how terribly frightened I am of this movie. The cast actually looks good, but In the Name of the King is recent proof that a good cast can’t make up for a bad director. Definitely a renter, unless I’m looking to blow an evening on something pointless. On the other hand, I’m sure some of my friends could twist my arm into convincing me to watch Emmy Rossum for 90 minutes. Kamehameha!

The Soloist – A drama that actually looks good. What a concept.


(This is going to be a busy month. Why Hollywood has to smash all the good stuff together I’ll never understand.)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine – This is the first of the “Babysitter Night” movies. I will see this in the theater.

Star Trek – What can I say here? Don’t screw it up, J.J. Abrams. Opening night will be a Babysitter Night, if I don’t manage to make it to a midnight opening. This is my Number One Movie to Be Excited For in 2009.

Angels & Demons – My favorite Dan Brown book, and likely to be a much better movie than The Da Vinci Code. I’m hoping the soundtrack is as good as Da Vinci Code’s. That will make the movie worth seeing. Again, I’m predicting a Babysitter Night.

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian – The first Night at the Museum was a fun movie, and I’m looking forward to seeing the familiar Smithsonian buildings in this one.

Terminator Salvation – A Terminator movie without Ahnold?  BUT it has Christian Bale as John Conner! Woo! I guess Bale can’t get enough of saving the world. Can you say Babysitter Night?

Up – The new Pixar film. Need I say more? This won’t need to be a Babysitter Night, because I’ll be taking the Munchkin to see this one!


Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – Yay more Transformers! Should be good, even if we have to put up with more of Michael Bay’s nearly incoherent action sequences. Definitely another Babysitter Night.


Ice Age 3 – Yep, another Ice Age movie. I’m predicting another father-daughter outing.

2012 – Another disaster movie from Roland “I’ll never make another disaster movie” Emmerich. I’ll definitely see this, thought probably not in the theater. The very idea of 2012 is just too tempting to pass up. I do have to say, though, I’m rather disappointed that I haven’t seen any Christians jumping on the “end of the world in 2012” bandwagon with books predicting the rapture or Jesus’ return. My favorite part of the legend is the bit about the domesticated animals rising up against their human oppressors. Fun times!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – This one is on my must-see list for the summer. I think I’ve already got a babysitter lined up.


GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra – I’m pretty excited about this movie, but the movie photos seem to be mysteriously devoid of any American flags. I thought GI Joe was “The Real American Hero”. Hopefully this will make our military boys and girls look as awesome as Transformers did.


Pandorum – Looks like another Sunshine, which was almost a good movie–or possibly another Event Horizon, which wasn’t.

Daybreakers – This will probably be a renter. It sounds like I Am Legend, but with more bloodthirsty vampires. And hopefully less depressing.

Whiteout – Another renter, I think. Could be a fun thriller.

Surrogates – An interesting combination of robot-related ideas. Definitely a renter.


Zombieland – Sounds like somebody read World War Z a few too many times. Might be a renter, if they manage to keep it from being a gore-fest. Otherwise, it’s a cool idea, but I’ll skip it and wait for the real World War Z movie.

Where the Wild Things Are – Yay! Imagination! If the trailer looks really good, this might be a family outing.

Astro Boy – Must. Rent. Movies. Based. On. Anime! Now if only they’d make Akira…


New Moon – More baseball-playing angst-ridden romance-seeking non-gory vampires, please. And don’t forget the funny.


Avatar – No, not that Avatar (which is apparently being directed by Shyamalan), but it still looks like it might be good. Not Aang/Katara/Toph/Sokka/Zuko good, but watchable.

Anything Else?

Okay, so 2009 is actually looking pretty slim as far as movies go. Hopefully I’ll find some good anime to keep me out of trouble.

And I’ve got a bit of a backlog in my Netflix queue, so maybe I’ll have a chance to catch up now.


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