Now that the New Year is here and we’ve all finally slept off those hangovers (sort of…), it’s time to take a look into 2009 to see what’s gonna help make the year ahead slightly less soul crushing. We’ve got superheroes, supervillains, bastards, robots, monsters and some exceptionally hairy dudes. So here’s out list of the Top 20 of 2009! Let us know below if we missed anything… (To clarify, this is not a list of our prediction for the Top 20 grossing films of 2009, just 20 movies we’re looking forward to the most…)
20. DISTRICT 9
DISTRICT 9 depicts a fictional world where extraterrestrials have become refugees in South Africa. Produced by Peter Jackson.
19. OBSERVE AND REPORT
At the Forest Ridge Mall, head of security Ronnie Barnhardt
(Seth Rogen) patrols his jurisdiction with an iron fist, combating
skateboarders, shoplifters and the occasional unruly customer while dreaming of
the day when he can swap his flashlight for a badge and a gun. His delusions of
grandeur are put to the test when the mall is struck by a flasher…
18. THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123
Denzel Washington stars as New York City subway dispatcher
Walter Garber, whose ordinary day is thrown into chaos by an audacious crime:
the hijacking of a subway train by a criminal mastermind (John Travolta)…
17. LAND OF THE LOST
Space time vortexes suck. Will Ferrell stars as has-been
scientist Dr. Rick Marshall, sucked into one and spat back through time.
Way back. Now, Marshall has no weaons, few skills and questionable smarts
to survive an alternate universe full of marauding dinosaurs and fantastic
creatures from beyond our world – the Land of the Lost…
16. PUBLIC ENEMIES
No one could stop John Dillinger (Johnny Depp). No jail could hold him. His charm and audacious jailbreaks endeared him to almost everyone. But while the adventures of Dillinger’s gang thrilled many, J. Edgar Hoover (Billy Crudup) hit on the idea of exploiting the outlaw’s capture as a way to elevate his Bureau of Investigation into the national police force that became the FBI. He made Dillinger America’s first Public Enemy Number One and sent in Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) to track him down.
15. FRIDAY THE 13TH
Against the advice of police and cautions from the locals, Clay
searches for his missing sister in the eerie woods of legendary Crystal Lake.
Little do they know, they’ve entered the domain of one of the most terrifying
specters in American film history–the infamous killer who haunts Crystal Lake,
armed with a razor-sharp machete…Jason Voorhees.
14. FUNNY PEOPLE
George (Adam Sandler) is a very successful stand up comedian who
learns that he has an untreatable blood disorder and is given less than a year
to live. Ira (Seth Rogen) is a struggling up-and-coming stand up comedian who
works at a deli and has yet to figure out his onstage persona. One night, these
two perform at the same club and George takes notice of Ira. George hires Ira to
be his semi-personal assistant as well as his friend.
Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the
globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have
passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Junior
Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives him a new lease on life. UP takes
audiences on a thrilling journey where the unlikely pair encounter wild terrain,
unexpected villains and jungle creatures.
12. WHERE THE WILD THINGS
Maurice Sendak’s classic book Where the Wild Things Are
comes to the big screen in an adventure tale for every generation.
11. STAR TREK
A new vision of the greatest space adventure of all time, STAR
TREK, featuring a young, new crew venturing boldly where no man has gone before.
Flamboyant Austrian fashionista Brüno (Sacha Baron Cohen) takes his show to America.
9. THE WOLFMAN
The Wolfman brings the myth of a cursed man back to its iconic
origins. Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro stars as Lawrence Talbot, a haunted
nobleman lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes. Reunited
with his estranged father (Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins), Talbot sets out to
find his brother…and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself.
8. GI JOE: RISE OF COBRA
From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the
elite G.I. JOE team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military
equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the
mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into
7. SHERLOCK HOLMES
In a dynamic new portrayal of Conan Doyle’s famous characters,
“Sherlock Holmes” sends Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson on their
latest challenge. Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary
intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down a new nemesis and
unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country.
6. TERMINATOR SALVATION: THE
John Connor is the man fated to lead the human resistance
against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future that Connor was
raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright, a
stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. As Skynet prepares its
final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them
into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret
behind the possible annihilation of mankind.
5. X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE
X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE tells the story of Wolverine’s
epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed,
and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many
mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several
legends of the X-Men universe whose appearances in the film series have long
4. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) organizes a group of Jewish
soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution. Known to their enemy as
“The Basterds,” Raine’s squad joins German actress and undercover agent
Bridget Von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) on a mission to take down the leaders of
The Third Reich.
3. TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE
Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) again joins with the Autobots
against their sworn enemies, the Decepticons.
In the future, Jake, a paraplegic war veteran, is brought to
another planet, Pandora, which is inhabited by the Na’vi, a humanoid race with
their own language and culture. Those from Earth find themselves at odds with
each other and the local culture.
WATCHMEN is a story set in an alternative 1985, where the world
is ticking closer to the brink of nuclear war, and a plot to eliminate a band of
ex-crimefighters is instigated, but why? and by whom? It is up to two of those
ex-crimefighters to investigate the plot that seems to go beyond the