Grab Your Popcorn…

…and line up at the theater. A handful of films yours truly is GREATLY anticipating in 2009/2010.

Today’s discovery is The Lightning Thief, adapted from Rick Riordan’s book of the same name. Although it is a kid’s book, I think it might be a well-done film. While the book seems to have a fairly typical plot, I can’t help but hope that it will revive interest in mythology in at least a few kids.

Hands down, right here, is the film I am most looking forward to. 9 brings Tim Burton–who is quickly earning himself another devoted fan–dark and gritty animation, and a delicious-looking story. And, for your viewing pleasure, a trailer! C’mon, it’s post-apocalyptic fantasy/SF with ragdolls and stop-motion!

Another discovery of the day, I can’t tell precisely when The Moral Vampire is supposed to release. The only thing I can find on it is an interview with the Korean director on FilmInFocus. But there’s a shot in there of a vampire (presumably) picking up a girl, dangling her above the ground. Typical vampy stuff, yes? The vampire then steps out of his shoes… and sets the girl into them. My curiosity, she is tweaked.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs just looks like too much fun. Can you tell I’m starting to develop a strong love of well-done animation?

Ponyo on a Cliff is one of those films that might be really cool or really disappointing. But either way, it’s a nice little fairytale and shall certainly be given a chance by me.

I read this book! Now I want to see Fantastic Mr. Fox. George Clooney voices Fox, so how can it be bad?

There are some fun films coming up. Enjoy!

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