Most Anticipated Films of 2011 – Brandi’s Picks

Now — September 30
written and directed by Andrew Niccol

Amanda Seyfried, Cillian Murphy, Justin Timberlake, Matthew Bomer, Vincent Kartheiser, Johnny Galecki…this movie is full of actors I really like (and also Olivia Wilde). I love the premise that time itself has become currency, and one can literally live forever if one can obtain enough of it. Maybe something similar has been done in a sci-fi film or novel before, but I haven’t seen it.

The Greatest Muppet Movie Ever Made (or whatever they end up calling it) — November 23
directed by James Bobin
written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller

Muppets are absolutely fascinating. How are they not creepy like other puppety things? Instead, they are delightful and hilarious. It’s magic. Anyway, I have a lot of faith in Jason Segel as a writer (I praised the screenplay of Forgetting Sarah Marshall quite a bit) and James Bobin has great experience with offbeat comedy (Flight of the Conchords!). I get a little more worried with every celebrity cameo that’s announced; even though I know that’s how Muppet movies roll, it seems a bit much so far. But my hopes are still very high.

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas — near Christmas, I assume
directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson
written by Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg

I love, love, love, love Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Perfect smart and goofy humor, hilarious performances, and an unreal rewatchability-factor. (Seriously, I can watch that movie SO MANY TIMES.) Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay…it’s not terrible, but it represents a massive wasted opportunity. I want the third film to make up for it so badly.

The Cabin in the Woods
— TBD
directed by Drew Goddard
written by Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard

I’m really more excited by the concept of Richard Jenkins starring in a horror movie than I am any other part of this film, though of course I am a fan of Whedon and of Goddard. Also, Amy Acker’s on the cast list, and I luuurv her. That’s really all I have to say about this, since as far as I know they are still being sketchy with the details. Hope it’s good!

The Descendants — TBD
directed by Alexander Payne
screenplay by Alexander Payne; Nat Faxon; Jim Rash
from the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Alexander Payne getting back to where I like him! I mean, Hung is watchable and everything, but the guy made Election, About Schmidt, and Sideways in about six years from 1999-2004, then pretty much fell off my radar for another six until that show came around. (Ignoring a certain Adam Sandler film I just truly never believed he was actually involved with…) But now he’s back in the director’s chair! And Payne + Clooney means I want this movie, now. I don’t even really know anything about the plot. Clooney reconciles with his daughters in a wacky manner, or something? Just give me a release date, I don’t care!

Friends with Kids — TBD
written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt

I’ve been a casual fan of Jennifer Westfeldt since Kissing Jessica Stein surprised me by actually being pretty good. Recently I figured out she has totally been dating Jon Hamm for like a decade! Way to get in early on that one, seriously. And now he’s playing a role in her film, which I hope will be a smart comedy for adults, because I like that sort of thing. Also with Adam Scott (love), Kristen Wiig (love) and Maya Rudolph (love). I’m hoping this one doesn’t get pushed to 2012; Megan Fox (also kind of love, despite myself) said on the red carpet at the Golden Globes that they just started filming. This is how I get my news: straight from Megan Fox’s mouth.

HONORABLE MENTION:

Hobo with a Shotgun

Because, honestly, WTF?

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