With all the 10 awaited movies out by the first half of the year, we hardly have any movies to look for the remaining part of the year. Naa, that cannot be true and so, here is a list of 10 movies that one can look forward to, for the rest of the year

1. Expendables: Anyone who grew up in the 90s would have gotten exposed to the blood sucking, gut wrenching glory of the 80s action movies. Movies like Terminator, Commando, Predator, Under Siege, Rambo (all editions)… Sigh, the list goes on. They don’t make movies like that anymore. Wrong, Expendables harkens back to those good old days. With a star cast comprising of Stallone, Statham , Jet Li, Mickey Rourke & Steve Austin coupled with cameos from Bruce Willis and the man-machine, Arnold himself, this seems to be a sure-fire hit. Plot, what plot. Just sit back and enjoy the show

2. Machete: Imagine if the movie clips played in the filmfare awards of Om Shanthi Om were actually converted into a full length movie, that basically sums up Machete. Machete was conceived as a trailer by Robert Rodriguez for the ultimate B-grade tribute movie Planet Terror/Death Proof double bill featurette with Quentin Tarantino. Cashing in on the popularity of the same, Rodriguez managed to rope in some big names (in the form of Robert De Niro, Steven Seagal, Jessica Alba) to support Danny Trejo and produce hopefully what is another bloody gore fest. Those squeamish about blood on screen please stay away

3. Scott Plgrim vs the World: Boy meets girl, Boy falls for girl, Boy, err wait, has to fight her 7 evil ex-es!!!! That is in short the story about Scott Pligrim, a slacker by any other name. Based on the successful Scott Pilgrim graphic novels by Brian O Malley, this was the hottest draw during the San Diego Comic Con. A wildly wacky, pop culture sprinkled story, the trailers indicate that it has made a convincing leap from the pages of a comic to the big screen. Casting Michael Cera in the titular role was a master stroke as long as Michael Cera played Michael Cera. With a supporting cast that includes prominent names like Chris Evans, Anna Kendrick,
Brandon Routh among others, Scott Pilgrim is coming to rock the world

4. Red – an acronym for Retired Extremely Dangerous, it stars Bruce Willis as a retired black ops agent, who is deemed to be extremely dangerous to be left alive with all the secrets in his head and is targeted for, well, extermination. Small problem, Bruce Willis does not want to die. Gathering his old team, he decides to strike back, a team consisting of Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich & Helen Mirren. Intrigued? If not check the trailer

5. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole: Kidnapped meets Lord of the Rings with Owls in lead!!! Directed by Zack Snyder, a man with an enviable reputation when it comes to remakes & adaptations (presents Dawn of the Dead, 300 & Sin City as evidence), LOTG could well turn out into one of the sleeper hits of the year

6. Tangled – A fun interpretation of the classic Rapunzel, Disney pictures has introduced a twist by changing the lead male character from a prince to a… thief!!!! Sounds exciting enough

7. Resident Evil: Afterlife : Alice is back, well, for the 3rd time. Probably, one of the most successful game-to-movie transition, the Resident Evil franchise displays the same characteristic as its lead character of Alice, in its refusal to die. Milla Jovovich is back carrying the movie (Among her contemporaries, only Kate Beckinsale for the Underworld set of films and Angeline Jolie for Tombraider can boast of playing lead action roles and reprise them in sequels) on her own. However, the big difference this time being, she goes on the attack against Umbrella corporation, a tactic different from her usual, hide, attack and run policy. Oh and just to up the stakes the bit, this time the whole world is infected, an upgrade from just the US being infected last time.

8. Due Date: This really has to be the comedic pairing of the year, Robert Downey Jr, the man with the Midas touch and Zach Galifianakis (the crazy or rather the craziest guy, in the Hangover) team together in this story of how a tense, control freak, father-to-be (RDJ) is forced to hitch a ride with Zach in order to make it to his child’s birth in time. And, it had Todd Philips, the guy who gave us the Hangover, as the director
for this one too

9. Piranha 3D : I confess I have long been a fan of the wild animal-hunting-humanity movies and have watched a long list of such movies ranging from Jaws to Anaconda to Godzilla. Piranha represents another adventure in the same direction. While any water bound creature movie immediately draws a comparison with Jaws, it would be foolish to expect the same here. All one hopes for is a thrilling ride and a proper use of 3D and not just to charge extra (Yes, I am looking at you Alice in Blunderland and Crass of the Titans)

10. The Debt & Wall Street 2 – Both are movies that present intriguing storylines, The Debt – a 30 year old history of the Mossad hunting a Nazi war criminal brought to life, when the war criminal surfaces alive; Wall Street 2, a sequel to the famous movie Wall Street. While none of the others are in any particular order of interest, these 2 feature pretty much at the lower end of interested but not interested due to its leads. The Debt stars Sam Worthington, an avid disciple of the Russell Crowe school of acting, of grunt and point, overhyped and overcast and Wall Street 2 bears its own cross in the form of Shia LeBeouf, one of the smarmiest, loathsome, spineless, talentless actors to have ever existed (There I have vented it out)

I have of course left out Harry Potter 7.1 out as I am not really a fan of the movie adaptations, though I am sure it will gross another billion dollars and more (more due to the 3D effect). Ryan Reynold’s Buried sounds half interesting with its story of a US contractor being buried in a coffin in Iraq….and thats it (explains the half interested part)

All videos courtesy youtube of course

  1. Of the movies here, I’m only interested in seeing Red. There’s something about Bruce Willis movies that I just like. Oh well.

    With Love and Gratitude,

    The Intentional Sage

  2. sriram says:

    Not to mention Tron 🙂 Fulltu Imax experience of sheer neon 🙂

  3. vinayvasan says:

    Tron.. I just fear, it worth all the hype.. 2-3 years representation at SDCC..

  4. Kavity says:

    I want to watch only Tangled and Due Date. The others seem to be to actioned or gory for my taste 😦
    Good list though! God knows where you find the time to come up with all this!

  5. vinayvasan says:

    Well, Legend of the Guardians would also be right up the non-action/non-gory alley…

    My internal body clock is regulated by when movies are released, so its hardly a stretch of imagination to come up with a list like this 🙂

  6. P. Levy says:

    Really looking forward to seeing Scott Pilgram as Edgar Wright has done little wrong so far and Machete as Robert Rodriguez is always entertaining. Resident Evil:Afterlife will suck balls though.

  7. vinayvasan says:

    @P Levy, Resident Evil easily belongs to the series that you love to hate and is solely driven by Milla Jovovich

  8. P. Levy says:

    na, that’s what 5th element is for

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