2010 is here and I could not be more excited for some of the cheesey and quality entertainment to come. Here is a quick glimpse at some possible new music and movies that I can't wait for.
Charlotte Gainsbourg's IRM - Already releassed in Europe, the much anticipated follow-up to 5:55 (#59 on the best records of the Decade.) It's intriguing enough as Charlotte always seems to surround her with talent. On 5:55, Air played the music, Nigel Godrich helmed production and Neil Hannon and Jarvis Cocker took the lyrics. This time, it's all one person: Beck. That's right, Beck wrote, produced and plays on almost every track. Basically getting a new Beck record via a new voice? Yes, please! Should be out this coming Tuesday, January 12th.
Autolux's Transit Transit - Although not as epic or long of a wait as Chinese Democracy the length between Autolux'x fantastic 2004 debut Future Perfect (#17 on the best of the decade!) and this year's (hopefully) release is uber anticipation. Supposedly coming in January, Transit Transit is the epitome of "can't wait" anticipation.
Vampire Weekend's Contra - I was split on the first Vampire Weekend. I mean, it's decent pop music but all the "best new artist" or "album of the year" talk back in 2008 was laughable at best. I still am intrigued and enjoy them enough that I am anticipating the new record with a skeptics eye. Sometimes it takes album #2 for me to be sold on an artist.
Martin Scorcese's Shutter Island - Why this didn't come out in 2009 is beyond me. What looks to be Marty tackling the thriller/horror genre looks exciting. Although his past thriller/horror movie, the crappy remake of the eternal classic Cape Fear, was a piece of trash, the trailer for Shutter Island shows that Marty might have it in him to tell a badass ghost story of sorts. Plus the cast is stacked. DiCaprio, Ruffalo, Kingsley, Williams, Clarkson, etc. Very excited.
Disney's Tron Legacy - Ok so this is a summer popcorn flick, yes. But a popcorn flick remake of the classic 80's Tron that keeps Jeff Bridges around and has Daft Punk doing the soundtrack? Sign me up! Plus the trailer looks pretty intense.
The Wolfman - I am sick of vampires. A better mythology: Werewolves. And wehn that werewolf comes in the form of Benicio Del Toro with the likes of Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving and Emily Blunt in the cast, I smell a great flick.
Christopher Nolan's Inception - When I first saw the trailer I was sold. DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon Levitt in a Chris Nolan thriller? Of course I'm going opening night! I couldn't ask for anything more this year. After a relatively disappointing 2009, it's good to see easily one of the best directors around coming back full force. The last film in between Nolan's Batman franchise, The Prestige (#26 on best of the decade), it's bound to be something special.
Other notable movies to watch (whether hilariously bad and unecessary sequeels/prequels/remakes or legitimate interests for both popcorn and art films): Wall Street 2, Clash of the Titans, Alice in Wonderland, Iron Man 2, Toy Story 3, Jonah Hex, The Book of Eli and I'm sure loads more later in the year.
As for music, not sure what else is coming this year, just anticipating some acts to release stuff. Possible Radiohead in the fall, the new act Broken Bells (Danger Mouse and James Mercer of the Shins) plus GOD knows what else.
2010, I can't wait for you to start.
One thing I know I won't enjoy this year: The Oscars. Although I have yet to see some bigger contenders, I'm not entirely sure if I want to see them.