The year is already a week old and it feels like a month ago that we were pigging out on turkey and opening presents. The snow keeps coming, the nights are dark and cold and our beloved Toronto Raptors are not exactly clicking. So what keeps us feeling upbeat and optimistic (other than George W.  Bush getting out the White House)? Movies of course. Upcoming movies always get us excited, even if the movies we look forward to suck in the end. Seeing a trailer for a kick-ass film that is coming out in several months is awesome even if it is a big tease.

So what is in store for 2009? Well we did some digging and found 10 flicks we really, really want to see simply based on the potential. Will they pan out? Guess we will have to wait and see.

1. Watchmen (March 6)

Ever since seeing the trailer, this has been on our list. Not only does it look cool but it features Carla Gugino and Malin Ackerman.

2. This Side of Truth (March 20)

We don’t even care what it is about. It is by RIcky Gervais, who is also in it and features Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Rob Lowe and Stephen Merchant just to name a few. Gervais plays an actor who decides to make up a story and and exploits his newfound celebrity as the best actor in the world.

3. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (May 1)

Finally another X-Men flick to see. They are very well done and we think the reason why all of the other comic book movies have stepped up their game. The Nightcrawler scene to open the second movie was abou as cool as it gets but we have a feeling parts of this movie will blow that away. A whole movie about Wolverine? Pinch us we must be dreaming.

4. Terminator Salvation (May 22)

We are loving the new TV show all about Terminator and now there is another movie? Holy crap, the summer is going to be wicked. Robots, guns, Bale, babes, violence and one of the best movie themes ever. That few seconds of music always gives us the chills and gets us excited all at the same time. Christian Bale is certainly going to be campaigning for coolest, bad ass ever after this one hits screens.

5. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (June 26)

Shit blowing up, cool transformers and of course Megan Fox doing her thing. How can you go wrong with this summer popcorn flick? The only way it could be better is if Optimus Prime steps on Shia by accident.

6. Funny People (July 31)

This is certainly one of those movies that looks a lot better than it will probably be. But Judd Apatow has earned our eyes and money. The film will follow the Adam Sandler as a stand-up comedian who takes the struggling up and comer Seth Rogen under his wing. As of now it looks like this summer’s laugh away the afternoon movie of choice. Hopefully it lives up to some of Apatow’s other classics.

7. Inglorious Basterds (August 21)

Clearly we have not been paying as much attention to Hollywood as we should because this one only hit our radar the other day. Brad Pitt in a war movie by Quentin Tarantino?? Where do I buy tickets for this one right now! There is no doubt going to be some gore and it will be interesting to see how this one all comes together. Easily the most anticipated one for us this summer.

8. Shutter Island (October 2)

Someone actually was talking about this book over the holidays so it is funny to see there is a movie coming out. Great director, wicked cast (Leo!) and If you’ve read Shutter Island, you already know how gripping it is. The story is about two U.S. Marshals hunting an escaped murderess during a cataclysmic storm. Sounds pretty good to us, at least there is several months to read the book first.

9. The Fantastic Mr. Fox (November 6)

We are putting a lot of hope in this one. Wes Anderson is back and is adapting Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. It’ll be his first animated feature and of course he’s bringing along the same cast of characters that seem contractually obligated to appear in every project he does. It is about three farmers who square off against a clever fox who steals their poultry every night to feed his family. Interest peaked!

10. Sherlock Holmes (November 20)

This one looks great as well. Guy Ritchie is directing and Robert Downey Jr. is playing the famous detective. Mark Strong as a bad guy is a total bonus for this movie that should be one of the best of the year. If it does not turn out to be, maybe we better send Sherlock Holmes to figure out that mystery.

Other slight interest

G.I. Joe, Jennifer’s Body, Year One, Public Enemies, Green Zone, Old School Dos, Angels & Demons.

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There you have it, 10 movies that based on very little info, we want to see this year. The odds are pretty slim that all 10 live up to the hype but as we mentioned before, upcoming movies are an exciting thought when the snow is coming down and all that is on TV is reality shows.

What one do you have your eye on and are there any that you want to share?

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