2010 Advance Warning (#11-15)

15. Kaboom
Directed by: Gregg Araki (Mysterious Skin, Smiley Face)
Starring: Thomas Dekker, Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida, Juno Temple

Kaboom is a candy-colored comedy/thriller about horny college students and hallucinogenic cookies. With Araki’s reputation of helming “totally fucked up” characters, his latest creations will join the ranks of memorable characters such as: a teenage hustler, an alien abductee, an actress on pot, and an HIV-positive film critic.

14. Somewhere
Directed by: Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation)
Starring: Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning

I have no interest in this film initially, but the trailer totally changed my mind. This looks like a tender and touching family drama. Somewhere is about a Hollywood bad boy on a wild goose chase who gets an unexpected visit from his 11-year old daughter. This led him to re-examine his lifestyle and priorities.

13. Buried
Directed by: Rodrigo Cortes
Starring: Ryan Reynolds

This year’s Phone Booth, but our hero is six feet below the ground. With only a cellphone and a lighter, he must find a way to escape before his oxygen supply runs out. This one is tricky. How will you make a 90-minute film set inside a coffin exciting? I’m ready to be surprised.

12. 127 Hours
Directed by: Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting)
Starring: James Franco

Like the film above, 127 Hours is another one-man show. Boyle will test the patience of moviegoers with the life story of Aron Ralston who gets stuck in a boulder for five days. You won’t believe what he did to survive this ordeal. Engrossing or boring? We’ll see.

11. Biutiful
Directed by: Alejandro Gonzalez IƱarritu (Babel, 21 Grams)
Starring: Javier Bardem

Described as depression porn, IƱarritu’s latest seems like another laborious stretch of tragedy and hopelessness. How exciting. But before your prejudices take over, watch the trailer below and marvel at this beautiful disaster. Bardem is not a Cannes Best Actor for nothing.

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