So as we approach the end of 2009, and as ever the film world throws up a number of high profile releases vying for Oscar glory, I look forward to what 2010 brings, both those big scale blockbusters and the smaller low profile films that creep up on us like this year’s District 9 and (500) Days of Summer…

So with Oscar in mind I’d mark Clint Eastwood’s Invictus as both my number 10 and my tip for awards glory, following Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) and Francois Pienaar’s (Matt Damon) efforts to unite a country during the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa…

Something highly unlikely to be troubling Oscar is the return of Freddy Krueger at 9, a reboot/remake/rehash of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, this piques my interest because of the involvement of Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy, so good in Watchmen let’s hope he can bring the franchise scarily into the modern age…

Number 8 presents us with a bit of an oddity, Jonah Hex, a blending of some of my favourite genre’s, a western with supernatural elements based of a comic book, and starring people of the moment Josh Brolin and the ever so slightly hot Megan Fox…what’s not to like!

The latest Scott/Crowe team up comes crashing in at 7, this is their fourth collaboration and a new take on that classic tale Robin Hood, Crowe plays Hood and this promises to give us a more historical grounding, Gladiator in medieval England if you like…

After the action spectacle of The Incredible Hulk director Louis Letterier takes on the Titans at my number 6, not the American Football team but the Godly behemoth’s of The Clash of the Titans that include Medusa, the Kraken, and judging by the trailer lots of giant scorpions, Avatar’s Sam Worthington stars as Perseus while Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson square up as Thor and Hades…

No list of exciting films would be complete without a Simon Peg/Nick Frost team up and 2010 brings us Paul, at 5, not a title that will likely have you too excited but when I say that it follows two comic-geeks across America accompanied by an alien, the titular Paul, voiced by none other than Seth Rogen, and with many of the other Apatow crew present, this could be THE comedy of next year…

I had to include at least one animated film and, let’s be honest, what else other than Toy Story 3, at number 4, is going to be the best animation of next year, the gang all return in an effort to survive being dumped in a nursery after Andy leaves for college, but guess what, he takes Woody with him, expect a rescue mission…and a villainous Hedgehog voiced by Roger Moore!

Robert Downey Jr. Makes his inevitable appearance at my number 3, Iron Man 2 may well have slipped in at the top spot yet the hype machine is rather quiet thus far, what we have seen looks great and with Mickey Rourke as Russian Villain Whiplash and Scarlett Johanssen as The Black Cat expect anticipation to build up fast…

Taking a break from Batman related stories Christopher Nolan is working hard on his next opus, Inception, given this is his follow up to The Dark Knight, he could be making a film about a carrot and I’d be excited. So far we know this is a psychological thriller set in the “sphere of the mind”, check out the trailer to whet your appetite and just look at the cast, DiCaprio, Cottilard, Gordon-Levitt, Paige, Watanabe, Murphy…excited yet?

However at number one, for nostalgic reasons if nothing else, is Joe “Smokin’ Aces” Carnahan’s remake of The A-Team. The casting is inspired (just check out that photo!) and seeing Liam Neeson chomping on a cigar as Hannibal has tipped me into geek heaven. Add to that District 9’s Sharlto Copley as Murdock, Bradley Cooper as Face and UFC star “Rampage” Jackson as B.A. Oh and with some Jessica Biel to balance out all that testosterone, don’t you just love it when a plan comes together!

And just to finish…one to miss…Sex and the City 2…say no more!

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