Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Looking Forward To... WINTER/SPRING

This time of year, movies are usually crap. So it's the perfect time to catch up on those films that came out at the tail-end of last year to take advantage of the holidays and awards season. So if you still haven't seen The Iron Lady, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Shame, The Artist, Carnage, Young Adult, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, A Separation, and many more... then go ahead. But if you want to jump right into 2012, hold your nose...

January isn't that bad. In fact this weekend, I'm going to check out Disney's latest 3D cash grab with Beauty & the Beast. Though to really other than that, the rest of January looks like a "wait for Netflix" kind of month. Kate Beckinsale does double duty in Contraband (with Mark Wahlberg) and her fourth Underworld film. More promising, or at least promises to be more fun, is Joyful Noise with the super campy pairing of Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. Red Tails, a film focusing on black airmen during WWII could be okay as do Steven Soderberg's Haywire starring Michael Fassbender and Ewan McGregor (but also unfortunately Channing Tatum) and Man on the Ledge with Jamie Bell, Sam Worthington, and Elizabeth Banks.

February actually seems worse than January. Off the bat, Channing Tatum (ugh) has another film in Nicholas Sparks-like The Vow with Rachel McAdams while Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington appear in the action thriller Safe House. I don't have any idea what the film is about, but there's also Gone starring Amanda Seyfried and Sebastian Stan plus Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston in the Apatow-produced Wanderlust. Two films that I may actually check out this month is The Woman in Black, Daniel Radcliffe's first non-Harry Potter flick since the end of his Hogwarts stint, and Reese Witherspoon's This Mean War where Chris Pine and Tom Hardy fight for her affections. That latter one could be godawful or fun... or both.

March is thankfully full of choices. First and foremost is of course The Hunger Games, aka the film adaptation to the super popular series, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson. It's probably my most anticipated film in the first four months of the year. For the young ones or the young at hear, there's Dr. Seuss' The Lorax or The Pirates! Band of Misfits which both look cute. Wall-E and Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton tries his hand on live-action with John Carter starring Friday Night Light's Taylor Kitsch. If romantic comedy is more your speed, there's Playing the Field with Gerard Butler and Judy Greer. If drama is what you like Salmon Fishing in the Yemen with the adorable pair of Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor or Learning to Fly with Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhaal may be preferable. I'm going to say no thanks to useless film remake of 21 Jump Street with Channing Tatum (third film of the year if you're counting) and Wrath of the Titans. Finally visionary director will get his Snow White film out to public first in Mirror Mirror. I'm hoping it doesn't look as bad as the trailer made it look.

April has tons of films, but I'll likely check out only a few. One of them will be American Reunion which is hopefully the final film in the series. Joss Whedon's The Cabin in the Woods is finally released this month also and while not my usual genre fare, I may watch it. Focus Features has Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and while I don't know what this movie is about, the studio, the title, and the cast (Steve Carrell, Keira Knightley, Connie Britton) intrigues me. There's The Five-Year Engagement with Emily Blunt and Jason Segal which I'm hoping is a fun movie coupling. There's also the 3D re-release of Titanic which you know the whole world has been waiting for. Other notable films this month include the Farrelly brother's take on The Three Stooges, Zac Efron doing a Nicholas Sparks film in The Lucky One, and Movie 43 which seems to contain everyone in Hollywood and will comprise of short films.

In summary, there's way too many Channing Tatum films coming out and we haven't even gotten to the one based on his life story releasing later this year. The reality though is I'll probably get to see about 3-4 of these films in theaters (not including the 3D re-releases I'm already committing myself to seeing) while I'll see most of everything else when they are made available on Netflix by the end of the year (or much earlier).

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