What to Look Forward to (the Rest of the Year)
Another Top 5 list a-comin’ up. What, you never watched High Fidelity? These are just a few to look out for, although most of them will have ads and trailers shoved in your face nonstop whether you want to see them or not. Click on the title to get to the trailer.
Also, I’ll be gone for the next couple days, so leave sum luv should you feel it deserved. Not that it’s weird for me to not post for 48 hours. I’ve got a life to live, jeez.
5. Skyfall (November 9th)
Duh na na naa, duh na na naaaaaa! Those are the opening notes to the Bond theme, although they don’t translate too well to letters. Sounding even those things out were a pain. Does Bond need a reason to be in the Top 5? Casino Royale was awesome, Quantum was pretty good, but Skyfall’s trailer has gotten me excited to see what happens next. I also think it’s pretty cool to see that they’re bringing Q back. Makes me wonder what kind of toys Bond will be playing with in this one. Maybe a watch that shoots a life raft out while firing lasers and making a sandwich at the same time? I’m coming up with this off the top of my head, somebody write this gold down.
4. Seven Psychopaths (November 2nd, no trailer)
If you haven’t read the overview or seen In Bruges, check it out. It’s comedic delivery of every well-placed line fit in perfectly with the frantic action to create something on par with Guy Ritchie while being its own monster completely. Colin Farrell teams up again with director Martin Macdonaugh in a story about a guy that gets caught up in a scheme planned by his two friends to kidnap a mafia boss’ prize shih tzu. Woody Harrelson, of all people plays the boss, while Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken are the friends with the plan, which just sounds hilarious. Specifically because I’m watching The Prophecy right now and Walken just isn’t the same guy these days, for better or worse, your choice. Also, don’t judge me for watching The Prophecy. 11 movies for 7.50. All the Prophecy and Hellraiser movies for one low price! C’mawn, now.
3. Django Unchained (December 25th)
Quentin Tarantino seems to always know how to bring the crowds in, regardless of how much violence and/or profanity his films showcase. Jamie Foxx plays a freed slave named Django offered a deal by King Schultz (Christopher Waltz) to track down and kill a gang of remorseless killers who only Django is familiar with. Leonardo Dicaprio also stars. I don’t think this one needs to much elaboration on why it would be in the Top 5 list of movies to see being that basically all of Tarantino’s movies are good, regardless of how annoying he might be.
2 . Looper (September 28th)
Director Rian Johnson has only got a couple movies under his belt, but have both been made with a unique and clever approach most filmmakers aren’t even attempting. Certainly not Oliver Stone, if you read the post below. Couple his directorial style with Emily Blunt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis, and a fast-paced, intelligent sci-fi thriller is born. Gordon-Levitt plays a “looper” in a future where the further ahead future sends target back in time to be assassinated. Gordon-Levitt’s character is great at what he does until he’s forced to shoot an older version of himself played by Willis. What’s interesting is not that Gordon-Levitt won’t do it, but that he’s really trying to, he just can’t. Suicide is never the answer but if you’re being paid, what the hey.
1. The Dark Knight Rises (July 20)
Wouldn’t you be surprised if this one weren’t on the list? 2008′s The Dark Knight was not only brilliant as a movie itself but changed comic book movies in a way that hasn’t yet been done since. It transcends the sub-genre that has only had the Avengers and Iron Man movies have come close to, and even then, they’re fun and great to watch, while don’t carry the weight or complexity that director Christopher Nolan has instilled into his Batman films. And we all thought it was over after Batman and Robin. Nolan has been touting this one as not only the biggest film he’s ever done but also possibly the biggest film since the silent era. If Nolan says it, I’m inclined to believe him.
These are films that look great, but the above just have a slight edge over them. Lincoln is sure to pick a few awards being that it’s directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Daniel Day-Lewis, who seems to only make one movie a year, win his two handfuls of awards, receive infinitely more praise, then go back to his hole. Which is cool, if you’re into that kinda thing.
1. Man With the Iron Fists (TBA)
2. Lincoln (Dec TBA)
3. Gangster Squad (September 7th)
4. Lawless (August 29th)
5. Rise of the Guardians (November 21st)
Movies to NOT See
I don’t really even want to bother with the dates on these since I think they look dreadful and don’t care to promote them in anyway beyond saying they look terrible. All of them speak for themselves while Hotel Transylvania is on here solely based on the fact that Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg are already back together again from That’s My Boy, which is still giving me nightmares.
1. Step Up: Revolution
2. The Apparition
3. Hotel Transylvania
4. The Odd Life of Timothy Green
5. Resident Evil: Retribution
Nope, I didn’t mention Twilight as part of the movies not to see because it’s just so obvious. You’re going or you’re not and ya know who you are.