Friday, 13 May 2011

Intermission: Forthcoming attractions (blockbuster edition)

Summer blockbuster season is upon us, as evidenced by its outrider, Thor. It really kicks off in earnest on 20th May with a contender for biggest film of the year: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; at least one big-tent studio release will follow every week from then until the end of August. So let's break it down...

The Good (i.e. would probably have seen these anyway, regardless of silly self-imposed blogging commitments)

  • Bridesmaids - OK, so maybe not the best on the list but at the very least it's nice to have a gross-out comedy that's not just for the lads.
  • Cars 2 - So maybe I wouldn't have seen this without the blog, but it's Pixar so surely can't be all bad. Also will feature a Toy Story short pre-credits!
  • X-Men: First Class - Will hopefully recapture the spirit of the first wave of Marvel movies.
  • Cowboys & Aliens - John Favreau banked a lot of credibility from Swingers, but has only come close a couple of times since then. Interesting cast & premise for this one, but could go either way.
  • Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part II - For me HP7A was the best of the series; hopefully the final installment will be even better. I'd say more, but *spoilers*...

The Bad (or at least 'not particularly looking forward to')

  • Hangover II - The first was admittedly funny, though morally questionable for a number of reasons. I'm expecting to laugh and then to feel ashamed of myself.
  • Super 8 - somewhat mendaciously being touted as a Steven Spielberg film (he produces), it's actually a J.J. Abrams film. I'm one of the few people who didn't care for Cloverfield, so I doubt this will be for me.
  • Green Lantern - Another comic book adaptation. Just what the world needs.
  • Captain America: The First Avenger - And another. I was half-tempted to put this in 'The Good', but after the slurry that was Thor it's been demoted - surely just another Avengers prequel.
  • Horrible Bosses - Jennifer Aniston has such a poisonous track record in the movies that I can't look forward to this - though it does also feature Kevin Spacey, Jason Bateman and Jamie Foxx, so who knows?
  • Friends With Benefits - didn't we already have this earlier in the year with No Strings Attached? Sorry, not interested.
  • Crazy, Stupid Love - So-so-looking Steve Carrell light comedy vehicle.
  • 30 Minutes or Less - Danny McBride (bad) + Jesse Eisenberg (good) = unknown quantity. And I'm just going to sidestep the whole 'less vs. fewer' debate.
  • Conan the Barbarian - Did this really need to happen. Why not just flash the words "RUN OUT OF IDEAS" onto the screen for two hours? It would've cost a lot less.
  • Fright Night - Yet another remake/reboot. Yawn.
  • One Day - From David 'Starter for Ten' Nicholls's novel, and scripted by him too. The other half read the book and didn't enjoy it.

The Ugly (Ludovico technique territory)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides - Enough already, stop it!
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Please, stop!
  • Final Destination 5 - Seriously now, that's enough.
  • Spy Kids 4 - OK, they really aren't going to stop, are they?
  • Zookeeper - It's a Kevin James film.
  • The Smurfs - The smurfs hit New York! Honestly, are you looking forward to it?
  • The Change-Up - Everything about this film looks awful - the name, the cast, the poster, the fact that it's 'brought to you by the same people who gave you Wedding Crashers'...
  • Rise of the Planet of the Apes - I secretly still have a tiny bit of hope in me that this might be OK, but c'mon...
And anything else? Well, here are a few non-blockbuster films I'm hoping will see a release at my local:

  • The Tree of Life - I'm not actually expecting too much from this (I didn't care for The Thin Red Line) but a new Terence Malik film is always an event.
  • The Inbetweeners - If it's anything like the sitcom should be excellent and very funny.
  • Senna - When I was a nipper Ayrton Senna was my absolute sporting idol (though I don't watch motorsport anymore) - this documentary surely can't be bad.
  • Apocalypse Now - Yes, it's another director's cut or remastered print or something. It's just worth going to see it on the big screen.
  • Another Earth - Smart SF movie that might just be this year's Moon.
  • Apollo 18 - A smart, original horror film in 2011? A slut can dream...