Below are the movies I am most excited about for first half of the year or so. Release dates indicated are for South Africa, and are subject to change. Only movies with trailers and confirmed SA release dates are shown here. Watch my monthly posts for more up to date info. Source for release dates: http://moviesite.co.za/CPR.pdf
Prediction: Damn funny and will rock, plenty of Oscar nominations.
Also watch out for Argo – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w918Eh3fij0
A Good Day To Die Hard
Prediction: Not really too sure, but should be good fun 🙂
Prediction: Gonna be amazing!
Also watch out for Zero Dark Thirty if only to see what the hype is about – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxC_JNz5Vbg
Oz the Great & Powerful
Prediction: Looks promising
Prediction: Probably will be the same old formula, but should be entertaining
Prediction: Even if it sucks, it should be interesting or at least entertaining, it’s win-win
Also watch out for the Carrie remake – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaHzUMq8iaM
Iron Man 3
Prediction: Looks very dark…
Evil Dead (Remake)
Prediction: Where’s Bruce? No really… ooh wait this looks kinda freaky actually 🙂
Fast and Furious 6
Prediction: Another one? Only the big names are gonna save this one…
Also watch out for the Texas Chainsaw 3D (yet another scray movie remake) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqCe2pDfICE
And don’t forget about Stoker – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brjtL-2kE9A
Man of Steel
Prediction: Oooh dark… plus Christopher Nolan (producer) and Zack Snyder (300) are involved in it
Prediction: Should be pretty cool, starring Will Smith and son, Jaden
Star Trek – Into Darkness
Prediction: Never really got into old Star Trek (*gasp*), so the reboot since the previous film has me hooked 🙂
World War Z
Prediction: Bad CGI aside, it should be pretty cool, even if it doesn’t look anything like I’d have pictured the book.
The Lone Ranger
Prediction: Looks pretty damn cool
Prediction: Laughs and fun all around
Prediction: Prepare to be blown away…
Prediction: Since this isn’t really a trailer, it’s kinda difficult to say, but if Neill Blomkamp bought us District 9 with $30m, imagine what he can do with $120m and Matt Damon?
The mystery around this film reminds me of the mysterious build up and viral campaign of “fakeverts” and the rest that he did with District 9. Less is known about this film that some films coming out in 2014.
- Censorship free (reentanglement.wordpress.com)
- Latest Movie (itsjummyagain.wordpress.com)
- Julie Fisk’s Top 15 Movies To See In 2013 (1037litefm.cbslocal.com)
- What is the importance of doing the right thing for the right unselfish sake? (aglimpseofheaventhephilosophyoftruehealth.wordpress.com)
There was nothing really worth watching in the first week in December in my opinion, and since that was the case, I’m going to recommend that you watch Skyfall (again if you already have), which opened the last week on November here in South Africa. See my previous blog post, Must See Movies 2012 #8: Skyfall Review
Otherwise The Hobbit is a winner!
This past weekend marked the release of the long awaited prequel to the Lord of the Rings. I watched it on Saturday night and all the people I went with were impressed.
The Hobbit is directed again by Peter Jackson and marks the return of several familiar faces. In case you didn’t know (like my fiancée) the Hobbit has been split into three movies: ‘The Unexpected Journey (2012)’, ‘The Desolation of Smaug (2013)’ and lastly ‘There And Back Again (2014)’. I have seen the meme doing the rounds and was expecting it to be very drawn out. While it could have (and should have) been done in one movie, the pace of the movie moves along pretty nicely and you rarely (although not never) get bored. Some critics moaned about it being a overproduced and being about the special effects, but I don’t see how you can make these movies and not.
The Hobbit also debuts the new HFR 3D technology, where the films are shot at 48 frames per second compared to the normal 24 of other films. Reviews have been mixed but the major advantage to the technology is the minimising of motion blur which affects other 3D movies. Unfortunately the cinema we were at didn’t have the infrastructure so I saw it in normal 3D, so I can’t really tell you more. Feel free to comment if you have.
Other IMDB: Top 250 #84 | 5 nominations
Week 3: Life of Pi
Based on the fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel, Life of Pi tells the story of a 16 year old boy, Piscione Molitor Patel, or Pi, when his family is killed in a shipwreck while moving their zoo to Canada. The story is told from an older Pi’s perspective as he relays his story to a novelist who thinks his story would make a great novel.
A blog I follow did a pretty cool review for this movie. Have a look at the The Focused Filmographer review here
Week 4: Jack Reacher
Tom Cruise stars as a homicide investigator who digs deeper into a case involving a trained military sniper that shot five random victims.
(When I first heard the soundtrack from the trailer, I thought it was a new Mission Impossible (1:02))
- Life of Pi / Movie Review (iamalienman.wordpress.com)
- When books become movies (heidicvlach.wordpress.com)
- Non-Review Review: Jack Reacher (them0vieblog.com)
- Tom Cruise defends role as “Jack Reacher” (thehimalayantimes.com)
- Jack Reacher could be me: Tom Cruise spends hours with fans at Leicester Square premiere of Jack Reacher (standard.co.uk)
- 10 Films Make Oscar Shortlist for Best Visual Effects Including THE AVENGERS, JOHN CARTER, and LIFE OF PI (collider.com)
- The Hobbit breaks box office record (newsfixnow.com)
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey scores biggest US December opening weekend (metro.co.uk)
- ‘The Hobbit’: 6 Biggest Changes From J.R.R. Tolkien’s Novel (hollywood.com)
- Review: Ang Lee’s ‘Life of Pi’ Makes You Believe in the Power of Stories (firstshowing.net)