I am a huge fan of Lego. It doesn’t matter what form – the bricks themselves, Lego board games, Lego video games, Lego keychain flashlight, Lego thumbdrive… I’m a fan of it all. So it should come as no surprise that when the Lego Movie was announced, I was beside myself with excitement. Now? Well now I’m so giddy I can barely type because The Lego Movie has a trailer and it is awesome!
If a Lego movie itself wasn’t awesome enough, the voices behind the characters are certainly a group that demands attention. Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, Nick Offerman, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Allison Brie, Will Arnett, and a man who is having a pretty good run here lately, Chris Pratt as the main character Emmett.
My first reaction was “love the inclusion of the DC Comics characters” because unlike some people (pretty much every other GB staffer – I am alone on my Lego love island), I adore the Lego games especially the Batman versions. After watching the trailer a couple of times, the best part of this movie is the stop motion type of animation they’ve used that is, I’d imagine, an homage to the thousands of fan made videos through the years using stop motion. They could have easily gone with a “smoother” looking animation but it’s nice to see a nod to the Lego fans like that.
Sadly, we have awhile to wait as the movie isn’t set for release until 2014, but I’m sure there will be plenty more trailers and images put out before then and you best believe I’ll be at the ready waiting to bring them to you!
When the 38th season debuts this weekend, Saturday Night Live will once again have a new look.
Let’s take a moment here… Are we going to miss Kristen Wiig’s fabulous characters (surely I’m not the only person who has to fight the urge to gleefully announce “APPROVED!” when their credit card goes through successfully at the grocery store) and Andy Samberg’s digital shorts? Of course we are. That’s not even up for debate; but they are not the be all to end all of the entire show.
There is no need to lament on how awful SNL is now and how it isn’t half as it good as it was “back in the day”. Before we can even have that argument we have to realize that “back in the day” has a direct correlation to the pastgazer’s age. Is pastgazer even a word? Can I declare it a word? I am.
Pastgazer (noun) – Someone who is incapable of being excited about the potential future of a television show because they are way too hung up on how it “used to be”.
If the pastgazer is in their 30’s, I assure you their “back in the day” involves Adam Sandler and Chris Farley. Someone in their 20’s (albeit probably their later 20’s) loves them some Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon. The 40 somethings are still plodding along singing the Chopping Broccoli song and answering everything, even when not at all appropriate, with “well isn’t that special?” You don’t even want to be in the room when they feel the need to break out their patented “SCHWING!” move. It’s just embarrassing. Then you’ve got the real badasses in their 50’s who scoff at the idea that SNL has been any good since Chevy Chase left… after the first season. They long for the days of random interludes involving bee costumes and Land of Gorch sketches with the Muppets; yes those Muppets, sort of.
I think we can all agree that everyone misses Will Ferrell. Surely missing the Spartan Cheerleaders is universal. I chose to live in a world (even if imaginary) where the vast majority of people grieve daily for the loss of those crazy kids.
Thing is, even with seemingly everyone in the universe screaming about how SNL is not as good as it used to be, it is still on the air. Which is more than can be said for many other shows (let’s have a moment of silence for Kings, a great show cut down in its prime. Damn you NBC.) so obviously they are doing something right and someone is watching. A lot of someones. Someones who still like the show. Someones who in 20 years are going to say, “SNL was way better when Nasim Pedrad and Taran Killam were on.” Trust me, it’s gonna happen. This little bit of casting news is for those someones.
After the departure of Kristin Wiig, Andy Samburg, and Abby Elliott, three new cast members have been added to the lineup. While hailing from various parts of the country, all three recently were active in the Chicago theatre scene.
Aidy Bryant is originally from Phoenix, where she lived before she attending Columbia College, and then went on to make her mark with the Improv Olympic, Annoyance, and most recently, the e.t.c. stage of The Second City theatres. During her time at The Second City, she had the chance to team up with the Lyric Opera. Who would have ever thought that Gretel was so well adjusted?
Tim Robinson is a Detroit native, starting his career with Second City Detroit before moving on to the Second City touring company and then The Second City mainstage in Chicago. He’s been a busy man – he recently put together a pilot for Comedy Central called My Mans that was unfortunately not picked up. However, in addition to joining the SNL cast, he also has been cast in a midseason sitcom on CBS called Friend Me.
Judging by this sketch with The Second City, we might see Tim right at home with SNL’s “commercials”.
The most recently announced addition is Cecily Strong. She is a Chicago native (well Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago) and also a Second City alumni. She was with the Second City touring company and also performed with the Improv Olympic.
Another commercial sketch, this one is right up SNL’s alley, no pun intended.
Lest the actors get all the attention, it was also announced that there have been two new writers hired for the new season. Neil Casey and Josh Patten both come to SNL by way of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in New York City.
That’s the news; now all that’s left is to take bets on how many Family Guy voices Seth MacFarlane uses during the opening monologue. Oh and we should begin the countdown to when Jason Sudeikis takes his final bow. While he’s listed on the cast page, he’s made it no secret that he is perhaps tired with SNL, which is sad. Actually I think SNL will totally suck when Jason Sudeikis leaves and I will never watch again!!!! While it was just announced that Mr. Sudeikis is returning for his 8th season, it is unclear how long he will stay though- at least through the elections which we can all agree is a good thing.
I leave you with this – a man who I think we can all agree, will most certainly feel the absence of Kristin Wiig like no one else.
The 38th season premiere will air on Saturday, September 15th with Seth MacFarlane hosting along with musical guest Frank Ocean, and his guest, John Mayer.
Enter The Campaign: Cam Brady, a strange mixture of both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton is a congressman running for another term, this time completely unopposed. That is until political nobody Marty Huggins enters the race at the behest of his retired, politician father (Brian Cox) and his former campaign contributors. (Both played by a terribly underutilized Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow.) As shown throughout the trailer for this political satire, a vicious match of mud slinging ensues which honestly just gets tired by about the middle of the movie.
The Campaign suffers from two things: Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis exhibiting their same old schtick, and the majority of the laughs being shown in the trailer I mentioned above. I’m not saying that there weren’t funny parts in the movie, but they were so few and far between that I had trouble not checking the time on my cell phone, and that‘s knowing that other moviegoers hate lit cell phone screens in the theater. I almost felt like people in the theater were cautiously laughing at certain scenes just so it wouldn’t make the movie seem so terrible.
A movie with a comedic cast of this caliber should have had me throwing up from laughter. Ferrell and Galifianakis should make that a guarantee, but when their shenanigans aren’t enough shouldn’t Jason Sudekis, Dan Aykroyd and John Lithgow somehow be able to pull us though? Shockingly enough, extra laughs were secured with me by Dylan McDermott who stole the scene every time he appeared on-screen. His dochebaggery as the smooth, relentless campaign manager to Marty Huggins was a welcome addition to the movie from an actor I had no idea could make me laugh the few times I did. Hopefully he’s in a few more roles like this in the coming years. He could be the next Channing Tatum in terms of how I went from absolutely hating C-Tates to actually liking him after 21 Jump Street. But that still doesn’t mean I went and saw Magic Mike.
Overall this movie serves a way to point out how corrupt politics is and how stupid a select two portions of the American population are ideologically. The only thing is, I don’t think that the audience needed a movie to tell us all of these things. And if the studio felt like they needed to then they could have done it in a funnier way. I had a much better time and more laughs watching a walking, talking, pot smoking teddy bear this year for God’s sake! 2 out of 5 Grizzlies is what I say! That dog WON’T hunt Monseigneur!
My buddy Aaron is a bartender for a certain movie theater here in Michigan, and on occasion, the theater will have advanced employee screenings for movies a couple nights prior to the film’s release. These are his thoughts on The Campaign…
Aaron: The campaign is simply Will Ferrell being Will Ferrell. its an act we’ve come to know and love from Talladega Nights, Semi-Pro and Step Brothers. – 1:44 AM
Aaron: If you like Will Ferrell, you’ll like this. If not, you won’t Plain and simple. – 1:48 AM
Aaron: And Zach G did well replacing John C Reilly. Worth the price of admission if you have time on your hands. – 1:49 AM
Aaron: Boob count: nip slips count, so 1. – 1:50 AM
After literally almost 10 years of waiting, and an almost monthly debacle between Ferrell/McKay and studios, Anchorman 2 has released its first teaser trailer. With a simple set-up and hilarious banter between the Channel 4 News Team, Anchorman 2 has already solidified its status as one of the funniest films of 2013. In this teaser, our favorite group of the bumbling idiots that give San Diego its news basically just talk about how awesome it’s going to be once Anchorman 2 comes out.
Brick is just as mentally challenged as ever, Champ looks like he’s been hitting the bottle hard, and it seems like Brian hasn’t been within a 20-yard radius of a razor in months. As for Ron Burgundy, well, a couple extra pounds from years of hard work still can’t contain the fact that he’s kind of a big deal. With an apartment that smells of mahogany, and a shelf littered with leather-bound books, it seems as if our favorite newscaster is going back to the big screen in 2013.
Considering the ending of the first Anchorman, I wonder how they plan on continuing the legacy. Will Veronica Corningstone make a triumphant return, or will this sequel take the route of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and introduce a new Burgundy girl? To be honest, the chemistry between Will Ferrell and Christina Applegate in the first film was so strong that I almost couldn’t imagine this film without her, but if Ferrell and McKay think they can do it even better a second time around, I’m all for it.
Other things I’d like to see in the sequel is more of the rest of the news teams. They were introduced briefly (including the infamous parking lot brawl), but I feel like they were underused in the first film. Same goes for the Channel 4 News Staff. It’s fascinating to me that three of the four members of the Channel 4 News Team became A-List stars after (or maybe due to) the success of this film. As for David Koechner, well, the guy can’t seem to catch a break but whose fault is that? I wonder if Paul Rudd and Steve Carell will be able to maintain that level of subtly hilarious obscurity that made them so funny in the first film. But I guess we’ll just have to wait until we get a full-length trailer to really see what’s going on.
As for the teaser trailer released this week, you can check that out right here:
Some people say that all comedians become irrelevant at one point. It seems like this isn’t true for Will Ferrell, nor will it ever be true. In the trailer for his new film, The Campaign, he plays Cam Brady, an extremely popular Congressman from North Carolina. After making a major goof in public, Brady’s supporters are forced to retract their endorsement and bring in an opponent. His name is Marty Huggins. Played by Zach Galifianakis, Huggins is the director of the local Tourism Center and is also a stark conservative.
The two begin campaigning shamelessly for their valued title. Needless to say, things get out of control. This hilarious preview puts Ferrell and Galifianakis back at doing what they do best; goofy comedy. Co-starring the likes of Jason Sudeikis and John Lithgow, The Campaign looks to be a surefire hit for both of its extremely talented stars.
In other Will Ferrell news, it seems like a teaser trailer for Anchorman 2 will be played before The Dictator which is set to release Wednesday, May 16th. My mind is racing with possibilities for the preview, and I don’t really want to hear any spoilers until I see it for myself. But I think all of us Will Ferrell fans are extremely excited by this double dose of movie news.
Check out the preview for The Campaign right here:
What seemed literally impossible a mere two weeks ago is now a green-lit reality. After making an outlandish appearance on “Conan”, Will Ferrell, in his Ron Burgundy persona, announced the confirmation of Anchorman 2. Personally, I find this announcement a little bit abrupt and unexpected only because just a couple of weeks ago, Will Ferrell was talking about how the project was “pretty much dead”. I’m interested as to whether he intentionally lied about the certainty of the project, or was he as surprised as his fans to be able to negotiate the deal with Paramount.
Honestly, when I actually heard the announcement, a little kid in me started jumping and screaming with joy. Of course, I knew that it was going to happen judging from the title of the video and all the buzz beforehand, but actually hearing it was pretty exciting. With Anchorman being such a crucial component to my childhood, hearing about a sequel really, as Burgundy would put it, just rustled my Jimmies.
And Great Oden’s Raven! You can watch the video of Burgundy making his announcement right here:
Also, if you want to relive some the best moments of the original Anchorman, you can do so right here:
You’re able to click some other great scenes about 30 seconds before each video ends.
Will Ferrell is possibly the most creative man working in comedy today. There you go, I said it. Allow me to convince you further. Will Ferrell has starred in some extremely funny movies about newscasters, race car drivers, step brothers, the NYPD, figure skating, minor league basketball, used car salesmen, male models, human elves, and coaching kids’ soccer. He’s also co-founder of the legendary comedy sketch site, Funny or Die. This year, he’s also starring in The Campaign, a film about two North Carolina senators with presidential aspirations that end up childishly competing for the top spot.
I think it’s pretty safe to say that Will Ferrell is a God in his arena, and has earned his fans through a lot of hard work. But as funny as he is, it was never imagined that he would make a film that could be considered “revolutionary” or “important”. The crazy part, though, is that he did, and it’s called Casa de mi Padre. What makes this film so important isn’t necessarily its screenplay, its cast, its director, or even really the film itself. It’s important because it’s one of the few, if not first, times that an American actor has tackled a completely different language for an entire movie, and spoken the language well.
Following rancher Armando Alvarez (Will Ferrell), Casa de mi Padre follows Armando as he tries to prove to his father, Miguel Ernesto (Pedro Armendariz Jr.) and his drug dealing brother, Raul (Diego Luna), that he is able to take on the rights and responsibilities of a respected man. After a long time away from home, Raul returns with his fiancee, Sonia (Genesis Rodriguez), a beautiful woman who isn’t actually in love with Raul, but with Armando. Raul’s return home is met with some bad news by his father. The Alvarez Ranch is deep in debt, and has no way of coming up with the money. Raul promises he will take care of everything, but Armando soon learns that Raul’s business isn’t exactly legal.
After learning of Sonia’s whereabouts and plans to marry Raul, The Onza (Gael Garcia Bernal), Mexico’s other richest and most ruthless drug dealer, devises a plan to kill Raul and get his woman back into his arms where she belongs. Now, it’s up to Armando save the day and get the respect from his family that he knows he deserves.
Casa de mi Padre is a sporadically hilarious and ultimately brilliant experiment for Will Ferrell, who has really taken a risk with this film. Stating that the film will actually have a bigger release in Mexico than in the United States, after seeing the film, I’ve almost realized why. The film really caters toward the Hispanic community. Many of the jokes will be lost on American audiences, and unless you speak or understand Spanish, much of the banter between best friends and long-time collaborators Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal will really just fly over your head.
As for Will Ferrell, he’s such a dedicated actor that he really does make the Spanish work. It’s evident through his other films that he’s always had an interest in Latin culture, but up until now he’s never been able to flesh out the ideas as much as he’s always wanted. Through Andrew Steele’s script and Matt Piedmont’s hilarious direction, Ferrell and the rest of the cast are able to really create a culturally astute and politically necessary film that suggests a step forward in the bond between the United States and Mexico. With all of the atrocities going on due to the cartel, it’s refreshing to see that two nations with such seemingly opposite ways of life are able to do something so unified.
Granted, not everything in the film works, with its script about half as funny as the ever-present physical comedy that Ferrell’s movies are known for, but the lack of laughs in the film’s first half is not only made up for in its second half, but can be overlooked due to the sheer brilliance of the premise and goal of Casa de mi Padre. At 84 minutes, the whole thing flies by with ease, but when I was walking out, I felt like I had just been a part of a life changing social experiment that would forever change the way I look at movies.
There are critics who are deeming the film racist towards Mexicans, racist towards Americans, and just all around racist. Allow me to retort. As a Mexican-American, I can honestly say, on both accounts, that Casa de mi Padre is not racist. In fact, it’s anything but. By poking fun at both Mexican and American cultures without being mean-spirited and obvious, the film finds a wonderful balance between culture and hilarity, offering a good dose of both that kept me involved and engaged.
The fresh gags and inspired performances from the entire cast puts Casa de mi Padre in the same league as other ingenious spoofs (or homages depending on how you look at it) like Black Dynamite, Machete, and Grindhouse. What really gets me about the accusations of racism is the fact that two years ago, when Machete was released, nobody claimed it was racist because it was made by a Mexican filmmaker, even though the jokes were just as concerned with Hispanic culture as they are in Casa de mi Padre. But now that white filmmakers are doing the joking, it’s considered racism.
It’s unfortunate that a film like this doesn’t get the recognition that it deserves. There really is a lot to love about Casa de mi Padre, but it seems like a lot of American critics just don’t fully understand all of the jokes, or the entire message portrayed in the film. If there was one line to really sum up what Casa de mi Padre is all about, it’d be an exchange between Armando and an FBI agent towards the end of the film. The agent tells Armando, “Not all Americans are bad,” which Armando responds to with, “Not all Mexicans are drug dealers.” Indeed, Will Ferrell. Indeed.
Well, folks, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is, the Anchorman sequel is pretty much a no-go. Will Ferrell claims that there were places for the film to go, but the sequel itself isn’t really holding up. Now for the good news. Back in May, Ferrell said that he, John C. Reilly, and Adam McKay were considering doing a sequel to Step Brothers. That consideration has now become a reality. The trio is now working on a script that they will hopefully begin to film in Fall of 2012.
Another script that Ferrell and McKay have been talking about is the film Three Mississippi. The story would follow an annual game of Thanksgiving tackle football that gets a little bit out of hand. Knowing Ferrell and McKay, they can make literally anything funny, so I’m actually really excited to see that finally come to life. But until then, Step Brothers 2 is something that I’m also quite excited to see come to life. The first one, to me, is a modern comedy classic just based on how raunchy and childish it is. Ferrell, until that point, had found a nice niche in PG-13 comedies, but as soon as the line, “I’ll drop that motherf–ker!” was uttered from his mouth, I knew I was in for a good time.
It’s just that John C. Reilly is such a talented and respected actor, and it was hilarious to see him like a complete man-child. When you’re watching Mr. Cellophane tell somebody, “We’re here to f–k shit up!”, there’s a little bit of shellshock going on.
If you want to relive some of the zaniness that was Step Brothers, check out this video right here:
We seem to spend a lot of time talking about the various new mind-blowing movies that come out bigger and better every year. So we figured it was time to bring out the science again and put together a list of our 25 Most Anticipated Films of 2012.
Now we are only talking about the March-September slate of movies as some haven’t received official release dates yet, so keep that in mind.
Each member of the staff made a list. These lists will be compiled from a point system determined by votes from each member of the staff. It’s very scientific, we used Excel. Our resident cinephile joey123mo will take a look at each movie and outline why it made our list of Most Anticipated Films of 2012!
25. Project X
Why we’re excited to see it: Any party this big caught on camera is a cinematic event worthy of a trip to the theater any day.
24. Casa de Mi Padre
Why we’re excited to see it: Will Ferrell does the entire role in Spanish and Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna play the villains. Need I say more? [Trailer]
23. Cabin in the Woods
Why we’re excited to see it: Joss Whedon co-writes this R-rated horror that promises an equal amount of genuine scares and nauseating gore. [Trailer]
Why we’re excited to see it: In Jason Statham’s rendition of The Professional, anything and everything will go wrong while we, the viewer, sit back and watch with excitement.
Why we’re excited to see it: The other major Guy Pearce vehicle besides this year’s Prometheus boasts first-rate special effects and an interesting plot to keep action fans pleased. [Trailer]
20. Pirates! Band of Misfits
Why we’re excited to see it: Aardman Pictures wow’ed critics and audiences alike with last year’s Arthur Christmas, and with a great track record in animation, they seem to be the only studio capable of releasing animated films that can rival the likes of Pixar.
19. Bullet to the Head
Why we’re excited to see it: The casting of Sylvester Stallone and Christian Slater paired up with a deliciously retro plot make this an action flick straight outta ’93 that we’re ready to watch. [Pics]
18. Men in Black 3
Why we’re excited to see it: After a 10 year break from the series, and a four year break from movies, Will Smith returns to the Men in Black franchise ready to roll with his Agent J persona locked down. Also, Jemaine Clement. [Trailer]
17. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
Why we’re excited to see it: The oddly morose premise makes this an excellent vehicle for Steve Carell who is one of the most well-versed comedians working in Hollywood today.
16. Wettest County
Why we’re excited to see it: With a star-studded cast that includes recent Oscar nominee Gary Oldman and rising star Tom Hardy, as well as a fascinating storyline, Wettest County looks to be a fascinating action flick that has a brain on its head.
15. G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Why we’re excited to see it: Casting The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) and Bruce Willis in this new Hasbro adaptation seemed to be the correct choice for a sequel to the piece of shit surprising hit that was GI Joe. [Trailer]
Why we’re excited to see it: With a script by Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg, and starring Seann William Scott in the title role, Goon has an interesting premise and promises a good dose of bloody laughs to go with its premise. [Trailer]
13. Total Recall
Why we’re excited to see it: This remake starring Colin Farrell and Jessica Biel seems to stray from the original movie and relate more to Philip K. Dick’s We Can Remember It for You Wholesale while still breathing new life into the story.
12. 21 Jump Street
Why we’re excited to see it: Advance screenings of this remake of the popular 1987 show have been overwhelmingly positive, with viewers calling it the smartest and funniest teen comedy since Superbad. More importatnly though – Ron Swanson is in it. [Trailer]
11. The Raven
Why we’re excited to see it: John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe hunting a serial killer. That’s enough.
And now for the Top 10:
10. The Hunger Games
Expected to be the next major series after the Harry Potter movies (no pressure), The Hunger Games has a lot of people to please, and a lot to live up to. Starring Oscar-nominee Jennifer Lawrence, and the talented young star known as Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games has a good cast locked down to the project. And with a sequel already in the works, as well as running the risk of releasing the film in IMAX, the distributors seems to have no problem putting their faith and their money in this project.
My only worry is the preview. Because frankly, it’s not bad. It’s really bad. It’s really, really bad. I’m talking City of Ember, Journey To the Center of the Earth bad. I’ll take that a step further and say Arthur and the Invisibles bad. Still, with so much faith invested in the project, the studio “knows best”, so I guess we’ll have to wait until the film’s quickly approaching opening night.
Release Date: March 23rd
9. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
This has to be the most ridiculous entry on the list, beating out Expendables 2 at the “Most Likely to Suck” award. An adaptation from the popular genre-bending novel, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is exactly that; Abraham Lincoln hunting vampires. Produced by Tim Burton, who I’m totally over as a filmmaker, and starring relative unknown Benjamin Walker, AL:VH has to pull off quite a miracle to impress audiences.
With a script co-written by the author of the actual novel, there’s still some doubt that the film will follow the book (see: I Love You, Beth Cooper), but in the right hands, AL:VH will have the ability to cross genres, and cross them well.
Release Date: June 22nd
8. John Carter
Anyone who’s seen the previews for John Carter have noticed the signature Disney stamp. For those of you who judge books by their covers, you probably let out a slight groan of disapproval. I’m here to tell you to shut up. One of the best action movies of the last few years was TRON: Legacy. Guess who produced that? Disney. Guess who also produced the best animation movies of the last 15 years? Disney. As for Disney Channel, despite a sudden and disappointing turn in subject matter, stars, and shows, they still have hits like “Wizards of Waverly Place” and “Phineas & Ferb” to keep things afloat.
The surprising PG-13 rating for the film is also a plus. Add that to the equation, which already includes positive reviews from advance screenings and audiences, and you’ve got a surefire hit on your hands. The film also stars up and coming star Taylor Kitsch, whose acclaimed performance as Tim Riggins on “Friday Night Lights” garnered him quite the following. John Carter seems to have hit all the right notes, and may be the year’s first major blockbuster.
Release Date: March 9th
While we all have a bad taste left over from 1995’s Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone, Dredd promises something different. It will hopefully be based more off of the original source material and less from the aforementioned movie. Dredd’s original adventures in 2000 A.D. and his subsequent series produced a faithful fan following that will definitely be in theaters for this one.
Starring Karl Urban as the title character, Dredd follows Judge Dredd, a futuristic super-cop who works with the local police force to take down a drug kingpin who is distributing the reality-altering substance known as SLO-MO. A trailer hasn’t been released yet, but the film co-stars Olivia Thirlby. And I mean, let’s be honest, have you ever seen a bad movie that stars or even features Olivia Thirlby? No. You haven’t.
Release Date: September 21st
6. The Expendables 2
Anyone who’s taken the time to read some of my other Expendables 2 related material knows that I have problems with the sequel to the 2010 cult hit. The biggest problem that comes to mind is the fact that the film will be rated PG-13. Now, call me old fashioned, but when I go see an action movie, I like to see people getting killed the right way; with lots and lots of blood.
Now, I have no problem with the restraint of cursing in a movie. Honestly, it makes no difference either way, but when you take away my blood and guts, Baby gets angry. And you don’t want to push Baby into a corner. Nobody puts Baby in a corner. Still, I’ll give the film a shot, only because I enjoyed the first one so much.
Release Date: August 17th
5. The Bourne Legacy
You’d think that Hollywood would learn at this point that taking an idea and beating it into the ground just doesn’t work. But no, instead of abandoning the billions of dollars they make from the shit they release, they’ve decided to do us all one better and improve the reboots from being shit to being, well, kind of cool.
That’s exactly what The Bourne Legacy is going to be. Cool. Casting Jeremy Renner in the not-so-title role (the tagline is: There was never just one) as Aaron Cross. The film brings back almost the entire supporting cast as well as original trilogy writer Tony Gilroy who also penned the Oscar-nominated script for Michael Clayton. There’s pretty much no way in hell The Bourne Legacy isn’t going to be badassery at its finest. Especially after an action-packed and stylish teaser trailer that had me literally begging for more.
Release Date: August 3rd
Ridley Scott? Michael Fassbender? Noomi Rapace? Charlize Theron? An amazing teaser? An Alien prequel, you say?! Count me in! The newest film from visionary genius Ridley Scott has fans of Alien jumping for joy. In this prequel, Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron star as explorers who are looking to discover the origins of man, but end up finding what may be the beginning of the end.
The breathtaking teaser trailer as well as the full-length trailer promise some of Ridley Scott’s best work, and it seems like there was a lot of work that went into this project to ensure its success. With all the mystery surrounding the movie and Scott’s own confidence in his film, its no surprise that we are all waiting for this one.
Release Date: June 8th
3. The Amazing Spider-Man
Too early for a reboot, remake, re-imagining, or re-anything, you say? No, no, no. It’s nothing but the perfect time for a new Spider-Man to hit the theaters. Allow me to further my explanation. While the original Spider-Man trilogy will stand the test of time for generations to come, the fact of the matter is, Sam Raimi and Co. kind of just gave the middle finger to the comics and incorporated characters and plot lines rather than following the story that the original comic books laid out for them.
In this reboot, (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb seems to follow the books more closely than the original trilogy ever dared to, adding in the subplot of Peter Parker’s CIA parents, his inability to create a web on his own without advanced technology, as well as the deletion of Mary-Jane Watson/Harry Osborn from the equation; because frankly, Parker met neither of those people until college. With Andrew Garfield in the lead instead of Tobey MacCryer, and Emma Stone instead of Kirsten Dunce, it looks like The Amazing Spider-Man might just play by the rules that were meant to be followed back in 2002 when Peter Parker first put on those red and blue tights.
ReleaseDate: July 3rd
2. The Avengers
One of the many anticipated superhero movies of the year, The Avengers takes all of the characters from all the Marvel Comic flicks you’ve been watching since Iron Man, puts them all in one movie, hires the God that is Joss Whedon to write and direct, and hopes for the best. What looks to be one of the most heart-pounding action films of the year stars the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johannson, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jeremy Renner as The Avengers, the most kick-ass group of superheroes to hit comic stands.
The Avengers has the benefit of a fantastic cast and director, but may suffer from an overstuffed plot featuring too many characters. Whedon himself has confirmed that the film will be told from the perspective of Steve Rogers, AKA, Captain America. It’s a decision that makes sense considering how the Marvel movie plot line seems to end with Captain America being thrust into the modern world. Here’s to hoping that everything works out like it should for this band of “Real World” rejects turned crime-fighting super-group.
Release Date: May 4th
1. The Dark Knight Rises
The conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s truly epic trilogy promises to be nothing but both an epic finish and a bittersweet goodbye to the best interpretation of Batman to hit the screen in…ever. With another star-studded cast, an impeccably genius plot, and possibly the most vulnerable Bruce Wayne the world has ever seen, writer and director Christopher Nolan seems to have yet again hit the mark.
Much of the plot is still under wraps, as it should, but from what we know now, it seems like Bruce Wayne took a break from his double life, but must return to conquer Bane, the biggest and baddest supervillain to hit Gotham since the Joker had his way. The trailer is just enough of a tease to get the asses in the seats in time for a July 21st release. Also, am I really the only one who’s hoping for a little Robin tease at the end like they did during the last scene of Batman Begins with the Joker’s card? I mean, come on.
Release Date: July 20th
That wraps up this edition of our Most Anticipated Films of 2012 (March-Sept)! What a year of movies we have to look forward to.
What movie are you most looking forward to? Sound off in the comments section below!