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New Years, New Movies

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And so everywhere I look, the general consensus seems to be that the film of 2011 was Drive. Yes, that film with Ryan Gosling where he drives around for criminals on the job and it veers itself between art-house and entertainment. And the film gets lost in the process, a wasted opportunity. Don’t get me wrong, I could watch Christina Hendricks reading the phonebook and Ryan Gosling has that strange appeal that makes you watch him. Both these guys and the rest of the cast are underused. If we’re throwing around “Film of 2011”, I’d put Troll Hunter, Thor, X-Men: First Class and We Need To Talk About Kevin in the mix. Find these films and thank me later, now, onto this year and some recommendations.
Ruben Fleischer, yes he directed that great little film, Zombieland. He is back in November, the 9th to be precise with Gangster Squad. Starring Josh Brolin (nearly as manly as his daddy and just as handsome), and Ryan Gosling. They play cops on the Los Angeles Strike Force. And they are gunning for the mob, which is ruled by Mickey Cohen who is played by Sean Penn. There are four ingredients that could make a great little film, and it’s coming out in November. That should make the winter go quicker.
After the damp squid that was Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, you know the one where Little Petey grows a side fringe and goes all emo? Yes, that monstrosity. Well Spidey has gotten an overhaul and is hitting the screens again on July the 4th in The Amazing Spider-Man. Andrew Caulfield plays Peter Parker, Emma Stone plays his new interest Gwen Stacey (goodbye Mary Jane). And Welsh Wonder Rhys Ifans plays The Lizard. Raimi’s Part Three was terrible, and I am not a big Spider-Man fan but it should be a decent enough origin story, if handled properly.
Speaking of superheroes, The Avengers (a film I have waited for since I was around 12) finally hits the big screens on April the 27th. Almost like a dream team, The Avengers consists of Nick Fury, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow and Hawkeye. The team has been assembled by Fury and there is tension in the camp. Typical of a group of grown men, there is a constant sense of “I’m harder than you”. And I can’t wait to see Hulk duking it out with Thor.
The daddy of all superheroes , Batman returns in the conclusion of the trilogy with Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises on July the 20th. Waiting for this one since the credits rolled on The Dark Knight. With Heath Ledger’s death, the possibility of The Joker returning was buried with him. However, they have more than made up for it with Tom Hardy playing a very impressive looking Bane. The teaser poster has Bane walking away from a broken Batman mask with the tagline, “The Legend Ends.” Not one to speculate so I won’t. Just get your ass to the cinema and enjoy what will no doubt be a great conclusion to an awesome trilogy.
Bond Number 22 hits on October the 26th and is titled Skyfall. Sam Mendes is in the director’s chair and Craig returns as well as Judi Dench as M. Apparently M’s past comes back to haunt her and Bond has to undertake a personal mission. Anything would be better than the limp Quantum Of Solace. Another British icon returns to the big screen in the autumn. Ray Winstone and Ben Drew take up John Thaw and Dennis Waterman’s respective roles in a big screen version of The Sweeney. There better be car chases and boxes. Finally on Feburary the 10th, The Muppets hits European screens. It’s The Muppets. Do I need to say anymore?
Speaking of tele shows what do be on the tele, if you have been watching Mad Men, Season 5 is finally here. About time! Due to the writer’s strike, Season 5 was held back for some months. But it is made and on the way over! It really is a great show,


Written by thepanch

April 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Posted in Film Reviews

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