Forget about that Punxsutawney Phil and his lame groundhog prediction of Spring. Well not the film Groundhog Day, that is awesome and you should watch it. But as a film guy I know the real sign of Spring is when it becomes safe to venture back to the movie theater. Every year it’s the same thing Hollywood dumps a bunch of terrible films into the theaters post-Christmas. We get two or three months of films equivalent to the crowd you see hanging around TGI Fridays when they turn the lights on at closing time. No one needs to see that and I certainly don’t want to pay to see something like that.
Thankfully it looks like cinematic Spring might be just around the corner as several films I actually have an interest in seeing will be release in the next several weeks. Lets see how well I do in convincing my partners in crime Mark and Scott to see these films. Feel free to assist me in convincing them to review these films via use of the comment section.
Oz the Great and Powerful: A Wizard of Oz prequel based on the novel by L. Frank Baum. This film will be bit different than the original film in that they can only use elements contained in the novel and not things that were created for the Wizard of Oz. The reason for this is that Disney is making this film and MGM created the original. Therefore don’t expect to see any ruby slippers as they were silver in the novel. Oz the Great and Powerful flies into theaters on March 8th.
Spring Breakers: Another James Franco film, and damn look at that grill he is sporting. Looks like they saved a ton of cash on wardrobe for this film by having Vanessa Hudgens, Selma Gomez and whoever those other two girls are wear string bikinis the entire film. I am going to make a prediction that this film at the very least wins best original screenplay at next years Academy Awards. Have fun hanging out with a theater full of fourteen year-old kids with acne when you check out this glorious looking film on March 22nd.
The Place Beyond The Pines: This is actually one of the films that I am eagerly awaiting checking out in 2013. We got motorcycles, corrupt cops, knives, bank robbery, pine trees and two of hottest actors in Hollywood in Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper starring in this film. I don’t thin I will have to twist Mark and Scott’s arm too much to get them to head out to the theater to watch this film on March 20th.
Oblivion: Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman star in this dystopian sic-fi thriller. Sure I think Tom Cruise is a crazy couch jumping midget but lets face it he can act. From what I read there is a lot of twists and plot turns that left test audiences confused. That sounds perfect to me as I am a big fan of complex science fiction films that leave you thinking when you walk out of the theater. Oblivion will be crash landing at a theater near you on April 19th.
To the Wonder: Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams star in this soon to be release Terrance Malick film. I guess the plot has something to do with people struggling with relationships and maybe some wheat fields, a priest and lets say he is questioning if god exists. I don’t know for sure cause it’s a Malick film. Let’s be honest a lot of people will love this film and an equal number will find it pretentious and self-indulgent. I am fairly certain I will be in the former camp and hope to find out when this film hits theaters on April 12th.
Mud: The newest film by Director Mike Nicholls (Take Shelter) stars Matthew McConaughey as a fugitive living on an island who is discovered by two boys. The boys decide to help him get back with his lost love and from the look of things all hell breaks loose. I was a huge fan of Take Shelter, whereas Mark and Scott were kind of meh about it. Therefore, I might need some assistance in convincing them to review this film when it released on April 26th.
So that is it for this weeks trailers, which of these five trailers should we insist that Mark and Scott review? Similarly, which of these films will you be watching when they are released?