Upcoming Movies -
X-Men - Superman Returns - Pirates of the Caribbean - Fearless -
Pathfinder - Cars - And other Summer Blockbusters
April 24th 2006
The Da Vinci Code - You have Ron Howard and Tom Hanks not to
mention Audrey Tautuo of Amelie fame, but the film is also based on a
best selling book. Will it live up to the hype, or has all of this
publicity been just negative jargon from the Church fueling the fire.
Over The Hedge- The kids movies are coming and we all know what
that means. Packing the kids in the car or truck and shipping them down
to the theater and either being disappointed but getting a good nap in
or laughing our collective butts off. Time will tell. This one looks
funny enough though.
Twelve and Holding- Probably another film that will find itself
in limited release, which is a shame, but with a plot so twisted and
realistic dealing with youthful angst, sexuality, and revenge you can't
go wrong. Then again because big named studio's never really throw into
the kettle the kind of money they do when dealing with PR for more
mainstream films we never know untill were there.
X3: The Last Stand- With original director Bryan Singer off on
his Superman Returns project will we find the X Men franchise in ruins
or will it be better then ever. New director Brett Ratner hasn't had
much success behind camera but stranger things have happened in
Hollywood. Here’s hoping.
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Cars- The new Pixar film worries me. With the success of every
single film Pixar has put out the formula has been worn on sleeve
literally. My biggest concern is that they use NASCAR as a draw (the
film will début here at the NASCAR track in North Carolina) which
commercial endorsement has never been an issue before. Secondly the
previews let on as if there maybe some innuendo's used in the film (Owen
Wilson’s character mentions some pin striping on another cars tail.
Harmless maybe but Pixar has never has to stoop even that close before)
which would be a first. Hopefully the film will stand in the long line
of tradition that has made Pixar loved by all.
Nacho Libre- Jack Black teams up with Napoleon Dynamite director
Jared Hess in this film which is so oddly plotted that you just know its
got to be funny. I have no doubt I'll be rolling in the aisles.
Click- Even though Adam Sandler has made it into my eBay bargain
bin this film looks as if it could be funny. Why they cast Kate
Beckinsale is beyond me, maybe the suits know Sandler has been somewhat
of a pariah the past few years as well. Hopefully it will be good.
Superman Returns- I have my doubts about this film. Not that
Singer can't pull it off but I mean...who cares. We all know the story
of Superman and his fight with Lex Luthor. Why start there? I would have
been happier to see a more current Superman tale that is darker and more
complex then what I would think is going to be bubble gum for the
kiddies who missed out, who in fact probably don't care either.
Hopefully it will be entertaining enough to be worth having it made.
Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest- Yes we all know verey
woman in the world will see this film simply for Bloom and Depp and some
of the lower life forms in the men’s circuit will flock to once again
see the Wynona Ryder clone known as Keira Knightly but in my opinion,
and it is just that, this film looks as if it will suffer the same
plague of CGI that alienated fans from the newest Star Wars Trilogy.
A Scanner Darkly- Damn it if I'm not going to be dishing out my
dollar for another Keanu Reeves film but this one looks oddly drawing.
Darkly is based on Philip K. Dick's novel of the same name and draws in
a slew of big name stars. In every interview I've ever seen or read not
even the stars know what this film is about but who cares, it looks
Pathfinder- Ever since my run in with Nancy Farmers novel The Sea
of Trolls I have been on a Viking high. In this film Vikings come ashore
from Iceland to the America's and wreak havoc on a Native American tribe
but in the process leave one of their young behind. The boy grows up in
the Native American culture and becomes one of them. Eventually the
Vikings return and the boy who has become a man leads the Natives
against the invading Horde. Stars Karl Urban (Eomer of Lord of the Rings
Lady In The Water- M. Night Shyamalan's newest attempt. Who knows
what it is but with Paul Giamatti attached I'm game.
Fearless- Jet Li's final martial arts film (according to Li
himself), hopefully it isn't true, and hopefully he realizes all he
really needs to do is find himself some decent scripts and he'll have
fame faster then Keanu Reeves can learn his lines. This film was halted
when the family of Huo Yuanjia (the man this film is based on) protest
the misinterpretation of his story.
Marie Antoinette- Even with Kursten Dunst at the lead and
Coppola's less then exuberant cousin (Jason Schwartzmen) in the film I
can't help but believe Sofia Coppola can do no wrong. Behind the camera
The Prestige- Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale play magicians in
the turn of the century London whose relationship turns murderous. Also
stars the beautiful Scarlet Johanson and even David Bowie has a part in
Stranger Than Fiction- Even though I truly hate the opportunity
that has been blessed upon Will Ferrel and his complete lack of talent
there of I find myself oddly drawn to this film. Fiction plots Ferrel as
an IRS auditor who suddenly has a voice in his head that tells him of
his imminent death. This is not a comedy and this will truly tell if
Ferrel will be anything other then what the press have begun to title
him as "Manboy". Forgive me if I'd want to run from that title as
quickly as possible Sadly even if he fails we will probably never see
the day when Ferrel does not have a film ready to hit the big screen.
Skinwalkers- Another werewolf war film but the hype is so huge
that publicity has already begun and the film is coming out in October.
Roswell fans might flock to see Jason Behr and they might not.
Eragon- The film will be huge even though the first book in the
series was a snore fest. Here's hoping for some Hollywood stretches.
By Mark Ash
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