Not sure what will or won’t become of this yet, but for now let it just be for fun. Enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend everyone!
“Why do we go to the movies?” is the film industry equivalent of “What is the meaning of life?” It’s a question that everyone with varying degrees of passion for the subject has a different answer to.
Often, the meaning of the movies reflect the season they are released in, because people have different desires at the theater. The summer is often associated with the kind of movie that gets people out of the heat and makes them relax. Something for the kids to go to while the parents are at work, or the whole family to enjoy when everyone is home.
Sure, there will be plenty of crap released this year just like any other. We all have another delightful Transformers installment to look forward to in the summer, and the coming winter months are when Hollywood dumps its crap that wouldn’t make money during prime Christmas season. So, while the award contenders from last year and the buzz-kills duke it out in January and February, here are our picks for what to watch for the rest of the year.
The Tree of Life (May 27)– Terrence Malick has made some of the most visually stunning movies ever to grace the screen. Film-wise, he hasn’t made as many as other auteurs his age, but his mark is no less indelible. With The Tree of Life, he will most likely twist audience expectation for what a “summer blockbuster” with A-list stars is. Brad Pitt and Sean Penn are headlining in this tale about a young boy in the 50s who “witnesses the loss of innocence.” The hypnotic trailer is almost as vague as that description, but infinitely more beautiful. It draws you in without ruining it.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (December 21)- Fresh off his hot streak with The Social Network, David Fincher attempts to Americanize the already explosively popular book series and its Swedish film adaptations. It will be hard for him to do worse than the original Dragon Tattoo movie, which captured the atmosphere but gutted the story of Stieg Larssonn’s original. The story, about a hacker and a disgraced journalist teaming up to hunt down a serial killer, is the perfect fit for Fincher. Here’s hoping Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara are also up for the dark twists and brooding revelations.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Directed by: Rob Marshall
Written by: Ted Elliot and Terry Rossio
Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, Geoffrey Rush
The third film never exactly left the franchise concluded and satisfied. With a small cliffhanger, another billion in the bank and a chance to make swords swing out at audiences in 3D, Disney brings back the beloved peculiar swashbuckling pirate saga with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Whether there is an audience demand or a creative reason to refuel the franchise or not is not a concern to the studio that is likely to pocket another billion for the fourth installment after worldwide box office gets boosted by 3D. Taking the title from a the 1988 Tim Powers’ novel which shares plot elements with the film, Disney plucks Rob Marshall to take over the Gore Verbinski directed franchise. After coming off of last year’s overhyped flop Nine, Marshall uses his expertise in stylization and glamour seen in Chicagoand Memoirs of Geisha to add a splash to the series. Continue reading
Renowned mostly for his mainstream work in Pirates of the Caribbean and by fans of Tim Burton movies, Johnny Depp can be categorized almost unfairly. I say almost because he does great work in both of those categories, and I say unfairly because there is quite a bit more to this actor’s career. Whether he be a playwright fighting to get back to his childhood (Finding Neverland) or a sly gangster evading the authorities (Public Enemies), Depp proves time and again to be one of the most diverse, high-quality performers working in film today. He takes on projects of passion, and they just happen to make a lot of money. This could be because he works with talented filmmakers with a built-in audience, but it’s not. It’s because he carries a built-in audience to terrific filmmakers, and then everyone wins.