Movie Monday Madness!
"Where I get a lady boner for people I will never meet."
For every twenty movies that come out, perhaps one or two of them is worth the wallet-raping at the local theater. Here are my picks for upcoming films to keep an eye out for.
1. Year One, June 19
Starring Jack Black and Michael Cera
Written and directed by Harold Ramis
Oddly enough, before I had seen the trailer I thought to myself, "Man, it'd be hilarious if Jack Black and Michael Cera spoke in present-day vernacular while in the ancient past," and boy howdy, turns out the movie writers are psychic! Now, I know Cera uses the same style of dialogue for every character he plays, but I just watched Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist, and I still find it hilarious and endearing. I'm pretty excited about this movie, hoping it will hail the return of Harold Ramis, comedic genius, replacing Harold Ramis, chubby failure.
2. Where the Wild Things Are, October 16
Starring Max Records, Catherine Keener, Mark Ruffalo
Directed by Spike Jones
WOW. Just....WOW. Spike Jones is back in rare form, bringing to life one of the most beloved childrens' books of all time. This film looks spectacular, and looks to delve deeper into the characters, creating a wonderful companion to the book. I'm not one of those nazis that thinks that books should stay books; if it's done well, the movies compliment the books and you can hold them both in your hands and say, "Hey, these are some awesome things I enjoy." And I think this one's going to be a keeper.
Sidenote: How neat is this kid named Max playing Max?
3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, July 15
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman
Directed by David Yates
Those of you keeping up know that I went on a little hiatus writing this blog because I was sucked into the sixth and seventh Harry Potter books. Honestly, if I start reading, I can't stop. And the reason I started was thanks to one of these trailers.
The film looks amazing, and as the kids get older, their acting gets better and better. I'm really excited to see if Rickman is given a little more screen time to flesh out his character Severus Snape, as well as Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore. In hindsight, I think that Gambon has become a better Dumbledore than Richard Harris could have; Harris was a pitch-perfect Dumbledore when he was the ever-calm, slightly eccentric patriarchal figurehead of the school. However, Dumbledore's life becomes a bit more troubled, especially since Goblet of Fire, so I really think that Gambon's ability to play the stressed out, troubled Dumbledore has come in handy, not to mention his ability to handle the more physical demands of the role. Could you see Harris dueling Voldemort in the Ministry of Magic?
Did I mention how pissed I am that they pushed this movie from Christmas to the MIDDLE OF THE GODDAMNED SUMMER? That I have already been waiting for this film for eight months, and must continue to wait another three? CURSE YOU FILM EXECUTIVES.
4.Inglourious Basterds, August 21
Starring Brad Pitt, Samuel Jackson, Mike Myers, et. al
Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino
I, uh, don't really know what to make of this. Your thoughts?
So, good times, eh? Stay tuned for This 'N That Tuesday!