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Spring Movie Preview 2010

February 27, 2010

Will Avatar make every successive Hollywood blockbuster look like it’s underachieving? For at least the next few months, the answer’s yes. Studios are responding to James Cameron’s monolith by turning everything into 3D whether it demands it or not. This slash ‘n’ burn blockbuster policy is in keeping with a season filled with retreads, reboots and sequels.

High points? While the prospect of Shrek 4 may no longer seem so appetizing—admit it, you didn’t even know it was being released this year—fanboys are salivating over the already spit-sodden Iron Man 2. The airport paperback set, on the other hand, are looking forward to Bourne Goes to Iraq, aka Green Zone. Carrie and co. will also flounce back onto our screens in a new Sex and the City.

Maybe Squally will stick to the return of Mike Newell and the singular pleasures of Tyler Perry. Regardless of the quality, feel the width. This is a star-laden line-up, with Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway all returning to the screen. While they cash the checks, we’ll continue to tip less mainstream fare in our Must See Movie series. Click on the titles for trailers, etc.

Alice in Wonderland
Release date: March 5
Starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter
After damn near 20 years of hit-making, Tim Burton finally found himself as a director by turning to established properties like Willy Wonka and Sweeney Todd. A marriage with Lewis Carroll should be a nice fit. Alas, this “sequel” to the original cockeyed gospel looks like an unholy mess. Depp channels Peter Lorre as the Mad Hatter.
Fun fact: Critic Gilles Deleuze proclaimed that Carroll’s final work Sylvie and Bruno “is no doubt the first book that tells two stories at the same time, not one inside the other, but two contiguous stories.” Heads up, Disney. Get Todd Solondz on it.

Green Zone
Release date: March 12
Starring Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Brendan Gleeson
Damon mans up as Roy Miller, a Chief Warrant Officer whose job sniffing out WMDs in Baghdad is compromised by the U.S. administration. In the time-honored Hollywood tradition, he goes rogue. Hey, if they didn’t want him to make waves, they shouldn’t have put him in the middle of the desert.
Fun fact: Bourne director Paul Greengrass first approached Tom Stoppard to adopt Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s book Imperial Life in the Emerald City, but was turned down.


Trailerama: Kick-Ass

November 13, 2009

One day, a high school nerd decides to stop talking about superheroes and become one himself. In this adaptation of the Mark Millar/John Romita Jr. comic, he joins the superhero community largely through moxie alone. Trouble is, some of these characters aren’t what you’d call well-balanced. There’s at least one chuckle to be had in this trailer, as well as the thought that most contemporary superhero films are so aware of their absurdity, that any satire might be redundant. Fans, we suspect, will largely be attracted to the generous helpings of mega-violence. Be warned: this is from the same studio who brought us The Spirit. Onetime Guy Ritchie mucker Matthew Vaughn directs a script by his Stardust scribe Jane Goldman.

Trailerama: Nowhere Boy

October 29, 2009

Artist Sam Taylor-Wood makes her feature debut with this rote look at John Lennon’s youth. The voiceover tells you pretty much what you need to know, and yes, you have seen Kristen Scott Thomas do that thing with her fist to her cheek before. Of note: the sexual crackle between Winston O’Boogie and mum.

Nowhere Boy to get no kind of release

March 17, 2009

john-lennon1Nowhere Boy, a biopic about John Lennon’s early years directed by a Turner Prize nominee, has been picked up by The Weinstein Co. Which means the still in-production film will be re-cut, remain under-seen by discriminating audiences, and yet still somehow pick up an Oscar nomination or two. Bob ‘n’ Harv plan on dumping releasing the film at the end of ’09, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Reasons to get mad about the Boy lie both in front of and behind the camera. Playing young master Lennon is Aaron Johnson, who also has a role in the forthcoming Kick-Ass. Kristin Scott-Thomaswill carry on with her new career playing Madeas as Aunt Mimi, the relative who raised him. When his mother Julia (Anne-Marie Duff) re-enters his life, Lennon is doomed to become one of the most famous musicians the world has ever known. Should Bono turn up as a character called “Dr. Robert,” make your way to the nearest exit.

The film is the directorial debut of Sam Taylor-Wood, a YBA who has worked with Elton John, Pet Shop Boys and the Buzzcocks. She may be best known for a “filmed portrait” of David Beckham sleeping. The rumor that she was planning on repeating the trick, on with Harvey Weinstein as the subject, has been wholly invented by this blogger. Matt Greenhalgh, who kept the accents flat in the kitchen sink/dull-as-dishwater Ian Curtis biopic Control, is adapting the memoirs by John’s sister Julia Baird.