January and February are behind us now… this weekend marks the start of the 2012 Spring Movie Season!
While it doesn’t quite have the huge blockbusters of the Summer or Holiday seasons, March has turned into quite a nice month on the Hollywood release calendar. There’s plenty of big budget flicks and star vehicles to look forward to, and it all kicks off this weekend with “The Lorax”!
Click through and see what’s in store between now and the 2012 Summer Movie Season!
Directed by Chris Renaud and Kyle Balda
Starring the voices of Danny DeVito, Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, Betty White
Anticipation is off of the charts for me on this one. The visual design work looks incredible, and totally gets across the feel of a Dr. Suess book. Danny Devito is the perfect choice to voice the Lorax, he slays me in the trailers. I can’t wait for this weekend to see it, it’s the perfect kick off to the big blockbusters of 2012!
Directed by Nima Nourizadeh
Starring Miles Teller, Oliver Cooper, Jonathan Daniel Brown, Kirby Bliss Blanton, Thomas Mann, Alexis Knapp
The tagline to this poster reads “The Party You’ve Only Dreamed About”, to which I reply: “%#&$ you, you snot ass little punks! You dont know me.” Regardless of this current generation’s lack of respect for their elders (little bitches), I’m fine with watching a movie that is nothing but a couple of hours of wanton decadence and destruction. It’ll bring back fond memories for me.
Directed by Andrew Stanton
Starring Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton, Mark Strong, Willem Dafoe, Ciarán Hinds, Thomas Haden Church, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Daryl Sabara, Polly Walker, Bryan Cranston
Well… I dont know. LOL. This is one of those cases where… the trailers havent looked that great. I’ll just be honest, if this film isn’t actively bad, then I think the marketing for it has been terrible, because it’s not looking good right now. The CGI creatures look cheesy (and kind of poorly designed), and the dialogue sounds like ham city. We’ll see, but Cap ran a great piece over at AM the other day about how Disney might have a massive bust on their hands.
A Thousand Words
Directed by Brian Robbins
Starring Eddie Murphy, Clark Duke, Kerry Washington, Justina Machado
Speaking of massive busts, “A Thousand Words” has actually been “in the can” since 2008. Legal difficulties at the studio level kept it from being released until this year, when it was originally scheduled to be relased in late January to piggyback on the anticipation for Murphy’s then scheduled gig as Oscar host. That didnt work out, so it got shifted to March, then April, then back to March.
I just can’t shake the image of someone who cant kick a piece of stuck toilet paper off of the bottom of their shoe.
21 Jump Street
Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller
Starring Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Ice Cube, Brie Larson, Rob Riggle, DeRay Davis, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Johnny Simmons, Johnny Pemberton, Dakota Johnson, Ellie Kemper, Johnny Depp
Not so slim Shady?
Name recognition brings us this reboot of a long dormant franchise from the 1980s. Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star as a couple of cops who go undercover in high school to bust up a drug ring. Looking at the cast listing, it doesnt look like they’re giving Richard Grieco a cameo.
Casa de mi Padre
Directed by Matt Piedmont
Starring Will Ferrell, Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, Nick Offerman, Génesis Rodríguez, Efren Ramirez, Adrian Martinez, Pedro Armendáriz Jr.
The biggest international motion picture of all time…
Do you need to know more than that?
Will Ferrell speaks Spanish (Doesnt look that fluent, can any spanish speakers confirm? LOL). After Ricky Bobby and Ron Burgundy, I’m totally hoping Will Ferrell has another legendary character for us in the form of Armando Alvarez.
The Hunger Games
Directed by Gary Ross
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Wes Bentley, Elizabeth Banks, Amandla Stenberg, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones, Donald Sutherland, Alexander Ludwig, Isabelle Fuhrman
A, the dystopian future where we sentence kids to fight to the death. Why does that happen so often? Whatever, I’d probably be a season ticket holder. Let’s do this thing! Jennifer Lawrence stars as the older teen who sacrifices herself in order to save her younger sister from having to go. Let the games begin!
Directed by Tarsem Singh
Starring Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, Robert Emms, Mare Winningham, Michael Lerner, Mark Povinelli, Jordan Prentice, Danny Woodburn, Sebastian Saraceno, Ronald Lee Clark, Martin Klebba, Joey Gnoffo, Sean Bean
From Tarsem Singh, director of “Immortals”, comes this retelling of the Snow White story as a dark comedy. Julia Roberts stars as the wicked Queen, and Lilly Collins is Snow White. What? You’re not excited for this?
Wrath of the Titans
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman
Starring Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Edgar Ramirez, Rosamund Pike, Danny Huston, Bill Nighy, Toby Kebbell
I have to say, the marketing for this has done its job, for me. I am not a fan of the first remake in any regard, so by all rights, a sequel should leave me completely flat. But there looks to be some incredible visual effects work going on here, if nothing else. Lots of crazy mythical creatures involved…
Directed by Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg
Starring Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Tara Reid, Jason Biggs, Eugene Levy, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Chris Klein, Mena Suvari, Jennifer Coolidge, Natasha Lyonne, Eddie Kaye Thomas
Hail hail, the gang’s all here. A little over ten years after the original, the cast of the film is getting together to do another movie, based around the premise of a 10 year reunion. Makes sense to me, and has potential to be funny if done properly. We’ll see. The cast didn’t exactly all go on to fame and glory after the series wound down. Certain exceptions, I suppose.
The Three Stooges
Directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly
Starring Chris Diamantopoulos, Will Sasso, Sean Hayes, Jane Lynch, Larry David, Stephen Collins, Sofía Vergara, Jennifer Hudson
It’s still an anathema to me that this film is being made in the first place. Putting together a team of impersonators to capitalize on the legendary work of Moe Howard, Curly Howard and Larry Fine… shameful. The Stooges were an American treasure and should be revered and respected. When the trailer first hit, I was surprised at the backlash.
Did people not know it was going to be bad?
The Cabin in the Woods
Directed by Drew Goddard (Joss Whedon screenplay)
Starring Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Jesse Williams, Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz
How cool is that poster?
Apparently a group of vacationers stumble upon a sci-fi horror mystery kind of deal here. Written by Joss Whedon of Firefly / Buffy / Avengers fame, I’m intrigued on that basis more than anything else.
The Lucky One
Directed by Scott Hicks
Starring Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner
I’ll be excited when this movie finally comes out.
Because that will mean the trailers will stop and I can stop being force fed The Fray.
Directed by James Mather and Stephen St.Leger
Starring Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare, Lennie James, Vincent Regan, Tim Plester, Anne-Solenne Hatte, Yan Dron, Patrick Cauderlier, Milorad Kapor, Bojan Peric, Mark Tankersley
Ok, not that this trailer looks good otherwise or anything, but the producers were actually advertising this film via pre-preview movie commercials in my area. And when you see tv level spots prior to the actual trailers, the thought that lodges with you is “cheap”.
Seems low rent to me on many levels.
The Five-Year Engagement
Directed by Nicholas Stoller
Starring Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Chris Pratt, Alison Brie, Rhys Ifans
Jason Segel and Emily Blunt star in this comedy about a couple who are forced to stretch the timeframe of their engagement out five years. Hope this movie doesnt last that long.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Directed by Peter Lord
Starring the voices of Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Jeremy Piven
Yeah! Claymation Pirates! From the studios which brought you Wallace and Gromit and “Chicken Run” comes an animated tale of high adventure, Pirates style! I’m all aboard, it looks funny, it has a great voice cast, and this studio has an excellent pedigree. Can’t wait for April 27th!
Directed by James McTeigue
Starring John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans, Brendan Gleeson, Oliver Jackson-Cohen
As contractually obligated by my attendence, I must mention that I saw this panel at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Cusack was eager to show off how much he had studied Edgar Allen Poe, and came across as quite a Poe expert. I think the high concept sounds great… serial killer contemporary of Egar Allen Poe acts out the murders in Poe’s stories, and Poe is called in to assist the investigation. As a high concept you dont get much cooler than that, hopefully they can execute!
Directed by Boaz Yakin
Starring Jason Statham, Catherine Chan, Chris Sarandon, Anson Mount, Robert John Burke
Statham’s latest excuse for kicking a bunch of ass and killing lots of dudes is to protect a young girl with a photographic memory who has been shown a secret code. The bad guys didnt count on Jason Statham getting in the way though!
Well, there you have it folks. All the big movies on the docket between now and the summer. If I had continued this post out one more week, the next movie up would have been “The Avengers”!
So which ones capture your interest? Any of them you’re really looking forward to seeing? Psyched to see “The Lorax”? Or is “Mirror, Mirror” more your thing? Did that “Wrath of the Titans” trailer make you forget all about “Clash of the Titans” like it did for me?
Let me hear it, what movies are YOU excited for this spring?