Friday, February 25, 2011

What to look forward to in 2011: films, pt 2

May 6
Kenneth Branagh is probably the only person that could make this work, since Thor's language is highly Shakespearean. Branagh is an expert at such. He'll be able to help actors with their lines and how the emotion and message conveyed through the dialogue. From what we've seen the sets look fantastic and over-the-top, as should a place where gods reside. The acting looks superb as well. Chris Hemsworth as Thor, the ever-adorable and increasingly-talented Natalie Portman as love interest Jane Foster, Kat Dennings as Darcy, Anthony Hopkins as Thor's despotic dad Odin, Idris Elba as Heimdall, Rene Russo as Frigga, and Jaimie Alexander as Sif.

X-Men: First Class
June 3
I never thought this would look as good as it does. Leaked screenshots were questionable, but the trailer soon followed, as it really had to. Rose Byrne as Moira McTaggert will be incredibly sexy. Byrne with a Scottish accent will get me all hot and bothered. James McAvoy as Professor X back when Xavier sounded Scottish, a perfect Magneto in Michael Fassbender, the diverse Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, January Jones as Emma Frost (perfectly cast), among others.

Captain America: The First Avenger
July 22
I was also worried about this upon seeing production shots. The costume looked goofy, but when I see it in action and on magazine covers, it looks cool as hell. I'm disappointed in the casting. I think of Evans as Human Torch, but I can deal. He looks completely different as Cap. I also thought that someone more classically perfect looking should play Cap, like Ryan McPartlin (Captain Awesome on Chuck) or Jensen Ackles (Dean on Supernatural). Again, it looks completely badass.

The Help
Aug. 12
Based on Kathryn Stockett's novel of the same name, revolving around a book being written by one of the three main characters Skeeter, played by Emma Stone! The book is about the power of words, feminism, and racial equality. It analyzes the relationships between a black maid and her rich white employers in Jackson. With Emma Stone at the helm, it should be a good adaptation, especially since Stockett was on set; she even appears in the film.

The Best and the Brightest
August limited theater releases and screenings/Late August or September DVD release
Unfortunately this cult hit will not have a wide release, as I'm sure it will be great, but it hasn't been advertised and backed by its production company. Somehow, even word of mouth and social media sites didn't raise awareness, which is why I am. Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Bonnie Somerville, Amy Sedaris, Kate Mulgrew, and Bridget Regan, we follow two parents and their struggles to get their child into top-notch schools in New York.

What's Your Number?
Sept. 30
Anna Faris plays Ally Darling, a woman looking back on her past 20 boyfriends to see which is her true love. Unoriginal storyline but a great cast. Chris Evans, Chris Pratt (of Parks and Rec), Zachary Quinto, Andy Samberg, Joel McHale, Dave Annable, Thomas Lennon, and Ed Begley Jr. also star. Funny, funny cast!

Margin Call
A thriller that revolves around a bank's employees, and the bank is in financial crisis. Sounds very un-thriller-like, but dammit, it's got Mary McDonnell (the love of my life), Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Demi Moore, and Stanley Tucci (an underrated versatile part of Easy A...and the unfortunate Burlesque).

Nov. 11
Tarsem Singh returns after his visual and symbolic masterpiece The Fall to tell the tale of Theseus. Guaranteed much better than the ridiculously stupid Clash of the Titans, which I ever regret promoting on here, Immortals will have a solid cast, starring Henry Cavill as Theseus, Mickey Rourke as King Hyperion, Isabel Lucas as Athena, John Hurt and Luke Evans as Zeus, Kellan Lutz as Poseidon, Stephen Dorff as Stavros, Freida Pinto as Phaedra, Cory Sevier as Apollo, and Steve Byers as Heracles. Even though the cast may seem pretty, they just may be talented. Cavill has definitely proven that, among half the other actors. Even if some of the acting lacks slightly, Singh's direction will still make it look perfection. This may be his most general-appeal film yet.

My Idiot Brother
Nov. 25
Zooey Deschanel!!!! I cannot express my love for her enough. She's a goddess. It also stars Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Steve Coogan, Hugh Dancy, Adam Scott, Emily Mortimer, and Rashida Jones. You have to love this cast. There's no way this can be bad, only hilarious. It doesn't matter what it's about (it's about the relationship between a brother and his sisters, whose lives he barges in on), but it will be funny. Guaranteed.

Jimmy Nolan
Dec. 15
Mary McDonnell stars as a mother with an Autistic son in movie about the struggles of raising someone with Autism. Mary McDonnell is all you need for something to be watchable.

Ten Year
Dec. 30
Just what you would think from the titles, a group of friends reunite after ten years of graduating from high school. It stars Channing Tatum, rising star Kate Mara, Justin Long, Rosario Dawson, Chris Pratt, Ron Livingston, Lynn Collins, Scott Porter, and Nick Zano. Solid cast, but weirdly it's listed as a drama. What? With this cast, it should be a comedy. Perhaps this won't be good after all, but worth a listen for some buzz. Definite rental.

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