Monday, May 20, 2013

What I'm Looking Forward To...

I didn't want to leave you completely hanging on this topic, Ben.  There are a few films I'm really looking forward to in the coming months, as well.  Here are my most anticipated for the summer:

BEFORE MIDNIGHT - As it stands now, easily my most anticipated film of the year.  I even recently bought the first two films just so I could bask in them again as I wait for this to (hopefully) come to Ithaca in the next month or so.  I've still yet to see the trailer (thank you very much for almost spoiling that, Cinemapolis), which may be the first time in my life that I've intentionally avoided images from a film that I'm genuinely thrilled to see.  But, without actually reading any reviews, the brief comments I've read here and there on it seem to suggest that it is as miraculous as the first two.  Can't wait.  Definitely an opening weekend film for me, as well.

MAN OF STEEL - My comic book and superhero love is exclusively divided between Batman and Superman.  They're the only characters I give a damn about, to be honest.  New films centered on them are probably the only childlike excitement I experience over Hollywood blockbusters nowadays.  I remain cautiously optimistic about this one.  There are many things to feel positive about from Nolan's involvement to Michael Shannon as General Zod.  The one major concern, of course, is that Zach Synder is at the helm (sigh).  If a better, more trustworthy director were in charge of this, my excitement would be overflowing.  For now, it's guarded, but I'll still be seeing this opening weekend regardless.

ONLY GOD FORGIVES - if it comes to theaters anywhere near here, I will definitely be seeing it.  As Brandon said, I do love Gosling as much as the next hipster dude and every girl on the planet.

BLUE JASMINE - Woody's latest.  I want to see a trailer and hear the word on it first before deciding whether it's worth seeing in theaters or not (if it even comes near here).  It's got the insanely talented and still completely beautiful to these eyes Cate Blanchett in it, so I'm hoping it's decent.

THE CONJURING - I still haven't seen INSIDIOUS and don't know how to feel about James Wan, but I'm completely drawn to this one due to the stellar teaser they released featuring a pretty wicked game of hide-and-go-seek.  I'm an unabashed haunted house movie lover, so I'll probably see this in theaters barring some extremely negative reviews.

AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS - Apparently this one's getting a limited release in August.  If and when that means it will ever play near here is still up for question.  If it does, I'd definitely see it considering the positive vintage Malick-esque buzz I've been hearing on it.

Also interested in:

STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS - I liked the first one.  I'll probably see this with my dad since he'll buy my ticket for me.  Not overly excited for it, but interested enough to sit through it at least.  It's got Benedict Cumberbatch in it though, which is a serious plus.

UPSTREAM COLOR - If I don't ever see it, I won't be too disappointed.  I'm not that big a fan of PRIMER or the trailer to this one, so I don't know what to expect or how to feel about seeing it.  Word's been pretty positive on it though (and Ben seemed to love it while Brandon liked it too), so maybe it'll be worth seeing.

THIS IS THE END/THE WORLD'S END - two likely stupid apocalyptic comedies that I'm fairly interested in seeing and hope are funny.

FRANCES HA - The major word floating around is that this is easily Baumbach's best film.  It's in black-and-white so I'll be curious to see it when it comes to streaming or DVD.

I may be missing others I'm excited for?  This is all that springs to mind at the moment.

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