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  • Justin 4:53 pm on March 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Fast and Furious 6, GI Joe 2, , Oblivion, Pain and Gain, , The Great Gatsby, The Hangover Part III   

    2013's Big Movies: From March to May 

    They always say “this is the year of sequels,” but 2013 may top them all when you look at the number of blockbusters this year that are sequels or spinoffs.

    While the summer months like June or July don’t have your typical big blockblusters, there are plenty of big movies with big stars and big directors: a Roland Emmerich film, a new Superman movie, a new Iron Man movie, and the return (hopefully to form) of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine with op director James Mangold. We even have a movie from Michael Bay that is low budget and has nothing to do with big giant robots, Neil Blomkamp’s first movie since District 9, to JJ Abrams directing what will be one of the biggest movies of the year. Here’s Part 1 of the rundown of big movies in 2013, from March to May:

     

    GI Joe Retaliation (March 29th)

    Director: John Chu

    Cast: Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson, Ray Stevenson, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Jonathan Pryce

    While originally a summer 2012 movie, a set of factors got this movie delayed to what will now be end of March. Not exactly something I’ll see in theatres, but it surely will do well.

     

    Oblivion (April 12th)

    Director: Joseph Kosinski

    Cast: Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenk, Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster Waldau, Melissa Leo, Morgan Freeman

    Director Joseph Kosinki had his directorial debut in 2010 with Tron Legacy and returns this April with Oblivion. While Tron Legacy has its imperfections, I remain a big fan of it, especially of its visual style, which has not been lost based on this preview, which has me excited to see Kosinki’s new movie lead by Tom Cruise this April.

     

    Pain and Gain (April 26th)

    Director: Michael Bay

    Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlber, Tony Shalhoub, Anthony Mackie

    A Michael Bay film that doesn’t at first glance look like a Michael Bay film makes you scratch your head. Bay apparently has been wanting to do this low-brow project for some time. And it looks like he may just pull of alittle successful hit with it. Savor it now before he returns to the world of gigantic robots as he brings and directs Transformers 4 to the screen in 2015.

     

    Iron Man 3 (May 3rd)

    Director: Shane Black

    Cast: Robert Downey Jr, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ashley Hamilton, James Badge Dale, Paul Bettany

    Iron Man 2 in general fell alittle short of expectation after the success of Iron Man. With great support in the interim by 2012’s The Avengers, but most importantly IM3 having a strong cast, a decent director, and more time for the script and production, Iron Man 3 will hopefully what we want it to be and bring back the fun and adventure of the original. The new trailer is pretty sweet.

     

    The Great Gatsby (May 10th)

    Director: Baz Luhrmann

    Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher

    Acclaimed director Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet; Moulin Rouge) has brought F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby to the big screen. While I’m a not a big fan of his work, I certainly appreciate it and the high caliber visuals and cast he has going should make this a good one in May which is filled with some pretty big movies such as Iron Man 3 and Star Trek.

     

    Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17th)

    Director: JJ Abrams

    Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, Simon Pegg, Benedict Cumberbatch, Bruce Greenwood

    JJ Abrams brought new life into one of the most famous media franchises created with a Star Trek reboot that was not only for hardcore fans but the everyday person, making an action adventure that was big on characters and not just ships in space. Star Trek Into Darkness is looking like the “The Dark Knight” or “Wrath of Kahn” for this new Star Trek trilogy. What is expected to be one of the biggest movies of the year is looking pretty good based on the previews.

     

    Fast and Furious 6 (May 24th)

    Director: Justin Lin

    Cast: Vin Diesel,Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Gina Carano, Luke Evans, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson

    I think I’ve only seen the first one. I think it is safe to say no one ever expected a sixth, but the Fast and Furious is very much alive, with the last few movies doing very well financially domestically and abroad. Director Justin Lin, who directed the fifth, this new sixth installment, has already confirmed along with Vin Diesel, that a seventh is already set for 2015.

     

    The Hangover Part III (May 24th)

    Director: Todd Phillips

    Cast: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Mike Tyson, Ken Jeong, Mike Epps, Heather Graham, John Goodman, Jamie Chung

    Yeah, there’s one more. The sequel was terrible, but of course a huge hit at the box office given the first one. This third will undoubtedly turn a very nice profit. Yeah, that means there could even be a fourth. It’s up to you people, it’s up to you.

     
    Come June and July, the summer rolls on with After Earth, Man of Steel, Monster’s University, Kick-Ass 2, White House Down, Despicable Me 2, Pacific Rim, and The Wolverine.

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  • Justin 6:12 pm on December 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Oblivion | First Trailer 

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    The first trailer for director Joseph Kosinski’s (TRON: Legacy) sci-fi film Oblivion has been released.

    Below is the official synopsis:

    Jack Harper (Cruise) is one of the last few drone repairmen stationed on Earth. Part of a massive operation to extract vital resources after decades of war with a terrifying threat known as the Scavs, Jack’s mission is nearly complete.

    Living in and patrolling the breathtaking skies from thousands of feet above, his soaring existence is brought crashing down when he rescues a beautiful stranger from a downed spacecraft. Her arrival triggers a chain of events that forces him to question everything he knows and puts the fate of humanity in his hands.

    I dont think it was what I was expecting, but I think thats a good thing. As much as Tron Legacy had issues, I really enjoyed it. Similarly, this movie feels like it could be a video game (not a bad thing).

    Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) plays some type of love interest and perhaps some type of Cora/Olivia Wyde type character like in Tron Legacy, pretty and holding the key to the future or something…Meanwhile Morgan Freeman seems to be doing his best Morpheus impression. The all-white aesthetic looks sharp and clean against a backdrop of chaos and destruction and the overall design definitely has some nods to TRON. There are also elements of every other sci movie as well, from Aliens to Minority Report to The Matrix presented in this introductory trailer.

    The film also stars Andrea Riseborough, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Melissa Leo.

    Oblivion opens on April 19, 2013.

     
    • paulywalnuts 6:48 pm on December 23, 2012 Permalink

      First time I watched the trailer. Whoa … I mean, WHOA! Excited to see a Tom Cruise movie for the first time in years!

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