Five For April
I believe it’s safe to say we’re now officially out of the cinematic garbage dump. March was particularly a solid month for films: Ranging from the independent film from Fox Searchlight, Cedar Rapids, to a big blockbuster picture like The Adjustment Bureau. For those out there who haven’t seen any films this past month I recommend checking out at least a few that are actually worth your time and energy. So for now I can happily say that the month of April looks as promising, if not more so, than the month of March. Here it is, the 5 films you should be looking out for this April.
Notable Films: Water for Elephants, In a Better World, Trust, Fast Five, and Hanna
5.) Your Highness: From the director of Pineapple Express (David Gordon Green) comes a new adventure-comedy, taking a fresh spin on the “prince gets woman, ultimate quest” type genre. Green and company have managed to assemble a comically charged cast: We have James Franco (127 Hours & Pineapple Express), Danny McBride (Hit TV show Eastbound and Down), and newly academy award winner Natalie Portman (Everything in the past 3 months). The advertisements for the picture appear to be funny, particularly the red band trailer (a must see). Here’s hoping to a successful comedy, as hard as they are to make. Date: April 8th, 2011
4.) Incendies: Contrary to popular knowledge, there are more pictures than just the two or three that hit the big multiplexes. Incendies, directed by Denis Villeneuve, was nominated this past Oscar season for Best Foreign Film. So far I’ve heard nothing but good things. Still, I try not to hype a picture up too much, because after all, the more hype you add, the more your opinion gets swayed by prior notions, or initial emotion responses. I should also mention this is the exact reason why picking Best Foreign Film in your Oscar pool correctly, is next to impossible. Most of these nominated pictures don’t even get released to the US till after the awards have been handed out. Lame, right? Date: April 22nd, 2011
3.) Arthur: So apparently I’m out of the loop on this one. Arthur has already been made, in 1981. From what I’ve heard, it stunk: unfunny, dry, and pointless. You may be asking, “Why am I recommending this to people”? Because I have some (possibly incorrect, but not likely) notion that anything Russell Brand is in, is worth the price of admission. I’m not sure what it is about him: possibly the accent, or the sheer bluntness he projects in all of his films. Regardless, I think it’s worth getting excited for. Besides, how many times has Helen Mirren been in a film? A remake worth the watch? We’ll have to wait and see. Date: April 8th, 2011
2.) The Conspirator: I enjoy history a great deal, so perhaps my next selection is a little subjective. But to me, I’m intrigued to learn more about Marry Surratt, the woman who was charged as a co-conspirator for the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Directed by the great Robert Redford, and boasting on a star-studded cast, The Conspirator appears to be a solid, if not brilliant drama. Date: April 15th, 2011
1.) Source Code: Now initially the ecstatic and rather electrifying trailer drew me in. Then, by accident, because quite frankly I try not to read or look at any reviews prior to me seeing the picture, I find out Richard Roper loves the film. He proclaims “It’s the best picture he’s seen in the past three months”. Grant it, that’s not saying much, considering Sucker Punch, Mars Needs Moms, and Just Go With It, and others are in the realm of complete awfulness. In all seriousness, Source Code appears to contain an intriguing premise, and with its all-star cast (Gyllenhall, Monaghan, and Farmiga), I can’t see too much going wrong here.
I believe it’s time for April films to begin, enjoy!