As many of my esteemed colleagues and film fanatic friends have noted, Oscar season, and award season in general, can be detrimental to film discussion as a whole. We get so worked up in what “wins” these prestigious awards that we often forget the positives of interacting with other movie lovers. Things get harsh, words are said, and movie lovers are divided by a stark contrast of what is deemed “worthy.” Feelings can get hurt (Jason, if you’re reading this, I’m sorry). But enough about that. Whether or not we agree with them, the winners were chosen. We can now look towards the future season of film before the blockbuster season pours over us with glorious explosions and cars jumping through buildings.
The Lazarus Effect
I know diddly squat about this movie, but I’ve heard it’s terrifying in a very permeable manner. People have told me I will literally poop my pants. I hope that’s not the case, as I quite like the pants I own. I’ll take my faded jeans with me to the theater when I catch this one. I’m harsh on the horror genre, but after The Babadook, I find myself singing hopes for it to continue on the path laid before it.
Salma Hayek stars as a prostitute who takes on the seemingly endless waves of henchman sent from a crime boss. Beth reviewed it before it hits theaters and we could say she’s a fan, though she admits it’s not for everyone. Make no mistake, it’s a bloody affair with a level of absurdity unseen in most action films. I’ll be checking it out as soon as possible.
I remember Will Smith as a guaranteed box-office draw. Hell, I even loved him in I Am Legend, a movie which got everything wrong about the source material and turned my favorite story into a generic mess. Focus looks generic too but it’s got the added benefit of having his future Suicide Squad co-star, Margot Robbie, as co-lead on this caper. At least I think it’s a caper? The synopsis says Smith is a veteran con artist who decides to take Robbie under his wing. They start doing it (sex, cons) and some stuff goes wrong. It can’t be as bad as After Earth, right? (Although the last time I said that, I got Transformers: Age of Extinction.)
Neill Blomkamp gave me District 9, so I’ll always see everything he will do in the future. Elysium wasn’t my cup of tea, but it did some things undeniably well. He’s got a good eye for filmmaking and knows how to keep movies feeling like movies. He doesn’t cut any corners in that department. It’s his overt messages that really dragged Elysium down. Those same messages worked well in District 9, with the added benefit of having it framed as a docu-drama. After CHAPPiE, Blomkamp will venture in to the world of Xenomorphs. Will the confines of a franchise box help tighten his directorial style? Time will tell and CHAPPiE is the doorway. Bonus points to look forward to: Hugh Jackman fights a robot with a mullet!
Robb Stark lives! That’s the big selling point for me about this movie. Richard Madden basically played a prince from classic Disney lore in Game of Thrones before… you know, the whole “shot with several arrows and stabbed in the heart” thing so many people get up in arms about. I’m not big on the recent trend of fairytales being turned into live-action movies (I think Maleficent was pretty terrible). I’m basically here to support the King in the North. The trailer looks fine and I’m hoping the film isn’t afraid to incorporate the more fantasy-based elements, like a pumpkin carriage. We just don’t see that sort of imagination anymore. Let’s bring it back here!
Run All Night
Taken 3 left a bad taste in my mouth. Not just once it was over, I mean for Liam Neeson action movies in general. Most of them are just Taken rip-offs in the first place. If you’re going to rip-off Taken, at least be as fun as Non-Stop or as emotionally cathartic as The Grey. I doubt Run All Night will be as good as either, so I’ll just hope it gets to the point where Liam Neeson fist-fights wolves on an airplane. Go big or go home!
Featured Image: Chappie, Columbia Pictures