Thursday, May 31, 2012

At the Movies – June 2012 – Part 3: Most Anticipated Films

Must See of the Month:

Prometheus (Ridley Scott) – Sci-Fi Horror – Jun 8
Summary: Taking place in the same universe as the Alien series, a team of space explores set out to look for the origins of mankind, a journey that takes them to the darkest parts of the universe. Filmmakers: Director Ridley Scott is finally returning to hard sci-fi with Prometheus, much to the delight of fans of his films Alien and Blade Runner. He is working with frequent collaborators composer Marc Streitenfeld and production designer Arthur Max, and new to the team is great cinematographer Dariusz Wolski (Pirates of the Caribbean series). Cast: The cast is also fantastic with Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-Green, Sean Harris, Rafe Spall, Emun Elliot, Benedict Wong, Kate Dickie, and Patrick Wilson. Expectations: For sci-fi fans, Prometheus is the most anticipated release of 2012 – based on a combination of nostalgia for Scott’s brilliant past work in the genre and the wonderful viral clips and trailers released. Everything I have seen suggests that this is going to be one of the best films of the year. The cast and crew are top-notch as well. For non or intermediate sci-fi fans, this is still worth your time as it will be a great action horror film and a visual treat. Without question, this is the must-see of the month (and is probably the second best film left this summer after The Dark Knight Rises). Trailer: Here. Review.

Worth Checking Out:

Brave (Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman & Steve Purcell) – Adventure Fantasy – Jun 22
Summary: Merida is not your typical princess, prissy and refined. She is not content to merely be married off. Rather, she wishes to seek out her own destiny. However, in defying the customs of the land she brings chaos to the kingdom and must rely on her own bravery and archery skill to save the day. Filmmakers: The trio of directors has a solid background in animation. Mark Andrews was a storyboard artist working on films like The Iron Giant, Spider-Man and Cars. Steve Purcell has a background in video games, working on the Monkey Island series (and writing and creating the Sam and Max series). Both, however, are making their feature directorial debut. Brenda Chapman worked as an animator in the 1980s on Dennis the Menace, The Real Ghost Busters and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, co-directed The Prince of Egypt and worked on the story for Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and Cars. They are working with composer Patrick Doyle (Thor). Cast: The film features voice work from Kelly Macdonald, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Robbie Coltrane, and Craig Ferguson. Expectations: Initially, I was a little skeptical of this project. Sure, it is a Pixar film, and in being so comes with a high level of somewhat assured quality (the Cars films aside). But, the directors have not really directed anything before, let alone a Pixar film. However, they are being shepherded by executive producers Pete Docter (Up), Andrew Stanton (WALL-E) and John Lasseter (head of Disney animation). My fears seem completely unfounded now though after watching the trailers, as the film looks great. It is also nice to see Pixar embrace a female lead and heroine for once. It looks like Pixar will retake their place atop the animation world (and the Oscar) again after stumbling last year. Trailer: Here. Review.

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