Movies I’m Looking Forward To: March 2017 Edition

January and February were fairly low on movies I was interested in, though if you haven’t seen Hidden Figures or Rogue One and they’re still playing near you, get thee to a theater. (Or wait for the DVD.) Both were solid movies. But now, on to the months ahead and March is looking good.

Beauty and the Beast – March 17

I’m not a Disney fanatic, but I shared a womb with one so there’s no doubt I’m going to see this movie. Beauty and the Beast is actually one of my favorites out of the older Disney movies and so far the remake looks delightful. Mostly. I adore the casting of Emma Watson as Belle and Luke Evans as Gaston, but what they did to Lumiere, Cogsworth, the Potts, and the other enchanted servants is absolutely dreadful. The teapot with human eyes is the stuff of nightmares. Aside from cringing every time one of those characters is onscreen, it does look like an enjoyable movie and it looks like they’re keeping a lot of the musical numbers that make Beauty and the Beast a classic. read more

Movies I’m Looking Forward To: December 2016 Edition

December is short and sweet since there’s really only one movie I’m looking forward to, but it promises to be a good one.

Assassin’s Creed – December 21

Going to have to sneak this one in either before or after the Christmas visit to my parents because it is so not their type of movie. I’ve played the first few of the many games in the Assassin’s Creed series, which put you in the point-of-view of a modern day person who’s been taken captive by a shadowy research lab to gain access to the memories of his (or her) genetic ancestor. In this case, that’s series newcomer Callum Lynch, played by the fabulous Michael Fassbender, who delves into the memories of his assassin ancestor Aguilar in 15th Century Spain. I expect a lot of sneakily stabbing people, parkour, and jumping off of tall buildings for no damn good reason. read more

Movies I’m Looking Forward To: November 2016 Edition

October was a complete bust as far as things I was actually interested in seeing in theaters, but November more than makes up for it with three solid movies that are sure to delight.

Doctor Strange – November 4

The next in the growing line of Marvel Cinematic Universe stories, this film introduces us to core Avengers member, Doctor Strange. I believe he’s also the first non-mutant magic-user introduced in the universe. (Scarlet Witch being the mutant daughter of Magneto, though her magic isn’t actually part of her mutation.) I never read much Doctor Strange growing up, though he has popped up in fanfiction from time to time, so his origin story is fairly new to me. I’m interested in seeing what Bandicoot Cumbersnatch does with the role, though as much as I adore Tilda Swinton, why’d they cast a white woman in the role of an old Asian man? read more

Movies I’m Looking Forward To: September 2016 Edition

I skipped August 2016 since there wasn’t much coming out that interested me. September’s a late-bloomer in terms of movies I’m interested in so the end of the month is going to be a busy time for me trying to hit the theaters as everything comes out around the same time.

Magnificent Seven – September 23

My father got me into westerns when I was a kid, and while I don’t watch them too often, I’m willing to dip back into the genre for this remake of a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s amazing Seven Samurai. This remake has a star-studded cast including Denzel Washington, Matt Bomer, Chris Pratt, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Ethan Hawke. I expect there to be people on horses and bar fights and a whole lot of people getting shot. I have a feeling I won’t be disappointed. read more

Movies I Love: Suicide Squad

I’ve been hearing a lot of negative reviews about Suicide Squad. I haven’t actually read the reviews because I generally don’t. I know Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 38% in their critical reviews and I have to wonder if they watched the same movie I did. Obviously, like the title of the post says, I loved the movie. I thought it was an uncharacteristic success for DC in terms of comic book movies and they did right by one of my all-time favorite characters, Harley Quinn.

For those unfamiliar with the premise of Suicide Squad, Amanda Waller, a high-ranking government agency, puts together a team of supervillains who have been captured or incarcerated, sticks mini bombs in their necks so they’ll behave or be blown up, and then sends them on missions against other metahumans that have a high likelihood of getting them killed. As you might have guessed it from the mini bombs mention, Amanda Waller is the queen of Not A Good Person. She’s ruthless and has little regard for human life if it doesn’t suit her needs. She’s actually more of a villain than the villains she controls. In the comics, she’s actually the cause of a lot of bad things that happen in the DC universe. read more