Furious 7 Trailer
The trailer for the seventh instalment of Universal Pictures biggest film franchise has an enormous amount of buzz surrounding it. Unfortunately most of it can be attributed to the death of star Paul Walker, with a lot of speculation surrounding his body-double brothers, CGI effects, and how they’re going to send him off, but what’s more positive is the stellar cast, with a line-up of Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, & Lucas Black, led by Hollywood heavyweights Vin Diesel & Dwayne Johnson, going against action-veteran Jason Statham, while Kurt Russell and UFC champion Ronda Rousey also set to feature.
Sadly this is just the trailer, we have until April 3rd next year to gear up.
The Nolan brothers always go big with their film’s, and this is no different. The speculation surrounding this script, which Jonathan Nolan spent four years working on while studying relativity for scientific accuracy, is huge, and everybody in film-making wants a stake in this. Traditional rivals Paramount Pictures & Warner Bros. are putting things aside for the damn thing!
It looks amazing, the imagery is spectacular, and the revelation of Matthew McConaughey, who’s had the biggest eighteen months of anyone in cinema, has the whole world watching. Coming along for the space-ride are Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Christoper Nolan regular Michael Caine, and Matt Damon in a small role, while Hans Zimmer, another Chris Nolan featured player, is on-board to score.
Big Hero 6
The first Disney / Marvel adaptation since the former acquired the latter and the first animated Marvel feature film, Big Hero 6 is another winner for Disney, who have been on a roll critically and financially for a fair number of years now. The film has received critical acclaim and is doing great numbers at the box-office, while everything about this film, from cast to story to animation style (a blend of western and Japanese), has people talking loudly. This is the beginning of a new era for Disney, with films such as Tomorrowland and the new Star Wars trilogy set for release in the coming years, so for the movie-going public things couldn’t be better.
November 14th (limited)
The true story of John du Pont has the critics talking, and it’s reeling in the awards early, with director Bennett Miller already earning a best director nod following the film’s debut at the Cannes Film Festival. Meanwhile, his performance as du Pont has a whole lot of awards buzz surrounding Steve Carrell, amazing but at the same time not so amazing considering his body of work, while the performances of Mark Ruffalo & Channing Tatum have also received acclaim. The film is also scoring best picture nominations left, right, and centre, so expect it to be in the mix for a few Oscar nominations.
It looks disturbing and Carrell as du Pont looks outright scary, and everybody loves it. This is certainly not one to miss.
Dumb & Dumber To
After years of speculation and studio wrangling the long awaited sequel to the cult classic that helped launch Jim Carrey’s career is finally upon us. It looks exactly the same as the first film, which is great, and it’ll be interesting to see if Carrey & Jeff Daniels still have that chemistry that made their last outing together work so well, as they have since both made long careers with diverse roles. I’m also intrigued to see if the writing that made The Farrelly Brothers original so entertainingly stupid can stand up twenty years later.
It’s not going to win any awards, except maybe MTV, but a solid cast of Laurie Holden, Kathleen Turner, Jennifer Lawrence, and the role-reprisal’s of both Brady Bluhm and Cam Neely, should ensure us a funny film worth catching.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
The last Hunger Games film, part one, based on Suzanne Collins young adult novel’s, is pretty much guaranteed to be a box office smash come release date, considering the Jennifer Lawrence bandwagon (no sarcasm, she’s good) has full momentum at the moment. The direction is in good hands with Francis Lawrence returning for a second and third helping, and Lawrence is backed up by some solid screen veteran’s, including a personal favourite of mine in Woody Harrelson, Phillip Seymour Hoffman in his final role, Julianne Moore and Donald Sutherland.
Disregard marketing, if you’re young or old this is definitely one to see.
A few more films to consider this coming month are the sequel to the surprise 2011 hit, Horrible Bosses 2 (November 26th), the latest addition to the Madagascar franchise Penguins of Madagascar (also November 26th), and the film debut of the most famous stuffed bear in all of children’s literature Paddington (November 28th)
And finally, don’t forget to tune into the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards (November 14th), which you can do for the first time as the Queen Latifah-hosted event has earned its first ever televised ceremony on CBS.
Anything you think is worth noting in the coming month? Let me know in the comments section below.