2017 Upcoming Flicks

Where is the time going. February is nearly half done and I’m late to getting to the movies of 2017. So, here is the list of what I’m looking forward.

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Justice League Dark – February 7 – I just finished Volume 1 of the Justice League Dark New 52 and I’m a fan of Constantine which is the draw here.

John Wick: Chapter 2 – February 10 – Well, the first one was good and there have been plenty of good reviews for the follow-up.

Patient Zero – February 17, 2017 – Super virus. Highly intelligent infected with a special language and a search for patient zero. Add in some decent casting with Matt Smith, Natalie Dormer and Clive Standen and it may have potential however, I’ve heard very little about this movie including where it is available to see.

A Cure for Wellness – February 17, 2017 – Creepy wellness centres. Mixed reviews so far but I’m still interested.

giftsThe Girl with All the Gifts – February 24, 2017 – Read the book, which I enjoyed so I’m curious to see how it translates to film.

Logan – March 3, 2017 – Grizzled old Logan. This looks like it will be the best one of the bunch as far as Wolverine movies go.

T2: Trainspotting – March 3, 2017 -21 years after the original was released, it’ll be interesting to see how they mature these characters and if the follow-up maintains the gritty edge of the original.

Kong: Skull Island – March 10, 2017 – Not usually my kind of movie (something about giant, talking, thinking gorillas bugs me) but the trailer for this makes it appealing. Have to see what the reviews say.

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The Belko Experiment – March 17, 2017 – People locked in at work, forced to kill one another….office work is a bitch. Violence bred by the instinct to survive and the bending of people’s morals and conscience. Would you kill to save yourself?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5 – Probably more of the same as the first movie but there’s nothing wrong with that plus, little Groot.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – May 12 – A King Arthur flick directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Charlie Hunnan should be a great. Add in an impressive cast and Charlie Hunnan shirtless, nothing wrong with that. Let’s hope the best part of this isn’t the trailer.

The Dark Tower – July 28 – It’s unclear which books of the Stephen King Dark Tower series are going to be in the first movie but from what I’ve seen, it kind of looks like it will meld The Gunslinger and The Drawing of the Three. I’ve read the first 4 books of the series and am in the process of going through the series completely. Really like the casting of Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey and I this is one of the rare good Stephen King adaptations.

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IT – September 8 – Another Stephen King based movie. Loved the book and while the TV movie tried to bring the story to life it hasn’t held up over time (just realized that I have it on DVD). Hopefully the movie is as good and creepy as the book.

Murder on the Orient Express – November 22 – An updated adaptation of an Agatha Christie classic. Love her books and most of the previous film/TV adaptations that I have seen have been good.

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Movie Goodness: The Comic Book/Superhero List

I don’t really read many comics and certainly not the old school ones such as Spiderman or X-Men but there have been some really good movies based on comics and superheroes.  Here is my short list of heroes.

Thor (2011): Chris Hemsworth.  What, there’s more to the movie?  Oh, yeah I suppose so.  The Norse God of Thunder (Hemsworth), plummets to Earth after his father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins), has had enough of Thor’s arrogance and ego.  He loses his hammer and power but not his rugged good looks. Co-starring Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Kat Dennings and directed by Kenneth Branagh.  The movie is visually stunning (not just Hemsworth), the effects were great and the Frost Giants were very cool.

Watchmen (2009): Who watches the Watchmen?  Anyone with access to the movie. Set in an alternate 1985, a group of former vigilante heroes come back together when someone starts killing them off in a somewhat convoluted plot to destroy the world.  A long movie but regardless of the weaving story, it was enjoyable and again, another visually stunning movie with a cast of unique characters and talented actors including: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Billy Crudup, Patrick Wilson and Matt Frewer.

The Avengers (2012): The coming together of a handful of comic book superheroes: Thor (yah), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and some other ones I don’t know too much about – Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Loki (Tom Hiddleston) schemes his way out of his prision and returns to Earth with many nasty friends in tow hoping to make a mess of our planet.  But Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and his band of bad asses are there to stop him.  This was a long movie but it didn’t feel that way because it flowed so well even with having to bring together a multitude of characters.

Batman Begins & The Dark Knight (2005 & 2008): I never cared for the first set of Batman movies that started in 1989 but this incarnation with Christian Bale as Batman is very good.  Dark and action packed with many great actors taking on the roles of heroes and villains.  I have yet to see the The Dark Knight Rises but so far the reviews I have seen are mixed.  I’ll see it sooner or later.

X-Men 1 & 2 (2000 & 2003): I remember the cartoon from Saturday mornings.  This is my favourite set of superheroes, Gambit is the best.  I also remember playing the cooperative video game.  Good times.  Again, another stellar ensemble cast, good stories and lots of mutant action. Sadly, X3 was not good, not good at all.

Constantine (2005): I didn’t really care for this flick the first time I saw it but after a second viewing and understanding a bit better the story, I did enjoy it. Angels and demons and Keeanu Reeves, good stuff.  Based on a story arc from the graphic novels, Hellblazer, Constantine is an exorcist who can perceive the true form of half angles and half demons on Earth.  Dying of lung cancer, Constantine is facing an after life in hell following a failed suicide attempt when he was younger.  In the movie he crosses path Angela Dodson (Rachel Weisz), a cop with a sixth sense.  A good movie that deserves a second look. Peter Stormare (Satan), Gavin Rossdale (Balthazar) and Tilda Swinton (Gabriel) round out the brilliant cast.

Sin City (2005): Another movie that I didn’t quite follow the first time but enjoyed upon a second viewing.  The cast is loaded with stars: Bruce Willis, Clive Owen, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Nick Stahl, Elijah Wood and many more.  I love the black and white style of the film and just the style in general.  The story jumps around between the characters which is why I had to watch it a second time to really appreciate it.  Good stuff.

300 (2006): Another Frank Miller adaptation, 300 is full of blood, boobs and shiny, hard Spartan bodies.  The flick mixes Spartan history with a sort of mythical element thrown in.  Once again, a good story, good production and fabulous cast make this a very good movie.  Starring Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West, David Wenham and Michael Fassbender.  History never looked so good.