Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2014: Radar Project: Round 18

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Release Date: August 22, 2014
Well, this follow-up has been a long time coming, and its something that should have happened sooner.

I don't know how many of you remember "Sin City" when it came out in 2005, but it was like a bomb going off. There was absolutely nothing like it, the closest film made so far that looks like a comic book come to life. Still to this day, I re-watch it and I sit on my futon, shellshocked. It had a great cast to work with, which included Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, Clive Owen, Michael Clarke Duncan, Brittany Murphy, Devon Yoki, Powers Boothe, Elijah Wood, and Michael Madsen. The film is unbelievable, and a sequel was more than necessary. Frank Miller wrote several "Sin City" graphic novels, we only saw three of his stories in the first movie. But there is a long, boring story to why it took this long for Robert Rodriguez to get a sequel out, so let's just focus on the movie at hand.

Returing for the sequel is Willis, Rourke, Dawson, Boothe, Alba and Jaime King. Newbies include Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Joesph Gordon-Levitt, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, Lady Gaga, Dennis Haysbert, and Jaime Chung. So, once again, Rodriguez has a great cast. I can't wait for the first trailer!

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I
Release Date: November 21st, 2014
What can I say about "The Hunger Games" that has not been said already? Its another great saga adapted from a series of books, its a fine example of how to do an adaptation right, and it outdoes "Twilight" at its own game as far as love triangles go. I have loved the first two films, and I can't wait for the two-part finale. Yes, I know that it seems commonplace when adapting fantasy material that the last book will be two movies, but hey its a strategy that seems to be working in the business, why should this franchise be any different.

I feel through these characters, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson have really developed into wonderful character actors, I believe in their journey. I am very curious about the addition of Julianne Moore and can't wait to see how she develops her character. This is going to be one epic ending, and I can't wait to see each and every minute of it.

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Release Date: March 7th, 2014
There is usually no middle ground when it comes to Wes Anderson. Either you like the dry comedies he churns out or you don't. Either you like is offbeat style toward filmmaking or you detest it. I have always enjoyed Anderson's direction toward comedy and I think throughout his career, he's had more hits than misses. 

I think his movie due this March could be his best yet. Working with Bill Murray, Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, F. Murray Abraham, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson. Anderson has a perfect blend of his regulars and newcomers to work with, and I think the blend will be note-perfect. Check out the trailer below!


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