First of two parts
I wish I had an indie list too but for now this batch of Hollywood releases will have to do.
20. 22 Jump Street—Directing duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller are back with the duo of Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill as Detectives Jenko and Schmidt. I was hesitant to watch 21 Jump Street until I heard there was an unexpected cameo by Johnny Depp (who was in the original—which he hated doing) and that it was really irreverent. I hope the sequel will be just as funny.
19. Sin City-A Dame to Kill For—I loved the 2005 Robert Rodriguez take on Frank Miller’s Sin City—the art direction was superb and I was happy with the way the comic played out on film. Nine years later, it returns with some old cast members and some exciting new ones like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and one of my current favorite on-screen females, Eva Green.
18. Captain America: The Winter Soldier—So far, so good for the Captain America Franchise. This one will have lots of Scarlet Johansson and Robert Redford as well as Alexander Pierce.
17. The Wolf of Wall Street—It’s the fifth time out for the legendary Martin Scorsese and Leonardo Di Caprio—it’s usually fireworks for these two, and it’s not a sequel or franchise. I’m in.
16. Transcendence—This should be interesting: Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman in a science fiction tale about artificial intelligence helmed by Christopher Nolan’s go-to cinematographer, Wally Pfister.
15. The Lego Movie—What every 8-year-old and every 8-year-old at heart is waiting for? It puts Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) and Superman (voiced by Channing Tatum) together in the same before we get to see Affleck and Cavill. And a god-like character called Vitruvius played by Morgan Freeman.
14. Muppets-Most Wanted—I keep missing the Muppet movies—the most recent of which got very good reviews. Ricky Gervais is in this one, perhaps time to revisit my childhood.
13. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes—The king of motion capture, Andy Serkis returns as Caesar with new director Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Felicity) and no James Franco but with Gary Oldman.
12. Pompeii—Another sword and sandals picture with Kit Harington’s abs—apparently he’s been hiding all the good stuff underneath all that black fur he has to wear at The Wall. Also starring Moriarty aka Jared Harris and Kiefer Sutherland. Directed by Paul W. S. Anderson—the man who has been bringing us Death Race and Resident Evil. Clanggggggg.
11. Maleficent—I have a soft spot of villainesses and evil queens. Maleficent has beautiful horns and a lovely black outfit. Finally, hear her side of the story—it’s the backstories that make these women so interesting. Maleficent is none other the magnificent Angelina Jolie. Elle Fanning is Sleeping Beauty.
Thank you so much for reading “Fan Girl” and The Sunday Times Magazine. Have a good last Sunday of 2013. I’ll see you next year with the last half of this list.
To be continued