Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is gearing up to be a big part of their “Phase Two” plans that begin this summer with Iron Man 3. And they’ve just found their female lead in the form of a lady who already knows her way around outer space. Zoe Saldana – who will reprise her roles as Uhura in Star Trek Into Darkness and Neytiri in James Cameron‘s two sequels to Avatar - is in talks to star as Gamora, a green-skinned humanoid alien, in Guardians. The film also stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord and Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer. Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy is currently slated for an August 1, 2014 release date. [Heat Vision]
Just days away from the Academy Awards ceremony in which they are both up for Oscars for their work on Silver Linings Playbook, it has been announced that director David O. Russell and actress Jennifer Lawrence will team up again. Russell has signed on to direct Lawrence in The Ends of the Earth, a “fact-based love story about a powerful oil tycoon who has everything stripped from him after he is caught in an affair.” The script for The Ends of the Earth is from Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio.
This will mark Russell’s third collaboration with Lawrence, as she is slated to have a cameo appearance in his next film, an as-yet-untitled drama starring Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale and Amy Adams, which is due to begin filming in March. Russell will likely take on The Ends of the Earth after this next project is completed.
Silver Linings Playbook is up for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Russell, Best Actress for Lawrence, and Best Actor for Cooper. It is currently ranked #10 among 2012 films on Flickchart.
Before beginning part 3 of my year-in-review opus I’d like to acknowledge how truly great a year we’ve had this year in regards to movies. For as many films and performances that will be nominated for awards, there will be just as many that have a right to feel snubbed. There were so many quality indie, genre, and franchise films that even the stingiest of movie watchers could easily find one movie they really enjoyed. This year was so great that they didn’t even abide by the normal January-February as dumping grounds mentality, releasing movies like Haywire, The Grey, Chronicle, and Wanderlust, which are all vastly superior to the normal dreck that’s usually released at the beginning of the year. Even some of the more disappointing movies of the year were at least interesting to discuss, like Prometheus and The Dark Knight Rises.
Some Romances Are Stronger Than the Bonds of Time
Safety Not Guaranteed received quite a bit of love as the indie darling of the year. So much so that I assumed it would end up being this year’s annual indie movie that makes my top 5. Turns out, I didn’t like it nearly as much as everyone else. A lot of that had to do with my expectations being way too high, but the movie is far from flawless. As much as I like Mark Duplass his character is essentially a male version of a manic pixie dream girl and serves the purpose of being an eccentric person whose love saves the main character, Aubrey Plaza, despite being completely unrealistic to real life relationships. Jake Johnson has his own clichés to fight against as the guy who is a jerk but is funny enough where the audience doesn’t hate him. Then they find out his jerkiness is based around his unhappiness so they start to love him and he goes through a predictable character arc. Despite my complaints I still think the movie is good, just not as good as every other person seems to think.
Looper was writer/director Rian Johnston’s third feature film which starred Hollywood’s newest big man on campus Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a young Bruce Willis, or was Bruce Willis an old Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Time travel being used as a way for mobsters to have people killed with no evidence left behind? Awesomely brilliant idea, especially by having Jeff Daniels as the guy who traveled back in time to run it. Having numerous people have slight telekinetic powers? A little jarring and way more unbelievable than the idea of time travel for some reason. There was also a romantic sub-plot with Emily Blunt which felt a little forced, but since JGL and Blunt are so good, they made it work. That’s how the movie feels as a whole, though. It definitely has its problems and plot holes, but overall it’s so original and well-made/acted that it’s easy to forgive them.
And the Winner Is: Looper - but speaking of time travel let’s go back in time a few decades ourselves.
The life of a person in current internet culture is a jaded one. We mock anything that dares achieve popularity as we play it safe in our 9 to 5 jobs that don’t challenge us mentally. We leave snarky comments on the most innocent YouTube videos that don’t even concern us. When a person challenges any stance we have we mock them instead of engaging in any sort of debate. It’s a negative culture and by no means am I exempt from the above charges. I crack jokes about Tim Tebow, I challenge right wingers with more intention to provoke than to incite conversation, and I often audibly dislike whatever musical group happens to be popular at any given time. While sometimes I manage to birth a witty line or two from these excursions, I don’t love that they are coming from places of negativity. I can’t change the fact that I’m a negative person overall, but I can try to put myself in situations where I can at least feel some amounts of joy. Read the rest of this entry »