The Big Release: The Amazing Spider-Man [3D]
Mike: God Bless America
Sam: Total Recall
The Big Release: Ice Age 4 - Continental Drift [3D]
Sam: Seeking a Friend For the End of the World
The trailer suggests a film that strikes a nice balance between the comedic and the emotional, and has several stand out performances (Patton Oswalt looks to be pretty funny here too). I'm really looking forward to this.
The Big Release: The Dark Knight Rises
Mike + Sam: Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap
Sam Says: Rap was the first music I was really interested in, this was back in the mid to late 90's, when we were in the middle of something like a golden age which lasted from the late 80's to around 1997. Something From Nothing sees Ice-T (who was one of the first rappers I really admired) making his directorial debut with a documentary about the origins and craft of rap, something that has long gone under appreciated (and under the radar thanks to the miserable standard of today's mainstream). The film boasts an all star cast of interviewees and I can't wait to hear their insights, to say nothing of the soundtrack.
The Big Release: Dr Seuss' The Lorax [3D]
Mike: The Red Desert
Sam: Searching for Sugarman
The Big Release: Ted
Mike: The Sound of my Voice
Sam: A Simple Life
The Big Release: Step Up 4: Miami Heat [3D]
Mike + Sam: The Lodger
Sam Says: What is there left to say about The Lodger? It's perhaps Hitchcock's first defining film, perhaps his first masterpiece, though whether that puts it among his ten best films is debatable (seriously, did any filmmaker make as many genuinely great movies as this one, and over such a long period?). Though it's 85 years old, silent, and creaks in parts - Ivor Novello's performance in the lead isn't brilliant - the film still retains an essential power to thrill, and is notable as a (thinly veiled) telling of the Jack the Ripper legend, shot and released when the crimes were still very much in living memory.
Hitchcock's technique is highly developed here, and what's really notable is the clever ways that he overcomes the limitations of silence, suggesting sound, particularly when he shoots through a glass floor to imply the noise of one character pacing in the room above the one the camera is in. The Lodger is re-released as part of a complete Hitchcock retrospective at the BFI Southbank. I can't wait to see this restored print.
The Big Release(s): The Bourne Legacy / Brave [3D] / The Expendables 2
Mike: The Bird
Sam: Take This Waltz
Reviews have been mixed, and I'm expecting a rather caustic tone here, despite comedians Rogen and Sarah Silverman having major roles, but from what I hear Polley's film is a warts and all depiction of modern relationships, and with these actors and this director that's something I'm very interested in.
The Big Release(s): The Three Stooges / Keith Lemon: The Film
Mike: F For Fake
Sam: In the Dark Half
If the elements mix well then this sounds like it has real potential to mix drama and horror in an effective way, and it will be good to see Barden - so funny in the otherwise weak Tamara Drewe - handle a more dramatic part. I hope this ends up as interesting as it sounds right now.
The Big Release(s): The Watch / Total Recall
Sam: Berberian Sound Studio
Reviews reference Argento, Fulci and most of all David Lynhc, and the concept, for me, has a slight echo of Mute Witness (another thriller set behind the scene on a movie set). There's no trailer yet, and I'd just as soon have it stay that way, as I want to go in totally cold.
The Big Release(s): Dredd [3D] / That's My Boy / Anna Karenina
The sticking point - there almost always is one - looks likely to be Guy Pearce, whose performance, even in the trailer, looks to be on the hammy side.