February 2016: The Year of the Movie? The Sequel!

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2016 The Year of the Movie 2?

February is a strange month. Often it Is better than January, but not by much. You do get one or two movies that are decent to good during the month. January 2016 provided us with two worthwhile movies (Three if we count Ip Man 3), so I’m hoping around four decent films during this month.

Here are my thoughts on the biggest releases of February.

February 5th 2016

Hail Caesar

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical

Directors: The Coen brothers

Writers: The Coen Brothers

IMDb: 7.5 of 1,015 ratings

Starring: George Clooney, Jonah Hill, Josh Brolin, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Dolph Lungren, Tilda Swinton

The story about a big movie star going missing during “The Golden Age” of cinema. A Hollywood fixer looks to uncover the truth and resolve the problems.

The Coen brothers are very talented. I hate how they do endings of their films, they are often bizarre, aggravating, or unsatisfactory. However, the overall quality of their films is well above average. They often get great performances, have wonderful dialog, and interesting characters throughout. The Coen brothers are among the elite in Hollywood. This movie features quite a few amazing talents from George Clooney and Scarlett Johansson to Channing Tatum and Tild Swinton. I’m not sure this film will be a hit, but given how much talent that worked on it. I’d be surprised if Hail Caesar was awful and I’m looking forward to watching.

Universal Studios Trailer – My pick of the week for 2/5/16

Pride Prejudice and Zombies

Genre: Action, Horror, Romance

Starring:Lily James, Jack Huston

IMDB: 5.7 of 650 ratings.

A retelling of the renown novel by Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice, except they spiced it up with zombies.

I remember how excited I was for Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter (2012). The movie came out and I felt the tone of the film was far too serious given it’s ridiculous premise. It lacked the ability to interest me which given the fact it was about a vampire killing historical figure. How could that be boring? (They found a way!) This movie looks like they had some more fun with it, but still managed to mess it up. A good zombie film or tv series has good characters. People we can root for or even some we loathe. What I saw from this film was zombie overkill and less character development. I’m expecting this film to fail (at least critically).

February 12th

Deadpool

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Starring: Ryan Reynolds

A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary with accelerated healing capabilities (Man-made mutant) goes in search of the guys who kidnapped the love of his life. He will joke, burn, and kill anyone who tries to stop him in the process.

This film looks unique, because Deadpool is a very eccentric character and I believe they’ve done well casting this role. (Though we should make a petition noting that if Ryan Reynolds fails, he is banned from comic book related films for life.) The film is rated R and that is important because so many wanted a rated R comic book film (especially with Wolverine or Deadpool). If the film succeeds, then it proves to studios that an rated R comic book film can be profitable. If it flops, then it may spell doom for any hope of another with the R rating. (All riding on you, Deadpool.)

From all I’ve seen, I have confidence that they nailed the character, and have provided us with an entertaining movie complete with violence, sexuality, swears, and all the pop culture references you can handle. I’m not going to say this film will be great, but I do think it will top any other Ryan Reynolds comic book related film (low bar I know).

Deadpool Trailer-20th Century Fox

Zoolander 2

Genre:Comedy

Director: Ben Stiller (Tropic Thunder, Zoolander)

Writers: Ben Stiller, John Hamburg (I Love You, Man, Meet the Parents), Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets, Get Him to the Greek), Justin Theroux (American Psycho, Megamind)

Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Olivia Munn, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kristen Wiig, Billy Zane, Penelope Cruz, McCauley Culkin, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Lenny Kravitz, Kanye West. Kim Kardashian West

Someone is killing off the most beautiful people in the world. Now only one man can find out who and why. Zoolander!

This film is either going to be a smash comedy hit, or a horrendous flop. The original Zoolander (2001) is hilarious, but that came out 15 years ago. The world, the popular style of humor has changed from that time. Is Zoolander going to rehash the same jokes from 15 years ago or will it provide us with something fresh? (The answer is yes.)

I think this movie will have plenty of nostalgia factor from the original. However, I believe Ben Stiller is a talented and funny guy. He has teamed up with a group of credible writers with success on their resume. Ben Stiller is directing the film much like he did with the original.

This movie will be loaded with cameos, we know that going in. That part alone will be fun to see. How do they fit all these talents people into one movie? (Granted most of these people will be killed off in humorous ways given the plot of the movie.)

I think Zoolander 2 will be much better than more sequels 15 years after the fact. (Funnier than Dumb and Dumber To at least.) It may not be the best comedy this year, but it may be the best so far.

Paramount Pictures

How to Be Single

Genre: Comedy

Starring: Allison Brie, Rebel Wilson, Damon Wayans Jr.

A group of people looking for love in New York City. How can they find love if the meaning of what love is always seems to be changing.

This movie just seems to be another film where they put Rebel Wilson. (She is fat, she makes jokes about it. That’s hilarious.) I like Rebel Wilson, but she’s become typecast as that fat, but funny girl in movies. A lot of women relate to her and her humor. I think that alone will attract people to this movie. However, I don’t think it will be good.

 

February 19th

Race

Genre:Biography, Drama, Sport

Starring: Stephan James (Selma) Jeremy Irons, William Hurt, Jason Sudeikis

A biopic about Jesse Owens, the greatest American track star of all time who was put upon the world stage of the 1936 Olympics in Germany. There he faces the best athletes Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party could find.

I love the Jesse Owens story, I think he is a great American athlete and hero. This movie interests me, but I have concerns. I feel this movie will do a lot of things right, but overacting may be an issue. Some of the trailers I’ve seen, I wasn’t convinced with the acting. That may cause problems for this film.

 

February 26th

Triple 9

Genre: Crime, Thriller

Starring: Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Kate Winslet, Casey Affleck, Gal Gadot, Chiwetel Ejiofor

A gang of criminals join forces with corrupt cops to murder a police officer. Because once they do, it allows them free range on the biggest heist of their criminal careers.

This movie has a star-studded cast and that should help it not suck. Still, the premise is fairly unoriginal. One man stands in the way of an entire group of baddies. Can they stop him? (Probably not.) You know what to expect with a film like this. Gun fights, headshots, car chases, some disturbing criminal behavior, a bank robbery or heist of a sorts. It will also feature some cliché crime villains, and the one cop who stands up to him (He may have a partner.) Is this movie going to be great? I doubt it. However, it has a lot of talent on screen, I think it could be a fun crime thriller. Worth your time if you like the genre I’m thinking.

 

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

A story of love, both new and old, opportunity, and a legendary sword.

Did you like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)? If so, you may want to watch this film. Otherwise, pass on this one.

 

Gods of Egypt (2016)

Genre: Adventure, Fantasy

Starring: Gerard Butler (King Leonidas is back!)

A thief and an ancient Egyptian god team on a legendary quest.

This film is for two things. To let Gerard Butler yell and rekindle some of that King Leonidas from 300 love again, and special effects. This movie is made to show off some neat effects and maybe make some money in the process. It doesn’t look that good, but it certainly could be fun. More fun that Wrath of the Titans (2012)? Gosh, I hope so.

 

Eddie the Eagle

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Starring: Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Servie), Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken

IMDb: 7.9 of 131 ratings.

The first British ski jumper enters the Winter Olympics.

It has a talented cast behind it. These biopic films about British celebrities and athletes do tend to be pretty good. If you like biopics and Great Britain, this is probably a film you will enjoy. (It has Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken, what more could you ask for?)

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