The Blockbuster Report
I was recently thinking about how good a year this could be for movies. Normally you have to wait until March or April for an anticipated film to come out. This year its the first week of February with not just one but two films I’m excited for: The LEGO Movie and The Monuments Men.
Both in wide release, these films are getting two different reactions. Despite the star power in Monuments Men (George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray etc.), it falls a little flat, but still worth seeing for the history alone, as the film chronicles the WWII operation to save Europe’s masterpieces from Hitler and the Nazis.
The LEGO Movie, which I’m going to see tonight, is my Film of the Week, with word spreading that this may be one of the best films of the year. With an all-star voice cast headlined by Chris Pratt, Liam Neeson, Morgan Freeman, and Will Arnett, this is gonna be sweet. Check it out!
Also out this weekend in wide release is Vampire Academy, while Simon Pegg’s new film, A Fantastic Fear of Everything, joins nuclear apocolypse drama After the Dark, the pychological twister A Field in England, and the new Van Damme action fest Welcome to the Jungle, in limited release. Of these, A Field in England looks to be the most compelling.
Where Do They Come From?
Including last week’s film:
- That Awkward Moment: Original, written by Tom Gormican
- The Monuments Men: Adaptation, from Robert Edsel’s book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History.
- The LEGO Movie: Original, written by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, How I Met Your Mother).
- Vampire Academy: Adaptation, from the novel of the same name by Richelle Mead.
These ten films are the “Best of the Year,” IF THE YEAR ENDED TODAY. They are ranked based on likelihood of winning Best Picture at the Oscars, with #1 being most likely.
International films not included until end of year if Oscar potential exists. This weekend’s releases not included.
DISCLAIMER: I may not personally recommend or like all films on this list, but these are my favorites to win awards.
1) Gimme Shelter ( – )
2) Life of a King (+1)
3) At Middleton (New)
4) Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (-2)
5) Ride Along (-1)
6) The Nut Job ( – )
7) Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (-2)
8) Summer in February (-1)
9) I, Frankenstein (-1)
10) The Legend of Hercules ( – )