So, yes, I know we're 4 months into the year already...
But, the various film studios are already gearing up to release their big guns from this month onwards to dominate not only the Summer season but also the awards season with their releases from October, so, how about a flash forward for you to plan ahead each month and either book the baby-sitter, cancel the stag/hen do, re-arrange that reunion, record that football match rather than watch it live or.... insert the relevant scenario here!
The following will pick each of the coming months and highlight some of the movies that hope to score big-time with your attention and your pocket money... so the list is there, all you have to do is choose what out of them gets your vote for your popcorn-consuming calender...
Our own Ken Brannagh drops "the bard" in favour for "brawn" as he directs the father of Captain Kirk in the role of the God Of Thunder in the latest addition of Marvel's cannon to take over the world of superhero movies. Will it work to fit into the upcoming "bring-it-all-together-for-the-ultimate-movie" Joss Whedon's "The Avengers".....
PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES
So, if you've ever needed proof that a studio will never ever let a franchise die if there's the hope of squeezing anymore money out of it - "The Godfather Part III" "Scream 4" all the "Saw" sequels... - then be upstanding for Jack Sparrow.... sorry, there should be a Captain in there somewhere!
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
"Stardust" and "Kick Ass" go extra geeky with director Matthew Vaughn and writer Jane Goldman setting their sights on the reasons why Prof. Xavier became bald and why Magneto became bitter... Just don't expect the "C" word here!
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART TWO
Seriously, do I need to say anything? The end of the world's biggest ever franchise bows its head with one of the ultimate "good vs evil" battles ever staged...But enough about ginger guys trying to score with intellectual babes, here we have Harry going up against Voldermort for the final time!
The man who "can do no wrong" J.J. Abrams, gets behind the camera inbetween his fantastic "Star Trek" rebooting and melds "Cloverfield" "Aliens" "E.T." and every great 80's movie that makes you wanna relive your childhood and be Steven Spielberg....
TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY
Yep, you read that right - they've remade the classic Alec Guinness TV series with Gary Oldman trying not to eat the scenery and any other actors nearby. And if that wasn't enough he's joined by Ralph Fiennes! No trailer yet so here's the original to wet your whistle-blower.... Scrap that, here's the trailer!
After far too long, one of the greatest sci-fi horror's of all time gets a prequel that lets us know exactly what happened before Outpost 31 got torn apart by a shape-shifting entity buried for eons in the ice... Big things (pun intended) are expected! Till the trailer arrives, watch the classic... Scrap that, here's the new trailer in all its glory!
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN
Spielberg & Jackson: together! At last! With 3 movies planned and each taking turns at directing and producing (this time it's Spielberg behind the camera with Jackson producing) the world will be introduced again (except for the US who've never heard of the reporter) to Tintin and his heroic dog, Snowy. And all in stunning motion capture 3D!
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL
And so the end of the year sees another film franchise entry appear - Tom Cruise's one man army continues to roll onwards. The saga has now gone the way that Harry Potter did with each new film have a new director. This time it's The Incredibles Brad Bird to accept the mission...
So, for the time being, just know that for each film I've listed above, it will be up against at least another ten minimum in that particular month. There's a host of other note-worthy flicks but rest assured, when I can they will be here for you to peruse.
What are you looking forward to then?