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03-05-2012, 06:18 AM
I saw the Vow today. After the initial sugary sweet/boring part, the movie got more interesting after the accident. Turned out quite good.

Also saw the trailer of Mirror Mirror and crossed that off my list.

03-07-2012, 03:19 AM
The list I used for this poll came mostly from wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_in_film#January_.E2.80.93_March). But two other sites list movies that either have a limited release, or are independent releases or foreign films. I checked out a lot of stuff and below you'll see what I thought people here might be interested in.

Interesting that movies with Halle Barry, Clive Owen and Nicholas Cage look like they are going to be dumped in a couple of theatres to fulfill a contract requirement only to be quickly forgotten. Which makes sense actually, based on the trailers for the Barry and Cage movies. However, the trailer for the Clive Owen horror thriller (the best of the bunch) really gave me the chills, so that's one that'll definitely go on my "to-see" list.

Here's the rest of the March movies:

March 2nd - Snowtown (Australian crime drama/thriller with new cast) From imdb.com: “Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.”

March 2nd - Bel Ami (Drama with Robert Pattinson, Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman, Colm Meaney and Kristin Scott Thomas)

March 2nd - Black Butterflies (Drama with Rutger Hauer). “Poetry, politics, madness, and desire collide in the true story of the woman hailed as South Africa's Sylvia Plath.”

March 9th - Friends with Kids (Comedy with Kristen Wiig, Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph, Adam Scott, Megan Fox and Edward Burns)

March 9th - Seeking Justice (Action thriller with Nicholas Cage, January Jones, Harold Perrineau and Guy Pearce)

March 14th - Pray for Japan (Documentary) “Real heroes faced the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami tragedy. The battle to rebuild Japan continues - and the world must not forget their story.”

March 16th - Payback (Documentary) “This feature documentary based on Margaret Atwood's bestselling book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, offers a fascinating look at debt as a mental construct and traces how it influences relationships, societies, governing structures and the fate of the planet.”

March 23rd - Brake (Crime thriller with Stephen Dorff and Tom Berenger)

March 23rd - Musical Chairs (Drama, Romance directed by Susan Seidelman [Desperately Seeking Susan]) “When his dancer partner, Mia, lands in the hospital after an accident, Armando persuades her to train for an upcoming wheelchair ballroom dancing contest.”

March 28th - The Island President (Documentary) “After bringing democracy to his country, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, the lowest-lying country in the world, takes up the fight to keep his homeland from disappearing under the sea.”

March 30th - Dark Tide (Adventure thriller with Halle Barry and Olivier Martinez)

March 30th - Intruders (Horror thriller with Clive Owen)

March 30th - Goon (Sports comedy with Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schrieber and Eugene Levy)

March 30th - L!fe Happens (Comedy with Kate Bosworth, Jason Biggs, Rachel Bilson, Colin Egglesfield and Kristen Johnson)

March 30th - Hot Flash Havoc (Documentary) imdb.com: “Reveals fact vs. fiction surrounding menopause, medical & pharmacological research, including options that women have regarding their health post menopause, & the most misunderstood, "hormone replacement therapy".”

03-07-2012, 03:33 AM
My personal thoughts about these other March releases...

Yes, Intruders had the best trailer and I am just fine with ogling Clive Owen for 90 minutes. :swoon: Remind me in April if I haven't checked the box office charts (http://www.the-numbers.com/charts/thisweek.php) to see how this one did. (Holy #!#*!, Doctor Seus' The Lorax took in 70 million in three days!!!) :eek:

I'm intrigued by "Brake" with Stephen Dorff (see Clive Owen, above). At first glance it seems similar to Ryan Reynolds' "Buried", but as you watch more of the trailer, it seems much more than that. Could be great, could be a let-down. I'll wait 'til the library gets it. :D

Then there's a bunch of intriguing documentaries: Payback, Hot Flash Havoc, The Island President and Pray for Japan (in that order). Cheylana, are you listening (reading)??

Lastly, I'm curious about Snowtown (very interesting premise) and Friends With Kids (what a cast)...but both trailers left me kinda cold.

03-07-2012, 04:01 AM
I'm a little bit surprised with the reviews I've read regarding Wanderlust, the Jennifer Aniston/Paul Rudd comedy. I thought this would be reamed for being something we've seen over and over again but I've read some positive stuff. I think they liked a lot of the supporting cast and thought Jen and Paul ok too.

03-07-2012, 04:59 AM
John Carter is growing on me so I am now looking forward to seeing it.

03-07-2012, 07:13 AM
March 30th - Intruders (Horror thriller with Clive Owen)

Everytime I see the trailer for this all I can think of is the Doctor Who episode The Idiots Lantern. Which means ultimately that I've probably been watching to much Doctor Who again. But the whole face thing just makes me think of that episode.
I want to see Goon. It's not the kind of movie that I usually go for, being a bad Canadian I really dislike hocky, but this movie does look funny. And I like Jay Baruchel.

03-07-2012, 09:22 AM
I'm the first/only vote for Titanic?? How dare!!! SO excited!!!!!
Also, The Hunger Games!

03-09-2012, 09:39 PM
Parents Television Council praises film-ratings board for giving R to teen documentary 'Bully' (http://ca.news.yahoo.com/parents-television-council-praises-film-ratings-board-giving-142646117.html)

A petition has been circulating to protest the R rating for this movie (250,000 signatures collected so far), but the Parents Television Council feels the R rating (which means anyone under 17 - arguably the audience who might most benefit from seeing this movie - must be accompanied by an adult in order to see the movie).

I believe the word that the Parents Television Council objects to is the "F" word used to describe gay males. But how can you make a documentary about bullying and take out all the hateful words which play a big part in the bullying? I think the Parents Television Council are as out of touch as the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America). :rolleyes:

03-09-2012, 09:43 PM
Actually, I agree with the rating. It can be really traumatizing for children to watch the level of explicit bullying shown in the movie. It really isn't the same as watching Star Wars or gun fights. My son was traumatized just from watching Chronicle because he had been bullied when he was young, and it hit too close to home.

Also, the topic of bullying is something parents need to be involved in. Frankly, kids aren't likely to drop into a documentary on their own at the movie theater. And because of the sensitive subject matter, it's a good thing for parents to watch with their children so the movie can be debriefed later.

Personally I think the protests are misguided.

03-10-2012, 12:19 AM
Saw John Carter today and liked it much more than I thought I would. Although I am really unhappy with the casual way he used his nephew toward the end of the movie.

03-10-2012, 04:08 AM
I saw John Carter today and thought it was about average. It was spectacular no doubt (I saw it in IMax/3D), but not particularly interesting or moving. It seems like an amalgam of Avatar, LOTR, and the movie with Natalie Portman and the Australian actor I can't remember the movie title). I think it deserves the low ratings critics are giving it, and I often don't agree with the critics, but in this case I do. I never read the books so it was all new to me. However, I liked the ending in the movie.

03-10-2012, 07:08 PM
Actually, I agree with the rating. It can be really traumatizing for children to watch the level of explicit bullying shown in the movie.

Did you see a preview? It's my understanding that the movie won't hit theatres until March 30th.

03-10-2012, 07:25 PM
Just heard about it, that it was explicit. Maybe they just assumed that though--I don't know.

03-10-2012, 08:19 PM
Just heard about it, that it was explicit. Maybe they just assumed that though--I don't know.

:eek: Guess I better brace myself before seeing this. :( But if you're going to do a movie about bullying, I guess you have to get and use extreme examples.

But from what I've read, the rating has to do with a few words used, rather than shocking content (although words can be shocking). There's a link to the article I read in post #27 linked under this:

Bully documentary to get an R rating for "six expletives"

03-11-2012, 04:23 AM
After long wait, Whedon brings 'Cabin' to Southwest Film Festival (http://news.yahoo.com/long-wait-whedon-brings-cabin-sxsw-195207859.html)

Quite a good article. After MGM went bankrupt in 2010, it took a while to get the movie to the public. Whedon's response at the film festival:

"It really holds up," deadpanned Whedon after the Friday evening premiere before a rapturous, hooting crowd at Austin's Paramount Theatre. "I would say, timeless classic."


Another funny bit:

One attendee asked if he (Whedon) had intended to make "the last horror film of all time."

"Yes, that's it for horror," said Whedon. "Hope you like rom-coms, 'cause that's what you're getting."