29 January 2011

Weekly Top Five - 29.Jan.11

In  High Fidelity, the characters compare their top fives in a variety of categories. Being big fans of both the film and novel, we here at the What bring you our Weekly Top Five, a feature focused on five fantastic things that you should become familiar with.

Films Coming Out in Spring 2011
January is typically a slow month for movie goers. Therefore, it is the perfect time to look ahead into the year at the movies we really want to see. With so many promising films being released over the course of 2011, this article will focus on the top five films we want to see this Spring. Look for the Summer and Fall editions later in the year. 

5. The Green Hornet (14.Jan.11) - Michel Gondry helmed this superhero flick starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou. While it's no Dark Knight, it does not try to be. The movie is pure entertainment, a comedy with some cool action sequences tossed in, and it does not pretend to be anything more than that. Of the films on the list, this is the only one that has already been released, so you can head to the theater and check it out now! For more on The Green Hornet, check out our review here.

4. Sucker Punch (25.Mar.11) - This 1950's dystopian tale is directed by Zack Snyder, known for The Watchmen (2009). Snyder used basically the same crew from that film to make this one, so if you were a fan, you should be into this movie. Sucker Punch is the story of one girl's attempt to escape a mental institution before being lobotomized, a story that Snyder has called "Alice in Wonderland with machine guns." With the cast comprising mostly of younger actresses (Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung) this should be an interesting film to catch this March.

3. Water For Elephants (22.Apr.11) - If you have not already read the novel by Sara Gruen that this film is based on, do it now. It is a fantastic book that has garnered attention in the Weekly Top Five before. With Christoph Waltz and Reese Witherspoon playing two very interesting characters, do not be surprised if this film attracts a fair amount of early Oscar attention. Water For Elephants is the story of a man in a senior assisted living facility recalling his youth when he dropped out of college and joined the circus. If the movie is half as good as the book, this will be one of the best films of the year.

2. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (20.May.2011) - This could quite potentially be the best Pirates movie yet. For one, we are now done with Will, Elizabeth, and their melodrama. Secondly, Ian McShane stars as Blackbeard with Penelope Cruz featured as Angelica, a feisty pirate with the best one-liner in the trailer. This film focuses on Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa teaming up to find the Fountain of Youth and finding themselves at odds with the world's most famous (and feared) pirates, Blackbeard. Look for another cameo from Keith Richards as you enjoy the fourth Pirates film!

1. Scream 4 (15.Apr.11) - It is unlikely that there is anyone in the world more excited for a fourth installment in the Scream franchise than I am. The first film was actually a parody of the slasher genre, which is easy to forget considering the slew of mindless parody films that have come since. Scribe Kevin Williamson and Director Wes Craven are back together to continue the story of Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book. For whatever reason, Sidney chooses the anniversary of the first Woodsboro murder to return to her hometown. This film could possibly spell the end for Sid and the Rileys (Dewey and Gale) as a new cast of young stars enters the fold. The latest group of teens to feel the wrath of Ghostface are Sidney's cousin and her pals. Look for the survivors of the original trilogy to show up, joined by a stellar new cast including Anthony Anderson, Adam Brody, Alison Brie, Emma Roberts, Marley Shelton, Hayden Panettiere, Rory Culkin and more. Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell have cameos in the film as well, but considering how most cameos have gone in this franchise, do not expect them to be around that long.

We at the What hope you enjoy the pre-Memorial Day cinematic offerings. Get some popcorn or pretzel bites, sit back, and have fun, and we will be back in May with the Top Five Films Coming out in Summer 2010.

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