Thursday, March 15, 2012

Our Preview of This Week's New Releases (For Friday, March 16th)

Andrew: Hello readers! We've been a little slow on the site this week (beautiful spring weather has kept us preoccupied) but we DID remember that we needed to do our weekly preview of the new films coming out on Friday. (Better late than never, right?)

This week we start to see some of the bigger movies of 2012 hit theatres, and the film coming out tomorrow we are most excited for is, hands-down, 21 Jump Street, starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum.

Sarah, why are YOU excited for 21 Jump Street?

Sarah: Well I have to admit, I've never seen the original TV show. I know, I know. I claim to be this huge Johnny Depp fan, but I haven't seen the show! This movie looks hilarious though. Hill and Tatum seem to have such great chemistry and great humor! By re-vamping the old classic with modern day twists, I think the movie makers will successfully bring some of the old humor back to the screen. This will also be one of the first times we see Hill's new skinny look on the big screen so I will be interested to see how that comes across. 

A: You kind of touched on something about the television series that the film is based on that I think needs to be pointed out more: the series starring Johnny Depp actually wasn't really a comedy. I've only seen a few episodes, but I do know that it took it's action and drama a little more seriously.

So that said, I'm looking forward to seeing the film version be a straight-up action-comedy, because I don't think a film that has the same tone as the series would've worked out as well (see: Miami Vice). I agree with you that Hill and Tatum look like they have great chemistry, as you can see in the trailer, and I think that's going to go a long way when we see this film.

Official Trailer for 21 Jump Street

S: Ok, let's move on then. Jeff, Who Lives at Home also comes out this weekend. Now, I love Jason Segel. How I Met Your Mother is one of our favorite television shows ever and this has been a great couple of years so far for Segel in the movie business. What do you think about this one?

A: I'm looking forward to this one as well, primarily because Segel but also because this film has some good actors in it and the trailer looks genuinely funny. Ed Helms (The Office) co-stars as Segel's brother in the film, and even though it looks like he's just playing his Office character, Andy Bernard, I think the two of them could be a good pairing.

Official Trailer for Jeff, Who Lives at Home

I also like that Susan Sarandon plays their mother and Judy Greer plays Helms' wife. It's a good cast on paper, and I'm excited to see how this film plays out.

Another comedy that's coming out this week is Will Ferrell's new film, Casa de mi Padre, which is supposed to be a telenovela satire. I'm looking forward to this one, are you?

S: Ok, I think this one looks absolutely stupid. But, I also must remember how many Will Ferrell movies that we quote and still laugh over so I might have to give it a chance. Why do you want to see this one?

 A: Well you just said one of them - we like Will Ferrell movies, particularly Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. Something those movies and Casa de mi Padre have in common besides Ferrell is that they're produced by Adam McKay (who also directed Anchorman and Talladega Nights). So I think the film's pedigree is promising. Oh, and the fact that it's entirely in Spanish - I want to see that.

Official Trailer for Casa de mi Padre

Ok, the last film of note that comes out this weekend is a new Nicolas Cage movie that doesn't look terrible called Seeking Justice. Long story short, it looks like Nic Cage's wife gets assaulted, a mysterious stranger comes to him saying he can help Cage get justice for it and all Cage needs to do is owe him a "favor" in the future, and stuff goes down. Check out the trailer for yourselves, readers.

Sarah, does Seeking Justice do anything for you?

Official Trailer for Seeking Justice

S: I just want to know in what world January Jones marries Nicolas Cage? In what world, Hollywood?! But I digress. It actually doesn't look half bad. It stars another high demand actor over the past couple of years, Guy Pearce. He really is doing some interesting things this year (i.e. Prometheus. See it!) and it is good to see him on many different levels as an actor. Yes, we will get to see Cage do his brooding action hero thing and Jones with that dead-pan look in her eyes that seems to show no soul inside such a beautiful woman, but I think there might be some hidden gems in this movie. But, we will see.

A: Ok! And with that we're conclude our preview of tomorrow's (today's?) new releases with the ranking of which ones we're most likely to see:

1.) 21 Jump Street
2.) Jeff, Who Lives at Home
3.) Casa de mi Padre
4.) Seeking Justice

Thanks for reading ladies and gents, and be on the look out for some new reviews this weekend! We'll probably have one up as soon as tomorrow.

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