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Filmstalker's Films for March 2012

Diary.jpgWhat a mad month for cinema, well not really but it fits in with the month! There is a good month coming for film though and there's a wide range from blockbuster to foreign film that will keep everyone happy, and if you're a big fan of film like myself, you'll find something in every area to draw your interest.

Interestingly, and very representatively, the list begins with an Argentinian thriller and ends with a 3D Hollywood blockbuster, and that's pretty much how the release list is this month. There are some great films, and some to avoid.

So without further ado, here's my list of films to stalk and walk for March.

By the way I tapped this out on my holidays on my wife's laptop and hand typed the HTML too, so I hope you appreciate the effort that went into producing this list. I also hope you take heed of some of the recommendations, do let me know.

2nd March
Carancho (Filmstalker review)
Release: Selected Cities
Recommendation: Stalk
Trailer: TrailerAddict, TrailerAddict
It was February last year that I saw this film and really enjoyed it with Ricardo Darín's performance seeming so natural that he easily drew me to the character. Here are some words I had from the review of the time:

Carancho is a strong dramatic story that gives an insight into a frightening aspect of life in Argentina as well as bringing us two engaging characters and a growing relationship that you so easily get involved with. It's a very good thriller, perhaps not as strong as The Secret in Their Eyes, but definitely worthy of a viewing.

A well shot thriller that has a view of a very different life and some strong performances. It's a great alternative to some of the Hollywood films coming this month.


If Not Us, Who?
Release: Selected Cities
Recommendation: Walk
Trailer: Filmstalker
Well, perhaps not us. On the face of it this film could deliver some very insightful and interesting revelations as it traces the lives of Bernward Vesper and Gudrun Ensslin who both question their father's roles in Hitler's Third Reich for different reasons, and soon, through their political writing and publishing, begin to question the current politics of their world. Gudrun moves on to more extreme involvement joining Andreas Baader's violent movement while Bernward concentrates on his writing. Sounds like it could offer some interesting insights into the reasoning behind people following the Nazi party and comparisons with the terrorism of Baader and his group. However it doesn't. It may be nicely shot, but it's long, dull and offered me little.


Michael
Release: Selected Cities
Recommendation: Stalk
Trailer: Filmstalker
I wanted to catch this at the Glasgow Film Festival but a bit of bad luck and work commitments scuppered my plans. The film, and this is where a lot of people might turn off and from what I've heard incorrectly so, is about a pedeophile who keeps a boy locked in his basement for some five months. There's not a lot more I know about it apart from the blurb that comes from the Glasgow Film Festival which does play down the obvious instant horror you might feel from the blurb. This isn't an explotative or overly shocking film, it plays to the sensitivities of the material and shows the scarily normal existance of the man. They describe it as “...rigorously responsible, endlessly disquieting...” A thought provoking film if ever I heard of one.


Project X
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Stalk
Trailer: Filmstalker, Filmstalker
Although part of me thinks that this will be more of what we've seen I'm interested in just how crazy the whole story becomes as the trailer shows some startling images, mostly buildings in flames and the arrival of SWAT teams. It'll also be interesting to see the first person perspective used in a film that's not a horror and that does suit itself more to the handheld format – all those people with mobile phones filming different perspectives of the party and different groups, it might do the genre proud.


This Means War
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Undecided
Trailer: Filmstalker, Filmstalker
Tom Hardy means yes, Chris Pine means undecided, Reese Witherspoon means no, and the story? Well it could be a great big yes if it turns out the way my mind races towards, however I think it's another undecided for now. The story of two spies fighting over a woman who is going out with them both does seem like a lot of good fun, but in the real world wouldn't the guys drop her because she's dating and sleeping with both of them? I'm hoping the story and Hardy deliver something more than what's been mapped out in the trailer.


Wanderlust
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Walk
Trailer: TrailerAddict, TrailerAddict
Oh dear me, another drab romantic comedy filled with the inane bodily function, sexual and drug jokes and the wasted talent of Jennifer Aniston as well as a few others. This screams avoid to me and watching the trailers just make me wonder how it can make anyone laugh.


9th March
Bel Ami
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Walk
Trailer: Filmstalker
I know you Twilf types will be racing to see Robert Pattinson on which this film is being sold, that and the angst and love storylines that everything he's doing calls upon, but seriously, there's not much acting involved in looking pale, drawn and full of angst. Cigarettes and a Hollywood star diet would do that. However there are the wonderful Kristen Scott Thomas and Uma Thurman, so maybe a little good can come out of the perioud romance even if there are two directors and it's a film filled with period romances, unrequited love and angst.


Cleanskin
Release: Unknown
Recommendation: Undecided
Trailer: Filmstalker
I want this film to be good as it stars Sean Bean in the leading role and Michelle Ryan, James Fox and Charlotte Rampling in supporting roles, plus it's the story of a secret service agent who is tasked with tracking down a suicide bomber and his terrorist cell and eliminating them all. Sounds perfect fodder for Bean and he's not playing a bad guy for a change. However I just have the feeling this isn't going to be as intelligent as we might hope, after all it's currently only getting released in UK and Ireland.


John Carter
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Stalk
Trailer: Filmstalker, Filmstalker
I have to say that you should stalk this film since it is the adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs story by Andrew Stanton, the man who brought us Nemo and WALL-E, the very same studio behind those films, a huge budget, mammoth effects, and a cast to stack against it all with names such as Mark Strong, Samantha Morton, Ciarán Hinds, Willem Dafoe, Thomas Haden Church, Dominic West, James Purefoy, Bryan Cranston and headed up by Taylor Kitsch and Lynn Collins. Everything looks good on paper and the trailers have shown some great effects, but will the story follow or will it be lost in the effect laden sequences?


The Decoy Bride
Release: Limited
Recommendation: Undecided
Trailer: YouTube
Alice Eve, David Tennant and Kelly Macdonald are the exciting things to watch out for here, but the rest of the film sounds poor and you have to wonder why the stars decided to do this film. It's the story of a Hollywood actress getting married on a remote Scottish island and employing a decoy bride to keep the press off their tail...or train you could say. Oh dear me, avoid I'd say.


The Raven
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Stalk
Trailer: Filmstalker, Filmstalker
James McTeigue is directing this film which immediately should draw your interest, but a story that looks at a dramatic version of what could have happened to the great writer Edgar Allan Poe during the mysterious final weeks of his life should nail your interest firmly to the door of The Raven. I am a bit perplexed at the choice of John Cusack taking the lead as Poe but he has Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Coyle, Brendan Gleeson, Kevin McNally, Pam Ferris and M. Emmet Walsh. While this will provide for a great thriller and yarn, I would really like to see a film that does address the last days of Poe and looks into the mystery behind his death.


Trishna
Release: Selected Cities
Recommendation: Stalk
Trailer: Filmstalker
Michael Winterbottom has taken the classic Thomas Hardy novel Tess of the d'Urbervilles and transported it to India with the hauntingly beautiful Freida Pinto and the rising Riz Ahmed, and from what I heard at the Glasgow Film Festival he's produced a rather beautiful film and so I'd say it's definitely worth a visit.


15th March
Gumball 3000: Number 13
Release: London
Recommendation: Undecided
Trailer: YouTube
I'm a big car fan and the idea of a real road race as we've seen in the Gumball and Cannonball films, well more the Gumball ones, is really alluring and so watching someone compete in the Gumball 3000 that sees competitors race from London to Istanbul in just seven days is definitely worth watching. The film has MTV's Dirty Sanchez's Lee Dainton and Matthew Pritchard taking a VW van and entering the race, driving by day, partying by night and trying to beat the supercars around them. It features all sorts of names from Eve to David Hasselhoff, and Tamer Hassan to David Guetta as well as the Monaco F1 race. Sounds like it could be a complete blast.


16th March
21 Jump Street
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Walk
Trailer: Filmstalker
This looks pathetic. All the usual inane stock jokes from Hollywood with the usual faces to tick the boxes of a Hollywood comedy and loosely connect with the original 21 Jump Street television series. No thanks.


Contraband
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Stalk
Trailer: Filmstalker, Filmstalker
The trailers for this film have been looking good and offering us a darker, harder action film. I haven't seen the original Reykjavik-Rotterdam which it has remade but it does feel as though they've made a palatable shift from thriller to action, I do hope though that they've kept a lot of the thriller in the remake. It stars Mark Wahlberg, Robert Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Lukas Haas, Kate Beckinsale and Giovanni Ribisi and is directed by Baltasar Kormákur who produced and starred in the original. The story is that a well known, very successful and retired smuggler is pulled back into the business when his brother-in-law is far from successful in his smuggling venture and gets himself in deep with a drug lord. The only way out is for him to carry out an odacious job of smuggling millions of dollars of counterfeit bills into the country, so he sets out to do just that and save his family.


In Darkness
Release: Selected Cities
Recommendation: Undecided
Trailer: Filmstalker
Another Glasgow Film Festival missed opportunity was this Polish film which sounded very much like a Schindler's List story although even more unbelievable. In the Nazi occupied town of Lvov a man reluctantly becomes the saviour of a growing group of Jewish refugees by hiding them in the sewers of the city. It sounds unbelievable but it really happened and that alone draws me to the film. It's definitely worth investigating but I'm not sure how it will tell us something new about a story we've seen quite a few times now.


The Devil Inside
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Walk
Trailer: Filmstalker
From all accounts this is a walk away from film, but there's something about exorcism films that still draw interest in the horror genre, and that's no different for me. This one sees a woman becoming involved in a series of unathorised exorcisms as she tries to discover what happened to her own mother who killed three people during an exorcism that was being performed on her. It has plenty of potential to deliver something scary, thoughtful and perhaps pointing out what could really be behind so many exorcisms, however I'm not sure it's worked considering the poor scores on IMDB.


We Bought a Zoo
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Undecided
Trailer: Filmstalker
I really want to write “Walk” next to the recommendation here, even though we are talking about a Cameron Crowe film co-written with Aline Brosh McKenna and starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church, Angus Macfadyen, Elle Fanning and Patrick Fugit, but watching the trailer and hearing the story just screams twee-ness to me, even if it is a true story. A man takes his family away from the city and buys a struggling zoo so that they can renovate it and make it a real concern, giving the kids something amazing to grow up with. You know how this will all turn out and the love story that will play throughout.


23rd March
Act of Valor
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Stalk
Trailer: Filmstalker, Filmstalker, Filmstalker, Filmstalker
This is the action film that is very reminiscent of the plot in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six, a team of specialist soldiers are sent on a mission which gives them intel to lead them to their next mission, each increasing in scope and danger and building to a much bigger plot. Here though the technology and tactics are apparently as close to those of America's Navy SEALs as you can get, and better than that it stars actual Navy SEALs themselves. That's what's making this film particularly attractive, the realism aspect, and the two directors have come off the back of making a documentary about part of the team of the Navy SEALs, again the realism is screaming through this project and should be a reason to stalk this film.


The Hunger Games
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Stalk
Trailer: Filmstalker
I know the book has sold a lot of copies and is well read, but I've never read it and I wonder how far it will reach outside of the fanbase. Actually I think it will reach quite far with the Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland and Toby Jones. Oh, and Lenny Kravitz, oh yes, are you gonna go my way? Whenever I hear the plot I keep thinking of an American version of Battle Royale, a more acceptable one, and cleverly turned around for the teen audience too. In a future America split into districts and heavily rationed, a teenager is chosen from each district to compete in a game to the death with the survivor gaining noteriety and rewards for their district. Battle Royale with less blood but perhaps the same amount of social and political commentary? It's for the hope of a positive answer to that question that I've labelled it with a stalk.


Wild Bill
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Undecided
Trailer: TrailerAddict
I really want to encourage UK audiences to go and see UK films, and I wish I could have seen this at the Glasgow Film Festival to tell you more about it but I didn't. However I know a couple of people who did go and see it and they didn't have great things to say. This is the directorial debut of Dexter Fletcher who co-wrote the film with Danny King, it follows a man who is payrolled from prison after eight years and returns home to find his two young children abandoned by their mother and fending for themselves. He is a reluctant father and just wants to get back to his old ways, but the older of the kids blackmails him to stay and fend of social services for a while in order that he can continue working and looking after the other boy. The father agrees, he has little choice other than returning to prison, and a bond begins to form between them. It does sound an interesting film, but from what I've heard it's not that good. Still, I'd be willing to give it a chance and so should you.


28th March
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Stalk
Trailer: Filmstalker, Filmstalker, Filmstalker
Oh this does look like a lot of fun, whether you call it Pirates! or the full title – actually I wonder why that is? Is it because the American market might not like the scientists part of the story and the appearance of Charles Darwin and his monkey? Oh tosh, it's probably because a short title works better. - The new animation comes from the Aardman team and carries another great voice cast with Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, Jeremy Piven, Brian Blessed, Lenny Henry, Salma Hayek, Martin Freeman, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Russell Tovey and Ashley Jensen. I'm sure there are more guest voices that I've missed out but that's a good list to be going on with, and the trailers have looked packed with jokes and laughter for all ages. Another Aardman hit? I do hope so.


30th March
Babycall
Release: Selected Cities
Recommendation: Walk
Trailer: Filmstalker
I saw this at the Glasgow Film Festival and was rather disappointed, I had expected a clever thriller that had a great performance from Noomi Rapace which centered around a woman hearing voices on her baby monitor (babycall) that was not her own child. No. That's not what you get. There are a couple of scenes with the baby monitor and some things that would suggest you are being led somewhere but they are just a tiny fraction of the story and most of it is just dropped and forgotten about. The story isn't what you expect and has so many loose ends and big leaps to tie the end up so it can say it's finished it isn't that fulfilling. It has some good ideas and sequences, and the performances from the two leads are good, in fact Kristoffer Joner is the better of the two, but it wasn't what was expected and never delivered in the end.


Gone
Release: Unknown, assuming UK Wide
Recommendation: Undecided
Trailer: Filmstalker
I am thinking that this will just follow convention, but at the same time Amanda Seyfried is talented and gorgeous and Jennifer Carpenter also stars, but early reviews are middle of the road and the trailer does suggest that we might just have seen too much already. Stock stuff with some style from Adrift director Heitor Dhalia?


Into the Abyss
Release: Unknown
Recommendation: Stalk
Trailer: TrailerAddict, TrailerAddict
Here's a documentary that I hadn't heard anything about until now, Werner Herzog examines death row inmate Michael Perry and those who have been affected by his crime through a series of interviews and is billed as an examination of why people, and the state, kill. It does sound like it could offer a great deal to the viewer, especially as it's coming from the slightly off centre view of Herzog. I'd definitely consider this a film worth going to see, especially if it does start broadening or challenging your preconceptions.


The Island President
Release: Selected Cities
Recommendation: Stalk
Trailer: Filmstalker
Talking of challenging preconceptions, here's a film that will divide. Some will think that this man is spouting lies and causing panic where there is none, falsifying evidence that shows the islands of the Maldives are sinking into the rising waters, while others, those that aren't religiously or politically skewed, those with belief and understanding in science, will realise the terrible truth. This film follows the president of the Maldives who is fighting an international campaign to try and get other countries around the world to change their behaviour in order to save his people's islands from drowning. However when the countries can't even decide to intervene in genocides, how are they going to agree on a topic that many want to believe isn't real? Powerful stuff, and a documentary that needs to be seen.


Wrath of the Titans
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Undecided
Trailer: Filmstalker, Filmstalker
Okay, enough of the documentaries, let's have some fun, and I think that Wrath of the Titans might just do that and deliver far more than its predecesor Clash of the Titans which was less than well received. Of course it's still all created for 3D from the scripting upwards, and there are less and less 2D screenings of 3D films so if there's not a 2D showing you won't catch me watching it. That said, the trailers for this film do look much darker and more exciting than the previous and the effects and action look damned exciting. Still, the story could be dire and it could be another made for 3D film.




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