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Filmstalker's Films for May 2012

Diary.jpgMay, and where's the weather? The day I'm formatting this article for posting its pouring down outside, perfect weather for being inside a cinema watching a film to take you away to somewhere exotic, even if it is just in your head.

There's certainly a lot to see this month, and a lot to miss, and while I don't list every release in these articles I do try and cover the most marketed films you need to miss, the films you definitely need to see, and some of the films you might not normally hear about, and May has all of them.

2nd
American Pie: Reunion
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Walk
Trailer: TrailerAddict Red Band
Sex, bodily function, drugs, drink and miscommunication related jokes will abound and it's just more of the same for the lacking in intelligence American comedy. It's shocking that rubbish like this gets released and that people go and see it while good ideas and scripts are being abandoned all over the place. This sees the American Pie team reunited, since they aren't making money anywhere else, to do more of the same dull crap - Haha! I said a rude word! Show some breasts and we have a comedy!

The Lucky One
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Walk
Trailer: TrailerAddict
Play it by the numbers standard romantic pulp, Another vehicle to help make Zac Efron a lusted after male lead so he can rake in more money in his next film. Talent not included, or required.


4th
Silent House
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Stalk
Trailer: Filmstalker
This is a remake of a Spanish horror film so that you don't have to read subtitles, after all how annoying is it that foreign film-makers use their own native language? Being serious though this isn't as bad as you might first think, and to be fair Hollywood remakes of foreign films have been getting better and better. Chris Kentis co-directs with Laura Lau who adapted the screenplay from the 2010 film from Gustvo Hernandez called The Silent House. The film was an eighty-eight minute single take film that followed a woman trapped inside a remote house and being threatened by an ominous presence. Apparently it's based on a true story, and apparently it's pretty damned scary, including the remake which has Elizabeth Olsen delivering a great performance. Worth a watch, although as usual I'd suggest the original first.

Safe
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Undecided
Trailer: Filmstalker
Take Mercury Rising, swap out our latest bald action hero for the previous one and bring with him the style he's become known for through the Transporter films and you seem to have Safe. You can't argue with that can you? At the same time though you can't not like the idea of Jason Statham going up against the police force and all the gangs of the city on his own, and undoubtedly coming out on top can you? Action galore, I'm in.

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
Release: Selected Cities
Recommendation: Stalk
Trailer: TrailerAddict
Takashi Miike directs a film about a Samurai living in poverty who discovers the fate of his Ronin son-in-law and sets about on a path of revenge in the name of honour. Miike, Samurai and Ronin, can you look your monitor straight in the pixel and say you're not interested out loud?

Juan of the Dead
Release: Selected Cities
Recommendation: Undecided
Trailer: Filmstalker
Finally we get to see the film from Alejandro Brugués which does indeed sound like a Cuban version of Shaun of the Dead, after all it doesn't just bear the same title, it is a zombie comedy horror and the hero of the piece is indeed called Juan. I don't hold out a great hope for the film but it could be a lot of fun and the comments so far are a mixed bag. I wouldn't leap to this if you aren't a zombie film fan though.


11th
Beloved
Release: Selected Cities
Recommendation: Undecided
Trailer: TrailerAddict
Here's another film this month I knew nothing about until I looked it up to write something. The film comes from writer and director Christophe Honoré and its listing carries the tags musical romance and drama, not to mention the cast of Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni, Ludivine Sagnier, Louis Garrel, Milos Forman and Paul Schneider. It sounds interesting and it's the cast that's drawing me to it. What do you think?

Dark Shadows
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Stalk
Trailer: Filmstalker
I wasn't interested in this film to start with, not another Tim Burton film starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter which would undoubtedly be have Depp in make-up, a darkly lit and dully coloured film, and the usual off kilter story from the writer/director. I was expecting more of the same, just the usual stuff, and to be honest the Trailer:s weren't really trying to convince me otherwise. However the more I saw of the television teasers the more I saw the funny side of the film and started thinking that there might be something there that's more than the standard Burton-Depp film, it looks funny.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Stalk
Trailer: Filmstalker
Mel Gibson in an action role, something that takes me back to the idea of the excellent Payback which I loved, is he getting back on track? Well if we can put aside his personal life and concentrate on his films. The elements of the film are a little confusing, while the story of a criminal being put in tough Mexican prison and forced to survive sounds like it could be playing to the strengths of Gibson in the Payback type role, the fact that the story sees him turning to a nine year old for help suggests something else. It's a curious combination on the plot and I'm keen to see how it turns out, if it's more Payback than anything then I'm sold.

Piranha 3DD
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Walk
Trailer: Filmstalker
Fish, fake breasts, terribly cheesy, and I can't think of much else to say about it. I'm really telling you to avoid this film. Please don't let them make another one.


16th
The Dictator
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Walk
Trailer: Filmstalker
I'm not mentioning every single bad comedy film that's being released this month, nor every single bad Hollywood film, but there are a couple that are being marketed over and above everything else to try and get your attention and money and I feel the need to highlight them and try and get you to think about your choice and where your money is going. The Trailer:s for The Dictator looks like it's just out to offend as many people as possible, especially those in the Middle East and I find it rather distasteful. This type of comedy is becoming tiring, the type that targets someone or some group and humiliates them to make others laugh, especially with the SBC formula for character creation.


18th
2 Days in New York
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Undecided
Trailer: TrailerAddict
I can't really say that you should Stalk or Walk this film as I'm not a huge fan of the previous similar films, but the film co-written and directed by Julie Delpy sees her star alongside Chris Rock, and that sounds interesting in itself. Still, I think it's one for fans of Delpy and her films.

Even the Rain
Release: Selected Cities
Recommendation: Stalk
Trailer: TrailerAddict
Icíar Bollaín directs the screenplay by Paul Laverty, an odd combination indeed but the writer of My Name is Joe, Sweet Sixteen, Ae Fond Kiss..., The Wind that Shakes the Barley and Looking For Eric is what has caught my eye about this film. It also stars Luis Tosar from the excellent Cell 211 (Filmstalker Review) and also Gael García Bernal. The film tells the story of a small town whose population stand up against the plans to privatise the local water supply - wasn't that a Bond film? The film won the Panorama Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival, was nominated for the Audience Award at the European Film Awards, was nominated for and won a number of Goya awards, as well as a number of others. This is definitely something to watch out for at your local independent cinema.

The Raid: Redemption (Filmstalker Review)
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Stalk
Trailer: Filmstalker
Read my review for all the detail, but here are a few key moments worth taking notice of:

...a towering power house of an action film that will deliver thrills and adrenaline in bucket loads setting an incredible benchmark for the remake and the sequels to come.

It's a fantastic action film that manages to have a decent strength thriller element as well, I do wish there was more to that thread, but there's more than enough in the action side that will have you gasping audibly hardly believing what's happening on screen. The bar of action films has been raised by a Welsh director in Indonesia.

She Monkeys
Release: Selected Cities
Recommendation: Undecided
Trailer: TrailerAddict
First time feature writer and director Lisa Aschan along with first time feature writer Josefine Adolfsson has delivered a film with a tag line that caught my eye - "a modern western about power, sex, and creatures" - and the blurb is equally as eye catching with the promise of a relationship that is filled with physical and psychological challenges, of some form of game and rules between the two members of the relationship and of raising stakes, crossing lines and control. A strange title, some unknowns behind the script and camera, but the promise of that plot should have your interest piqued.


23rd
Iron Sky
Release: Selected Cities
Recommendation: Stalk
Trailer: Filmstalker
Oh we've been waiting for this film. Nazi's have been hiding out on the dark side of the moon, regrouping and building a massive army to invade Earth from space and their time has come. It's a film that had some of the funding provided by fans who wanted to see it get made and it's gaining a fan base bigger than merely those who have been interested from the opening production. It's an unashamed B movie that even managed to grab Udo Kier for the cast and has received quite a score on IMDB, go on give it a go, it's bound to be a lot of fun.


25th
Men in Black III
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Undecided
Trailer: Filmstalker
I wasn't really interested in seeing another Men in Black film, I liked the first but the second was terrible with the focus being the talking dog just took it to the ridiculous and seemed to forget everything about the show that was actually good. So when I first heard about the third film I wasn't getting too excited. News came about a script unfinished during filming, about it being rushed to get the film out for the release date and the fact it was going to be in 3D and I was even less interested. Yet there was the fact that Josh Brolin was going to be playing a young Tommy Lee Jones which seemed to be a great fit, and then came the Trailer:. The film has pitched itself back to what was strong about the first and the marrying of Brolin and Jones seems to be nigh on perfect. I'm wondering if this could actually be a big hit and for all the right reasons.

Moonrise Kingdom
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Stalk
Trailer: Filmstalker
First of all Moonrise Kingdom is written by Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola, yes that one, and with Anderson directing you know that you're going to be watching something a little off kilter as well as fun and delivering a strong message on the way. Oh and then there's the cast of Ed Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murrary, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Jason Schwartzman, Frances McDormand, and more. It certainly looks rather odd but that's to be expected with Anderson, but what's also expected is a good film to go with it.


30th
Snow White and the Huntsman
Release: UK Wide
Recommendation: Stalk
Trailer: Filmstalker
It is funny to think that before Tarsem Singh's Mirror Mirror came out this is the film that I was thinking would be the lesser of the two Snow White modern interpretations that were coming out, but when I started to see the Trailer:s things began to change, while Mirror Mirror looked the lighter, more fairytale version, this film looked like it was going to be the darker, harder version. That tone bore through the Trailer:s and with each one it's looked better and better. Okay the Scottish accent of Chris Hemsworth sounds rather off, something like a mix of Braveheart and Sean Connery, but everything else looks strong and it's Charlize Theron that looks like she's going to steal the show. Let's not forget the rest of the strong cast as well Kristen Stewart, Toby Jones, Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost, Eddie Marsan, Lily Cole, Bob Hoskins and Vincent Regan. This could be fantastic.




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