Now that the worst is hopefully finally over (cough February cough), are we finally closing in on the good stuff? Admittedly, January wasn’t a total bust, there was some fun to be had, and Sundance was a total blast as expected. However, I think February decided to make up for it. While the summer movie season doesn’t hit full tilt until May, there is still almost too much to look forward to in March, let alone April (so much so that we’ll have to get to that one in a few weeks).
Picking up the slack from the abomination that was Gnomeo and Juliet, comes Rango, a new computer-animated family flick I’ve been anticipating since we first saw that orange wind up fish toy float across our screens. At first everyone clamored that it was “too weird” and there were lots of “I don’t get its,” I’ve been expecting good times from director Gore Verbinski working with Johnny Depp for a fourth time now. Even if not in another Pirates film. With Timothy Olyphant, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Bill Nighy, Alfred Molina, Ned Beatty, Stephen Root and Ray Winstone rounding out the voice cast, Verbinski and writer John Logan (Sweeney Todd, The Aviator, Gladiator) have my anticipation set even higher as the full length trailers and TV spots fare much better than anything we’ve seen for Cars 2.
George Nolfi may not be a household name but he’s dipped his hand in some pretty good stuff so far. Crafting his mold by working alongside everyone from Richard Donner to Steven Soderbergh to Paul Greengrass, it was probably only a matter of time before he brought his best screenplay yet to the big screen all by himself. Expect a full review on The Adjustment Bureau soon. While the creators of That ‘70s Show tried their hand at '80s fare before with That ‘80s Show and failed before, try, try again I suppose. Writers Jackie and Jeff Filgo are at it again with the appropriately titled Take Me Home Tonight starring Topher Grace no less. If that movie title doesn’t immediately spring to mind the song it’s taken from and bathe you in a sense of the ‘80s then apparently you were asleep for 10 years and have never watched VH1 for a second. Hopefully the film is as fun as its trailer with Anna Faris, Michelle Trachtenberg, Dan Fogler and Chris Pratt along for the shenanigans.