Summer of 2012 is proving to be a block buster season of the finest proportions and I for one cannot wait for at least three of the up and coming films on my list. Those who know me will guess immediately which ones I’m looking forward to but let’s just say I am a bit of a sci-fi and Marvel comic book fan! I rarely get off my comfy sofa to brave the elements but there are some films that just will not cut watching on a large second generation TV at home where the sound is permanently knackered to the point where it plays background noises to the fore. So occasionally I venture, mole eyed into the sun, only to quickly hunker back into the welcoming velvet escape of the cinematic dark cocoon and let myself slip into another world of someone else’s making. Bliss.
Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron, the plot involves the crew of the spaceship Prometheus in the year 2085, as they explore a highly developed alien civilization in their quest to search for the origins of humanity. The team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. Prometheus is scheduled to showcase in between May 30 and June 8, 2012.
The Dark Knight Rises
The upcoming anticipated film is set eight years after Batman took the fall for Two Face’s crimes, where a new terrorist leader, Bane overwhelms Gotham’s finest. When Commissioner Gordon stumbles upon a plot to destroy the city from within, Bruce Wayne gets back into action as the Batman. Waiting for him is the mysterious Selina Kyle and Bane, a lethal adversary on a crusade to tear apart Batmans legacy piece by piece. Bane is played by Tom Hardy who Nolan also directed in the mind-bending thriller Inception as well as in The Dark Knight Rises. Christian Bale reprises his part as Batman for the last time in the movie with Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine and Joseph Gordon-Levitt also featuring in the cast. Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force, which is struggling to cope with Bane’s plans to destroy the city.
The Amazing Spiderman
What did happen to Peter Parker’s parents? Ever since Peter’s parents disappeared 13 years ago, he has struggled to find his purpose in life. Now, on the brink of unlocking the mystery about what happened to them, he must face the ultimate challenge – one that has been created within the laboratories of Oscorp. Like most teenagers his age, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he to be the person he is today. In his journey to put the pieces of his past together he uncovers a secret that his father held… a secret that will ultimately shape his destiny as Spider-Man. This is the first in a series of movies that tells a different side of the Peter Parker story.
Safety Not Guaranteed
The movie stars Aubrey Plaza as a magazine intern who goes undercover to investigate a man (Mark Duplass) who placed an ad looking for a time-traveling partner. The movie was based on a real newspaper ad that was passed around the Internet in 2005. Director Colin Trevorrow takes Derek Connolly’s rather clever script and crafts an indie romance with some emotional heft. Summing up the ironic distance of her generation Aubrey Plaza turns her eye-rolling into an emotive tool worthy of the great silent stars. Mark Duplass continues to grow in our communal memory as an actor you like almost immediately, playing a supermarket stockboy/man who places the ad displayed to the left, seeking someone to travel through time with him.
A pair of siblings are forced to set aside their discomfort with one another for the sake of their father. Wendy Savage (Laura Linney) is a struggling playwright living in New York City who works a day job to support herself and can’t shake the feeling that she’s failed as an artist. Wendy isn’t especially happy about her love life either, gaining little self-esteem from her on-and-off affair with oversexed, married neighbor Larry (Peter Friedman). Wendy’s anxieties about her writing career are intensified by the success of her brother, Jon (Philip Seymour Hoffman), who teaches theater history at a college in Buffalo, NY, and has published a number of books.
While Jon’s life seems fine on the surface, a case of writer’s block has stalled work on his latest project, and he’s deeply upset that his girlfriend is soon to leave the United States to return to her native Poland. Wendy and Jon don’t get along and prefer not to see one another, but an unfortunate circumstance brings them together — their father, Lenny Savage (Philip Bosco) has began showing signs of dementia, and shortly after he takes to smearing his feces on the walls of his Arizona home, his ailing long-term girlfriend suddenly dies. Wendy and Jon have little choice but to fly to Arizona and see what can be done for Lenny, but their long-simmering animosity makes it hard for them to deal with the realities of Lenny’s condition.