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Palo Alto! Those Coppola’s know how to spin a good yarn. This is the directorial debut from Gia Coppola (Sophia Coppola’s niece and Francis’ grand-daughter). The imagery looks ethereal/magical, and the storyline dives into teenagers dealing with sex, drugs, and violence. And because, well, I love the Oz books, Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, and the movies (no matter how bad they are). And this one looks like it might be bad. Both open May 9th
Although I’ve stayed away from trailers and online chatter, I’m excited about X-Men: Days of Future Past. I loved the direction and casting of X-Men: First Class. I’m also intrigued with the approach to crossing the two sets of actors who’ve recently played the X-Men. If it works well, it could help answer the question about the current media-based Marvel Universe about what will happen as the current actors playing our favorites, like Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, no longer want to, or are no longer capable of, playing them.
I’m crazy excited for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He was my favourite superhero growing up, and I’ve really enjoyed Mark Webb’s take on Peter’s story. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have charmed me–Stone’s interpretation of Gwen Stacy is particularly noteworthy, and she’s made her every second on screen captivating. I’m looking forward to seeing how Garfield handles the heightened pressures of his superhero alter-ego in this installment.
I’m actually gonna give ups to Godzilla. The one that marked Matthew Broderick’s last outing as an action movie heartthrob has a spot in my heart for sheer campy silliness, but this one looks like the original style one with better technology. One calling out science for hubris. That’s always right up my alley.
Maleficent–The Sleeping Beauty legend retold from the villain’s point of view. Originally I was pretty eh about this movie, as I don’t feel the need to change every evil character’s motion to something noble, but the trailers have changed my mind. I’m a sucker for active women who happen to have horns and wings, plus any kind of uprising of the magical forest dwellers against the destructive humans has a soft spot in my heart.
I’m excited for Belle which is coming out May 2nd and is directed by (Amma Asanta) as well as starring (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) women of color. The story looks and sounds awesome: “An illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle.” – IMDB. I’m hesitant when it comes to comedy movies, but I’m excited for Chef, which is directed by and starring Jon Favreau (added bonus of Robert Downey Jr!). I need to mention a superhero film or I’ll go insane. Between X-Men Days of Future Past and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I’m more excited for Spidey! Mostly because of the Gwen and Peter chemistry.