Friday, 10 January 2014

Future Film Friday: 2014 April-June

Release date: April 4th

A lot of people have, unfairly, already written off Divergent as just a Hunger Games knock-off, due to the similar audience and dystopian themes. Controversially, having read both, I prefer Veronica Roth's creation to the Suzanne Collins franchise so I am really looking forward to seeing how Neil Burger, along with Evan Daugherty and Vanessa Taylor, has approached the story, particularly some of the more iconic scenes, such as the 'fear landscapes'. Also I'm looking forward to seeing Kate Winslet as a big meanie.

The F Word
Release date: May 2nd

What I love most about Daniel Radcliffe is his refusal to be typecast (well...apart from that big role he had a couple years back...).  From The Woman in Black to A Young Doctor's Notebook, his choices are intriguingly eclectic, and now he has turned his hand to an indie rom-com.

The basic premise of The F Word is Wallace's (Radcliffe) infatuation with Chantry (Zoe Kazan), only to discover she is already in a relationship, and is relegated to the "friend zone". It was very well-received at TIFF, and being the enthusiastic lad that he is, I think we all wish a little bit that Daniel was our F word.

Bad Neighbours
Release date: May 9th

I wrote a while ago about how Zac Efron needs to focus his attention to comedy, because that is where he really shines.  Bad Neighbours isn't going to set the Oscars alight, nor is it even particularly original, but it's rude and crude and looks to produce a few LOLs.  From the director behind Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Nicholas Stoller also wrote the screenplays for The Muppets and Yes Man, all successful and respected comedies in their own rights so I have high hopes for this one.

Release date: May 30th

It takes a certain kind of bitch to curse a baby, and Maleficent really was bitch of the highest order.  There is, of course, a story behind the evil and Maleficent tells her side of the story, plus the events that drove her to curse baby Aurora to death.

At this stage, I can't see myself having any kind of empathy for the evil fairy, but the cinematography, set design and costumes look absolutely stunning so I will enjoy being wooed by pretty pictures for 2 hours at the very least.

The Fault in Our Stars
Release date: June 20th

The second Shailene Woodley offering in this post, which is impressive from someone who was virtually unknown a couple of years ago, with the exception of being George Clooney's daughter in The Descendants in 2011.

TFIOS is the story of Hazel and Gus, two cancer sufferers who bond and embark on a relationship, despite their bleak future.  The book, written by the tremendous John Green, is witty, heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measures and I challenge you to not fall in love with H and G.

There's been a furore surrounding the film's tagline (, suggesting it is offensive and makes light of cancer but I disagree.  What gives this film heart is that the characters don't want to be martyred and I believe this matches that.  And as JG himself said - "I like the tag line because it says, literally, the sick can also have love stories. Love and joy and romance are not just things reserved for the well."

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