by Coop Cooper
This time of the year has a spotty track record when it comes to the box office. Some are great indie films which had successful early screenings and are distributed in the off-season to give them a chance for success. Others are potential failures Hollywood hopes they can over-hype and make a quick buck off of before tossing them in the trash.
These are a few of the upcoming, off-season films which look promising:
“The Hunger Games” (March 23) – Since this film is an highly anticipated adaptation of the runaway hit series of novels about teens forced into gladiator-type battles, I’m going to claim this is actually an early summer release. Not only does the film look phenomenal, it is also a guaranteed blockbuster hit.
“The Cabin in the Woods” (April 13) – This $30 million-dollar horror film was shot in 2009 but unreleased due to the financial shakeup at MGM and the film’s edgy (yet secretive) premise. Now it is finally scheduled for release and people will find out what the controversy and rave early reviews surrounding this film were all about.
“Lockout” (April 20) – This loose remake of “Escape from New York” features Guy Pierce as a smart-mouthed super soldier who breaks into an outer space supermax prison to save the president’s daughter from escaped inmates. It sounds silly until you see the impressive, action-packed trailer which recently leaked onto the internet, sending sci-fi fans into a frenzy of anticipation.
Here are a couple that will probably fall flat:
“21 Jump Street” (March 16) – Like everyone else, I laughed at this trailer, but I’m betting the best jokes are already ruined for the audience. I never liked the trend of converting old TV shows into campy comedy films. Jonah Hill will make it watchable but Channing Tatum will spoil the rest. Expect a very embarrassing cameo from Johnny Depp who starred in the original show.
“The Three Stooges” (April 13) – A modern send up of the original slapstick shorts, this film has already received dreadful early reviews, even from classic “Stooges” fans. A possible contender for Worst Movie of the Year.