Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hollywood 2011 - Part II

In grand Hollywood tradition, here is the sequel to my list from the beginning of the year. The first half of 2011 has whooshed past us, and we stare at the approaching second half. The mixed bag of the past six months couldn’t have been predictable, considering some of the most anticipated movies turned out to be total duds (Hangover 2, Cars 2) while others that seemed not too exciting blew us away (Thor, Fast5). Studios have shuffled their release schedules, upped the marketing on some movies and relegated some to the placid opening months of the next year. All this may be difficult to keep track of, so here’s an *updated* easy-to-follow list for the movies to look forward to for the rest of 2011. The list has pictures too – to easily identify what movies I’m talking about.

Note: All release dates mentioned are for the USA, for the sake of order. They are also, owing to their feminine nature, subject to change.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Green Lantern (2011)

IMDb link

Director: Martin Campbell
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Tim Robbins, Mark Strong, others.
Release Date: June 16, 2011 (UAE)

In a year that has seen two excellent superhero movies from Marvel already with another promising one on the way, rival super-hero publisher DC’s only outing this year is Green Lantern, and what an embarrassing movie it is. While fans of the comic-book hero are bound to be disappointed, the movie does not hold much for those new to the Green Lantern lore either. There is enough of the good-looking lead pair and by-the-numbers action and special-effects to keep the summer-movie audience engaged during its runtime, but it has little to call it a good movie. In an era when the standard for superhero movies has been set by The Dark Knight (the same studio behind Green Lantern as well) this film is a comparatively dismal effort.