Movies to Watch for this Year pt. 1

I am a huge fan of movies.  I have been diving head first, along with my wife Caty (she writes the blog, Filmcritter), into films the past few years, whether they be a big budget blockbuster (The Dark Knight Rises) or a small, independent art film (ugh, Weekend).  We just genuinely enjoy films, and this year looks to be pretty good, at least on the surface.  Here is a list, in no particular order, of films I am looking forward to this year.  The reason that it is only part one is that more films tend to surface later in the year that weren’t getting a whole lot of coverage right about now.  Here we go:

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Disney Confirms Star Wars Stand-Alone Movies

So after all of the speculation of Zack Snyder doing a “Seven Samurai” typed of Star Wars film outside of the new trilogy, it seems that at least part of the rumor is true.  Disney has confirmed that they will be making origin stories that will take place outside of the numbered films.  Included in these are movies about Boba Fett, Yoda, and a younger Han Solo.  According to

“There has been speculation about some stand-alone films that are in development,” Iger tells CNBC. “I can confirm to you today that, in fact, we are working on a few stand-alone films. Larry Kasdan and Simon Kinberg are both working on films derived from great ‘Star Wars’ characters that are not part of the overall saga. We still plan to make Episodes 7, 8, and 9, roughly over a six-year period of time, starting in 2015. There are going to be a few other films released in that time, too.”

I am intrigued by the Boba Fett film. The other two, however, don’t seem to interest me very much. Yoda has been over-exposed the past several years and I really can’t see another actor playing Han Solo. I guess we shall see. It does seem to show some promise because of the writers they have signed on.

Should BioWare Make Movies?

BioWare is arguably one of the greatest video game developers ever. They focus their games on not only accessible gameplay, but having a great story that will keep the player engaged until the very end. Some noteworthy games would be Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and its sequel, along with The Old Republic and the ever-so-amazing Mass Effect trilogy. I know I have done a post about video game trailers that seem like they could have been for movies, but the question I’m asking now is, should this game developer make movies with the animation and story-making prowess they so obviously have? For those of you that have played the games, the answer is undoubtedly “yes.” For those of you that haven’t, watch the trailers below and decide for yourself.
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I Have No Idea If I Want To See This

So I’ve been seeing commercials on tv for Dylan Dog Dead of Night. It stars Brandon Routh and Sam Huntington, who were both in one of my favorite movies, Superman Returns. It looks like one of those movies that are so bad they are good, kind of like Slither. Brandon Routh is really the only reason I would see this because he was hilarious to me in Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World.

Trailer after the jump.
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