2012 Movie Preview

January 24, 2012

Let’s jump right into this. The gang and I sees some pretty hot movies coming out in the next 12 months. It’s very action packed, with a lot of genre revivals in the ma king. Sequels and 3-quels alike. It’s looking like a record breaking year, but only time will tell. Unlike other lists that I see out here, we’re going to start off with our most anticipated films for 2012.

World War Z

Opening – December 12

A post-zombie war epic based on the accounts of survivors from several different facets of life. Starring Brad Pitt, based off the terrifyingly gripping  book by Max Brooks. We’ve seen zombie flicks that take place during the outbreak with the undead roaming around, devouring victims.  But have we seen a zombie movie where all the zombies are already dead? Like dead, dead. Really dead. A story showing not only recollections of specific individuals, but the overall outcome of a society that was once engulfed in the most horrible crisis the world has ever seen.

 

Red Tails

Opening – January 20

George Lucas has already proved himself a legend when it comes to aerial combat action flicks. Now, he takes it from outer space to the friendly blue skies of war torn Italy with a action-packed tribute to the revered Tuskegee Airmen. Starring an ensemble cast including Cuba Gooding Jr and Terrance Howard, this soaring World War II epic looks very entertaining.  Directed by Anthony Hemingway of “The Wire” fame and written by legendary Boondocks creators Aaron McGruder, although I don’t think Riley will be making a cameo appearance in this.

 

The Dictator

Opening – May 11

Who remembers “Borat?” The beloved, yet eccentric and naive native of Kayzykstan (or however you spell it). Well, Sacha Baron Cohen is back with the Dictator, starring as a Sadaam Hussein influenced character who will stand up against the barbarity of democracy no matter what. With Seinfeld legend Larry Charles manning helm, we can only imagine the hilarity that will ensue.

 

The Dark Knight Rises

Opening – July 20

The third installment of the Nolan brother’s Batman saga. The last Batman film that will star Christian Bale as the caped crusader. The story is to take place 10 years after The Dark Knight. Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham city to face off against notorious D.C. villain Bane. Expect all of the super intense actions scenes that we all became familiar with on the last Batman. Make sure you see this one in IMAX.

 

Abrahan Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Opening – June 22

Take one of the greatest presidents of all time and take the most popular movie genre at the moment. What you get is Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Based off of Seth Graham Smith’s novel of the same name, this supernatural thriller is set to have Benjamin Walker playing Honest Abe, the real Honest Abe, except he has a secret identity of a vampire killer. Awesome. Tim Burton is producing this so expect all the dreariness and gloominess that will make this one a must see.

 

Men in Black 3

Opening – May 25

The 3quel starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as the alien fighting secret service duo. This is sure to be the same type of comedic and weird fun that the other two MIB movies brought us. I also heard that this one has some time traveling involved.

 

Prometheus

Opening – June 8

 

A Ridley Scott sci-fi film that originally started out as a prequel to the Alien franchise, but ultimately evolved into a tale of a spaceship crew on a misison to uncover the origins of humanity.

 

Kill Bin Laden

Opening – December 19

Katherine Bigelow scored big with Hurt Locker. The 2009 Iraq war suspense film about a team of IED bomb defusers. The movie was brilliant. It won Oscar for Best Picture. Now, she’s taking another stab at a tactical military based movie, Kill Bin Laden. Not too much is known right now of the plot, except it will star Joel Egerton, Idris Elba, and Guy Pearce. A little tid bit: Word on the street is that screenwriter Mark Boal developed the narrative after getting his hands on the actual classified documents from the Navy Seal mission that killed Bin Laden!

 

Act of Valor

Opening – February 24

Another war movie, this one also about Navy Seals, but here’s the catch – the soldiers on screen will be played by ACTUAL Navy Seals. The plot: ” Navy SEAL squad goes on a covert operation in Yugoslavia to rescue a kidnapped CIA Officer, while also taking down terrorists who aim to strike America.” Directed by Mike McCoy and Scott Waugn and backed by a solid script from Kurt Johnstad.

 

Gravity

Opening – November 21

Another sci-fi flick, this one from Alfonso Cuaron (Children of Men), and starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts who fight for their way back home after an accident in their manned satellite.

 

Think Like a Man

Opening – March 9

Steve Harvey made national healines, newsrooms, and blogposts when he dropped his book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man two years ago. Now, he’s making a movie. Tim Story will direct this tale of a group of women who try to use the book to decode the mystery behind men’s intentions. The star studded ensemble cast includes Kevin Hart, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union, Morris Chestnut, Keri Hilson, Chris Brown, Romany Malco, and Megan Good.


Drugs and the Creative Process

January 20, 2012

Here I am, sitting in front of my labby, writing completely sober. Watching the Lakers vs. Heat game at the same time. No drink next to me. Not even a beer. Five years ago, I couldn’t jot a single sentence down without the intake of some substance. Back then, I believed that mind alteration, numbing, was needed (at least for me) to write. It was a crutch indeed. But it was one that when in sober comparison to non-intoxicated works, was judged by me to be much better.

I never became a full blown alcoholic. Mostly due to the fact that I was just to lazy back then to write that much. In hindsight, I thank that slothfulness in hindsight, simply because it probably prevented an addiction. But along with maturity came realization. And at the pinnacle of that realization stood a question. I wrote some of my best stuff back then. I wrote some shit that when I look at it now, I say “Damn, I wrote that.” Actually some of the stuff that I wrote six to seven years ago are being picked up now by people who want to bring it to life. It’s very interesting.

Now, I still write phenomenal material, at least in my opinion, but it still begs the question: Do we need Drugs to enhance the creative process?

Marijuana has the effect on people to be super introspective. To break down the tiny particles of an event, situation, person, place, anything. A lot of writers smoke weed to “free their mind” and find things that were not there to the naked mind.  As a good friend of mines put it, “It opens up their third eye.”

Alcohol has the effect of loosening the tongue. It’s actually a result of loosening inhibitions. A quick release of serotonin in the brain, allowing one to put ideas down unfiltered. This usually destroys your self critique, which can be a good thing or a bad thing.

Uppers can make you feel like whatever you are composing is the greatest thing ever.

Downers make you feel like self-expression and chaos is one in the same.

Cigarettes, as Stephen King says, “releases the synapses.” Allowing ideas to jump from one brain stem to the the next quickly, easily, and more efficiently. Essentially, your fingers never stop with the keystrokes.

All of this is good, but can you be on substances at all times in your life. As writers, we spend a good chunk of our life writing, so can you even spend your time writing in a drunk or high stupor. Not even mentioning the physical consequences of this. You know, the liver cancer and cirhosis. The lung and throat cancer. The possibility of overdosing. You just can’t get toasted all the time and think there is no consequence.

Aside from the bodily damages, you also have emotional and mental distress. It’s just an all around bad deal. Hey! How about doing what real talented people do and hone your craft instead of trying to take a shortcut.

And as for you artists who are currently warped inside the world of creative “inspiration,” I really hope you will break out… or I really hope you are just lazy.


The Greatest Charity

January 2, 2012

To my cousin,

Woke up and thought about the midnight fear of death. The panic attack feeling you get from knowing that darkness is right around the corner. Read the rest of this entry »


Welcome Back NBA, Goodbye Loathsome Depression

December 30, 2011

It’s time to pop bottles and light up stogies. My beloved, my precious, is back.

I seriously fell into a two month long depression that began in late October. Read the rest of this entry »


When good characters suck

December 24, 2011

It always hurts when I put days, even weeks into crafting a great character, only to find out that this particular character sucks… Read the rest of this entry »


December 24, 2011

Read the Colombiana script. Loved it. Have not seen the movie yet. Yes, I am going to Redbox today to get it.


What we all are fighting for…

December 7, 2011

A full length screenplay is 90 through 120 pages. In between those pages are lives, emotions, tragedies, places, the known and the unknown. In between those pages are mystery and misery. It’s another world created. Full of interactions, births, and deaths. Love, hate, and greed. All of these pillars of life and more. We, as writers, create this. Read the rest of this entry »