Reasons to be Cheerful in 2012 – Films (April)

Hello all

Do you remember, back on January 25th, I wrote these words:

“…putting together each post is really time consuming (not least because I keep getting distracted and finding other things to do!). March is done and ready for you, and I’m not going to make any promises about April that I can’t keep! It will happen, but who knows when! At least there is a long way to go before April, so if I do leave it two months, it won’t matter (it won’t be two months – don’t worry!).”

I’m being made to eat said words now, because look, it’s now almost two months to the day, and I have only just got around to sharing April’s films with you. I’m rubbish, there’s nothing else to be said! Anyway, seeing as I have now left it so incredibly long, I have decided that I am going to pretend it was on purpose, and this is the new way I am doing things. Frankly, there’s no point in me telling you, in April, what you should go and see in October, because you won’t remember when the time comes that there is something good coming out. So I am going to wait until the end of the previous month and tell you about them then. So now, as we are at the end of March, you get to hear about what is coming in April.

April is a bit of a dry month, in some respects; two of the films that I am featuring here are actually re-releases. Having said that, there is one film that is one of the more hotly anticipated of the year! Let me know what you’ll be seeing.

Titanic 3D


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This year marks 100 years since the Titanic went down, and it is, of course, being exploited all over the place. ITV have a television series starting on Sunday night, and James Cameron is re-releasing his 1998 film, this time in 3D. I’m sure I’ve talked before about my feelings towards Titanic; it seems to be very fashionable to criticise it and distance yourself from it, despite how much you enjoyed it in the first place. (I know that there are people who never liked it, my brother being one of them.) But I like it, primarily because when I went to see it, I was about 15, and it was probably aimed quite squarely in my direction. Anyway, either you’ve seen it a hundred times before, and you’ll go and see it in 3D because you love it so much, or you’ve never seen it and you figure you might as well go to the cinema while it is there (that’s my friend Richard). It’s being released on 6th April, and, as it’s 3D, will cost you an arm and a leg, as opposed to the usual arm it costs you to go to the cinema.

A Night to Remember


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Another Titanic-related re-release for you now. A Night to Remember was first released in 1958, and is generally considered to be one of the most accurate films about the sinking. It is revered by my aforementioned brother, who hates the 1997 film and adores this one. I haven’t ever actually seen it, but Empire give it a 5 star rating, and that’s definitely worth something. It stars Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, David McCallum and Honor Blackman, and is out on 13th April.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen


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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen stars Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor and Kristin Scott Thomas, and is directed by Lasse Hallström. I’m not entirely sure that I want to see it, to be honest, having watched the trailer it seems a lot like one of those films that I won’t see until it’s on the television on a Wednesday night. It’s not that it looks bad, as such, it just doesn’t inspire much feeling either way. It tells the story of a scientist (played by Ewan McGregor), who is recruited by Emily Blunt’s character to help introduce salmon fishing to, you guessed it, the Yemen. Somehow it all becomes political, and along the way, it would appear that there is love developing between Blunt and McGregor. It’s based on a book, and it’s out on 20th April.

Avengers Assemble


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This is the film that I was talking about when I said ‘hotly anticipated’. I think that’s fair to say, and I am one of the people that is looking forward to it (though maybe not as much as some other people). In case you don’t know, Avengers Assemble is the culmination of a series of Marvel superhero films of recent years, in which they team up together, under the leadership (possibly the wrong word, please don’t hate me if it’s not right) of Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peacekeeping agency. The team consists of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), with help from Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Loki (Jeremy Renner). Tom Hiddlestone, as Loki, will be the film’s main antagonist (please forgive me if I’ve got anything wrong, I am not a comic book expert and this is what I have gleaned from previous films and other websites!). Joss Whedon is writing and directing, and I think that’s one of the main reasons why everyone is so excited, when you have a geeky fanboy actually in control of a film that other geeky fanboys and girls have been waiting for years to see, hopes are high. It’s out on 26th April.

I had also wanted to include Chimpanzee in April’s list, but I can’t, because it doesn’t appear to have a UK release date yet. It’s a documentary from Disney (Disneynature to be exact), and it tells the story of Oscar, a baby chimpanzee who is adopted by an adult male chimpanzee. I am not an animal person, by any means, but baby chimps are cute, and even I can’t deny that. It’s narrated by Tim Allen, and hopefully will get a UK release date soon.

So, as I said, things are a bit thin on the ground in April, (and May, actually), but I hope you find something worth seeing! Let me know if I’ve missed anything.


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