BY: MATT GRIPPI
Mar. 1 | "Stoker"
Korean director Park Chan-wook is known for his violent and visually stunning revenge films in his Vengeance trilogy (Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Lady Vengeance). “Stoker” is his first American film; a Hitchcock style thriller about a girl whose uncle moves into the house after her father dies. Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt” was apparently an inspiration for the film. They even named the uncle character “Uncle Charlie” as an homage. Could be creepy and cool, and it will be interesting to see if Chan-wook can make the transition to American film.
Mar. 8 | "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone"
“30 Rock” director Don Scardino is making the move to film with this comedy about competing magicians. Steve Carell and Steve Buscemi as a duo of old-school Vegas style magicians. A new magician played by Jim Carrey steals their spotlight and they have to work together to win back their fanbase. You can’t argue with the casting on this one, but the jokes parodying David Blaine/Cris Angel seem like they would have been more topical a few years ago when those guys were more prominent. However, this looks like one of the most interesting Jim Carrey roles we’ve had in a while so it’s probably worth a watch.
Mar. 22 | "Spring Breakers"
This is most likely going to be one of the most bizarre films of 2013. Disney stars Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez play teenage girls on spring break who decide to rob a restaurant with the help of James Franco who plays a drug dealer with cornrows named “Alien.” Director Harmony Korine is know for making avant-garde, bizarre and even disturbing movies starring teen actors so this is guaranteed to be quite a spectacle.
Mar. 30 | Doctor Who
“Doctor Who” is one of those phenomenons that you either get or you don’t. The long-running British sci-fi series about a humanoid alien adventurer who travels through time and space in a 1960’s style police telephone box called theTardis isn’t for anyone. For people who are willing to take the plunge, it can be some of the funniest, scariest and most endlessly imaginative hours on television. This season the Doctor has a new companion, Clara Oswald, whose main hook is that she may or may not have died multiple times in the past. This will most likely be the mystery for the upcoming season, and should be interesting to watch.
Mar. 31 | Game of Thrones
Dragons, nudity, war and political intrigue are just a few of the things that make HBO’s “Game of Thrones” so riveting. Last season ended with one of the most impressive battle scenes ever featured on television, which left many of the characters in precarious positions. We have been told that “winter is coming” for the past two seasons of the show, but it looks like this may be the season that delivers on that promise.