Watch These: March.

March 2, 2013

Did anyone watch the Oscars? To say the least, I was so tremendously satisfied by the winners chosen. My personal favorites were "Paperman" for Animated Short, Brave for Animated Film (go Brenda Chapman!), Christoph Waltz for Best Supporting Actor, Ang Lee for Best Director, Argo for Best Film, and of course, Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress.

Now it's time to move on and look forward to the new films that may become contenders for next year's Oscars. I believe one or two of this month's films will make it to that prestigious award show.


release date: march 1st, 2013.

starring: mia wasikowska, nicole kidman, & matthew goode.

director: chan-wook park.

storyline: After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him (from imdb).

let me preface this by saying i hate horror movies. really. i had my eyes closed for the majority of all horror movies i've seen (which are only three), and each experience was one i hope to never repeat again. so why do i want to watch stoker? the premise, cast, and director all have immense aesthetic appeal to me. park chan-wook is one of the most critically-acclaimed directors in not just south korea, but the world, and the script was lauded as one of the best in 2010, before it was picked up. is it wrong to want to watch a movie just to see the style in which it will be filmed and portrayed? here's hoping that the film won't be too terrifying (hahah, this may just be wishful thinking).

why watch it: just check out this trailer.

jack the giant slayer
release date: march 1st, 2013.

starring: nicholas hoult, stanley tucci, & ewan mcgregor.

director: bryan singer.

storyline: The ancient war between humans and a race of giants is reignited when Jack, a young farmhand fighting for a kingdom and the love of a princess, opens a gateway between the two worlds (from imdb).

while i'm glad that nicholas hoult is headlining this film (have you watched x-men: first class? he was wonderful in it), i'm more excited by the presence of stanley tucci and bryan singer. there's just something about tucci - i swear he has a golden touch with movies. more often than not, he plays a side character, but the ones that he plays are always so memorable and well done, that i constantly wish i could see more of his character instead of the main ones. and then there's bryan singer, of x-men and x2 fame. he may not be the most respected director, but i find all of his films enjoyable, and isn't that what movies are for?

why watch it: a fun spin on a classic story.

oz the great and powerful
release date: march 8th, 2013.

starring: james franco, michelle williams, rachel weisz, & mila kunis.

director: sam raimi.

storyline: A small-time magician with dubious ethics is hurled off to an enchanting land, where he encounters three witches, as well as the opportunity to transform himself into a great wizard -- and an even greater man (from imdb).

finally! i have been eagerly anticipating this film for a while now (wrote about it last year: post), so i am beyond excited for this upcoming premiere. the cast is fantastic (though i have some ambivalence toward franco), and the bright visuals have already hooked me. this is one of those films that i know i'll still enjoy even if the storyline ends up becoming too convoluted or if the acting is subpar.

why watch it: a return to the emerald city? count me in.

the incredible burt wonderstone
release date: march 15th, 2013.

starring: steve carell, luke vanek, & jim carrey.

director: don scardino.

storyline: Magician Burt Wonderstone splits from his longtime stage partner after a guerrilla street magician steals their thunder. By spending some time with his boyhood idol, Burt looks to remember what made him love magic in the first place (from imdb).

i have a confession: i adore nonsensical movies, the ones where i can just turn my brain off and purely enjoy the stories and characters that unfold on the screen before me. i have a feeling this is the kind of film bruce wonderstone is. we all need some great comedies in our lives, and with the talented steve carell and jim carrey as stars in this film, i can't see this film not making me continually laugh out loud throughout it.

why watch it: for some silly fun.

release date: march 22nd, 2013.

starring: tina fey (♥ ♥ ♥), paul rudd, & nat wolff.

director: paul weitz.

storyline: A Princeton admissions officer who is up for a major promotion takes a professional risk after she meets a college-bound alternative school kid who just might be the son she gave up years ago in a secret adoption (from imdb).

there aren't many successful female comedians. there are even less successful, classy female comedians. which is why tina fey is just so special. she's one of those rare people in the entertainment industry who you can't legitimately hate on, without dozens of quizzical and "you craycray" looks thrown your way. while she's by far the biggest draw for me, i also really love that they paired her with paul rudd in this film, as he is just so affable and adorable.

why watch it: two words: tina. fey.

the place beyond the pines
release date: march 29th, 2013.

starring: ryan gosling, bradley cooper, & eva mendes.

director: derek cianfrance.

storyline: A motorcycle stunt rider turns to robbing banks as a way to provide for his lover and their newborn child, a decision that puts him on a collision course with an ambitious rookie cop navigating a department ruled by a corrupt detective (from imdb).

this may simply be because i just finished watching silver linings playbook, but i am amazed by bradley cooper. he was brilliant and endearing in that film, which is hard to be when he has to portray a man with bipolar disorder, with a tendency of emotionally wounding the people around him. anyways, the idea of having him and ryan gosling (!) together in one film is just too perfect. this is another one of those films whose cast makes me believe it has to be good.

why watch it: ryan gosling & bradley cooper. what more could we ask for?

As always, let me know if there are any great films coming out this month that I missed!

darn. i thought i would get this post out on time. if only i didn't go out and watch silver linings playbook hahah.


  1. We don't have any of these new movies released here in SA as yet, were usually a few months behind, but some of them really seem interesting. Thanks for displaying what to look forward to. Hope you're well sweety.

  2. Definitely satisfied with this years Oscar. loved life of pi, silver linings playbook and obviously brave.
    Dint get much time to watch recent movies though
    xo sabbi

  3. I am SO excited for 'Stoker', but I also loved 'Oldboy', so I'm hoping that he can create the same kind of magic. Going to be a good month for movies...

  4. Aw I really want to see Paperman, I've heard fantastic things about it!

    Hannah xx

  5. I didn't watch the Oscars, but I looked up the winners. I'm really glad Christoph Waltz got Best Supporting Actor too! He's such a great actor, and I loved his role in Django :) I didn't know about Paperman before the Oscars, but I looked it up afterwards. I love its animation style, so I'm glad it won too.

    I didn't know about most of these movies! I need to look into what's coming out this month. I haven't seen a movie in theaters since January.

  6. I watched the Oscars and was definitely happiest about the Ang Lee and Jennifer Lawrence wins! Both brilliant! And I must say, I am LOVING your blog's like an online magazine (but better). Always enjoy visiting your blog, Xixia :) xo Jess

  7. Haha, I also enjoy watching nonsensical movies. Sometimes it's nice to just shut off my brain and be entertained for an hour or so. I didn't watch the Oscars, but I did listen to my roommates watch it, haha. Oh well, maybe next time!

  8. Ohhhh...I was just checking the theaters if The Stoker is already showing here. I also don't like watching horror movies but this one looks too good to pass up! I love Mia Wasikowska and will watch anything with her in it. :)

  9. i really enjoyed the mouseover comments babe, what a cool way of presenting this post ;) haven't seen a single one of these movies, but recently saw cloud atlas which i really liked..

    steph /

  10. There are soo many movies I'm looking forward to this month, Stoker is at the top of my list to see though because Chan-Wook Park is one of my all time favourite directors. I would highly recommend his movies 'I'm a Cyborg' & 'JSA' if you haven't seen them, they're beautifully shot, very moving storylines & not horrors like the majority of his other work. Really looking forward to catching Oz too!

  11. I want to see all of these films.


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