Flashforward: March’s Most Anticipated Films

HOC FrankIt’s been a busy few months in the life of this writer. In January I finished my last requirements for professional school. During February and early March I participated in Operation Bawnjorno, a one man tour through Europe. And just a few days ago (Friday, March 20th), I learned I will move from Dallas, TX to Boston, MA to start a new job this coming July. Just to keep things interesting, my body decided it was time to spark a mild medical emergency and I have been recovering since learning of that placement. But with my returning good health, and the whirlwind of news and announcements slowing down, I am finally able to return to writing here on Flashback/Backslide. Thankfully, Lauren has been writing for the site in my absence and I have enjoyed reading her Marvel reviews and reading other people’s blogs as I recover from my quick four-day illness and re-acclimate to American-ness.

And what better way to recover than by catching up on the movies and shows I missed while abroad? Vikings was the appetizer before the main course: House of Cards season 3. HOC filled the void in my newly discovered TV loving heart and it was the first show for which I wrote a review (the void was left by the ending of Breaking Bad). I have not yet posted that review of the hit first season, but I plan to post it soon and pull a few reviews out of storage that have waited idly for the Marvel Blogathon to finish.

Sadly, no tragically, my viewing of HOC Season 3 was corrupted by a Netflix playback error coupled with my own stupidity. I watched Episodes 1 through 7 eagerly and relished in the return of Frank Underwood to my life. My mistake came when I accidentally skipped over Episodes 8 and 9 and went straight from 7 to 10. After watching that entire episode and thinking about how the show moved very quickly and basically ignored a few plot arcs from earlier episodes and started a few half-way, I finally realized I skipped an episode so I went back to watch Episode 9. But I thought it was only ONE episode, not two. I realized this after watching Episode 9 so I threw Netflix into full reverse again to watch Episode 8. Frustrated to no end and telling myself “I must not lose my resolve. I will march forward even if I have to do so alone,” I decided to start over from Episode 7. So I watched the show in this order: Episode 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 9, 8, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. Sure I got more hours out of the season than most fans, but watching Episodes 8-10 in reverse order, then immediately watching them again in the correct order stole some suspense from the show.

Regardless of the order, I enjoyed Season 3 more than Season 2 but less than Season 1. Because of this, I likely will not review Season 2 or 3. Instead I’ll go binge something else and catch up on old movies. This month’s batch doesn’t look like it will hold my interest for long. With little fanfare (you probably know more about these movies than I do), here are March’s Most Anticipated Films, along with the month’s Least Anticipated.


MARCH’S MOST ANTICIPATED FILMS:

CHAPPiE

Release date: March 6, 2015

Director: Neill Blomkamp

StarringSharlto Copley, Dev Patel, Watkin Tudor Jones, Yolandi Visser, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sigourney Weaver, Hugh Jackman


LEAST ANTICIPATED FILMS:

Danny Collins

Release date: March 20, 2015

Director: Dan Fogelman

StarringAl Pacino, Annette Bening, Jennifer Garner, Bobby Cannavale, Christopher Plummer

The Cobbler

Release date: March 13, 2015

Director: Thomas McCarthy

Starring: Adam Sandler, Dan Stevens, Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi, Ellen Barkin, Melonie Diaz

Cinderella

Release date: March 13, 2015

Director: Steve Pink

StarringLily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden, Stellan Skarsgård, Holliday Grainger, Derek Jacobi, Helena Bonham Carter

Insurgent

Release date: March 20, 2015

Director: Robert Schwentke

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Octavia Spencer, Jai Courtney, Ray Stevenson, Zoë Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Naomi Watts, Kate Winslet

2015 Overall List:

Most Anticipated Film of 2015: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Least Anticipated Film of 2015: Danny Collins

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