After two months of releases, we’re finally at our first month of event films.
February had a rousing commercial and critical success with Deadpool, a film we liked but didn’t understand the mass appeal, and The Witch was the divisive new horror classic that caused quite a stir on social media.
With March, we have a sure to be blockbuster and pop culture phenomenom with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and the latest auteur works from Jeff Nichols and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
Here’s our guide of some of the buzz worthy titles of March!
Cemetery of Splendour
What’s it about? Cemetery of Splendour revolves around a lonely middle aged housewife who helps a soldier with sleeping sickness and falls into a hallucination that causes other worldly dreams, phantoms, and of course, romance.
Why we’re excited: This is the director’s first film since taking home the Palme D’or back in 2010 and from what I’ve heard it’s absolutely worth the wait.
Combing Weerasethakul’s love of nature with the juxtaposition of modern advancement, this film looks to be like another transcendent fantasy of the human spirit.
While his films certainly aren’t for everyone, more “artsy” inclined film fans are encouraged to dig into his filmography. His films may be challenging, but they are always a completely unique experience.
And I mean EXPERIENCE.
Releases March 4
What’s it about? In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a fugitive con artist fox and a rookie bunny cop must work together to uncover a conspiracy.
Why we’re excited: This one frankly came as a bit of a surprise. A couple of months ago, I dismissed this as another Disney animated film with brilliant animation and stock Disney characters, such as an uptight person who finally learns to let it go. (Pun intended).
However, these past few weeks have proven one thing; Zootopia is a force to be reckon with. With a 100 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and insane word of mouth, especially from fellow critics who are quite cynical towards these films, Zootopia should be near the top of your list this month! It’s on ours!
Releases March 4
10 Cloverfield Lane
What’s it about? After a woman survives a car accident, she’s brought to a bunker underneath a house. She thinks she’s being held prisoner…but the person who found her promises that she’s safer than she thinks.
Why we’re excited: Who remembers the Cloverfield phenomenon of 2007 that culminated when the film was finally released January 2008? I do.
I had a friend who was on the forefront of the hype and made me into one of the many people on their computer trying to find out what the movie was about. It was a simpler time.
Fast forward 8 years and now we have another top secret film that bares the Cloverfield name. This one is almost more shocking because next to NO ONE knew this movie existed until the teaser played in front of 13 Hours.
I still can’t believe JJ Abrams got away with producing another top secret hype fest. The plot seems very simple yet it looks really complex and borderline terrifying and we couldn’t be more excited.
We will have more to say about this film next week!
Releases March 11
What’s it about? A father and son go on the run after it becomes known his child possesses special powers.
Why we’re excited: Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter and Mud. So far American director Jeff Nichols has established himself as one of the strongest and most purely “American” voices in the cinematic world.
His human based Southern Gothic family dramas have such a distinct feel to them that it’s kind of odd and baffling no one has exactly tackled this side of American in such a folksy way.
He’s like a Mark Twain or a Bob Dylan in that sense.
With the release date fastly approaching and the positive reviews that poured out of the Berlin Film Festival, Midnight Special is emerging as everything we hoped it would be.
We will have more to say about Nichols when we chronicle his filmography starting March 13th!
Releases March 18th
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
What’s it about? After the destruction of Metropolis, Batman sees Superman as a threat to humanity and must find a way to stop him before he believes it’s too late. During the struggle between Day Vs. Night, a new threat arises and they must find a way to stop a mutual enemy.
Why we’re excited: Let’s get one thing out of the way, I’m beyond excited for this film. Our Twitter feed sadly has become a little too Batman V Superman focused lately but it’s hard to keep my excitement at bay.
I’ve been on board since Zack Snyder cast Ben Affleck in the lead, a choice I still feel is his bravest and smartest as a director.
The trailers have been divisive among fanboys and critics, but that hasn’t killed the hype. Ticket sales are incredibly strong and this looks like a spectacular like no other and early word around the campfire has been great, especially about Wonder Woman. (I saw The Force Awakens twice in theaters and people clapped each time they saw Wonder Woman in the trailers).
With the combination of screenwriter Chris Terrio’s emphasis on character & suspense and Snyder’s love of spectacle, my heart’s telling me this will be the biggest March movie ever. More articles on Batman, Superman, and Snyder are coming and we can’t wait to share them with you!
Releases March 25
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