Summer Movie Preview: July
We did not see ANY movies in theaters in June. None. That was partly because we were busy enjoying the nice weather and getting sunburns, and partly because, as our June preview showed, most of them did not look particularly appealing to us. Hopefully July fares better...
Melissa McCarthy was much better as Sookie on Gilmore Girls.
BOB'S TAKE: I had the painful experience of watching Identity Thief in theaters during a snow storm two years ago, and I’ve come out of the tragedy alive but scarred against Melissa McCarthy vehicles . Much like her predecessors Robin Williams and Jim Carrey, she performs a brand of physical comedy that mistakes aggressive broadness for wit. I continued to be confused by her popularity with this film's trailer, which looks mean-spirited and sad. Here’s hoping that I’m wrong.
Although John Carney directed Once, which I loathed, I still want to see his newest project, Begin Again, if for no other reason than it looks like a music-themed British-infused chick flick that can possibly cross between Love Actually and Music and Lyrics which I definitely and proudly love. Adam Levine needs to stop acting, though.
BOB'S TAKE: I hope I don’t like this movie so I don’t need to tell people I like this film with such a groan-worthy title.
A Long Way Down
I tried to read this Nick Hornby novel multiple times and something about it couldn’t carry me through to the ending, but the concept is interesting and I have high hopes that the movie will captivate me. As an M.F.A. graduate (finally!!!) I suppose I should be ashamed at that statement, but Toni Collette had me at Little Miss Sunshine.
BOB'S TAKE: This movie will have to tightrope the line between unbearably quirky and humorously heartfelt. I’m a Hornby fan and the cast is solid despite looking like someone picked 4 random names from IMDB and threw them on a poster (James Bond and Jesse together at last!) so I’m cautiously optimistic.
I love Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, mostly because of The Holiday and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. This looks like a perfectly horrible/great summer guilty pleasure that will make us laugh. Perfect popcorn movie.
BOB'S TAKE: The plot isn’t especially original (Zach and Mimi Make a Porno and Humpday both featured similar premises) or especially hilarious, but the cast looks game and it could be the best bet for a summer comedy in a season that looks especially short on funny new releases.
Tomato meter: 65%
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Aren’t there like 40 of the same movie?
The first one was a surprise hit with critics and audiences, but because I suck, I never watched it. Hopefully the movie will be more imaginative than its thesaurus-inspired title.
ALLIE and BOB's TAKE:
See our review!
The Purge: Anarchy
The first Purge was a great idea with pretty horrible execution. Granted, I didn’t see the end of the movie, but I read about it online and you know…I don’t really think I missed much. And although I didn’t mind not seeing the ending of the first movie, and although I was severely disappointed in the movie versus the trailer expectations, I still want to see The Purge: Anarchy. Call me a horror movie junkie, call me an idiot—the trailer looks essentially the same as the first Purge, except with no Ethan Hawke and slightly more blood and guts. We’ll see.
Any time a sequel is rushed to be released a year after the release of a surprise hit and features an entirely new cast, it’s a pretty good bet said sequel is going to be bad news for everyone except the lead actor who I imagine has finally fulfilled his dream of getting cast in movie for resembling Ethan Hawke. (Friday Night Lights fans will be joyed/saddened to see that Matty Saracen has a starring role as well, because low budget horror movies are all he can seem to get cast in these days.) The first film had a great premise but a story that failed to deliver on the potential of the world it created. Anarchy looks to be more of the same.
Hercules gets my vote as the honorary I, Frankenstein candidate for the summer: a movie that looks absolutely horrible and then defies expectations by being far worse than anyone could have imagined.
Sharknado 2: The Second One
All I know about Sharknado and Sharknado 2 is that there is a giant shark. Hey, I’m of the Snakes on a Plane generation, so I really can’t say much.
As any aficionado of bad movies will tell you, the truly great horrible movies are labors of love created by sincere yet inept filmmakers. When you’re intentionally terrible and you succeed, what’s the point? I’ll pass.