2015 Summer Movie Preview: August

July has not been the strongest month for film. There were some good ones, but most of them, not so much. Now it’s August. The summer movie season is almost over. There isn’t a lot of movies I’m excited for this month; given the fact that August and September are always the quietest months for movies. Without further ado, it’s time to talk about what has yet to come out.

August 7

shaun-the-sheepShaun the Sheep (opens tomorrow) – Aardman, the people behind Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run, and The Pirates! Band of Misfits (or In an Adventure with Scientists in the U.K.), are back to bring us another colorful, stop-motion animated adventure. Shaun the Sheep, based on the television show, looks like a fun ride for the whole family. Given it has little to no dialogue. The jokes are within the visuals; spoofing countless classic movies such as The Silence of the Lambs and Back to the Future.

fantastic-fourFantastic Four – It’s about time to see a reboot of Fantastic Four. The 2005 version is one of the worst superhero movies ever to come out in the 21st century. It’s quite refreshing to see director Josh Trank (Chronicle) giving the movie a different vision unlike most superhero movies. He had a lot of inspiration from Interstellar. I think this is the closest we will get to see Christopher Nolan directing his own version featuring these superheroes. This movie looks visually dazzling! With a gifted cast, I’m definitely looking forward to it.

the-giftThe Gift – Seeing the preview for this movie before Poltergeist sent shivers down my spine. This psychological thriller starring and directed by Joel Edgerton seems very creepy and heart-throbbing.

ricki-and-the-flashRicki and the Flash – Ah, Meryl Streep. The actress who is loved by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. I’m pretty sure she will get nominated for Best Actress for her performance as a mother-turned-rock star. Even though this looks far from original, I think her performance as well as Jonathan Demme’s direction will carry through.

cop-carCop Car – A thriller about a cop searching for his car after a pair of kids take it on a joyride. It’s nice to see some mustachioed Bacon. For a midnight movie, this looks quite enjoyable.

August 14

man_from_uncleThe Man from U.N.C.L.E. – Now this looks a lot of fun! Superman and the Lone Ranger teaming up together to stop a criminal organization from using nuclear weapons during the Cold War. Based on the classic television show, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. gives Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Snatch) his own typical sleek style and dry humor. Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer look like they are having the time of their lives. It’s awesome to see Hugh Grant again.

straight_outta_comptonStraight Outta Compton – I’m not a big fan of rap music. But, my goodness, does this look good? The biopic of the members of N.W.A. seems to be powerful stuff.

underdogsUnderdogs – Am I the only person who thinks Underdogs is somewhat of a rip-off of Angels in the Outfield? The main character thinking all is lost, a miracle comes, and he’s happy. I enjoy sports flicks, but this does not look good at all.

August 21

american_ultraAmerican Ultra – An action-comedy starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart as two stoners in the middle of a government assignment? Yes, please!

hitman_agent_47Hitman: Agent 47 – I haven’t seen the first movie, and this doesn’t make me become interested in this one. Zachary Quinto is awesome, but I don’t think he’ll carry through as the villain.

sinister_twoSinister 2 – A horror move that seems to be almost free from scares? Moving right along.

shes_funny_that_wayShe’s Funny That Way – A better title would be She’s UNFUNNY That Way. I’m shocked to find out Wes Anderson is attached to this project (as one of the executive producers). With funny actors attached to this movie (Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Imogen Potts, Will Forte), it seems to be a wasted opportunity.

August 28

regressionRegression – This has not been talked about a lot lately. I don’t know why. This mystery-psychological thriller looks quite eerie. Emma Watson. Ethan Hawke. Alejandro Amenábar (The Others). What more do you need?

z_for_zachariahZ for Zachariah – I never read the book. I cannot judge a movie from a book. A book is a book while a movie is a movie. This apocalyptic story looks absolutely gorgeous. With only three actors – Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine – being caught in a love triangle, I think this looks quite fabulous.

we_are_your_friendsWe Are Your Friends – With his High School Musical days behind him, I’m amazed how Zac Efron has matured into a talented actor. His breakthrough performance in last year’s Neighbors is quite something. In this movie, he stars as a DJ about to appear in the electronic music scene. It looks decent enough, but nothing special.

Recap:

Most Anticipated: Fantastic Four, The Gift, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Z for Zachariah

Least Anticipated: Hitman: Agent 47, She’s Funny That Way, Sinister 2, Underdogs

I hope enjoyed reading my thoughts on what has yet to come out in the month of August. Please feel free to leave a comment on what your most anticipated movies for this month are. I appreciate each and every one of you to read what my thoughts on the biggest summer blockbusters as well as some independent films. Stay tuned to hear what my thoughts are for the movies next summer. Also, stay tuned as I do a top twenty list of my most anticipated movies for the rest of 2015 (there are a lot of movies I’m looking forward to this fall). Take care.

2015 Summer Movie Preview: July

Two months down. Two to go. This summer had a variety of great movies, especially Inside Out. I’ve seen it three times already and I can’t wait to see it again and again until it heads out of the theater and hit the DVD shelves. But, it’s time to talk about what has yet to come in July.

I apologize for being late doing this. I recently spent a week in Illinois mainly to see my brother graduate from NAVY boot camp (I’m very happy for him). Now I am back in Maine to give you my thoughts on several upcoming movies for the month of July. Let’s do this!

July 3

terminator-genisysTerminator: Genisys (came out July 1) – It’s awesome to see Arnold Schwarzenegger [literally] back in the spotlight. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it would hold up for how bland it looks. I’ve yet to see any of the original Terminator films – particularly Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day – but I prefer watching those movies over this one. Nothing is creepier than seeing a CGI Arnold. James Cameron tells us that we’ll love this movie. In my opinion, it would be the exact opposite.

magic_mike_xxlMagic Mike XXL (came out July 1) – I would not be surprised if the sequel to the sleeper hit Magic Mike would make a lot of money this weekend. I’m pretty sure a lot of women will have as big of a ball as last time watching male strippers do what they do. Channing Tatum has come a long way after his horrendous performance in the G.I. Joe movies (I’m glad he got killed off early in G.I. Joe: Retaliation). This looks like it would be fun.

July 10

minionsMinions – I’m one of the few people who is not a big fan of the first Despicable Me. Other than the gorgeous animation, I found the jokes lacking and the characters dull (Steve Carell’s Hungarian accent didn’t do it for me), it didn’t make me laugh that much. And I skipped the sequel. I have to admit, the minions easily stole the show. Everyone wished for a spin-off featuring these delightful characters. Guess what? Their wishes came true! I don’t think this highly anticipated spin-off/prequel to Despicable Me looks any great, but it looks pretty damn funny. Not to mention the three main characters remind me so much of Moe, Larry and Curly (“The Three Stooges”). It’s interesting to see Sandra Bullock portraying a villainess.

the-gallowsThe Gallows – The found-footage horror genre enters an empty high school at night. An evil has lurked after a freak accident occurred during a play. A group of students go around to investigate. The previews look like it’s pretty atmospheric (given that it’s R-rated because of it, which is super rare). I have a bad feeling this would turn out to be garbage. We’ll play it by ear.

selflessSelf/Less – This looks like a massive step-up for Tarsem Singh after his visually stunning but narratively lackluster Mirror Mirror (that movie can suck it): a futuristic sci-fi thriller. It involves a wealthy businessman who has cancer and decides to go under a procedure that changes his appearance to make him look younger. But this procedure is not what it appears to be. I like a good sci-fi. Let’s hope this delivers.

boulevardBoulevard – After his death last year, it’s hard not to choke up watching a movie starring Robin Williams. He has been under the spotlight for more than 40 years improvising, doing stand-up routines, making people laugh, and delivering serious performances. He even won an Oscar for his astounding role in Good Will Hunting. Being his last acting role, Boulevard seems to be a great send-off for Williams. People have been praising his performance! I cannot wait!

July 17

ant-manAnt-Man – Marvel is in its third phase in their cinematic universe. Funnyman Paul Rudd stars in a more serious role as the titular role who wears a suit that has the power to make him shrink into ant-size. I like the looks of this movie, but I’m curious how Edgar Wright would have played it out before Peyton Reed entered the director’s chair. The effects look reminiscent to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. It might be as entertaining as the other superhero movies.TrainwreckTrainwreck – A comedy that has been getting unanimous praise prior to its release. And I could definitely see why. Directed by Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People, This is 40), starring two funny people (Amy Schumer and Bill Hader), and countless celebrity cameos. Also, the jokes – from the preview ­­­­– made me laugh quite a bit.mr_holmesMr. Holmes – Played by countless actors including Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, Sherlock Holmes is one of the most popular detectives of all-time. This year, director Bill Condon makes a version of Holmes unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. He’s played by Sir Ian McKellen. At the age of 93, he goes around England to investigate one final mystery. I would be a fool missing this one out.irrational-manIrrational Man – We all know how much we hate Woody Allen as a person. But more than half of the movies he makes – including Annie Hall and Blue Jasmine – are some of the best movies ever made. His new movie follows a professor who goes through an existential crisis who bonds with one of his fellow students. I like Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (star of last year’s decent but charming Magic in the Moonlight), but this looks like a standard entry in Woody Allen’s repertoire.

July 24paper-townsPaper Towns – Based on the book by John Green (author of The Fault in our Stars, which became a massively successful adaptation last year), Paper Towns follows a love story turned into a mystery. This is mainly a mystery for teens and young adults. Nat Wolff (star of The Fault in our Stars) and Cara Develegne look like they had great chemistry in what seems to be a funny and mysterious film. Hell, this looks better than The Fault in our Stars. Cannot wait for this and Looking for Alaska (I’ll have plenty of time to read that).pixelsPixels – It’s rare for anyone to look forward to a movie starring Adam Sandler. I personally liked his stuff on Saturday Night Live and some of his movies (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Funny People). Other than that, I hate Adam Sandler with a passion. I’m glad he worked with a better director this time; Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets) alongside Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, among others. How can a movie involving aliens in the form of retro video game characters taking over the world not get you stoked? This is one of the most ridiculously entertaining concepts I’ve ever heard for a movie!southpawSouthpaw – As I like to call it: “Raging Bull for the new generation”. Jake Gyllenhaal got huge for the role of a heavyweight boxer fighting for his life to get custody of his child. It looks like Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Olympus Has Fallen, The Equalizer) has made an emotionally tense character study.the-vatican-tapesThe Vatican Tapes – This sounds so much like a direct-to-DVD crap-fest. Mark Neveldine, who directed Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, cannot direct to save a life. I can’t imagine anyone watching his movies and not get a headache. The camera would not even stand still! Here’s some advice: MOUNT THE CAMERA ON A TRIPOD, FOR GOD’S SAKE!

July 31vacationVacation (in theaters July 29) – I rather watch the original 1983 Vacation starring Chevy Chase over this pile of tripe. Even Chris Hemsworth’s awkwardness doesn’t make it any funnier.mission-impossible-rogue-nation

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – Ethan Hunt is one of the best action movie heroes and Mission: Impossible is one of my favorite movie franchises. Even Mission: Impossible 2 is a guilty pleasure of mine. He and his short hair are back to go on another globe-trotting mission. It amazes how no other actor can pull off perilous stunts like Tom Cruise. Yes, he was actually hanging on that cargo airplane door. Looking for a good time. Let’s hope Christopher McQuarrie steps up after directing Jack Reacher.the-end-of-the-tourThe End of the Tour – A hit at this year’s Sundance, this movie follows a journalist interviewing a writer for the Rolling Stone. This showcases Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel in what seems to be the performances of their careers. I love movies like these where they only involve people talking rather than mindless explosions.

Recap:
Most Anticipated: Boulevard, The End of the Tour, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Mr. Holmes, Paper Towns, Pixels
Least Anticipated: Terminator: Genisys, Vacation, The Vatican Tapes

I hope you all enjoyed what my thoughts on upcoming movies for July are. Please feel free to leave comments on what you are looking forward to this July. Stay tuned at the end of this month as I give my thoughts on what has yet to come in the month of August. Take care.

2015 Summer Movie Preview: June

The summer movie season is off to a fairly decent start. Even though there have been some complete failures (Aloha, Hot Pursuit), there have been some that either met (The Avengers: Age of Ultron; even though some people were disappointed with it) or exceeded everyone’s expectations (Mad Max: Fury Road). The month of June doesn’t have a lot that I’m excited for. Who knows? Maybe there would be some pleasant surprises throughout the month as well as the rest of the summer. Let’s talk about the movies that are coming out this month.

June 5

entourageEntourage (in theaters today) – I have never watched the HBO show. Seeing so many celebrity cameos from the preview looks like it would be okay for a few chuckles. I understand fans of the show are going to like or hate this movie. For a non-fan like me, I think it would be best to watch the show. Despite the negative reception, I’m not going to skip this movie. I’ll eventually watch the show and make an opinion when I end up seeing the movie.

spySpy – Melissa McCarthy returns with director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat) to give what the audience wants. It looks like this movie has it all: action, laughs, and of course, Melissa McCarthy. She is the master of improvising and making people laugh. Her performance in The Heat, alongside Sandra Bullock, had everyone in stitches. I don’t think she’s an awful actress, but it seems like she’s playing the same character over and over again. I wouldn’t be surprised if this would become a hit. I might see it for Jason Statham and Jude Law.

insidious_chapter_threeInsidious: Chapter 3 – Damn, how many movies are we going to get? What is this going to become? Paranormal Activity? I haven’t seen the Insidious movies, but I’ve heard the first one was pretty decent, and the second one sucked. This one doesn’t look scary at all.

love_and_mercyLove and Mercy – Brian Wilson had a devastating life. He decided to stop touring and write music after having a panic attack. In the 1980s, he’s a confused middle-aged man. As a fan of The Beach Boys, I cannot wait for this! Paul Dano and John Cusack are the perfect choices to play Brian Wilson (not to mention Wilson being satisfied after seeing the movie). I love how Paul Dano gets physically tortured in every single movie (from There Will Be Blood to Prisoners to 12 Years a Slave). This time, in Love and Mercy, he’s getting mentally tortured. Time to get out the tissue box.

June 12

jurassic_worldJurassic World – Jurassic Park is one of my all-time favorite movies. It has the wonder, the suspense, and it became an early milestone of bringing dinosaurs to life by using state-of-the-art CGI. Since 1993, they still hold up to this day. 22 years later, we get a reboot of this wonderful movie. What can be more exciting than Chris Pratt riding on his motor-scooter with a group of velociraptors? My inner child cannot wait any longer for June 12th!

me_and_earl_and_the_dying_girlMe and Earl and the Dying Girl – This smash hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival looks like it’s reminiscent to the films of Wes Anderson. A quirky comedy-drama about a teenage filmmaker who befriends a girl with leukemia. Words cannot describe on how stoked I am for this!! It looks funny and sad. My most anticipated movie for the month.

June 19

inside_outInside Out – PIXAR has made several imaginative animated films for kids and adults. They introduced a world of toys coming to life, showed the nice side of monsters, brought us under the sea, and even made a house fly. With Inside Out, PIXAR brings us inside the central nervous system and how our emotions are being controlled. After the solid but disappointing Monsters University, it looks like PIXAR is back to bring us the funny and emotional. If it stars two SNL alumni, Amy Poehler and Bill Hader, that gives two more good reasons to look forward to this.

dopeDope – Produced by Pharrell Williams, it follows an African-American high school senior living on the dangerous streets of Inglewood, California who dreams of going to Harvard. He goes on an adventure with his friends, one of them played by Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), and they try not to get in trouble. This is another hit at Sundance that looks offbeat and moving.

infinitely_polar_bearInfinitely Polar Bear – It’s refreshing to see Mark Ruffalo getting mad without turning into a green monster. In Infinitely Polar Bear, he plays a father with bipolar disorder learning the responsibilities of taking care of his two daughters. This looks like a very funny and touching outlook how one guy tries to do what is best, despite his condition.

manglehornManglehorn – Al Pacino is one of my favorite actors. I’m glad he came back this year! Directed by David Gordon Green, who gave us small independent films (George Washington, Snow Angels, Prince Avalanche, Joe) and mainstream comedies (Pineapple Express, Your Highness, The Sitter), he directs – what looks like – a deep character study about a lonely, sarcastic man working as a locksmith after losing the woman of his dreams. This is a very different role for Pacino (in a good way). Despite the mixed reception from last year’s Venice Film Festival, I’m quite looking forward to seeing how he holds up with Green in the director’s chair.

June 26

ted_twoTed 2 – Directed by Seth MacFarlane. Skipping this one for sure. Moving right along.

maxMax – From the director of Remember the Titans, this looks like a sentimental but heartwarming story of a dog who helped Marines in Afghanistan, and is adopted by a family in the States. This might be good, but I’m pretty sure my father, who was former soldier of the Army National Guard, would like to see it.

batkid_beginsBatkid Begins – It’s rare to get excited for a documentary. Seeing the preview, I was hooked. Following a kid diagnosed with leukemia who wishes to be Batman. Everyone from all over the world has been passing the story like a virus, and they root for him. Please take my money!!

Recap:
Most Anticipated: Batkid Begins, Inside Out, Jurassic World, Love and Mercy, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Least Anticipated: Insdious: Chapter 3, Ted 2

I hope you enjoyed reading on what my thoughts are on several movies for the month of June. Tell me in the comments below on what your most anticipated movies are. Stay tuned for a movie preview for the month of July at the end of the month. Take care.

2015 Summer Movie Preview: May

Wow! Is it that time of year again? Already?

Yes, the summer movie season is back! 2015 has been a decent year for film so far. Even though I haven’t seen a lot because of school getting in the way of my movie watching. But as my first year of college is about to come to a close, there are a lot of highly anticipated blockbusters, as well as some independent films, that have yet to come out that I am looking forward to this summer. Not to mention one coming out this month that is my most anticipated film of the entire year (can you guess which one?). I enjoyed doing this segment last year, and I’m glad to be doing it again this year. Keep in mind that I’ll review the movies that are being discussed a lot or just sound interesting to me. Let’s get started talking about the movies that are coming out in the month of May.

May 1

The Avengers - Age of UltronThe Avengers: Age of Ultron – This comes as no surprise to many people that this is what everyone is looking forward to.  For someone who loved The Avengers, I have been waiting patiently to see these superheroes spring back into action with new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Joss Whedon knows how to bring the fun to the superhero genre. Even though sequel don’t quite surpass the original, I’m definitely expecting a great time at the theater. I don’t know if Quicksilver would be more awesome here than Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Far from the Madding CrowdFar from the Madding Crowd – Based on Thomas Hardy’s novel, this film stars Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby) as a woman who is attracted to three different men in Victorian London. Due to the success of Downton Abbey, costume dramas have become very popular in the media. Last year’s Belle was a great look in racial equality in England during the 1700s. From the previews, I have never seen anything that looked more beautiful than Far from the Madding Crowd!

May 8

Hot PursuitHot Pursuit – There aren’t a lot of great comedies coming out nowadays. Hot Pursuit is no exception. Even though I like Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara to death, this movie is using the “buddy cop” sub-genre but with jokes that sound stale. It might be alright for a few laughs, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this flops.

MaggieMaggie – Arnold Schwarzenegger in a serious movie? How rare is that? Fans have been used to him as the ultimate action hero turned California governor turned back to actor. Starring alongside Abigail Breslin, this has my attention as being a tense zombie apocalypse story.

5 Flights Up5 Flights Up – You can’t go wrong with Morgan Freeman. He’s one of the best actors with one of the best voices on Earth. Everyone wishes that he should narrate their lives. This movie, co-starring Diane Keaton, follows a Brooklyn couple trying to sell their apartment due to financial issues. Even though it doesn’t look phenomenal, it looks sweet at best.

100yom_poster_2764x4096The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (I know, quite a mouthful) – Based on Jonas Jonasson’s novel, this popular Scandinavian picture is like a new version of Forrest Gump. It follows Allan Karlsson, who was an explosives expert becoming a part of the most important historical events of the 20th century and meeting countless historical figures. At 100 years old and in good health, he escapes his nursing home to embark on another (possibly his last) adventure. After seeing the trailer today, not only am I intrigued but I’m laughing from thinking about it. For someone interested in Scandinavian cinema, I would be a fool for missing out on this.

May 15

MMMad Max: Fury Road – Oh my goodness! Talk about being on the edge of your seat from watching the previews! I have yet to see the original films starring Mel Gibson, but this reboot looks insane in every sense of the word. With Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, and Nicholas Hoult leading the cast, I have a feeling this would surpass Furious 7 as the year’s best action film.

PP2Pitch Perfect 2 – The sequel to the 2012 cult classic Pitch Perfect looks as aca-fun. After seeing the first film, I could see why the movie inspired many acapella musicians worldwide (especially Pentatonix, who are going to appear in the sequel). I don’t care if the story is predictable as hell, what matters is the laughs and the good time. I can’t think of a better actress who can sing more beautifully than Anna Kendrick. It’s like she is about to hit Broadway, she’s that good!

Slow WestSlow West – This Western became a big hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It won the Grand Jury Prize for Best International Drama. From the looks of the preview, the movie looks like a beautiful and traditional Western. What more do you need with a cast featuring Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smith-McPhee?

Good KillGood Kill – This is the third collaboration of Ethan Hawke and director Andrew Niccol; the first two being Gattaca and Lord of War. After getting mixed reviews coming from the Venice Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival, it’s about time for this to get an initial limited release. I think this looks like a fascinating character study on how one man begins to question about his life and missions as a drone pilot. I like Ethan Hawke and Andrew Niccol. Gattaca is one of my all-time favorite films. Let’s hope Niccol will return to form after The Host, a disaster that I’m glad I avoided.

May 22

TomorrowlandTomorrowland – The previews for Disney’s Tomorrowland show very little detail. That’s a good thing. Nowadays, a lot of movie trailers give too much away (*ahem* Neighbors). The look of movie makes me feel like a kid experiencing something unlike anything I’ve seen before. Brad Bird is an ingenious filmmaker who directed the best Mission: Impossible film to date (Ghost Protocol). I love the imagination he puts into this picture. Cannot wait for this!!

PoltergeistPoltergeist – Ah, the summer movie season couldn’t be complete without a remake or two. A remake of the 1982 film that contributed to the creation of the PG-13 rating (along with countless other violent PG-rated films of the 1980s), Poltergeist looks like any generic modern-day horror flick. Focusing more on the jump scares than on the atmosphere. Who knows? it might be one of those rare occasions that it’s faithful to the original.

May 29

san_andreasSan Andreas – Even though it’s hard not to like Dwayne Johnson, this movie looks like a new 2012. Paul Giamatti looks like the only redeemable quality of this train-wreck.

AlohaAloha – It’s refreshing to see a mainstream film absent from loud explosions and overblown effects. Only nothing but human drama. With an ensemble cast including Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray, Rachel McAdams, and John Krasinski and talented director (Cameron Crowe, Jerry Maguire and We Bought a Zoo), Aloha might be good, or it might be bad.

Recap:

Most Anticipated: The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Far from the Madding Crowd, Mad Max: Fury Road, Tomorrowland

Least Anticipated: Hot Pursuit, Poltergeist, San Andreas

I hope you enjoyed reading on what my thoughts are on several movies for the month of May. Tell me in the comments below on what your most anticipated movies are for the month of May. Stay tuned for a movie preview for the month of June on Memorial Day. Take care.

2014 Summer Movie Preview: August

The summer is almost over. Not only does it mean school (or for me, life) is about to start, but it also means the start of the Oscar season. Although there are some movies that have come out but I’ve yet to see (Boyhood, Begin Again, and Magic in the Moonlight), this summer movie season had a lot of successful hits (compared to last year). It seems like the month of August is going to have more movies that might flop, with the exception of a few movies (including one that is my most anticipated movie of the whole summer). Let’s discuss what has yet to come out this coming month, shall we?

August 1

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy – The latest from Marvel is my most anticipated movie for the entire summer. It’s always refreshing to have something new coming from Marvel. Like with Iron Man (2008), my excitement for this movie went through the roof. I believe this is what a great comic book movie should look like: hilarious, touching, action-packed, and entertaining as hell. With an excellent cast (not to mention Bradley Cooper being the voice of a talking raccoon), a soundtrack containing songs from the ’70s, Guardians of the Galaxy looks more like a comic book movie than an homage to some classic adventure movies (i.e. Star Wars and Indiana Jones). Looking forward to seeing it on opening day!

Get On Up

Get On Up – Biopics of Freddie Mercury, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Elvis, and Elton John have yet to be made. Usually, music biopics can be very difficult to make. They need to have an actor/actress who could capture the essence and spirit of the music icon, and bring enough energy to make the movie worthwhile. Get on Up, the biopic of James Brown, looks like what Jersey Boys could have been. I can’t picture a better actor to play James Brown than Chadwick Boseman (Jackie Robinson from 42). Co-starring Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer under the direction of Tate Taylor (of The Help), I feel good to have a biopic about this legendary artist.

Calvary

Calvary – I haven’t heard anything much about this Irish film until recently. The movie stars Brendan Gleeson (known for his role of Mad-Eye Moody from Harry Potter) as a kind Catholic priest who is threatened during a confessional by a parishioner saying he’s going to kill him. He must face his forces that are closing in around him. I think this movie looks absolutely terrific. Like with Philomena talking more about becoming a more respectable human being than Irish Catholicism, this movie talks about suffering the sins and forgiving those around you. The scenery of Ireland looks absolutely beautiful.

August 8

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – I never seen the original television show from the ’90s, but it doesn’t mean I’ve never heard of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. With Michael Bay being the producer and Johnathan Liebesman (of the appalling Battle: Los Angeles) directing, I rather eat a whole box of pizza than to see this film. Megan Fox and Will Arnett look horrendously miscast! Definitely avoiding this at all costs.

Into the Storm

Into the Storm – *sigh* I feel sorry for Richard Armitage (Thorin Oakenshield of The Hobbit) for being a part of the movie. None of this looks believable at all! Anything else I need to say than that!?

Step Up - All In

Step Up: All In – Looks like the movie has a lot of attractive actors, loud music, and really impressive dance choreography. That’s basically all there is to it. I have never seen the other Step Up movies, and I don’t plan to see any of them (including this one).

The Hundred-Foot Journey

The Hundred-Foot Journey – Now this is more like it! A movie without any big explosions or special effects. Just a warm/delightful story about a family from India opening an Indian restaurant in France across the street from a celebrated French restaurant. While these two cultures battle each other, they come to appreciate each other.

What If

What If – With his Harry Potter years behind him, Daniel Radcliffe is continuing to showcase his talent as an actor. One of his breakout post-Harry Potter films was 2012’s The Woman in Black, a solid yet atmospheric haunted house picture with old-fashioned scares and a decent mystery scattered about. This year, he’s going to be in two films: Horns and What If. Originally titled The F Word (no, not *that* F word), this looks like a good romance story without being too sentimental and sappy.

August 15

Let's Be Cops

Let’s Be Cops (opens Aug. 13) – I think Let’s Be Idiots Than Cops could have been a much better title. A movie about two friends who try to be cops after attending a costume party sounds royally dumb. After watching the trailer, I felt like I just watched the first half of the movie. I’m definitely skipping it.

The Expendables 3

The Expendables 3 – I haven’t seen the predecessors, but I guess it wouldn’t matter much. With a ginormous cast of action stars, these movies feel like they would be fun on their own right. I don’t mind seeing this movie without seeing the others.

The Giver

The Giver – I haven’t read the book since the sixth grade, but I remember it being undeniably strange. The film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s bestseller stars Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep (unrecognizable in her role), Katie Holmes, and Taylor Swift (also unrecognizable). I don’t know what to think about this movie. It might turn out good, or it might turn out bad. Who knows?

August 22

Sin City - A Dame to Kill For

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – I’ve yet to see Sin City. I appreciate the visual style of these movies; almost like a moving comic book. I appreciate the all-star cast: Josh Brolin, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, and so on. I guess it’s time to watch the predecessor.

If I Stay

If I Stay – This is like Ghost for a new generation. It has a deep story starring the lovely Chloe Grace Moretz about a teenage girl in critical condition after being in a car accident that leaves her family dead, and she must choose her own fate. I have a feeling this will have teenage audiences bawling their eyes out.

August 29

The November Man

The November Man (opens Aug. 27) -I can tell this is going to flop. Big time! Although having experience of playing a secret agent, Pierce Brosnan seems like he’s returning to his James Bond glory days. This doesn’t look original whatsoever.

As Above, So Below

As Above, So Below – Another movie in which I assume is going to flop. There are a lot of horror films that are marketed as scary but come out as unintentionally goofy. I’m skipping this one for sure.

Recap:

Most Anticipated: Calvary, Guardians of the Galaxy, Get On Up, The Hundred-Foot Journey

Least Anticipated: As Above, So Below, Into the Storm, Let’s Be Cops, Step Up: All In, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

I hope you enjoyed reading on what my thoughts are on the upcoming movies for the month of August. Tell me in the comments on what are your most anticipated movies and least anticipated movies for the month of August. I appreciate anyone who has taken the time to read my thoughts on what had yet to come this summer. I had quite a bit of fun typing about them, and I’m looking forward to doing this next summer. Stay tuned for my list featuring my most anticipated movies for the rest of 2014. Take care.

2014 Summer Movie Preview: July

Two months down; two months to go. So far, this summer had some movies that met and exceeded my expectations. It also had its fair share of surprises and failures. I don’t think this July will have some great mainstream films, but I’m hoping it will be a memorable month for independent films. I’m quite upset Jupiter Ascending got pushed back from July 18th to February 6, 2015. Channing Tatum has literally improved as an actor, and I’m hoping it will be worth waiting to see him with his pointy ears, alongside Mila Kunis, in that nifty-looking visual extravaganza by the creators of The Matrix.

Probably this month will look good even though it got pushed back, not to mention a new one by Woody Allen and one that took 12 years in the making. Here are my thoughts on what has yet to come in the month of July.

July 4

Tammy

Tammy (opens July 2) – Kicking off the 4th of July weekend is the highly-anticipated comedy starring Melissa McCarthy. She plays the title role going on a road trip with her mother after getting fired from her job at a local fast-food joint. Known for being on the hit sitcom Mike & Molly, McCarthy redefines the means of making a comedy worthwhile. After having everyone in stitches in last year’s buddy comedy The Heat, she has a trick of delivering a punchline that is timed so perfectly. Also starring Susan Sarandon, Tammy looks like it will be good for a few laughs.

Deliver Us From Evil

Deliver Us From Evil (opens July 2) – I’m not a big fan of horror films. Even if they are based on a true story, the result would be too ridiculous to be true. Not to mention lacking tension and atmosphere, it would rather focus more on gimmicky blood and gore, characters we would care less about, and boring the hell out of the audience. Deliver Us From Evil looks far from the shtick we’ve been getting over the years. It may have a familiar concept involving a person being possessed by the devil, but it looks well-executed. I’ll wait and see if it will hold up to the true story it’s based on, not just making it dull and worthless.

Earth to Echo

Earth to Echo (opens July 2) – Looking like a cross between E.T. and Chronicle, Earth to Echo is the first in the found-footage sub-genre to be more family-oriented. We’re all familiar with the concept; a group of kids help an extraterrestrial to bring it back home. Super 8 had a familiar plot, but what mattered was the execution. J.J. Abrams did an astounding job with that, and also paying tribute to Steven Spielberg. On the other hand, despite the unoriginal concept, this looks quite standard in my opinion. I appreciate the filmmakers giving a purpose to audiences having a feeling of summer nostalgia. It might turn out good, it might turn out bad.

Begin Again

Begin Again (now playing in NY/LA, opens July 2) – After the success of Once, fans have been wondering why musicals should be small and independent rather than big and extraordinary. John Carney returns in the director’s chair to direct another low-budget musical. This time, he’s bringing it to America, featuring some modern musicians (Adam Levine from Maroon 5 and Cee Lo Green) and the charming Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. I have a feeling it would be delightful.

July 11

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – For someone who hasn’t seen the original Planet of the Apes movies, I was really pleased with the 2011 reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It featured a compelling story about a scientist who successfully tests a breakthrough drug (that could cure Alzheimer’s disease) on a chimpanzee named Caesar. When Caesar is imprisoned in an ape sanctuary, he leads an uprising with his fellow apes. Not only James Franco did a really good job in the movie but I think the highlight is Andy Serkis. He captures the expressions and body language of Caesar so well that it looks like we’re connecting to an actual ape than the person behind it. The effects (notably the apes) are beyond excellent, and it contains one of the best climaxes of this decade.

I have a feeling the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, might be another one of those rare sequels that will surpass its predecessor. Featuring a great cast lead by Gary Oldman and a battle between humans and apes after a virus outbreak, I’m really looking forward to seeing this. I think it’s awesome that Caesar is going to talk more. He only had a couple of scenes of dialogue in the last film. Not to mention the moment where Caesar yells “NO!”

Boyhood

Boyhood – This is my most anticipated movie for the month of July. I’ve never seen a movie that looked as unique as Boyhood. Getting a lot of praise coming out of Sundance, Richard Linklater’s exploration of life seen through the eyes of a boy took 12 years to make. He would use the same cast (Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater) to act in sequences where they naturally develop over the time-period. It’s a similar technique he did with the Before trilogy; casting Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy every nine years to see the characters naturally mature. Boyhood looks like a special movie-going experience.

July 18

The Purge - Anarchy

The Purge: Anarchy – Really? Do they have to make another one? The first film had one of the most absurd concepts I’ve ever heard. If you forgot the concept from the first film, it takes place in the not-too-distant future where the government sets a 12-hour period in which every illegal crime becomes legal. The sequel has the same exact concept, which is good enough for me to skip it.

Planes - Fire and Rescue

Planes: Fire & Rescue – I haven’t seen its predecessor because it looked like a big, cheap, lazy spin-off to Cars. It gives a good reason why I’m skipping this one.

Sex Tape

Sex Tape – The concept sounds more like a sitcom than a mainstream comedy. A couple makes a sex tape on their iPad one night. The next couple of days, they must find out who was responsible for posting their sex tape. Because it stars two funny actors (Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel) doesn’t mean it looks any good.

I Origins

I Origins – The movie follows a molecular biologist examining the evolution of the human eye. After meeting a woman, he realizes his research complicates his scientific and spiritual beliefs which leads him to travel around the world. I have to admit the movie has an undeniably clever idea, but, from watching the trailer, it seems like the movie is going go all over the place. First, it starts off as a straight-forward sci-fi picture, then it sort of transitions into a romantic drama. I might end up renting this one.

July 25

Hercules

Hercules– Boy, oh boy. Do I have to explain why this movie looks bad? It wouldn’t surprise me if Brett Ratner would make something that is worse than X-Men: The Last Stand. Dwayne Johnson sure does have a lot of muscles to play the titular role, but I don’t think his performance would do it justice. There is a scene in the trailer where Hercules is about to fight zombies. That pretty much sums that I would avoid the movie at all costs.

Lucy

Lucy – Now that’s what I’m talking about! It may have similar concept to Limitless, but who wants to see a movie starring Scarlett Johansson as a woman turning into a superhuman after discovering a drug is implanted in her body? It looks insane!

Magic in the Moonlight

Magic in the Moonlight – After making Annie Hall back in 1977, there would be a movie written and directed by Woody Allen every year. Up to this day, critics would believe that half of his movies turned out good, and the other half turned out bad. After last year’s Blue Jasmine, I wondered how someone who sexually abused his daughter would be such a gifted actor/filmmaker. He created a darkly funny and devastating character study featuring a performance that made Cate Blanchett win the Oscar.

His latest movie, Magic in the Moonlight, looks delightful. Woody Allen bringing the charm of “The Roaring Twenties” in France to life is like a dream come true. Movies set in France (notably Paris) make me want to go there so bad. Emma Stone and Colin Firth look terrific together. I’m looking forward to seeing this one.

Recap:

Most Anticipated: Boyhood, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Lucy, Magic in the Moonlight

Least Anticipated: Hercules, Planes: Fire & Rescue, The Purge: Anarchy

I hope you enjoyed reading on what my thoughts are on the upcoming movies for the month of July. Tell me in the comments on what are your most anticipated movies and least anticipated movies for the month of July. Stay tuned for a movie preview for the month of August at the end of July.

2014 Summer Movie Preview: June

Happy Memorial Day, everybody! I hope you are enjoying your cookouts, or maybe you’re just wondering what I think about some upcoming summer movies. You’re in the right place! The summer movie season is off to a very good start. We’re almost in the month of June. I’m about to graduate from high school, and begin my new road to life. Perhaps, pursue a career as a movie critic. This month has movies that look really good. Here are my thoughts on what the month of June has in store for movies.

June 6

Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow – I’ve been hearing early buzz from critics. Some of them are calling Edge of Tomorrow “the best action movie of the summer.” It does look like it will be really good. However, the concept sounds a lot like a video game. Not to mention the movie’s tagline: “Live. Die. Repeat.” To this day, it boggles my mind how people think Tom Cruise is a horrible actor. I think he’s one of those actors who can do anything he could get his hands on, like doing his own stunts. I’m quite skeptical how this movie will turn out to be.

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars – Based on the #1 New York Times bestseller, here’s a love story that looks sweet but not syrupy (*ahem* Nicholas Sparks). We haven’t had a great mainstream romance movie in years. I’m down for it.

June 13

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street – The sequel to one of the biggest surprises of 2012, 21 Jump Street, might have the exact same concept. We reintroduce Jenko and Schmidt going undercover again. This time, as college students. I think this will contain as much laughs, as much chemistry from Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, and as much fun that made the first movie great.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Another sequel coming out on the same weekend as 22 Jump Street…hell yes! I think How to Train Your Dragon is the best animated film that DreamWorks has ever done since Shrek. It was funny, touching, and visually breathtaking. The sequel looks FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC! Hurry up, June 13th!

June 20

Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys – Clint Eastwood directing a musical? How strange. Or, maybe strange in a good way?

Think Like a Man Too

Think Like a Man Too – I’m not into black humor. I’ve only seen a few episodes of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, and I stopped watching it. This movie is no exception on how I feel. Kevin Hart is one good reason why I’m going to save my valuable time and money on this tripe.

June 27

Transformers - Age of Extinction

Transformers: Age of Extinction – Do we need another Transformers movie? The first one was good, no matter how stupid or overblown it can get. The second one sucked big time, and I wouldn’t see that obscene image of two wrecking balls clinging each other the same way ever again. How excruciating! The third one made up for what made its predecessor a big downer, but it was still not very good.

Mark Wahlberg is a likeable actor, but I don’t think he belongs in a bloody Transformers movie. Director Michael Bay might look back at some of the problems from the previous films, and perhaps make a good movie for once. Or, maybe he’ll focus on blowing s*** up rather than developing the human characters. We all know how bad of a director Bay is. Do we need to know what purpose he’s going bring into this movie? I guess it’s time to bring the Advil and water, because you will need a lot of it.

Recap:

Most Anticipated: How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 22 Jump Street

Least Anticipated: Transformers: Age of Extinction and Think Like a Man Too

I hope you enjoyed reading on what my thoughts are on the upcoming movies for the month of June. Tell me in the comments on what are your most anticipated movies for the month of June. Now I have to go study for my final exams. Stay tuned for a movie preview for the month of July on the last Monday of June. Take care.