Lot of interesting films this summer, but only a couple that are big studio films. Like the first six months of the year, it's been all about the indie films. That won't change these next few months. In case you think there won't be anything worth watching now that summer's halfway over, here's a list that shows you that's not really the case. Check it out.
Pacific Rim is already out and you know how I feel about that one. In the meantime...
Only God Forgives
This is one of those movies where "rottentomatoes" scores mean especially little. This is Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling collaborating once again. This time with a script Refn wrote. It got wildly mixed reviews in Cannes with some people booing. And you know what? I'm still excited as hell about this movie. Go figure.
Computer Chess (comes out July 17th)
This one just looks odd. Andrew Bujalski is known for being one of the more critically acclaimed filmmakers of the mumblecore genre. Well, this film, is unlike anything I've seen judging by the trailer. I don't know if I'll catch this in theaters, but it's definitely perked my interest.
The Wolverine (comes out July 24th)
The last superhero movie of the summer. You gotta give it to Hugh Jackman. He loves this character and he puts his all into each Wolverine performance. Let's hope this one is a step above the previous Wolverine film.
Two words: Cate Blanchett. Critics are going insane over her performance. Apparently, it's a show stopper. How do you not get excited over a great acting performance? Also, this one has quite the cast: Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Louis CK, Andrew Dice Clay, Bobby Cannavale... pretty cool. Oh yeah, it's directed by Woody Allen.
Fruitvale Station (wider release, July 26th)
This one is technically already out but a wider release is expected to come on the 26th. This was a Sundance favorite, winning the Grand Jury Prize. The Weinstein Company bought the distribution rights to the film so you can bet they'll be heavily pushing this one come awards season.
The Spectacular Now
James Ponsoldt is an up-and-coming director who really got the attention of critics with last year's "Smashed" which starred Mary Elizabeth Winstead. This time around, he's got "The Spectacular Now" which looks like it could be another indie gem. Shailene Woodley from "The Descendants" stars in this one.
The last big budget studio film I'm looking forward to for the summer. Neill Blomkamp wowed everyone, including me, with "District 9" and now he's come back with another original sci-fi action film? And Matt Damon and Jodie Foster are in it? Been awhile since Jodie Foster's been in something I cared about. She's always been a solid actress when the right role comes her way. But again, this is a sci-fi action flick and it's all about what Blomkamp can deliver with his sophomore effort. To me, "District 9" has already made him a serious director worth following, but Elysium could solidify his standing. Can't wait.
Kick-Ass 2 (comes out August 14th)
Jim Carrey made news earlier this summer by saying he refused to promote his role in Kick-Ass 2. What concerns me with the sequel is that Matthew Vaughn did not come back to direct this one, instead, Jeff Wadlow has taken the reins. Who's Jeff Wadlow? His last film was "Never Back Down," a film that came and went back in 2008 without much people noticing. Let's hope he can step his game up for this one.
The World's End
If Elysium is number 1 on my most anticipated films list, The World's End would be number 2. Edgar Wright directing, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost starring. This is the final film of the "Cornetto trilogy" with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz being the first two. So yeah, this one is definitely a must-see. In a summer where we had the Hangover trio, the Frat Pack, the Apatow Gang, and the Happy Madison... crew, we'll see if Team Wright-Pegg-Frost can deliver the best comedy of the summer.
Another interesting indie. Joe Swanberg is an incredibly prolific filmmaker and this is his most mainstream effort. It's got an interesting cast that includes Olivia Wilde, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston, and Jake Johnson. I don't expect this to set the world on fire, but it looks decent enough.