It’s actually almost depressing to do this now since The Dark Knight Rises has been released. I have movies I’m looking forward to, but none as much as that. Sigh.
Movie I’m Most Interested In:
The Watch – There may yet be a week in which I don’t give a donkey’s bum about anything coming out. This was almost that week. If I’m honest, if presented with an opportunity to see this movie when I have nothing else to do, I just might if only for Jonah Hill. Though I’ve only seen one movie in which he has a starring role all the way through, the tidbits I have seen are impressive when coupled with his writing ability. The buzz around this movie was originally something about 4 golden boys of comedy doing a movie together about a neighborhood watch that becomes ground zero for an alien invasion. Thanks to George Zimmerman and Treyvon Martin, the buzz is now how the title of the movie and much of the promotional posters/standees were changed to avoid appearing tasteless.
Wide Release – 07/27/2012
Step Up Revolution – There’s a large rather clever standee for this movie in the hallway at my movie theatre and rarely a day goes by that someone does not scoff at it as they pass. Given that the actors are assuredly cast for their dancing ability rather than acting, and the plot is as cliche as June Beaver, it’s no wonder this movie series earns the wrath of the average movie buff. That said, this being the fourth installment means they hit on a formula that works for them and there’s not much chance of this being in the last. If it’s more dancing than story, I’m down.
[Despite the tragedy of Aurora, Colorado, The Dark Knight Rises still managed to break the highest gross midnight release record and have the third highest opening weekend gross. It takes top opening weekend gross for a 2D movie, and some suspect it might have topped The Avengers if that had not had 3D prices to bolster the numbers. ]
Ruby Sparks – Similar in a way to Stranger than Fiction (see it if you haven’t!) Ruby is about a “perfect girl” character created by a young novelist which comes to life. Which promptly causes said young writer both to freak the hell out, and fall in love. It stars Paul Dano who is something of an indie film darling and, aside from There Will Be Blood, a pleasure to watch. (Note: He’s not terrible at all in said movie, just portrays an uncomfortable character.) Another plus is the fact that this movie is being directed by the same duo which gave us the adorable and fun Little Miss Sunshine – which, incidentally, is where I first realized Paul is great at his craft. I realize I used the word which entirely too much in this paragraph.
Killer Joe – Normally I do not think I would include an NC-17 rated movie here but it seems odd that a movie starring American actors, set in very American texas would be released in the UK a full month before US release. Interesting cast too: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple (seen recently as Selina Kyle’s young friend,) Thomas Hayden Church, and Gina Gershon. Described as bleak and hyper-violent, I’m curious to know why someone on IMDB also tagged it as .. comedy. Maybe the “extreme” end sequence which* is said to be the reason for the strict rating is amusing to someone. Ew.
*There’s that word again!
There are a few other limited releases to choose from but as usual, nothing caught my attention. Looking forward to next month as nearly every week there’s a movie I’d like to see. Shame none of them are The Dark Knight Rises though (heehee.)