The only movie in July I really enjoyed was The Dark Knight Rises. It was a pretty solid enjoyment, so I guess I can’t hate on the past month too bad but I could certainly go for some more options in August.
- Total Recall – A few weeks ago a few of us watched a bit of the original. I was pretty into the part that I saw and really want to finish it. Since then I can’t decide whether it made me more or less excited to see this remake. On one hand, I know more about the story and it hooked me to see how it plays out. I think this movie deserves to actually look like it takes place in the future too. On the other, this remake looks way too CGIed and doesn’t seem to have any practical effects. Watching the original looks out of date but it still has that appeal. I’m at least slightly more eager now that I’m more familiar.
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days - Haven’t seen any of these movies. Don’t have anything against them but it’s probably just because I’m not under the age of 12. I honestly didn’t even know these films did well enough to have sequels but they actually make a lot of money. Good for them.
- The Bourne Legacy - I should say up front that I’ve never seen any of the Jason Bourne movies. I’m not sure why since I love Matt Damon and action movies. But that doesn’t mean that I’m not interested in this. Despite that fact that this trailer has played before every freaking movie I’ve seen the past 2 months, I’m not sick of it. It probably has something to do with Jeremy Renner who I think is really the bee’s knees.
- The Campaign – Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis doing Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis running for public office. I really hope this doesn’t fall flat but I’m not expecting Step Brothers at the same time. It should be funny though, and a welcome comedy for a summer that’s been extremely light on the genre.
- Hope Springs (August 6) - Hmm, a movie about old people in couple’s counseling trying to rejuvinate their sex life. Doesn’t sound exactly thrilling. Also, I’d much rather watch It’s Complicated which also starred Meryl Streep but with Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin costarring. That movie was actually really funny and this does not look like it’s even on par with that.
- Nitro Circus (August 6) - I did not even know this was coming out until doing this post. Am I out of the loop? This is MTV’s replacement of Jackass that never quite took off. I think the thing they’re missing is that most people who go to Jackass movies know what they’re getting themselves into. They know most of the people doing the stunts and it almost feels like they’re your buddies. It’s not just the stunts but their group chemistry that is so funny and fun to watch. I doubt that Nitro Circus really has that sort of fan base so this could just as well be clips on YouTube of random strangers that I don’t need to pay $10 to see.
- The Expendables 2 – I get why this series pumps people up, but I just couldn’t care less. Never saw the first, and I seriously doubt I’ll seek this out even on cable.
- The Odd Life of Timothy Green (August 15) – For the first minute of this trailer it actually seemed kind of cute. I thought I knew where it was going… and then I realized that this movie is weird as shit. It totally is just like in We Bought A Zoo except instead of running a zoo, all you need to have a kid is a lot of heart. And to bury a box with pieces of paper with doodles on them in your backyard.
- ParaNorman – Not usually into kids movies, but the voice cast is pretty cool and I always am a little more interested in stop motion animation. Probably wouldn’t pay to see this in theaters but it doesn’t look half bad.
- Sparkle – This doesn’t look that bad as long as the script isn’t too basic or trite. Of course, it has that annoying thing where singers are sort of just being plopped into a movie, but as long as they aren’t awful actors it should be okay. This also stars Whitney Houston posthumously which will be a weird thing to watch but hopefully is something positive to leave behind.
- The Apparition – This looks like a fairly generic ghost horror movie. Not too much in the trailer stands out. It does have some up and coming actors that could be fun to watch. Ashley Greene and Tom Felton are both moving on from their big franchise roles, and Sebastian Stan is just gaining traction as part of the Captain America franchise. None of them are necessarily my favorite up and comers but I am curious about what they have to offer.
- Hit & Run – This movie doesn’t really look that great or original, but it has one thing I’m semi-obsessed with: Kristen Bell. Since watching Veronica Mars I think she’s amazing. Too bad her film roles so far don’t really show that at all. I even watched House Of Lies which wasn’t my cup of tea just so I could get my fix. I’m surprised this is even getting a wide release, but I will see it just for my homegirl.
- Premium Rush – This seems like one of those movies that was made a few years ago, but is just now getting released because of JGL’s growing popularity. Apparently it’s not according to the brief info on wikipedia (this move doesn’t really inspire me to research past that) although it was filmed in 2010 so maybe. Either way, it doesn’t look that interesting. I do love JGL (don’t we all?) though so I’m not ruling this out.
- The Possession – I am so excited for this! It’s probably the movie I’m looking forward to most this month. I’m definitely in the mood for a decent horror flick and the trailer was very freaky. If this delivers on the thrills and atmosphere in the trailer this will be fantastic.
- Lawless (August 29) - The cast for this is pretty stellar and the plot sounds really interesting but the trailer just doesn’t come together for me. I think as this grows closer and I hear more buzz I might get more excited. I do kind of wish this was still called The Wettest County in The World though.
What are you looking forward to watching this month?