Friday, June 01, 2007

June theatrical releases

Last month I tried to categorize these by genre and the universal response was that it would be more helpful to organize them by release date.

Like last month though, these aren't all the movies that are coming out this month; just the ones I find interesting. If I don't mention one that you think I should've or you think one of mine is unworthy of mention; that's what the comments section is for.


Knocked Up: Katherine Heigl's beautiful and I love her on Grey's Anatomy, but really this just looks very, very funny.

Day Watch: (limited release) Night Watch was an amazing fantasy film and I've been patiently waiting for the sequel. Wait's over.

Rise: Blood Hunter: This looks positively horrible, but it's Lucy Liu. I endured Ecks vs. Sever for her; I can make it through this.

June 8th

Surf's Up: I didn't see the marching or the dancing penguins, so I may have a higher tolerance for penguins than most folks right now. This looks funny to me.

Ocean's Thirteen: I have man crushes on George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon. Didn't care so much about Ocean's Twelve, but I didn't hate it either and I loved the first one.

La Vie en Rose: (limited release) I love Edith Piaf, but I'm not sure if I want to know about her life. The trailer looks interesting enough. Almost definitely a rental.

June 15th

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer: I really didn't care for the first one very much. I'm too much of a Doctor Doom fan to accept the high-pitched voice of the Nip/Tuck guy as a substitute for the James Earl Jones voice I've always heard in my head when reading the comics. But holy crap that trailer looks good. And I can't wait to see Galactus.

Fido: HA! You've gotta see the trailer on this one. A Boy and his Zombie. I thought they should probably leave the zombie-comedy niche well enough alone after Shaun of the Dead, but I was wrong. There's obviously far more that can be done with it.

DOA: Dead or Alive: And you thought only Rodriguez and Tarantino could do grindhouse. And it stars Jaime Pressly and deadly little Miho from Sin City? And the trailer actually looks frickin' awesome.

June 22nd

1408: John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson in a Stephen King adaptation that looks scary as hell.

Evan Almighty: I liked Bruce Almighty, but the real reason to see this is Steve Carrell. I'll see anything he's in. Funniest man on earth right now.

Black Sheep: (limited release) Weresheep? Are you kidding me? Man, I love horror movies right now!

June 29th

Ratatouille: The plot sounds like an extended Warner Brothers cartoon, but it's Brad Bird writing and directing and I trust that man completely.

Live Free or Die Hard: I'm John McClane's bitch. I feel dirty about how hot his daughter is though. I hear her name and immediately picture the little girl from the first movie answering the phone, "McClane residence; Lucy McClane speaking."

Death at a Funeral: The premise for this sounded hit-or-miss ("two brothers try to stop a blackmailer from exposing their deceased father's secret at his funeral"), but it's directed by Frank Oz, so I gave the trailer a look. It's hysterical! And it stars Alan Tudyk (Wash from Firefly, Steve the Pirate from Dodgeball).


James Baker said...

I just saw RATATOUILLE, and I may be too close to it to give a truly accurate appraisal, but I don't think that you will be disappointed.

James Baker said...

Oh, and I laughed a LOT at KNOCKED UP as well.

Before that movie, there was an over-the-top trailer for the new DIE HARD that made seem that McLane has super powers now...

West said...

Hehe @ jamie.

Lotta interesting stuff there. Hopefully, that'll help June pass by more quickly. (I've got plans for the end of the month.)

Michael May said...

Hey, Jamie! Did you work on Ratatouille?

James Baker said...

Yes. I did some very early concept design (so early that it wasn't really used once the project got the GREEN LIGHT) and later on, some storyboards. It is true that Ratatouille is the first truly comic idea Pixar has done (a "cooking rat" which I assume is why you made the comparison to Warner Brothers?) but that is one of the things I love about it. The whimsy of the premise doesn't prevent it from dealing with some deeper issues as at its heart.

Michael May said...

Well, I wanted to see it before, but now my interest just tripled. :)

Yeah, I think it's the comic idea that had me thinking Bugs Bunny. Or, more accurately, Roadrunner or Tweety and Sylvester. The trailer plays up the whole Head-Chef-trying-to-catch-the-rat angle, but I'm sure there's a lot more to the movie than just that. (Not that I won't enjoy that part of it too.)


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