Thursday, July 16, 2009

July Theatrical Releases

Ummm... yeah. This is a little late. Sorry about that.

July 1

Public Enemies: Already seen it. The more I think about it, the less I like it. It probably deserves one less star than I gave it.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: Seen this one too. Liked it a lot more than I expected to. It's certainly the best of the Ice Age movies so far. Spinning Sid off into his own storyline was a good idea. Adding dinosaurs and an eye-patched, swashbuckling weasel voiced by Simon Pegg was an excellent idea. It's a fun, Hollow Earth adventure story with a low-key moral about the joy of family. Recommended, even if you don't like the first two Ice Age movies. (The squirrel plot requires some patience, but it pays off.)

July 15

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Speaking of patience, I'm exercising an extreme amount of it and holding off on seeing this until Diane and I finish re-watching the first five. We got done with Chamber of Secrets last night, so it's not going very quickly. Still, I'm loving revisiting the world and these characters and am savoring the experience, not rushing it.

July 24

G-Force: Ooh, I can't decide if this looks horrible or wonderful. Part of me is curling up in a ball and trying to forget there was ever such a thing as any incarnation of Alvin and the Chipmunks. The other part of me is going, "Spies! And Bill Nighy!" Plus, I laughed a couple of times in the trailer.

The Ugly Truth: Confession time: I have a huge mancrush on Gerard Butler. And Katherine Heigl ain't that shabby either. More importantly: this looks fun. Someone on IMDB made a funny that they "liked it better when it was called Someone Like You," but that's just crazy talk. There's no way anyone liked Someone Like You better than anything. Yes, the plots sound almost exactly the same, but as much as I enjoyed the first 80 minutes of Someone Like You, it completely falls apart in the last ten. I'm hoping The Ugly Truth has a much better ending.

The Answer Man: This really doesn't look that good, but it's got Lauren Graham in it, so it's worth at least a Netflix viewing.

Shrink: (limited release) This really doesn't look that good, but it's got Lauren Graham Keke Palmer in it, so it's worth at least a Netflix viewing.

July 31

Funny People: I can't tell if the trailer spoils the whole movie or not, but it looks very good. I never saw Punch Drunk Love, so I need to see Adam Sandler do drama. And I need to see another Judd Apatow comedy.

The Collector: The Saw pedigree concerns me, but otherwise this looks pretty good. I like the idea of a house-burglar accidentally interrupting the work of a psychopathic killer and being forced to try to save the day.


Jess said...

We'll kick their ass at WWC if they try anything with us, May!!

Siskoid said...

Punch-Drunk Love is actually a comedy... Well... It's "What if someone made a typical Adam Sandler movie with an art house style?" So a romantic comedy with a manchild protagonist who has inappropriate fits of rage.

Isn't Spanglish a Sandler drama though?

Michael May said...

I think you're right about both movies, though I haven't seen either. Punch Drunk Love came to mind first because that's what everyone's comparing Funny People to.


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