July ‘15

What Happened With The Movie Review Dude?

This month was a mixed bag. I had four films lined up, the first was a disappointing Old Robot and the second was Ant-Sized but a welcome surprise. I selfishly didn’t bother with the third film as things came up and I couldn’t justify wasting my money after seeing the review. But I finished the month strongly despite my initial plans being bumped in favour of an Impossible Mission that was pleasantly shown to be truly possible.

I’ve been busy with other interests lately, so I wasn’t able to show off as much as I would have liked. I resigned myself to filling in the gaps with Quick Flicks (here and here), while my trailer reviews (here) didn’t actually involving any reviewing. I have, however, made a decision regarding the format of my trailer reviews, which I will enact very soon.

What Happened In The World Of Cinema?

Breaking news: films released, watched by many. Results vary.

July began with a tough choice: crap robots or oily muscle men? I made my choice and it was the wrong one; should’ve gone with the oily men. In fact Terminator: Genisys hasn’t done as well as the financial backers would have liked and the future of this new trilogy is now up in the air. Meanwhile Magic Mike XXL has ensured their baby oil stocks will stay plentiful for the foreseeable future.

Documentaries don’t exactly get the same amount of mainstream attention that they rightfully deserve. Case in point: Amy. This is a very frank discussion of musician Amy Winehouse as her career leads to her deterioration, which eventually leads to her death. Though it has been criticised by those who were closest to her the film has received critical acclaim and is on my list of must-see films for the future.

Self/Less, essentially a psychological remake of Face/Off with the exact same stylised title, and the asphyxiation horror flick The Gallows are both lagging at the box office, probably because the critics all agree they’re terrible. But there are alternatives, such as Minions, the story of evil yellow jellybeans, and Marvel’s latest entry in Ant-Man, which has surprised a lot of movie-goers.

Foreign films were the flavour of the month in July. The bilingual Baahubali: The Beginning and the dramedy film Bajrangi Bhaijaan have both received positive reviews and are currently in the top-five for the highest-grossing Indian films of all time. And they’re still screening in theatres! Just goes to show this Hollywood-centric industry is just the tip of the iceberg.

Side by side, Mr. Holmes & Trainwreck have both managed to co-exist peacefully, garnering positive reviews and making their producers very happy, wealthy people, while Pakistan has stepped up with the films Bin Roye and Wrong No. which are doing well at the box office.

Then we hit a lull. Smosh: The Movie, Paper Towns and Southpaw all had mixed results from critics, but none could compare to the travesty that was Adam Sandler’s Pixels. The film, which is basically one big load of CGI with scraps of a potentially bad film on the side, has been panned all over. If you need perspective on this thing then I’ll just leave this here…

To finish things off, July nearly fell flat on its face with the incredibly stupid-looking Vacation before recovering in a big way with the critically and financially successful Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, proving that a part five in a film series can be not only successful but the best of the series.

August ‘15

What’s Coming From The Movie Review Dude?

What’s better than one fantastic person? Two, maybe three. Four is getting greedy but I’m going to enjoy it unabashedly anyway. This list of firsts I’m accumulating continues to grow as Fantastic Four will be the first time I’ve experienced the superhero team in cinemas. Though coming in this late may not necessarily be such a bad thing considering the quality of the previous attempts.

I must tell you that August 6th is also a day of two main attractions. On top of Fantastic Four I’ve also got Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck, which I’ve been instructed not to see by the girlfriend without her. I will call out film-makes for poor efforts, but that is an ire I do not want to raise.

Finally, I return to cinema screens on August 13th with The Man From U.N.C.L.E, the story about an organisation starring suave secret spies who drink and woo women while fighting with Soviet Russia… …

… Wait, haven’t they made like 30 of these films? Starring six guys?

After that I’ve got a whole lot of free space on the blog here, but inevitably I know that if I promise something my Diploma will get in the way and I won’t deliver. And we all know that’s never happened before! So I’m leaving things open-ended, and you’ll just have to wait and see what I come up with. Probably Quick Flicks, but who knows…

… Seriously, it’ll probably be Quick Flicks…

What’s Coming To A Theatre Near You?

The month doesn’t start up until August 7th, when five films will all be competing against one. If you need something to watch you won’t be starved: the Anime film Boruto: Naruto The Movie , the Gone Girl knock-off Dark Places , Marvel’s Fantastic Four , the psycho-thriller The Gift and the mutton-dressed-as-lamb dramedy Ricki And The Flash are ready and waiting for your money.

On August 14th you can either take an international trip with a couple of spies with The Man From U.N.C.L.E or get your inner rapper going with Straight Outta Compton. Both, the latter in particular, look like winners to me.

For whatever reason August is releasing films in large groups. On the 21st the stoner action / comedy American Ultra , the action / probably unintentional comedy Hitman: Agent 47 , the horror film Sinister 2 (also known as How To Ruin Your First Films Reputation), and the zombie drama Z For Zachariah are all coming at once. Some may seem a bit similar in ways, but if you’re like me and like nit-picking over which one to watch then you’re just impossible to please.

August ends its offerings on the 28th with a triple-header. Regression sounds like a compelling thriller (or a critical disappointment if history is to go by), while Max Steel sounds like a porno (not that I’m complaining). Movie Dude Public Service Announcement: despite a cool title War Room is a religious film, and though I have nothing against religion in any manner they have made nothing but rubbish films so far.

So that is everything film related over July and August. Be sure to check in with me over the next couple of days, I’ve got two reviews coming at practically the same time, as well as my brand new Trailer Showcase, more Quick Flicks (because that’s what you all want), and my second Liebster Award nomination! I’ve already got a lot on my plate, and while I enjoy the work I’ll be happy for a return to normalcy. But stick with me and I promise I shan’t let you down. Stay tuned and enjoy!

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