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ROCKY’S MID 2014 FAVORITE FILMS
Top 10 so far:
- The Double
- The LEGO Movie
- The Grand Budapest Hotel
- Only Lovers Left Alive
- They Came Together
- Jodorowsky’s Dune
Not placing yet:
- Edge of Tomorrow
- The Rover
- Obvious Child
- 22 Jump Street
- The Immigrant
- Ernest and Celestine
Saw, liked, but won’t make top billing:
- Grand Piano
- For No Good Reason
- Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier
- Alan Partridge
Not seen yet:
- The Raid 2 (I know.)
- Under the Skin (I KNOW.)
- Cheap Thrills
- Happy Christmas
- Willow Creek
So yeah… tell me if I’m missing something. Seen it or not, I’ll talk back! Because it’s a slow 4th of July. Basically catching up on movies. I’m in the middle of Life Itself. It’s interesting.
Let’s talk about movies, friends!
What to Watch! Theatrical Releases for The Week of June 13, 2014
Summer 2014 is slowly starting to ramp up, with this week gradually continuing the climb of quality in content that started last week with Edge of Tomorrow, Obvious Child, and in a good majority of circles, The Fault in Our Stars. Say what you will about John Green, but that story touches a lot of people! I get it… I think I get it…
Anyway, this week seems to be more consistently interesting with a little something for all, especially in terms of taking a break from straight-up actions films. Two franchise sequels full of promise and apparently well-received fervor from critics lead the pack, and are followed by independent releases with individually interesting hooks to them.
Here are your theatrical releases for the week of June 9-13, 2014:
*Ratings and Scores stand as of June 12, 2014
22 Jump Street – IMDb: 8.1*, MetaCritic: 76/100, Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
How to Train Your Dragon 2 – IMDb: 8.8*, MetaCritic: 74/100, Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Hellion – IMDb: 7.6*, MetaCritic: 54/100, Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
The Rover – IMDb: 7.3*, MetaCritic: 61/100, Rotten Tomatoes: 78%
The Signal – IMDb: 7.3*, MetaCritic: 49/100, Rotten Tomatoes: 45%
The 21 Jump Street reboot was received by all with heavily positive and open arms, rightfully so. Phil Lord and Christopher Miller stretched their directorial hand even farther from the success of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to prove that they’re capable of making audiences of all ages laugh. They’ve been on a hot streak ever since and fingers crossed it never ends, or at least extends through 22 Jump Street, which based on early buzz, is the case. Their metaphysical tendencies and smart filmmaking decisions combining to tackle the idea of sequels in general, with a lovely blend of college observation seems like something I can easily get behind. (As of 6/12/14, I’ve seen the film, and here’s my review!)
Though I still haven’t seen the 2010 smash hit How to Train Your Dragon (sorry, please don’t hurt me), I’ve heard nothing but great things, and the same goes for its sequel, despite the fact that I really don’t enjoy the trailer making the rounds. Who thought that TJ Miller’s voice could be used as a weapon of annoyance (sorry, TJ.) But who am I? Critics and crowds are giving their united thumbs up, so maybe it’s a good time for me to join the people on the love.
On the independent side comes an exciting feature by David Michod, the man responsible for Animal Kingdom. The Rover stars Guy Pearce, Scoot McNairy and Robert Pattinson (in a role that, along with his turn in Cosmopolis, proves that he has some real chops worth considering) in a sure to be violent and fascinating approach to a somewhat dystopian backdrop and tale. Word has been generally positive, though it seems like a film with a certain dramatic heft that desires to be seen at least once.
As well, a dramatic independent feature entitled Hellion starring Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul and some dirt bikes is coming to a small amount of theaters. It’s a bleak affair about bad parenting, shot by the same cinematographer who did Short Term 12, so based on that, I feel like the film’s already got its audience. I don’t mean to be dismissive- the advertising and tone of the film I’m getting reminds me heavily of Spencer Susser’s Hesher, a film I was very fond of in concept, more so than execution. Anything described as “explosive” is definitely on my radar.
The one film I’m not too familiar with on this line up is The Signal, which apparently premiered at Sundance this year. While the critical reception isn’t the strongest, the consensus I’m noticing is that it holds a lot of promise for its filmmakers, even if the ambitious concept of the film isn’t completely fulfilled in execution. I like a good admirable, independent effort as much as the next guy, so I’ll definitely give this a shot purely out of morbid curiosity… or regular curiosity.
The haul this week has a lot of promise and variety! The mainstream releases have a lot of good will and positivity behind them, so consider getting yourself to the theater this week! Heck, bring a friend. I mean I’m not forcing you, but with 22 Jump Street and How to Train Your Dragon 2, it seems like a very chummy and exciting weekend for film.
See you at the movies!
-Intern Rocky (thelawnwrangler) for The Final Image