Thursday, July 4, 2013

At the Movies – July 2013 – Part 3: Most Anticipated Films

Must-See of the Month:

(Ryan Coogler) – Drama – Jul 12
Summary: New Year’s Eve 2008, Oscar a young Bay-Area resident makes his way into the city to celebrate the coming of a new year – that is until he crosses paths with old enemies and the night takes a tragic turn. Filmmakers: Writer-director Ryan Coogler makes his feature debut with the film, announcing himself as a new bright talent to watch. He is working with composer Ludwig Goransson (Community), cinematographer Rachel Morrison (Sound of My Voice), and production designer Hannah Beachler. Cast: The film stars Michael B. Jordan and features Chad Michael Murray, Kevin Durand, Octavia Spencer, and Melonie Diaz in support. Expectations: Fruitvale Station won both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and the Un Certain Regard Avenir Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. It looks like a very strong drama lead by a stunning performance from newcomer Michael B. Jordan, who is drumming up Oscar buzz. Some will recognize Jordan from Friday Night Lights and Chronicle – he is sure to be a star. This is a must-see for fans of very good character dramas (and it is based on a true story). Trailers: HereReview: Here.

Worth Checking Out:

(Woody Allen) – Drama – Jul 26
Summary: After her husband loses everything (finally being exposed for the fraud he is), Jasmine seeks refuge in San Francisco with her sister Ginger – though they do not really get along too well. Filmmakers: Writer-director Woody Allen makes a film each year. Recently his output has been overall very good. In the last eight years he has made three brilliant films (Match Point, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and Midnight in Paris), three good films (Scoop, which I love, Cassandra’s Dream, and Whatever Works), and two mediocre films that still have their great moments (You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and To Rome with Love). He is working with cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe (who shot Vicky Cristina Barcelona) and production designer Santo Loquasto (who has worked frequently with Allen, but most recently on Whatever Works). Cast: Cate Blanchett stars and Sally Hawkins co-stars. Peter Sarsgaard, Alec Baldwin, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., and Andrew Dice Clay feature in support. Expectations: Blue Jasmine looks like it will probably fall into Allen’s middle category – good, but not amazing. However, it does look very funny and has a great cast (it seems like Allen has been watching a lot of HBO). I am also interested to see how Allen uses San Francisco in his narrative, as he always does a great job of making the setting an essential part of his films. This is a must-see for fans of Allen and those looking for a funny drama with great performances. Trailer: HereReview: Here.

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