Kick off summer with Colin Farrell looking for love at a strange hotel.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
The big kahuna. Reviews are raving, with pundits saying it’s the best CAPTAIN AMERICA film, and perhaps the pinnacle of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Russo brothers (who directed) have certainly upped the ante, having very nearly every character from the Earth bound universe joins the fray. Deep breath: Iron Man, Hawkeye, Scarlett Witch, Black Widow, War Machine, Falcon, Vision, Ant-Man, Winter Soldier, with the additions of Black Panther, and Spider-Man.
Steve Rogers and Tony Stark are on the opposite sides of the aisle, after an Avengers mission goes astray and (presumably) more innocents are killed. The team splits into two factions and duke it out, but watch out for Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl, an as of yet unseen villain who could be pulling the strings
Even with THE AVENGERS films, this is a scope we haven’t seen before, and it the film connects as much as early reports say they have, Marvel is looking at yet another behemoth at the box-office.
This is based on a 1975 novel of the same name by legend, J.G. Ballard. It revolves around a high rise (duh), in the near future where the floors are divvied up by class systems. Tom Hiddleston stars, but the supporting is equally impressive: Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans, Elisabeth Moss, James Purefoy.
I don’t know a lot about story, and that’s just fine by me. Best to know nothing going in sometimes.
Probably my most anticipated of the month. Colin Farrell is David, a hard-on-his-luck single guy who lives in the City, must travel to the Hotel where has 45 days to find a mate, or else he’ll be turned into an animal of his choice and live out his days in the woods. His choice is the lobster for its long life and unstoppable sex drive.
You’ll notice the odd capitalization in the last paragraph, but that’s purposeful. THE LOBSTER is from the mind of Yorgos Lanthimos, who was behind the crazy and marvelous DOGTOOTH. It has a absolutely wacky premise. Just trust me when I say that it’s a must-see.
Frankly, I’d be sold just by the title and the list of character names from the film. Rachel Weisz as Short Sighted Woman; Jessica Barden as Nosebleed Woman; Ben Whishaw as The Limping Man; John C. Reilly as Lisping Man. I’ll see you there.
THE NICE GUYS
Shane Black made a buddy comedy. That’s not news or anything. The guy has made his money pairing some pretty memorable duos: LETHAL WEAPON, THE LAST BOY SCOUT, THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT, KISS KISS BANG BANG, leading us to Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.
The two get involved with tracking down a missing girl, and a dead porn star. It’s set in the 1970s when porn stars actually meant something. All the trailers look hysterical, don’t you agree? Great chemistry between the leads, and a whiny Gosling is a funny Gosling.
NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING
The original was a surprising hit. Seth Rogan is a given, but Rose Byrne showed her chops on GET HIM TO THE GREEK, and NEIGHBORS continued her pleasantly surprising trend. Add a jacked up Zac Efron and you have a film that exceeded all expectations.
So much so that they made a sequel, to a comedy. Can anyone name a successful comedic film follow up? I’ll listen to GHOSTBUSTERS 2 (barely), and NAKED GUN 2 1/2, but there are few examples that offer up much confidence.
That being said, NEIGHBORS is such a rewatchable film that I’m curious as to how they can top it without treading into already treaded territory (see: HANGOVER 2). This time Rogan and Byrne have to outwit Chloë Grace Moretz, Selena Gomez and a band of girls to keep their house on the selling market. Things of course go awry, so they call in the calvary of their one-time nemesis, Efron. Do some crunches before you go or you may feel bad about yourself.
Probably more than any other comic franchise, I hope for the best for the X-MEN universe. I haven’t always been rewarded with my loyalty, but FIRST CLASS and DAYS OF FUTURE PAST have inched up my confidence level.
I’m mostly worried about the End of the World! plot that clogs up too many films of the comic variety. I don’t need to see bridges being ripped up, or cities being leveled. Just give me a honest-to-goodness story about young adults with strange, wonderful powers, learning from their mistakes, and perhaps battling their inner demons and society as a whole, rather than world destroying deities.