MOVIES: JULY EDITION!
It's the July edition already y'all! Time is moving by so quickly it seems. July is also my birthday month!! (And Game of Thrones premieres on my birthday actually! :) See my post on this great series here!)
But back to movies -- it's time for my picks for July!! I always look forward to movies around this time, especially when I know Christopher Nolan has one premiering. He always seems to release his films in July (around my birthday usually). He knows what he's doing! ;)
Also, I can always count on at least one epic film that is both vast, entertaining, and hits a lot of emotional notes. So, here are a few films I'm looking forward to seeing in the theater this month:
- Spider-Man: Homecoming
- War for the Planet of the Apes
Dunkirk (Drama / Thriller)
"Acclaimed auteur Christopher Nolan directs this World War II thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold."*
Dunkirk, an original film and inspired by true events, is written and directed by one of my favorites in the industry, Christopher Nolan. I've been a fan of his for a while now. He's mostly well-known for directing Inception, The Dark Knight trilogy, Interstellar, and to some cinephiles, Memento! :) ...(These are also my personal faves of his!) I love his bold approach to certain subjects (like concepts for Inception, Interstellar, and Memento). I appreciate his risks in his writing and directing!! Nolan also keeps his love of shooting on film going with filming Dunkirk on 65mm, with the same cinematographer as Interstellar, Hoyte Van Hoytema!
I haven't really seen too much footage of Dunkirk because I want to wait for the film itself. I'm hoping it delivers, because the bar is always set high in my eyes when it comes to Chris Nolan. I know it's going to be shot beautifully, the score is going to be amazing (my favorite composer, and frequent Nolan collaborator, Hans Zimmer did the score!!!), and the acting and writing should be on point! I just hope it all comes together nicely, which I'm sure it will.
Starring recent Oscar winner Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies!), Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, and Tom Hardy -- check out Dunkirk, when it hits theaters on July 21st!
Spider-Man: Homecoming (Fantasy / Sci-Fi)
"Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker attempts to balance his life in high school with his career as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man."*
Okay, y'all. So yeah, there's another Spider-Man, and so soon -- but he is considered a beloved character, right?!. I must say though, I'm not extremely excited for this one, but I'm a frequent and devoted watcher of Marvel's films -- and I love a good popcorn flick! I've seen (like most) Toby Maguire's Spidey trilogy (he was a great Peter Parker/Spidey by the way), and my man Andrew Garfield as the web-slinger as well (who's one of the best actors right now and a personal favorite) -- but Tom Holland's Spidey is going to be.....different, for sure. Spider-Man has rejoined the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in the film world (Sony used to have the film rights), and they wanted to go a bit younger in this new version. After being introduced in one of my favorite Marvel films to date, Captain America: Civil War, and seeing him interact with the other characters in that film, Tom started to win me over a little bit as Peter and Spider-Man.
Tom's performance has a good chance and may very well be one of the most comfortable "fits" we've seen. I'm looking forward to seeing this diverse cast, how Tom carries this film, and to see my man (and quadruple threat -- seriously, this guy can do-it-ALL!) Donald Glover, pop up in the film too!!
Directed by Jon Watts, this new version stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Donald Glover (my fave!), Michael Keaton, and Robert Downey Jr. Check it out, in theaters next week on July 7th!
War for the Planet of the Apes (Action / Adventure / Drama)
"After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind."*
This will be the third installment in this Planet of the Apes reboot series. The first one, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, was released back in 2011 -- the second, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, back in 2014. It's been a while since I've seen these, so I'll need to refresh a little bit before seeing this one. Woody Harrelson joins this third, and last installment. I think I've literally enjoyed everything I've ever seen Woody in -- he has such a broad range, strong presence, and I'm never disappointed in his performances.
Again, I haven't really looked that much into this last installment so I was a little unsure about catching this one in the theater -- but the trailer looks so gritty, and it already has 96% on Rotten Tomatoes (I always take this with a grain of salt, but still 96%, wow).
Reprising his role as Caesar, Andy Serkis is back, alongside Judy Greer, Amiah Miller, and Woody Harrelson. Directed by Matt Reeves, check out War for the Planet of the Apes, in theaters on my birthday weekend -- July 14th!
Some "maaaaybe" movies I might see:
- Girls Trip (Comedy) -- starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish -- (four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival and craziness ensues; co-written by the creator/writer of the hit ABC comedy, Black-ish) -- in theaters on July 21st!
- Atomic Blonde (Thriller / Action) -- starring Charlize Theron and James McAvoy -- (I love to see women kickin' ass on the big screen! I put this one in the "maybe" category though, because I'm not sure how I really feel about it -- and I can't stand the title (lol!), but there's still a good chance I might catch it sometime!) -- in theaters on July 28th!
What new movies are you most looking forward to seeing this month!? Hit me up on Insta! :)
(*Movie descriptions taken from IMDb and all three movie poster photos above belong to and are the property of their respective owners.)