MOVIES: AUGUST EDITION!
Can you believe it's already August?! This summer (and year) is moving way too fast -- but let's get to it!
August tends to be a transition period for films. It can be somewhat viewed as the "in-between" for big summer blockbuster movies and the smaller, award season contenders (aka some movies you might not have really heard of yet.) :) The month of August might jumpstart award season by having a few contenders in the lineup. Award season is my absolute favorite time for movies. (I'll get to that "deep love" later on... in September/October when things really start poppin' off!!) :)
The films below very well may be in the running come awards season. The list also sees artists reteaming and collaborating with one another again!
My list for this month is also a little tricky. I have more "maybes" than "for sure seeing" ones but, nevertheless --
Here's what I'm catching in the theater this month:
- Glass Castle
- Wind River
DETROIT (Crime / Drama)
The first and only woman (for now) to win an Oscar for Best Director (for The Hurt Locker), Kathryn Bigelow, is back with this gripping true story of the harrowing acts during the Detroit Rebellion in 1967.
"Amidst the chaos of the Detroit Rebellion, with the city under curfew and as the Michigan National Guard patrolled the streets, three young African-American men were murdered at the Algiers Motel."*
Bigelow reteamed with her frequent screenwriting collaborator (and fellow Oscar winner), Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thiry, The Hurt Locker) to bring this story to the big screen -- and it's produced by Annapurna Pictures, which has a reputation for positioning their films for awards season.
Boal states (from an article in Vulture): "The story and characters took shape in a haunted mood of danger and sudden death, and I found myself working in horror-genre veins, except that in my case, the supernatural element was replaced with the all-too-real terror of racism. -- The underlying intention [of the script], however, was always pretty straightforward: to unpack the riot and this one incident at the Algiers from the point of view of its many participants, and thereby enable the audience to experience the events themselves..."
Detroit had a small limited release last weekend (July 28th), but I'm adding it to the August edition because of its wide release date! I'll be watching it this weekend. I'm hoping it's told well and told right.
Directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring (one of my faves) John Boyega (from Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Anthony Mackie, John Krasinski -- Straight Outta Compton's breakout star Jason Mitchell, and Will Poulter -- catch Detroit, in theaters everywhere on August 4th!
THE GLASS CASTLE (Drama / Biography)
The Glass Castle is a film based on a memoir of the same name, by Jeannette Walls, which chronicles the adventures of an eccentric, resilient and tight-knit family. Brie Larson brings Jeannette Walls's best-selling memoir to life as a young woman who, influenced by the joyfully wild nature of her deeply dysfunctional father (Woody Harrelson), found the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms."*
Oscar winner Brie Larson reteams with filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton -- with whom she collaborated with in her (in my opinion) career turning role for Short Term 12 (check it out on Netflix if you haven't yet)!
I was going to read the novel first, but I've decided to not read it (for now) and to watch this great cast bring this story to life. As mentioned before, in my July edition, I have a soft spot for Woody Harrelson and he just always shines to me in any role. I'm also happy to see Brie Larson follow up her Oscar win (for the incredible film, Room) in 2016 with this role. I'm really looking forward to this one.
Starring Brie Larson, Naomi Watts, Max Greenfield, and Woody Harrelson, The Glass Castle hits theaters on August 11th!
WIND RIVER (Mystery / Crime)
Wind River follows "an FBI agent as she teams up with a town's veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation."
This film comes from screenwriter Taylor Sheridan, who previously wrote the hits Sicario (his first screenplay) and the Oscar nominated, Hell or High Water. He also wrote Wind River -- and it's the second film he's directed.
From Sheridan: "[All three films] explore how much and how little has changed since the American West was settled, as well as the consequence of that settlement."
I'm a fan of Sheridan as a writer. He's good at mixing intensity with thoughtfulness -- and really grounding his characters. He's definitely proven to be a great and smart storyteller from his previous scripts. I recently saw the trailer for Wind River and it looks to be an interesting, gripping, thrill ride -- and definitely right in Sheridan's sweet spot!
The film has a strong cast and it's led by Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner. I love seeing Elizabeth Olsen in the lead role. It took me a second to come to terms with her as an "FBI agent" at first, but I think she's able to carry the film the way it needs to be carried and will be great in the role. She plays opposite her Marvel (Captain America: Civil War; Infinity War) costar, Jeremy Renner, who seems to fit rather nicely in the role. The music is spot on in the trailer (I just hope it spills right on over into the film as well). Jon Bernthal is also a part of the cast, and he's another actor who is just great in anything! :)
Another film, I'm sure, that will be making its way around the awards circuit, Wind River, written and directed by Taylor Sheridan and produced by The Weinstein Company and Peter Berg, hits theaters on August 10th!
Some maaaaybe movies I might see:
- Tulip Fever (Historical Drama) -- adapted from the novel of the same name and starring Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz (I love anything and everything with these too killer actors) -- in theaters on August 25th!
- Logan Lucky (Heist / Comedy) -- starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Hilary Swank, and Daniel Craig (multi-hyphenate Steven Soderbergh is back in action at the helm of this indie) in theaters on August 18th!
- The Dark Tower (Fantasy / Sci-Fi) -- starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey -- (from Stephen King's beloved book series -- and let's be honest, the only reason it's even on the maybe list is because of Idris!) -- opens in theaters on August 4th.
- The Hitman's Bodyguard (Action / Adventure) -- starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson -- drops into theaters on August 13th.
- Good Time (Crime / Drama) -- starring Robert Pattinson (I've been hearing good things about this one. But I'm only really putting it on the maybe list, because I might actually be seeing a screening of it soon! I'll report back if I do!) -- in theaters on August 11th.
- The Sinner (Mystery / Thriller / Drama; USA Network)
I know this is a post about what movies to see in the theater -- but I feel like I need to throw the new eight-episode, close-ended television series adaptation, The Sinner, into the mix as well -- since it's technically an eight-hour (or so) movie. It's produced by and stars Jessica Biel as a "young mother who tries to find out what's causing her to have violent tendencies."*
It premiere's tonight, August 2nd on the USA network! Check it out if you can!
I saw all five films listed in my July edition, including the ones on my maybe list. I talked a little bit about those films on my Instagram (check it out)! I hope to check a good amount off of the list above this month as well!
What all are you seeing this month in the theater? Hit me up on Instagram! Let's chat. :)
(*Movie quote descriptions taken from IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes. All photos above belong to their respective owners.)