All right, I admit it, I was taking a summer vacation for most of July. Here we go getting back to TWIC!
The Blockbuster Report
The big film opening this weekend is The Wolverine, our third super hero film of the year (after Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel). If early reviews are indicative, then once again FOX has managed to take some amazing story from the source material comics and water it down to make it just blah. I was never much of a fan of Wolvie’s Japan Saga anyway, but it is one of the more iconic Wolverine stories out there. The To Do List is just plain awful so avoid it. Finally we have Fruitvale Station, which is sneaking up on a lot of people as a great film. The (based on a) true story’s similarities to the Trayvon Martin case may have something to do with it, so that being said, I’m going to hold off on praising it, however, it still stands as my Film to See of the weekend.
On the limited release front, we have Woody Allen’s new film Blue Jasmine, starring Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin, leading the way. There’s Frankenstein’s Army, which is naturally what occurs when Hitler gets his hands on the notes of a certain mad scientist (it looks fun by the way), and Stranded, which has Christian Slater stuck on the moon and in a bad film.
Where Do They Come From?
We have a lot of catch up to do thanks to my vacation, but here’s where July’s films fit.
Original (adding The To Do List, Fruitvale Station, The Conjuring, Turbo, and Pacific Rim): 30
Adaptation (adding R.I.P.D. and The Lone Ranger): 20
Sequel/Prequel (adding The Wolverine, RED 2, Grown Ups 2, and Despicable Me 2): 13
Oscarwatch (Not including this weekend’s films)
1) Before Midnight
3) Fruitvale Station (listed because it was a limited release film before wide release)
4) What Maisie Knew
5) Much Ado About Nothing
6) The Conjuring
7) The Way Way Back
8) Frances Ha
9) Upstream Color
10) Still Mine