Summer Film Update: What’s Coming Up

So I’m done ranting about China, and it’s time to get us back to some more serious business. Like films. Without further ado, here’s what’s coming out in the next three months that I’m most excited about:

SOUTHPAW (July 24)
Jake Gyllenhaal is putting himself together quite a film portfolio as an artist lately. His last three wide-release films have been quite diverse and shown great range: Louis Bloom in Nightcrawler, Detective Loki in Prisoners and Brian Taylor in the found footage film End of Watch. All are terrific films, and well worth seeing. Southpaw drew me in with a single shot – the photo of Gyllenhaal in his intense boxer pose, looking ginormous after his emaciated look in Nightcrawler. Plus: Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) with his stylish shots and Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy) on the pen? I’m in.

Following up on the huge success of The Fault in Our Stars comes another John Green book produced as a low budget film. This one would fit in well with my quiet films as well as just one that’s a good time (I read the book). Go see this one for a nice pick-me-up.

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (August 14)
Guy Ritchie films are insane in a completely fantastic way, and as a writer/director myself, I love the fact that he got into filmmaking because of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Ritchie’s got a great sense of humor, and always seems to bring out the absurd in the story, as well as some stunning visuals.

A WALK IN THE WOODS (September 4)
Robert Redford and Nick Nolte in a cranky old(er) man film about two friends walking the Appalachian Trail? Hell, I’ll see the Sundance Kid in anything, and this one looks like a lot of fun. It’s also based on Bill Bryson’s memoir.

EVEREST (September 18)
Vertical Limit is a vastly underrated movie. There, I said it – maybe I just have a thing for rock climbing movies. I’m not sure why there’s not more in Hollywood – real-life drama, something like one in four people who attempt to summit die? But forget all of that; here’s who’s in this film: Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightly, Robin Wright, Jason Clarke, Sam Worthington, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Martin Henderson…and more?

BLACK MASS (September 18)
Ended the last one with the cast, and we’ll start this film in the same place: Johnny Depp, Joel Egerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Adam Scott, Corey Stoll, Kevin Bacon, Corey Stoll, Peter Sarsgaard and Jesse Plemons. Plus it’s directed by Scott Cooper, who directed Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnance. And it’s about Whitey Bulger, on whom Jack Nicholson’s character in The Departed. The trailer isn’t the best – it’s way too on the nose, and the constant boom boom boom with the words on the screen is on the nose and overdone. Still excited; we’ll wait on trailer two.

This film opens in a couple of days, so not bothering to do a full write up on it at this point as the reviews are already out there. But this one’s blessed by the master himself James Cameron, I like the time-travel/time-line reinvention and I’m looking forward to seeing the Khaleesi herself Emilia Clarke as the new Sarah Connor (bonus bonus fact: the last person who played Sarah Connor was Lena Headey, Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones).