Archive – July 2009

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July 2009

So June was an utter and epic disappointment. After we saw some very enjoyable movies in May along the lines of Star Trek, Terminator and Up… June turned out to be rather forsaken with a rotten ‘Transformers’ sequel and another lackluster Denzel Washington showing in the ‘Taking of Pelham 123’. However there was an unexpected hit in ‘The Hangover’ which was widely loved for weeks by critics and audiences alike, a brilliant movie it was!

Johnny Depp as the infamous outlaw John Dillinger
Johnny Depp as the infamous outlaw John Dillinger

So July is here and it will start off with a huge July the 1st weekend featuring the family friendly ‘Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs’. This would be the third film in the animated series featuring furry critters from the ice age days. Opening at the same day as that will be the star studded ‘Public Enemies’ featuring the likes of Christian Bale and Johnny Depp in a true story based on the infamous American outlaw John Dillinger during the depression-era… A film directed by Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral, Miami Vice).

The following weekend on July 10th will see the release of ‘Bruno’, a titular documentary styled film made by the same man responsible for ‘Borat’ a few years ago. Sascha Baron Cohen is now under the guise of ‘Bruno’, an Austrian homosexual supermodel running amok everywhere he goes with the camera right behind him.

It should be a time to rejoice for Harry Potter fans as the sixth iteration of the book hits the silver screen and IMAX world wide on July 15th. No doubt this movie will be a great success, not only financially but in terms of likability as well. From what I have heard, the sixth book has an excellent story so it will be very difficult for the film to go wrong with such guidelines and the usual top notch production values. This weekend will also see the release of a very peculiar, fascinating and unique romantic comedy called ‘500 Days of Summer’ starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt chronicling his 500 day relationship with the love of his life

The rest of July is rather silly and peppered with the regular Hollywood hodge podge with run of the mill horror films like ‘Orphan’ and a few more family friendly animated comedies like ‘G-Force’ and ‘Aliens in the Attic’. July 31st however sees the release of Judd Apatow’s (Knocked Up, 40 Year Old Virgin, Superbad etc etc etc etc etc etc) next big film featuring Adam Sandler and Apatow’s personal puppy, Seth Rogen who seems to be in every single comedy now. Rather repetitive to be honest, Judd Apatow’s comedies-with-a-dash-of-emotion formula featuring the same recycled concepts and actors kinda sucks. For this reason I think June’s ‘The Hangover’ was such a great refreshing comedy and I am glad audiences around the world agreed.

I’ll be back next month with another update on this section, in the mean time check out the trailers for the highlights of this month!

July 1
The Beaches of Agnes (NY)
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs
Public Enemies

July 3
The Girl From Monaco (limited)
I Hate Valentine’s Day (limited)
Tony Manero (NY)

July 10
Blood: The Last Vampire (limited)
Humpday (limited)
I Love You, Beth Cooper
Soul Power (NY, LA)
Weather Girl (limited)
Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (NY)

July 15
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (conventional theaters and IMAX)
Somers Town (NY)

July 17
(500) Days of Summer
Death in Love (NY, LA)
Homecoming (limited)
The Square (limited)

July 24
The Answer Man (limited)
Deadgirl (limited)
In the Loop (limited)
Shrink (limited)
The Ugly Truth

July 29
Adam (limited)

July 31
Aliens in the Attic
The Collector
The Cove (limited)
Funny People
Gotta Dance (NY; LA release: Aug. 21)
The Janky Promoters (limited)
Lorna’s Silence (NY, LA)
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (NY, LA)
Thirst (NY, LA, SF)

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