I’m a little bit late with this post this month. To be honest, there aren’t a lot of films to get excited about in June, and I think my lack of enthusiasm delayed the post. That, and the fact that I forgot. Oops.
Therefore, some of these films are already out, and I have bulked out the post with a few films that looks less than promising. Enjoy! (As always, links to the trailers can be found by clicking on the film title.)
As you are probably aware, Prometheus is already out, and as such, we’ve all had a chance to hear what people think of it. It seems that reactions are rather mixed; I’ve heard that it visually stunning, but that it has its issues plotwise. One of my friends is a huge Alien fan, and, whilst acknowledging its problems, still really enjoyed it. In case you don’t know anything about it, (and forgive me if I make any errors here, I’m speaking as someone who has seen neither the Alien films or Prometheus), it’s a film about the crew of a spaceship exploring ancient civilisations. It was originally meant to be a prequel of sorts to the Alien franchise, but, as far as I can tell, it now stands alone as a film, though the events precede those of the Alien films, and Ridley Scott says that there are “strands of Alien’s DNA”. Charlize Theron, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender (swoon) star, and Ridley Scott directs. Prometheus is in cinemas now.
A film called LOL starring Miley Cyrus. I told you I was bulking this post out! Frankly, it looks appalling. It is an English language remake of French film from 2008 (the trailer is here and looks a hundred times better). Miley Cyrus stars as Lola, nicknamed Lol (you see what they did there?), who gets back to school from her summer break to discover that her boyfriend cheated on her. Then the trailer loses me, there are too many boys that all look the same for me to be able to work out what is really going on. Douglas Hodge (who is playing Romeo is the next Romeo and Juliet adaptation), Demi Moore and Ashley Greene also star. LOL is in cinemas now.
A Fantastic Fear of Everything stars Simon Pegg and Sheridan Smith, and is directed by Crispian Mills (son of Hayley and former lead singer of the band Kula Shaker). It’s a fairly low budget British film, based on a novella by Bruce Robinson, who wrote Withnail and I, and all in all, it looks a bit odd! Simon Pegg is Jack, an author who makes the leap from children’s fiction to crime fiction, and in the process of researching his novel turns into a paranoid wreck. A Fantastic Fear of Everything is released on 8th June.
I was a bit dubious about Rock of Ages until I actually watched the trailer from start to finish; now I’m fairly certain I do want to see it! If you disregard the fact that Russell Brand is in it (he doesn’t appear to have a huge part), and the bizarro casting of Tom Cruise in a musical (apparently he can actually sing), the rest of the cast is pretty solid: Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, Catherine Zeta Jones, Mary J. Blige, and Bryan Cranston (also a bit bizarre). The film is based on the musical of the same name, it has been running in the West End for a while starring Shayne Ward and Justin Lee Collins. Adam Shankman (who proved his musical calibre with Hairspray) is directing, and music from Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Journey, Guns N’ Roses and Poison features. What’s not to love? Rock of Ages is released on 13th June.
Cosmopolis, directed by David Cronenberg, is based on a book by Don DeLillo. It tells the story of Eric Packer, an asset manager (played by Robert Pattinson) on a trip across Manhattan in a limousine. Along the way he comes in to contact with various different people, and loses his clients billions of dollars on the stock market. Now I am a Cronenberg fan, but I can’t say that this particularly floats my boat. I have nothing against Robert Pattinson, per se, and by all accounts he is probably the best thing about this film (it premiered at Cannes and most critics were very positive about his performance). It just doesn’t seem like my sort of film. If you fancy it, it’s out on 15th June.
It looks as though Fast Girls is looking to be this year’s low budget big British hit, with an Olympic (ish) theme to boot. Starring Lenora Crichlow, Rupert Graves (yum), Noel Clarke and Phil Davis, it follows a British female relay team as they attempt to win a World Championship title. Of course, it’s not just about the running, it’s about friendship and romance and all that jazz. Someone I used to go to school with is in it too, as a runner from another country, so I’ll be looking out for her if I do go to see it! Fast Girls is out on 15th June.
Jaws is getting a re-release in the UK, and while it’s not perfectly obvious why, it seems to be in celebration of the fact that Universal celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. I have never actually watched Jaws, when I was younger I was convinced that it was just too scary for me; since I realised that is simply not the case, I just haven’t got around to seeing it. For ages it seemed to be on the television every other week; now I want to watch it, it’s either never on, or I miss it when it is. Anyway, for that reason, I plan to see it this month when it is released, because it’s bound to be better at the cinema. It’s out on 15th June.
What are you planning to see this month?