It’s not quite summer yet, but The Kings of Summer hopes it will put you in the mood. Teenage coming of age movies set in the suburbs during the summer are nothing new, but Kings tries a few things to make it a new season.
This is like a better version of George Lucas’ Red Tails without the explosions. Oh yeah, and change fighter pilots with baseball players.
So with The Lords of Salem, I thought I’d have a big fun time. But it turned out to be less fun and more like a toss-up between a trippy, mood-altering creepfest and a weird indie film by people who were way too deep into their drug use.
I don’t always see movies with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in them, but when I do, I always enjoy him.
I have advantages when I see a GI Joe movie. I never saw the cartoon and I have no vested interest, so they can’t be “ruined” for me. I enjoyed the first GI Joe movie and this one is better.
Any preconception I may have had about Oblivion were irrelevant. I didn’t know where it was going to go at first. It definitely offers things I didn’t expect, and yet, it simultaneously manages to borrow little things from many different movies, and therefore allowed me to se some things coming.
After trying hundreds of times to explain to my oldest son what the word “crude” means and how it applied to his table manners, I was ready to give up. Then we saw Dreamworks newest animated comedy The Croods and he finally got it. “Mommy, are trying to say that I eat like a caveman?” “YES! That’s exactly what I’ve been trying to say!” Well worth the price of admission if all we got out of it was making that point.
Yes, yes, I know; why would someone remake the Evil Dead? We asked the same question when they remade Nightmare on Elmstreet and Friday the 13th. I asked myself the same thing of all these. But where Nightmare and Friday the 13th mostly failed by simply remaking the originals, Evil Dead is made not by trying to recreate the original, but by taking the same premise and making a film that is both faithful to the original, and creating it’s own identity.
Sound City was a Los Angeles studio where over a hundred certified gold and platinum albums were recorded during the 70’s and 80’s. It’s also the subject of a documentary of the famed analog studio and its fabled soundboard, which includes an in-studio jam with director Dave Grohl and some of his former bandmates.