For movies, August is like you unbuttoning your pants after a big overstuffed Thanksgiving dinner. The studios have crammed so much into May, June, and July, that August becomes the grave yard where massive films can't succeed. With no block buster capitalizing on this month, two films have taken over the month, We're the Millers, and Lee Daniels' The Butler. The funny thing about both of these movies succeeding is because they are being carried by a woman (Jennifer Anniston) and black actors in The Butler.
Anniston is probably one of the less interesting leading ladies working, but she is one of the more bankable in films like this because she has talent, sex appeal, and women love her. Women can carry film do not be afraid Hollywood.
Hollywood also is letting more people than Tyler Perry frame stories about black/African Americans in film, and thank goodness. Ryan Coogler, Steve McQueen, and of course Lee Daniels all have films this year, which tell such interesting stories. This is a great market, and Hollywood has always avoided reaching out, they would rather white wash their films, but The Butlers' success is proof that films like this can succeed. On to September, and the build up to the more exciting October.
If you were thinking September would start strong, you were wrong, Riddick is one of those films that just couldnt make it into "summer block buster time." Pitch Black was good they should have stopped there. Diesel is not a star its the Fast and Furious movies that are the star.
I would have preferred Hollywood avoid a documentary about a man who wanted to remain private, J.D. Sallinger who wrote Catch in the Rye. Sallinger feels too much like I am infringing on someone with whom I respect, No thank you!
The first Insidous was well done, and chilling, did there need a to be an Insidious Chapter 2? Stop while your ahead.
Poor Michelle Pfeiffer stuck with dreck like this, run Diana Agron just because you get to work with two greats does not mean the film will will be good. The Family is Robert DeNiro playing the cliche version of all his characters, once again no thank you.
Prisoners has received mostly positive reviews from Telluride, and while there was some negative comments in the mix the film sounds fantastic.
Ah another film about dancing, where have you been all my life? Battle of the Year is proof people are less and less creative, shouldn't this have gone straight to DVD or Itunes?
I did not realize that the first film made 125 million dollars, no wonder there is sequel to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is the only family friendly film and will make a good amount of money, will it be good, probably not.
I have shown disdain for most of Ron Howard's work post Apollo 13, Rush looks different from most of his other films, and I am kind of excited to see what he can do with this film. I also think Hemsworth is so charismatic.
I love Paula Patton, and while Baggage Claim looks cliche, I may just have to go see it, because well this could be a guilty pleasure for me, at least I am able to admit that, but it doesn't look great.
I had the chance to see a screener of Don Jon with Jospeh Gordon Levitt as a a guest speaker, but damn work got in the way. I am excited to see what he can do with this film!