Let me begin by saying, my kids are at camp.
When I think of summer movies of late, I think of tent-pole productions, comic book superheroes, just BIG; overproduction, overspending, junk food movies. Sometimes that’s ok. More often, I wish a movie studio would bypass making that violent, stunt-filled film and give the money to teachers instead. I usually take a pass.
Not this summer. I have seen a lot of movies, most being tent-pole productions. The definition of tent-pole is a program or movie that supports the financial performance of a movie studio or television network. By that definition, the movie studios should be feeling pretty darn good right now and deservedly so. I’m breaking no ground by recommending the following movies. But if you are on the fence, let me push you forward.
Wonder Woman – I’m assuming you’ve seen it since it is breaking all sorts of attendance records. If you haven’t – why not? It’s awesome. I know I’m biased (see pic of my blog) but this movie does Diana Prince’s legacy well.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – So fun and very visually appealing.
Spider-Man: Homecoming – This movie has brought joy back into the genre. I kind of gave up on this franchise, and I’m not really sure how many times you can keep remaking the same story. That being said, I love the way they tied in to the Avengers and all the cameos were great – they really seem like a team. I will admit I don’t care so much about the team, but it’s fun to watch. Marvel is killing it right now.
On a plane a few weeks ago, I caught John Wick: Chapter 2. It is very violent and not exactly dialogue-heavy, but I’m a sucker for Keanu Reeves and I loved it.
Baby Driver is fantastic. Pumping with music (which you know I love) and then choreographed to that music all the way through. I can’t imagine how much work was put into filming the timing of this movie. I loved everything about it, plus it was fun to see Atlanta all over it.
Those are a lot of big, loud movies. If that’s not your thing (tho I think you should try), go see The Big Sick. It’s not perfect, but it’s sweet, funny, original and, most unbelievably, based on a true story. Ray Romano and Holly Hunter are terrific. Big themes are covered with a lot of heart – it’s a good one.
The next two films I can’t wait to see are Atomic Blonde and The Dark Tower – you will see previews to both in every movie above, except for The Big Sick.
Unfortunately, I have nothing on the book front. I have a pile on my nightstand but I’ve just quit another one I had high hopes for so I got nothin’.
I’ll cover tv soon, but I will leave you with this because winter is coming and I can’t wait…