Monday, July 22, 2013

Summer Movie Monday: Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station
Opening Friday, July 26th
Directed by: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray, Ahna O'Reilly, Ariana Neal, Keenan Coogler, Trestin George, Joey Oglesby, Michael James, Marjorie Shears, Destiny Ekwueme, Bianca Rodriguez III, Julian Keyes
94% on Rotten Tomatoes

Fruitvale Station is the very true story about Oscar Grant III who was shot by a police officer at a BART station one night. I'm not sure how many artistic liberties this movie will take, but no matter your stand on issues, it will probably be an important and enlightening movie to see regardless. It's a movie that I'm apprehensive to see only because I've heard how visceral and raw reactions can be to this and I don't know if I'll be able to keep myself together in a public movie theater if I try. This movie is an example of why film-making is so important. Not only are movies a form of escapism and entertainment, but they can serve to bring new perspectives to situations that might not be considered otherwise. Therefore, I urge you to check out Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, and the rest of the cast as they portray Grant's story in hopefully as honest a way as possible.

The To Do List, The Wolverine, and Blue Jasmine after the jump!

The To Do List
Opening Thursday, July 25th
Directed by: Maggie Carey
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, Alia Shawkat, Sarah Steele, Scott Porter, Rachel Bilson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Andy Samberg, Donald Glover, Adam Pally, Connie Britton, Clark Gregg, Nolan Gould
54% on Rotten Tomatoes

Now onto something a bit more light. Aubrey Plaza in all her scowling glory stars in this movie about a girl who sets out to get some life experience before heading into college. I was first introduced to Plaza in Scott Pilgrim, one of my favorites, and have since enjoyed her in Parks and Recreation and Safety Not Guaranteed (check out my review here), so I'm hoping that this isn't a misstep. She is so funny in such an offbeat way. She isn't showy and outrageous, but rather, she is sarcastic and dry, but also very genuine because of it.With a great supporting cast, this could help solidify Plaza's place in the spotlight, or it could go the other way and just be another flailing comedy.

The Wolverine
Opening Friday, July 26th
Directed by: James Mangold
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Will Yun Lee, Famke Janssen, Tao Okamoto, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Ken Yamamura, Hal Yamanouchi
68% on Rotten Tomatoes

This is quite the interesting week. We've got everything from Oscar-capable drama to silly comedy, to action. To be honest, I've watched the very first X-Men, and the reboot prequel, but that's it. This doesn't intrigue me enough, and as much as I love Hugh Jackman, I don't feel any great urge to get myself to the theater for this. While I enjoy action movies and give them a chance, hasn't this really been done to death?

Blue Jasmine
Opening Friday, July 26th
Directed by: Woody Allen
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hawkins, Andrew Dice Clay, Tammy Blanchard, Kathy Tong, Bobby Cannavale, Max Casella, Ali Fedotowski, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alden Ehrenreich, Louis C.K., Peter Sarsgaard
87% on Rotten Tomatoes

Okay so I love me some Woody, but he's hit or miss (just look at Midnight in Paris and To Rome with Love). This movie, like just about all of his movies, has great potential and a great cast. Cate Blanchett can do no wrong in my eyes and I'm hoping this doesn't change my opinion on her! It could be too much and just not work because his movies need a very careful balance. They can tip over the edge very easily into the land of parody.

What movies have you loved and hated so far? Looking forward to any more in particular? Sound off in the comments!

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