Summer Flix Time! The Five to Watch in June

TGIF! Summer movie season is finally here. After a lackluster Memorial weekend (which was the worst in terms of box office in 17 years), I’m looking forward to a bunch of movies coming out in the next few months.

To get things started, here are FIVE I’d [try to] watch this month. A mix of two ‘quiet’ indies, two high-octane action flicks and one beloved Pixar animated feature. There’s something for everyone, right? So here goes:

» June 2

  • Ondine
    The story is a fairy tale centered on an Irish fisherman (Colin Farrell) who catches the mysterious Ondine (Alicja Bachleda) in his nets. After falling for one another, a dark figure from Ondine’s past threatens their love. Directed by Neil Jordan (Michael Colins, The Crying Game, The End of The Affair), and also stars fellow Irishman Stephen Rea, who’s been cast in nearly all of Jordan’s films.
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    I was intrigued by this movie back when it premiered at TIFF last year. This new trailer revealed a bit more yet still retains its enigmatic quality, and the glowing review from Movieline I read recently made me REALLY want to see this. The fact that the Polish actress Bachleda and Farrell now have a child together since they met on set, you can bet they have a great chemistry together 🙂


» June 11

  • The A-Team
    You know the drill, but in case you’ve been living under a rock and never heard of this TV-show-based feature film, here’s the plot: A group of Iraq War veterans looks to clear their name with the U.S. military, who suspect the four men of committing a crime for which they were framed.

    Check your analytical/skeptical mind at the door and just simply enjoy this movie for what it is: a loud, popcorn blockbuster. Just like Jessica Biel says in the trailer: “They are the best, and they specialize in the ridiculous!” So there, the more bombastic, the better!


  • I Am Love

    I AM LOVE tells the story of the wealthy Recchi family, whose lives are undergoing sweeping changes. Eduardo Sr., the family patriarch, has decided to name a successor to the reigns of his massive industrial company, surprising everyone by splitting power between his son Tancredi, and grandson Edo. But Edo dreams of opening a restaurant with his friend Antonio, a handsome and talented chef. At the heart of the family is Tancredis wife Emma (Tilda Swinton), a Russian immigrant who has adopted the culture of Milan. An adoring and attentive mother, her existence is shocked to the core when she falls quickly and deeply in love with Edos friend and partner Antonio, and embarks on a passionate love affair that will change her family forever. (per Apple trailer site).

    I’m not too familiar with Swinton’s work. The first time I saw her was in The Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio years ago, then as the villainous white witch in the Chronicles of Narnia series. The London-born actress — whose paternal ancestry is one of the oldest in Scotland – won an Oscar for her performance in Michael Clayton. She always comes across as cold and ruthless for some reason, but in this one she shows her warm, sultry side. The trailer is as exquisite as the gorgeous poster (with that romantic, swirly font), it might as well double as an Italian travel promo video with those picturesque vista of Milan.


» June 18

  • Toy Story 3
    It’s amazing that an animated feature, about toys of all things, that started fifteen years ago still generates this much interest! But the amazing thing with Pixar is, they just might be able to top the first two! Check out this retro style Groovin’ with Ken promo clip that debut in last year’s San Diego ComicCon. I’ve never even been into Barbie doll stuff, but I’m totally digging this hilarious video. Ken is voiced by Michael Keaton, it’s going to be a hoot!
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    Still, there’s no clip of Timothy Dalton’s voice as Mr. Pricklepants! [big pout] I guess I’d just have to wait a couple more weeks 😦 Anyway, you can check out the trailer on my previous post.

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» June 25

  • Knight & Day

    My colleague Ted recently quipped, ‘Tom Cruise passed on SALT to do this? It’s the same movie!’ The role then went to Angelina Jolie and the character name went from Edwin to Evelyn. Anyway, he’s got a point there, but SALT looks so darn serious, while Knight & Day looks sprightly and whimsical, a sure-fire recipe for a quintessential Summer flick. Cruise and Cameron Diaz aren’t my fave actors in Hollywood, but the trailer looks like fun and they seem to have had a blast making this. Plus, I like espionage-themed movies with car chases and outrageous gunfights. The filming locations in Austria, Spain, and Jamaica will surely provide a scenic backdrop for those action sequences.
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So what do you think folks? What are you excited to watch this month?

Updates on FC’s Top Ten Most Anticipated 2010 Flix: Part 2

Here’s the second part of my earlier post. Two of the last five have ‘fallen out’ of my anticipated list, but I might still check ’em out on DVD.

6. Rum Diary (TBD, 2010)

Photo courtesy of http://www.thebadandugly.com

Wow, this movie still has yet to find a distributor, despite having Johnny Depp and Aaron Eckhart as the lead actors. As I said in my previous post back in July with the on-set pics in Puerto Rico, the movie is based on a novel by Hunter S. Thompson with the same name, Depp plays an American journalist named Paul Kemp, which is loosely based on the author’s own life journey.

According to CinemaBlend, “…the rumor is that the movie may show up at Cannes or barring that, the movie’s producer may show up at Cannes looking for someone to distribute [it].” Well, I hope we get to see it this year yet.

7. Robin Hood (May 14th, 2010)
Two of my favorite Aussie actors Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett in a movie that echoes one of my beloved movie Gladiator. What’s not to love? This is one of the few critics-proof movie for me this year. The second trailer wets my appetite even more!


8. The TownSeptember 10th, 2010

I think Ben Affleck is probably a better director than he is an actor, as proven by his excellent effort in Gone Baby Gone. He’s going to do both in this crime thriller set in his hometown of Boston. The plot: As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the FBI agent looking to bring him and his crew down. Based on the novel Prince of Thieves by Chuck Hogan, NOT to be confused with the Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood flick 🙂

The movie’s got two hot TV stars: Jon Hamm (Mad Men) as the FBI agent and Blake Lively (Gossip Girl) as Affleck’s troubled ex-girlfriend, who happens to be Jeremy Renner’s sister (fresh out of his Oscar nom for The Hurt Locker). Chris Cooper will play Affleck’s father and Rebecca Hall as the bank manager. Great cast, though I’m primarily curious to see how Affleck’s direction on this one will pan out.

9. The Next Three DaysNovember 19th (replacing Leaves of Grass – I was stoked when I first heard about this almost a year ago, but as soon as I saw the trailer let’s just say I lost interest, double Ed Norton notwithstanding)

Per SlashFilm, this crime drama is a remake of a French film, about a husband (Russell Crowe) looking to break his wrongly imprisoned wife (Elizabeth Banks) out of jail. At least, she says she’s wrongly imprisoned.

The film also stars Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Jonathan Tucker, Brian Dennehy, and RZA. Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) pens the script AND directs the film, which is now listed to be in post-production. I hope this is more Casino Royale than Quantum of Solace, which were both written by Haggis, but I’m always up for seeing two great thespians (Crowe + Neeson) square off on-screen!

10. The A-Team June 11 (replacing Mel Gibson’s Edge of Darkness)
Suffice it to say the second trailer won me over. “They’re the best and they specialize in the ridiculous!” Jessica Biel’s FBI agent quips. Yeah, BRING IT ON! It’s the quintessential summer popcorn flick and this one looks darn entertaining! Love the part when BA whistles the A-Team tune before he blew off the skyscraper window. I find myself humming that tune every so often now 🙂

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Honorable mentions:

  • The Expendables (August 20)
    I know I’m going to get flak for putting this on the honorable mentions, but I was kind of meh about the trailer (which I said to Marc in the comment section of his post). I still might see this in the theater, I’m just not as psyched about it as when I first heard about it.
  • Knight & Day (July 2)
    I’m not a huge Tom Cruise fan by any means, but the trailer of the action-comedy looks like fun. Plus, director James Mangold did Walk the Line and 3:10 to Yuma, so how bad can it be, right?
  • Paul (TBD)
    Simon Pegg/Nick Frost team up again in this sci-fi comedy about two British comic-book geeks traveling across the U.S. encounter an alien outside Area 51. As a fan of Shaun of the Dead & Hot Fuzz, naturally I’m intrigued by this one. I’ll spotlight this project sometime soon.