It’s getting hot and expensive out there, so this night we are staying in and remembering which subscriptions we haven’t canceled yet. Although we’ve cut the cord to save money, somehow we’re now in deeper than we ever were before and justifying $20 a month for about two releases a year. It’s fine, really, we’re excellent at this whole finance thing. Regardless if we are lost in the dollars and sense of it all, here’s a look at some picks that are out, some coming soon and a couple that might keep our attention for a couple hours.
A celebration of all machines in-motion or the hubs that house them. Transportation is a central theme or plot driver of many of our favorites when he take a moment to look back at them. Grab the keys, your boarding pass and metro card. In honor of Bullet Train we’re bringing you the best prep work around to catch one more ride this summer heading to another memorable movie night.
Outside of the Box, Semis and Cars
Have you ever started sweating from just watching a movie? Wait - not like that folks, get your mind out of the gutter. We're talking about those flicks from the past decades that take you right back to the heat of the moment, the feel of the sand on your feet and the cool air hitting you in the face as you stepped foot in the theatre or in your home ready to take a couple of hours to wind down. Like music, movies will take you right back and this time of year is the best time to revisit.
When late July hits, one Tuesday can blend into a random August Thursday before we take those steps out the door for back to school or get back on schedule and have to set those damn alarms. We'll look at some of our favorites to help you deal with the clock ticking toward another summer in the books.
Decade-by-decade we get a little sentimental and find out the movies that we think put us right back at the pool, by the lake or driving around with the windows down. Sure, we’re a little sappy and sentimental today but isn’t that what the impending end of summer is supposed to bring out of us? School isn’t quite yet back, even if the shelves and commercials want you to think it’s tomorrow. Take another night to feel THAT vibe again because at the end of the day there are only so many summers we get.
There are still moments of singularity that can shift our attention from scrolling and cinematic universes to remind us that something from one’s mind and vision can still be just as satisfying, engrossing and simply one to not miss.
In saturated markets where content flows from a never-ending stream, there are still a few arrows which pierce the public consciousness, if not demand our attention, with a big, bold event of a movie. Sometimes, the swings aren’t everything we might have hoped for and lead us from the normal spoon-feeding we’ve become accustomed to, but more times than not these four directors build anticipation and intrigue leading up to even the announcement of a new project, let alone a release. These four can still put butts in seats, leading with theatrical first and for better or worse a vision and direction unlike many others throughout the history of Hollywood.
If you’ve followed along with us for some time you know that we’ve suffered from some comic book fatigue, but we know when something is big too and there’s no fighting it. Thor: Love and Thunder storms into theaters and it will be huge, so let’s keep rolling with it as Christian Bale joins the MCU later this week. When we saw that Christian Bale was set to be the villain, that piqued our interest and also shot us thinking about what we will hash out this week: Who should we bring to the MCU? We aren’t so concerned with multiverses, fan demands or deep character cuts but with interesting casting choices to breathe some newfound interest in the MCU for us old heads who just don’t get it all. This week is for us! Old heads ASSEMBLE!!!!!!!
Exhibit A: T2
Exhibit A: Sonic the Hedgehog
Exhibit A: Inglorious Basterds
A celebration of the next generation of actors ready to yield the power of the box-office. As Top Gun: Maverick bowled over audiences this weekend, it raises the question not of which movie stars are left that could battle for eyeballs (although that one did come up) but who would be ready to take on the spot that Tom Cruise has positioned himself for so well in calculated ways. Sure, there have been misfires and we are prisoners of the moment but Cruise gets the moments and reasons we’d show up for a movie. Although an easy opinion may be that there’s nobody else around to carry on a legacy, there are those with the resume, chops and charisma to carry on the legacy.
Thank you very much Dewey Cox. When Walk Hard strutted onto the screen the bio pic was on notice for what it should have always been called out for: Excess, silliness and over-the-top decadence. However, when it comes to our music stars and the story of their lives, isn’t that all what we want? As Elvis gets the Baz Luhrman treatment there’s no better time than now to look at the best of what we wanted, what we sorta suspected and some of our favorite tunes, we’ll turn it to eleven for the prep work this week.
We’re going to need you to lean in and find all the synergy, iterations, business-isms, buzzy and best movies around just like your boss gets excited to tell you about how you’re doing in the lead up to your big annual review. We can guarantee that we won’t 2% you this time around (that’s what annual reviews are for, right?).
Our best of the year is a little more relaxed than your qualified critics or self-righteous friends. We are looking for some laughs, feelings, vision and sometimes big buckets of popcorn to be devoured. So, here we go with our pulse check on 2022, and let me tell you that this year has been an incredible ride back into a year we may end up talking about for some years to come.
What is Movie Night Mix you ask? If you're new to our community, the mix is all about things that are just aside from the norm, a little messy movie crew - family, friends, a Friday night with fellow movie lovers, and nights where Adam Sandler buddy comedies fit right alongside wholesome Steve Martin family flicks for Field Day Week.
Grown Ups and Cheaper By the Dozen 2 personify the build up to THE BIG DAY. A basketball rematch or a family tradition gone awry help these harmless (and let's call them what they are: FUN) movies make the cut.
As the school year winds down, here's hoping that you and the crew get a day in the sun for the egg toss, 100 yard-dash and the rematch 365 days in the making.
No week which focuses on an against all odds win, feats of strength and series of physical fitness events would be complete without going back to school with Frank the Tank in Old School. As wholesome as Cheaper By the Dozen 2 is, Old School is as rowdy but does have a through-line into Field Day Week. To save the fraternity - you know the story - Frank and the crew will push all the chips in with some traditional activities annnnnndddd some less than traditional routes and games, too.
The picks for an unlikely trilogy of friends are in for this week:
1. Grown Ups
2. Cheaper By the Dozen 2
3. Old School
Let us know your picks for an unlikely trio or the movies which culminate in a big competition, taking you right back to 4th grade races, relays and feats of incredible athleticism. 👇🏾👇🏽👇🏻