Looking at the calendar flipping into September soon + more behind-the-scenes footage and fight choreography, we see, starting to buzz about Shang Chi. Full disclosure: Superhero fatigue is real over here. I think it's safe to admit this on the Internet, right? 🤣🤣🤣 Our point is that without some freshness, new voices and approaches we just aren't too psyched. However, the next two Marvel installments seem to take new characters, diverse casts, good directors and bring them together. It will be interesting to see how thr brand moves into another phase and how long the machine will keep churning. In September, Shang Chi looks as if the groundwork is being set for something a bit new and fresh.
September's slate runs the gamut for everyone. Young adult fare with Dear Evan Hamsen, horror maestro James Wan bringing Malignant to us and yet another seeming swan song from Clint Eastwood and Cry Macho. There's something to find in each three of these movies to intrigue us but also feel as if they are the same movie. Huh? Hear us out: Is there anything new to offer to the respective genres is all we are asking from these three? For us, there's enough pedigree from Wan to take the trip, Eastwood is a genre unto himself and has roped us in before and adaptations are always intriguing to see how it lands. Like September itself, sometimes it's more of the anticipation we look forward than the actual thing itself.
The reality of summer fading into fall is on the books this week with the flicks to help transition out of the best time of the year. Loss of innocence, moving on, looking back and seeing the full view of the summer that was.
The Kings of Summer
Stand By Me
In the Heights
As roads lead to what's being called the pinnacle of comic book movies why in the world would I suggest looking back fifteen years when we're talking how great August 2021 might be? It's easy: James Gunn isn't the guy who brought you Guardians of the Galaxy but the Slither guy. Okay, he can be everything all at once but go back further than just GOTG and the writing on the wall was there from the beginning. Judging from the buzz on The Suicide Squad any thoughts back in 2006 of "Hmm, I wonder what that guy will do next," they were warranted. Look back and then promptly join many of usbin doing the same thing, raising our tickets in the air and howling along with the most sideways family around, The Suicide Squad. Our Recycle Bin night can be a lot of different things: A reboot or revisiting a Director's work leading up to a big, new release. This time around, a trip to the bin is the latter looking at some of the fun Shawn Levy has brought to moviegoers with the Night at the Museum movies, as well as the fun romp of rock 'em, sock 'em goodness of Real Steel.
Free Guy finally lands in theaters and I could not be more excited. I love me some auteurs and A24 films but looking at this month, taking the some of the last rides on the cinematic roller coasters feels just right and no better spot to start than a Shawn Levy double-feature.
If you haven't been looking, this year has been great for horror and looks to keep the momentum later this month. One of our signature nights is the tradition of the First R-Rated Movie. In August, three good options present themselves.
Working backwards from least-known to the scariest damn part of your childhood, first up is a spooky tale with Rebecca Hall, The Night House. Next up, the interesting concept of horror-home invasion, blind anti-hero (that's a really, really deep sub-genre) comes back around with Don't Breathe 2. Finally, your mind will tell you absolutely not to go check out the last pick and you know that your significant other is gonna say the damn name 5 times in the mirror on the ride home. Just when you got over seeing Candyman and all the sleepovers giving it a shot in the mirror, the tale comes back with what looks to be a fresh take on the legend.
Even as an adult the melancholy and sadness of another trip through summer can set in. The post-July 4 inundation of supplies, ads and emails can bring back a case of the Augusts - patent pending on that one. So, what else to do but go to the platform of choice or the vast array of DVD and Blu Rays and find some gems to ease into this tough time of transition.
The pick is in! Yes, you are about to embark on a journey listening to one man's rant on THE most underrated movie of the 80s. Totally 80s. Quotable. Loony. Sun and sand. Yes, Back to School does not get the overall love many other 80s goofiness does but a charismatic Mark Harmon finds his way through begrudgingly teaching summer school and yep, most definitely, hijinks ensue. As we look at getting back into the academic groove, no better way than some extra study time with this 80s gem.
The fun and the pain. The awkward and the scars. Yes, middle school is blazed into our memories for better or worse. Heading back to school can't occur without a trip back to those years of our lives which shaped us and haunted us.
Before Bo Burnham was inside or the biggest piece of . . . you know . . . in Promising Young Woman, he was delivering a middle school masterpiece, Eighth Grade. On the lighter side, middle school gets the adaptation treatment from James Patterson's Middle School series with a breezy, fun return to "The Worst Years of My Life."
Deep down in the vault of school flicks sits these two over-the-top masterpieces. Heading back to school isn't just about the text books but also the extracurricular activities, too. As summer heads to fall the rite of passage watching your school go from powerhouse to punching bag and back around to top of the conference can be a ride itself. If you can't handle the stress of the roller coaster be sure to get yourself ready with these two quintessential 90s football flicks. Loud. Dramatic. Big. Yep, these movies are everything the 90s was rolled up into 96-minute packages.