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.