Week of 6/16-6/22
This week is a pretty lax one for new releases. Actually there’s pretty much nothing coming out except for the national release of World War Z and Disney Pixar’s Monsters University, the prequel to 2001’s Monsters, Inc. The animated feature sees Mike (voiced by Noah Johnston) and Sulley (voiced by The John Goodman) meet for the first time at the titular Monsters University. It pretty much details how their quest to join the school’s fraternity, school rivalry with Fear Tech, and eventually how they ended up at Monsters, Inc—all while focusing on Mike.
Monsters University got mostly positive reviews, but the general consensus is that it isn’t up there with the Pixar of say Toy Story or The Incredibles—which is a pretty high goal to hit anyways. The problem here doesn’t seem to be the look of everything—Pixar generally hits that each time out—but the feel and delivery.
If you’re a fan of animated films and Pixar as a whole, you might be able to enjoy Monsters University, just don’t go in expecting to be hit with a bucket of magic and whimsy. You’ll definitely be hit with whimsy, just not as much.
World War Z should be a favorite for zombie and action fans this weekend. It stars Brad Pitt and is loosely based on the book of the same name by Max Brooks. The film almost could’ve starred Leonardo DiCaprio as his studio was bidding for the movie against Pitt’s own studio. At any rate, Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) is a retired UN employee who comes out of retirement to find the cause and possibly a cure for the zombie outbreak. It differs from the book in the pace mostly. It moves more like a straight action film featuring zombies than a zombie horror film featuring some action.
World War Z was received fairly enough. It got the same criticism as mentioned above, but that aside it fits the summer action film to a “T” for the most part. Check it out if you want a brand new action film for the week and have already seen Man of Steel. If you’re not a fan of zombies, you could still check World War Z out as they’re not the main focus, but they are a focus of the film.
There are a few limited releases out this week, but the one that stands out to me is Maniac which stars Elijah Wood and is a reboot of the 1980 cult classic directed by and starring Joe Spinell in the lead of Frank Zito. While I enjoyed the gory original, this one has me somewhat interested. It’s a psychological horror film which I considered so-so and overdone—not as overdone as the action genre—but I’m always interested in new takes on classics I’ve enjoyed. I might end up not enjoying it—again, Death Race—but the interest is there.
- Man of Steel
- This Is The End
- Now You See Me
- Fast & Furious 6
- The Purge
- The Internship
- Star Trek Into Darkness
- After Earth
- Iron Man 3
Swift’s Picks: The usual action films get my thumbs up. From the national release from I would go with Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, and Man of Steel if you haven’t seen them yet. All are great with Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel being the strongest of the three there. World War Z and Monsters University are both pretty much worth seeing this week as far as new films go, but I’d go with World War Z if I had to pick one for Friday viewing.
Anticipating: The only film to truly look forward to in the next month or next two weeks is Hammer of the Gods. With Vikings on The History Channel, Thor: The Dark World coming out in November, and the last pieces of DLC for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim earlier this year, this could be the year of the Viking drama/action film and series. I don’t see things moving away from zombies, but who knows? With that said, Hammer of the Gods looks incredible.