The 2015 Film Release Calendar: June
Every January, I preview all the films that are scheduled to come out for that year. Typically, I end up around 80%, since there are always a few that I don’t track, for whatever reason. The point of why I do this has been lost, and now I do it because that’s just what I do. It’s fun, and I enjoy it.
Mainly the idea is to see how accurately I can guess my reaction to movies up to a year in advance. And it gives me a gauge to see which films ended up surprising me for better and for worse.
Originally, I just went through the release calendar and listed about 30 other movies that didn’t have dates. Last year, I had about 200 without dates that I tracked. Now, we’re looking at around 250, on top of the articles currently set for specific months.
How I do this is, I start by going over the films currently scheduled for January through June, then take a ten day break in between to go over the Oscar nominations and Golden Globes, and then finish with July through December. After that, I go over the films currently without release dates, and finish with the holdovers from last year that I’m continuing to track. We have it down to a science here.
Because this is the way the world ends.
Wait, that’s not right. (Though it’s not wrong.)
Because this is what the world needs. An Entourage movie.
I’m torn about this one. Because on the one hand, I really enjoyed the first… oh, two and a half seasons of this show. And then intermittently after that. And on the other hand… it was pretty shitty at the end. Plus the whole thing was jokingly insider, and then became the very thing… you know what, let’s just leave it at douchey and misogynistic. I don’t want to enjoy it. But I also kind of enjoyed it.
I had to settle it by watching a trailer.
This is how we’re playing this: because of the fact that I sat through eight seasons of this show and know the characters, and because they’re gonna parade dozens of cameos throughout this movie… 3.5 stars.
I say this knowing full well that I should not truly enjoy this movie.
Insidious: Chapter 3
Haven’t seen any of these, won’t see this one.
This is based on a book by the same guy who did Fault in Our Stars. So naturally it’s getting a summer release. The same day as Fault in Our Stars.
A young man, Quentin, and his four friends, embark upon the road trip of their lives to find the missing girl next door.
Oh, THIS movie. I remember when they announced this. The girl next door shows up, dressed as a ninja at the beginning.
And it’s also pretty adult and fucked up, the stuff that happens, if I remember correctly.
So you know what? 3.5 stars. Why the hell not? Let’s live wild. I’ll give this a ninja bump.
Love & Mercy
It’s funny. I previewed so many movies last year that I don’t even have to look a lot of them up now.
This is the biopic of Brian Wilson starring Paul Dano and John Cusack as younger and older Wilson.
I hear it’s pretty good.
So 3 stars. They didn’t release it last year, and are putting it out in the summer. Though it looks like a minor, VOD release. Which doesn’t inspire enough confidence to assume 3.5. So we’ll stick with 3, and let the movie be better than average.
Oh yeah. Dinosaurs.
And I said that exactly the way the DNA strand says it in the first movie.
Which, if you’re as big a fan of the first movie as I am, you know exactly what I mean.
Anyway, I’m very excited for this.
And, despite some minor concerns with the trailer, I continue to remain excited for this.
4 stars is the only way to go. Because it either needs to meet my expectations or be a disappointment. Why not assume the best?
Pixar finally looks like it’s gonna make a good one.
They’ve been in a real lull since Toy Story 3. Cars 2 was underwhelming, Brave was nice, but the bear shit ruined it, and Monsters University was cute, but nothing more.
This one looks like they’re gonna return to form. It’s about the emotions inside a young girl’s head as she deals with a major event (which I think is moving to a new city. Divorce would be interesting, though, if it were that). It’s an exciting concept, and it sounds like something they can deliver on.
Pixar is a minimum 3.5 star affair always. But here, they’re relying on simple human emotion, and not on stock characters, or people turning into bears. So I’m gonna assume a good movie.
The Transporter Legacy
Yeah, this sounds nice and all, but Jason Statham isn’t in this movie.
So you’re rebooting a Jason Statham movie with the same subtitle you used to reboot the Bourne movies.
How could I possibly think that’s going to be good?
2.5 stars. This has to earn the 3. It won’t take much, but just because you have a title does not mean you earn the rating.
The Face of an Angel
Both a journalist and a documentary filmmaker chase the story of a murder and its prime suspect.
This was a 2014 holdover.
Which means VOD release and I gotta give it a drop.
Ricki and the Flash
An aging rock star tries to connect with her estranged kids.
Jonathan Demme is directing from a script written by Diablo Cody. Meryl Streep is starring.
I don’t need to hear any more.
Honestly, I should go 4.
It’s a sequel. They’re making it to cash in on the first one. They’re aware of this, we’re aware of this.
It’s clearly not gonna be as good, but if I can get 3.5 out of this, I’ll be satisfied.
However, 3 stars. It’s a comedy sequel. And comedy sequels have to earn their stars.
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We’re now gonna take a break from the release calendar for a little while. Get some other articles out of the way first. We’ll start tomorrow by beginning to list some of my favorite performances of the year, and in a few days, take a break to talk Oscar nominations.