Obviously my choice, should you live in one of the eight cities playing it, is Attack the Block. It’s my favorite movie of the year and is just so very, very damn good. The big release this weekend is Cowboys and Aliens, which is a bad movie and from which you should stay away.
There are also films I haven’t seen opening: I hear decent things about Crazy, Stupid, Love. (yes, that’s the punctuation), but missed the screening. The Smurfs is getting, predictably, smurfed on by the critics. And in limited release is The Devil’s Double, which many are calling Scarface for this generation, Miranda July’s The Future, featuring a talking cat, and The Myth of the American Sleepover, which I should have reviewed quite soon. That’s a beautiful little movie I recommend very, very highly.
I’ll be seeing Rise of the Planet of the Apes on Tuesday, but it has already begun screening elsewhere. Initial word is positive, with many people being surprised at how serious and daring it is. I am sure some negative word will begin rolling in, but I like that there’s good buzz up front. I remain very hopeful.
And now, the Summer Movie Rankings, updated. For those who care, I am not including Fantasia Film Festival movies in here, which is why Red State is not at the very bottom.
Attack the Block
Midnight in Paris
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
Myth of the American Sleepover
X-Men: First Class tied with Captain America: The First Avenger
The Tree of Life
30 Minutes or Less
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Page One: Inside The New York Times
The Hangover Part II
Super 8 tied with Thor
Cowboys and Aliens
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides