We got ourselves a quiet but interesting week of new film releases this week. Adultery, tragedy, destructive life styles and just plan old destructive earthquakes. Lets see what new films are coming out this week: May 29, 2015.
What’s it about? Martin, an ex-Parisian well-heeled hipster passionate about Gustave Flaubert who settled into a Norman village as a baker, sees an English couple moving into a small farm nearby. Not only are the names of the new arrivals Gemma and Charles Bovery, but their behavior also seems to be inspired by Flaubert’s heroes.
My thoughts? An interesting looking modern twist on Madame Bovery. Gemma Atherton seems to more interesting and charming the further away she gets from Hollywood blockbusters. I generally like her bits of performance here. I’m a bit curious about the meta like elements we see from the Baker and how he reacts to seeing Madame Bovery’s mistake repeat itself right in front of him.
What’s it about? Two mismatched personal trainers’ lives are upended by the actions of a new, wealthy client.
My thoughts? It’s rare to see Guy Pearce in a comedy. It’s even rarer to see Guy Pearce in an American flick in which he uses his Australian accent. Sadly the trailer didn’t do much for me, even though I did like the cast.
What’s it about? Harley loves Ilya. He gives her life purpose and sets her passion ablaze. So, when he asks her to prove her love by slitting her wrists, she obliges with only mild hesitation, perhaps because of her other all-consuming love: heroin.
RED BAND TRAILER
My thoughts? If I gave an award for this (and maybe I should start doing this.) this will be this weeks winner for “Best Cut Trailer.” Super intriguing and sells the film really well.I’ve never heard of Arielle Holmes or her book but the way this trailer sells a daring movie starring the very woman that has lived this life certainly got my attention.
What’s it about? A celebrated military contractor returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.
My thoughts? Who would have thought a Cameron Crowe film would have ever gotten controversy? As a fan of his work, I never saw that coming. But the truth is, Aloha does deserve the discussion it’s been gaining. Let me be clear, YES, I agree, it IS ridiculous to see a movie set in Hawaii not see a SINGLE INDIGENOUS HAWAIIAN PERSON IN THE AD CAMPAIGN. Judging from the trailer, it might as well been set on a damn pleasure cruise. It’s not like the cast is terrible either. On the contrary, this is a great cast; Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Danny McBride, Bill FUCKING Murray, Alec Baldwin etc. I would happily watch a movie with that cast and having Cameron Crowe give them dialogue….but did it have to be Hawaii done like this? Could it have hurt them to cast ANY Hawaiian actors in one of the lead roles?
Before all the controversy concerning the lack of Hawaiian representation, I honestly wasn’t feeling too hot on the film. Something about the trailer just made me feel that Cameron Crowe is kind of recycling tropes and character arcs from his other films. Emma Stones character is clearly your Lloyd Dobler type (much like Kirsten Dunst was in Elizabethtown.) Cooper is in the vein of a Jerry Maguire type (to be fair, that might be stretching but please go with me on this one.) The whole film feels…..familiar.
It makes me worry that Cameron Crowe doesn’t really have much to say right now. His films since Vanilla Sky ( a flick I do actually love) seems a bit like he’s trying to make what other people THINK is a Cameron Crowe film. Hell, even Vanilla Sky was a remake of another film, so his last film that had any creative honesty from him was Almost Famous. I’m hoping I’m wrong, but this film will probably not be Cameron Crowe back on his A Game.
Whats it about? In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state in order to rescue his estranged daughter.
My thoughts? One day, Dwayne Johnson will get his own amazing action film franchise. One day, he will finally get his own Terminator, his own Rambo, his own Conan etc. (Or, with all the crap that I mentioned concerning Aloha, maybe he should have played the lead in that film.) Regardless, I look forward to see Dwayne be in a cool, amazing, original film that utilizes his talents to his best and allow him to be the lead that he deserves. San Andreas will not be that film. No? You think I’m wrong? Listen, I’m sure HE’S gonna be good in it, but this film screams generic in every possible way. I’m not even close to being interested in another disaster movie. If this does appeal to you, then please ignore me and my jadedness and enjoy the destructive fun. For me, I’m good and I’ll skip this one this week.
What about you? What films this week are YOU most looking forward too? Let us know in the comments below!