Before we get to some of my favorite new films (some are just new to me, anyway) of July 2017, I'm gonna link you to my two latest City on Fire reviews.
First up we have the new Charlize Theron action movie, ATOMIC BLONDE. It's a mix of first-rate action in a second-rate John le Carre spy thriller. Something of a mixed bag but definitely worth seeing for an awesome action-heavy role from Theron. Read my full review at City on Fire.
And I also have a review for the new Jean-Claude Van Damme actioner, KILL'EM ALL. It's a mess. You can read more at the link.
WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES is amazing. Might be my favorite film of the year. An emotional, thrilling sci-fi adventure. Loved it.
Compliments to Matt Reeves, Rupert Wyatt, and Andy Serkis for making what should soon be considered one of the best, most consistently excellent film trilogies ever.
DUNKIRK is pretty excellent. A tense and haunting war drama. One of director Christopher Nolan's best. Admittedly not much of a history lesson, though. But now I'm inspired to learn more on my own. The non-linear storytelling was unexpected and made for a different sort of war movie experience. Good stuff.
I thought SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING was a blast. Spider-Man 2 remains the best Spidey film but I think Tom Holland is the superior Spider-Man. He's perfect. Michael Keaton was great as Birdman/Vulture, too.
Spider-Man villain wish list for future films: Vincent D'Onofrio's Kingpin, Kraven, Scorpion, and a Venom that's actually scary. Maybe Mysterio. And a Blade/Spider-Man spinoff with Morbius! Dude.
I'm excited about Spider-Man again. Wow. It's been a while.
WE ARE X is a truly wonderful documentary. I didn't really know the band X Japan going in but the doc might've made me into a new fan. It's so good. Manages to be about more than music and becomes a hopeful story about overcoming depression and loss. Also an excellent story about living for your art. Loved it.
Now a few older films that I got to see for the first time over the past month...
Admittedly I've not seen that many Korean War films -- it seems like the one American war we don't see that much of on the big screen anymore -- but THE STEEL HELMET is the best one I've seen. Sam Fuller's drama finds a lost American platoon behind enemy lines as the enemy closes in. Fantastic from start to finish. Great cast of characters. Unexpectedly diverse and respectful for its time. Loved it.
I don't know why it took me so long to finally see Robert Altman's THE PLAYER. It's best known for its cameo-filled cast and an intricate opening shot but it's so much more than that. A great showbiz murder mystery and a wicked comedy to boot.
THE ASPHALT JUNGLE joins the shortlist of my favorite film noirs. Wonderful ensemble cast of characters and a suspenseful plot. Sometimes the originals can be recognized as being influential without actually being entertaining. This one manages to be both hugely influential on the crime drama and an incredibly entertaining movie in its own right.
. . . So that's it for now. In August, we have a few new cool movies coming out that I hope will impress. Kathryn Bigelow's newest film DETROIT hits screens today. Stephen King's THE DARK TOWER finally makes its way to the big screen. And I'm hearing great things about ANNABELLE: CREATION.
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