Wednesday, 1 June 2011

June & The Movies I Am Looking Forward To {2}

By the long list of films being launched in June it is clear that all the recent film festivals have done their job. The list is full of foreign and small budget movies as well as big Hollywood productions. Here are the ones I am looking forward to watching:

In Cinemas from Friday June 3rd

Last Night 
I think this will be one of those movies that you have to be on that situation (aka married or in a long-term relationship and under temptation) to understand the appeal. It reminds me a little of the movie "It's Complicated" as it deals with issues you might say: "If that was me I would do this" and then find out a few years later that "no, you wouldn't". In other words, you might see it all in black and white to then realize it's all a big mess of grey. There is always the question: what would you do? I'm curious to see which path the characters will take. Staring Keira Nightley, Eva Mendes and Sam Worthington. Only available for viewing in key cities in the UK. Unfortunately, by the time this post went live I had not managed to track down the nearest cinema in or to Lancashire screening this movie.

For YA book lovers everywhere this film might ring a few bells as a crash in between "Hush, Hush" (the brunette really does bring Patch to mind) and "Perfect Chemistry". Bad-boy-is-put-together-with-good-girl-both-end-up-liking-each-other-and-good-girl-shows-bad-boy-true-love-and-the-error-of-his-ways. Ouch! I was out of breath there for a minute. Admittedly I have not read the latest, but it is on my to-read list and for what I hear, this sounds quite similar. Obviously, I will be at the front of the queue elbowing the 15 year-old out of my way. :-)

Rio Breaks
This is the typical result of film festivals and yet another movie filmed in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, right? Wrong. This is quite an interesting documentary about two boys who love to surf. One is a "good" kid the other a trouble maker and, although they are best friends, the documentary explores the reality of living in the "favelas" (slums) of Rio. Will living in poverty finally take its toll on both boys or will surfing rescue them? A lovely story and one I will most definitely watch. Unfortunately, this is only being screened in key cities around the UK. If you are up in Lancashire, the nearest screening will be the ones taking place in Leeds in between the 3rd and 9th of June. For more information visit the film's website by clicking here. Anyone attending Glastonbury will be able to watch it on June 26th so don't miss out.

It is starting to sound like I should bring my bed to the cinema on the 3rd of June! This is a documentary on the life of the maverick and legend that was Ayrton Senna, the Brazilian racing driver regarded as one of the greatest drivers of all times. Senna died while racing at the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994 and is to this day the last F1 driver to have died in a race. I have a special connection to this story. My dad was a big fan of Ayrton Senna's. I remember the day he died crystal clear. You see, Dad was a Church Minister and this fatal race took place on a Sunday. So when the news came that Senna had crashed he finished the service early so he could sit in our car and listen to the news on the radio. When Senna's death was made official it was like the entire country had lost a family member. The sadness that took hold of everyone was quite profound. Senna, at the time, was one of the few Brazilian playing at international level and Brazil back then was not the hot eight ball it is at the moment so he was a big deal. We were all very proud of him and I still hold a huge amount of admiration for him.

The Flaw - In Cinemas from Tues June 7th 
A documentary about what caused the American property market crisis in 2008. While this is not usually my cup-of-tea, the trailer sounds really interesting and since this ended up affecting the entire globe, not just America, I am curious. Unfortunately, like "Rio Breaks", this film will only be showcased in key cities. The nearest location to Lancashire will be York but that will not take place until Tues July 26th. For more information click here.

The Beaver - Out on Fri June 17th 
Come on now, anything with Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson and a puppet beaver is worth watching! Mel Gibson plays a depressed family man who's only escape from his current state is to pretend the beaver puppet is his outer ego. Interesting, funny, touching and compelling drama.

Life in a Day - Screening Fri 17th June
Someone has finally found a better use for some of the YouTube videos. This is the collection of videos uploaded to the channel during the same given day. You might be wondering what is the point of this, but I am looking forward to seeing all the different things that happen around the world in the same day. A little piece of insight into the human race. Let's hope there are no aliens watching it too. We wouldn't want to give all our trade secrets away, would we?

Transformers: Dark of the Moon - In Cinemas Fri 29th June
And while we are talking about aliens... Ok, I admit it. I am a sucker for Shia Labeouf. I have watched the first two Transformer movies and really enjoyed them. Although I'm still baffled as to how Megan Fox manages to run through the desert with white jeans and not get them dirty, but never mind. Looking forward to some action to keep the heart and the husband happy.

The list could go on as June is jam packed with interesting movies, but I have to draw the line somewhere. If you enjoy foreign movies, check French pic Incendies. Definitely worth watching.

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