Monthly Movie Preview: August 2012

While the biggest blockbusters of the summer happened last month, with The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spiderman, August has the most movies I want to see. Dramas and comedies, action flicks and documentaries, there is a large variety of movies to go see. Check it out!

August 3
Celeste and Jesse Forever
Starring: Andy Samberg (SNL, Lonely Island, That’s My Boy), Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreaction, I Love You Man, Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings, Eternal Sunshine)

Celeste and Jesse Forever features two best friends become spouses that decide to separate, but still remain best friends. Both decide to try to move on and see other people, but once Samberg’s character actually does, the conflict really begins. Both characters must decide what’s really worth fighting for, “being right…or being happy.” I’m usually not a fan of romantic comedies, but there’s no way one starring Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones won’t be awesome. While both traditionally only comedic actors, the chemistry they show in the trailer makes it seem genuine. It looks like a genuine movie and I can’t wait to see it.

Craigslist Joe
Craigslist Joe is a documentary about a man who sets off on a journey to live off Craigslist for an entire month. The point he is trying to make is that the technology and social media that we use to disconnect ourselves from the world can actually connect us in ways that couldn’t imagine. It looks like an amazing tale that kind of makes you want to follow in his steps. With all the other movies going on, it’s doubtful I will have time to see it in theaters, but it seems like a very inspirational tale and, right now, we could sure use one.

Total Recall
Starring: Colin Ferrell (Phone Booth, Miami Vice, Daredevil), Kate Beckinsale (Underworld series), Jessica Biel (A-Team, 7th Heaven, Blade Trinity), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Drive, Malcolm in the Middle)

This remake of Ahh-nold’s 1990 film has all the special effects and science fiction grandeur you would expect from a film 20 years later, and definitely the acting prowess and hot babes that the original lacked (three-boobed girl notwithstanding). So what’s stopping this film from being the best non-comic book based movie of the summer? Coming from someone who has never actually seen the original, I can say that the previews make it look pretty badass, but I can’t say that I am excited about it like I am about other movies on this list (again, three-boobed girl notwithstanding).

Can’t be this bad, right??

August 10
Red Hook Summer
Starring: Clarke Peters (Lester Freamon in HBO’s The Wire), Thomas Jefferson Byrd (Spike Lee joints)

This movie came as sort of a surprise to me. Not counting the recent surge of documentaries he’s done over the past few years, there really hasn’t been a good, modern Spike Lee joint since Inside Man in 2006. And while the movie only stars just one of his “regulars,” it’s great to see The Wire crew get some love. From what I gather in the previews, it seems like this will shed a lot of light on the inner-city relationship between strong, God-serving men and the communities they’ve watched deteriorate. I’m very excited for this, but doubt it will even be released anywhere but independent theaters.

Bourne Legacy
Starring: Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, Hawkeye in The Avengers, Edward Norton (Incredible Hulk, American History X), Rachel Weisz (The Mummmy trilogy)

A few months ago, people were crying in outrage that they were making a Bourne movie and snubbing Matt Damon for the role. I think two things saved this movie and made everybody into it: Jeremy Renner acted his ass off as Hawkeye and the storyline puts an original spin on the trilogy that has come to pass. It’ll be hard for me to pass this up, but like the slacker I am, I have not finished the trilogy, so may be waiting to see this for a while.

The Campaign
Starring: Zach Galifinanakis (Hangover series, Due Date), Will Ferrell (Zoolander, Old School, Anchorman, The Other Guys)

Finally, a movie to make a mockery of how meaningless and full of shit our political campaigns are. Two of the funniest actors today square off as the apathetic front-runner (Ferrell) is challenged by the little guy (Zach G). I don’t even cares who wins, but I need to see Will Farrell punch a baby in the face.

August 24
Hit and Run
Starring: Dax Shepard (Idiocracy, Let’s Go to Prison), Kristen Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, When in Rome, Couples Retreat), Bradley Cooper (Hangover series, Limitless, A-Team)

Hit and Run is a comedy/action that puts co-director and star Dax Sheppard in a dilly of a pickle as he tries to escape his past as the getaway driver of a bank robbery, and the gang seems to think that he kept all the money for himself and ratted them out. It’s very familiar to Tom Cruise’s Knight and Day, but I don’t doubt it will be hilarious. Plus, Kristen Bell is way hotter than Cameron Diaz.

Premium Rush
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, Dark Knight Rises), Mike Shannon (Take Shelter)

I don’t know too much about this movie except that JGL has to get a pretty important package somewhere in some given time. The trailer is full of fast-paced awesomeness and extreme BMX stunts. As always, there’s no way you can go wrong with a Joseph Gordon-Levitt movie.

August 29
Lawless

Starring: Tom Hardy (Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Warrior), Shia LaBeouf (Transformers trilogy, Even Stevens), Gary Oldman (everything), Guy Pearce (Momento)

I’m picking this to be the surprise hit of the summer. Set during prohibition times, a group of brothers are making loads of money in the bootlegging business when a group of corrupt cops come in and demand a cut of the profits if they are going to turn their backs to it. Needless to say, the brothers decline and all hell breaks loose. I’m a huge fan of this era and I think all characters do a great job of blending in, from the trailer. Even little Shia LeBouf looks comfortable in front of his juggernaut co-stars.

Happy goings, y’all!

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