July on the big screen!
Ignore the naysayers kiddies, cinema aint’ dead and here’s a bunch of awesome shit about to explode on to screens across the country.
Feast your peepers on this bevy of big screen beauties and salivate like the drooling reprobates that you are!
Directed by Guillermo del Toro, starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Ron Perlman, Charlie Day, Clifton Collins Jr.
When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity’s resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes—a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi)—who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind’s last hope against the mounting apocalypse.
This is going to kick ass good people! – monsters rising from the deep and stirring up the shit – glorious stuff indeed!! With Guillermo del Toro at the helm you can bet this is a film filled with great ideas and wild visuals. Monsters, robots and untold carnage – need we say more?
GET OUT AND SEE IT. Keep an eye on the Monster site for Zak Hepburn’s full PACIFIC RIM feature very soon.
The film releases across the country on July 11th from Village Roadshow
ONLY GOD FORGIVES
Directed by Nicholas Winding-Refn, starring Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm
Bangkok. Ten years ago Julian killed a man and went on the run. Now he manages a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs operation. Respected in the criminal underworld, deep inside, he feels empty. When Julian’s brother murders an underage prostitute, the police call on retired cop Chang – the Angel of Vengeance. Chang allows the father to kill his daughter’s murderer, then ‘restores order’ by chopping off the man’s right hand. Julian’s mother Jenna – the head of a powerful criminal organization – arrives in Bangkok to collect her son’s body. She dispatches Julian to find his killers and ‘raise hell’.
DRIVE was the arthouse action film that won over audiences with it slicko look and shmicko soundtrack, and reinforced to the world that Nicholas Winding-Refn is a talent to watch. So here he comes again and again with Rosling in tow, with the much anticipated ONLY GOD FORGIVES, a revenge flick that promises buckets and buckets of blood and endless, hard core nastiness! Reports from Cannes are varied but one thing that everyone seems to agree on is that Winding-Refn is one slick, sick son-of-a-bitch, we say BRING IT ON!!
Releasing across the country on July 18th from Icon Films
Directed by James Wan, starring Lily Taylor, Ron Livingston, Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga
Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on the true life story, “The Conjuring” tells the tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse.
Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most horrifying case of their lives.
James Wan, the local boy who gave us SAW, follows up from the likes of DEAD SILENCE, DEATH SENTENCE and INSIDIOUS with THE CONJURING, a film focusing on real life paranormal investigators, Ed and Lorraine Warren. This one’s got cast and pedigree – expect a pretty sweet ride.
Releasing across the country on July 18th from Village Roadshow
THIS IS THE END
Directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, starring Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel, Michael Cera, Emma Watson
The comedy This Is The End follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling supplies and cabin fever threaten to tear apart the friendships inside. Eventually, they are forced to leave the house, facing their fate and the true meaning of friendship and redemption.
Seth Rogen in a film about the end of the world? Who’d have thunk it! Teaming up with his band of usual suspects and Emma Watson, Seth has co-written and co-directed this one with long time collaborator Evan Goldberg. Set at a party at James Franco’s house, with the cast playing themselves, it blends catastrophe and belly laughs and looks like it’s going to be a major hoot!. Reviewers have been gushing about it too so it’s definitely one to look out for.
Releasing across the country on July 18th from Sony Pictures
Directed by James Mangold, starring Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Rila Fukushima, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada
In modern day Japan, Wolverine is out of his depth in an unknown world as he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.
Okay so X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE fizzed, move on… this next installment sets out to put things back on track. With director James Mangold (WALK THE LINE, 3:10 TO YUMA) steering the ship, the film takes place in Japan and places our main character in some strange situations without his usual band of mutant buddies. The first trailer for this was a bit ho-hum, but the second trailer delivered the shit – in spades! Whatever the case, this shapes up to be a badass thrill ride – and don’t we love our homegrown Hugh?
Releasing across the country on July 25th from 20th Century Fox