Joel on June 8th, 2011
Ok, I know this is not exactly a new development, but has Hollywood run out of ideas? This summer’s lineup of films is a paltry rehashing of old movies, sequels, and a slew of new comic book adaptations. I’m not entirely opposed to some repetition; I’ll admit I just saw the new X-men, and am excited for Super 8, yet another alien movie. But last year we at least had the originality of Inception and the surprise hit, The Hangover (which of course was re-purposed in Bangkok and called The Hangover II). This year the box office doesn’t look so bright. I’ll stop before this becomes a rant.
As a remedy to this lack of inspiration, I’m offering you my list of indie films I’m excited about this summer, in order of appearance:
Beginners, June 3rd
Is it just me, or does Christopher Plummer seem to be in the prime of his career? He’s everywhere these days, and looks to deliver another charismatic performance. Filling out the bill are Ewan McGregor and Melanie: “The year’s most appealing screen couple, their scenes together so realistic they seem improvised.”
The Tree of Life, June 17th
Director Terrence Malick’s fifth film in 30 years won the Palme d’Or at Cannes a few weeks ago, and contains what some have called the best performance in Brad Pitt’s career.
General Orders No. 9, June 24 (Limited)
The culmination of over eleven years’ work from first time writer-director Bob Persons, this contemplative documentary of the loss of nature looks truly stunning.
The Future, July 29th (Limited)
Writer, director, artist, and all around good person Miranda July is known for creating thought-provoking, heartwarming, and sometimes mildly creepy works of art. Her second film, The Future, was an audience favourite at Sundance this year.