Back to summer cinema: 10 things that excite you this year
After more than a year of uncertainty and ever-fluctuating release schedules, there will be a summer movie season. Blockbusters are back. The smell of popcorn is in the air.
Summer movies have always been filled with calamities and cataclysms, but this year the existential threat is also off the screen. The pandemic has brought about significant changes for movies, which have caught on to life for the past 14 months, mostly on small screens. Can the film be revived? This summer will be a deep test of survival, and not just for Vin Diesel.
But, for us at least, the absence only made our cinema hearts more affectionate. Here are some of the things we look forward to this summer at the movies.
SITTING IN THE DARK WITH FOREIGNERS
Please, please, please shut up my phone. And while you’re at it, burn my couch and throw my laptop in the ocean. Dim the lights. Turn on the screen. Our cinematic experiences of the past 14 months have been isolated, stifled and reduced. As good as the movies are, they all missed out on something you can’t get without a full house and a big screen. This is where the movies live and where we go. – Coyle.
It might sound silly because these are commercials, but I’m really excited to watch trailers on the big screen again. Even though they’re so accessible everywhere now, there’s really nothing quite like seeing them in a theater and part of it is just because you don’t know what’s coming. I still remember the thrill of seeing the Lucasfilm logo and realizing we were about to watch the first trailer for “The Phantom Menace” and hearing Bernard Sumner’s twangy guitar invite us into the teaser for ” Marie Antoinette ”, or the frenetic energy of Karen O’s cover of“ The Immigrant Song ”for“ The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo ”. Even Frou Frou’s superimposed spot for “Garden State!” I continued to love some of these movies and some not, but I will always love the trailers. “West Side Story”, “No Time to Die”, amazes us. – Bahr.
ANTHONY RAMOS, FILM STAR
“In the heights” is your summer movie. Jon M. Chu’s exuberant adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical (released June 11) is a hit party – an unwavering celebration of romance, Latin heritage, music, New York and , I guess, from the common thrill of the movies. It’ll blow up the roof. And while there are many performers throughout Chu who deserve credit – including Leslie Grace, Corey Hawkins and Melissa Barrera – “In the Heights” takes pride in her charismatic role. As part of the original cast of “Hamilton” and a supporting actor in “A Star Is Born,” a breakthrough is coming for the 29-year-old actor. And he doesn’t throw his shot. – Coyle.
A THROWBACK ACTION ADVENTURE
Yes, we’ve been burned by the Disney movie concept before, but something about “Jungle cruise” (in theaters and on Disney + Premier on July 30) excites me without ambiguity. The ride is not a personal favorite. But who wouldn’t want to see an action adventure in the vein of “Romancing the Stone” with two mostly charismatic movie stars like Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson in chic safari outfits? The idea of seeing them go wild makes me smile. – Bahr.
CARS IN SPACE
Movies don’t have to be complex. Just shoot a few cars into space, okay? Is that really too much to ask? Fortunately, the “Fast and the Furious” franchise has never been accused of overthinking anything. His ninth (ninth!) Installment “F9” (June 25) promises one of the most ridiculous stunts in the series to date, one that I can only assume will be a giant leap forward for humanity. – Coyle.
QUESTLOVE, FILM DIRECTOR
The summer concert film comes from a familiar source in a new role. Roots’ ubiquitous musical drummer Amir “Questlove” Thompson makes his directorial debut in “Summer of Soul (… or When the Revolution could not be Televised)”, a time capsule of a historic 1969 Harlem concert series. The film, which premieres July 2 in theaters and on Hulu, highlights little-seen performances by Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Sly and the Family Stone, the Staples Singers and more from a well-known summer festival. under the name “Black Woodstock”. It goes without saying but: play it loud. – Coyle.
It was difficult to find fans without a crowd, but Siân Heder’s totally winning, knockout family drama “CODA” managed to do it. When the film made its virtual debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, critics were almost unanimous in wishing they had seen it in a crowded theater like Park City’s Eccles. When “CODA” opens in theaters (and on Apple TV +) on August 13, moviegoers will have that chance. It is about a teenage girl who is the only hearing person in her family, a fishing clan from Gloucester, Massachusetts. Her passion, it turns out, is singing. As Hollywood as the setting may seem, “CODA” is made with such a spirit and such lived authenticity that it looks like a godsend of well-being. – Coyle
DEV PATEL ON A HORSE
A new David Lowery film is always cause for celebration and this time it took over the 14th century poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. ( “The Green Knight” released July 30). Remember, he did a searing meditation on the grief of Casey Affleck in a bedsheet and Rooney Mara eating a pie. Lowery put Patel in the lead (in part) because he couldn’t get a feel for how cool he would look on a horse out of his head and, frankly, now I can’t either. – Bahr
It will be interesting to know how people react “Zola” by Janicza Bravo (in theaters June 30), the summer movie with the strangest PI: an infamous 148 tweets on Twitter. Bravo and co-writer Jeremy O. Harris turned this notorious getaway – in which a pair of strippers (Taylour Paige, Riley Keough) go on an impromptu road trip to Miami shortly after meeting – into a wild trip. and frenzied on social networks, sex work and cinema. – Coyle.
WHATEVER ‘AMERICA THE MOTION PICTURE’ IS
Netflix describes animation “America the movie” (June 30) as “Chainsaw-wielding George Washington teams up with his beer-loving brother Sam Adams to hunt down the British in a tongue-in-cheek riff on the American Revolution.” The cast includes Channing Tatum as Washington and Jason Mantzoukas as Adams, and I can already feel the patriotism rising in me. – Coyle.