Summer Film List

Summer means time to catch up on personal reading lists, get in shape, and see some great films.

There are 3 arriving in theatres this summer that I am particularly excited to see:

3. Neighbours

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This may be technically arriving in theatres during the spring – and very soon, on May 9 – but I’m excited for it nonetheless. Seth Rogen and Zach Efron aren’t exactly the makings of a great film classic, but the previews promise plenty of laughs and I never judge the quality of a film on its seriousness (or on how much the actors are being paid). I’ll definitely be checking this out. Oh yeah, and if you weren’t sold on Efron, little (slightly-less-douchey?) Franco costars, so I’m sure the pre-teens will be flocking to see this one!

2. Boyhood

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In Richard Linklater we trust. I don’t often buy the ‘auteur director’ mythology, but Linklater is consistently putting out interesting films. Dazed and Confused, Waking Life, and Before Midnight all felt unique, authentic, and experimental. While they all were distinctly Linklater, he certainly isn’t a one-trick pony. Boyhood’s unique filming structure –  taking place for a few weeks each year from 2001 to 2013 – promises to create a very interesting and (hopefully) well thought out narrative experience.

1. The Giver

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If you’re not excited for this flick, I feel sorry for your grade six self. The novel is a classic, and while I’m deathly afraid of what Hollywood will do to it in the name of ‘watchability’ and ‘commercialization’, I’m equally to see this amazing story brought to life. With a cast that includes Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, my hopes are high that their talent and experience (along with the solid narrative) will overshadow the Hollywood flash and the Taylor Swift.

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