Surprisingly good month. Nothing that I saw in June was outright awful, while nothing was an outright smash either. There were a couple of films that stood above the rest and a few others that failed to live up to expectations.
Best of the Month: Superman Returns
Below is a list of all the films I saw in the month in the order in which I saw them:
- The Break-Up. I like the attempt at something outside the typical rom-com; it's too bad that this one didn't quite work. It is a movie where the characters have to ignore the painfully logical step of communication to allow the situation to grow out of control.
- Cars. Despite the absolutely gorgeous animation, I was just not drawn into this film as I have been in past Pixar releases. Still, a sub-par Pixar film is much better than many other films of the genre. The voice casting was good, but I just didn't connect completely.
- The Omen. I liked the remake; of course I haven't seen the original yet. I though the lead actors were all good, and I liked the slow burn.
- Nacho Libre. It won't cause you to bust your gut, but it will put a smile on your face. Jack Black's turn as a sweet Christian Brother with a desire to wrestle is a blast. All he wants to do is help the children of his orphanage.
- The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Zero story, but a lot of fun. The allure of this film, to me, was watching the funny cars and the Japanese setting, and on that level it worked perfectly well for me.
- The Lake House. Simply amazing, this is an absolutely gorgeous film. The storytelling is beautiful; you will find yourself caring about this couple and their future potential. There is no explanation of the magic mailbox, and there doesn't need to be.
- A Prairie Home Companion. I felt disconnected while watching this, although there was definitely a sweetly happy aura to it. I liked it much more upon reflection after the fact. It is sublime and a lovely ode to live radio.
- Click. Eh. There are equal moments of laugh out loud hilarity and tear jearking sentimentality, but I found the gimmick wore thin pretty quick and much of the humor was too mean-spirited. On the other hand, Kate Beckinsale is gorgeous.
- An Inconvenient Truth. It's not that I don't believe what the facts presented, but I just have a strong general distaste for Al Gore, and listening to him for 90+ minutes was a bit much. Not to mention the politcal jabs and purely self-serving personal moments.
- Superman Returns. Wonderful movie. It is not an action movie, and it is not without its flaws, but it still has a magical appeal to it. Bryan Singer has delivered a fine reintroduction of Big Blue to the big screen.
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