July actually looks like a pretty bitching month with the usual blockbuster distractions (Wolverine, Pacific Rim, The Smurfs 2) being joined by a terrific range of smaller films. Read on for five that should be worth watching and, as always, don’t forget you can now check back on last month’s reviews in our June feature.
And cheap plug to remind you to listen to our June/July podcast where we chat about some of these films as well as reviewing the first half of 2013…
Irish Cinema Release Dates – July 2013
3 July 2013
5 July 2013
- The Bling Ring (2013) [review]
- Chasing Mavericks (2012)
- A Field in England (2013) [review]
- Bula Quo! (2013)
- Paradise: Faith (2012)
- Paris – Manhattan (2012)
12 July 2013
19 July 2013
- The World’s End (2013) [review]
- The Frozen Ground (2013) [review]
- Easy Money (2010)
- Life’s a Breeze (2013) [review]
- Blancanieves (2012)
- Breath In (2013)
26 July 2013
- The Wolverine (2013) [review]
- Girl Most Likely (2012)
- Frances Ha (2012) [review]
- Dial M for Murder (3d) (1954)
31 July 2013
#1 – A Field in England
We’ve talked about Ben Wheatley (a cousin of mine) on Spooool.ie quite a lot as we’re both pretty big fans of the man behind Down Terrace, Kill List and Sightseers. His latest film is interesting because he’s gone away from contemporary society all the way back to the 17th century when the English Civil War was driving our closest neighbours mad. His last two films dealt with the quirks of British rural society and while we’ve travelled back in time, this seems like it will do the same. Two more reasons why it’s mad is that i) it’s in Black and White and ii) it’s being distributed across all formats on the same day, so see it however you like. Katie Ellen from the BFI Distribution Fund has this to say…
This is a fantastic opportunity to support a unique and exciting distribution model, which for the first time will offer all UK audiences the opportunity to see the latest Ben Wheatley project on the day of its release, no matter how they like to watch films – be it in cinemas, on DVD/Blu-Ray, on television or through VoD.
We’ll be giving it the attention it deserves on the big screen, tuning in on the iPad for Big Ben’s latest just wouldn’t feel right.
#2 – Pacific Rim
Guillermo del Toro has directed one film since making my film of the year in 2006 – Pan’s Labyrinth. That film was 2008’s brilliant Hellboy II: The Golden Army. As we all know, the reason he’s been tied up was his lengthy sojourn in New Zealand for The Hobbit, the series of films which he was meant to direct. The project stalled for too long so he bailed and gave the keys to the Tolkien empire back to Peter Jackson.
In the five years since the Hellboy sequel del Toro has done a rake of producing jobs including Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and Julia’s Eyes, two perfectly fine genre films. This is his return to the big time though and his story of monsters versus aliens should be epic and awe-inspiring, though let’s hope he remembers that all his great films had a whole lot of heart at the centre of them too.
#3 – The Deep (Djúpið)
This drama was Iceland’s entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the 2013. It’s based on true events and tells the story of a fisherman who has to stay alive after falling into the ocean. Brrrr.
I could say I’m only featuring it because of the exotic names of all the actors. All so hard to pronounce…
- Ólafur Darri Ólafsson as Gulli
- Jóhann G. Jóhannsson as Palli
- Þorbjörg Helga Þorgilsdóttir as Halla
- Theodór Júlíusson as Gulli’s Father
- María Sigurðardóttir as Gulli’s Mother
- Björn Thors as Hannes
- Þröstur Leó Gunnarsson as Lárus
- Guðjón Pedersen as Erlingur
- Walter Grímsson as Raggi
- Stefán Hallur Stefánsson as Jón
#4 – The World’s End
Edgar Wright’s latest is following on from Shawn of the Dead and Hot Fuzz and is part three of the so called “Cornetto trilogy” – known colloquially as the “Blood and Ice-cream trilogy”. The films feature Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and a host of British acting staples including Paddy Considine, Alice Lowe and Martin Freeman.
It better be amazing or else there’s going to be a whole generation of people who grew up on those other two films left very disappointed, including your two resident Spooool moguls… No pressure lads.
#5 – Frances Ha
Our July cover-star (yer wan at the top of this feature) is Greta Gerwig, star of Noah Baumbach’s latest Frances Ha, with lead actress and director sharing screenwriting duties. The film has been shot in black and white and its New York setting is sure to evoke thoughts of Woody Allen’s Manhattan. The unintended similarities with HBO and Lena Dunham’s “GIRLS” (such as the lost and quirky late 20-something girl, Brooklyn, the presence of Adam Driver as a romantic lead) mean the film is already giving reviewers enough content for the first two paragraphs. Forgetting about all that, us Spoooolers love Greta Gerwig and her charming, warm screen presence has lit up films as varied as Greenberg, Arthur and Damsels in Distress, suggesting that even if her script-writing isn’t up to much this is still going to be worthwhile.
I mean, when you’re making a wry, naturalistic movie about a vivacious but immature twentysomething trying to find her way as a dancer in New York City, you really have no choice but to just go for it and shoot it in bold, high-resolution 70mm IMAX film stock.
And a sneaky #6 pick goes to The Wolverine (July 26th), a film that was supposed to be helmed by Darren Aronofsky (a genius who is now working on a film about Noah) but is now being looked after by the Knight and Day director James Mangold. Hmmm…
BUT I love the Wolverine character and taking him to Asia where he has such a rich history is a brave and exciting move on the part of the Marvel peeps. Plus it was the first film I ever saw using Vine to promote itself…