August officially marks the end of the summer big-budget blockbusters, but there still quite a few interesting & fun films to look forward to...
The Dark Tower (Aug 4-USA, Aug 18-UK, Aug 3-Singapore)
A few months ago, I would have been really excited about this film. A science-fiction fantasy western film based on the book by Stephen King. Not to mention the starring roles of both Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. It does sound like a very promising blockbuster near the end of the summer. But the trailers then came out, and I was a bit let down. I'm not sure how to say it, but it just doesn't look as substantial or as action-packed as I thought. I'm not even sure what the plot will be (I don't read books, by the way). And the latest (and hopefully, the last) straw for me would be knowing that the running time is a mere 95 minutes (including credits)....which is very short. In the end, I will probably still watch the film, but I don't feel excited any bit at all now.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK9LpM7qmJY (Trailer #1)
Detroit (Aug 4-USA, Aug 25-UK)
These kinds of 'based on real life' stories aren't usually my favourite kind of films, but this particular one really intrigued me. Well, the main reason for that is that it is a Katheryn Bigelow directed film. That sells me straight away. Then you have some excellent cast in the film with John Boyega, Will Poulter, Anthony Mackie, and more. It still probably isn't my most awaited film in any stretch, but it certainly has lots of positive buzz around it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5h7Kgo-zeI (Trailer #1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-2_1tUnIWM (Trailer #2)
Wind River (Aug 4-USA. Sep 8-UK)
After his awesome work in writing the screenplay for both Sicario & Hell or High Water (which were really brilliantly written films), Taylor Sheridan has got my full attention for this next project of his. Perhaps the only existing question mark is from the fact that this is his first run as a director. But after seeing the trailer, this doesn't feel like much of a concern anymore. I like what I've seen in the trailers, and I like the tone/style of this film. Really quite looking forward to this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZgN0dpFoaE (Trailer #1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGk_sO57Gr4 (Trailer #2)
The Hitman's Bodyguard (Aug 18-USA, Aug 18-UK, Aug 17-Singapore)
This really looks like one of those hilarious action comedies with a great dynamic from the main duo. I have always enjoyed these kind of films which has excellent chemistry between the main characters, like The Nice Guys, Central Intelligence, etc. And by the looks of it in the trailers, the Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds certainly looks like they have an amazing & funny partnership brewing. And that's all I need to buy this film. I can only hope that the story delivers, too. But I'm excited about this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-d1XOshDSbg (Trailer #1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXKgEBkjZ2k (Trailer #2)
Logan Lucky (Aug 18-USA, Aug 25-UK, Aug 31-Singapore)
Another great looking comedy. This one, instead, has an array of great actors with the likes of Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, and even Daniel Craig (sporting a southern accent, no less). And with a heist element added into the film, this really has the potential to be one of the better comedies of the year, and I really look forward to this film.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsOIuzxMplA (Trailer #1)
As most of you may well know by now, I am certainly not a fan of horror flicks, but for those of you who are, Annabelle: Creation (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0s3XdCN1uks) is out on August 11. Meanwhile, if you are a fan of animation movies, The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nF8T_V22ng) is also out on the same day, while musical animation Leap! (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vM-CnKojrQ) will be out on August 30th in the US.