In Case You Missed It: Five Summer Movies Worth Your Time
Summer 2022 has seen releases from franchises like Jurassic World and Marvel, as well as new features from acclaimed directors like Baz Luhrmann and Jordan Peele 一 each surrounded by their own hype and expectations. This list combs through the mediocre ones and showcases those that exceeded or at the very least met their expectations and provided a totally entertaining experience.
Another summer gone, another slew of movies you forgot to see 一 here are a few worth checking out.
Perhaps not a summer release in the technical sense, “Top Gun: Maverick” exemplifies everything one would expect from a summer blockbuster – thrilling visuals, stellar settings, and fast-paced action.
After 36 years, Tom Cruise returns to the big screen as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, now a test pilot for the US Navy on an experimental project named “Darkstar” – an SR-71 type aircraft designed to achieve Mach 10.
The film opens beautifully, with Maverick repairing his own P-51 Mustang in a private hangar. But Maverick’s peace evaporates when one of his men informs him that Rear Admiral Chester “Hammer”‘ Cain (Ed Harris) is about to shut down their program. Maverick rushes from his hanger atop a sleek Kawasaki Ninja H2 and blazes down the track towards the base to keep the project alive. But Maverick fails in his mission and is demoted to a teaching position. His first mission is to prepare an elite group of pilots for a nearly impossible three-week bombing mission.
Although the film takes little risk with its formulaic approach to fitting Maverick into his new team, viewers will be anything but disappointed with the spectacle on screen. Those who haven’t seen the original need not worry because “Top Gun: Maverick” takes time to sufficiently explain the events of the previous film.
Have you ever wanted to watch a movie that feels like a warm hug? This film exists and its name is “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On”.
The film A24 is a mockumentary, following the life and rise to fame of Marcel, voiced by Jenny Slate. For those who don’t know, “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On” was originally an award-winning animated short made in 2010. This is a continuation and further exploration of this story.
The film opens with Dean Fleischer Camp, documentary filmmaker and director of the original short, who recently divorced and moved into an Airbnb in Los Angeles. He soon discovers Marcel, a talking shell, and his grandmother, Nannie Connie, voiced by Isabella Rossellini, living inside. Dean decides to follow Marcel and record his daily activities. What follows are humorous shots of Marcel confused by making documentary films or explaining how he accomplishes certain activities, such as climbing the wall using honey on his shoes. Marcel later explains to Dean that he once had a much larger family but after his owners, Larissa and Mark, split up, they disappeared. Dean and Marcel then decide to use videos on the Internet to help find Marcel’s family.
Although it’s an unconventional movie, “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On” will make you smile and probably cry.
After the mixed reception of “We” in 2019, many people wondered how the acclaimed director of “get out” would advance. Although Jordan Peele may never make it past his first outing, “Nope” is a movie that’s absolutely worth watching.
Set in the deserts of Los Angeles County, California, “Nope” centers on the Haywoods, a family of horse breeders and animal trainers for the motion picture industry. Otis Haywood Sr. (Michael Wincott) runs the ranch with his children Otis “OJ” Haywood Jr. (Daniel Kaluuya) and sister Emerald “Em” Haywood (Keke Palmer). But when a nickel inexplicably falls from the sky and kills Otis Sr., OJ and Em quickly find themselves in control of the business.
Without his father’s charisma, OJ struggles to keep a sufficient job with the demands of the ranch and sells horses one by one to a nearby Western amusement park for cash – provided he can redeem the horses. horses. One evening, while tending to the horses, OJ notices a strange light in the distance racing through the clouds faster than anything human. As it flies overhead, the power goes out in the house and Em, dancing to a record inside, stares out the window at the commotion. The horse in OJ’s grasp whips and thrashes, rushing into the darkness and disappearing forever. OJ and Em, driven by the idea that what they saw was a UFO, begin their investigation into the dark and horrifying unknown.
What follows is a feast for the eyes and an intriguing exploration of exploitation in cinema.
The second A24 release on this list is an instant cult classic dark comedy slasher movie.
Director Halina Reijn’s “Bodies Bodies Bodies” is a satirical thriller fever dream, dripping with dark humor and clean visuals. The film is like a modern day Agatha Christie novel and offers a board game similar to Murder in the dark called Bodies, Bodies, Bodies, which gives the film its title. But the game quickly becomes reality when one of the players turns up dead and the group scrambles to find the killer. “Bodies Bodies Bodies”, is a mystery like Christie’s”And then there was no moreaccompanied by scathing reviews from Gen Z and kids born in the internet age.
“Bodies Bodies Bodies” is a great addition to the slasher genre and pairs perfectly with classics like “Friday 13” Where “Halloween.” It’s the perfect movie to watch in the dark with your friends – just keep an eye out for them.
In this surprisingly good horror film, Zach Cregger from “The whitest kids you knowtakes on the director’s hat and mixes horror and comedy in a grotesque and breathtaking way.
Set in Detroit, “Barbarian” opens with Tess Marshall (Georgina Alice Campbell) trying to get into her Airbnb. The night is dark and eerie as the rain falls hard on Tess when she discovers the key to the door is missing. Frustrated, she knocks on the door to discover a switch on. A man named Keith (Bill Skarsgård) awkwardly opens the door to ask her what she wants. The two then carry out the property management in double booking of the Airbnb. Keith then offers Tess to come inside for the night so they can figure out what to do in the morning. Tess reluctantly agrees and stays the night. But Tess soon discovers that something sinister lingers in the house and there are more problems in the neighborhood than vacant, hollow buildings. Deep in the basement, they uncover a shocking truth and a twist the public will never see coming.
“Barbarian” is a movie best watched without too much background to reference. The synopsis is deliberately vague for this reason. Even a trailer could distort the idea of what the movie is supposed to be – a scary but sometimes hilarious horror flick that plays with conventional tropes to keep audiences on their toes. Those who take the cold step will find it more than satisfying and perhaps find a new appreciation for the horror genre.