July Flix

Is it July already? I still haven’t caught up on the few movies from June that I wanted to see — WALL-E, The Incredible Hulk, and probably Wanted. But, there are a few flicks coming out in July that have peaked my interest…

Hancock (July 2) — There are heroes… there are superheroes… and then there’s Hancock. With great power comes great responsibility — everyone knows that — everyone, that is, but Hancock. Edgy, conflicted, sarcastic, and misunderstood, Hancock’s well-intentioned heroics might get the job done and save countless lives, but always seem to leave jaw-dropping damage in their wake. The public has finally had enough — as grateful as they are to have their local hero, the good citizens of Los Angeles are wondering what they ever did to deserve this guy.

Word on the street is that this movie is uneven — starts off solid, and then spins out of control. i like Will Smith, and I like Jason Bateman. On the surface this seems like the kind of movie that’d be right up my alley, but I’m not sure if I’ll actually make it to the theater to check it out. Might be a DVD or DirecTV viewing.

Hellboy II (July 11) — After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it’s up to the planet’s toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders.

I’ve seen the first Hellboy, though not all in one setting. I’ve caught bits and pieces of various airings on DirecTV. Having read many of the Hellboy comic books, I’m familiar with the character and backstory, and have always appreciated the franchise — though have never quite bonded with Hellboy. This sequel actually looks better than its predecessor — but is it enough to actually pull me into the theater? Definitely looks good enough to sit through and watch in one sitting at home though.

The Dark Knight (July 18 ) — With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to destroy organized crime in Gotham for good. The triumvirate proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a rising criminal mastermind known as the Joker, who thrusts Gotham into anarchy and forces the Dark Knight ever closer to crossing the fine line between hero and vigilante.

Here’s another comic book movie sequel in which I didn’t see the predecessor in the theater, but managed to see most of, if not all of, in multiple viewings on DirecTV. (I swear I bought the DVD the day it was released. It’s still factory sealed on the shelf. I’m a bad fanboy.) But, the latest Batman movie definitely looks worth checking out while it’s still at the cineplex as opposed to DVD. And, there’s the portrayal of the Joker by Heath Ledger.

Space Chimps (July 18 ) — Two NASA chimps are sent to a galaxy far, far away. One chimp has ‘The Right Stuff,’ and the other, a good natured goofball, has ‘The Wrong Stuff.’ The two chimps find themselves on a strange, uncharted planet, where they embark on a fantastical journey to save its inhabitants from a tyrannical leader.

This movie looks fun on paper. It’s got chimps. It’s got chimps in space. It’s got Patrick Warburton doing the voice of one of the chimps in space. But something tells me that it’s just not going to measure up to the ‘bot in space movie that comes out three weeks prior. Yeah, I just clicked over to review the trailer once again before finishing up this entry… I’ll be checking this flick out on DirecTV.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe (July 25) — In grand “X-Files” manner, the film’s storyline is being kept under wraps. This much can be revealed: It is a stand-alone story in the tradition of some of the show’s most acclaimed and beloved episodes, and takes the complicated relationship between Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in unexpected directions.

I never thought in a thousand years that this movie was ever going to be made and released. Don’t get me wrong, I dig the X-Files. I dug the television series (at least while Mulder was still around), and I dug the first movie, X-Files: Fight the Future. But that was ten years ago. I’ll probably go see this movie in the theater — I feel that I’ve invested enough over the years to “want to believe.” That, and I want to see if I’m still crushing on Gillian Anderson/Dana Skully.

So, it looks like The Dark Knight and The X-Files: I Want To Believe look like definite flicks I’ll be checking out in the theater. Handcock has about a 50/50 chance, but will probably end up a DVD viewing along with Hellboy II. Coming in August I’m already eying The Pineapple Express and The Perfect Game.

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