Screen Time for June 26 by uncdiversions
June 26, 2009, 5:07 pm
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In this new feature of the Diversions blog, staff writer Jonathan Pattishall will take a look at the week’s upcoming movies and tell you which ones to make sure and see and which ones to avoid at all costs. You can find it here each Friday from now on.

There’s good news and bad news about the 2009 summer movie season. The bad news is that, on the whole, it doesn’t look like it will be able to compare to last year’s summer movie season. “The Dark Knight“, “Iron Man” and “Wall-E” in one summer? What can even pretend to such awesomeness? The good news, though, is that after the drab first half of blockbuster season (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine“, “Star Trek“, “Terminator Salvation“, and now “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen“), it looks like an upshot is upon us. Two weeks into July the much awaited sixth Harry Potter hits the screen, but on the first of July there are a couple of promising pictures to get your blood flowing after the latest Transformers rubble-fest. Here are some things to think about for these two upcoming releases:

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs“:

-Carlos Saldanha returns to direct the third Ice Age. After co-directing the first, and directing the second, that means it at least can’t be any worse than its predecessors, right? Right?

-John Leguizamo is, always has been, and always will be funnier than you could ever dream of being. Even when he voices a lisping sloth.

-This one has dinosaurs, and that’s pretty much a winner. I can’t remember the last bad movie I saw that had dinosaurs in it, other than Jurassic Park III.

-A third movie means there’s one more chance for Scrat, the annoying little McGuffin of a squirrel that’s always chasing that damn acorn, to die a gruesome death that compliments his pointless existence.

Public Enemies“:

-Johnny Depp as a Depression-era bank robber is a match made in heaven. Everyone knows he can look the part as well as he’ll be able to act it.

-Most people who try to contextualize director Michael Mann reference him as the director of 1995’s “Heat.” What he should really be remembered for is 1999’s “The Insider,” a legal-political powerhouse thriller that he wrote, directed and produced. If “Public Enemies” draws on the spirit of that film, it’ll combine top-notch acting with glued-to-your-chair suspense.

-A story about folk-hero bank robbers in the Great Depression will be a refreshing tonic in our current Great Recession. Who knows, maybe it will inspire some copy-catting. Bailed-out banks, beware!

-One plural, hyphenated word: Tommy-guns.

– By Diversions Staff Writer Jonathan Pattishall


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