Wow, what a weekend! We were so busy sunning ourselves at our offices in St. Tropez and rubbing elbows with the beautiful people we almost didn’t get a chance to eat! We saw movies, though. It’s who we are at Gildshire Magazines, and it’s what we do. If the local AMC theater had frequent flyer miles we would be on the first passenger ship to the moon!
We’re very excited that summer (at least as recognized by the movie industry) is upon us. This may not be the season that the fraught with import award films are released, but it is the season when some of the most iconic movies ever made were introduced.
The Trans Am in “Smokey and the Bandit” started the process of changing our lives all by itself.
Summer movies are the ones we talk to our friends about when we get together. There is time during the summer to talk about the shark in “Jaws” and the cool factor of Indiana Jones. There is time to take a breath and relive our favorite T-Rex scene in “Jurassic World” or Heath Ledger’s Joker in “The Dark Knight.”
In short, these are the warm summer days that become cool summer nights. These are the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. The days of soda, and pretzels, and…MOVIES!
Rotten Tomatoes has four arrows in its quiver? Will any of them make Gildshire quiver? Let’s get to it. Disclaimer: The opinions herein are those of the author and may not represent the opinions of Gildshire. Actually, we think his taste is impeccable, so forget about all that.
Wonder Woman: Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content. What would summer be like without a superhero or two to take on the baddies of the world? In this installment of the Wonder Woman franchise, Gal Gadot plays our heroine as she tries to bring World War I to an end.
As these movies go this one has the ironic humor and the grounding in real events to place it a cut above. The movie costars Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen and Robin Wright. Rotten Tomatoes 95, Gildshire 3.9
I, Daniel Blake: Rated R for language. Ripped from the headlines is an overused phrase, but this movie almost shimmers in relevance to our times. The winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2016, it’s a human tale about one man and the impact he can make.
Dave Johns plays Daniel. He is a man from another, simpler, time. After a heart attack leaves him disabled the State welfare system fails him. His fight for dignity and to help his friend is a moving tale indeed. This is the kind of film the Gildshire Magazines Movie of the Fortnight Award Committee is proud to honor. It co-stars Hayley Squiers, Dylan McKiernan, and Briana Shinn. Rotten Tomatoes 91, Gildshire 5.0
Dean: Rated PG-13 for language and some suggestive material. There are enough stories about fathers and their adult children to fill a, mostly sad, library. However, one more needs to be told. That’s Dean and it’s his and his Dad’s story. Comedian/cartoonist Demetri Martin wrote, directed, and stars in this, his debut movie.
It’s about the angst of loss and not knowing what the Hell the other generation is all about. Martin knew what he was doing when he cast Kevin Kline as the Dad and Mary Steenburgen as the friend who attempts to console him. The movie also co-stars Gillian Jacobs and Rory Scovel. In a less competitive week, this could have garnered our MOTF award. Rotten Tomatoes 56, Gildshire 4.5.
Handsome Devil: Not rated. I’m sure there are boarding schools in which boys aren’t bullied beyond comprehension and made to become men by a walk through the fire of deliverance.
That’s what the movies tell us life is like in the world of the dark blue blazer. In this one, the protagonist (Fionn O’Shea), and antagonist (Nicholas Galatzine) become roommates (natch) and forge a tenuous bond (natch) in spite of the vast gulf of pro and anti opinions about rugby that stands between them. The movie also stars Andrew Scott and Moe Dunford. Rotten Tomatoes 88, Gildshire 3.6
That’s all for this week, but you should know something. You may not recognize us when we meet again. That’s what happens when the sun turns Gildshire into a bronze God! See you at the movies and race you to the candy counter.