Fires, famine, and flood. What is with the weather this summer? McDonald’s used to say “You deserve a break today.” We do. Your choice. You can have a hamburger with a weird sort of secret sauce. Or you can see a movie, with popcorn, and Milk Duds, and a frosty Coke. I know which one I’m picking.
Gildshire doesn’t have anything to preview this week with the horsepower of Magic Mike XXL. In fact, we had to install produce misters in our San Diego offices just to cool off the gals in reception. But we do have some highly anticipated little yellow critters. Let’s get to it.
1. Minions: Cast in Despicable me as supporting characters, the minions from that movie have developed a cult following of their own. Sandra Bullock adds her considerable vocal cachet to the action in the role of Scarlet Overkill. Rotten Tomatoes 54, Gildshire 3.8
2. Self/Less: Ben Kingsley and Ryan Reynolds star in this film with an interesting premise. Can a dying man have the essence of his being placed in the body of a healthy individual. If so, should he do such a thing? This movie could stand to be a little more of a think-piece than an actioner, but the concept is fascinating, we like Ben Kingsley and admire the charms of Natalie Martinez. Rotten Tomatoes 22, Gildshire 3.0
3. The Gallows: Once a year a movie comes to light with the saving grace of being scary as Hell. The Gallows will make you jump but uses the cheap technique of “startle” to get it done. Rotten Tomatoes 14, Gildshire 0.1
4. What We Did on Our Holiday: After watching her chew the scenery in “Gone Girl” Gildshire appreciates the next career choice made by Rosamund Pike. In “What We Did on Our Holiday” she plays a wife putting a good face on her marriage while in Scotland on holiday. While there could be an aspect of predictable in the British comedy it is nonetheless done pitch perfectly. Billy Connolly is a gem of an actor and adds to the fun. Rotten Tomatoes 72, Gildshire 4.6
5. Boulevard: Robin Williams’ last acting turn is in this dramatic work. Williams plays a married man without a reason to be married, or to be anything else. The whole concept is a bit daunting as the parallels to Williams’ own life make for some disturbing images. He does a nice job in the role and the movie is worth seeing, whether in memory or as a tribute to the man and the nuance of his work. Rotten Tomatoes 48, Gildshire 4.5
Gildshire will see you at the movies. We will be the first ones to silence our cells, the first ones to check for the nearest emergency exit, and the last ones to say “Ssssshhhh” if you don’t follow suit. We’re good movie neighbors.