Tired of the fact that the summer “blockbusters” were rehashes of old movies and/or TV shows? Yeah, you and a lot of other people. This summer, Hollywood had a record slump that was only broken by Tim Story's rendition of The Fantastic Four. Now the summer is halfway over and the movies are actually starting to get somewhat decent.
Having just opened on Friday, Hustle & Flow is getting good reviews. The story of a Memphis pimp-turned-rapper is going over well with critics and the MTV generation alike. Written and directed by Craig Brewer and produced by John Singleton, this film had cred to its name before it hit the theaters: At the Sundance Film Festival, Hustle & Flow won two out of the three awards for which it was nominated.
And that's only the beginning. There are still many more movies coming out that look promising and even more that don't look so promising. Here's a few picks for the upcoming months.
July 29th Stealth: Ok, so maybe I lied. Not all the films coming out look promising. Stealth does in fact look horrible. But this action flick does have a very attractive cast and a lot of explosions. So if you need an easy date movie where you don't really have to pay attention to the plot and/or the characters.
August 12th Four Brothers: John Singleton returns to the directors seat for this dramatic film. Set in Detroit, MI, the story follows four adopted brothers, two of whom are white and two of whom are black. After their mother is murdered, they return to avenge her death. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Tyrese Gibson, Andre Benjamin and Garrett Headlund, this film looks like it has potential. Also keep an eye out for Terrance Howard who seems to be in every movie this summer (he was also in Crash which came out back in May). The only thing I'd be wary about is the fact that MTV is slapping its name on the film, which it also did with Hustle & Flow
August 19th The 40 Year Old Virgin: There have been a few ads popping up for this movie here and there, and while it may be cheesy punchlines the whole way through, it could also be extremely hilarious. The basic plotline is this: Three friends try to get their buddy, the already named 40 year old virgin, laid. Hilarity ensues. There is probably a lot of penis jokes and quite possibly a happy ending. No…pun…intended.
September 2nd Underclassman: Nick Cannon as a cop who is so young, he can fit in at a bougie private highschool in order inflitrate an international stolen car ring. You can tell they plucked this script from real life right? While the movie looks horrendous, the explosions don't look that bad. And of course you get to see Cannon up to his crazy antics of getting it on with a teacher (played by the ever attractive Roselyn Sanchez), and also get the bad guys. If you go see this movie, make sure it's a two for one deal or an early bird special. Better yet, wait till it comes out on DVD.
Fall 2005 Get Rich or Die Tryin: Yet another rapper becomes a movie star. This time 50 Cent tells his side of things. The plot: An inner city drug dealer leave a life of crime to become a mega rapstar. Wait…didn't we see this movie? Just a note: This was the movie Samuel L. Jackson refused to be a part of because according to him, rap stars are not actors and should not be encouraged. Ouch.
November 11th Rent: Fans of the Musical will be happy to hear that a film version is coming out. Directed by Chris Columbus, the story (for those who don't know and aren't obsessed with the operetta) is about a group of Bohos living in New York's Alpahbet City. They deal with issues of love, sexuality, AIDS and death. Most of the cast are members from the original Broadway production: Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Idina Menzel, Jesse L. Martin, Anthony Rapp and Roger Pascal. Two new cast memebers are Rosario Dawson (replacing Daphne Ruben-Vega) and Tracie Thoms (who beat out American Idol's Frenchie Davis…Davis had toured with Rent). If the movie is half as good as the musical, it should be a real treat.
Sometime in 2006 The Pink Panther: Inspector Jacques Clouseau is on a mission to find the famous pink panther diamond. Murder, mayham and a lot of comedy. This movie could be really good or a total bust, especially if you were a fan of the original Pink Panther. Starring Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Kevin Kline and Beyonce Knowles.
That's it for the movie updates, though this is only a limited list. If you want to check out The Internet Movie Database where you can find out tons of info on all kinds of movies.