(July 2012)

Well it’s summertime again. Sun, sand and blowing up battleships! The movie Battleship opened, coincidently, the very weekend the real battleship ‘Iowa” was to be towed from San Francisco Bay to the Port of Los Angeles to become a floating naval museum. Short-sighted San Francisco officials let this one get away. But that’s another story.

The movie Battleship is feast of alien invasion and big boom battles. Ahh yes, summers here. What else do we have? What to Expect When You’re Expecting; a star-studded romp of young married couples and new pregnancies. So much fun; one person’s take of this tale, “babies are cute but expecting parents aren’t”. Matthew Morrison, so patient and understanding as Will Shuster in the TV series Glee, has his first major movie role here. We wish him good luck. We also have Hysteria opening; a comic look at the invention of the vibrator with an always welcome star turn by Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Snow White and The Huntsman opens soon with its twist on the popular fairy tale. Charlize Theron 1s the Evil Queen and we should have great fun when the huntsman, dispatched by the Queen to slay Snow White instead joins with her to battle the Queen. Released earlier this year was another take on the Snow White fairy tale. Mirror, Mirror with Julia Roberts as the Queen was a more lighthearted tale than the later Huntsman story. But it’s always interesting when two movies with very similar story lines open close to each other. Do people really steal ideas from each other in Hollywood?

A rather offbeat comedy that opened recently and has us here at the Toast excited isJesus Henry Christ Jesus Henry Christ. It stars the very talented and always interesting Toni Collette and we’ve written about her before – here. It’s about a boy looking for his biological father.

Cabin in The Woods already opened and we here at the Toast saw it and enjoyed it very much. Much shouldn’t be said about it, the better for you to discover its complicated riches yourself, but we’re big fans of the writer Josh Whedon and are huge fans of Firefly, his cancelled but beloved outer-space western.

Already opened too is Dark Shadows; by all reports another delightful collaboration between the filmmaker Tim Burton and the actor Johnny Depp. Other collaborations of these two that we’ve enjoyed: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (2005), Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), and Alice in Wonderland (2010). Some of these movies were, of course, better than others, but what can be truly said is they are all interesting and all visually stunning.

For discussions of summer movies in the past, take a look here.

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