Well, May is over and June is marching on in. You know what that means, right? Well, aside from the first official day of summer, it also means that new movies are coming to Netflix and man is this month giving you all kinds of reasons to not bother with going outside and doing physical activities and rather giving you all the excuses to sit on the couch with the air conditioning on! On the TV side of things, Netflix has two big releases with the fourth season of the wildly popular Orange is the New Black (June 17th) and, for us geeks, the reboot of the animated classic; Voltron: Legendary Defender (June 10th). However, I’m not here to talk about the shows, I’m here to talk about the movies coming this month…and, sadly, there weren’t many I’ve seen BUT there are plenty that sound promising!
Alright, let’s get to it!
J. Edgar (June 1st) – Clint Eastwood directs this biopic about the life of J. Edgar Hoover and sees old Leo himself; Leonardo DiCaprio, take on the role of the main man. For me, the film had some great performances but the presentation was very dry and filmed very darkly. It was impossible at times to see what was going on. I’d say Skip It!
Jurassic Park (June 1st) – Steven Spielberg’s epic adaptation of Michael Crichton’s best selling novel of the dangers of science gone wrong. Dinosaurs get cloned and they try to make a theme park–oh, what the hell? You know the film. Anyway, two decades later, this film still holds up in both storytelling and special effects. It’s still a Must See!
The Lost Word: Jurassic Park (June 1st) – The sequel to the very popular first film and adapted from Crichton’s own book, this film was definitely…um…interesting. The story centers on Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) and delivers up some strange moments that provide some entertainment value–if only for the laughs. It’s cheesy and not as good as the original one but, if you feel like marathon-ing the franchise, I’d say Check It Out.
Jurassic Park III (June 1st) – They say the third film in a franchise is always one of the hardest films and the easiest to get wrong. I’d say that Jurassic Park III definitely proves that. In this story, it turns out that another island was where the dinos were cloned before being transported to the park and, of course, some stuff goes down and man has to risk life and limb against the prehistoric beasts. There’s a couple cool dinosaur action moments but, for the most part, this film was pretty weak and the ending is just atrocious. Unless you are doing the JP marathon, I’d say Skip It!
The Giver (June 15th) – One of the many adapted tween dystopian novels that have been made in the last decade, this one tells the tale of a society that has decided that all the memories of the past will be held by a single person, in an attempt to stop the society from falling to the mistakes of the past; like war, violence and hate. Of course, though, there’s a big dark secret that the “chosen one” tween discovers. The cast is decent and the story is interesting but it’s definitely not as grabbing as The Hunger Games or other, more memorable, stories from this genre. If you’re bored, I’d say Check It Out.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (June 22nd) – Frank Miller’s Sin City books are incredible and the first film did a great job of adapting the look and feel of the pages and the essence of the stories. This sequel attempts to recapture that magic with adapting the second book and the whole experience feels hollow. It still looks great but it just wasn’t as fulfilling as the first go-about. I’d say Skip It!
Additional Films (That I Haven’t Seen) Released in June
A Walk to Remember (2002)
7 Chinese Brothers (2015)
Big Stone Gap (2014)
Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere (1990)
Cold in July (2014)
Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land on the Moon? (2001)
Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution (2015)
(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies (2015)
El Libro de Piedra (1969)
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
Extraordinary Tales (2015)
The Fear of 13 (2015)
Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Márquez (2015)
The Great Alone (2015)
Hadwin’s Judgement (2015)
Janis: Little Girl Blue (2015)
Lion Heart (2013)
The Odd Couple II (1998)
Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages (2015)
Portrait of a Serial Monogamist (2015)
The Resurrection of Jake the Snake (2015)
Rock the Kasbah (2015)
Sam Klemke’s Time Machine (2015)
Second Coming (2014)
Tab Hunter Confidential (2015)
UFOs: The Best Evidence Ever (Caught on Tape) (1997)
What Our Fathers Did: A Nazi Legacy (2015)
Bo Burnham: Make Happy
Every Thing Will Be Fine (2015)
Jarhead 3: The Seige (2016)
Me Him Her (2016)
Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (2015)
After the Spill (2015)
Boom Bust Boom (2016)
In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)
Naz & Maalik (2015)
Night Owls (2015)
Poverty, Inc. (2014)
Top Spin (2015)
TransFatty Lives (2015)
The Unborn (2009)
I Am Thor (2015)
The Making of Life Story
The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)
Justin Time GO!
And there you have it! We have some a great classic involving dinosaurs and a whole host of others that sound pretty interesting that I know I’m going to check out–especially the UFO and “Did We Land on the Moon?” one. Those are always good for a laugh. Now, my friends, go forth and stream! I’ll see you next month!
Rev. Ron is a wannabe movie critic who will never, ever, put up a 6 minute video that says he will refuse to review a movie. If he did decide to not review a film, he would just tweet it and move on–but, in reality, he would just review the movie because he doesn’t want to prejudge or rob himself of a potentially entertaining situation. You can read more of his reviews on his blog at RevRonMovies.BlogSpot.com and you can follow him on Twitter (@RevRonster) where you won’t see him tweet he refuses to review a movie.