We aren’t the only ones beating this particular drum. It very well could be the best weekend for movie releases all year. From indie darlings to the final event movies of the summer, in every genre, this weekend features some of the most interesting, engaging, thrilling and downright entertaining releases we’ve seen in all of 2013. To further explore this point, allow us to run you down the list of releases (in varying degrees of wide and limited engagements) with some comments to help fuel the fire.
The World’s End: “…there is a point of critical mass wherein anticipation begins to foster expectations within audiences. These expectations can sometimes serve as major critical detriments; the movie we want versus the movie we think we want, et cetera. A large contingent of those movie-goers paying their two bits for a ticket for Edgar Wright‘s The World’s End are coming with an ample amount of anticipation, and yet one of the best things about the movie is that is defies all expectations predicated upon its predecessors.”
You’re Next: “…is pure horror bliss, delivering an engaging group of characters, a badass chick, some iconic masks to add to the collection, and a new twist on slashers. Once it gets its footing, it runs full force and refuses to stop until the credits roll. Simply put, horror doesn’t get much more fun than this.”
Short Term 12: “…will having you laughing one minute and tearing up in the next… Director Destin Cretton creates a narrative that presents big questions, but never preaches the answers. Can you help those you may relate to too much? Do past scars ever truly heal? Short Term 12 shows that you may never escape your past, but you can certainly decide your future.”
Drinking Buddies: “…is easily Swanberg’s most accessible film yet thanks to the familiar faces, and while that alone is no guarantee of quality their talents combined with his focus have resulted in a fantastic and honest film that will strike a tender chord in many of us. The pull of attraction, the risk of infidelity and the power of love.”
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints: “…director David Lowery creates a love story about two outlaws set against the stark Texas landscape, an interesting take on the genre, but one that still has moments that harken back to classic westerns. Filled with quiet moments and beautiful shots, the film is the embodiment of a southern drawl, taking its time, but making it worth your while.”
Blue Jasmine: “…lives and dies at the hand of its two central female performances – so it’s good news that Blanchett and Hawkins are both more than up to the task at hand, but it’s even better news that the film’s male-dominated supporting cast is also tremendous.”
Having seen several of these myself — You’re Next is electric excellence, Short Term 12 is the kind of film you feel in your chest for days afterword, Drinking Buddies is phenomenally well-acted, and The World’s End is a knock-down drunk riot — I couldn’t agree more with the numerous colleagues around the web who are praising August 23rd as the best weekend of releases this year. With a summer that’s been so up-and-down, isn’t it nice to be able to say that we’re looking at a quality group of releases?
If you’re a self-proclaimed fan of movies, now is your time. This weekend, spend some time in the air conditioned confines of a theater. Bring a friend (or three) and see some quality cinema that won’t have you running for the nearest comments section to bemoan the death of creativity within the studio system. Unless, of course, you’re running back to us to talk about what you watched over the weekend. I expect to see all of you there with comments on one, if not all of these fine films.