As I started to put this post together, I realized this might be the last summer where my top priority will be catching the best and biggest spectacles Hollywood has to offer. This will be the last time going to the movies won’t involve babysitters or telling my child “Shh”. I swore to myself a long time ago that I would never be that person who brings their child into the movie theater until they understand the concept of sitting quietly for two hours. If that means missing The Avengers 2 in 2015, so be it. Sigh.
It was between this and The Wolverine for the number five spot but I picked Pacific Rim. The Wolverine, while promising, still has the potential to suck. I’ve already been burned once by a Wolverine movie. Besides I’ve enjoyed every Guillermo del Toro I’ve ever seen and let’s be honest. This is a film about gigantic man-controlled robots facing giant monsters in battle.. That may sound silly or stupid to you but to 13 year old Sean, it sounds like a dream come true.
While denying and acting like they’d eventually get around to it, director Richard Linklater and actors/co-writers Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy have been secretly filming a follow-up to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset!
According to Deadline, they just wrapped shooting:
The co-writers issued this statement: “It’s great to be back together again, this time in beautiful Greece to revisit the lives of Celine and Jesse nine years after Jesse was about to miss his flight.”
I almost got emotional reading the news. Needless to say, I’m very excited.
Unfortunately I have to file Julie Delpy’s sequel to 2 Days in Paris under “Movies I Wanted To Like More Than I Actually Did.” I thought Delpy and Chris Rock, playing her live-in boyfriend, Mingus, had great chemistry together. This might be my favorite performance from Rock. He seemed more like a human being and less like a comedian given funny lines to say. You felt his suffering dealing with Marion’s (Delpy) visiting family including her father Jennot (Albert Delpy, her real father), her inappropriate sister Rose (Alexia Landeau) and her sister’s boyfriend/her ex-boyfriend Manu (Alexandre Nahon). It was almost a game to see who could make Mingus the most uncomfortable.
The movie was at its best showing the strain that Marion’s family has brought on their relationship. Mingus can’t tell if this is a temporary blip in their happy home or if he is seeing the real Marion. It all falls apart in the last third of the movie with the selling of Marion’s soul as an art piece (too hard to explain). The movie becomes a bit of a mess as Marion and her family become to silly take seriously anymore.
Still, it was good to see Rock playing a normal human being , albeit one who talks to a cutout of President Barack Obama like he’s really in the room.