I know the summer movie season has officially kicked off, but I didn’t want you to forget about some of the great titles hitting the stores this month.
The Color of Money (June 5 release) This is the 1986 sequel to the 1961 film about pool sharks, The Hustler, starring Jackie Gleason and Paul Newman. Newman reprises his role as “Fast” Eddie Felson, still believing a dollar won is better than a dollar earned. This time he takes flamboyant Vincent, played by Tom Cruise, under his wing to teach him how to be a hustler. Directed by legendary director Martin Scorsese, this movie finally won Newman his elusive Best Actor Oscar and his performance is worthy of it. This film is in great need of a new transfer, as the DVD version of this movie was not even widescreen enhanced. This is an easy choice for an upgrade. Also look for A Perfect World, Ransom, Scent of a Woman, Erin Brockovich and John Carter on June 5.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (June 12 release) A very exciting film to finally make it to Blu-Ray, Game of Shadows (2011) reunites Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in this action-packed follow up to Sherlock Holmes (2009). This movie really takes the Holmes/Watson relationship to another level, and along with a clever plot and the Downey Jr. humor we are all growing to love, this is a film everyone will enjoy. Also look for Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance on June 12.
Empire of the Sun (June 19 release) When you think Steven Spielberg you think Jurassic Park, The Indiana Jones movies, Jaws and Schindler’s List. Yes, all great films, but I think this 1987 film has been grossly underrated. After watching it I hope you agree. The movie is about Jim, a boy whose privileged life is turned upside down during the Japanese invasion of Shanghai. Jim is played by none-other than Batman himself, Christian Bale. Also cast in the movie are John Malkovich and Ben Stiller, who were both pretty much unknown at the time. I encourage you to see this film at least once in your life. Also look for Big Miracle and Evita on June 19.
The Artist (June 26 release) Finally the Best Picture winner from 2011 gets released. One of only two silent movies to win Best Picture, the other being Wings back in 1927. Shot in glorious black and white, this film is a true movie experience. It is about a silent film actor who is getting left behind as sound is coming to movies and the “Talkies” are born. Jean Dujardin gives the performance of his career, as it brought him the Best Actor Oscar last year. A must see for sure! Also look for Wrath of the Titans, 21 Jump Street, Mirror Mirror and the Criterion release of Alfred Hitchcock’s 39 Steps on June 26.
Enjoy the movies!