Our resident film critic , Phil Kimbrough, talks about the movies that have us alllllll jacked up on Mountain Dew.
(Above): Prince Avalanche – with original songs from Explosions in the Sky (#thumbsup)
In a summer filled with big budget, heavy effects driven movies, we decided to put together our most anticipated soon-to-be and newly released films that may have flown under your radar. Don’t get us wrong, we love big blockbusters like Man of Steel or the 12th sequel to Fast & Furious as much as the next person, but we’re looking to expose you all to those unfound gems, with unique stories, and a budget under a bjillion dollars. Don’t miss these 5 hilarious, touching, thought provoking and generally obscure movies:
Rush – September 20, 2013
Quite possibly the most high profile movie on this list, this film is about the legendary rivarly between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda and the circumstances surrounding Lauda’s near fatal crash during the 1976 German Grand Prix and how their rivalry sparked a passion for Lauda to get back behind the wheel just six weeks later. Directed by Ron Howard, the man who gave us Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind, and starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, most recognizable to American audiences as the German war hero in Inglorious Bastards, this movie about the need to succeed and the will to live will surely entertain.
The Way, Way Back- July 5, 2013
The Way, Way Back is a touching story about Duncan (newcomer Liam James), an awkward young teen, who’s forced to spend the summer with his mother and new boyfriend (Steve Carell) at the beach. Duncan winds up befriending a local waterpark employee, played by the always great Sam Rockwell, and learns to believe in himself despite what others think. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants) pull double duty as both writers and directors, bringing to the film their signature blend of gut wrenching drama and offbeat comedy as only they can in this offbeat coming of age film about what it means to grow up and believe in yourself.
Fruitvale Station – July 26, 2013
Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights) has found the role that will catapult him in to stardom as Oscar Grant, a young man who whose life was cut short in the early hours of New Years Eve in 2008 by two BART police officers that targeted Grant due to his background and color of his skin. Produced by Forrest Whitaker and helmed by first time feature director Ryan Cooglar, this film offers power house performances and brings to light a serious subject that still hang’s it head low in our country.
Prince Avalanche – August 9, 2013
The story here is a hopeful return to glory for star Emile Hirsch, who, since giving a powerful performance in Sean Penn’s Into the Wild, has delivered performances that have left him out of the public’s mind and desire to see him in a film. Hopefully that will change with this quirky remake of the Icelandic film Either Way about an odd-couple style pairing of two road workers forced to spend a summer together while painting the lines on a long country road recently destroyed by wildfires.
The Kings of Summer – May 31, 2013
Except for minor roles by Nick Offerman (Parks and Rec) and Allison Brie (Community), this touching coming of age comedy stars relative unknowns as three teenagers tired of living by both society’s and their parent’s rules. In an act of rebellion, they decide to make their own home in the middle of the woods where they learn what it means to grow up, take responsibility and just maybe, become men in the process. The real stand out here is Moises Arias as the quirky Biaggio, a character that puts McLovin’ to shame.
-There Are No Roads’ Movie Contributor,