Summer is here – which means it’s time for BBQs, ice cold drinks, swimming pools and more time to chill on your hands than you’ve had in months. Of course, one of Bottle Rocket Media’s favorite pastimes to pass the time is MOVIES! Whether surfing your iPad or hitting the cinema this weekend, here are a few suggestions to make the most of your well-deserved downtime.
When that Movie Theater AC Calls to You:
For some of us, it just might be one of the hottest seasons on record, and there is no better place to cool off than a dark theater, while anonymously sucking down an ice-cold beverage. Typically, this is also a HUGE blockbuster weekend for the box office—memorable movies from years past include Transformers, War of the Worlds and Hancock (who knew?).
This year is proving to be just as exciting, with the following suggestions from us to you:
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum We love this movie because it has everything you want from an action thriller: lots of fighting, tons of blood, fast motorcycles and King Keanu, who is apparently taking over the world this year with his turn in the video game, Cyberpunk 2077, and a long-awaited Bill & Ted comeback (WE CAN’T WAIT!). From beginning to end this release will keep you on the edge of your seat. *If you liked the Matrix, you’ll really appreciate the scenes with Lawrence Fishburne. The best part? NO dead dogs.
Midsommar Do you like feeling so uncomfortable that you just want to jump out of your own skin? If so, this movie is right up your disturbed alley. The amazing framing and lens work were just enough to keep us from running screaming all the way to the exit. To quote a friend: “I don’t know what I just saw, but it freaked me the hell out.” Enter into a mad world of sacrifice, suicide, drugs, sex and music, all set the backdrop of a beautiful, flowery European summer. Don’t bring the whole family.
Spider-Man: Far from Home What would a summer movie list be without a classic superhero presence designed to thrill audiences of ALL ages. Yes – take the whole family to catch our arachnid-infected protagonist as he saves the universe from evil, again! Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal and Zendaya round out the latest cast in this CGI masterpiece. We are so are blown away by the effects that we might take a few cues from the cinematographer in our own work this year. Stay tuned!
Sticking to the Couch this Weekend? Of course, you don’t need to leave the comfort of your living room, den, bedroom or neighbor’s pool to get some entertainment in this weekend. Instead, grab your tablet or pop a squat in front of that gleaming monitor and catch up with your favorite streaming services:
Stranger Things For starters, season three of Stranger Things kicks off on Thursday, the 4th on Netflix – and it is already teasing the hell out of us at Bottle Rocket Media. Why do we enjoy it so much? Well , I guess you could say many of us are children of the 80s, so any reference to Gremlins, Ghostbusters, Dungeons & Dragons, Goonies or cheesy hairdos is almost enough to get our attention – and there is plenty of that. Plus, we think the visual effects are pretty cool.
Divorce Got HBO or HBO NOW? Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Hayden Church have reunited for the sloppy, funny, sad and somewhat realistic tale of two former spouses trying to start new and separate lives. You can now catch up on the first episode of season three, which aired this past Monday and come down off the holiday weekend with episode two on Monday, the 8th. Think your life is complicated? Watch and feel better.
Have an amazing, fun-filled 4th of July, everyone! Don’t forget to sit back, relax and enjoy.