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Written by: Sam Fragoso on July 1, 2012

July 1, 2012 | 6 comments | Featured

Chicago is going well, thank you all for asking. After doing a quick overview of the month of June in cinema, I must admit that I watched some rather great movies. I was feeling a bit romantic throughout this past month, and many of selections will resemble that sensation. As always, let me know what you caught over the past 30 days. Have a safe Sunday.

New Viewings:

The Squid and the Whale - Depicts the residual effects of divorce on children profoundly.

Adaptation. - A writer always needs to write: except when they’re afraid.

The Battle Over Citizen Kane – The tale of the rise and the fall of a great filmmaker.

Press Pause Play - Gauging contemporary cinema and technology.

The Human Centipede: Full Sequence - A truly disgusting, entirely vacuous film.

Sweet Smell of Success - Don’t worry Anna, a review will come.

After Hours - A banal Scorsese film. I never thought I’d say those words.

Dangerously Delicious: Aziz Ansari - Affable standup, Ansari has some enjoyable observations.

Weirdo: Donald Glover - Troy and Abed on Community. Yeah, it’s nothing like that show.

Moonrise Kingdom - Whimsical love story gone awry with an overdose of Anderson-quirk.

Mother and Child - Dripping with saccharine and poor, overly dramatic storytelling.

Safety Not Guaranteed - A wonderful surprise.

The Royal Tennembaums - Reaffirming that despite his newest effort, Anderson has something to say.

Repeated Viewings:

American Graffiti - Quintessential for every high school student and well, every person.

Adventureland - Romantic love story with intelligence. Again, what a rarity.

Easy A - Referencing the 80s every step of the way.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy – Is there a more quotable comedy of the past decade?

The Green Lantern - Sensational blu-ray quality can’t save the mediocrity of this superhero flick.

(500) Days of Summer - Like love, I both love and hate this film. Mostly love though.

Midnight In Paris - Speaking of falling in love. The Golden Age.

Project X - Blame my friends.

Press Screening:

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted - I liked this. That is all.

Rock of Ages - Tom Cruise gives his best performance in recent years. Everything else pales in comparison.

That’s My BoySandler returns to form. Make of that what you will.

Films Seen In June: 28

Films Seen In 2012: 175

Films Review In June: 11

The Essentials:

(500) Days of Summer



American Graffiti

Midnight In Paris

The Royal Tenenbaums

Sweet Smell of Success

Woody Allen Documentary


There are 6 comments for this post.

  1. Ruth on July 1, 2012 7:47 pm

    “Project X – blame my friends” That is the only way I’ll ever see that – if my friends drag me/force me to watch the DVD, hahaha
    Can’t wait until I catch Midnight in Paris! Have a great July, Sam!

  2. Simon on July 2, 2012 2:13 am

    Every time I hear discussion about (500) DAYS OF SUMMER I think its not really my thing but, that shot you selected, completely aping MANHATTAN, really makes me want to watch it…


  3. Pete on July 2, 2012 3:06 pm

    All set for Human Centipede: Final Sequence then?

  4. Sam Fragoso on July 2, 2012 9:08 pm

    You bet.

  5. sati on July 3, 2012 6:25 pm

    I love Adventurland and Midnight in Paris, they are perfect films to see in the summer. Can’t wait for Moonrise Kingdom it looks absolutely gorgeous!

  6. Sam Fragoso on July 3, 2012 7:28 pm

    They are a couple of perfect summer films. Good call, Sati.

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