Monday, 1 August 2016

August 2016 - Mal's Musings, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and Suicide Squad

Hi Everyone,

I thought I'd start off this blog page with a few random musings on a number of different film and TV related topics. Firstly, a television series I've enjoyed immensely is ending – and it feels like a bereavement!

But, first of all, here's a link to a playlist of the major movies being released in the UK in August 2016. As usual, it starts with a short introduction mentioning the latest edition of my movie releases magazine Big Films Monthly:-

The BBC's excellent adventure series The Musketeers apparently draws to a close tonight. My TV Guide says that, here in the UK, the last ever episode of the show airs this evening. (1st August 2016 – BBC1 at 9pm). Over the course of it's run, this historical action series (starring Tom Burke, Santiago Cabrera, Howard Charles, and Luke Pasqualino - as the eponymous musketeers) has brought high adventure and political intrigue into our homes. It perhaps had a shaky start, but the three season series has ended up being essential viewing for many of us. It will be sorely missed.

If, like me, this leaves you craving for more adventure; you could – if you haven't already done so – check out a bunch of movies still playing in cinemas. A lot of these feature films have had hostile reviews or lacklustre box-office attendances. But, if you're sitting on the fence; undecided as to whether to go along or not, I urge you to give the following films a chance:- Ghostbusters, Ice Age: Collision Course, The BFG, and The Legend of Tarzan. I've been to see them all – and had a blast!

I don't normally talk about DVD releases on this blog, but felt I just had to mention the release on disc of 10 Cloverfield Lane. This is a very interesting (and claustrophobic) film which has excellent performances from its central cast Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Dan Trachtenberg, and John Goodman. In fact, John Goodman is so good here – I think (if there's any justice in the world) he should be nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the picture. He's that good! Incidentally, Mark Kermode has recently talked about how the production came about - on his blog Kermode Uncut. Should it have been associated with Cloverfield at all? Incidentally, see a slimmed-down John Goodman in the trailer for Kong: Skull Island which dropped at San Diego Comic-Com last week. [Video Clip from Kermode Uncut] [First Trailer for Kong: Skull Island]

In what is perhaps a Summer with less blockbusters than one might expect, I'm glad to report that (in addition to Star Trek Beyond and Jason Bourne which opened at the tail end of last month) there's one new offering, at least. Suicide Squad comes out on 5th August 2016. I'm looking forward to this one; which is stuffed to the gills with villains from the DC comic book universe – notably Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and the Joker.

Suicide Squad © 2016 Warner Bros. Pictures and Ratpac-Dune Entertainment LLC (and DC Comics)

Family audiences will, no doubt, enjoy Swallows and Amazons, Asterix: The Mansion of the Gods, Nine Lives, Pete's Dragon, Blinky Bill, and the recently released Finding Dory. Comedy fans can check-out David Brent: Life on the Road, Up for Love, Bad Moms and War Dogs. Here's a run down of all the major movies opening in the UK in August 2016:-

Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods, Bad Moms, Blinky Bill: The Movie, David Brent: Life on the Road, Lights Out, Mechanic: Resurrection, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Nerve, Nine Lives, Pete's Dragon, Popstar: Never Stop, Never Stopping, Suicide Squad, Swallows and Amazons, The Purge: Election Year, The Shallows, Up for Love, and War Dogs.

The films only showing in certain “key cities” or which are generally regarded as being “limited releases” include:-

Almost Holy, Behemoth, Black, Bobby Sands: 66 Days, Clean Hands, Cosmos, Happy Bhaag Jaayegi, ID2: Shadwell Army, Mohenjo Daro, My Best Friend's Wedding, Sweet Bean, Tickled, The Confession, The Idol, and The Wave.

A number of limited releases have nevertheless been given their own little spot in the August 2016 newsletter, and these are:-

400 Days, Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words, Julieta, Kids in Love, Songs for Amy, The Carer, The Childhood of a Leader, Valley of Love, and Weiner-Dog.

Additional limited releases added to the schedule of films opening in the UK (since the magazine was compiled) include:-

Gary Numan: Android in La La Land, Kasaba, Thirunaal, Rustom, Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum, Thodari, Main Teri Tu Mera, Ambulance, and A Flying Jatt.

Please note: There are previews for Noel Clarke's BrOTHERHOOD from August 29th 2016.

Also not included in the magazine are this month's “Event Cinema” special screenings and the like. This, however, is what's happening in August 2016:-
  • 5th August 2016 – Beatrice Et Benedict: Glyndebourne 2016

  • 14th August 2016 – Branagh Theatre Live Romeo and Juliet – Encore (with Lily James and Richard Madden)

  • 26th August 2016 – Deep Blue Sea – NT Live 2016 [Picturehouse]*
    *Source of info
    Please note, however, that the Picturehouse cinemas website has this event listed as being on
    1st September 2016.

Here is the link to my latest newsletter (which is a download of a little under 36MB):-

As I write this last paragraph, I've just learned from the Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode BBC "Wittertainment" movie podcast (or whatever it's called) that The BFG has made it to the top of the UK box-office chart. I'm glad it is finding an audience on this side of the water – even if it is being squeezed out by other movies in the USA and is limping-along overall. If you decide to go to see it – or another movie or two instead – I hope you have a great time. Happy viewing!

Here are some trailers for the above mentioned films:-

 400 Days

Almost Holy

Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods

Bad Moms



Blinky Bill: The Movie

Bobby Sands: 66 Days

Clean Hands


David Brent: Life on the Road

Gary Numan: Android in La La Land

Happy Bhaag Jaayegi

ID2: Shadwell Army

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words


Kids in Love

Lights Out

Mechanic: Resurrection

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Mohenjo Daro

My Best Friend's Wedding


Nine Lives

Pete's Dragon

Popstar: Never Stop, Never Stopping

Songs for Amy

Suicide Squad

Swallows and Amazons

Sweet Bean

The Carer

The Childhood of a Leader

The Confession: Living the War on Terror

The Idol

The Purge: Election Year

The Shallows

The Wave


Up for Love

Valley of Love

War Dogs


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