Saturday, 1 July 2017

July 2017 – Thoughts on Failure, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Cars 3, Dunkirk, The Beguiled, Captain Underpants, and War for the Planet of the Apes.

Hi Everyone,

I've thought long and hard over the last six weeks about whether or not to continue compiling my newsletter. Alas, It has become harder and harder for me to work at my PC. Nevertheless, I am inclined (for the moment at least) to try to continue.

However, as my eyesight deteriorates (and double-vision makes spending a lot of time at the computer problematic), more and more mistakes are likely to creep in to the publication. Sorry about that.

No-one likes to make mistakes or fail at something. And, when we get it wrong, how we feel is often made worse by a boss or partner bawling us out and telling us we are useless! But does “failure” have to be as negative a thing as we often think it is?

I was visiting the Forbes website a few weeks ago when up came a “pop up” bearing a “Quote of the day” - by a business woman named Janelle Maiocco. Miss Maiocco, CEO of agricultural company Barn2Door, was quoted as having said: “If you aren't failing, you aren't learning, and if you aren't learning, you aren't improving.” In similar fashion, theologian and author C. S. Lewis once observed: “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement”. 

Clearly the two inspiring quotes above are more about failing as one attempts to do creative things rather than failing because one's mental or physical powers are waning. But the lesson still applies; failing is an inevitable and even instructive part of life and should not be feared.

If you fail at something; instead of getting too forlorn, ask yourself: “How can I learn from my mistakes and tweak things so that I am less likely to make the same errors in the future? How can I improve things?”

On the other hand, (if allowed to develop) a fear of failure can really stifle a person's creativity, and even stop them trying to do anything at all that is new or outside their comfort zone – in case it all goes wrong!

For my part, I hope to continue producing the Big Films Monthly newsletter as long as I can – and I'm sure I will make many mistakes along the way. But, I shall attempt to carry on; in the belief that trying and failing is better than not having tried at all. And, who knows, I might even achieve great success. There's only one way to find out!

The big films released in the UK in July 2017 include Spider-Man: Homecoming, Cars 3, Dunkirk, The Beguiled, Captain Underpants, and War for the Planet of the Apes. Here's a picture from each of those movies to whet your appetite:-

Spider-Man: Homecoming © 2017 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Cars 3 © 2017 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Dunkirk © 2017 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. A Christopher Nolan Film.

The Beguiled © 2017 Focus Features (a division of Universal Pictures). All Rights Reserved.

Captain Underpants © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox. All Rights Reserved. A DreamWorks Animation Studios feature.

War for the Planet of the Apes © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox. All Rights Reserved.

Here's a comprehensive run down of the July 2017 new releases:-

The major films are: 47 Meters Down, Captain Underpants, Cars 3, Dunkirk, Girl's Trip, It Comes at Night, Monster Island, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Beguiled, The Big Sick, The Wall, War for the Planet of the Apes, and Wish Upon.

Limited or “key cities” releases include: Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, American Hero, City of Ghosts, Freesia, Jonas Kaufmann: My Italy, Mom, Munna Michael, The Boy and the Beast, The Death of Louis XIV, The Human Surge, The Shot!, and Tree of Wooden Clogs.

Other limited releases given their “own spot” in the newsletter include: David Lynch: The Art Life, Hounds of Love, Song to Song, The Last Word, The Midwife, and Tommy's Honour.

In addition to all of the above, the classic movies Howard's End (1992) and Victim (1961) have gotten a mention.

Also not included in the magazine are this month's “Event Cinema” entertainmentsmost of which are listed below. As usual, information sometimes differs when comparing various sources, so please take the details below with a large pinch of salt and do some further investigation if you are interested in attending any of these events:-

  • 4th July 2017 – Cyrano De Bergerac (Seventh Art Productions)
  • 5th July 2017 – La Boheme: Live from Taomina (CinemaLive)
  • 6th July 2017 – Hamlet – Glyndebourne 2017 Opera (Trafalgar Releasing)
  • 9th July 2017 – La Traviata – Teatro Dell'Opera di Roma [directed by Sofia Coppola] (Thunderbird Releasing)

  • 12th July 2017 – Donmar Presents Julius Caesar (Trafalgar Releasing)

  • 12th July 2017Jonas Kaufmann: My Italy (Independent
  • 20th July 2017 – Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches (NT Live) (Trafalgar Releasing)

  • 22nd July 2017 – Andre Rieu's 2017 Maastricht Concert (CinemaLive)
  • 27th July 2017 – Angels in America Part Two: Millennium Approaches (NT Live) (Trafalgar Releasing)

(In addition, don't forget to look out for “Secret Cinema” presentations if these are of interest to you).

Here is the link to my latest newsletter (which is a download of approximately 52MB):-

Whether apes on horses, animated automobiles, or erotically-charged historical dramas are your thing - I hope you have a great time at the cinema this July. Happy viewing!

Here are trailers for most of the major films mentioned above:-

 47 Meters Down

Captain Underpants

Cars 3


Girl's Trip

It Comes at Night

Song to Song

Spider-Man: Homecoming

The Beguiled

The Big Sick

The Last Word

The Wall

Tommy's Honour

War for the Planet of the Apes

Wish Upon

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