And we’re back with the second part of our Hipster Guide to Summer Cinema. If you want to avoid superheroes and romantic comedies and need help seeking out the films that won’t damage your hipster credentials then this is the guide for you as we look ahead to July.
Not only is this the painfully cool, and genuinely brilliant, Sofia Coppola’s fifth film as writer and director, it is also Emma Watson’s first “grown-up” role since Harry Potter, which most hipsters grew up reading and so struggle to raise their usual level of scorn for. What’s more the film takes a stance against the materialistic world of celebrities and the manner in which they are simultaneously put on a pedestal while highlighting their every flaw. Scoff at pop culture while indulging in it, what does a hipster do better?
Ben Wheatley has carved a niche for himself in making low budget, brutally violent, searingly funny, and outlandishly truthful British films as he brought us gangsters, hitmen, and serial killers. Now with his latest film set during the English Civil War he breaks all the rules and releases it simultaneously in cinemas, on DVD, and on Video on Demand. A historical film with a most modern distribution method. What’s not to love?
Much as hipsters grew up reading Harry Potter they were still children when Monsters, Inc. first came out in 2001. Besides, Pixar is a film studio that somehow transcends all segments of society as children and adults, hipsters and chavs all laugh and cry together as the animated pixels tell stories on-screen. For me Monsters, Inc. was my first ever DVD, one which I had to take to a friend’s house to watch, so this prequel will be warmly welcomed into the Pixar oeuvre.
WikiLeaks is a fascinating organisation that strives to reveal the secrets of the world for the good of its citizens. It’s founder Julian Assange is similarly intriguing with his sex scandals and slightly creepy air and the fact that he has spoken out against this documentary, which covers two decades of his crusade, makes the film all the more intriguing.
From the early days of Spaced the combined efforts of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg have inspired an intense cult following. As my movie maths has shown Simon Pegg is not so good when Edgar is not around so fans will have been sitting patiently through Star Trek, waiting for this momentous day and the release of the third and final instalment in their genre bending Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. This time around a pub crawl becomes a fight for humanity’s survival.
Two years ago Drake Doremus came from nowhere and brought us the beautifully shot, impressively improvised, and ultimately frustrating drama about a doomed long distance relationship. More importantly Doremus brought us 90 minutes of almost non-stop Felicity Jones, something he is repeating in his second feature; an improvised drama about an exchange student who falls for the father of her host family.
The rest of July is much less inspiring with films like The Wolverine and The Smurfs 2 coming out and scaring the hipsters away. If only Darren Aronofsky had followed through and directed The Wolverine, it might have qualified.