Staff Picks for July: Movies

Poster: Lucy, Luc BessonLUCY
Luc Besson

There are a few reasons I want to see this one.

First, Morgan Freeman. There are only a scant few movies he picks that aren’t winners on some level.

Second, Luc Besson. This is the man who brought us the fun, action-packed, vivid ‘verse of The Fifth Element and made “Leeloo Dallas Multipass” a meme. To say nothing of the Diva Dance. His creative vision is off the beaten path from Hollywood’s usual, so it will be a treat for the mind as well as the eyes.

Third, and most importantlythis film stars Scarlett Johansson. She’s top billed. She’s not playing backup to RDJ or Chris Evans or the whole Avengers cast.

The film begins with an admittedly unnerving situation. Lucy is kidnapped by some Asian baddies who turn her into the equivalent of a drug mule. A British guy explains this to her in baby talk. Only, whatever they surgically implanted wasn’t sturdy. It leaks, and once absorbed, begins changing the hapless girl into something that makes Neo look like a rank amateur. It’ll be fun to see a woman kicking ass for her own reasons, rather than Hollywood’s usual motherhood related go-tos.

— Jamie

Poster: SnowpiercerSnowpiercer
Joon-ho Bong
Moho Films

It is after the apocalypse, and the only people left alive are on a constantly moving train. Your life is dictated by what car you live in, with the upper class in front and most everyone else suffering in the rear cars. Going outside isn’t an option, as mankind’s tinkering with nature has resulted in a new Ice Age. There is just the train, always in motion, and the life within.

And after eighteen years, it’s time for a revolution.

Snowpiercer is based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige and directed by Joon-ho Bong, who also helmed The Host and Mother. It stars Chris Evans, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, and Ed Harris. I really loved The Host, and judging from the trailer, Snowpiercer will be just as full of twists and unafraid of emotion as Bong’s first movie. I also can’t pass up Tilda Swinton, and am thrilled to see her working with John Hurt again.

— Sarah

Megan Purdy

Megan Purdy

Publisher of all this. Megan was born in Toronto. She's still there. Philosopher, space vampire, heart of a killer.