Summer Movie Preview: June 2013

I want points for doing this in the middle of a business trip.

June 7

Dirty Wars

An investigative journalist heads this documentary (heavy with “dramatic recreations”) about the Joint Special Operations Command, or JSOC, which is the military group that pulls from all of the branches of the armed forces to handle top secret operations. Put it this way—the SEALs are part of JSOC. It should be a really fascinating topic—these men and women are the best of the best in field, air, and intelligence operations—but the focus is on how so many of the JSOC commandos are “erased” from military records and how it appears they have no oversight. This isn’t true—their commanding officer’s name is on Wikipedia for Christ’s sake—but I guess they figure it will make a sexy hook for a documentary. With friends in the military, though, including someone who often participates in JSOC operations, I find it a gross oversimplification.

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Summer movie preview: June 2012

Well…May was kind of a bust. The Avengers was good. I’m looking forward to Moonrise Kingdom inching its way closer and closer to my local arthouse. But everything else kind of made me want to kill myself. Here’s hoping June is better—it’s already stronger for GI Joe: Retaliation being kicked to 2013 (partly to allow for reshoots to undo the fact that Channing Tatum got killed in the first five minutes, and partly to convert to 3D, but mostly because it blows chunks and Paramount stands a better chance of not taking a box office bath in fiery acid in the softer month of March).

Worth noting that there are a lot of strong indies coming out this month. You might have to exert yourself a little, but there are good movies to be seen. Continue reading “Summer movie preview: June 2012”