Without a doubt, 2020 will be remembered as one of the The hardest years of the last decades. To the global pandemic we should add radical changes in the economic, social and cultural fields as a result of the mandatory quarantine around the world. Hollywood is no exception: from calendar changes of the big premieres of the year, to indefinite postponement in the recordings of projects of considerable scope , the mecca of cinema is transforming on the go to sustain the impact caused by the health emergency.
One of the most immediate consequences is a summer without major movie premieres, let alone the traditional blockbusters popcorn that the studios reserved for the months with the highest number of movie theaters during the year.
But despite everything, you can still enjoy a few releases thanks to the different subscription platforms.
We bring you a list of the movies that you will surely be interested in seeing during the atypical summer that awaits us :
The Lovebirds , by Michael Showalte (Netflix – Premiere on 22 of May)
The film was among the premieres announced at the SXSW festival, but thanks to a quick agreement between Paramount and Netflix its arrival on television will replace its passage by the film event.
With its simple, warm and friendly storyline, it is perhaps the perfect choice in the midst of the global pessimistic climate. The crazy director Michael Showalter follows Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae on a frantic journey in the middle of the investigation of a murderer while their relationship collapses.
An urban adventure without major significance for those who want a bit of friendly fun.
I Will Make You Mine , by Lynn Chen (Available on VOD from 26 of May)
Chen's trilogy on the fictional romantic misadventures of Goh Nakamura , which began in 2011 with Surrogate Valentine , comes to an end at 2020 with a film in which the romance has something existential and above all, a melancholic element, ideal for all who want to enjoy a deep and exalting look at modern love.
If you are looking for a contemporary drama with good taste and a lot of humor, this movie is for you.
On the Record , by Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick (Available on HBO Max from 27 of May)
After a complicated journey, the directorial duo documentary based on the accusations of Def Jam A&R executive Drew Dixon against magnate Russell Simmons (and that the New York Times collected in an article in the 2017) finally comes to HBO Max.
All after a strange journey between producers and platforms that included the apparent distribution through AppleTV + and the full support of Oprah Winfrey's production company . But a few days before its premiere, Winfrey's powerful hand withdrew from the project, leaving its premiere in limbo amid all sorts of questions.
With its hard plot and its journey through a rugged almost of abuse and harassment, it is not the ideal content if you want to distract a little the quarantine tension, but without a doubt, it is one interesting enough to analyze in all its depth.
The Vast of Night , by Andrew Patterson (Available on Amazon Prime from 29 of May)
With its air of independent production, it is really a thriller with a great script that creates an unbreathable and unhealthy atmosphere through simple resources and an ingenious plot.
Set in the years' 50, the story follows two misfit teenagers who upon discovering an unusual audio frequency in New Mexico will stumble upon one of the great mysteries of the century. Ingenious and brilliant, it is the ideal choice for lovers of suspense with a few touches of science fiction.
Artemis Fowl , by Kenneth Branagh (Available on Disney Plus from 12 of June)
The adaptation of the Eoin Colfer saga ended by not convincing Disney executives too much (despite its stratospheric budget of 125 (millions of dollars) will be released directly on the studio's online platform, in a decision that was not too surprising after criticism of the first advance shown by the study months ago.
Currently it is considered the first major premiere to go directly to streaming in the midst of the coronavirus emergency. All in all, the work of Kenneth Branagh (who already did a good job in the live action of Cinderella ) has all the ballots to become a successful premiere and demonstrate the power of subscription platforms in the midst of the peculiar situation we live in.
The King of Staten Island , by Judd Apatow (Available on VOD from 12 of June)
Another orphan from the SXSW Film Festival (and also from Tribeca). Apatow's first movie since Trainwreck released in 2015 is a sensible proposal, but with an enormous dose of sense of humor that already catches the attention of critics and the public.
With Pete Davidson in the lead, This strange hilarious version of mental pain , vices, and emotional breakdowns is one of the director's boldest experiments. And perhaps the most innovative thing you will see in this strange summer of 2020.
The Truth , by Hirokazu Kore-eda (Available on VOD from July 3)
The first film that the author of Shoplifters , Hirokazu Kore-eda, has made since winning the Palme d'Or. The Truth is also the first to have filmed in another language or country.
But this wise and diaphanous little drama remains the core of Kore-eda, as the man behind Still Walking and After the Storm offers another insightful look at the underlying fabric of a modern family.
Relic by Brian Reitzell , by Natalie Erika James (Available on VOD from 10 of July )
In this atypical summer full of online premieres, there are also options for horror lovers. Director Natalie Erika James' debut is a clever twist to the haunted house plot , in which a family must fight a ghost that accompanies their generation members in generation.
The Painted Bird , by Vaclav Marhoul (Available on VOD from 17 of July)
Without a doubt, one of the most controversial films of the 2019 that you surely don't know. The harsh adaptation of the book by the Czech author Vaclav Marhoul went through several festivals, making a great part of the audience uncomfortable and moving with its crude scenes about war and despair.
With its harrowing storyline and elegant staging, it's one of the harshest visions of the ravages of violence ever seen on screen – and now within a click of your reach – for a long time.
Summerland , by Jessica Swale (Available on VOD from 31 of July)
Set in a remote coastal community during World War II, this drama about a young writer seeking inspiration and fighting her inner demons is a fable about love , the beauty and the pains of a conflict with several different dimensions, which the film shows with a sophisticated elegance that is appreciated.
If you love period dramas, this is for you.
Sputnik , by Egor Abramenko (Available on VOD from 14 of August)
With its b-series appearance, this bloody gore horror movie is actually a sophisticated visual experiment that will amaze the most demanding lovers of the genre.
With its hints of terror Lovecraftniano and something more extravagant, it is perhaps the movie you want to see in the middle of a season in which period dramas and existentialist dilemmas seem to dominate the virtual billboard.
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