Words: Saam Das
Hey June, don't make it bad. Take a sad song and make it better etc. June's theatrical releases are dominated by 'Prometheus', which sees Ridley Scott return to his alien populated cinematic universe. While they jury is still out on that release, 'Top Cat' (released June 1st) seems like an odds-on critical turkey. Which is a shame because he's the "indisputable leader of the gang". No longer. Keep reading for bits and bobs on Plan B's directorial debut and Will Ferrell as a Mexican.
'Ill Manors' (June 6th)
I think it's fair to say that most of you will know who I'm talking about when I mention Plan B. Less people will be familiar with him as Ben Drew, an actor and now writer-director - 'Ill Manors' is his debut feature. Raman FG and I saw the film recently, and while it is flawed, 'Ill Manors' remains an intriguingly twisted examination of social ills. Read our full 'Ill Manors' review.
'Prometheus' (June 1st)
Undoubtedly one of the most hyped films in recent memory, Ridley Scott returns with his 'Alien' prequel with a stunning cast featuring the likes of Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba. While critical reaction has been largely positive, 'Prometheus' has also been surprisingly divisive. Regardless, this is very much one of the movie events of the year.
'Mission To Lars' (June 8th)
Tom Spicer has Fragile X syndrome. He lives in a care home in Devon. His dream is to meet Lars Ulrich, drummer of a little known US band called Metallica. 'Mission To Lars' is the journey of Tom, his brother and his sister on their transatlantic attempt to meet Lars. If the trailer is anything to go by then this will be one of the most touching documentaries, if not features, of 2012.
'Cosmopolis' (June 15th)
Every few months, I'll end up talking to someone about 'Existenz', a messy yet typically provocative effort from visionary director David Cronenberg. His latest feature, 'Cosmopolis', is subtly reminiscent of that film, albeit shrouding its plot in a certain sense of mystery for the time being. 'Twilight' fans rejoice, for Robert Pattinson is the lead, and we've heard murmurings that he performs admirably.
'Killer Joe' (June 29th)
It's good to see Matthew McConaughey play slightly meatier roles than his usual pretty-boy fare. 2011's 'Bernie' saw him play one such role but 'Killer Joe' ups the ante, with McConaughey in the titular role. A hitman hired to kill a young debtor's mother, this film sees choosy Oscar-winning director William Friedkin once again step behind the camera. I suspect he knows that 'Killer Joe' will be a cut above average.
'Casa De Mi Padre' (June 8th)
Will Ferrell as a Mexican farmer, solely speaking Spanish? 'Casa De Mi Padre' (or in American, 'House Of My Father') could be a hit or a miss but with Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna on board, this melodrama sounds oddly promising. Prepare yourself for subtitles, mucho subtitles.