August: The Dead Month of Movies?

For a year that was highly-anticipatory for film, January through April took its sweet ‘ol time passing through, delivering only one fairly memorable film–The Hunger Games–and made all us viewers wonder if 2012 was really going to deliver, or just release a few biggies during the summer and Oscar seasons.

Finally, May rolled around and The Avengers blew everything away for the past 4 months. Then June opened up with some fun summer films, notably Prometheus and Snow White and the Huntsman (would everyone please stop talking about Kristen Stewart already?!), and The Dark Knight Rises showed up in July along with The Amazing Spider-Man. And now we’re sitting in August, dealing with 80s remakes and unsuccessful franchise continuations and not a whole lot of films to look forward to until October/November/December sweeps.

All of this begs me to ask, is August the “dead” month of movies? Both Total Recall and The Bourne Legacy came with their disappointments, though the latter succeeded the former with its storyline and acting alone (talking to you, Jeremy Renner!). Premium Rush is the only film I see with a hint of promise for the month. There’s a little hope with Lawless, watching Shia Labeouf attempt to win people over after his run through the Transformer films.

The only film I feel gipped for missing is Celeste and Jesse Forever, which opened only in very limited release, Rashinda Jones’s first writing project that performed successfully at Sundance.

We’re in that busy month of the year where everyone’s going back to school, and no one’s really focused on going to see a good film, with studios optimizing on the summer and Christmas breaks to release the films people most look forward to.

So ease my mind and tell me, have you liked any of the films August has offered so far? Or is it really the dead month of the year for film? What do you look forward to for the rest of the month? 

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16 thoughts on “August: The Dead Month of Movies?

  1. I don’t really have anything I’m excited about on the top of my head. I might see Lawless on the big screen but we’ll see. I think September has some good ones though.

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    • I think September definitely has more to offer up than August. I’m all for seeing my Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Premium Rush, but aside from that, I’m bored. What’s the deal with August?!

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  2. I’ve definitely been underwhelmed by the selection as of late. Last weekend it was a toss-up between Expendables 2 and Hope Springs. meh. If only The Awakening weren’t limited release >.< arggh

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    • Yeah, there really weren’t too many great pics for the month. I saw Hope Springs and thought it was decent but nothing ground-breaking. The Awakening? I think I’ll have to look that one up!

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  3. Yeah, August has been pretty bland so far. I might see Premium Rush, but anything else will likely be a rental. I have had far more fun seeing classics at the Music Box lately. :D

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    • Planning to see Premium Rush — I look forward to that! Really? Aww, I’m jealous — You live really close to that theater, right? I’ve only been there twice (Robocop was my second visit), but I think it’s pretty awesome. And the price isn’t too bad either!

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  4. Hasn’t August always been a bit of a dead month when it comes to movies? The big releases are in May/June/July. August is like a wide berth that studios leave for these big films. And also, a lot of people are off jet setting on holiday in August, so maybe studios just don’t bother with August too much.

    That being said, this August has been a bit dry. Though here we had Brave come out just last week. Which I loved. The Expendables 2 was a lot of fun.

    September’s the post summer blockbuster month I always look forward to. This year there’s Premium Rush, Looper and Lawless to look forward to. That’s good enough for me.

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    • I think it has! Yes, the summer season.

      Really? Brave came out in June over here. It’s kinda weird how some movies come out earlier over there (like Avengers!) and others come out earlier over here. Dumb!

      Yes, I’m pretty excited about September. Between Premium Rush and Looper, we’ll be getting our Joseph Gordon-Levitt fill! I can’t wait! :)

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  5. Hadn’t thought of it that way but yes, I guess August (along with January) is a dead month for movies. Like you said, this movie year took a while to take off! I think May through July were very busy with a lot of high-profile releases and now we’re back to crappy remakes and reboots. I’d disagree on Lawless, though, as it has a lot of potential (I don’t know if comercially but certainly in the critic and awards circle). I don’t know when it opened in the US but Katy Perry: Part of Me opened over here last week (saw it yesterday) and, as much as it pains me to say this, it was surprisingly very good! I think we’ll have to wait until about October for another load of interesting releases, though.

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    • Yeah, I know a lot of people are excited about Lawless. I guess I’m just not one of them :) I could see it doing something in critic/awards circles too.

      Really now? That’s pretty hilarious! I’ll be interested to check that out on DVD sometime. Looking forward to the fall for some good films!

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        • Me too! I’m not much into Westerns or Shia Labeouf, for that matter, but I definitely think it has potential.

          I believe you! I actually thought about seeing it . . . when it comes out on DVD. I’ll have to let you know what I think of it when I do!

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  6. I’m very excited for Lawless and Premium Rush. They’re probably not two films that are at the top of most people’s must-sees but they still look awesome to me and I’ll be trying to get to the cinema to see them. There is never a dead month for movies haha!!!

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