Top 10 Films and Television Shows of this Summer

30 Jun

It is no surprise that summer is the best time for film and television. With a season full of box office busters and new episodes premiering, it can difficult to decide what to invest in; in other words “so much to watch, so little time”. Because of this terrible fate, I have taken it upon myself to weed through the this summer’s media and present to you (in no particular order) the top ten films and television shows you should be investing in this summer. After all, who needs fun in the sun when you can stay in bed with the air conditioning on, right?

10. Face Off

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If you have never watched this show, I definitely recommend giving it a shot. Face Off is a reality competition show where makeup artists who hope to work in the science fiction genre go head to head each week. They are given a theme for the week and then it is up to them to create a concept that fits that theme. It’s crazy what some people can do with clay and a paintbrush.

9. Dope

Dope

Given a lot of critical acclaim at Sundance, Dope follow three friends as they get into shenanigans and share a mutual love for 90’s hip-hop. Although I have yet to see it, I have hopes that this film will be full of humor and feel good moments.

8. Southpaw

Southpaw

Jake Gyllenhaal has grown a lot as an actor in the past couple of years. He was a favorite of mine in films such as Donnie Darko and The Day After Tomorrow. After seeing him in End of Watch and viewing the trailer for Southpaw, I think he has shown a different side of his acting skills. Southpaw follows  Billy “The Great” Hope as he tries to get his life back together after the death of his wife. He loses his daughter due to his reckless behavior and decides that in order to prove he is worthy of getting her back, he should pursue the title of Heavyweight Champion of the World.

7. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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If you are a fan of Tina Fey, then it goes without saying that Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt should be on your summer watch list. Kimmy spent 15 years in an underground bunker with three other women, who were told that the apocalypse had happened and the world as they knew it no longer existed. The series launches right after the woman are rescued and follows Kimmy as she starts her new life in New York City. This quirky and smart comedy will have you quoting characters for days!

6. Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four

No surprise that Marvel is coming out with another superhero reboot. Fantastic Four will be coming out this summer with a fresh, young cast. Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan are two of the actors playing leads. Grated that it has not been that long since the last Fantastic Four franchise came out, but just from watching the trailer, I can tell that the graphics and cinematography are going to bring this movie to another level.

5. Paper Towns

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After the success of The Fault in Our Stars, John Green is back with the film renovation of his New York Times bestseller Paper Towns. The films stars Nat Wolff (previous cast member of The Fault in Our Stars) and Cara Delevigne. From the trailer, the film looks like it has a ‘coming of age’ tone to it, while also adding in that John Green humor we all know and love. If it is anything like the fan following for TFiOS, Paper Towns is expected to bring in positive box office revenue.

4. Inside Out

Inside Out

I am not going to lie, I am not the biggest fan when it comes to animated films. With the special exception of Disney classics and Up, it takes a lot for me to voluntarily watch an animated movie. However, my close friend Casey told me that it was definitely worth the movie ticket price and she would watch it again with me. After going in with no expectations, I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised! Not only was the style of animation different from any other Pixar film I have seen, but it also did a great job of appealing to both younger and older audiences. I recommend it to anyone who needs a good pick-me-up!

3. Ant-Man

Ant Man

Another Marvel movie! Don’t get me wrong I am a hard core Marvel fan, but it continues to surprise me how much of a powerhouse Marvel has been over the past couple of years. Ant-Man, in comparison to the other Marvel superheros the film franchise has focused on, is not the most popular. With the powers of super strength and the ability to manipulate his size, Ant-Man does not seem like the ultimate hero. However, he is a hero nonetheless. Plus Paul Rudd plays Ant-Man, what could be better than that?!

2. Orange Is the New Black

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After a long year of waiting, season 3 of Orange Is The New Black is finally here! If you have yet to jump on the  OITNB train, I highly suggest doing so. With it’s mixture of comedy and drama, this Netflix original does a great job of giving the audience an honest background of the inmates while also making sure you can sympathize with them. Let’s not forget how this new season introduces the firework that is Ruby Rose!

1. Jurassic World

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Spielberg, Spielberg, Spielberg and SPIELBERG! I do admit that I hold a massive bias when suggesting this film, since Steven Spielberg is a creative role model of mine. But that doesn’t take away from the hype that this film has been getting. Jurassic World takes places years after the close of Jurassic Park and does a great job of referring back to the Jurassic Park films all throughout the movie. With the special effects and subtle humorous moments, Jurassic World is a fun ride that is well worth the $9 movie ticket.

Well there you go! Summer is great season for film, so why not take advantage of the air conditioning and popcorn?

Have a great summer everyone!

-Zuri

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