“Never let your target escape, even if your target is you.”
Before you get too excited, it’s probably not the one you’re hoping for. Godzilla 1998 is a famous disaster, but if you enjoy the cinematic equivalent of staring into the Sun, it’s plenty of fun to hate-watch.
This rom-com between a man and a phone is far more touching than it sounds. Her explores loneliness and the limits of digital connection better than almost any other movie, while also being mostly closeups of Joaquin Phoenix’s silly mustache.
4. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
Maybe you haven’t heard of The Owls of Ga’Hoole, but you’ve almost certainly heard of its director. Zack Snyder’s animated family movie makes liberal use of his signature slow-motion, which works surprisingly well.
Rian Johnson’s Looper does something genuinely new with time travel. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays an assassin tracking down a tough target — himself 30 years from the future, played by Bruce Willis.
Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals was nearly as well-received as its predecessor. Its first and last seasons aren’t quite as good as the rest, but overall it’s an engaging and twisty tale of vampires, werewolves, and witches.
You have one bonus day in July to watch the best Star Trek series ever (come at me). It would be quite a feat to watch all 176 episodes by then, but it’s worth at least exploring some of this divisive classic.