• Noah Hutchinson

The Roundup: July

Updated: Sep 21, 2020

Summer is the time we're suppose to be filled with picnics, parks, and pools, but with all this new media, it's too hard not to stay inside. From the first Marvel film since "Avengers: Endgame," to Sam Smith's breathtaking new single, July was packed with the best of the best.

New releases:

The live action we've all been waiting for finally arrived. Disney's "The Lion King" was announced with a star-studded trailer back in April of this year, making fans hold their breath to see Donald Glover, Seth Rogan, and THE Queen B herself, Beyoncé, on the big screen in a way we haven't seen before. As of early August, the film sold $1.3 billion at the box office across the globe, beating out Frozen's $1.27 billion and officially making it the top grossing animated movie of all time.

Now you may be thinking, "wait, wasn't Avengers :Endgame supposed to be the end of Marvels non-stop super hero films?" Well surprise! Because the Marvel Universe is here to stay. Spider-man Far From Home premiered in theaters across the US in early July and had fans on the edge of their seats with all the twists and turns you can expect from MCU. Starring Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Jake Gyllenhaal (yes you heard me correctly), the film stole our hearts, and may have even kindled a much needed bromance we didn't know we needed.

Quentin Tarintino's 9th film as the writer and director, Once Upon a Time In Hollywood features stars like Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie in a tribute to Hollywood’s golden age. However, not everything about the film was golden. Recent comments made by Tarantino about his depiction of Stan Lee as an arrogant actor stirred up a fued with Lee's daughter telling the director to "shut up" or apologize. Either way, film nerds and audiences alike can't stop whispering about it's Oscar potential.

Must have jams:

Just when you thought 'The Lion King' couldn't get any better, Beyoncé presents to you "The Gift." The album is "steeped in the sounds of Africa," Disney Studios announced via Instagram, and features Blue Ivy, Kendrick, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, Tierra Whack, Pharrell, 070 Shake, and many more. But the song that took everyone's breath away was by far "Spirit." After the official music video dropped on July 16, from the office to the timeline, it was everywhere.

Dropping his latest single after much anticipation and tease on social media, Sam Smith rose to the top of July with "How Do You Sleep." The single's music video has since gained over 66 million views, and not without reason. Portraying more abstract concepts of insomnia with a an entirely male cast and smooth choreography, the video was a work of art to say the least.

On a much more mellow note, Noah Cyrus' "July" reminded us all about the importance of reflection and walking away from baggage. Singing about the continuous cycle of a toxic relationship, Noah brought summertime sadness close to home. The chill-inducing harmonies layered over simple acoustics allow the song's introspective lyrics to take center stage.

It may not have been at the top of the charts, but "Stay High" by Brittany Howard was a lighthearted jam July needed. The music video features none other than Terry Cruz and is a genius, slightly hilarious, presentation as the former NFL player lip-syncs the high notes and harmonies of the song. Following Howard's debut solo album Jamie, "Stay High" floats in the air, showing off the love of home and celebrating a hard day of work.

So whether you need some peppy beats to get you going, or a star-studded Hollywood masterpiece, July has something for everyone. What was your favorite media release this month? Join the conversation and check us out at @PeoplesRevolt.

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