Welcome to August, the month when studios, having already fired off all their high-profile (not to mention high concept) summer guns, unleash what amounts to their second tier of releases, the stuff that doesn't automatically trigger broad media attention, things with a more... "culty," shall we say?... appeal, and things that are, let's just say it, no durn good. However, since even the big tent-poles can now be somewhat inconsequential in their story-telling and quality (Amazing Spider-Man 2, anyone?), it's become less surprising that a dog-day release could have been just as welcome, if not more so, in the weeks preceding.
Such is the case with Guardians of the Galaxy, a fun space adventure based on a Marvel comic book that racked up record box office in its opening week, and earns its goodwill in a number of ways. I take a look at the film in my latest review for Jim Freund's Hour of the Wolf -- click on the player to hear the segment, or right-click on the title to download.