For the last two years running my anticipated lists have been well received (2011, 2010) so here I am again having survived the dregs of third of the year with honestly not much to show for it. But like rainbows coming after a spring shower it's time for the bombs to go off and all that jazz, cuz the summer season is here.
10. Safety Not Guaranteed (June 8 )
I don't know what it is about her but I dig Aubrey Plaza. This movie looks like it may not be much, but I can't wait to check it out and see how the basic romantic comedy based on a preposterous setup of a guy believing he's invented time travel.
9. High School (June 1)
So... Adrien Brody is one of those actors that no matter how poor a film seems he can always brighten it up completely. Seeing this image of him being this ridiculous cannabis salesman makes me smile in ways you can't imagine.
8. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (June 22)
I want to tell you that I have a good reason for this one, but that would be a lie. The apocalypse is a weird time to be making friends and trying to reunite with people, but I just want to see me some crazy Patton Oswalt. I'm pretty sure he'll be in one scene of this movie and be done, but I still will enjoy the Carrell and Knightley moments I hope.
7. G. I. Joe: Retaliation (June 29)
Did I mention explosions? Because for some reason we haven't seen any yet. Until The Rock showed up and decided that Cobra is bad.... I remember reading when this sequel was announced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt wouldn't return as Cobra Commander, but we see the character, can I hope for a cameo voice over or something? I know this is going to be trashy explosions, but I can't help myself... I still enjoy the first film and that movie was bad.
6. Avengers (May 2)
Deep down I believe Marvel owns my soul. I read way too many of their comics and now I'm in too deep. I couldn't even see how bad Iron Man 2 was when it was released (review). But hey, at least now I can go see all four big boys (Cap America, Iron Man, Thor & Hulk) fight over who gets to be the team captain and wonder why they're listening to Sam Jackson at the end of all their movies.
Last year was Pixar's sabbatical from making good movies. I pray that they've enjoyed their rest and are back with what seems to be a fun adventure film. Part of me isn't sure they'll pull it off (the story does seem a little too cheesy), but I will hold faith.
4. The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3)
While many ask the question of "why reboot so soon?" I ignore and just realize that Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer) is getting to direct a Spider-Man movie and we'll finally get the lizard as a villain. People are so quick to through up the why question to Hollywood (and I know I've done my fair share) but I feel in the comic book world it's kind of dumb to bother. How many iterations of the Superman world exist in the DV universe, or even Spider-Man in Marvel? A lot is the answer. So sit down and enjoy.
3. Moonrise Kingdom (May 25)
Yes, art beats explosions any day. Over the years me and Wes Anderson have had our issues. However, the few times that we come together in agreement (Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and Fantastic Mr. Fox) we agree so much that I'm willing to always give him a try. The trailer reeks of Anderson's quirk, I can only hope it's the kind that I'll love.
2. The Dark Knight Rises (July 20)
I'm going to go ahead and just say that this is pretty much an automatic selection. Christopher Nolan pretty much brought comic book movies back into the zeitgeist by making them the greatest thing since sliced bread and made an action movie where it was more than just an average action movie. This'll be the second film that I see in IMAX and can't wait for that day.
1. Prometheus (June 8 )
I'm sorry Batman but somehow Ridley Scott has slowly won this round of anticipation. Between the TED trailer, as well as the great cuts of trailers for this film nothing can beat how highly I'm anticipating the return of the Alien franchise.