It’s summer. Iron Man 3 is already in theatres and I’m a mere day away from seeing it. We recorded this little talk of us basically mentioning our expectations for a lot of the wide releases planned out for the next four months, so feel free to take a gander:
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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.
Earlier this year I posted my 25 Films to Look Forward to Look Forward to in 2011, and while I stand behind most of those decisions half the year has gone and a lot of the films that I had only cast for at the beginning of the year now has a trailer and or I know more about so it’s time to talk about the time of year that movies make the most bucks; Summer.
We’re a little more than a week away from summer so here’re the 15 films that I must see before the summer is over. To all those who don’t know summer is represented by May to August and I’m using the US release schedule to determine which films should be in the list even though I’m sure a handful of these won’t be released in Jamaica along the summer.
15. Green Lantern (dir. Martin Campbell) – June 17th
I had massive issues with the original trailer that was released, however the WonderCon footage that was released – which I think is pretty much a four minute trailer – was pretty cool and it’s made me feel that this movie at the very least will be pretty fun and enjoyable.
14. Captain America: The First Avenger (dir. Joe Johnston) – July 22
Here’s another Super Hero movie coming out this summer that’s going to have the women, leading star and the big explosions that we all want. However, I still feel that it’s going to disappoint me and that’s why it’s so low on the list.
13. Thor (dir. Kenneth Branagh) – May 6th
That completes the treble of comic book blockbusters for 2011. Maybe it’s the 3D attached but while I know I’m going to watch them I’m just feeling very confident about these films.
12. Kung Fu Panda 2 (dir. Jennifer Yuh) – May 26th
Po is back and he looks just as unassuming as before. Three years ago this was the sleeper hit of the summer and the trailer that we got recently makes it look just as bad as it did 3 years ago, so this is me hoping that surprises just as much as it did 3 years ago and gives Jack Black a franchise that I don’t mind paying him to continue to work on.
11. Harry Potter and the Death Hallows: Part II (dir. David Yates) – July 15th
I just have to see the end. I’ve enjoyed this series overall and even though I was a bit let down by the first half of this chapter I’m still waiting for the kick-ass climax that’s being promised by this movie. I stopped reading the books at the fifth and that’s when the movies became the amazing thing for me and I’m happy to keep it that way.
10. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (dir. Rob Marshall) – May 20th
It’s a Pirates movie, and I love the Pirates movies, and by that logic I have to watch this movie. Jack Sparrow is just too fun to turn down. It’s like he just looks at me with the crappiest of plots and makes a joke or walks that quirky way and I just go “awww that Jack Sparrow be so funny…” and then my money goes away.
9. 30 Minutes or Less (dir. Ruben Fleischer) – Aug 12th
I loved Zombieland and while I think this is the only film on this list that doesn’t have a trailer out for me to show you yet, but I just can’t wait to see what Fleischer does this time around with more comedic talent on hand; Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride and Nick Swarsdon.
8. Cowboys & Aliens (dir. Jon Favreau) – July 29th
No longer contained by a franchise that must be meddled by a growing studio Favreau takes alien films and westerns mashes them together and makes it look all awesome. I can’t wait to see it.
7. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (dir. Rupert Wyatt) – Aug 5th
I just love the trailer and how brilliant the imagery looks. It’s the summer movie that reboots a franchise that I’ve only seen the horrible remake of. I need to go back and watch the original.
6. Submarine (dir. Richard Ayoade) – June 3rd
Yes the pretentious filmmaking wins in my regard. I know there’s noway that this will be released near me and I’m going to have to wait for it to come out on DVD before the year is out for me to see it but it looks so awesome and dry quick witted funny where I’m going to follow this film enthusiast just looking for life to be more than it really is.
5. X-Men: First Class (dir. Matthew Vaughn) – June 3rd
See I’m not just pretentious. Yes I want to watch it because of the director and the fact that Fassbender is in it, but there’s action. I think. It looks cool to see X-Men in the 60s.
4. The Hangover Part II (dir. Todd Phillips) – May 26th
I loved the first trip with this wolfpack, what could go wrong this time around now in Thailand. It seems illogical for the same thing to happen to them again, and for some characters to just reappear on the other side of the world, but it’ll probably make me laugh again which is what I want.
3. Super 8 (dir. J. J. Abrams) – June 10th
I love J. J. Abrams‘ previous films so far (Star Trek and Mission: Impossible III) so I can’t wait to see what he does with a pretty much original property while being produced by Spielberg. It looks like a mesh between E.T. and The Goonies where we’re going to follow these children with a Super 8 camera discover the truth behind this government cover up of this alien transport and it doesn’t look that much like a pandering kid’s film like the two I mentioned above. Love it!
2. Hesher (dir. Spencer Susser) – May 13th
It has Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Natalie Portman and Rainn Wilson and it played on Sundance and it looks just one of those real disturbing character films that will have so many tiny moments that makes the entire ride completely worth it.
1. The Tree of Life (dir. Terrence Malick) – May 27th
How this movie got a summer release baffles me. I still am not sure exactly which aspect of these characters the film will focus more on, but at this point I put my trust in Terrence Malick (even though I’ve only seen his most recent film: The New World) and I can’t wait to see who does better in the film: Brad Pitt or Sean Penn.
What’s the movie you’re looking forward to the most this summer???
Last week I asked what movie this summer you’re looking forward to the most. Christopher Nolan‘s Inception, his follow-up the the highly successful The Dark Knight, won the poll with a resounding 63% of the recorded votes. Second place went to the Other category, but since no one left any comments as to what else they’re looking forward to I’ll assume it’s some rubbish like Jonah Hex. Iron Man 2, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Toy Story 3 all ties for third place with 6% of the votes each.
With a total of 16 votes the total votes have decreased by 4 from last week… I hope this isn’t going to be a trend people.
This week I posted by Top Ten Most Anticipated Summer Moviesand here I want to find out what is your most anticipated film of the summer? Vote in the poll below or in the top right hand corner of the website:
Last week the poll got 20 votes, so let’s try and beat that total. Continue reading