As a kid, summer used to mean everything. No school. Long days. Camp. Now that I’m a workin’ man, the only thing that summer means is that it’s hotter outside when I trudge back and forth to the office. Well, that and movies.
As we rapidly approach the start of the summer movie season, which seems to start a little bit earlier every year, here are the things that are attracting my attention.*
*There are dozens of other movies coming out, some of which may be good, but this list is already long enough.
I THINK (HOPE) THEY WILL BE GOOD
I’m not a Trekker, but I’m a nerd. This movie looks awesome.
It’s Pixar. Nothing more needs to be said.
(500) DAYS OF SUMMER
A new approach to boy meets girl. I read this script a few years ago. It was charming. It was heartbreaking. It was the thinking person’s romantic comedy. I hear the movie has done the script justice.
Three guys attempt to find their friend who went missing the night before during their Vegas bachelor party. It’s got all the ingredients for a great comedy. It’s from the director of Old School and Road Trip and it’s got Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms.
Johnny Depp as Dillinger. Though the trailer gives away way too much, I think this one’s going to have style to spare.
I’m cautiously optimistic for this one. I just hope it’s not brainless.
If you loved Borat… It’s going to be very funny only if all of the jokes haven’t been spoiled before you see the movie. It already has a lot to live up to. I’m currently on media lockdown on this one.
Similar to Star Trek, I’m not usually a fan of WWII movies…unless they’re directed by Quentin Tarantino
It’s Mike Judge (Office Space). Nothing more needs to be said.
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS – See the trailer? I think this looks great.
JUST NOT SURE ABOUT THESE
It’s going to be big and bloated and not nearly as good as X-Men 1 and 2. However, I’m sure it will be better than X-Men 3.
My man crush on Seth Rogen not withstanding, Judd Apatow looks like he’s channeling James L. Brooks. I want to believe that this is going to be great, but I just don’t know.
LAND OF THE LOST
Will Ferrell has tried big budget blockbusters before (remember Bewtiched?). I hope that this time he gets it right.
TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE
I am madly in love with the book. But there is no way that the movie is going to do it justice.
RUN FAR AWAY
GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST
How many times can Matthew McConaughey play the same role? According to WonderWife™, as many times as he wants. That doesn’t mean I need to be there.
TRANSFORMERS 2 - It’s Michael Bay. Nothing more needs to be said.
I hate to hate on this one with Judd Apatow producing, Harold Ramis (“Groundhog Day”) directing and Jack Black and Michael Cera starring, but I think it’s gonna be a stinker.
Stephen Sommers looks like he’s channeling Michael Bay.
ICE AGE 3
It’s got Scrat and dinosaurs, so there’s a 100% chance I’m going to be seeing this with the Bean. But that doesn’t mean it’s gonna be good.
It looks way better than EPIC MOVIE or MEET THE SPARTANS, but that’s not saying very much. But why make a parody when the main movie you are spoofing (in this case “Save the Last Dance”) is over 8 years old?
ANGELS AND DEMONS
Tom Hanks pisses off Catholicism once again. As a child of the 80s, it’s sad that I don’t care about Tom Hanks anymore. It’s not that I think this will be a bad movie, but it’s one that I’m wholeheartedly not interested in seeing.