Thursday, April 7, 2011

top 10 upcoming summer films (and more)

10. Green Lantern
directed by Martin Campbell
starring Ryan Reynolds
comes out June 17th

I don't know about you but I have become utterly bored by superhero films. I'm still looking forward to the third Batman film and the Avengers film intrigues me, but other than that, enough is enough already. That being said, this film along with Thor and X-Men First Class are still on my list despite being superhero films. Partly because, well, there are so many superhero films coming out that at least a couple of them have to be good. I honestly never cared for Captain America which is why it didn't make my list. Green Lantern, however, I sort of care about. Ryan Reynolds is playing Green Lantern and even though I really don't care for Ryan Reynolds, he looks like he can do a pretty good job with this role. I still approach Ryan Reynold-starred films cautiously because he tends to star in bad films. Martin Campbell (directed Goldeneye and Casino Royale) has made two of the better Bond films of the past 20 years so maybe he can make a good film out of this.

9. Crazy Stupid Love
directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
starring Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Tomei
comes out July 29th

As the summer has turned into a season dominated by superhero films, it's nice to see some grown up affair coming out towards the middle of it. The trailer for this film came out yesterday and I must say, despite the unoriginal subject matter, the impressive array of actors has perked my interest. I really like Steve Carell and think he's one of the few comedians who actually thrives on comedy-drama type material. I also want to see more of Ryan Gosling who has shown a lot of promise over the years and hasn't really worked in comedy before. But Gosling has this really down-to-earth laid back style to his acting that seems suited for this type of film. Apart from the stupid title which is too similar to "Eat, Pray, Love," I like pretty much everything that this film has to offer.

8. Bad Teacher
directed by Jake Kasdan
starring Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake
comes out June 24th

I'm actually really looking forward to seeing how this film turns out and here's why: Cameron Diaz in a rated R, politically incorrect comedy. I dig it. I really do. Plus, she looks hot in this film. I love the off-color tone to the trailer of Bad Teacher and hope that the film continues to go into that direction. I know a lot of people hate Justin Timberlake and thinks he shouldn't act, but I dug him in the Social Network and he definitely has a lot of charisma. We'll see how he works in a film like this. Of the Apatow crew, I've always found Jason Segel to be the most interesting actor. James Franco has been the breakout star, but Jason Segel has a lot of range (watch Freaks & Geeks if you disagree) so I'm always looking forward to seeing him in any film. Trust me, I was surprised by how good the trailer to this film looked. It might suck for all I know. As it stands now, it's definitely on my list of films to see.

7. The Hangover Part II
directed by Todd Phillips
starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis
comes out May 26th

The rather unimpressive trailer knocked this film down a few pegs. Otherwise, it'd probably be in my top five. The Hangover was a blast, in my opinion. Sure, its humor is based a lot off of the unexpected which means it doesn't quite hold up on third or fourth viewings, but at least it's hilarious the first two times you watch it. Almost everybody is back for part two and I'm hoping even crazier **** will happen in this film. I don't really like how the plot is almost exactly the same, but if they manage to pull off the jokes, it could be funny still. Expectations are really high for this film and it may be nearly impossible to match, I'll try to maintain my expectations going into the film.

6 Thor
directed by Kenneth Branagh
starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman
comes out May 6th

Its placing at number six, for me, is moreso me hoping that this will turn out good as opposed to me actually thinking it will be good. Honestly, I'm not too entirely sure. Kenneth Branagh, however, is a highly respectable actor who usually only directs films based on Shakespeare plays (watch his version of Hamlet, it's great). I'm wondering just how different his take on the superhero genre will be than with other directors. Is this just him trying to get a big paycheck or does he legitimately find something interesting about the material? If it's the latter and if this film turns out to be good, I think it could be a real enjoyable ride.

5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II
directed by David Yates
starring every actor who lives in the UK
comes out July 15th

I'm basically just glad that the Harry Potter saga will finally end. Let's face it, the films have been going on for ten years now and quite frankly, I've become bored with the whole thing. That said, since Part I kinda sucked, then Part II has to be pretty awesome, right? It just has to be.

I don't think there's an official trailer for this one yet.

4. X-Men: First Class
directed by Matthew Vaughn
starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence
comes out June 3rd

I stopped caring about the X-Men franchise about 7-8 years ago. However, Matthew Vaughn is a solid filmmaker and this cast is very interesting. Michael Fassbender is just one of those actors out there right now who is poised to become huge in Hollywood. He's the most interesting actor out there right now. The combination of Fassbender and Matthew Vaughn has made me sit up and take notice of this film. The rest of the cast is also quite good so I must say, I'm actually pretty psyched about this.

3. Cowboys & Aliens
directed by Jon Favreau
starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig
comes out July 29th

This is just one of those films that could be anything, really, but that's why it's high on this list. Iron Man 2 wasn't very good, and honestly, the action in both Iron Man films leave something to be desired. So I'm interested in seeing what Jon Favreau does with this film, action-wise and if the film will wind up being worth our time. Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig is like a double dose of badassness and the combination of sci-fi and the western genres is also pretty intriguing. It would suck if this film turned out crappy. Here's hoping that it won't.

2. Super 8
directed by JJ Abrams
starring Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning
comes out June 10th

Ok, the recent trailer of Super 8 is just awesome and the word I'm hearing about the film is that it's an homage to old school Spielberg (think Close Encounters, ET). Give JJ Abrams credit, he's at least trying to create an intelligent family blockbuster film. His heart is most definitely in the right place. Plus, his last film Star Trek surprised many, including me. The fact that Super 8 was both written and directed by JJ Abrams also makes me excited. I'm really interested in seeing what kinda voice he has with his own original material. This could be the film that turns JJ Abrams from a decent big budget blockbuster-type filmmaker to highly respectable, serious filmmaker who happens to work in big budget films (which by the way, Super 8 was only made with a $40-50 million budget which is pretty tame by today's standards)

1. The Tree of Life
directed by Terrence Malick
starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain
comes out May 27th

I totally understand if you don't really care about this film. Terrence Malick has made four films in 37 years and I don't expect most of you guys to have seen or like his films. His films are meditative, poetic, always with perfect cinematography, but you either love them or you don't. I, for one, love his films and have been anticipating this film for a long time. I'm very interested in seeing Brad Pitt in this as apparently, he's supposed to be quite unlikable in this film. Overall, Malick hasn't disappointed me yet and from everything I've seen and heard about this film, it looks like this won't either. I hope that you guys see the film as well and become Malick fans in the process (if you aren't one already).

Honorable mentions:
Captain America: The First Avenger - This film doesn't come out until after Thor, X-men, and Green Lantern. It's from the director of Wolfman and I'm not a big Captain America fan. I'll be 100% burnt out on superhero films by the time this comes out. Unless it turns out to be THE film of the summer, I doubt I'll want to see this.

Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen's batting average has been subpar for the past ten years and it stars Owen Wilson... but I love Woody Allen when he's at his best and I always hope that the next Woody Allen film will be great.

Beginners - This is an indie film starring Ewan Mcgregor and Christopher Plummer. I don't really know much about this film but it has a really charming trailer and it could be another one of those breakout indie hits.

Bridesmaids - I'm interested in the prospect of a Judd Apatow produced film with a predominantly female cast. Kristen Wiig the actress has always impressed me more than Kristen Wiig the SNL cast member. It's sort of on my radar, but unless there's some pretty good buzz, I won't be rushing out to see it.

Cars 2 - I think I am of the majority when I say that Cars was the weakest of the Pixar movies. But who knows, maybe the sequel is a vast improvement?

Horrible Bosses - This might actually turn out to a good comedy. It stars Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Jason Bateman, Colin Farrell, Donald Sutherland, Charlie Day, Julie Bowen, Jason Sudeikis, and Kevin Spacey. But there's no trailer for the film yet or anything so I really can't measure my anticipation for it.

None of the films coming out in August interest me. Transformers 3, Zookeeper, and the Smurfs look awful. You couldn't pay me to see any of those films.

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