Summer’s my favorite season for a variety of reasons: baseball season, swimming, watermelon, fireworks, trips to the beach, etc. But an underrated part of any summer is the summer movie season, which consistently outranks every other movie season. For example, 2008 gave us Iron Man (foreshadowing alert!), Wall-E and Dark Knight; 2009 gave us Up, The Hangover and District 9, just to name a few. Here are five movies I can’t wait to see this summer.
5. Robin Hood
I’ve always been partial to the Disney version of this classic, and actually, that’s the only one I’ve seen. But I’m looking forward to this darker take on the story with the never-makes-a-bad-movie Russell Crowe.
(Seriously, I just spent a couple minutes looking through Russell Crowe’s filmography to figure out if he had actually ever made a bad movie, if he has, it certainly hasn’t been in the last 10 years or so. Except maybe Master and Commander.)
4. The A-Team
Once again, a remake for a franchise I don’t have a lot of familiarity with. But I see this as either a big hit or a big miss, but Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper can be trusted to not make something that’s completely unwatchable.
(Okay, I understand Liam Neeson was in Clash of the Titans. So seriously, what are the odds of him making TWO bad movies in one year? Wait, don’t answer that.)
3. Toy Story 3
I’m not one of those traditional Pixar junkies who think Toy Story is the Holy Grail of all things CGI, but more importantly, I am a Pixar junkie. And while some of the other ideas being floated around Pixar intrigue me more than another Toy Story, Pixar will either have to make about 10 bad movies in a row or have a movie sing the praises of Hitler in sepia tone to a Michael Jackson soundtrack (okay, I’ll admit, despite being completely offended, I’d have to see this. How could you not?). I’m not banking on either one. Ever since being pleasantly surprised by Cars, I’m willing to give the Pixar folks the benefit of the doubt.
2. Get Him to the Greek
This one might seem out of place. And it is, sort of. I heard of this film a couple days ago because Jonah Hill is in it. When I found out that Elton Brand is also in it, reprising his role as Aldous Snow from Forgetting Sarah Marshall I was sold. Judd Apatow as the producer seals the deal. I fully expect this movie to be every bit as funny as Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
(I can’t really explain why I like Jonah Hill so much, but no one plays the “I’m incredibly awkward so I’m just gonna’ stand here and smile stupidly” role funnier than him. Oh, also, him singing along with Aldous Snow in Forgetting Sarah Marshall while Jason Segel looks on, astonished. Yeah, this movie is gonna’ be funny.)
1. Iron Man 2
Iron Man was the classic “surprisingly good movie sneaking up on everyone” of 2008 (District 9 was 2009’s), and I, like everyone else, didn’t expect as much as Iron Man delivered. It leapfrogged into second place on my favorite superhero movie franchise, just behind the Christopher Nolan Batman films.
Needless to say, Iron Man 2 won’t have that luxury. It’s got higher expectations, a higher marketing budget and has been on people’s radar since the first movie came out. Another red flag for me is the AC/DC Wal-mart exclusive soundtrack; part of what made Iron Man great was the rock-laden score by Ramin Djawadi, and hopefully whatever ends up being the actual soundtrack to the movie is similar.
They have added Scarlett Johansson, though, and seriously, how can you go wrong with that? The trailers with Warmachine footage also looks incredible, and ultimately, Robert Downey Jr. is still Tony Stark (he was as important to that role as Johnny Depp was to Capt. Jack Sparrow). I will be seeing Iron Man 2 at midnight in…good golly, less than two weeks. Where does the time go?
I’m sure this list won’t be the exact list of my favorite movies in 2010, but hopefully at least some of them make it. Got any others that I missed? Let me know!
So it’s been a while (12 days) since I last blogged, and I thought I would tell you, my faithful readers, why.
It’s not that there isn’t much to blog about. I could talk about the new iPhone, I could talk about Hillbama, I could talk about gas prices, and I could talk about the Indians, among other things. I think the main problem is that my favorite time to blog is the morning – between the hours of 8 AM and 11 AM. In the summertime, I’m working during those hours, and thus can’t really blog (although I do take a break around 10 to read the news and such).
But another issue with my lack of blogging is that sometimes you just need a break. Typing all that stuff, especially after a long day of coding at work, isn’t easy, and recently when I get home I’ve been spacing out for a while before resuming work on some projects which maybe I’ll get to share with you soon.
But anyway. As always, thank you for your patience as I take a little summer vacation. I’ll be updating less frequently this summer but I imagine I’ll be back to my normal frequency in a few months. Thanks, as always, for reading – I’ll be writing again soon.