Monday, April 14, 2008

Summer 2008 Preview

As of today, I've only been to the theater 9 times so far this year to see a movie. That's a pretty low number, and I'm disappointed that there haven't been more films out that I actually wanted to see in theaters. The ones I HAVE seen, just to recap: Cloverfield (spectacular), Rambo (awesome), In Bruges (fantastic), Strange Wilderness (below average), Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show (documentary - decent), Be Kind Rewind (meh), Charlie Bartlett (solid), The Bank Job (average), and The Counterfeiters (a foreign Catch Me If You Can, but not a comedy).

Fear not, though - this summer is shaping up to be one of the most enjoyable summers for movies in recent memory. Here's a list of what I'm looking forward to the most, and you can bet the farm that there'll be reviews of at least 80% of these on this site right after I see them.

Harold & Kumar 2: Escape from Guantanamo Bay - The first one was pretty funny, and the four years since its release has given it enough time to become a cult classic. I hear there's more NPH in this one, so that's gotta be a good sign.

Smart People - This one is out in theaters now, and I'm planning on seeing it soon. Dennis Quaid, Thomas Haden Church, and Ellen Page star in this small family drama. I'll let you know how it is.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall - The latest in a string of Judd Apatow comedies looks pretty funny. Hopefully it's better than Superbad.

Pathology - This one doesn't look like anything special, but I'm convinced it'll be this year's Awake. [Meaning, I wasn't expecting anything going in but I was pleasantly surprised after I saw it.] The guys behind Crank wrote it, so I have a little faith in it.

Iron Man - Being thrown in the same summer as Batman and Indiana Jones will be tough, but from early rumblings about this movie, it should be able to hang in there just fine. I think it'll catch a lot of people off guard with how good it's going to be - Robert Downey, Jr. is perfectly cast.

Speed Racer - I've seen maybe one episode of the original show, but I'm psyched for this one. The Wachowskis have invented a new camera system that removes depth from the screen as if everything is a 2-D cartoon, and the graphics look pretty awesome so far. Emile Hirsch was really solid in Into the Wild, so I'm looking forward to seeing him as an action star in this family movie.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - I'm not even going to say anything. You know how excited I am.

The Happening - M. Night Shyamalan's latest looks intriguing to say the least. Mark Wahlberg and Zoey Deschanel star, and since Night is one of my favorite directors, I'll literally see anything he puts onto a screen.

The Incredible Hulk - Ed Norton's Hulk should be a lot more engaging than Eric Bana's attempt a few years ago. Rumors of control freak Norton taking over the scriptwriting and editing processes, however, are the cause for a bit of alarm. We'll see how this turns out.

Get Smart - I love "The Office" (aka Steve Carell), Anne Hathaway is smokin' hot, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is really fun to watch. Count me in.

The Dark Knight - Once again: I don't even need to say anything.

Assassination of a High School President - I've mentioned this one before, but it's another noir set in a high school. Reece Thompson and Mischa Barton star alongside Bruce Willis.

Pineapple Express - Another Apatow-comedy, this time with Seth Rogen and James Franco (what is HE doing in this?). Sounds like Hot Fuzz mixed with Harold & Kumar, so it could be good.

The International - Clive Owen. That's all you need to know.

Tropic Thunder - Ben Stiller's newest sounds like it could be my favorite comedy of the summer. With that cast and a competent script, it'd take a moron to screw this one up.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor - Laugh all you will, but there's something about Brenden Fraser as Rick O'Connell that I just can't turn down. Jet Li stars as the mummy in this one, so maybe there'll be some cool fight sequences.

Get fired up, readers. This summer should be one to remember. Until next time...


tee breezy said...

Superbad was pretty funny, and the Zoey Deschenal is pretty hot, to say the least. I've liked her since Elf all the way into the Tin Man mini-series. It was probably the best 6 hours I've ever recorded on my DVR. Wait wait wait, Giada DeLaurentis gets that honor. IN any case, the Mummy III will be awesome.

Boze said...

Literally ANYTHING Night puts on the screen, Ben? ...

I can't condone that kind of language... What if he put up a large penis up on the screen for 2 and 1/2 hours with Celine Dion/Chad Kroger Duet for a soundtrack.... would you see that?

Ben Pearson said...

I think I'd have to. I'm a man of my word, and I refuse to take that statement back.

Boomer said...

I totally respect that!

metalmisfit said...

Already saw Iron Man, gotta see Indy, Hulk and Dark Knight. The rest I'll pass on.