So yeah, it’s that time of year. And though I claim to be movie crazy, I’ve missed so many flicks in the theater in the last year that the last flick in the theater I saw may just have been the very dissappointing Quantum Of Solace. But it doesn’t mean I don’t *want* to go see so many films in the theater… it just always seems that by the time I get a moment and a mood to see one, suddenly all the cool films I wanted to see are gone, and I’m stuck choosing between the latest Tyler Perry movie and the latest Lindsay Lohan bridestravaganza fest and so I stay home and watch an old one.
But still, when there are summer movie previews – and amongst the summer trash there look to be good un’s coming too, I always get excited. This year is no exception.
Yesterday, in light of last week’s Cannes lineup announcement, I posted the trailer to “The Limits Of Control” – the latest film from one of my favorite auteurs, Jim Jarmusch. Today, I am posting several links to trailers to films that I think look interesting…. so yeah, even though there is a new Transformers movie, and a new Night At The Museum movie, and even a new Eddie Murphy flick, I really don’t give a pair of dingos kidney’s about ’em, so you’ll have to go elsewhere for that. But, without further ado (and thanks to popmatters.com for finding the links to these) here are Dr. Vorhees’s most anticpated summer movies, thru june….
Terminator: Salvation, Star Trek 2009, Wolverine, Night At The Museum 2 (damn title is too long), Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons, all meh for me.
no, what I’m really excited about (besides yesterday’s The Limits of Control, opening May 1) is:
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Pixar’s Up. Looks to be one of their weirdest ones yet, and weird always excites us here at TLOS.
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Sam Raimi has mostly been known, recently, as the guy who directs all them Spiderman movies. But many of us more fondly know him as the guy who did those Evil Dead Movies (esp. the final classic, Army Of Darkness)
Departure beat out Waltz With Bashir for the best foreign film oscar this year, so naturally it’s playing stateside this summer. Still, I do have a love of asian cinema, particularly Japanese cinema, that seems to guarantee that, even if I ultimately don’t like the movie, I will at least see something interesting that I never expected (count on there being TLOS posts in the future on Japanese cinema that doesn’t involve J-horror and goes beyond Akira Kurosawa ).
I have many friends who, with their “high standards,” only have time for those things that meet these high standards, be it music, film, painting, whatever. And while I have what I would consider high standards too, I’m often more interested in the experiments that attempted something interesting but maybe didn’t quite cut the mustard for some reason.
Not that I think Steven Soderberg is a slouch in anyway, but he’s one director who’s great films are truly great, but who’s “failed” experiments are almost more interesting (and if anyone who works at a major studio happens to read this, tell me why the hell Soderberg’s “Kafka” is not out on DVD yet?!?!?!). I have no idea which category “The Girlfriend Experience” will fall under, but just the fact that he took real life porn star Sasha Grey and cast her in a “legit” flick, directed by one of tinsel town’s top men, well…
Period Pieces. the roaring 20s n 30s. English Genteelism vs American, er, Americanism. Kristin Scott Thomas and Colin Firth for god sakes. Yes, I’m a sucker for all of this.
“TRANSFORMERS: The Grab for Cash,” new Sandra Bullock flick (The Proposal), remake of “The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3” and Eddie Murphy’s “Imagine That” are the films I will, no doubt, find plentiful at the multiplex while I’m looking for the showtimes for the following (and yes, I’m aware that Will Ferrell’s Land Of The Lost also gets released here, but I expect that should sink like a lead balloon…. hmm, where have I heard that before?)
And you thought I was all highbrow. No Way Dudez!!! Todd Phillips (who direced Old School – where’s my boy Blue???) helms this flick about a bachelor party in vegas gone horribly wrong. With Ed Helms from the Daily Show, weirdo comedian Zach Galifianakis, and that jerk who was Rachel McAdams fiance in The Wedding Crashers, what more could you want????
Vince Vaughn has got to have a cameo in this mutha.
I love Sam Mendes. Or maybe I just love “American Beauty” ( “Road To Perdition” had it’s moments… and I’ve still yet to see “Revolutionary Road”). Pluses to this one include The Office’s John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, the hilarious Allison Janney, and of course Sam Mendes at the helm. Of course, as many funny moments exist in the preview above, there are just as many moments that indicate this could go the way of the annoyingly quirky indie movie of the summer (see Sunshine, Little Miss and Juno, Diablo Cody). Still, I have hopes…
Perhaps the most surprising summer entry I’ve discovered so far. Is this a revisioning of Kubrik’s “2001?” Will this cerebral sci-fi flick be criminally overlooked the way Danny Boyle’s “Sunshine” was in 2007. Sam Rockwell was great in “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” but Kevin Spacey as the “Hal” character – complete with video emoticons – could put this over the top.
two words: NAZI ZOMBIES.
Another period piece. Yes, I loved Dangerous Liasons – and it wasn’t just because of Uma’s breasts I’ll have you know. But Director Stephen Frears reuniting with Michelle Pfieffer (who has aged much more gracefully than many of her contemporaries – I’m looking at you and your freakish collagened lips Meg Ryan, though I’d rather not) with Kathy Bates? Sounds great to me.
Thanks to popmatters.com for helping me find links to these trailers (and in some cases, letting me know they exist) – you can find their own writings on these – and the potential blockbusters I skipped at popmatters own summer preview
Part dos at the end of the week.