Saturday, March 19, 2011

This Summer's Movies

It's about a month and a half until Thor starts off this year's Summer Blockbuster Season.  And I'm a sucker for the big summer blockbuster action movies.  Here's a list of some of the movies I'm looking forward to.  I'll be lucky if I get to see even half of them, with my schedule, but had I world enough and time I'd be at every one of them.  Some probably twice.

Thor--the next Avengers lead-in movie from Marvel.  Looks to be up there with Iron Man in quality.  And a black Heimdall doesn't bother me at all.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides--At World's End was a somewhat disappointing 'end' to the trilogy, but trading Orlando Bloom for Ian McShane seems like an awesome idea.

X-Men: First Class--again, despite the disappointing X-Men Last Stand and epic piece of shit that was X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I'm looking forward to this.  I've always been an X-Men fan, so I'm hoping this one is cool.  Trailers look hopeful, at least.

Green Lantern--the third big comic book movie.  I'm hoping it does well so that DC starts cranking out more movies--and quality ones--the way Marvel has been.  

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2--We skipped Pt. 1, because the first half of the novel was a bore.  We'll likely try to see it on VoD before we go see this, but if we don't have time we may just go see the ending.  It's got all the cool parts of the book anyway.

Captain America: The First Avenger--how could I not go see this?  It's Cap, and it looks awesome!  (Unlike the weird surfer dude with shaggin' wagon 70's Cap...which is kinda cool in its own way).

Cowboys and Aliens--another awesome looking film.  Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell as cowboys blasting space invaders?  Yes, please!

Fright Night--a remake of the 80's horror flick.  This one may be worth seeing, but it's not a 100% must see.  Could be fun, though.

Conan the Barbarian--I'm not sure if it'll be any good, but I'll go see it anyway.  Fingers crossed on this one.


  1. I didn't think that the first part of Deathly Hallows was so bad. They uped the action and pace of it in comparison to the book.

  2. Deathly Hollows was my least favorite of the books but the movie was pretty good. Really. And they found a way to work Nick Cave into the soundtrack, which amazed me.

    Captain America is the big one for me this summer. I'm also going to get sucked into seeing Sucker Punch. It'll be gorgeous but infuriating. :)

  3. The rational part of my brain says that Thor should be awful, but I can't help but be excited by it. It's Thor!

    I'm also not bothered by Heimdall; the Asgardians aren't actually Norse in the comics, rather they're ultradimensional entities, so they can look how they bloody well like. Also, Idris Elba is a really good actor, and it would be a shame to lose him over something so petty.

    I disapprove of pointless remakes, but Fright Night wasn't that great to begin with, so there's room for improvement, and the new one has Doctor Who's David Tennant in the Roddy McDowall role, and that's enough to put aside my bias.

  4. Watched Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 on VOD last night (I would say 'we' but my wife fell asleep about 10 minutes into it--she had a long day).

    Not as bad as I was expecting. The book-to-film condensation actually helped. The whole "teleport, set up camp, fret, teleport, set up camp, fret, repeat, repeat, repeat) was thankfully short. Still, then ending didn't feel very satisfying either as a moment of closure or as a cliffhanger. It was sort of in between, and fairly weak. But at least now I'm anticipating the cool effects we'll see at the Battle of Hogwarts.