Summer Movies: What are you excited about?

So far, XMen Origins is the only one I know I’m excited about.

Tell me, what other good ones are coming?

Transformers 2
Star Trek
eh…I’ll probably see Harry Potter
…and GI Joe too.

I’m looking foward to Star Trek–coming out in a couple of weeks. The early reviews are very promising!

Also: Terminator: Salvation and Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds.

And Harry Potter.

I’m such a kid.

The ones with transforming and non-transforming giant stompy robots, and the one with Deadpool.

G.I. Joe might be fun, and I might try watching the Harry Potter series some day, but I’m not touching Star Trek with a bargepole if it has anything to do with the absolutely retarded plot of the Countdown comic.

Transformers 2

Unlike the first movie , this one I am catching in the theatre. If I had known then , what I know now ,I would have caught the first movie in theatre.

Cant do anything about transformers 2 , but for 3 I hope they ditch shia le whatever.


Public Enemies a movie about Dillinger, starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and directed by Michael Mann.

Star Trek is the only thing I’m particularly excited about right now, though I’m sure I’ll have SOMETHING I really want to see later on in the summer.

It’s coming out in May, but I’m looking forward to Angels And Demons


Trek, Wolverine, and Terminator, mostly. I’m ambivalent about GI Joe, and I hated the first Transformers, so I’ll be passing on the sequel.

The main attractions will be Terminator and TransFormers, but I’ll probably see Star Trek in the theatre as well.

Moon (has a 2001: Space Odyssey vibe)
**Star Trek **(despite historically not liking or caring about Trek at all)
Terminator 4 (loved 1 and 2…thought 3 was okay. Hate the show)
Transformers 2 (I surprisingly liked the first one, so as long as I get more of the same, I’ll be happy)
Up (okay, to be honest, it looks boring–but it’s Pixar, so I have to see it, even though I hated Cars and thought Wall-e was only half a good movie.

Alrighty, for the purposes of this post, I’ll define summer as May 1 to August 31…

Star Trek - I’m not a Trek fan but they had a preview screening that went over gangbusters.

The Brothers Bloom - Rian Johnson is a real up and comer, plus my girlfriend saw it at TIFF last year and enjoyed it.

Rudo Y Cursi - Like Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal. Plus director Carlos Cuaron has great lineage.

Year One - A comedy set in Year 1. What’s not to like?

Moon - Sam Rockwell directed by Duncan Jones. Check out the trailer here.

Public Enemies - started a thread about it a while back (I think). I’m excited.

Harry Potter 6 - I’m a bit concerned about the acting Radcliffe has to do in this movie, still excited though

500 Days of Summer - I’m a big Levitt fan, plus the Girlfriend saw this one at Sundance and loved it.

The Hurt Locker - I’ve heard good things…

Inglourious Basterds - I’m Tarantino’s bitch, what can I say.

All Good Things - Ryan Gosling usually has pretty good taste…

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is the only movie that IMDb lists as coming out this summer that looks worth seeing in the theaters.

I finally saw Transformers last week, and despite having two guys try to explain to me why it’s not a terrible film, I’m probably never seeing the second one.

I’ll see all the ones mentioned, I see just about everything anyway, and I’m especially looking forward to Harry Potter and Up, but THIS is the one I’m REALLY looking forward to. I’m a huge Tarantino fan, have loved everything else he’s done, and this is his baby. This is the one he’s been waiting his whole career to do, so I have little doubt it will be something very special. It may not end up being my favorite of his (that would be Jackie Brown, so far) but I’ll still love it. I’m certain of it. It opens August 21.

July 3 - Public Enemies (Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Billy Crudup AS J. EDGAR HOOVER!!, Marion Cotillard, a Michael Mann film, filmed in Chicago…how can this not be amazing?)
Some others that I’m looking forward to seeing, besides the ones already mentioned in the thread (especially Harry Potter and Up!). Some of the limited ones I don’t know when (or if) they’ll go nationwide:


May 1 (limited) - The Limits of Control (new Jim Jarmusch, with Gael Garcia Bernal and Tilda Swinton)

May 8 (limited) - Rudo y Cursi (re-teaming Y tu mamá también’s Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna)

May 14 (limited) - O’ Horten (by the director of Kitchen Stories)

May 15 (limited) - The Brothers Bloom (what looks to be a comedy heist/con man film with Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo and Rinko Kikuchi. By Rian Johnson, the writer/director of Brick)

May 22 (limited) - Easy Virtue (period comedy by Stephan Elliott, who directed Priscilla: Queen of the Desert. Stars Jessica Biel, Ben Barnes and Kristin Scott Thomas. I saw the preview and Biel actually looks fabulous in that period makeup, hair and costumes)

May 22 (limited) - The Girlfriend Experience (new one by Steven Soderbergh, another of his experimental digital films. It’s gotten bad reviews but I’ll probably check it out for myself)

May 29 - Departures. Japanese title: Okuribito (a surprise Best Foreign Language Film win at this years’ Oscars)

June 5 (limited) - Away We Go (with Maya Rudolph, John Krasinski, Jeff Daniels, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Allison Janney, Catherine O’Hara and Melanie Lynskey. A Sam Mendes film, so I’ll bet Melanie got to hang around with her old pal and Heavenly Creatures co-star Kate Winslet)

June 12 (limited) - Moon (with Sam Rockwell. I’m tingling with anticipation!)

June 12 (limited) - Dead Snow (come on, a Swedish movie with Nazi Zombies? Are you kidding? I am so there!)

June 26 - Chéri (new Stephen Frears movie, his first since The Queen)


July 10 (limited) The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow film. Stars Guy Pearce, Ralph Feinnes and David Morse)

July 24 (limited) - All Good Things (the first feature by Andrew Jarecki, who made Capturing the Friedmans, which I wasn’t interested in seeing, but it got great reviews. Stars Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Frank Langella, Philip Baker Hall, and Kristen Wiig)

July 24 - Orphan (another creepy little girl movie, but hey, it stars Peter Sarsgaard and Vera Farmiga, so it must have had a great script)

July 31 - Funny People (yeah, well, I like Judd Apatow movies)

August 7 - Julie & Julia (yea I know, a Nora Ephron movie about Julia Child, but dammit, Meryl Streep and Amy Adams!! And Jane Lynch! and Stanley Tucci! and Mary Lynn Rajskub!)

August 7 - Shorts (what looks to be another family movie by Robert Rodriguez, with Leslie Mann, William H. Macy, James Spader, Jon Cryer and Kat Dennings)

August 14 - A Perfect Getaway (a stalker/horror film with Milla Jovovich, Steve Zahn, and Timothy Olyphant. Should be tense, because it’s by the director of Pitch Black)

August 14 - The Time Traveler’s Wife (with Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, byt he director of Flightplan)

August 14 - Taking Woodstock (a comedy by Ang Lee! With Emile Hirsch, Liev Schreiber, Paul Dano, Eugene Levy, and Imelda Staunton)

August 28 - The Boat That Rocked (I love the trailer and the cast, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Nick Frost and Kenneth Branagh)


September 4 - Shanghai (killer cast, with John Cusack, Ken Watanabe, Gong Li, Rinko Kikuchi, Franka Potente, Chow Yun Fat, and David Morse)

September 18 (limited) - The Informant (the next real movie by Steven Soderbergh. A dark comedy with Matt Damon, Melanie Lynskey-yay!, Patton Oswalt, and, I notice in the cast list, Candy Clark-yay!)

September 18 - Armored (ok, an action movie, but it’s by Nimród Antal, the director of the supurb Kontroll. He’s got to get some hits and studio cred so he can get control his own self and blow us all away with something fierce and amazing in the future. Stars Laurence Fishburne and Matt Dillon)

September 18 - Jennifer’s Body (a comedy/horror directed by Karyn Kusama, who directed Girlfight, and written by Juno writer Diablo Cody)

September 18 - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (I don’t know, I just like the name. Animated film voiced by Anna Faris, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Bruce Campbell(!) and James Caan)

September 18 - Splice (another Canadian horror film, produced by Guillermo del Toro, and directed by the guy who made Cube. Stars Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley)

September 25 - The Invention of Lying (a Ricky Gervais-directed comedy, starring, besides Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Jason Bateman, Patrick Stewart, Tina Fey, Christopher Guest, Jeffrey Tambor, Fionnula Flanagan, and Rob Lowe!)
You said summer movies and that takes us to the end of September, which is kinda sorta still summer. There are several others that I skipped over but I know I’ll see, and I’m sure there are many that I don’t even know about yet.
I do have to mention October’s first big film, a crime thriller directed by Martin Scorsese, Shutter Island. What a cast! Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Michelle Williams, Max von Sydow, Jackie Earle Haley, Patricia Clarkson, Elias Koteas and Ted Levine! Based on a Dennis Lehane novel.

I’m also looking forward to A Serious Man by the Coen Brothers, but that’s not going to be released until October.

And Where The Wild Things Are is in October too!

And Mira Nair’s movie about Amelia Earhart.

Ok, I’ll stop with October.

Some release dates of the ones mentioned in previous posts or that I think will be big even though they weren’t mentioned:

May 1 - X-Men Origins: Wolverine
May 8 - Star Trek
May 15 - Angels & Demons
May 22 - Terminator Salvation
May 29 - Up
June 12 - The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
June 24 - Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
July 1 - Public Enemies
July 15 - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
August 7 - G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
August 21 - Inglourious Basterds

Pretty light on blockbusters eh? This was due to the writer’s strike I think. That’s one reason why Harry Potter was moved.

Other “notable” (for good or evil) movies:

May 1 - Terra (or Battle For Terra, not sure) (Animated film that looks really bizarre. It could be great. Or not. A hell of an interesting vocal cast though, not that it matters. I mean, who really cares? But still: Evan Rachel Wood, Luke Wilson, Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox, Rosanna Arquette, David Cross, Beverly D’Angelo, James Garner James Garner, Mark Hamill, Laraine Newman, Justin Long, Amanda Peet, Ron Perlman, Danny Trejo. There must have been something in the script, maybe? Because I’ll bet this movie didn’t pay a whole lot)

May 15 - Management (looks to be a quirky black comedy, with Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn)

May 22 - Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (I have to admit, I liked the first one, and I like the cast of this one)

May 29 - Drag Me to Hell (new Sam Raimi horror film, with Alison Lohman and Justin Long)

June 5 - Land of the Lost (With Will Ferrell. Ok, the previews make it look beyond horrible, but I like the director Brad Silberling, and hey, Danny McBride? He’s gotta be the highlight)

June 5 - My Life In Ruins (stars Nia Vardalo, but she didn’t write or direct it. Hey, being set in Greece, it’s gotta have great scenery, right?)

June 12 - Imagine That (a “heartwarming” Eddie Murphy film with a cute little girl)

June 19 - Year One (looks 10 times worse than Land of the Lost, but hey, it’s a Harold Ramis movie. With Jack Black and Michael Cera)

June 19 - Whatever Works (new Woody Allen film, with Evan Rachel Wood and Patricia Clarkson.

June 19 - The Proposal (this looks sooooooo predictable, but Ryan Reynolds is adorable in the trailer. With Sandra Bullock. From the director of 27 Dresses)

June 26 - My Sister’s Keeper ( new Nick Cassavetes film, with Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alex Baldwin and Joan Cusack. Looks totally depressing)

July 1 - Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (they keep plugging away)

July 3 - I Hate Valentine’s Day (written and directed by Nia Vardalos. Re-teams her with John Corbett

July 10 - Brüno (new Sacha Baron Cohen)

July 10 - I Love You, Beth Cooper (a new Chris Colombus film)

July 17 - (500) Days of Summer (with Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt)

July 24 - The Ugly Truth (looks wretched and beyond predictable, but damn, Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler are cute enough to make me consider it)

August 7 - When In Rome (the director of Daredevil and Ghost Rider is trying his hand at a Disney romantic comedy. With the Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Danny DeVito and Anjelica Huston)

August 14 - Final Destination: Death Trip 3D (Jesus Christ, aren’t these kids dead yet??)

August 14 - District 9 (I don’t know what this is, but Peter Jackson is one of the producers. The synopsis sounds good)

August 14 (limited) Paper Heart (Charlyne Yi, the cute Asian girl in Knocked Up wrote and stars in this with her boyfriend Michael Cera)

September 4 - Citizen Game (SF movie with Gerard Butler, Alison Lohman, John Leguizamo, Ludacris, Michael C. Hall and Kyra Sedgwick)

September 4 - Pandorum (SF movie with Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster, who, dammit, should have been nominated for an Oscar for his creepy henchman in 3:10 To Yuma)

September 4 (limited) - Extract (new Mike Judge film, which I’d be all over except that the trailers make it seem like a funny movie about adultery and deception. I hate it when movies play adultery for laughs, although many good movies have done so. I’ll see it of course, because I like the cast. With Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Ben Affleck, Kristen Wiig, Clifton Collins Jr. and J.K. Simmons)

September 18 - Brand New Day (romantic drama with Jennifer Aniston, Aaron Eckhart, Judy Greer and Martin Sheen)

September 25 - Surrogates (futuristc film with Bruce Willis, Radha Mitchell, Ving Rhames and Rosamund Pike)

September 25 - Fame (a remake. The kids are unknown now and if it’s a hit we’ll all learn their names. Well, maybe. We didn’t really in the first one, we just liked the exuberance and dancing and fun. Did anyone except Irene Cara and that guy who went on to play the asshole doctor in ER ever do anything? I’m sure they did, but they didn’t get famous from Fame. These kids might if everything works out. Or not. Whatever. We’ll find out. Until then, the old folks are played by Debbie Allen, Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth, Charles S. Dutton and Megan Mullally.

September 25 - Whiteout (thriller set in Antarctica with Kate Beckinsale, Gabriel Macht, and Tom Skerritt

September 23 - Astro Boy (animated film with the voices of Freddie Highmore, Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, Bill Nighy, Donald Sutherland, Eugene Levy and Nathan Lane. From the director of Flushed Away!!)

God I hope all the links work. I’m too tired to check every single one.

DAMMIT! On preview I see others have mentioned many of the ones I did. I just spent hours on this post. shakes fist at Red Barchetta and drm

I didn’t see the original Transformers until flying back from London last week. They cut it about 10 minutes before the end because we were landing. I’m guessing that the head good guy got his butt beat and the nerd had to put the square thingy in his chest - since they made a point of mentioning it twice - and he came back and won.

Even though the women were hot, the movie didn’t grab me and I don’t know whether I’ll see the new one or not. OK, I’m guessing not.

I think Transformers came too late - I was too old - for me to get excited about them.

I may see G.I. Joe, but it is looking like a bleak summer. I read all the H.Potters, but haven’t seen a single movie all the way through. (I’ve seen bits and bobs on T.V.)

A lot of the movies have great casts though - so I’ll still probably see quite a few.

Same here. At the moment Star Trek is the only film coming out in the next few months that I’ll see in the theater and that has more to do with the fact that I’m curious about what they’re going to do with the franchise than with any real excitement.

And I’m even less excited about the rest of the big budget “summer movie” fare. Sequels to movies I hated and a few that have gone through a lot of effort to tell me that I won’t be missing anything even if I want to see a fun action flick.

Really I do want to see some fun movie spectacles. Would someone bring those back?

Of course there are a few smaller films that I’m interested in (Moon, Drag Me to Hell) that I just can’t work up enough enthusiasm to pay more to see in the theater than I will to buy the DVD. $8 movie tickets versus $5 DVD’s; I can wait.

I can assure you that you were not too old. It was shoddily directed, poorly edited, filled with some of the most unfunny “humor” to ever grace the screen and how anyone could stand being around Shia LeBeouf’s character without punching him in the face repeatedly is a complete mystery.

I was a bit astonished that Hillcoat’s adaptation of McCarthy’s The Road did go unmentioned so far, but checking IMDb, it seems that the release has been pushed back to October. Anybody know the reason for that? Wasn’t it originally meant to be released sometime September last year?

Norwegian. Saw it a few weeks back and it’s bloody brilliant.