What would a film blog be without its annual summer movie post. I certainly would be remiss if I didn’t do my duty as a film lover and post about the upcoming summer movies. Well Hollywood has taken a page out of the Christmas playbook and summer movies are now starting in May, as opposed to you know, June. So while I am late to the party, I really didn’t miss much. I mean Thor was really the only big tent pole release, which I will get to reviewing here shortly…maybe. So let us take a look at what remains in store for movie goers in the month of May.
This is currently in limited release but I am absolutely looking forward to seeing this when it comes close by. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of my favorite up and coming actors and this movie looks amazing. Hesher might seem like a rough movie, but the story is a beautifully crafted one about letting go and moving on with life. More info about the movie can be found here.
The Tree of Life
I have already gushed enough about this movie in my previous Trailers of the Week posting. Early reviews for the Terrence Malick movie is positive, with some mixed feelings about Brad Pitt’s tough loving father. I personally can’t wait to see this introspective movie about the human experience. Malicks perspective on life and our existence will be interesting, since he is a known reclusive director. More info about the movie can be found here.
For the month of June, there are three movies that I am eagerly awaiting. Two of them are big budget releases, both with a science fiction lean. The other is a smaller indie film that will make its way stateside with a limited release.
X-Men: First Class
I am a comic book fan through and through. X-Men is one of the my favorites and the movie series had some high notes and some low notes (Fuck you Brett Ratner). So I was very cautious about the prequel to all the X-Men movies. First Class could honestly have turned out to be a movie about mutants being awkward and asking other mutants to a prom, as the title leads me to believe. Mathew Vaungh is now the savior of this movie as the trailers have really gotten me pumped for this movie. Set in an alternate timeline where the Cuban missle crisis is going to happen, instead of the standoff in our time, and we see the early beginning of the academy being put together. Fantastic ensemble cast and an interesting storyline, I will be catching this movie as soon as it hits theater.
Two directing titans (Spielberg and J.J. Abrams) coming together to give us an exciting monster/sci-fi movie. I couldn’t have been more excited about the initial teaser trailer and the subsequent viral marketing that followed. Abrams does an amazing job bringing you into the feel of the trailer. The child like, whimsical orchestra music reminds you of ET and other alien encounter movies. I am a sucker for nostalgia, feeling movie and Super 8 looks to be an amazing ride.
Yeah. I know. This movie screams indie and quirky traits, but to be honest, this is right up my alley. Bolstered with a lot of film festival praise and early reviews from our friends across the pond, put this as a must see on any film fans list. The movie is about a young boy on a mission to lose his virginity and also to stop his mother from running off with a dance teacher. The movie just oozes indie darling status and this is writer/director Richard Ayoade first feature film. A lot of stunning reviews so far and while it is in limited release, I hope that the movie gets a nation wide release. Or I can bank on my local art house theater to get it.
So this concludes part one of my summer movie list. July is where we get the heavy hitters in films. A series ending movie and a new comic book movie to take my hard earned cash.