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Saturday, April 20, 2013

2013 Summer Movie Season Preview

It won't be long now until the big Summer movies begin to pour into theatres around the country. And since it's been a while since I've posted anything here, I decided to take a look at some of these movies - assisted by last week's issue of Entertainment Weekly which was the Summer Movie Preview issue - and give my thoughts on them. I can almost smell the popcorn!

The Great Gatsby (May 10) - Believe or not, I've never read this book. It was never assigned in any of my high school or college classes, nor did I ever pick it up to read it on my own. Perhaps the release of this film will spur me to take a look before seeing it. And that fact that it's in 3D has me even more intrigued. I doubt there are many straight forward dramas out there that have been filmed in 3D. Usually you'd associate that effect with sci-fi, fantasy, or animated films where you'd figure there will be an action sequence occurring at some point when objects will seem to just leap off the screen at you. I'm interested to see how this will translate to a movie like "The Great Gatsby".

Now You See Me (May 31) - The following summary is paraphrased from Entertainment Weekly; "A thriller about a group of magicians who full off elaborate Robin Hood-esque bank heists while by chased by the FBI". I think that's a pretty interesting premise. And after seeing a trailer for this movie before "Jurassic Park 3D", I was even more intrigued. I definitely think I'll be checking this one out.

The Purge (May 31) - Ethan Hawke stars in this movie which takes place in a world where all crime is legal for one night a year. Trailers online have been touting this movie as one of the most disturbing to come out this year. I think it might be worth a look.

Much Ado About Nothing (June 7) -  Joss Whedon's directing a film adaptation of a Shakespeare play starring Nathan Fillion? Sign me up!

Monsters University (June 21) - The prequel to the Disney/Pixar film "Monsters Inc.". Do I really need to say any more?

Pacific Rim (July 12) - I was instantly intrigued when I saw a trailer online a few months ago for this movie that features giant, human-piloted robots called Jaegers which fight monstrous creatures called kaiju. And yes, if I see this you can be sure to hear me "complain" as to why Dr. Cube and numerous other personalities from Kaiju Big Battel weren't included.

The Smurfs 2 (July 31) - Really? This is a thing? Moving on.

R.I.P.D. (July 19) - "R.I.P.D." is based on a graphic novel with the following premise; After a young cop is shot dead in the line of duty, he joins a team of undead police officers working for the Rest In Peace Department and tries to find the man who killed him. Well, consider my curiosity aroused. I think this one's worth a look.

The To Do List (August 16) - Aubrey Plaza and Alia Shawkat in a coming of age comedy set in the 90s? And it's being described as sort of a gender flip of American Pie? Sold!

Cockneys vs. Zombies (August 2) - The undead are unleashed on London's East End. But let's be honest, I'd go see this movie based on the title alone.

In A World (August 9) - A vocal coach is motivated by her father, the king of movie trailer voice-overs, to fulfill her dream of becoming a voice-over artist. Sounds pretty good to me.

Now I'm sure many of you are asking about some titles that I haven't mentioned in this post. So I'll address some of those "concerns" right now.

"Hey, you didn't mention 'Iron Man 3'. What gives?" - I haven't seen the first two Iron Man movies, so it wouldn't make a whole lot of sense to be anticipated the third one in the series. Plus, I've never been a big comic book reader so I guess I'm just not all that into comic book movies.

"You ignored 'Man Of Steel'. Why?" - Again, not a big comic book movie guy.

 Thanks for indulging me by reading this post. Here's hoping you find plenty of entertainment in the coming Summer months!

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