Nonstop Movies: Fab Five summer movies

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It’s just mid-May, but the summer movie season is already upon us with the recent, record-breaking opening of “The Avenger.” I was in Japan, so I missed out on contributing to its $200-million opening, but I have since seen the film, and although it was solid, I wasn’t entirely blown away by it. So what summer releases am I hoping will really wow me? Here’s my list of the Fab Five films I’m most anxious to see.

#1 – “The Dark Knight Rises” (July 20)

Director Christopher Nolan concludes his Batman trilogy with what appears to be the darkest film of the three. With a cast heavily recruited from his previous film, “Inception” (Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard), and the introduction of new characters Bane and Catwoman, I’m hoping “The Dark Knight Rises” can match, if not exceed, the intensity and quality of “The Dark Knight.”

#2 – “Prometheus”(June 8)

“Alien.” “Blade Runner.” “Thelma & Louise.” “Black Rain.” The early films of versatile director Ridley Scott are cinematic masterpieces that are still relevant today. While his latest offerings have been hit and miss, the early footage of “Prometheus” promises a return to classic Scott suspense. The film’s marketing campaign teases with just enough juicy clips to keep fan boys hungry, and with a stellar cast — Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce and the original “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Noomi Rapace — I can’t wait to see how the film plays out.

#3 – “GI Joe: Retaliation”(June 21)

The first “GI Joe” was campy, cartoonish fun, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing considering the source material. But the second installment looks to be a balls-out relaunch of the franchise. Most of the characters, except for Duke (Channing Tatum), Snake Eyes (Ray Park) and Storm Shadow (Byung Hun Lee,) have been discarded. Brought in to replace them are Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Bruce Willis. Yeah, I‘d say that’s an upgrade.

#4 – “The Expendables 2″ (Aug. 17)

“GI Joe: Retaliation” isn’t the only film Bruce Willis is adding heavy testosterone to this summer. He also appears in “The Expendables 2,” the sequel to the 2010 action blockbuster. In addition to the “only-one-name-needed” original cast (Stallone, Statham, Jet, Dolph), the sequel includes Chuck Norris, and expanded roles not only for Willis, but Arnold Schwarzenegger. But it’s Jean-Claude Van Damme who I can’t wait to see back on the big screen. Playing the villain, I want to see the Muscles from Brussels inflict as much Van Dammage as possible.

#5 – “Ted”(July 13)

A story about a boy and his teddy bear, only they’re both grown-up adults. That’s the intriguing premise for “Ted,” a comedy written and directed by Seth MacFarlane of “Family Guy” fame and starring Mark Wahlberg. Every summer needs a filthy comedy, and it looks like “Ted” will fit the bill this year. The early trailer was so bizarre I immediately noted it as a must-see. This can be really good or very very bad.

Other summer films of note:

“Battleship” (May 18) – Looks like “Transformers” at sea. Filmed in Hawaii.

“Men in Black 3” (May 25) – Sequel to the hit sci-fi comedy franchise.

“Snow White & the Huntsmen” (June 1) – A gritty telling of the classic fairy tale.

“Rock of Ages” (June 15) – ’80s rock music and a shirtless Tom Cruise. Can’t go wrong.

“Brave” (June 22) – Pixar’s first film with a female lead.

“The Amazing Spider-Man” (July 3) – Relaunched already?

“The Bourne Legacy” (Aug.t 3) – Jeremy Renner replaces Matt Damon in the action franchise.

“Total Recall” (Aug. 3) – Colin Farrell stars in this remake of the Arnold Schwarzenegger hit.

 

 

 

5 comments
nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

i know u're a guy, but ... how abt something for the opposite sex? which of these wd appeal to women who aren't necessarily impressed by special effects and violence? :D

WillL
WillL

I'm looking forward to Battleship just because I love movies with Oahu backdrops.  So if the movie sucks at least I can enjoy the scenery.  

WillL
WillL

 @nonstopmari Haha, busted.  We all know what kind of movies Myong likes.  

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @WillL

I saw Battleship a few weeks ago in Japan. I think it got released there early because there's a key story line with the Japanese Navy. Just my guess anyway. My review to be posted later this week. 

MyongChoi
MyongChoi

 @WillL  @nonstopmari Haha, well the summer season normally isn't the best place to find female friendly fare. The best bets this summer are the ensemble comedy "What to Expect When You're Expecting," Woody Allen's latest film "To Rome with Love" which sounds like another ode to a romantic city like his last film "Midnight in Paris" and the new Meryl Streep rom com "Hope Springs."