1. The Avengers 5/4 – Aside from Iron Man, I have to admit that I am not the biggest fan of the films that lead up to The Avengers. The rest of them are ok, but far from spectacular. So, why am I excited about it then?? Well, since I did enjoy Iron Man, I am simply hopeful for the same amount of awesomeness. I was disappointed with the casting of Thor and Captain America (Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans – pretty but booooring) and the casting of Hulk proved problematic so I am looking forward to some new faces; especially Jeremy Renner (more on my love for him later). I like the idea of all these loner superhero’s forced to work together. Plus, the trailer is fantastic. But really the biggest reason for my excitement is: Joss Whedon - I would follow him to the ends of the earth.
2. Girl in Progress 5/11 – I think
I can safely say that I will be bawling hysterically through this entire
film. As the product of an unwanted teen
pregnancy, growing up with a single mother whose idea of taking care of a child
was to leave the cereal within reach, I obviously can relate to the story (the trailer is disturbingly accurate). I’m sure my thoughts on the film will be
incredibly personal, which is refreshing because I often find it hard to relate
to “coming of age” tales. I’m sure that
my biggest frustration will be that I didn’t write it first!!!
3. Prometheus 6/8 – If you’ve seen
the trailer, then you understand my excitement.
It’s FUCKING AWESOME. Also, the
3D trailer played before Titanic 3D and it looked even more awesome!!
I can’t believe I am saying it but I think I might actually opt for the 3D
version. Hopefully, the headache will be
worth it this time.
4. Brave 6/22 – Pixar’s first
feature with a female lead!! Blah blah blah.
I want to see it for Kelly Macdonald.
Huge girl crush alert. I could just
listen to her talk all day long.
5. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
6/22 – It looks totally fucking ridiculous, but I still need to see it out of
pure curiosity. I’ve never read the book
but am tempted to buy it every time I see it.
It’s kind of a genius concept, it’s just also a really insane
concept. Plus, I am generally a huge fan vampire
tales (aside from the Twilight films).
6. To Rome with Love 6/22 – Obviously.
7. The Amazing Spider-Man 7/3 – Ok,
so I was one of those people who was super pissed off that some idiot decided to reboot
the Spider-Man franchise so soon. Although,
I do realize that after the monstrosity of Spider-Man 3 something, clearly, had
to be done. My interest started to peak
a bit when Marc Webb was announced as the director because of how random and
unlikely that choice was. Then, I got super
pissed again when Andrew Garfield was cast.
Who the fuck is he?! I watched Never Let Me Go out of curiosity and wasn’t impressed –
if a guy can’t convincingly portray being in love with Carey Mulligan (because
really, what guy isn’t?) then how the fuck is he going to pull off
Spider-Man? But alas, he won me over
with The Social Network and a few guest
appearances. My official description of
him is “adorable” – not sure if that’s going to help him with this role, but I
am interested enough to find out.
8. Savages 7/6 – Oliver Stone
describes the film as a “full-blown epic story of greed, violence, the border,
the drugs, the relationships, the values of people”. That’s a whole lot of story for one film but it
is Oliver Stone…right? I haven’t really liked his past 4 films, so
hopefully this film can break the pattern.
9. Ted 7/13 – I enjoy Mark Wahlberg
in comedies (I Heart Huckabees, The Other
Guys, The Happening…). He is one of
the few actors that can successfully pull off very different genres (and yes, he has had some major
missteps). I purposely did not watch
the trailer for this film yet, because I know that they probably show the
funniest shit in the trailer and that makes me very angry. From what I’ve heard, it is very funny and
outrageous. There’s really not a lot of
comedies on the agenda for this summer – at least ones that don’t make me want
to vomit (What to Expect When You’re
Expecting, That’s My Boy, Neighborhood Watch), so that leaves a lot of pressure on this one.
10. The Dark Knight Rises 7/20 – How
fitting that my most anticipated film of the year comes out on the BEST weekend
of the year (my birthday weekend of course)!
I was blown away by Batman Begins and,
aside from the length, The Dark Knight, was
perfection (and the length thing is just a personal issue I have with films
that are over 2 hours long that I am trying to get over….slowly). If Christopher Nolan pulls this off (which from
everything I’ve seen – he does), then this will be one of the very few trilogies in which I
adore all 3 films (the only other one that I can think of is The Bourne Trilogy).
11. Ruby Sparks 7/25 – I’m a sucker
for films about writers, and this one has a really beautiful concept. I just hope it doesn’t get overly cheesy with
the romantic stuff.
12. The Bourne Legacy 8/3 – Speaking
of The Bourne Trilogy…..what the fuck?! This
was another film that angered me when I heard it was being developed. Completely unnecessary. Then, they cast Jeremy Renner and suddenly, I
AM THERE. I love him more and more with
every film that he does. It started with
S.W.A.T (a terrible movie, but I have watched it more
times that I will ever admit to – for him and of course Colin Farrell), then
got stronger with 28 Days Later and
now I am officially head over heels after The
Hurt Locker and The Town. I
appreciate that this film revolves around a “parallel story” to the Bourne story instead of a re-boot,
allowing for Matt Damon to return as Jason Bourne if he so chooses (I actually
think they should just leave well enough alone…but I don’t think that is ever an
option anymore). However, I am nervous that Paul Greengrass is not directing because he made 3 incredible action films - I just can't see The Bourne Legacy having the same impact without him.
13. Total Recall 8/3 – I’ve never
seen the original. OOOPSIES! I will correct that soon, hopefully, before I
watch this one. In all honesty, I just
want to see it for Colin Farrell. He’s
sexy, no doubt, but I often have to argue with people that he is actually a
great actor (Tigerland. Watch it.