The 2012 Summer Movie Preview, Part 1

Summer.

The apex of the movie year.

The Season SO BIG, that previewing it requires two posts.

Oh yes, oh yes.

Here’s a preview of the most anticipated movies of this Summer. Today, we’ll take a look at May and June. Tomorrow, July and August.

Click through, and let’s see what’s in the cooler for the Summer of 2012!

May 4th

“The Avengers” 

Directed by: Joss Whedon

Starring: Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Stellan Skarsgård, Cobie Smulders

It’s hard to imagine a bigger superhero movie than this. For the first time, multiple characters – each with their own movie series – are being brought together into one movie in the ultimate superhero movie crossover event.

With all of the origins out of the way, the movie is free to focus on the team coming together and defeating a shared threat. For the early promotional materials, the effects work appear to be top-notch, state of the art… and we already know the cast can deliver in these roles. Early reviews have been pouring in from all over, and they’re resoundingly positive, I fully expect that this movie is going to be fantastic.

I was able to attend the panel for this movie at New York Comic-Con last October. Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg and Cobie Smulders. If you’d like to check out that panel, you can find my video coverage here!

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May 11th

“Dark Shadows”

Directed by: Tim Burton

Starring: Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Helena Bonham Carter, Eva Green, Jackie Earle Haley, Bella Heathcote, Chloe Grace Moretz, Jonny Lee Miller, Gulliver McGrath

I’m pretty sure that fans of the original property here have to be fairly miffed at seeing it reinvented as a comedy. For the rest of us though, this suddenly seems like a winning proposition! What had originally seemed as if it might be another moody, dark, Burton remake of an existing property, now seems as if it’s going to be a hysterical, dark, Burton remake of an existing property!

“Reveal yourself, tiny Songstress!”

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May 16th

“The Dictator”

Directed: by Larry Charles

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Anna Faris, Megan Fox, John C. Reilly, J.B. Smoove

This movie seems more than a little bipolar, to me. The first run of trailers focused on Cohen’s dictator character in power, with the beard and the mocking arabic, etc… but then the second set focused on him being a fish out of water in NYC with no power. The first set of trailers left me decidedly underwhelmed. The only thing I found funny about them was that Megan Fox would willingly joke about prostituting herself. The second round of trailers, though, seemed funny and gave me faint hope…

Which is the most accurate predictor for this flick?

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May 18th

“Battleship”

Directed by: Peter Berg

Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna, Liam Neeson, Asano Tadanobu

Peter Berg, of “Friday Night Lights” fame, gets his first crack at a big budget Hollywood blockbuster. Stemming originally from the Battleship board game, the concept has morphed into an alien invasion movie… one that seems to resemble “Transformers At Sea”.

The trailers really havent done anything for me, and I’m really a bit afraid that Tim Riggins Taylor Kitsch is going to wind up in two high-profile bombs this year…

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“What to Expect When You’re Expecting”

Directed by: Kirk Jones

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Brooklyn Decker, Elizabeth Banks, Anna Kendrick, Chace Crawford, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock, Rodrigo Santoro, Ben Falcone, Joe Manganiello, Thomas Lennon

I have no idea “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”.

I pretty much know what to expect during this film though. Lots of pregnancy and baby related jokes.

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May 25th

“Chernobyl Diaries”

Directed by: Brad Parker

Starring: Jonathan Sadowski, Devin Kelley, Jesse McCartney, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Nathan Phillips, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Dmitri Diatchenko

There’s something mildly disrespectful about this to me. Even 25+ years later… But they went ahead with it anyways. I think this trailer looks really bad. In the beginning, where the kids like, “I know I said we’re going to Moscow, but…. Who’s going with me to Chernobyl?!” I’d have shot that kid a glower he’d never forget. And then maybe punched him.

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“Men in Black 3″

Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld

Starring: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Emma Thompson, Josh Brolin, Nicole Scherzinger, Jemaine Clement, Alice Eve, Michael Stuhlbarg

I enjoyed the first two MIB movies well enough. I don’t know that I would have ever called myself a big fan of either of them. Certainly not enough to have been clamoring for another sequel after all this time.

Here it is though, and given Will Smith’s involvement, it’s got the potential to be a really funny flick. Plus Josh Brolin’s Tommy Lee Jones impression looks hysterical. We’ll see…

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“Moonrise Kingdom”

Directed by: Wes Anderson

Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel

Quirky. Goofy. Unique. Creative. Hysterical.

My hopes and expectations are through the roof for the newest Wes Anderson Wes Anderson movie. LOL With an all-star cast behind involved, the sky’s the limit for this. I mean, look at that cast! Yes please! :D

Anderson aficionados have been dying of anticipation for this one since the trailers first hit! It’s only about a month off now!

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June 1st

“Snow White & the Huntsman”

Directed by: Rupert Sanders

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, Chris Hemsworth, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Eddie Izzard, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Stephen Graham, Ray Winstone, Lily Cole, Sam Spruell, Liberty Ross, Noah Huntley, Nick Frost

I dunno, I have a real block against this movie, and I think it stems from them wanting me to accept the fact that Kristen Stewart is supposed to be “Fairer” than Charlize Theron. GTFOH… you know?

Anyways, aside from that it’s got decent looking special effects and creatures, and a swords and sorcery kind of vibe to it. Plus no humor aimed at 7 year olds like “Mirror, Mirror”. Let’s see how it turns out.

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“Piranha 3DD”

Directed by: John Gulager

Starring: Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, Chris Zylka, David Koechner, Meagan Tandy, Paul James Jordan, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Hector Jimenez, Adrian Martinez, Clu Gulager, Gary Busey, Katrina Bowden, Christopher Lloyd, Ving Rhames, Paul Scheer, David Hasselhoff

“Pirahana 3DD” has David Hasslehoff in it? That is the awesomest &#%$ing thing I have learned here today.

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June 8th

“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”

Directed by: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon

Starring: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Frances McDormand, Sacha Baron Cohen, Cedric the Entertainer, Andy Richter, Bryan Cranston, Jessica Chastain, Martin Short

Dada danalana dada CIRCUS Dada danalana dada AFRO!! Oh, sorry.

Man, I don’t know. They’re just not going to stop making these until people stop going, huh? Ice Age 56: Global Warming, Madagascar 37: Planet of the Penguins. Geez… cmon. Anyways, you know what it is. Escaped zoo animals with celebrity voices. Lets hope its more like 1 than 2.

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“Prometheus”

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green

p89e7td12ilufg1;rt`g Sorry, spazzed out with excitement there for a minute.

Seriously? This may be the best marketed movie of all time. Every single thing I see keeps upping the ante. The viral videos they’ve released have been amazing. My anticipation for this movie is officially off of the chart. I don’t know that I would have believed that would be possible back when I first heard this movie announced.

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June 15th

“Rock of Ages”

Directed by: Adam Shankman

Starring: Tom Cruise, Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary J. Blige, Malin Akerman

So, a mash-up musical of 80s music. With Tom Cruise as a rock star, singing… hmmm.

Wanna hear something funny? I’m betting this is not only good, but a surprise smash hit. People love musicals and don’t get enough of them. This is a loaded cast, Alec Baldwin is great, and the flick looks like it has a sense of humor about itself.

I “put my money where my mouth is” on this one by buying half a stake in it in the Anomalous Material Fantasy Draft…

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“That’s My Boy”

Directed by: Sean Anders

Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Leighton Meester, Eva Amurri, Susan Sarandon, James Caan, Milo Ventimiglia, Will Forte, Colin Quinn, Todd Bridges, Vanilla Ice, Ian Ziering

How bad does your career have to suck that I just hear your name or see your picture and think “Ughhck”?

Well, that’s what I’m thinking here.

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June 22nd

“Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”

Directed by: Timur Bekmambetov

Starring: Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper, Anthony Mackie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Jimmi Simpson, Robin McLeavy, Rufus Sewell

I know some people are psyched for this, but this is giving me a serious “Van Helsing” vibe, and that’s not a good thing.

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“Brave”

Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Kevin McKidd, Craig Ferguson, Robbie Coltrane, John Ratzenberger

Ahhh here we go! Pixar returns with another high calibre original offering. It seems like forever since “Up” (We’ve had “Toy Story 3″ and “Cars 2″ in between).

Kelly Macdonald voices the feisty Merida, who’s skilled with the bow, but not too keen on customs. She bucks traditions and expectations, and a rousing movie ensues! :D

Let’s hope Pixar hits the bullseye with this one, they’ve given us such phenomenal films in the past!

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“Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”

Directed by: Lorene Scafaria

Starring: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Rob Corddry, Gillian Jacobs, Derek Luke, Melanie Lynskey, T.J. Miller, Mark Moses, Patton Oswalt, William Petersen

An incoming asteroid has turned on the countdown to extinction. Romance and Comedy ensue.

I know I sure as hell wouldn’t pay that speeding ticket. LOL

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“To Rome with Love”

Directed by: Woody Allen

Starring: Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penelope Cruz, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page

Two years ago if you had told me I’d be eagerly anticipating a Woody Allen film, I would have flatly called you crazy.

That was before “Midnight in Paris”… :D

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June 29th

“G.I. Joe: Retaliation”

Directed by: Jon Chu

Starring: Channing Tatum, Ray Park, Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Elodie Yung, RZA, D.J. Cotrona, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Stevenson, Joseph Mazzello, Walton Goggins, DeRay Davis

I’m sure this will come out on (title pending) when we record tonight (written Mon), but I’m not a big fan of the GI Joe property. I just missed every time it hit a peak. I kind of saw the first movie… here’s why I say that. I watched it on a Saturday afternoon as a nap movie. I nodded off all the way through it, waking up sporadically. Everytime I woke up, something was blowing up. LOL. I never went back to watch it, cause I figure I got the gist of it. Was I wrong? LOL

I mean, I’ll see this one, but I have no expectations or anticipation for it at all.

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“Magic Mike”

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

Starring: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Riley Keough, Cody Horn, Joe Manganiello, Olivia Munn, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Gabriel Iglesias

Huh. The Channing Tatum double feature, huh? Ok, I guess.

Anyways, Soderbergh is a talented filmmaker and the trailer had some laughs in it. McConaughey playing a stripper is wickedly funny to me, that sounds hysterical.

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So there you have it folks, May and June! Part 1 of FMR’s Summer Movie Preview. I’ll post up Part 2 tomorrow…

In the meantime, what do you think of this crop of movies? Which ones can’t you wait to see? Which ones will you totally take a pass on – catch on tv, if then? There’s a couple here that seriously look awesome, and then a handful that seem like your typical Summer Movie fodder. What’s your take?

Let’s hear it! :D

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68 thoughts on “The 2012 Summer Movie Preview, Part 1

  1. Good round up part 1, I look forward to part 2.
    I can’t wait to see The avengers and I’m so excited/surprised by MIB3 that I might throw up.

  2. Hi, fogs and company:

    Outside of a few big budgeted block busters (‘The Avengers;, ‘Prometheus’, ‘Brave’) I don’t see a heck of a lot to coax me from my digs to the theater.

    I’m curious about ‘G.I. Joe’. The first one surprised me by being a decent, enjoyable live action version of the old cartoon show. The second could and should be as good. Or better.

    • Hey, Jack!

      Hmmm… non block busters. Well, if you’re a Wes Anderson fan, “Moonrise Kingdom” looks awesome. “To Rome with Love” has a chance at being really funny too, “Midnight in Paris” was awesome. Other than that, I dont know… “Seeking a Friend for the end of the World”?

      You’re right… its big blockbuster time. All others get out of the way! LOL

  3. UUUUggggghhhh

    The only summer movie I’m looking forward to is the Dark Knight Rises. Sure, a few of these have the potential to be good (e.g. Prometheus, Dark Shadows), but the rest of them confirm to me that Hollywood is finished scraping the bottom of the barrel and nothing is left to scrape.

    • Optimism abounds! :D

      There’s a typical summer’s share of dreck, but I think we’re in for a really loaded summer actually. No love for “The Avengers”? What about “Ted”? LOL… I would have thought that one would appeal to you. (I know that’s not in this post, its in tomorrows, but still…)

  4. “Prometheus” looks awesome! Noomi Rapace’s star vehicle? Looks likely. Just hope it’s not a monster mash. “To Rome with Love” will at least show us a great city from Woodman’s perspective. His tributes to Manhatten, London, Paris are exceptional! “Moonrise Kingdom” I don’t know, could be iffy. Did you ever MTESS “Royal Tenebaums”?

  5. Lots of good looking trailers, but I learned long ago not to build up too much high expectations from those. Still… pretty jazzed for a few of these.
    Avengers, Prometheus, and Abe Lincoln are probably my only opening weekend must see films (yes, Abe Lincoln because I read the book), but some of those others look fun as well. Most notably Brave, MIB, Moonlight Kingdom, Dark Shadows.
    Some of those you couldn’t pay me to see: GI Joe, Battleship, Pirhanna 3DD, The Dictator, That’s My Boy.

    I have no feelings on the rest though. Seem like Netflix fare.

  6. Just for some of the more Indie fare coming out over the course of the summer:

    Indie Game: The Movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhaT78i1x2M

    Great reviews at Sundance + SXSW. Tells the story of three of the most prominent Independent game developers in the business.

    Sound of My Voice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W20Fl5m5FdM

    Also amassed some pretty stellar reviews so far. Two journalists infiltrate a cult, fighting the urge to become part of it themselves. Brit Marling (Another Earth) wrote, directed, and stars in it.

    2 Days In New York: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J-53jx2gEs

    2 Days In Paris was really good, so it will be cool to see Delpy’s voice applied to the big apple!

    Safety Not Guaranteed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73jSnAs7mq8

    Duplass Brothers AND Audrey Plaza doing Sci-Fi. Pretty neat.

    • Ryan, you may be on point; I seem to recall excellent movies end of last year were mostly indies like Drive, Descendants, and The Artist.

    • I’ve gotta see if they catch any buzz before I check ‘em out. Too much on the plate.

      Good indies always rise to the top though… they’ll find their way to their audiences.

  7. Dark Shadows, Brave, Avengers (going this weekend), Battleship were on my top 10 anticipated movies scribbled on my calender.

    Thanks for showing me some movies that I hadn’t really looked into. I’m intrigued by Rock of Ages, Moonrise Kingdom. Possibly Prometheus.

    Honestly for GI Joe, the trailer was just kickass when they gave that sudden ending shot of Bruce Willis shooting. Other than that, I didn’t really like GI Joe…I didn’t really pay much attention when I was watching it. So I’m kind of undecided for this one.

    Movies I’d pass…that adam sandler movie..definite NO! Snow White is also a NO because of Kristen Stewart (and I only saw one Twilight movie and a few trailers)…I really was interested in the movie till I saw her name. There are movies where I can just try to brush over the existence of that character but I really can’t picture overlooking the Snow White when the movie is Snow White and the Huntsman…haha~

    • Killing me softly with his song, killing me softly… with… oh wait. That’s Klling. Oh, nevermind! :D

      Anyways, yeah, Rock of Ages is gonna be a hit, I’m telling you. I’d bet on it.

      LOL… I didnt really care for the GI Joe one much either, but I do know it has faithful fans. I can totally say that for sure.

      Definite NO for me too on “That’s My Boy”, although cause I’m blogging, I’m still gonna go, LOL.

      TOTAL agreement on K Stew and Snow White. What the Hell, dont they understand that the Twilight movies were huge for other reasons? It wasn’t HER? I just dont see it, but… oh well.

      • haha!my username sounds kinda lethal…maybe should look into changing it to something more friendly :P!

        Oh right..was just looking through the list again…Another definite NO! which put me in so much disbelief that I even forgot after looking through the list after that…Piranha 3DD. My only reaction to that is OMG *slam my head against something hard* I couldn’t even believe the first one was ever made, let alone the second one…..

  8. Man thats awesome, loved watching all the trailers, all the movies seemed to be aweosme

  9. You know, despite that really, really terrible tie in to the board game, I’m a little excited for the Battleship movie. I guess I’m just a fan of alien invasion movies. And Liam Neeson, of course.

    It’s my personal opinion that, based on the trailers alone, the movie would probably have gotten 10x the audience if not for the “Battleship” tie in. Everytime I see the trailer with friends, they’re so super stoked about all the special effects, shouting, “Oh, man, I want to SEE THAT!” And then the name comes up. Which is met with silence, followed with a “What… seriously?”

    • THAT may be an excellent point. Seriously, nice observation.

      I mean, it does have that loud / CGI laden feel to it. But its an extra degree of goofy to me because of the whole “Battleship” thing.

      Yeah, that’s a good point. Totally.

      • What gets me is that they even integrated the pegs from the game. Seriously, when you’re watching the trailer, once you realize it’s Battleship, those “bombs” from the alien ship that start plugging into the naval ships immediately resemble putting pegs into the game pieces. I can’t decide if that’s stupidly awesome or just stupid.

  10. Another fine pcast. Brave and Rock of Ages look interesting and Rome… might be great.

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    • Well… now you see how tough it is at least :D

      LOL. I think we’re locked in on the stamp of approval thing at this point. I do really like that, especially now that we have the two different degrees of enthusiasm.

      Although, you should get points for actually coming up with sound effects to go with a bucket of popcorn. LOL. Typical, that’s a silent object. :D

  11. So much you had to split the post… gotta love the blockbuster season.

    Out of this batch, the ones I’m most looking forward to are Avengers and Brave. Both of those look like they’re going to be a lot of fun.

    Prometheus might be all right, but all the is-it-or-isn’t-it-Aliens teasing from Scott & co. has soured me on it a bit. Not having seen the Alien films yet, I didn’t know if I was expected to or not before seeing Prometheus. And I still don’t, entirely. Only now I’m almost past caring. It’s a pretty big failure on the marketing for me, since although it looks great, all the periphery marketing, the “well, I’m not saying it isn’t” kind of stuff from interviews and so forth have gotten me to the point where I feel I have better things to do with my time than figure it out. A simple yes or no, Mr. Scott. That’s all you had to do.

    Dark Shadows, probably not my thing, whether it was played straight or silly. Don’t know what the original fanbase thinks. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is striking me much the same way it struck you… Van Helsing with even less ability to be taken seriously (and being partly farcical does not excuse it on that front).

    Rock of Ages looks like it could be fun. I actually hope it is.

    And to answer a question with a question: “How bad does your career have to suck that I just hear your name or see your picture and think “Ughhck”?” How bad does it have to suck that seeing Vanilla Ice listed in the credits is actually the most intriguing thing about it? That’s My Boy is going in my “no chance in hell” pile, alongside The Dictator and Pirhana 3DD (though the latter at least gets credit for completely owning up to what they’re doing.) Battleship is just narrowly escaping that zone… it might be an MCF candidate someday.

    Snow White, MIB 3, GI Joe, and Seeking a Friend… all look to me like they’d probably be OK, but not great. But I haven’t seen MIB 2 or the first GI Joe film yet, so they’d be in the “pending” pile regardless.

    Madagascar 3, similarly, I’ve missed the second one (enjoyed the first); I do think it’s pretty tiresome the way these films keep getting churned out, though. 5 Shreks (yes, I count Puss In Boots), four Ice Ages, three Madagascars, two Hoodwinkeds… even three Toy Stories if I want to aim the cannon a different direction. (In fairness, I’ve only seen the first Toy Story, but still, even if they’re all superb, it’s a little hard not to feel like they’re milking it.) Ice Age and Madagascar in particular sound like they’re getting into Land Before Time territory when it comes to stretching the concept too thin, and even that at least had the honesty to admit it was direct-to-video fodder.

    Everything else… not really enough interest to make a statement on it either way.

    • “Prometheus might be all right” Oh my word, the BLASPHEMY!

      Prometheus is going to be AWEsome. There is no other possibilty. I shan’t have that quantum possibility interjected into this universe via my blog, NO! Thus, I plainly point out the blasphemous nature of your skepticism. :D

      I’d leave that GI Joe movie in your pending file… and promote anything thats beneath it. LOL

      Yeah, Rock of Ages… cmon, be what you could be, right? Looks like “Chicago” with an 80s Rock theme to it.

      And youre CRAZY if I didnt notice Vanilla Ice there. :D :D I also noticed he’s finally caving in and going back to “Vanilla Ice” if it wasnt an Adam Sandler flick, I might be psyched for the possibilities of awfulness. LOL

      • I’m just saying that, as someone who doesn’t like coming into franchises at the midpoint, or seeing prequels before the film they’re a prequel to, etc., the yo-yo treatment its relationship with Alien has gotten is enough to seriously annoy me. I’m sure it’s a great film. I’m just more annoyed than enthused about it at this point.

        And yeah… at this point, Sandler’s involvement is pushing things way past “so bad they’re good” and into “just plain bad” territory. With pretty much anything.

  12. Dan, you rock as always!

    Ok, so, I am looking forward to: The Avengers, Battleship, Moonrise Kingdom, Prometheus, Rock of Ages (huge Tom Cruise fan!), Brave, Seeking a Friend, & To Rome With Love.

    Feeling so-so about: G. I Joe, Madagascar 3, MIB 3, Snow White & The Huntsman, & What to Expect.

    Have no desire to see: Dictator (although it seems less offensive than his other films),, Chernobyl Diaries (like, really???), Piranha 3DD, & Abraham Lincoln.

    Curious about Magic Mike (as an aside, Channing Tatum used to strip to make ends meet).

    That’s My Boy might be an ok, brainless night at home…

    & although I will see Dark Shadows on DVD, I am a fan of the original & 80s remake of the show and am disappointed it was turned into a comedy. Sigh…

    Looking forward to your second part!

    • I just checked and youre the first one who’s outright said theyre looking forward to Moonrise Kingdom! I was beginning to feel a little lonely here! Pretty psyched for it.

      You know, with the exception of Pirahna 3DD (which may be cheesey fun) I’m right with you on the so-sos and the no desires. Of course, I go an see ‘em nowadays anyways, but…

      You know? I cant empathize Kim. I wasnt a fan of Dark Shadows, I never saw it, but I can relate… I would probably be pissed too. That said, it does look pretty funny, so thats in my win column here… with apologies.

      Part II will go up tomorrow, you can bet on it!

  13. Avengers, Prometheus, and Brave in the theater. Maybe Madagascar 3 as well (hey, I have kids).

    Wifey has interest in Snow White and the Huntsman, so if it gets good word-of-mouth it may be a date night flick.

    Some interest in Moonrise Kingdom, but I haven’t seen a Wes Anderson movie yet that made me wish I’d spent money to actually see it in the theater.

    Everything else looks like varying forms of crap, but I’ll keep my ears open.

    • LOL. Varying degrees of crap made me think of a crap chart, charting it out… let’s just… leave that there. :)

      I’m with you on Avengers Prometheus and Brave. Add in Dark Shadows and those are my top blockbusters of this part for sure.

      Meanwhile, I know you know I’m a big Wes Anderson fan, so I cant wait for MRK. :D

      • I guess its less about needing to see it big screen and just not being able to wait to see it.

        If it came out on DVD the same day as theatres, I’m not saying I’d head to the theatre. But Id see it that day… thats where Im coming from.

  14. Picking and choosing a few of the trailers, What To Expect looks like a huge let down. I heard Chris Rock’s voice and thought it could have been good, then realized the trailer focused entirely on one single scene that wasn’t very funny. Rock of Ages was a pleasant surprise, it very well could be either a surprise hit or a movie that doesn’t do well in theaters, but grows into more of a cult hit movie down the line.

    • Yeah, right, they could be mining that one scene for all its worth. Theyre kind of trying to market it as a maternity movie for men, with all the “Dude’s Club” tripe they’re saying and tweeting and whatnot… I’m not buying it. It seems like they’re trying to appeal to both sexes and wind up appealing to neither, but… who knows? For all I know, it’ll be huge. LOL

  15. Moonrise Kingdom, Prometheus and Snow White are three of my most anticipated movies this summer! I also hope to see The Avengers at a midnight screening tonight, if I manage to scrounge up the crew to go. Nice post Dan!

    • Thanks Cap! I hope you fare well in the Avengers! :P HA!

      I’m not going til tomorrow, I think that officially will make me the last blogger on Earth to have seen it, and I’m going on opening day!!

  16. Nice writeup, Fogs. The only one of these that I am genuinely excited to see is Prometheus. I’m sure I will see a few others, but I don’t have high expectations for any of them.

  17. I thought I’d left a comment here. Guess it got eaten up. Anyways.

    First off: The Avengers is the real deal. It’s inherently going to be the blockbuster to beat, since it’s setting the tone for the summer, but I think it may end up on top at the end of the season. I really only expect Prometheus to match it.

    Which brings me to Prometheus, likely my most anticipated of the release crop for this chunk of the season. I’m forbidding myself from watching any more footage for it until I can see it in theaters. After that, I’m all about Brave, To Rome With Love, Moonrise Kingdom, and Magic Mike; there’s potential here and there elsewhere, as in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Piranha 3DD, Snow White and the Huntsmen, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter; everything else looks awful to me.

    And I have screenings lined up for Dark Shadows and Battleship. Wish me luck.

    • Good luck. We’re all counting on you.

      I hope you survive “Battleship” with your ear drums in tact.

      I hear you about dodging any more Prometheus stuff… I tried to hold off on seeing the new Batman trailer til tonight when I get to see it in IMAX before the Avengers… no such luck. Had to check it out for this (well, pt2), you know?

      Anyways. Hopes are HIGH for that one.

      Glad I finally get to see the Avengers, so I can stop having to hear everyone rave without having seen it myself… :)

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