Summer, summer, summertime…
Time to sit back and unwind
Alright people, here we go! The exciting conclusion to the 2012 Summer Movie Preview! Let’s see what July and August have in store for us…
“The Amazing Spider-Man”
Directed by: Marc Webb
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Denis Leary, Irrfan Khan, Campbell Scott
Is it too soon for a new Spider-Man? We’re going to find out this 4th of July!
Spider-Man swings back into action with a new web slinger (Andrew Garfield), a new love interest in Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) and a new villain in The Lizard (Rhys Ifans). It’s a huge property, so I’m sure Sony wont fumble the ball, it’s just too huge an asset to release a substandard offering.
The big question is, will people be willing to accept a new Peter Parker so quickly? We shall see, we shall see.
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, Benicio del Toro, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Emile Hirsch, Demian Bichir
Oliver Stone + Violent Drug Movie + Benicio del Toro + John Travolta = Awesome
Now I need to wait til July 6th to test my hypothesis.
“Ice Age: Continental Drift”
Directed by: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier
Starring: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Queen Latifah, Seann William Scott, Josh Peck, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Aziz Ansari, Keke Palmer, Drake, Heather Morris, Joy Behar, Nicki Minaj, Josh Gad, Alan Tudyk, Nick Frost, Kunal Nayyar, Alain Chabat
I’m rooting for Darwinism to begin rearing its head and make some of these animals extinct. How many Ice Ages are we gonna get? Ice Age 139: Dennis Leary’s Ghost? Damn, man. Seriously.
Directed by: Seth MacFarlane
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Giovanni Ribisi, Joel McHale, Patrick Warburton, Jessica Stroup, Laura Vandervoort, Tara Strong
OK. LOL. This has some potential to be really funny. Of course, that all depends on how funny you find the concept of a foul-mouthed teddy bear. Cause if you’re not at least there for a starting point, I think you’re out of luck. LOL
Embedded is the “Red Band” trailer so you can get a taste of it in all its raunchy, profanity laden glory. Probably a little NSFW.
“The Dark Knight Rises”
Directed by: Christopher Nolan
Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman
Ok. So. A new trailer JUST launched for this the other day. It’s scheduled to hit theatres prior to “The Avengers” this weekend. I have to say, until this point I’ve been underwhelmed by “The Dark Knight Rises” promotional material. The title feels like a rehash. The posters haven’t done much for me. Bane mumbled and garbled his way through early trailers… I’ve just been unimpressed. I’m a big fan of the first two films, but the build up for this one hadn’t been getting to me.
This is the first trailer that’s really made me think, hey, this could be an awesome movie.
Directed by: Akiva Schaffer
Starring: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Will Forte, Billy Crudup
So Stiller, Vaughn and Hill headline an average-joe neighborhood watch program that uncovers an alien invasion plot. (Per synopsis that I’ve seen, the trailer doesnt hint at that) Hmmm.
Could be funny. The cast alone makes me want to see it, so I’ll give it a shot. Vaughn and Stiller together again should be worth the price of admission alone.
“Step Up Revolution”
Directed by: Scott Speer
Starring: Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman, Misha Gabriel, Peter Gallagher
I’ll just say it.
This looks like “So bad it’s good” heaven.
“Enough With Performance Art, It’s Time for Protest Art!” LOLLLOLLLOL. Seriously. That cracks me up.
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”
Directed by: David Bowers
Starring: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Devon Bostick, Steve Zahn
I’ve never seen any of these movies. Two other big releases this weekend, so I doubt I’ll see this one. But there’s plenty of people out there with kids in this demographic, so, here’s what you have to look forward to in the first week of August!!
“The Bourne Legacy”
Directed by: Tony Gilroy
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Oscar Isaac, Joan Allen, Albert Finney, Stacy Keach, Scott Glenn
The Bourne franchise continues on with a new lead. I’ll give them this… they have exactly the right loophole to use. Who said Jason Bourne needed to be the only asset “The Program” ever turned out? This can be a renewable series, certainly. Similar to Bond. I’m all for it…
I like Renner. I like the trailer. I LOVE the cast they’ve got around him, and the Bourne trilogy was absolutely awesome. So I’m rooting for this to be a big success. I hope they really knock this out of the park.
Directed by: Len Wiseman
Starring: Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Nighy, John Cho
I love the original “Total Recall”. I love Schwarzenegger, I love the story, I love the residual flavor of 80′s cheese (I know it was ’90).
That said, this is a title that’s a good selection to be remade. The name carries a lot of weight, but it’s not a classic that’s going to offend people if it gets remade. It could use a more serious treatment, maybe a touch of a darker tone. It could use a modern special effects upgrade. It could use some serious acting.
Now, there’s absolutely NO guarantee a remake GIVES it any or all of that, in fact, this looks to be taking a CGI actioner bent, but we’ll see. Let’s just say I don’t have a protective, knee jerk resistance to this one up front.
Directed by: Jay Roach
Starring: Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Jason Sudeikis, Katherine LaNasa, Dylan McDermott, John Lithgow, Dan Aykroyd, Brian Cox
No trailer yet, sorry.
But Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis facing off against each other? LOL. Hells yes….
Directed by: David Frankel
Starring: Meryl Streep, Tommy Lee Jones, Steve Carell, Eilzabeth Shue
Uhmm, yeah, Tommy Lee jones isn’t the only one getting uncomfortable… A geriatric sex comedy, huh? Sweet. (< Sarcasm) Hey, the cast is great, and it could be funny, even if I do have to watch Meryl Streep going down on a banana.
“The Expendables 2″
Directed by: Simon West
Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Liam Hemsworth
They’re back. The Expendables team survived their last mission remarkably intact, and even welcomed Dolph Lundgren back into the fold, apparently. Now they’re ready for another mission, and again are dealing with Bruce Willis. Not a recipe to avoid danger… but hey, when you’re an Expendable, danger is your business.
Directed by: Chris Butler and Sam Fell
Starring: Casey Affleck, Tempestt Bledsoe, John Goodman, Bernard Hill, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jodelle Ferland, Elaine Stritch, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alex Borstein
Creepy kids fare. I dig it. Between this and Frankenweenie, we’re going to get some animated movies with a tinge of the macabre this year. Sweet. (Hotel Transylvania intentionally omitted) Young people need to know life isn’t all just heroic animals and epic romance, you know? Kids, sometimes there are ghosts and festering zombies, too.
And you know what? I’m calling it there. There’s two more release weeks in August, but… I don’t get that big summer movie vibe from them. I feel like Summer Movie season ends mid-August. “Expendables 2″ and “Paranorman” are the last movies to me that feel like “Summer Movies”, the rest of the slate seems like it would belong more in the fall.
But hey. That’s enough. Between these and the movies yesterday, this summer is loaded!
What do you think? Any movies in this bunch grab you? Any you wouldn’t watch it you were forced to at gun-point? Which ones are YOU looking forward to?
Let us hear it!!