Summer Movie Preview: Take One

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Ahhhh, spring is in the air…which, for us Fanboys, means it’s that much closer to the summer blockbuster movie season. While I haven’t been a big fan of Hollywood over the past several years, I am ever vigilant. You must take the risk of seeing something horrendously bad (think Ultraviolet or Skyline) to find those gems that will redefine how you look at and create genre movies (think Moon). After pouring over the release schedule, it occurred to me that I’ll have to make a checklist to keep on top of the mudslide of movies on the way. And what kind of Fanboy would I be if I didn’t share? Please feel free to print out the following list and use it to schedule you time accordingly.

The Pre-Summer Warm-Up
As with any exercise, it’s important to warm up. To go cold into the summer season could lead to burn-out. Here’s a few movies that you should consider seeing before all of the hair-pulling and jumping about starts.

March 11th – Battle: Los Angeles: Starring Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez. US Marines fight to stay alive against an alien invasion of Los Angeles. Is the major destruction level of LA in the movie a subconscious message by the writers on the state of Hollywood? A good flick I recommend.

March 18th – Paul: Starring Seth Rogen, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost. Two sci-fi geeks travel to Roswell, New Mexico and accidentally meet an alien. Could be good for a laugh or two…or it could royally suck. Fingers are crossed.

March 25th – Sucker Punch: Starring Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Scott Glenn. It’s an action-fantasy flick from the makers of Watchmen and 300. There’s no doubt it will be visually stunning, but will it have a story and script that won’t make you want to puke into your popcorn? Dunno. It does have everything you need to keep Fanboys happy…hot chicks in skimpy costumes with swords and guns, extreme anime action, samurai, dragons and more. On second thought, who cares about the script?

April 1st – Source Code: Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan. A decorated soldier wakes up in the body of an unknown man and he discovers he’s part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. Think of it as a mix of DejaVu with Denzel Washington and Groundhog Day. I saw a special advanced screening. I liked it a lot. It gave a new twist on an old premise plus a nice payoff in the end. Definitely worth seeing.

April 15th – Scream 4: Starring David Arquette, Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere. Yes. Another Scream movie. After the Saw series, you knew this was coming, folks. The chances are good that this could suck royally, BUT there is the outside chance that Director Wes Craven will take us back to what made the first Scream work so well. As a Fanboy, you must have hope. And remember, you must see the bad stuff every once in a while to know just how good the good stuff is. Hold your nose and dive in.

April 22nd – Apollo 18: No cast names have been released that I can find. It’s a cheaply done ($5 million) conspiracy film shot documentary style. It’s sold as lost footage from Apollo 18’s undocumented and covert mission to the moon, much in the style of The Blair Witch Project and Cloverfield. I have nothing against films doing stuff on the cheap. In fact, the lack of a budget for extreme FX often pushes the quality of the story and script (think Moon with Sam Rockwell). After seeing the trailer, I haven’t quite made my mind up yet, which is probably the best reason in the world to go see it.

April 29th – Dylan Dog: Dead of Night: Starring Brandon Routh, Anita Briem. It’s about a private investigator of the undead who tracks an artifact that will help prevent a war from breaking out among his werewolf, vampire, and zombie clients. Ok…the premise seems stupid with a guy running around investigating crimes against the undead and the undead having AA-like support meetings but…well, crap. It is stupid. But it’s the week before the summer season and you got nothing better to do. Take a leap of faith. If it blows up in your face, it should be easily rectified the next week.

COMING SOON: Summer Movie Preview: Take Two