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Monday, May 22, 2006

I can't think of a single summer movie I'm actively looking forward to seeing. Is it just me, or is this summer shaping up to be a pretty dull one blockbuster-wise? Where are the big science fiction movies? The big period pieces? The movie that demand that I see them on the big screen and not on DVD? What's going to whisk me away from my popcorn? Does anybody know?

11 Comments:

Bryan Singer directing Superman and the Dark Phoenix edition of the X-Men! This summer kicks other summers' asses.

Oh, and Snakes on a Plane.

By Blogger Steve Peterson, at 7:17 PM  

I think I may be one of the few who aren't looking forward to either Superman or X-Men.

My pick this summer: A Prairie Home Companion.

After that I think the next thing I'm looking forward to is The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford... but that's September.

By Blogger Aaron, at 7:54 PM  

PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN 2: DEAD MAN'S CHEST.

By Blogger Bill Cunningham, at 7:59 PM  

It won't be 'The Incredibles', but Pixar has a great track record so 'Cars' is on list...and like Michael Mann's films a lot, so I hope 'Miami Vice' will be worth seeing...but so far, you're right Alex, no must see's..

By Blogger wcdixon, at 10:31 PM  

I'm on the Snakes on a Plane bandwagon. Other than that, there's not much else I'm excited to see. Ok, maybe Pirates of the Caribbean. But that's it.

By Blogger Shawn, at 12:08 AM  

Pirates, X3 and Superman I have hope for, but I'm deliberately not raising my expectations on any of them too much. The Matrix Reloaded was a lesson hard learned.

Just noticed they're all sequels too. Where have all the new ideas gone. Who knows, maybe Snakes will be the Speed of 2006.

By Blogger David Peterson, at 2:03 AM  

Superman will suck and be to campy/cheesy. Plus Brandon Routh doesnt have the on screen presence of Reeves...even my little sister could beat him up.

X3 will be good but not great---RATNER

Pirates 2 will be a fun ride.

Snakes will be a letdown...too much hype way to early.

But all in all it is a lame summer. The only decent flicks are sequels or remakes.
Nothing original.

By Blogger CharlieDontSurf, at 2:32 AM  

Snakes on a Plane can't possibly be a letdown. If it's good, yay. If it's bad, well, what did you expect? We can all make fun of how campy it is, and that's what makes a bad film great.

By Blogger Emily Blake, at 10:52 AM  

Earlier this year I vowed I would pay $12 (ugh!) to see Vendetta and DaVinci on the big screen. But I changed my mind. Now, I'm promising myself I will go see X-Men 3, Pirates and Superman...but I have a feeling I'm going to bail on those, too. I just hate going to movie theatres, paying an outrageous amount of money to sit in uncomfortable seats, in an uncomfortable position (I prefer lying down, naked...leave me alone. It's my thing) surrounded by smelly strangers and yappy kids.

I'll wait for the DVD -- or SPACE to pick them up for broadcast in three years.

By Blogger Kelly J. Compeau, at 12:59 PM  

Does MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 3 count as a summer movie?

(Remember when "summer movie" meant "4th of July weekend" instead of "the 2nd week of January?")

I saw a screening of it at Paramount last night, and I was pleasantly surprised. I hated the first MI movies, but this one was actually pretty good. Less unnecessary plot twists, great action sequences, very immersive filmmaking style courtesy of JJ Abrams ... oh, and did I mention it is LOUD?

I was in the 5th row, and the sound of screeching tires was like having icepicks stabbed into my eardrums. One of the explosions collapsed my right lung. If that's not a good summer movie, I don't know what is.

By Blogger Warren Benedetto, at 2:02 PM  

You may have to eat your popcorn. ;)

I'm happy to have found one sure bet I'm actually excited about seeing this summer: Vers le Sud / Going South with Charlotte Rampling. It screened last year at Toronto, perhaps you've seen it?

I have high hopes because I loved Laurent Cantet's Ressources Humaines. Smart, political, and entertaining. Love that. NYT's Waxman wrote a piece about Going South that promises this one will be just as good. Just a thought.

I'm eating popcorn no matter what and have a beer if I feel like it.

By Blogger A. M., at 6:09 PM  

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