A geeky summer

Last year was a terrible year for movies, and there wasn’t a whole lot to be excited about.  This summer is shaping up to be much better, considering that there have already been quite a few great movies like Hulk and Iron Man.  The next 6 weeks are looking to be a very geeky time for movie fans.  Personally, I’m excited.  This Friday, July 11,  Hellboy 2 will be released.  I’m looking forward to this movie for a few reasons.  First off, I enjoyed the first movie–although it took a little too long to get going–and now that he doesn’t have to worry about origin stories, we can just jump right into the action.  Secondly, I want to see how good this movie can be, because Del Toro is–if you don’t know–going to be directing the two Hobbit movies.  I love Del Toro’s style, and I think it will meld well with the LOTR’s imagery.  If he can really make this Hellboy movie his own, and really make into something great, then it will assuage some of my apprehension at him doing The Hobbit.  So this Friday I will be making my way to the multiplex to check it out:

On the Friday after, July 18, comes the next movie that I am excited about which is The Dark Knight.  Everything about this movie is top-notch.  Check out the poster, which is one of the best posters I think I have ever seen (BTW thanks to PML friend Mag-10 for sending this my way).  Everyone is fawning over this movie, and you know that when movie critics–generally snobbish, fickle, and jealous crowd–start singing the praises of a comic book movie, well then, it’s really good.  I originally wasn’t sure about Heath Ledger as the Joker, but the more I see the more I am completely sold on him.    Even though I like the Tim Burton Batman and Nicholson’s Joker, I always thought that that vision of the Joker was too campy, and not dark enough.  I’ve talked to quite a few people who have said that they don’t care what Ledger does, that Jack Nicholson will always be the Joker.  I say shenanigans to that.  The thing that is great about the Joker is that he is a sadistic, demented criminal, that has a ton of fun being evil, and has absolutely no conscience.  So far there hasn’t been a Joker that has captured that darkness, but I am willing to bet that Ledger’s performance is going to shock a lot of people.  There is already Oscar buzz about Ledger’s portrayal of the Joker:

The week after that, on July 25, the new X-Files movie will be released.  Now I haven’t been scouring the internets trying to find out all the news about this movie, but I am genuinely looking forward to it.  The original TV Show was outstanding, and a trailblazing show, which I still watch during my late night bouts with insomnia.  I liked the first movie, and I hope that this one is even better.  I do know that this movie will not be dealing with the overall X-Files conspiracy, but it will be more like an independent episode within the X-Files universe.  As long as the stories are good, and all the major players are taking part,  I am more than eager to continue to watch these characters.

Also released on July 25 will be Step Brothers.  This movie looks hilarious, and since I already wrote about it here, I am not going to expound on it too much.  I usually don’t go see comedies in the theater, because, well, I just believe it’s kind of a waste of $12, and you don’t really gain anything extra by watching it in the theaters.  However, I think I am going to make an exception for this movie.

And after a rash of great movies throughout July, the last week, fades out like a fart in the wind.  About the best (umm and I use the term best extremely loosely) movie coming out will be the Lost Boys 2.  That’s right, after years (dare I says decades) or drug addiction, and God knows what else, the two Coreys are back in action.  This movie looks terrible, but it could be terrible in a good way.  It might be worth a rental one of these rainy days.

Like I have said before, I don’t usually watch comedies in the theaters, but there are two that I will end up watching this summer.  The first is Step Brothers, and the second is Pineapple Express.  I am a big fan of Judd Apatow, and the whole Freaks and Geeks gang–which was a terribly underrated show–and I know that they always put out quality, raunchy comedies.

The last week I will be writing about is August 15.  On that day Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be released.  I am definitely looking forward to this movie.  I love the way the characters look, despite what many fans have been saying, I don’t think that the Genndy Tartakovsky cartoons, that were on the Cartoon Network, were the end all be all.  I like them, but they weren’t that great, and I think that this movie–and the subsequent TV show that will follow it later this year–will be much better than the previous Genndy version.  In my opinion new Star Wars additions are always good, and even the less than stellar ones are good.  I will be geeking it up for this movie, and I won’t miss any of the episodes on TV this fall.

Well that’s it, that’s my sort of summer movie preview.  I will be writing up my impressions of these movies as I see them, and if one of my loyal readers wants to submit their own impressions then send them my way.

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~ by Perpetual Memory Loss on July 8, 2008.

7 Responses to “A geeky summer”

  1. I have hidden mine eyes and ears from all batman trailers, no new batman movie for me until the midnight Imax showing! You almost got me man!

  2. I cannot wait for these movies and am happy you gave hellboy some love. The movie looks great. And Batman is the second coming of movies.

  3. Also have you seen the RED BAND trailers for Step Brothers and P. Express? They are much more funny then the green band one.

  4. I posted the Step Brothers red band trailer above, and haven’t seen the P Express one.

  5. Ok, noticed that the red band Step Brothers video was dead so I replaced it with a good one, and then posted the red band P. Express.

  6. the lost boys is the only lame movie coming out

  7. Great preview. This summer really is one of the best in a long while.

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