While you’re sitting inside, recovering from that 2nd degree sunburn because you *yet* again forgot to put on sunblock, you have a few options about how to spend your summer. You could stay at home and play Sporcle all day OR you catch some of the big hits coming out this summer and then go back to playing Sporcle. Not sure what is coming out? You’re the type of person that watches all their television programs on Netflix , immune from previews, aren’t you? I know how you feel. When I realized the other day that a new X-Men movie had sneaked into theaters right under my very nose, I knew I had to take action. I mean, I can’t play Sporcle all summer. At some point I need to get out and, you know, do stuff…like go see a movie. Here is a not-nearly-complete list of some of the biggest, most anticipated movies of the summer, compiled by yours truly:
X-Men: First Class kicked off the summer movie madness on June 3rd. Again, how did I not know about this movie until the very last minute? I must live under a rock. The latest installment in the saga stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Kevin Bacon and is directed by Matthew Vaughn. Pre-Wolverine and Storm, it tells the story of the origin of the X-men. Professor Charles Xavier (McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr, aka Magneto (Fassbender) are the best of buds until they are forced to use their powers to save the earth, and in the process have a falling out about how to do that.
A J.J Abrams’ flick called Super 8, staring Kyle Chandler and Elle Fanning (Dakota’s little sister, how cute!) just opened nationwide on June 10th. Some of the stars have even been tweeting about Sporcle. Set in a small Ohio town in 1979, a group of young kids are filming a Super 8 movie when they witness a catastrophic train crash which they later suspect was not an accident. Apparently there is some big secret going on in the town. I plan on going to see it, but if that “secret” involves a lot of “surprises”….yeah, that’ll be me three rows back crouched in my seat trying to use my popcorn as a shield. Don’t judge.
I have to admit it, I was a little disappointed that Ryan Reynolds jumped onto the “superhero” train. But after seeing previews for DC Comic’s The Green Lantern, directed by Martin Campbell (…of James Bond fame), I’m intrigued. He makes his debut as The Green Lantern on June 17th, and man does he make green look good.
On the same day as The Green Lantern, Jim Carry will take stage again in the film adaptation of Richard Atwaters’ Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Based on a children’s book and directed by Mark S. Water, the movie follows the story of Mr. Popper, a business man who inherits six penguins in a small apartment in what suspiciously looks like New York. I wonder if one them happens to tap dance?
On July 1st, Tom Hanks directs and stars in Larry Crowne, where he plays the title character who loses his job at a box company and is forced to reinvent himself by going back to community college. There he falls for his public speaking teacher who is played by Julia Roberts – a married woman who is tired of her marriage and teaching. This romantic comedy also stars Cedric the Entertainer.
“Larry Crowne”, unfortunately, is going to be doing battle with Transformers: Dark of the Moon which comes out the same day. The third installment in the Transformer series, this film stars Shia Lebeouf and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in the title female lead, dashing the hopes of teenage boys everywhere who were hoping to see Megan Fox run around in short shorts again. This time the Autobots have learned about a new spacecraft hidden on the moon and must get to it before the Decepticons do. I can’t wait to compile my new list of plot holes.
One I’m very excited to see is Horrible Bosses, set to come out July 8th. In this one, three frustrated friends, played by Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day, are tired of the havoc wreacked on their lives by their micromanaging bosses, played by Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Aniston, and Colin Ferrell. When they happen to cross paths with a mischievous man (Jamie Foxx), they come up with the “brilliant” idea to murder their bosses. Naturally, their plans go awry and all pandemonium ensues. The movie is directed by Seth Gordon and I’m eagerly looking forward to both Colin Ferrell playing an overweight middle-aged tool with a comb-over and to Kevin Spacey returning in his role as a corporate America psychopath because no one does psycho better than Kevin Spacey (“I am Keyser Soze”… anyone? anyone?)
I don’t know, but I guess I should also mention that on July 15th there’s this small budget movie called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II coming out. I doubt anyone will see it though, I hear it’s not getting much buzz……
THE LAST HARRY POTTER IS COMING OUT!!!
Following in the gigantic shadow of Harry Potter, is Winnie-the-Pooh. And yes, it’s OK to admit that you maybe, sorta, kinda, wanna go see Pooh-bear again, even if you need to cover it up with the excuse of having a small child or younger sibling to take. It’s coming out July 15th, staring Jim Cummings and Craig Ferguson. Winnie-the-Pooh and the gang are off to save Christopher Robin from imaginary culprits (my money is on those darn hufflelumps and woozles…gah, they are such pests)
The last big monumental blockbuster coming out is Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger, starring Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving and Tommy Lee Jones. Set in WWII, Chris Evans plays a meek soldier (who looks freakishly puny) who undergoes experimental super serum to become *drum roll* ….AWESOME (and freakishly buff). It’s coming out July 22nd. I advise you be there or fear the wrath of Captain America.
These are just a few of the blockbusters coming out later this summer, so remember, when you need a break from Sporcle, there’s always a movie theater to escape to beat that summer heat.
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