Summer Movie Preview

So with Captain America 2 hitting the first week in April, it seems like a good time to look at the upcoming movie list and see what looks good.  And what looks really not good.  So here is a list of 20 upcoming movies that interest me for various reasons.

Captain America 2 The Winter Soldier:  Marvel has yet to really miss yet, and Cap 2 doesn’t seem likely to be the first misstep.  I thought the first one was very charming and this one is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, who I best know for their work on Arrested Development and Community.

Draft Day: I’ll admit it, I like Kevin Costner.  A lot.  Here he’s in a movie about football, directed by the guy who directed Ghostbusters.  I am at least intrigued.

Amazing Spider-Man 2: I didn’t care all the much for the first Amazing Spider-Man.  It didn’t seem to add anything to the Spider-Man movie we already had.  The more I hear about this one the more it sounds like a mess.  Because nothing helps a movie like jamming in a ton of villains.  Still, the first one was good enough that now that its past the origin maybe it can be something new or interesting.

Transcendence: Johnny Depp and the directorial debut of longtime Nolan cinematographer Wally Pfister.  That is enough to get me to pay attention.  Its sounds like it might be legitimately good and not just summer movie good.  Of course, there is no guarantee that it will be playing in my area.  I’ll wait on the reviews and remain intrigued.

Godzilla:  I love Godzilla.  The first time Americans got a hold of him was a disaster.  This one looks much better.  Maybe Bryan Cranston can add a third defining character to his list (to go with Hal and Walter White).  I hope we at least get a good monster movie. The trailers so far have been promising.

X-Men Days of Future Past:  This sounds like the most ambitious superhero movie ever, trying to meld the characters of the early X-Men movies with that of First Class.  It could be terrible, it could be amazing.  I am willing to be amazed, and with Singer directing I am hopeful.  Still, I would not be surprised if it is a mess.

Maleficent:  Maybe its just that I’ve been gorging on Disney movies lately (see some upcoming posts on the subject) but this intrigues me.  Maleficent is one of the best villains in the history of the company, this could turn our pretty good. Count me as vaguely interested.

A Million Ways to Die in the West: As much as I detest Family Guy as it exists now, I can’t deny that Seth Macfarlane is a talented guy.  The first few seasons of that show were really good, and I’ve heard good things about American Dad and Ted.  Comedy Westerns are a thing that I tend to enjoy, so if MacFarlane has brought his A-game this could be really good.

Edge of Tomorrow: This looks like some sort of sci-fi action Groundhog’s Day.  The concept is good, and Tom Cruise is almost always entertaining.  It is also one of the few movies coming out this summer that is not a sequel or part of an established franchise.  That alone makes it more interesting to me.

22 Jump Street: 21 Jump Street was a pleasant surprise, so I hope this one is good as well.  However, I often find it hard to justify spending the money on a ticket to a comedy unless I am very sure to enjoy it.  Still, there is no obvious reason for this to not be good.

How to Train Your Dragon 2: I didn’t love the first one of these nearly as much as everyone else seems to, but it was good.  With the Lego Movie already out and no Pixar movie this year, there isn’t much animation to look forward to.  So I’ll just hope this one is at least as good as the first.

Transformers: Age of Extinction:  I am already disappointed in how much money this movie is going to bring in.  Any amount is too much.  Really people, haven’t you learned your lesson about these festering balls of shit?  I beg everyone to not go see this movie.

Jupiter Ascending:  The Wachowski’s have maybe 2 good films to credit, but despite that I am on board for this.  Maybe I just like Channing Tatum more than he deserves.  Probably.  Maybe I am just excited by the prospect of an original Sci-fi movie, since we seem to only get one (good one) of those a year.

Hercules:  The Rock playing Hercules is basically all of my dreams since about 8th grade come true.  But its directed by Brett Ratner, who, depending on one’s tolerance for Chris Tucker, has put out maybe one watchable movie in his career.  I should know better, but I’ll likely see it anyway.

Fast and Furious 7:  My feelings for this mirror my feelings for the last few of these movies. I don’t expect it to be good, but I do expect it to entertain.  I am a little more likely to see this one after Paul Walker’s unfortunate death, but its still a toss up.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: I only saw the first two thirds of previous film in this series, but I thought it was pretty good.  If I can manage to see the rest of it before this hits I might be interested enough to go see it.  It does have Gary Oldman and Andy Serkis doing mocap.

Guardians of the Galaxy:  Marvel goes full sci-fi with their riskiest film yet.  I could see this being the movie that ruins Marvel’s golden run, at least in terms of box office if not actual quality.  It is easily their least known property to get a movie.  Still, the most recent GotG comic (actually, not the most recent, but the next most recent) comic was aces.  I’ll definitely be in the theater for this, cautiously hopeful that it will be as good as it could be.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:  Basically see Transformers 4 back up this list for my thoughts.  Bay is only producing, but the director is no great shakes himself.  This isn’t a “ruining my childhood” thing, thats not something someone can do and Ninja Turtles was already kind of ruined for me when I went back and watched the old cartoon, realizing that it was terrible.  This movie just sounds like a bad take on the TMNT characters and it is coming from people who have a history of making bad movies.  I am willing to be proven wrong, but I’m not holding my breath.

The Expendables 3:  This series is junk food.  I know they are bad for me, but I love them anyway.  As long as Stallone and crew want to dig up old action stars and give them one last chance to shine, I’ll be in the theater enjoying every ridiculous moment. I mean, they are adding Snipes, Gibson, Ford and, amusing but interestingly, Kelsey Grammar.  I am glad Stallone is having fun.

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For:  Existing to prove that you can do worse than 300: Rise of an Empire as far as striking while the iron is hot comes Sin City 2.  I greatly enjoyed the first Sin City a decade ago, so I am cautiously interested in this one.  I have generally enjoyed Rodriguez’s work, but I have never been that great of a Frank Miller fan.  I am cautiously interested.

I am sure there are quite a few I missed. I deliberately left off Noah, which opens this (?) weekend.  I was mostly going off of IMDB’s coming soon page, so there may be absences or omission or ones that just don’t look interesting based on the poster.  Still, out of these 20 I’ve noted there are quite a few I am genuinely interesting in seeing. I fully plan to see more than half of them.

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