Sunday, April 20, 2008

Summer Movie Preview 2008

Entertainment Weekly gives us their annual Summer Movie Preview: my favorite issue of the year (even besting the Oscar issues).

Below I've ranked the ten films of the summer I'm most excited to see. This year seems to have a tent pole film EVERY weekend (sometimes two) [this I realize stretches the definition of a tent pole movie a bit (i.e. the single film of the season for a studio)]. I've arranged my list around the weekends of release. Who would have thought that summer 2008 would bring us not only a new Indiana Jones movie but a new Star Wars film too!

Films on my list for summer 2008:

May 2: Iron Man (#5) and Son of Rambow
May 9: Speed Racer (#7) and What Happens in Vegas
May 16: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (#6)
May 22/23: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (#1)
May 30: n/a (the tent pole film this weekend is Sex and the City: no interest)
June 6: You Don't Mess With the Zohan and Kung Fu Panda [I saw a special screening of Mother of Tears last year]
June 13: The Foot Fist Way [not a tent pole film, but lotsa buzz] (the tent pole films this weekend are The Incredible Hulk— for some reason I can't get excited about this movie— and The Happening [after being burned by M. Night Shyamalan's The Village I held off on Lady in the Water until the reviews came out: when it was panned I skipped it; if the reviews for The Happening are great I'll go: but we'll see.]
June 20: Get Smart
June 27: Wall-E (#4) and Wanted (#8)
July 2-4: Hancock
July 11: Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D and Hellboy II: The Golden Army
July 18: The Dark Knight (#3)
July 25: The X-Files: I Want To Believe
August 1: The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and Choke
August 8: Pineapple Express (#10)
August 15: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (#2) (the other tent pole film this weekend is Tropic Thunder— I dunno about this one.)
August 22: The House Bunny (tent pole status questionable)
August 29: Vicky Cristina Barcelona (#9) (OK, hardly a tent pole film!)

Other maybes on the list include: The Fall (5/9), The Love Guru (6/20), Step Brothers (7/25), Meet Dave (7/11), and Crossing Over (8/22).

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