M: As we head into the summer months (or, judging by the weather so far in the Boston area, what is supposed to be summer), we head full steam into the season of big box office films. July is the month that the studios put out what they think will make the most money, as all kids are out of school for the whole month, a lot of people are willing to pay $12 just for two hours of air conditioning, and everyone is looking for something fun.
C: It’s plenty hot in Connecticut. Bring it on!
July 1, 2011
Transformers: The Dark of the Moon
E: Blech. Now, if you read this blog, you may have heard before that M and I used to watch the TV show, and that I was really excited about the first of these execrable films when it came out.
C: A string of explosions and metal things stomping other metal things! with no plot or character! And that’s only my impression of the “best” of this series.
M: I actually only recently watched the first one, and found it to be entertaining, though very quickly forgettable.
E: Ugh. I hated every moment. I hated Shia LaBeouf. I hated the lack of plot. I hated the way the Transformers transformed, for heaven’s sake. Just not fun.
M: I’ve heard that this one is better than the second one, but from what I’ve heard about the second one, that’s like comparing someone favorably to Adolf Hitler… it doesn’t give you much frame of reference.
E: I’d like to be excited about this, but it doesn’t raise my curiosity in the least. It doesn’t even say “rental” to me. Hopefully, it’s better than it looks? How can a movie with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts be boring?
M: See, it was starting to pique my interest, especially since Nia Vardalos co-wrote it with Hanks. Then I read a lukewarm article about it which mentions that Roberts’ character is married. Unhappily married, sure, but I’m just not cool with love stories starting with one of the main couple married to someone else. Boo!
C: Ugh, adultery romance. Not my favorite genre. Hanks, Roberts – both so great in so many things, but both picking losers lately…
E: Selena Gomez and Leighton Meester in one movie. Oh, the worlds colliding – Disney, meet Gossip Girl. Okay. Looks more on the Disney side (mistaken identity!), but I’m not in love with the way live action Disney pairs commercialism with romance for girls. Even if my daughters were the right age for this, I’d be dubious.
M: I’m beyond dubious, I’m full-on “avoid at all costs”.
C: This “pairs commercialism with romance” business sounds like a full discussion. Wanna give us the gist?
E: Love as shopping fantasy. I like cute shoes as much as the next girl, but that can’t be all it’s about.
C: UGH UGH UGH.
E: Looking for another comedy retelling of Strangers on a Train? Three men conspire to murder each other’s hideous, horrible bosses. I think, if I get out this weekend to see something, it’s going to be Thor. I like Jason Bateman, but eh. Looks really uninspiring.
C: More than that. It looks loathsome.
M: I’ve seen probably five different trailers or commercials for this. Four of them not only did not make me want to see it, they literally made me want to NOT see it. The fifth, however, was REALLY funny, and has me questioning the impression I got from the first four. Another question, based only off the trailers which might not be fair, but this one got me in a bit of trouble with Mrs M. If you’re a single guy and your boss is someone only a few years removed from being named the most beautiful woman in the world, and she is all over you, um, do you really have a “horrible boss”? Isn’t that most single guys dream?
E: I think most single guys might prefer to have a choice in the matter?
E: I think my favorite thing about this film is that I saw the sets while visiting the Franklin Park Zoo last summer.
M: While we didn’t see the sets, the Franklin Park Zoo aspect is my favorite part, too. Other than that it looks like a slightly different spin (talking zoo animals) on a very overdone plot… guy who can get his confidence up to ask out the girl, gets help from an unusual place, gets the girl in the end. Yawn.
E: I think it’s more like a nicer girl helps him win the snooty one, and then he ends up rejecting the first girl for the second, nicer one.
M: Paul Giamatti as a tyrannical medieval King John trying to stamp out rebels who want to hold him to the signing of the Magna Carta? Sounds like it could be a really fun B-grade movie.
C: That’s just… odd.
E: Yeah, I don’t have much to say about that.
July 15th, 2011
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
E: Woot woot woot! Definitely the cinematic event of the summer for me. There’s hardly anything more exciting coming out all year. In fact, I’m hard pressed to think what that would be…
M: The Hobbit isn’t until next year, and as excited as I am for The Muppets it’s not quite as big a deal as this. So nope, this is the one.
C: SO EXCITED! And yet, so terrified! It’s going to be a gutwrencher. I’m expecting to cry buckets. I already have my ticket for the midnight show.
Winnie the Pooh
E: The trailer to this – set to “Somewhere Only We Know,” you know the one? That trailer makes me cry.
M: While it doesn’t make me cry, it makes me REALLY want this to be great, and gets my hopes up that it will.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
M: Never heard of it, why’d you put it on the list E?
E: I’ve heard of the book, which is supposed to be good. That’s about it.
July 22nd, 2011
Captain America: The First Avenger
E: I’m not sold that this is going to be any good, but I’d like it to be. It looks well made, but can’t help reminding me a little of the disaster that was Pearl Harbor.
M: I’m going to disagree with you on this one. When I heard about each movie, and their respective leading men, I was skeptical of both this and Green Lantern. When I saw the trailers for GL they looked to me like it was going to be a lesser quality movie (script and acting, not budget), and solidified my initial concerns. The commercials and trailers for Captain America, on the other hand, have totally drawn me in. Tommy Lee Jones looks well cast, Chris Evans actually looks like he might be able to pull off the role, and the Red Skull (the spectacular Hugo Weaving!) looks badass.
C: I’m with M. The trailer makes it look good. Also, I like Hayley Atwell.
E: Well, yes, there is Hayley Atwell. But Kate Beckinsale had great hair in Pearl Harbor, too.
Friends With Benefits
E: I dunno. I guess I’d rather see this than the similarly themed No Strings Attached? If you strapped me down to a chair and held a hypodermic to my eyeballs in order to make me watch one, that is.
M: Couldn’t the studio have rushed this so it came out the same week as No Strings, so we could have been rid of both of them at the same time?
July 29th, 2011
Cowboys and Aliens
C: I saw the trailer for this attached to First Class and couldn’t quite grasp what I was seeing. It looks like a rather dramatic movie; there are all these famous actors; and yet… cowboys vs. aliens?
E: To me, this is the second most exciting release of the summer. And that’s saying something, since I saw – and was really excited about – X-Men and Super 8.
M: I don’t know if it’s second on my list, but it’s up there. Love that Harrison Ford is back in a big budget crowd-pleaser, think the trailers look stunning, but I’m a little apprehensive overall, and I’m not sure why.
C: Because it’s cowboys vs. aliens, perhaps?
E: You guys, that’s the genius of it! I can’t wait.
E: My kids were intrigued by the trailer, which we saw before Cars 2. I’m dubious about Hank Azaria as Gargamel (fine for the kids, but for adult fans?), but pleased with the idea of Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays.
M: I haven’t seen any of the trailers or commercials, but based on our love for the show as kids, I feel like I have to see this.
C: Really? I liked the show when I was little too, but I’m not sure it’s the kind of thing that would hold up as an adult. It looks a bit… well, brainless.
Crazy Stupid Love
E: I’m actually quite excited about this one; this is an excellent weekend crop. Dan in Real Life was a terrific film, and if this Steve Carrell romantic dramedy can even come close to the territory he scaled in that under-appreciated film, it’s going to be so worth seeing. And with the cast being rounded out by Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone – yeah, I think it’s going to be a real pleasure.
M: I don’t know, it’s from the directors of Bad Santa…. and that can’t be a good thing.
E: Unless maybe it can. And I’m guessing it can…