Tomorrow is May 1st.With the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine we begin the best part of summer...The summer movie season.
Last year's summer class of 2008 gave us a new Marvel favorite superhero in Iron-Man (and the resurrection of Robert Downey Jr.'s career), it warmly welcomed back Indiana Jones, gave women a chance to catch up with Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte, and Batman and the Joker blew away the the competition and made a killing at the box-office (over $500 million to be exact).
As a public service, i'm gonna list the must see movies of the summer movie season tonight; tomorrow, the summer movies that are on the sense; and on Saturday, the summer movies you need to avoid like the plague.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July 17) - At the top of my list is the sixth movie installment to arguably one of the most beloved literary series of our time. You all know the deal with HBP: Harry, through the help of Professor Dumbledore, begins to learn the complex story of how Tom Riddle became Lord Voldemort, his role in the prophesy, and Voldemort's one vulnerability. Originally, Half-Blood Prince was scheduled to be released last year, but because of the writer's strike and the fact that Terminator Salvation was the only big movie Warner Bros. had in its summer arsenal, the date was moved to July. It's even darker and scarier than the other Harry Potter movies based on the look of the trailers, so once again, the children might might not be able to handle some of the darker magic and major character death that happens toward the end, but I can't wait.
Star Trek (May 8) - At first, I thought this would be a flop. Moving the date from Christmas Day to Summer didn't help alleviate my original conceptions either. Then came the second trailer that as attached to Quantum of Solace.
Then came the final trailer that was released a month ago.
Watch it for yourself.
J.J. Abrams (Mission: Impossible 3) has shot the shit out of this movie. Trekki fans will probably bust a nut watching the movie at midnight.
Funny People (July 31) - Director/writer Judd Appatow said that "I'm trying to make a very serious movie that is twice as funny as my other movies." Enter Funny People, a comedy-drama about a comedian who comes face to face with the prospect of dying. Adam Sandler's done some serious roles before (think Punch-Drunk Love, Spanglish), but from the looks of the trailer, this just might be his best.
Up (May 29) - Like all Pixar movies, there's not much we know about their latest creation. Something about an old man traveling around in the sky with his house with thousands of balloons and one pudgy, boyscout as his companion as the premise. And, like Pixar, we know they'll somehow top their latest feet, which was last year's groundbreaking classic, WALL-E, and make more shelf space for another Oscar.