Saturday, April 27, 2013

Geek Guide For Summer Movies

Simon Peg as Scotty.  You can't go wrong with that choice

Let’s be honest, none of us want to see another wedding movie again in our lifetime.  And the nation’s obsession with Jennifer Aniston died two seasons before the end of Friends – so please Hollywood, don’t send us any more of her “gee I can’t find a man,” flicks.  We’re not buying into it. 

So what are the good geeks looking forward to this summer in the way of movies?  Here’s my short list for the next six months or so, in priority order:

Star Trek Into Darkness
Star Trek inspired me to be a writer and that loyalty has been repaid a thousand times over.  With the reboot of the Star Trek franchise, we learned that we all still love the Kirk, Spock, McCoy series…even with the new actors. 

The new movie looks dark.  It looks like Kirk may be in trouble with Starfleet Command, thus fulfilling his bad-boy image.  We have a villain that talks like a pretty scary villain.  The pre-release footage of the burning USS Enterprise crashing was, well, awesome.  There’s something in there for us die-hard Trek fans too, in the guise of Carol Marcus as a character. 

Even if this is a marginal movie, it’s going to be a big hit.  How do I know?  My wife, who hates Sci Fi, said, “That looks pretty awesome,” during the preview.  Hence it makes the top of my list. 

Ironman 3:
Let’s be blunt – after last summer’s Avengers, we are all looking forward to Tony Stark donning his armor again.  Robert Downey Jr. was born to play this role.  And the villain this time is Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley.  When I heard his voice over on the preview it sounded downright scary.  Stark is obviously struggling after the events of Loki’s little can of whoop ass opening on New York.  What is hinted at here is what is the key to the Marvel franchise movies – character development.  We see the characters grow, change, and advance with each movie.  Yes, I will be watching after the credits – duh!

Man of Steel:
We haven’t seen a lot of the Superman movie – but what tid bits that are out there are tantalizing.  After the last Superman flick, we’re all hoping that this one is a home run.  The managers of the DC intellectual property have struggled over the years to reach what Marvel has learned from trial and error.  The only downside to this movie is it looks like a replay of Superman II with General Zod.  Sure, it was fun in the 1970’s – but with all of the material available on Superman, why rehash something we’ve already seen? 

Still, I’m a sucker for comic-based movies.  So I’m all-in on Man of Steel. 

Red 2:
Red (Retired – Extremely Dangerous) was a great movie.  If you missed it, shame on you.  Go rent or buy it right now and we’ll forgive your earlier oversight. 

The sequel looks just as good.  Where the Expendables franchise is a retirement home for old action figures to play with new special effects; Red is good storytelling and acting with neat twists and turns.  Red 2 looks fantastic, with Anthony Hopkins coming into the mix as a scientist that built a nuclear bomb that is on the loose in Russia. 

Kick-Ass 2:
Kick Ass was a movie that caught me off guard.  I thought it was going to be different movie all together based on the trailers.  I was pleasantly surprised.  It was a violent, funny, twisted and totally weird romp. 

This movie looks good, despite Jim Carey’s involvement.  Lots of Hit Girl action, and let’s face it, that’s a good thing.  Exceedingly violent, crass humor – I’m all over this

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