Summer movies we’re geeking out about

June 2, 2011 by Brad McElhinny
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It’s movie season, which means we’ll soon be sitting in the dark, enjoying the air conditioning, getting jujubes confectionaries stuck to our clothing and spilling super-sized soda pops on our pants.

Yay!

And this summer seems particularly action-packed. It hit a couple of weeks ago like Thor’s hammer and doesn’t seem like it will let up until August.

Double-yay!

Some of us are having trouble deciding what movie to focus our excitement on. Take Ashley Craig for example:

So I’ve got a list, all of which I’m super excited over and will likely see alone. Yeah. I’m that nerd.

So far my list consists of X-Men, Captain America, The Tree of Life, Super 8, Cars 2, Colombiana and maybe Transformers since Megan Fox is out.

Here’s what the rest of us are geeking out about:

Nerd: Me, Brad McElhinny

Movie: Green Lantern

Comes out: June 17

This could all go wrong. It could be too heavy on special effects. It could be the Fantastic Four of DC Comics movies.

But even the trailer gives me butterflies and makes my arm hairs stand on end. For a funny book dweeb, it’s so cool seeing what seems like old friends on the big screen. Look, there’s Abin Sur! Look, there’s Kilowog! Hey, there are the Guardians of the Universe! It’s Oa! (“It’s Oa” would be an excellent half-hour comedy on the SyFy channel. Oa is a planet inhabited by the Guardians of the Universe and they’re cranky little blue guys in robes. What’s not funny about that?)

And then to hear the Green Lantern oath — “In brightest day, in blackest night, etc., etc. — that really produces the chills.

Ryan Reynolds looks like a winning Green Lantern, too. He looks good humored — moreso than Hal Jordan has ever been portrayed.

Making time to go see this movie in the theater? Yes, I’ve got the willpower for it.

Nerd: Jared Hunt

Movie: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Comes out: June 29

I’m  interested in seeing the new Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie.

Not so much for the plot, but — given its subtitle — I’m interested to see if the movie tracks along with Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon!

 

 

 

Nerd: Ashlee Maddy

Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Comes out: July 15

It’s a film franchise more than a decade in the making. This summer, we will see the final showdown between one of modern cinema’s greatest villains and one of the greatest protagonists–Lord Voldemort and The Boy Who Lived.

For 10 years, the Harry Potter franchise has been building to the final two hours of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. The terrific trio (Harry, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger) must decide if all their sacrifices have been worth it.

For those who haven’t read the books, this film finally reveals where Severus Snape’s allegiance lies. We must also say goodbye to several characters we have grown to love during the climatic Battle at Hogwarts.

It really comes down to the quintessential question–can Good triumph over Evil? I can’t wait for July 15!!

 

Nerd: Duane Maddy

Movie: Cowboys and Aliens

Comes out: July 29

I am looking forward to a lot of movies this summer. The one that captures my attention more than any other is ‘Cowboys and Aliens’ directed by John Favreau, but includes help from heavy hitters Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.

The film has an all-star cast that includes Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde and the very underrated actor, Sam Rockwell. The plot is exactly what it sounds like. Arizona is invaded by a spaceship in 1873. The aliens’ intention is to overthrow the earth. The only thing standing in the way is a select gang of rough ridin’ cowboys. The film is based on a 2006 graphic novel by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley…and every kid’s imagination since 1950.

Nerd: Josh Work

Movie: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Comes out: August 26

Outside of the various comics-related movies coming this summer, I’m a bit curious about the remake of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” set to come out this August.

I’m not usually a big fan of horror films, but Guillermo del Toro has producer credits. I’m a big fan of his “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “The Orphanage,” and the “Hellboy” movies were pretty great, too.

Katie Holmes is the lead actress, which is a bit of a turn-off, but Guy Pearce as the father figure might redeem it.

How about you? What movie has you excited most?

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4 Responses to “Summer movies we’re geeking out about”

  1. What about X-Men: First Class? I’m so freaking excited for that one! LOL

  2. bradmcNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, totally. I saw the preview while at Thor, and that one looked better than I’d expected. It seems to be getting really good reviews, too.

    Each of us just picked a movie and for some reason nobody snagged that one.

  3. Duane MaddyNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t go to movies too often, X-Men: First Class is one I am going to at a Midnight showing…something I never do!

  4. mountiesNo Gravatar says:

    Rise of The Planet of the Apes!

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