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III
04-16-2008, 11:47 PM
I keep finding myself in discussions about all the great movies that are coming out this summer but I can never remember them all so I compiled this working list. I figured y'all might get some use from the list as well. (Note: someone else can add chick flicks)

Action / Adventure
The Dark Knight (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0468569/)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0367882/)
Iron Man (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0371746/)
The Incredible Hulk (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0800080/)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0411477/)
Speed Racer (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0811080/)
The X-Files (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0443701/)
Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3-D (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0373051/)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0499448/)

Action / Comedy
The Forbidden Kingdom (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0865556/) – Jackie Chan / Jet Li
Hancock (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0448157/) – Will Smith

Comedy
Kung Fu Panda (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0441773/) – Jack Black (animated)
WALL-E (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0910970/) (animated)
The Love Guru (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0811138/) – Mike Meyers
Get Smart (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0425061/) – Steve Carell
Meet Dave (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0765476/) – Eddie Murphy
Pineapple Express (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0910936/) – Seth Rogan
Step Brothers (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0838283/) – Will Ferrell
You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0960144/) – Adam Sandler
Baby Mama (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0871426/) – Tina Fey

mscelina
04-16-2008, 11:48 PM
INDY!

sorry, couldn't resist.

Calla Lily
04-16-2008, 11:55 PM
(Note: someone else can add chick flicks)


:e2file:
Wuss.

mikeland
04-17-2008, 12:01 AM
Narnia is a comedy? That explains a lot.

You missed Wall-E. The next Pixar movie.

Or is this just a list of the movies you actually think will be good?

III
04-17-2008, 12:24 AM
Narnia is a comedy? That explains a lot.

You missed Wall-E. The next Pixar movie.

Or is this just a list of the movies you actually think will be good?

D'oh - thanks, I'll fix that categorization. I actually haven't heard of Wall-E, but I've added that one to the list. I think most of these movies will be good except the last 4 on the list. The only ones I think will actually be great are the first 2, but the rest should be entertaining. Hancock might be a surprise hit and I'm hoping the Love Guru will be worth the wait. It looks lame but Mike Meyers is so brilliant it might take a while to really digest the humor.

katiemac
04-17-2008, 12:47 AM
For now, I'm looking forward to Wall-E (!!) and Dark Knight. I'm frightened of Indiana... I want to see the reviews first. And if I like Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I'll also see Pineapple Express.

mikeland
04-17-2008, 01:42 AM
I can't say that I'm dying to see any of the movies this summer. Except maybe Indiana Jones because of the amazing nostalgia rush it'll give me. Just hearing the theme song makes me tingly.

Iron Man could be OK.

I liked the last Batman, so I'll probably give props to Heath and see this one.

Same with Narnia (without the Heath props).

They should agree to retire the Hulk -- I'll be shocked if that one is good.

Based on the Speed Racer trailer, I think the movie would give me a seizure, but I'm about 20 years older than their target demo.

Loved the X-Files. Scared the movie will suck worse than the last one.

Re: Hancock. you're right, III. That one is a wild card. The original script sold a long time ago. It was really dark about an existential superhero who had given up. It has been worked over and WillSmith-a-cized, so who knows what it is now. I'm curious.

The comedies are all a shot in the dark. Who knows? I do have to say that the only trailer I've even had a chuckle during was Kung Fu Panda. That is kind of sad for the rest of them.

ChunkyC
04-17-2008, 01:52 AM
The ones I'm really chomping at the bit for are Indy, The Dark Knight and Hellboy II. I'm hoping Hancock and Get Smart are good. The trailer for Hancock (http://www.apple.com/trailers/sony_pictures/hancock/large.html) is hilarious.

orion_mk3
04-17-2008, 01:59 AM
I'd add "Wanted" to the list--the first English-language movie by the director of the "Night Watch" series. The trailers look good and it has a fine cast (also Danny Elfman :)). There's also "The Mummy 3," which I'm not particularly excited about but which would make a nice list addition.

I'm very stoked for a lot of these films; if they life up to their potential, this summer should be terrific. Sequels to great movies--Indy, Hellboy, Batman, Caspian--have me the most excited at the moment, but I'm also itching to see new properties like Wall-E (Pixar hasn't had a dud yet) and the aforementioned Wanted. On the other hand, I can't really get excited for Iron Man or the Hulk, and none of the comedies really appeal.

As a geeky score collector, I couldn't be happier. A new Williams, a new Gregson-Williams, a double helping of Elfman, and a new, uh, Newman. Goodbye CD budget.

katiemac
04-17-2008, 08:08 AM
Just watched the Hancock trailer. I'll probably see that one--I'm a sucker for superhero stories.

That said, it's not until 2009, but I'd say this movie (http://watchmenmovie.warnerbros.com/)is the next one to get excited about. Of course, without trailers, I might retract that statement before showtime.

maestrowork
04-17-2008, 08:20 AM
Don't forget the Mummy III. This time they're in China.

III
04-17-2008, 06:05 PM
Just watched the Hancock trailer. I'll probably see that one--I'm a sucker for superhero stories.

That said, it's not until 2009, but I'd say this movie (http://watchmenmovie.warnerbros.com/)is the next one to get excited about. Of course, without trailers, I might retract that statement before showtime.

I wonder if they'll ever do a live action Avengers movie or Superfriends movie with an ensemble cast from the individual films. That could be really good. Thanks for the heads up on the Watchmen!


I can't say that I'm dying to see any of the movies this summer. Except maybe Indiana Jones because of the amazing nostalgia rush it'll give me. Just hearing the theme song makes me tingly.

Iron Man could be OK.

I liked the last Batman, so I'll probably give props to Heath and see this one.

Same with Narnia (without the Heath props).

They should agree to retire the Hulk -- I'll be shocked if that one is good.

Based on the Speed Racer trailer, I think the movie would give me a seizure, but I'm about 20 years older than their target demo.

Loved the X-Files. Scared the movie will suck worse than the last one.

Re: Hancock. you're right, III. That one is a wild card. The original script sold a long time ago. It was really dark about an existential superhero who had given up. It has been worked over and WillSmith-a-cized, so who knows what it is now. I'm curious.

The comedies are all a shot in the dark. Who knows? I do have to say that the only trailer I've even had a chuckle during was Kung Fu Panda. That is kind of sad for the rest of them.

Sounds like we're about in the same boat, Mike. I was stoked to hear Ed Norton was doing The Incredible Hulk, but looking at the previews, it's the same terrible CGI Hulk so I'm not holding out any hopes for it. And as much as nostalgia compels me to want to see Speed Racer, the racing scenes do look absolutely vomit-inducing.

Calla Lily
04-17-2008, 06:12 PM
Anyone remember the live action Thunderbirds movie? (pauses to vomit) I've seen the Speed Racer previews. It looks just as gag-inducing.

mikeland
04-17-2008, 06:40 PM
I wonder if they'll ever do a live action Avengers movie or Superfriends movie with an ensemble cast from the individual films. That could be really good.

I'm pretty sure they've sold the rights to the Avengers. But last I saw they hadn't made any final decisions on which superheroes would be in it. (Over the years, pretty much the entire Marvel universe has been in that group.)

They were also hot on the heels of a Justice League movie (which would have had most of the Superfriends in it). They had cast a bunch of (mostly unknown) actors, but then the strike put it on semi-permanent hold.

I doubt that they'll ever make these ensemble movies with the actors from the other movies however. It would take an amazing amount of cooperation among the producers/directors/actors of the individual movies to bring that together. A bunch of people would undoubtedly have to put their egos aside to make it happen. Remember, this is Hollywood we're talking about.

III
04-17-2008, 06:51 PM
If they did make a Superfriends movie, Maestrowork would have to be Zan. Katiemac could be Jana. Charlie, you wanna be the voice of the CGI Gleek?

childeroland
04-17-2008, 07:14 PM
Rumor has it that George Miller's upcoming (?) Justice League film was at one point largely inspired by Superfriends.

cethklein
04-17-2008, 07:52 PM
Hellboy is the only one I'm interested in. Possibly Imdiana Jones but only if Spielberg did msot of the movie. As lnog as Lucas didn't have too much creative control, maybe it'll be good. After The Phatom Menace, I cringe at the thought of what Lucas could do to this film.

ChunkyC
04-17-2008, 08:16 PM
Charlie, you wanna be the voice of the CGI Gleek?
I'm always up for voice work. :)


Possibly Imdiana Jones but only if Spielberg did msot of the movie. As lnog as Lucas didn't have too much creative control, maybe it'll be good. After The Phatom Menace, I cringe at the thought of what Lucas could do to this film.
Well, Lucas and Spielberg made the other Indy movies and they are in the same roles as before (producer and director respectively), so it has all the potential to be a total blast.

childeroland
04-17-2008, 08:37 PM
For whatever it's worth, someone is telling the writers at Chud not to get their hopes skyhigh for Indy 4.

cethklein
04-17-2008, 08:37 PM
Yeah but George Lucas also was in the same role for the more recent Star Wars films as he was during the original three and we all know how that turned out.

I love the Indy films and REALLY hope this one is good but I have reservations.

ChunkyC
04-17-2008, 09:07 PM
Yeah but George Lucas also was in the same role for the more recent Star Wars films as he was during the original three and we all know how that turned out.
Actually, no, he wasn't. Lucas only directed the first of the original three. Irvin Kershner directed The Empire Strikes Back (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080684/) and Richard Marquand directed Return of the Jedi (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086190/).

cethklein
04-17-2008, 09:26 PM
Well ok but Lucas DID direct the newer ones and that's what matters (didn't he? i thought he did?)

childeroland
04-17-2008, 09:32 PM
*crosses chest* He did. Sweet Jebus, he did.

Incidentally, the new Miyazaki is supposed to make its way here in June.

ChunkyC
04-17-2008, 09:36 PM
Yeah, Lucas directed all three of the newer ones. I enjoyed them, but they didn't have the same magic as the original trilogy. I think George was so wrapped up in the technology that he forgot about telling the story.

But with Spielberg in the director's chair for Indy, I don't have that fear. He's shown time and time again that he can get the story on screen no matter what kind of technological gimmickry he does or doesn't use.

maestrowork
04-22-2008, 05:40 AM
WANTED with Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy looks really good.

ChunkyC
04-22-2008, 06:08 PM
WANTED with Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy looks really good.
I'm ready to hate it, Ray. They're assassins, people who commit murder for a living. Once again, Hollywood wants us to root for people who should be locked up. I really despise movies that send the message that it's okay to commit the crime our society deems the most heinous as long as you believe your reason for doing it is righteous.

maestrowork
04-22-2008, 06:15 PM
But...but, what about James Bond? He has a license to kill. :)

I see what you mean on the philosophical level, but on the entertainment level, there's just something sexy about assassins especially if they look like Angelina Jolie (she played another one in Mr. & Mrs. Smith). Normally, these assassins only kill the bad guys, so I guess it justifies their job much like Bond's does.

Will Lavender
04-22-2008, 06:44 PM
I'm ready to hate it, Ray. They're assassins, people who commit murder for a living. Once again, Hollywood wants us to root for people who should be locked up. I really despise movies that send the message that it's okay to commit the crime our society deems the most heinous as long as you believe your reason for doing it is righteous.

When you're in these kinds of movies, it's like entering another plane of reality. I think the idea of "righteousness" and "message" are sort of moot when it comes to films like this. The ethics of the film are innate to the fictional situations themselves; they don't carry over from the real world -- much like in science fiction, where above-the-law bounty hunters and murderous trickster-villains who win the audience's approval abound.

So I don't mind it. Not that I'm a huge fan of the assassin genre, but it has produced some extremely good films (and novels). Grosse Point Blank, The Professional, etc. etc.

VeggieChick
04-22-2008, 06:57 PM
Indy
X-Files
The Happening (that's summer, isn't it?)

ChunkyC
04-22-2008, 07:35 PM
Good points, Ray and Will. I do like the Bond films, for example. I think the fantasy element helps there. If the film distances itself from reality enough, then rooting for the killer also becomes fantasy. However, if the story is told in such a way that it presents itself as a more realistic depiction of the real world, yet still wants me to cheer for someone who is morally corrupt, then I start to have problems with it. Street Kings, for example.

I may well end up liking Wanted, but there'll have to be some pretty good filmmaking and storytelling to overcome my innate distaste for 'killer as hero' films. From what I've seen in the trailers, there does seem to be a 'fantastic' element to it, so maybe it'll work for me. We'll have to see. :)

maestrowork
04-22-2008, 07:41 PM
I think Wanted is fantasy -- I mean, look at the trailer. Curve the bullet? It's pure fantasy, so I'm ready to enjoy it for what it is.

As for drama, I agree. As much I was fascinated with the character, I couldn't really get into American Psycho, for example. I don't mind morally corrupt, but I need to have something to root for, some kind of redeeming value. That's why I could sympathize with Matt Damon in the Talented Mr. Ripley but still loathe what he did at the same time. And then there's assassin movies like the Bourne series that make you root for the protagonist because he is not just another killer.

ChunkyC
04-22-2008, 08:41 PM
Good examples, Ray. We meet Bourne after he's been changed by whatever caused his amnesia and he's backed into a corner. Now he's using skills the 'bad guys' taught him, against them. I can root for him under those circumstances.

III
04-22-2008, 09:27 PM
The Happening (that's summer, isn't it?)

Yep (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0949731/). Not to be confused with the blockbuster prequel scheduled for release around Thanksgiving ...

http://www.sitcomsonline.com/whatshappening/wh.jpg



As for drama, I agree. As much I was fascinated with the character, I couldn't really get into American Psycho, for example.

You're just jealous because his business card was way nicer than yours and you don't "get" Huey Lewis.

JerseyGirl1962
04-22-2008, 09:36 PM
I'm stoked for the Indy movie; I lurve Harrison Ford! :D:Hug2:

And I don't care what the reviews are for the movie - I'm going! (Erm, I'll bring along hubby, too.)

Iron Man looks like it might be good. But I'll wait for reviews on that one.

I remember the original Hulk when it came out a couple of years ago, and I thought the CGI sucked, so I figure the same will be true for this one.

None of the other films appeal, although you never know...

~Nancy

JerseyGirl1962
04-22-2008, 09:41 PM
Yep (http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0949731/). Not to be confused with the blockbuster prequel scheduled for release around Thanksgiving ...


I loved What's Happenin' - especially Dee. I modelled a lot of my snarkiness on her snarkiness, heh. :D

Funny how it was originally only supposed to be "burned off" during the summer. One of the rare shows that I watched that didn't get cancelled soon after I started watching. :tongue

~Nancy

maestrowork
04-22-2008, 09:49 PM
You're just jealous because his business card was way nicer than yours and you don't "get" Huey Lewis.

I will cut you!

III
04-22-2008, 09:50 PM
I loved What's Happenin' - especially Dee. I modelled a lot of my snarkiness on her snarkiness, heh. :D

Funny how it was originally only supposed to be "burned off" during the summer. One of the rare shows that I watched that didn't get cancelled soon after I started watching. :tongue

~Nancy

I answered the phone and said "hello" very nicely, "hello" just like that, and he said "who's this?" so I said "who are you?" and he said "your papa" so I said "oh yeah? well yo mama!"

Oh Dee, your wife as Mrs. III would have been so wonderful if only you'd have answered my fan mail.

mikeland
04-23-2008, 01:11 AM
I loved What's Happenin' - especially Dee. I modelled a lot of my snarkiness on her snarkiness, heh. :D

Funny how it was originally only supposed to be "burned off" during the summer. One of the rare shows that I watched that didn't get cancelled soon after I started watching. :tongue

~Nancy

I would put in my vote for What's Happenin' to get a big screen remake treatment.

Chris Rock as Raj, Bernie Mac as Dwayne Wayne and Cedric the Entertainer as Rerun. Best. Movie. Ever.