Thursday, May 29, 2008

Summer Lovin' 2008

I'm not a huge summer movie gal, but there is always a solid handful that I really, really want to see, and a couple that I NEED to see. Even though I had to stretch a bit to come up with so many, and even though I might not actually see all of them in theaters when the time comes, I've compiled a list of my ten most-anticipated summer flicks.

10. The Rocker: I admit that the trailer doesn't induce more than a couple base laughs, but Rainn Wilson starring in his own vehicle with The Full Monty director Peter Cattaneo at the helm has me just too curious...and hopeful.

9. Hamlet 2: Steve Coogan is a washed-up actor-turned-drama teacher who, when threatened by the school administration that the drama funding will be axed, comes up with a bizarrely inspired concept for a play: "Hamlet 2." How do the characters come back from the dead, asks the lovely Catherine Keener's character? A time machine, and they've got an extra passenger: Jesus. Did I mention that the play is a musical and features a song called "Rock Me, Sexy Jesus"? Sounds irresistible.

8. Hancock: I'm not the biggest Will Smith fan, but I like the idea of seeing him play against type as a mopey, grouchy, past-his-prime, not-so-super superhero. Plus, Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman have an Arrested Development reunion as a married couple. Mr. F!

7. Get Smart: This looks funny, but I feel like it's going to suck. Regardless, I love Steve Carell, and I will be there to support him.

6. The Wackness: Quirky indie stoner comedy that won Sundance's coveted heart this year. Ben Kingsley is a pothead, Juno's Olivia Thirlby gets more adorable and promising by the film, and Nickelodeon mainstay Josh Peck gets a chance to prove his chops.

5. Sex and the City: The Movie: I loved the show, and I'm a woman, so...

4. Wall-E: Pixar can basically do no wrong, and with a script comprised of virtually no dialogue, most of that being only robot sounds, this seems like their most audacious effort yet. And Wall-E is so cute!

3. Pineapple Express: I have high expectations for this Apatow production written by Superbad writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and directed by DAVID GORDON GREEN. Talk about trippy.

2. Vicky Cristina Barcelona: Woody Allen's latest film looks gorgeous, sexy, smart, and beyond fascinating. I'm in love with it already. Scarlett Johannson and Penelope Cruz are in top form (when Cruz has a good director, her talent shines), and they even make out, which is incentive for male viewers...and probably was pretty fun for Allen, as well. Oh, and Javier Bardem is officially the hottest leading man around.

1. The Dark Knight: Obviously.

So, there it is. And number five gets crossed off at 12:01 a.m. tonight! What a great start. Wow, I'm on fire.

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