Monday, March 23, 2009

Bruno’s Inglorious Summer Treks Upward

Now that spring is officially here, it is time for my annual look at the top 10 summer movies that have caught my interest so far.

10. Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins - I have been on the fence about this film for a while. I loved the first to films but found to be Terminator 3 both unnecessary and awful. While I believe Christian Bale can raise the material back to the level of the first two Terminators, I am still not sold on McG as a director. Lastly, Bale’s vicious rant at the director of photography on the set of Salvation has been spoofed so much that it has become bigger than the actual film. Why is it on my list then? To be honest, I find the robot who thinks he’s human angle intriguing. Hey, it worked brilliantly on Battlestar Galactica.

9. Star Trek – I am neither a Trekkie nor a Trekker, yet curiosity is main reason why I want to see this flick. Having seen all the other Star Trek movies, I am curious to see what new angle J.J. Abrams will bring to this exhausted franchise.

8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – While I enjoyed the books, I must admit that I have lost the zeal to rush out and see the movies. I still think The Prisoner of Azkaban is the best movie adaptation of the series so far. The footage from Half-Blood Prince seems very promising though. Hopefully it will stay true to the darker tone of the text.

Year One – Sometimes you just need a silly comedy to end off a rough week. Year One looks to fit that bill perfectly. Staring Jack Black and Michael Cera, while featuring the likes of Oliver Platt, David Cross, Paul Rudd and Hank Azaria, the comedic talent alone pretty much guarantees that there will be several big laughs in this movie.

6. Up – What is summer without a Pixar film? Although the early trailer has not wowed me, I am willing to give this movie a shot anyways. Will it be up there with the company’s best works (e.g. The Incredibles, Wall-E, Toy Story 2, Ratatouille, etc.)? Or will it fall closer to the bottom of the Pixar spectrum (e.g. Monsters Inc., A Bug’s Life)? Only time will tell…

5. Bruno – Can Sacha Baron Cohen duplicate his Borat-style satire on unsuspecting Americans once again? That remains to be seen. Regardless, it should be fun watching him try. The official trailer is not out yet, so this clip from the Da Ali G Show will have to do for now.

4. G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra – I scoffed at the idea of yet another staple of my childhood being turned into an awful movie. After seeing the teaser trailer, I had to admit the kid inside me got a little giddy. I know that by paying to see this movie I am basically giving Hollywood permission to ruin my childhood even further in the future (please leave Thundercats alone!). Yet my strong childhood nostalgia will likely cause me to purchase a ticket for this flick. Excuse me while I go and bow my head in shame.

3. Funny People – Adam Sandler, Jason Schwartzman, Eric Bana and RZA in a serious Judd Apatow film? Definitely not the works many would expect to hear from an Apatow production. The question still remains how serious will the movie be considering that Apatow comedic regulars Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and the vastly underrated Leslie Mann also populate the cast? Regardless, this film, about a comedian’s near death experience, looks to have the right amount of drama and bittersweet humour.

2. Inglourious Bastards – While I am the small minority of people who think Quentin Tarantino’s segment of Grindhouse, Death Proof, was far better than Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror, there is no denying the fact that Tarantino’s star has faded a bit over recent years. The backlash to Tarantino’s style of films has been building for quiet sometime and I do not expect it to quell anytime soon. This remake is bound to stir up even more debate amongst both the pro-Tarantino and anti-Tarantino camps. Still there is something enticing about the idea of Tarantino bringing his over-the-top violence and stylized dialogue to the already saturated World War II genre.

1. Public Enemies – A film based on the life of Depression-Era outlaw John Dillinger starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, and directed by Michael Man. Do I really need to say anymore?

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