Wednesday, May 02, 2007

2007 Summer Movie Preview - There Are Movies That Don't End In 3, But Where Did the Movie Stars Go?

Well, it's May and nowadays, it's considered the beginning of the summer movie season! So time to check our brains at the door! Anyways, here's a listing of movies that intrigue me so far (from the info I know, some lots, some little, all after finally having time to peruse Entertainment Weekly's Summer Movie Preview). The following are listed in order of opening dates (usually the first one, if it opens in limited release. Dates subject to change due to studio execs fearing bigger movies clobbering them and trying to get them far far away). There's the big big big movie's that I'll see anyways (Spiderman 3, Pirates of the Caribbean 3, Shrek 3) but they don't really need more press (though neither does Harry Potter 5 but I'm still going to mention it again anyways).

Waitress (limited LA and NY May 2, opens nationwide throughout the month)
This is the movie with Keri Russell (Felicity), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Jeremy Sisto (Six Feet Under) and Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and it's supposedly a splendidly warm and loving little movie directed by Adrienne Shelly who unfortunately was murdered last November in her own apartment. The NY Times already likes it, it got raves at Sundance and I'm really looking forward to this one. If there might be a little indie movie to break out this year, this might be the one. Plus, it's like a gathering of TV Star favorites all in one sitting!

Paris Je T'aime (May 4 in NY, May 18 in LA, Additional Cities to Follow)
18 stories directed by more than 20 directors starring more (international) actors than a Robert Altman film all as a love tribute to Paris. I'm getting hot under the collar just thinking about it.

Away From Her (May 4)
A movie about old people directed by the very young Sarah Polley based on a short story by Alice Munro and pretty much all Canadian funded (read: bleak). I know. Screams blockbuster doesn't it?

Knocked Up (June 1st)
Much like The 40 Year Old Virgin, the poster alone is funny and I think Seth Rogen (Undeclared) and Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy) will do a bang up job getting knocked up (get it? get it?). Plus, it's like a gathering of TV Star favorites all in one sitting! Again!

Evan Almighty (June 22)
Speaking of the The 40 Year Old Virgin, if anybody can turn a sequel of a so-so movie without its original star into a laugh riot, my money would be on Steve Carrell. Oh look, they plucked then unfamous Steve Carrell from the original (Bruce Almighty) and cast him in the "sequel" where God makes him build an Ark, Noah styled, with Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls) on hand as his wife. Plus, it's like a gathering of TV Star favorites all in one sitting! Again again!

A Mighty Heart (June 22)
They will probably never do a great job with this, but then again, who would have thought United 93 would have turned out so moving and poignant, and as with that movie, this one has another critically acclaimed British director attached. Angelina Jolie plays Marianne Pearl during the whole ordeal of her husband Daniel's kidnapping and subsequent death at the hands of Al Qauda. Plus it has Dan Futterman (Judging Amy, The Birdcage, writer of Capote) as Daniel Pearl. I'm completely intrigued even though I'm not a huge Angelina movie fan (though as a person, I think she's pretty cool).

Ratatouille (June 29)
It's Pixar. Do I really need to say more? They turned cars, a fish, monsters in the closet, bugs and toys into lovable characters. A rat with a love for fine French dining should be no problem.

Evening (June 29)
I have no idea what this is about but just look at the cast. I'm a sucker for these big casts.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (July 13)
It's about some boy wizard in battle with some evil guy that starts with a V. I hear it's based on some book?

Hairspray (July 20)
As I've stated before, I'm super excited about this movie for a musical I thought was so-so. Again, big cast. Me. Sucker.

Talk To Me (July 20)
Don Cheadle, Taraji P. Henson (superb in Hustle & Flow) and Chiwetel Ejiofor in a Kasi Lemmons film. Looks a bit formulaic and treacly but I want to see it as part shameless plugging and in part for the cast.

No Reservations (July 27)
I just want to see Catherine Zeta Jones eat. Aaron Eckhart feeding her doesn't hurt either.

Fat Girls (July)
Looks seriously indie and cheap and super sweet and funny.

Charlie Bartlett (August 3)
Seems like half the cast of Degrassi TNG is in it, along with Hope Davis and Robert Downey Jr. , about a teen who runs a nice scam. Buzz before the shoot was that the script was pretty clever for a "high school teen" movie. Looks interesting.

The Bourne Ultimatum (August 3)
Okay, fine. One part 3 movie on my list. It's again being directed by Paul Greengrass (United 93) who also did The Bourne Supremacy. Seriously, it's like the smart man's guide to action movies. Cannot WAIT! Who would have thought Matt Damon would have made a great action hero? Surely not after seeing School Ties!

Superbad (August 17)
Michael Cera (Arrested Development) is in it. That's enough to sell me. Superbad looks Supergood (you know I had to!)!

The Invasion (August 17)
Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. SOLD! I don't care what this movie is about, or that it's a remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. I'm totally SOLD!

Eleven Men Out (August 24)
A gay guy comes out to his soccer team in Iceland. Another blockbuster winner! Seriously though, can't wait!

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