Apologies for the somewhat sporadic posts of late, but we have been spending a fair bit of time behind the scenes prepping our Hot Docs coverage. Trust me, you will want tune in next week to see which great documentaries you need to add to your must-see list. However, once Hot Docs is finished the summer movie season officially begins! Thanks to the Mamo podcast’s annual Summer Box Office Competition (there is still time to enter the contest), my mind is slowly getting ready for warm weather and cool theatres. Here are a few of the films I am most excited to see this summer:

GODZILLA

Godzilla (May 16th)
The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

Why I am excited: If there is one film outside of Captain America: The Winter Soldier that sold me solely based one trailer it this film.

Night Moves

Night Moves (May 30th)
A drama centered on three environmentalists who plot to blow up a dam.

Why I am excited: After Wendy and Lucy and Meek’s Cutoff, I am willing to follow Kelly Reichardt anywhere she wants to lead me.

22 Jump Street

22 Jump Street (June 13th)
After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt and Jenko when they go deep undercover at a local college.

Why I am excited: To this day I still laugh when thinking about some of the hilarious lines in the first film.

how to train your dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 13th)
Set five years after the first film, Hiccup and Toothless’ discovery of a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, threatens to disrupt the peace between humans and dragons.

Why I am excited: This seems like the animated film to beat this summer. Hopefully it lives up to the hype.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11th)
Survivors of the simian plague trigger an all-out war between humanity and Caesar’s growing forces.

Why I am excited: Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a pleasant surprise, so anticipation is high for this film. Plus Gary Oldman is always a bonus.

Boyhood

Boyhood (July 11th)
The life of a young man, Mason, from age 5 to age 18.

Why I am excited: Richard Linklater’s ambitious film has literally been years in the making.

Jupiter Ascending

Jupiter Ascending (July 18th)
In the future, a young destitute human woman becomes targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe, and begins her destiny to finish the Queen’s reign.

Why I am excited: Cloud Atlas proved that the Wachowskis still got it.

A Most Wanted Man

A Most Wanted Man (July 25th)
A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg where he gets caught in the international war on terror.

Why I am excited: This one is all about the casting, especially with Philip Seymour Hoffman involved!

Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1st)
In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan.

Why I am excited: Though I have never read the comic, I am curious to see how Marvel handles this one.

Sin City A Dame to Kill For

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (August 22nd)
The town’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants.

Why I am excited: Loved the first film, so I cannot wait to immerse myself in the visual aesthetic of Sin City once again.

6 Comments

  1. The studio is burying Sin City at the end of August when no one goes to the theater? That’s not usually a good sign. I’m curious about some of the others, but I don’t know if it’s enough to go to the theater to see them. Between this and my new job I may not do my Big Summer Movies posts this year. Or at the very least I may scale them back from pretty much one every week to maybe one per month.

    1. The release date is a bit worrisome, but I guess the studio figure that the box office take will be limited anyways because it is an R-rated film. Plus, with so many films being released during the peak summer months, it might be a wise move to wait until all the big titles are out of the way.

  2. I’m coming round to the thought of another Godzilla. Heck, if you’re going to remake/reboot a movie, it’s probably better that it’s a bad one you’re remaking!

    Guardians of the Galaxy is perhaps the most intriguing from the comic book hero canon, but I also have high hopes for the new X-Men.

    Night Moves intrigues. Hadn’t heard about that one before. Thanks for highlighting it.

    1. While I really enjoyed the Days of Future Past comic, I am a little hesitant about the film. The fact that every X-Men, and X-Men related, film feels the need to force itself into the same narrative flow bothers me a bit.

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