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The City of Films Summer Movie Guide 2011

Friday, May 6th, 2011

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The 2011 Summer Movie Season is on and The City of Films has put together a guide to the must-see movies including a record number of sequels, highly anticipated blockbusters and lesser known movies. Grab a cold one as we take a look at this summer’s hot releases.  Note: Dates are subject to change – COF will keep it updated.

Summer Preview 2009

Monday, April 27th, 2009

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With the summer on its way it’s time to look forward to the movies of summer.  Here are the ones I will be checking out, don’t take offence if your top flick isn’t listed. It’s not you, it’s me…I hate most movies coming out these days.  Ok it’s you.  The usual mix of sequels (Terminator Salvation), prequels (Wolverine), remakes (The Taking of Pelham 123), reboots (Star Trek),  and big screen adaptations (G.I. Joe) will fill the movie house, here are the ones you should see:

upPixar’s UpTrailer
Starring: Christopher Plummer
Director: Pete Docter; Bob Petersen
Release Date: 29th May 2009

A lot of people liked Wall-E.  I was not one of them.  The movie if a bit more subtle in its message might have done a lot more for me.  Toy Story stands as the best of Pixar’s films.  This May we get UP from Pixar and from what I have seen and heard, it should take its place in the year’s best list.  It’s a sweet story of an old man who wants to live out his dead wife’s lifelong dream to explore the mountains. He does this by befriending a young boy who is an exploration enthusiast. I can’t wait.

transTransformers: Revenge Of The FallenTrailer
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox
Director: Michael Bay
Release Date: 26th June 2009

The guilty pleasure of summer.  I shouldn’t have liked the first Transformers movie, but I did.  It was a whole lot of fun to have in the theater and I can’t wait to see some more robots kick ass this summer.  We will likely see some more of Megan Fox’s stomach and Shia will be sure to get his sweat on all over again.  Rumor has it that the ‘Fallen’ are actually a third set of robots, who the Decepticons and Autobots have to team up to destroy. Who cares?

publicPublic EnemiesTrailer
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Channing Tatum
Director: Michael Mann
Release Date: 1st July 2009

This might be as close as we get to seeing  Johnny Depp cast opposite Christian Bale as the Riddler as those rumors suggest.   Michael Mann (HEAT) is at the helm so this should be one of the best of the year. Depp is John Dillinger and Bale the man on his trail in this crime thriller set during the crime wave of the 1930s that subsequently gave birth to the FBI.


brunoBrüno
Trailer
Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Alice Evans
Director: Dan Mazer
Release Date: 10th July 2009

After the box office gold that was Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat”, the British comedian is back with Bruno.  Bruno is a camp, over the top homosexual who claims to be an Austrian reporter and turns up in less open minded locations in which he is far from welcome; such as the conservative southern states of America, or soccer games.  Bruno once managed to make a spokesman completely change his opinion on Paris Hilton during the interview by claiming that The Hiltons were a key sponsor.

funnyFunny PeopleTrailer
Starring: Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen
Director: Judd Apatow
Release Date: July 31st 2009

The Judd posters are starting to get out of hand, “The # film by…”  Who gives a shit how many movies you got on your IMDB.  Remember that in the Kill Bill trailers, it was bigger than the title screen!  Besides the trailer that was a little too revealing for my taste, it’s obvious we have the writing and acting that we have come to love about the Apatow gang.  Sandler works best with the dramatic mix I think too, Punch Drunk Love anyone?  Seth Rogen’s first movie since he got thin…so there’s that.

basterdsInglourious BasterdsTrailer
Starring: Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Mike Myers
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Release Date: 21st August 2009

This one is more out of curiosity, to see if I can still stand to watch a Tarantino movie without feeling like a giant tool.  The type people who defend him and the type of people who hate him remind me a lot of Kevin Smith followers.  Fan clubs.  I think Tarantino makes movies for his fan club rather than for himself these days, he makes special QT moments in his movies so people will walk away talking about them instead of you know…focusing on the whole picture.  We will see I suppose.

h2imdbH2: Halloween 2Trailer
Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie
Director: Rob Zombie
Release Date: August 28 2009

I loved the first Halloween Zombie made, whatever you call it – a reinvention, remake, or reboot.  He did it justice, and now more than ever it seems like he got the version that the studio wanted out of the way, he is making something for him and his fans.  If you haven’t seen THE DEVILS REJECTS by the way, you know what you have to do this weekend.  It’s a nice look into the Directors head.

HONOURABLE MENTION

Watchmen – It came out March 6th, so it isn’t a summer movie.  It was one hell of a movie though, one of the year’s best so far.

Observe and Report – Released a few weeks back, this might be the best movie of the year so far.  This dark comedy should be studied.  So funny and interesting, I didn’t know Seth Rogen had this character in him.  Check it out.

WHY NOT?

X-Men Origins: Wolverine – I wish I could say that the reason I didn’t see it was because I saw a 100% bootleg version but I can’t.  I wouldn’t even watch that.  I have no interest in this story, and the taint on the X-Men movies still hasn’t washed away, and I’ve been taking four showers a day since X3.

Star Trek – The Starfeet looks to have an average age of 20 years old.  That’s what I want in a Star Trek movie, some kids from the park running around with phasers.