With THE AVENGERS now officially smashing records in theatres around the world, there is no denying that the summer movie season is officially upon us. As a film critic, the summer is always an iffy time for me. I am all for big budget blockbusters; I like to shut my mind off and chill out just like the rest of you. Unfortunately, turning off these days is often not good enough for Hollywood. It seems to enjoy some of today's summer movies, one has to actually lower their intelligence to get on board. That's where I usually draw the line, y'know, while I still know how to do so. And so I scoured this summer's calendar and the following is a list of 10 titles I am betting will prove that a great summer movie doesn't have to be dumb to be enjoyed. In order of expected release ...
Directed by Wes Anderson
I'm a big Wes Anderson fan so anytime he comes out with a new film, I'm going to be excited for it. With a cast like this, how can I not be?
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN
Directed by Rupert Sanders
After that last Snow White movie, I'm ready to see the story be given a real chance to be re-imagined.
Directed by Ridley Scott
I'll see anything with Michael Fassbender in it these days. And I love this viral video!
Directed by Mark Andrews
After Pixar's last offering (CARS 2), it will be refreshing to see them get back to their original roots again. Well, I hope it will be anyway.
TO ROME WITH LOVEDirected by Woody Allen
Woody continues to travel the world and I am ready to follow him anywhere. Side note: I'm so happy to see the words, "Written & Directed by Woody Allen" to finally be proudly displayed in a trailer again.
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
A Channing Tatum stripper movie directed by Steven Soderbergh. Need I say more?
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
Directed by Marc Webb
Amazing, indeed. Too soon for a reboot? Who cares?! It's Spider-Man! I love the cast and I'm very curious to see how the (500) DAYS OF SUMMER director holds up in the big leagues.
Directed by Seth MacFarlane
MacFarlane brings his FAMILY GUY humour to the big screen for the first time and I'm skeptical but intrigued.
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES
Directed by Christopher Nolan
This is the big one! It might be the only movie that really matters this summer. Will it match the grosses of THE DARK KNIGHT? I doubt it. Will it be even better? I'm seriously hoping!
Directed by Sam Fell
I still haven't seen an animated film this year that I liked. My money is riding on this one.
And that's it! 10 whole movies I actually want to see all summer. I'm sure there will be more that pop up along the way but that's it for now. Geez. I might actually have to spend some time, gulp, outside! Getting fresh air! And playing sports! Or I can just see THE DARK KNIGHT RISES over and over again.