Continuing with the Summer Movie Preview after already looking at the releases of May, we move into June...
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
The first two X-Men movies were very good, especially considering that we hadn't been introduced to the amazing Comic Book films that would follow in their wake (such as Iron Man and the Chris Nolan Batman films). The last two X-Men movies (Last Stand and Origins:Wolverine) were among the worst movies of their respective years. Bryan Singer (who directed the first two in the series) is back as producer, but my hopes aren't too high. My love for the stories and characters will probably get me into the theater, but how many more times can I be burned by FOX in regards to the X-Men brand?
THE LAST MOUNTAIN
A documentary that chronicles a fight that pits a mining corporation against a community. It looks like an interesting tale about the need for a declining resource and a town that hopes to survive and find a different way.
J.J. Abrams, who brought us Alias, was instrumental in the formation of LOST, and sucessfully rebooted the original Star Trek brings us his loving homage to Steven Spielberg's alien movie. Or, at least, that's how the trailer looks to me. Either way, I am stoked for this film, ET for a new generation.
JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER
Growing up, my favorite super heroes were Spider-Man and Superman. When expanding my horizons past these two heroes in the 90s, I discovered Green Lantern, a fantastic super-hero/sci-fi story. Recently when the Marvel storyline Civil War ended and everything went right back to the way it was before the story-line began, I got angry and put Marvel away for awhile. At that same time, Geoff Johns was starting the most incredible storyline in the DC verse, and it centered on the Green Lantern Corps. There is so much storytelling potential in these characters, and I really hope that this movie gets it right.
MR. POPPER'S PENGUINS
Jim Carrey stars in Hollywood's 9,344,764,323rd movie about Penguins in the last five years. (Numbers are most likely exact). I can guarentee that I will not be seeing this. Although, a fun fact I learned at the local Zoo, only 4 of the 17 types of Penguins actually live in cold climates. Movies don't tell you things like that. They make them seem as if Penguins only live in frigid conditions. False, my friends.
The trailer actually makes this film look beyond terrible, however it is PIXAR, so you know it will be at the worst enjoyable. If PIXAR was going to make a sequel to something in its arsenal beyond Toy Story, why, oh why, did they not go with INCREDIBLES 2? That's the sequel we all want to see, not Lightning McQueen and To Mater pretending to be (or mistaken for) spies in a car filled Europe. Sigh, someday we will get an INCREDIBLES 2; someday. I will, however, be seeing this in theater, if only for the Toy Story short that will run before the film.
Sometimes you're just in the mood for a crude romantic comedy. This looks like it might fit that bill. And Jason Segal is always a comedic genius.
A BETTER LIFE
Until Next Time, get your popcorn ready...