Summer, the time for fun in the sun, but more importantly, air conditioned multiplexes. You can take your beaches and BBQs, I’m all for sequestering myself into dark rooms with strangers and a tub of popcorn. Let’s dive into my top picks for movies to see this summer!
10. Jersey Boys (June 20) I’m a sucker for a good ol’ song and dance routine, especially when it is of the malt-shoppe-doo-woppy variety. A musical helmed by Clint Eastwood with virtual unknowns has me especially intrigued.
9. Edge of Tomorrow (June 6) This one has had me swayed since I saw the first footage at Comic Con. It looks like a gritty, sci-fi, Groundhog’s Day and I can get on board with that.
8. Let’s Be Cops (August 13) Movie, you had me at starring Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. Also, this is coming out on my birthday. Happy birthday to me, indeed.
7. Magic in the Moonlight (July 25) Yes, yes, Woody Allen is a bit taboo right now, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that he makes good movies (most of the time) and that this one stars Emma Stone and Colin Firth. As an Austenphile, I am contractually obligated to always believe in Colin Firth.
6. The Giver (August 15) File this under “Ellen’s Most Cautiously Anticipated Movies of Summer 2014”. As someone who loves young adult literature, I am, of course, familiar with the source material here. The trailer gives me much to worry over in regards to the fidelity, but I can also respect a good adaptation, no matter how unfaithful. The power of Meryl is helping to bolster me.
5. 22 Jump Street (June 13) I am sucker for stupid comedies and the previous 21 Jump Street had me hook, line, and sinker. It was also what convinced me to join the Channing band wagon, because he was funny and that is all it takes with me.
4. Godzilla (May 16) With all due respect to Mr. Jessica Parker, I am excited to see what looks like will be an actually good Godzilla movie. I also sat in on the Comic Con panel for this one and they talked a lot about how it is less a Godzilla movie and more a character study of people dealing with a Godzilla attack. Color me excited.
3. X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23) The latest trailer has me even more excited for May 23rd. I love me a good X-Men movie and, Fassbender bonus points aside, this looks like it is going to be good ‘un. The star power alone should be enough to make it amazeballs.
2. The Fault in Our Stars (June 6) Okay? Okay. This is another adaptation that has me worried, because I am not sure how all of John Green’s amazing book is going to translate to screen, but I am more excited than anything. Why I am excited to get my cry on, I don’t know, but I am guaranteed a good one.
1. Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1) I am taking a leap of faith here, because this could be terrible or too “weird” to find an audience. But no. I have faith. Faith in Marvel and the power of Chris Pratt’s abs, a power that cannot be denied. Also, hello? Karen Gillan, Lee Pace, John C. Reilly, and Bradley Cooper as a machine gun toting raccoon? More than anything, it will be fun to see Marvel work outside of the Avengers. Don’t make me regret putting you at number one, Marvel.
What has you pumped/nervous? Let us know in the comments!