Maybe you can’t tell from this blog, but I am a bit of an indoor kid, so I will be spending most of summer bingeing “crap” television (i.e. amazing television) and going to the movies. Granted, the “official” summer movie season has already begun and at least three movies that would have made this list have already come out: Avengers: Age of Ultron (awesome), Pitch Perfect 2 (fun), and Mad Max: Fury Road (epic awesomeness). But I’m getting the list out before June, which seems like the actual start of summer, so cut me some slack.
Honorable Mentions: Vacation (July 29), Magic Mike XXL (July 1), Dope (June 19), Mr. Holmes (July 17), Paper Towns (July 24), Minions (July 10), The Fantastic Four (August 7)
10. Masterminds (August 19) Not a lot out for this one yet, but a movie starring Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig as bank robbers and Jason Sudeikis with a ‘stache? That will at least guarantee a good time even if it ends up not being any good.
9. The Diary of a Teenage Girl (August 7) The trailer for this Sundance darling just dropped this week and it seems to be my brand of quirky and weird. I am also a sucker for a good coming of age summer movie. I am not going to even touch the skeevy Alexander Skarsgard, even if I may want to with some degree of shame.
8. Spy (June 5) The track record of Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy teaming up for a summer comedy is pretty stellar and I am quite excited to see a comedic Jason Statham and Jude Law. The summer season is not a place for your broody period dramas. Give me a lot big action sequences or a lot laughs and I’m happy. I get both with this one.
7. Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (July 31) Little bit about my family, my dad is a pilot and any time there is a plane in a movie, he is bound to be complaining about the inaccuracies. Any time I see that trailer with Tom Cruise hanging off the side of that plane, I can hear my dad screaming in my head. The M:I movies may be a bit inaccurate, but they are always a good time.
6. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (June 12) I recently went to an even where they were handing out promotional items for this movie. I was quite pleased to be intrigued by the trailer for the movie that is plastered on my new towel and beach chair. Another quirky coming of age story (see number 9).
5. Jurassic World (June 12) If you know me at all, it will come a surprise that I am putting Chris Pratt at number five, but even the glory of Chris Pratt leading a pack of velociraptors apparently couldn’t surpass my excitement for the top 4.
4. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (August 14) Guy Ritchie movies tend to have a particular cool vibe that speaks to me and this one looks even more fun than most. The movie looks good, but do you know what looks really good? Henry Cavill.
3. Inside Out (June 19) Even better than Paul Feig and Melissa McCarthy’s track record is Pixar’s. A Pixar movie fronted by Amy Poehler about a teen girl’s emotions is sure to be an Ellen-pleaser if maybe not a crowd-pleaser, but it will probably be a crowd-pleaser, too.
2. Ant-Man (July 17) I feel like I can just leave it at “Paul Rudd in a Marvel movie”, but I’ll try to say a little more. The movie may have a bit of a storied production process, but remember that at this same time last year everybody was referring to Guardians of the Galaxy as “that Marvel space movie”.
1. Trainwreck (July 17) Bit of a disclaimer: I recently binge watched all of Inside Amy Schumer, so I am on a bit of Amy Schumer kick. The movie is also getting some good buzz from it’s SXSW premiere. At this point in my life, Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in a romantic comedy is probably going to be number one in my book, so I just went ahead and put it at number one.