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Inaugural Movie Diary: Summer Movie Season Boasts Best in Recent Years

May 6, 2013   //   by astahr   //   Work Samples  //  Comments Off on Inaugural Movie Diary: Summer Movie Season Boasts Best in Recent Years

Welcome to The Movie Diaries, my new blog centering on one of the things I love most in life—movies. It’s ironic that I grew up to be a movie-loving adult, because as a child movies were not relevant in my house.

To make a point as to how NOT important they were, I didn’t see Top Gun until a couple of years ago. In a way this is a plus, because now I can go back and see all those awesome ‘80s movies and rant/rave about them as a first-time viewer.

The point of this blog isn’t for me just to boast my opinion, even though it’s usually a strong one, and possibly always right. The point is to start a discussion. I want to share the excitement of awards season, holiday movie season, “old” movies that are now on DVD and of course, the blockbuster summer season.

So, here are my Top 10 picks of must-see-in-the-theater movies for the one of the most promising summer movie seasons I’ve seen in a couple of years, and another Top 10 on what can wait for the Redbox, On-Demand, Netflix, or however you watch at home.

Must Spend the Money to See

1.    Iron Man 3 (May 3) I saw this on opening night, and I give it a 9.5. It has everything—Tony Stark wit, a damsel in distress, pyrotechnics, good vs. evil, surprises and a script that keeps you into the movie from start to finish.

2.    Star Trek Into Darkness (May 17) The trailer looks fantastic. Hot cast (Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana) and stunning visuals—something best seen up close and personal on the big screen.

3.    The Hangover 3 (May 24) Going up against Fast & Furious for the same opening nights, I think this one will definitely take the box office for opening weekend. The end of the Wolfpack trilogy must be enjoyed with an audience full of movie goers.

4.    Fast & Furious 6 (May 24) I am a huge fan of this series, and always have been, minus Tokyo Drift (who actually liked that movie?). I happen to love Paul Walker and Vin Diesel, and with Michelle Rodriguez coming back from the dead, I can’t wait to see her behind the wheel.

5.    The Man of Steel (June 14) Possibly the best-looking movie of the summer. The trailer looked phenomenal. I can’t wait and will be there opening night.

6.    Monsters University (June 21) Mike Waszowski and friends are back! One of the greatest animated movies of all-time, Monsters Inc., was made like, forever ago. With so much time until the sequel, I have no doubt it’s gonna be “put-that-thing-back-where-it-came-from” awesome.

7.    Despicable Me 2 (July 3) The original was one of my favorite animated movies ever. I won’t rush to see this on opening night, but it’s definitely on my list of theater-worthy picks.

8.    Grown-Ups 2 (July 12) I am praying this is as good as it looks and it’s the summer’s funniest movie, minus maybe the Hangover, which at times to me was more outrageous than funny.

9.    The Wolverine (July 26) Hugh Jackman. X-Men franchise. That’s all I need to say. This is a can’t-miss.

10.  Kick-Ass 2 (August 16) This pick even surprised me. I rented the original one day on a whim, and I was pleasantly surprised. I loved it. I hope the sequel lives up to my expectations, and they were smart to release it late in the summer.

Can Wait for DVD/Blu-Ray

1. The Great Gatsby (May 10) Probably my most controversial pick. Everyone is clamoring about this movie, and yes it has a great cast and will be up there as one of the top movies of the summer. My problem is with the direction. Baz Luhrman has made this movie look like a circus sequel to Moulin Rouge. Nothing I care to see on the big screen. But I may go later in the summer as to not feel left out.

2. After Earth (May 31) Will Smith and Will Smith Jr. (insert sarcasm) in yet another space-agey what-the-hell-is-this type of movie. The only surprise here is that Smith’s movie isn’t opening closer to Independence Day. This will be a rental only if I have a spare dollar.

3. Now You See Me (May 31) Great cast (Jesse Eisenberg-the Social Network, Jake Gyllenhall, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Amanda Seyfried) and interesting plot. I just don’t want to spend the money to go to the theater for this one, considering the other blockbusters taking precedence.

4. The Internship (June 7) You almost can’t go wrong with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. Looks funny, and I may end up seeing this in the theater. But, it’s also one of those movies you look forward to renting on a dateless Friday night. I might save it for that excitement.

5. This is the End (June 12) With almost no press happening, I don’t thing even pretty much the entire cast of Pineapple Express can save this one.

6. World War Z (June 21) Brad Pitt’s newest try. If you’re a huge BP fan (I’m not) then I assume you’ll be first in line. I’ll wait for video.

7. White House Down (June 28) Yes, I know Channing Tatum is in this. I love him in pretty much anything. I just don’t care to see anything called “White House Down” on the big screen. It scares me. I’ll view it on a smaller scale.

8. The Lone Ranger (July 3) I saw the trailer, and yes, I know, it’s Johnny Depp. He has the same accent as Jack Sparrow, and the action looks great, but then you have Armie Hammer and I only see him as the twins in the Social Network and then more action and ugh. Rent it.

9. Red 2 (July 19) This is a sequel to Red 1. Does anyone remember that? Why are they making a sequel?

10.  Smurfs 2 (July 31) I never saw Smurfs 1. I’m sure they are both cute, and I’ll probably watch them both at the same time at the end of this awesome movie summer.

The Movie Diaries is a movie review and gossip blog. We hold allegiance to no studio, production company, media personnel or actor, except for Tom Hardy.

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