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Summer Movies 2014

With Captain America: The Winter Soldier apparently kicking off the 2014 Summer movie season, I decided to list the movies that I’m looking forward to this Summer. Because, apparently, a movie that came out in April a “summer movie”, but I guess that’s how things work. Anyway, these are the movies that I’m most anticipating during the summer. If anything, this is really probably just an admission of how well or how poorly a movie was advertised to me as an individual. That has no real bearing on how good or bad I think the movie might be, but let’s pretend that means something.

10. Transformers: Age of Extinction (June 27)

Michael Bay is back with a new leading man and some new Transformers. This June the 4th installment of his Transformers series hits theaters. I suspect that, like me, most people are either burnt out or wary of another Transformers movie. I’m neutral on the idea of Mark Wahlberg being the new star of the franchise but what really got me was the Dinobots. Regardless of how I felt about there being another film, as soon as I saw Grimlock on the screen I knew this movie was going to get my money.

9. Neighbors (May 9)

At first glance this appears to be another Jud Appatow / Seth Rogen jaunt that’s going to be full of sophomoric and uninteresting humor. Surprisingly I’ve heard very good things about this movie from its earlier screenings. That plus seeing some interesting casting (Hannibal Buress, Jason Mantzoukas and Dave Franco) has peaked my interest in this frat vs. family movie.

8. The Fault In Our Stars (June 6)

The book that has produced private tears and public emotional outbursts on social media is now being made into a movie. I don’t know a lot about The Fault In Our Stars, other than that it’s a book written by John Green and that it’s apparently very emotional and intense. I’ll being seeing this movie because I’m just curious to see what all the fuss is about.

If you don’t have friends who’ve read the book, here’s some reactions that might give you an idea of what I’m talking about. This a different age group than my friends, but the reactions seem pretty similar.

7. Lucy (August 8)

It’s Scarlett Johansonn in a summer action movie. Since it doesn’t look like the Black Widow will be getting her own feature film any time soon, I’m hoping that this will be the next best thing. Adding Morgan Freeman and a mind expanding drug into the mix makes me think that this movie’s going to be a cross between Wanted and Limitless. If that’s all this movie turns out to be, I’ll be more than fine with it. Unfortunately, the trailer does make it look like the movie may get too over the top for its own good.

6. X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23)

I have not been a fan of Fox’s overall treatment of the X-Men franchise. The release of X-Men: First Class seemed to win a lot of fans over. Unfortunately, I had been so put off by the previous X-Men titles that I could never give the movie a chance while it was in theaters. With this latest installment, it seems like Fox is trying to take the best of both worlds and get themselves on the right foot moving forward. I’ll give them one more chance, but this will probably be the last chance I give this franchise.

5. A Million Ways to Die in the West (May 30)

Warning: VERY NSFW (and contains a little gore)

Seth MacFarlane’s humor can be hit or miss for me, especially when i’ts on TV. I was pleasantly surprised by Ted and that’s allowing me to give this movie a chance. I also really like the cast that’s been assembled for this film. Neil Patrick Harris and Liam Neeson seem like they have the potential for very entertaining roles. However, since I’m basing this evaluation on a trailer, it’s very possible that I will be disappointed by this expectation.

4. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 13)

I enjoyed How to Train Your Dragon when I first saw it on the small screen. It wasn’t until this past year that I think I fully realized just how widely beloved the original film was. I have no reason to believe that this movie will be a let down from the first version. Even the preview is charming and full of personality.

3. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2)

I love Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. This movie seems like it’s really trying to shoot the moon as far as scale goes. There’s at least 3 members of the “Sinister 6” showing up to take on Spidey in this film. Assuming that they don’t completely mutilate the story, the charm and likeability of the actors should carry this film far. The one downside of the movie is that it feels like the trailers have already shown us everything that happens in the movie.

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (August 8)

Will this movie be better than the 90’s installment? Will Meghan Fox in another Michael Bay film work out? How many explosions will there be? Will the turtles be too dark or not dark enough? How many “cowabungas” will we hear?
I need the answers to all of these questions and more and that’s why I’ve been eagerly anticipating this movie coming out. I currently have no opinion on whether or not it will be good or bad, I only have cautious optimism. I mean, they didn’t follow through on the whole “Alien Turtle” thing after all.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1)

At this point Marvel is playing with house money. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has rolled out so fluidly and so well that I would look forward to pretty much anything they put out. Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t just anything, though. The trailer is charming and funny and very different from the tone of the trailers Marvel’s released in the past. Internally, I’ve heard that there are people who think this is the best script they’ve had for a Marvel movie yet. Coming off of the success of Winter Solider this film has a lot to live up to, but all reports are that it’s up to the challenge.

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