The New York Times had a summer movie preview section this past Sunday and for the first time in a long time there were a whole lot of movies that looked interesting to me.
The kid got interested too, as I was reading off some of the descriptions of upcoming films featuring actors or concepts that appealed to me. So I have adapted their list to reflect our summer movie preview.
What I want to see (on my own):
GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY - I love Jeff Buckley's music, so this sounds pretty interesting to me. With Penn Badgley, Imogen Poots, William Sadler and Norbert Leo Butz.
THE GREAT GATSBY - I am almost positive that I won't like this, and it will be a huge mess, but director Baz Luhrmann is sure to have made a visually stunning mess with great costumes.
THE ENGLISH TEACHER - I'm not always in the front row to see a Julianne Moore movie, but this sounds fun. She's "a small-town schoolteacher [who] risks it all to mount a high school production of a play by her former star student (Michael Angarano), who has come back home after failing to establish himself as a playwright in New York. Bonus: Greg Kinnear and Nathan Lane.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING - Joss Whedon, Shakespeare, Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Nathan Fillion. 'Nuff said
WORLD WAR Z - I usually avoid zombie movie like a post-apocalyptic plague, but hey, Brad Pitt.
BYZANTIUM - This one sounds a bit like The Hunger, but it stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan and is directed by Neil Jordan, so it's definitely worth a shot.
THE HEAT - Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy sound like mis-match made in heaven. And they're cops.
THE WAY, WAY BACK - Sam Rockwell. Here's the NYT description: "A shy 14-year-old (Liam James), neglected by his mother (Toni Collette) and her new boyfriend (Steve Carell), gets some essential life lessons from the manager of a water park (Sam Rockwell) over summer vacation. Nat Faxon and Jim Rash directed; with Allison Janney, AnnaSophia Robb, Maya Rudolph, Amanda Peet and Rob Corddry." What a cast. And again, Sam Rockwell.
THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL - I'm not sure I'll be able to catch this French film at the theater, but it sounds great; "Jean Rochefort plays an aging sculptor who escapes the troubles of Vichy France by moving to a remote village in the Pyrenees, where a Catalan woman (Aida Folch), her life shattered by the civil war in Spain, becomes his new model. With Claudia Cardinale; Fernando Trueba (“Belle Epoque”) directed, in black-and-white."
GIRL MOST LIKELY - Kristen Wiig, with Annette Bening as her mom.
ONLY GOD FORGIVES - Ryan Gosling, with Kristin Scott Thomas as his mom.
BLUE JASMINE - Woody Allen assembles another fantastic cast: Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K., Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard and Michael Stuhlbarg.
AUSTENLAND - Keri Russell is looking for her own Mr. Darcy, and any movie with Jennifer Coolidge has got to be fun.
What I want to see (but may end up having to wait for on cable):
FRANCES HA - A tale of girlfriendship, starring Greta Gerwig.
VIOLET & DAISY - Alexis Bledel and Saoirse Ronan turn to crime to get designer duds. With James Gandolfini.
COPPERHEAD - A Civil War story set in the north (New York), with Billy Campbell, Angus MacFadyen and Peter Fonda.
THE HOT FLASHES - Another sports underdog movie, directed by Susan Seidelman with a great "mature ladies" cast: Brooke Shields, Wanda Sykes, Virginia Madsen, Daryl Hannah, and Camryn Manheim. And Eric Roberts, too.
RED 2 - The first one was fun. It's probably just a DVD, but the cast is hard to resist: Bruce Willis, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and David Thewlis.
R.I.P.D. - "When a cop is killed in the line of duty, he’s promoted to the Rest in Peace Department and assigned to find his killer, from the other side." With Ryan Reynolds, Kevin Bacon, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jeff Bridges.
BLOOD - Will probably be ultra-violent, but how to resist some of my favorite Brit actors, "a brutal police chief" played by Brian Cox, his sons, played by Paul Bettany and Stephen Graham, and their colleague, played by Mark Strong.
THE FROZEN GROUND - "A 17-year-old street kid (Vanessa Hudgens) gives an Anchorage detective (Nicolas Cage) the vital clue he needs to stop a serial killer (John Cusack). With 50 Cent." This sounds like such a mess, but I love me some Nic Cage. I don't care much for John Cusack, so I would probably enjoy seeing him as a bad guy.
What I am willing to see with the kid:
EPIC - We liked Rise of the Guardians and this one is based on another book by William Joyce. Plus, Colin Farrell and Chris O’Dowd are two of the voice actors.
MONSTERS UNIVERSITY - The trailer is clever. How bad can it be, with Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Alfred Molina, Charlie Day, Sean Hayes and many others in a Pixar film?
DESPICABLE ME 2 - The first one was cute, so I was prepared for the kid wanting to see this one. Steve Carell and Russell Brand are back, also joined by voice actors Ken Jeong, Steve Coogan, and Al Pacino.
THE SMURFS 2 - I knew before the credits rolled on the first one that we would have to see this.
PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS - We both liked the first movie, and the sequel has Nathan Fillion and Stanley Tucci — not-too-shabby.
What we both want to see:
STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS - Yeah, Star Trek, Spock, blah, blah, blah. Cumberbatch!
NOW YOU SEE ME - An interesting cast with a crime/magician twist: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.
MAN OF STEEL - Henry Cavill looks great in the previews as Superman. He's got A-list back-up: Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne and Russell Crowe.
THE LONE RANGER - Johnny Depp as Tonto, but will anyone care about the Lone Ranger? It will be interesting to see Depp in a movie with Helena Bonham Carter and no Tim Burton.
GROWN UPS 2 - Hey, I liked the first one, so sue me. The gang's all back — Adam Sandler and all his friends: Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, and Maria Bello. Hopefully Steve Buscemi will turn up for his usual cameo.
I'll have to check this list again in the fall and see how I did ...