Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Summer movies I can't wait to see

Rudo y Cursi (May 8): Diego Luna and Gael García Bernal, co-stars from Y Tu Mamá También (2001), reunite in this Spanish-language movie about brothers going after their soccer dreams in Mexico.

Land of the Lost (June 5): Will Ferrell, Danny McBride (Pineapple Express, TV’s Eastbound & Down), and Anna Friel (TV’s Pushing Daisies) are transported to a world of dinosaurs, cavemen, and other scary, disgusting creatures.

Public Enemies (July 1): The trailer for this movie is my favorite at the moment. Shot by Michael Mann in the ChicagoMidwest, Johnny Depp stars as gangster John Dillinger. Christian Bale and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose) also star. area and other parts of the

(500) Days of Summer (July 17): Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, this love story (or story about love) is not told in a traditional linear romantic-comedy fashion. Of everything being released this summer, this is the one that sounds the most unique. I think Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Stop-Loss, The Lookout) is an interesting actor to watch. And how awesome is this: he plays a greeting-card writer!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (July 17): I am a Harry Potter fan and have enjoyed reading all seven books and watching the previous movie adaptations. It’s been over a year since the previous installment, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, came to theaters; Half-Blood Prince was originally supposed to come out in November. We've been waiting too long!

All Good Things (July 24): Part romance, part mystery, this one stars Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst. For me, all I need to hear is “starring Ryan Gosling” and I am there. I will watch this man act in anything. He brings an intensity to all his roles that allows him to completely disappear into the characters he plays. Previously seen in Lars and the Real Girl (2007), Gosling was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as a drug addicted teacher in Half Nelson (2006).

Funny People (July 31): Director-writer-producer Judd Apatow’s follow-up to 2007’s Knocked Up. I have been a huge fan of Apatow’s work since the television series Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000) due to his signature way of combining funny gross-out humor with sweet, honest moments from the heart. This film includes regulars from the Apatow gang, including Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Leslie Mann, and even Apatow's kids Maude and Iris. Adam Sandler plays a comedian who learns he has cancer. Leslie Mann is the one who got away, Eric Bana plays her husband, and Seth Rogen is the struggling stand-up comic who Sandler mentors.

Taking Woodstock (August 14): Ang Lee directed this comedy, based on Elliot Tiber’s book of the same name. The cast includes Demetri Martin (Important Things with Demetri Martin), Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood), and Emile Hirsch (Milk, Speed Racer).

Inglourious Basterds (August 21): Directed by Quentin Tarantino, this film is set in France during World War II. Brad Pitt, B.J. Novak (The Office), and Samm Levine (Freaks and Geeks) form part of a group of Jewish-American soldiers whose job it is to kill and scalp Nazis.

Believe it or not, I have more on my list, but I have gone on enough. Feel free to add comments about movies you are either looking forward to seeing or have already seen this summer! (I know technically it's not summer yet, but the movie studios have already rolled out several big budget summer movies, like Night at the Museum 2, Wolverine, and Star Trek, etc.)