Summer hype-o-meter Part 2: July & August 2010

April 30, 2010 at 12:43 pm (Movies)

After yesterday’s quick recap of the big May and June films, it’s time now for the second part of my summer movie list and level of anticipation. July and August bring plenty of interesting films that I’m looking forward to – especially Inception, which has been for months my most anticipated movie of 2010. But also a few stinkers.

JULY 2010

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (dir: David Slade, US release: Jul 2, Ro release: Jul 2) – TRAILER
Fuck this film and its stupid target audience. The first one – I have seen and it’s absolutely awful. The second – I have not, but word is it’s worse than the first. This one? Pretty much everyone claims the book is the worst in the series, imagine how the film will be. Luckily – other than the aforementioned target audience – everyone pretty much realizes how bad these films are, so I’m not the only one giving a big middle finger to all of this.

The Last Airbender (dir: M. Night Shyamalan, US release: Jul 2, Ro release: Aug 6) – TRAILER
I really like Shyamalan, both as a director and a storyteller, and his first films – The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs, maybe even The Village – I really loved. However, I’m first to admit his latest efforts have been far from decent. This is why I think steering away from his own screenplays and adapting a successful story in a blockbuster franchise is possibly Night’s best career move. I’m not sold on the story, but the trailer looks awesome and this might actually be a fun summer movie (just make sure you see it in 2-D. This is one of those films converted in 3-D during post-production, so it will probably be awful).

Predators (dir: Nimrod Antal, US release: Jul 9, Ro release: Jul 9) – TRAILER
No matter what people think of the original, or the joke Paul W.S. Anderson turned the Predators into in his latest movies, this one has the potential to be an awesome action flick. Not only it’s produced by Robert Rodriguez, but it has a great cast and a bad-ass trailer.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (dir: Jon Turtletaub, US release: Jul 16, Ro release: Jul 30) – TRAILER
Any action film produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, starring Nic Cage and directed by Jon Turtletaub, has the potential to become a huge blockbuster. But, in the same time, it has the potential to be absolutely awful. See National Treasure – one of the most horrible action films of the last decade – and one of its highest-grossing ones. I’m not sure what to think of this one yet.

Inception (dir: Christopher Nolan, US release: Jul 16, Ro release: Jul 30) – TRAILER
Now THIS is what I’m talking about. Take an amazing director who never made a bad film, a fantastic cast led by Leo Di Caprio, and a story that will most likely fuck with your mind, surround everything in complete secrecy, and then release two fucking outstanding trailers – this is the perfect recipe to gain hype, following, and overall excitement. Not even the PG-13 rating this film got stuck with is making it less intriguing. It is clearly my most anticipated movie of 2010 – and not only mine: most critics placed it at the top of their lists as well.

Salt (dir: Phillip Noyce, US release: Jul 23, Ro release: Aug 6) – TRAILER
This Mission: Impossible wannabe doesn’t inspire me with any confidence. Tom Cruise pulled out because of the same reason. Angelina Jolie was brought in as a replacement (after a few rewrites of course), but an average director and a story that has been told before make me not look forward to it yet. Some good reviews might change that.


The Other Guys (dir: Adam McKay, US release: Aug 6, Ro release: Oct 1) – TRAILER
This might turn out to be the most successful comedy of the summer. A buddy-cop action flick that – hopefully – will be what Cop Out was not: funny. The trailer is amazing, the cast – despite the last few misfires – is also amazing. Yes, I am officially really looking forward to this.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (dir: Edgar Wright, US release: Aug 13, Ro release: Oct 15) – TRAILER
One of Internet’s most hyped and awaited movies of the summer – and for good reason. This looks like a really funny comic-book adaptation, full with cultural references, rock music, and all-around awesomeness. I’m not sure how mainstream audiences will respond, but the online hype is absolutely tremendous. Plus, it’s directed by Edgar Wright.

The Expendables (dir: Sylvester Stallone, US release: Aug 13, Ro release: Aug 20) – TRAILER
If reading the next few lines won’t make you get goose bumps of excitement in anticipation of this film, I don’t think you’re on the right blog. So here I go.  Sylvester Stallone. Jason Statham. Jet Li. Dolph Lundgren. Eric Roberts. Mickey Rourke. Terry Crews. Danny Trejo. Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger – in the same motherfucking scene. Sylvester Stallone directing. A hard R rating. A bad-ass trailer. This is what The A-Team will not be: an 80’s action film with balls.

Piranha 3-D (dir: Alexandre Aja, US release: Aug 27, Ro release: Nov 5) – TRAILER
The last possible hit of the summer (other than dumb-ass comedies that I intentionally left out of this rundown) is also the first 3-D live-action film since Avatar that was initially conceived in 3-D – and not converted just for money. This looks like tons of fun: hot chicks during spring break, angry piranhas, tons and tons of blood (there are claims this might be the bloodiest film ever made), Richard Dreyfuss in a great cameo, an overall feeling of camp-iness, and a priceless Alexandre Aja quote: “There’s going to be 3-D double-D boobs”. A great way to finish the summer.

So there you go – this was the rundown of the biggest summer movies of 2010. If you missed Part 1, here it is. And, as I previously stated, I left out some films that might (or might not) be hits, simply because I don’t think they will be hits. Or because I found them boring. Or both.


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