To date, many movie buffs consider the summer of 1982 the best movie summer of all time. It consisted of E.T., Blade Runner, Tron, and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan just to name a few. With the first month of the summer of 2012 has just come to an end, it seems that this summer might take that title from 1982, and here’s 6 reasons why…
- The Avengers Assembled – The first weekend in May usually means the summer movie season begins. It also usually means that a Marvel movie is coming out that weekend (dating back to 2007 with Spider-Man 3). On May 4, 2012 The Avengers finally hit the big screen and broke many movie records. The film shattered the records for most money made during opening weekend and week and has already passed the one billion dollar amount. Needless to say, a sequel has been green-lit.
- Unlikely Contributors – If six months ago someone would have told me that there are good looking movies coming out, one is a Julianne Hough musical and the other is a Kristen Stewart Snow White movie, I would have responded with “You’ve got to be bleeping me?!?!” Rock of Ages and Snow White and the Huntsman both look like very good movies. The star-studded cast of Rock of Ages, along with a plethora of 80’s songs, makes this one of the most anticipated musicals in years. Despite mixed reviews (currently at a 46% on Rotten Tomatoes) the dark feel and the presence of Thor make Snow White and Huntsman a fairy tale movie mixed with lots of violence.
- The Return of Pixar – Since 1995, Pixar has blessed us by making some of the most amazing movies of all time. Honestly, who didn’t shed a tear during the incinerator scene in Toy Story 3? Unfortunately last year Pixar released its first film that received a rotten score on RottenTomatoes.com (Cars 2 scored a 38% and didn’t have the Pixar charm that all their other films have). The trailers for Brave are very exciting and get even get emotional at the end. Brave should provide us with comedy, adventure, and good-hearted movie that everybody loves about Pixar.
- August 3, 2012 – A lot of people have August 3rd circled on their calendar because Lollapalozza starts that day. I have that date circled because two movies that are flying below radar come out that day. The Bourne Legacy and Total Recall will both be released then. The Bourne Legacy has Jeremy Renner starring for the first post-Matt Damon Bourne movie. Renner has proved that he is a great actor as seen in The Hurt Locker and The Avengers and can star in franchise. Usually I’m not excited for reboots, but Total Recall looks like an exception. The trailers for Total Recall make it look like it should be a fun and exciting movie. Len Wiseman can direct a great action movie, like he did with Live Free or Die Hard and Bryan Cranstan looks awesome as a villain.
- The Dark Knight is about to Rise for a Final Time – Despite not personally knowing Christopher Nolan, he is one of the people in the world that I trust the most. His films are always amazing, creative, and exciting. Nolan made everyone forget about Batman and Robin when he directed Batman Begins in 2005. The sequel, The Dark Knight, kept in pace with its predecessor. Nolan’s final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, hits the big screen on July 20. It’s bittersweet thinking that Nolan and Christian Bale aren’t going to be continuing the series, but it’s always better to go out on top before a franchise gets stale. The only thing going against Nolan is that the third part of a franchise tends to be the worse part of a franchise. I believe Nolan is a qualified candidate to break this trend.
- Other Movies to check out: Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Ted, Moonrise Kingdom, Safety Not Guaranteed, The Amazing Spider-Man, Men In Black 3 (highly recommended), The Watch, Prometheus, The Campaign, The Expendables 2
- The Avengers broke the record for biggest opening weekend of all time, which now stands at $207.4 million.
- The film also holds the largest Saturday gross with $69.7 million beating Spider-Man 3‘s $51.3 million from 2007.
- One of the mechanical sharks used in the original Jaws movie was lost at sea during filming.
- Posted by Dan Bayer, Ayo Kdoe Productions