Well.... we are about half way through the year, almost all of the big summer blockbusters have come and gone. And only a couple remain. So the big question is, whats left? Well I have compiled a list of the top 10 movies that I am really looking forward to for the rest of the year. And yes they are in order of 10 being "would really like to see opening day" to 1 being "nothing on the face of the planet will keep me from seeing immediatley." So on ward!!!!
10. Saw IV
The Saw series has been really good. The only good horror movie franchise of late that has consitently delivered the goods. Ive been really please so far with all of the Saw movies. Many of you, even myself wondered, what in the hell can possibly happen, Jigsaw died in Saw III. Well I wondered that too but then I also thought to myself, this is Saw, they will come up with a clever idea on how to keep it going. From what I have heard in Saw III they left little hints here and there about how a Saw IV could come to be. So we shall see.
Plot: As a continuation of "Saw III," Jeff must find his daughter and escape the building to which they are confined before they both die. After finding another tape of Jigsaw, Jeff realizes there may be a newly added piece of the puzzle that he must decipher before it's too late.
Release Date: October 26
9. Live Free or Die Hard
Any man, or even woman, on the face of the planet will agree, or agree somewhat. That Die Hard is the best action movie ever made. What is annoying is the people that bitch about new Die Hard movies, new Rambo, new Rocky, new sequels to any old school awesome movies, because the actors are too old. Well all I gotta say is I would rather see a 50/60 year old Stallone, Willis, Ford, Ahnuld kicking the shit out of guys playing the characters that we grew up watching, than see some hack actor play another XXX or have to sit through another shitty CGI filled crap fest of action movies that we get these days. Honestly name one really awesome hardcore balls to the fuckin wall action movie that has come out the past 5 years that will live on forever like these movies have. The only thing that I am jaded about with this movie is its PG-13 rating. Then of course I think about how movies are rated these days, and R rated movies from back then are pretty much PG-13 rated now.
Plot: An attack on the vulnerable United States computer infrastructure begins to shut down the entire nation. The mysterious figure behind the shattering scheme has figured out every digital angle - but he never figured an old-fashioned, "analog" fly-in-the-ointment: John McClane.
Release Date: June 27
The heavily debated, Transformers. Like any kid from the 80s, I was raised on Transformers. Had all the toys, the VHS cartoons, pajamas, bed sheets, lunch box, had it all. Many people have debated this movie, mainly due to the fact that Michael Bay directed it, and lately he hasn't impressed anyone much. But many also forget that Steven Spielberg is the executive producer, and if you look at his executive producing credits, he does impress alot more than he lets us down. Goonies anyone? Also Bay does have it in him to make an awesome movie, see a perfect example in, The Rock. Hopefully this will live up to my expectations, and not make me want to rip my eyes out.
Plot: Our world will be transformed on July 4 when aliens make Earth their final battleground in "Transformers." As the forces of evil seek the key to ultimate power, our last chance for survival rests in the hands of young Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf).
Release Date: July 2
7. Run, Fatboy, Run
Not much is known about this flick, other than the fact that it stars Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Spaced) And as long as he is in it, I am so fucking there.
Plot: "Run, Fatboy, Run" centers on a charming but oblivious overweight guy who leaves his fiancee on their wedding day only to discover years later that he really loves her. To win her back, he must finish a marathon while making her realize that her handsome, wealthy fiance is the wrong guy for her.
Release Date: September 28
Sigh... Halloween. God am I dreading this movie. Halloween, the first one, the real one, is my favorite horror movie of all time. It started them all, without Michael Myers there would be no Jason, no Freddy, no nothing. This past weekend I even went to the neighborhood where they filmed the first Halloween. Its sequels had there ups (H20) and their downs, (Do I really even need to name which Halloween sequel it is here?) And on top of that, man of my favorite horror movies, like When A Stranger Calls and The Hitcher, were both remade into complete shit fests. But they didn't have Rob Zombie at the helm. I was very against this movie, hated it, wanted nothing to do with it. Pissed off at how dare they touch my beloved Halloween!! Then I saw the trailer, and it blew my fucking mind. I was impressed, and now I really want to see it, for the main factor being, its Michael Myers, on the big screen. Also the cast rules, mainly for Malcolm McDowell.
Plot: While revealing a new chapter in the established Michael Myers saga, the film will surprise both classic and modern horror fans with a departure from prior films in the Halloween franchise. Audiences should brace themselves for unprecedented fear as Zombie turns back time to uncover the making of a pathologically disturbed, even cursed child named Michael Myers.
Release Date: August 31
5. I Am Legend
Good ol Will Smith. He is very hit and miss with me, hated the Pursuit Of Happyness for the main reason being that it is the most depressing shit I have ever watched in my entire life. Then of course theres Wild Wild West. I also didn't really care for the Men In Black movies. But he is a good actor, and sometimes he comes out with some good stuff. This movie has a really awesome plot, and the trailer worked for me. Very different looking movie than from what we are normally fed from the studios every summer. Hopefully this will live up to its expectations.
Plot: Robert Neville (Will Smith) is a brilliant scientist, but even he could not contain the terrible virus that was unstoppable, incurable, and man-made. Somehow immune, Neville is now the last human survivor in what is left of New York City and maybe the world.
Release Date: December 14
4. There Will Be Blood
Mother fuckin PTA. Paul Thomas Anderson. Who never does any wrong, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and Punch Drunk Love are all up in my favorites of all time. Hes been MIA for awhile but now is back with this little diddy. The trailer is odd, but hey, its PTA. What do you expect?
Plot: A sprawling epic about family, greed, corruption, and the pursuit of the American dream. Set in the booming West coast oil fields at the turn of the 20th century, "There Will Be Blood" follows the rise of rugged prospector Daniel Plainview (Day-Lewis) who becomes an independent oilman after hitting it rich with the strike of a lifetime. Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film is inspired by Upton Sinclair's novel "Oil!"
Release Date: December
Loved me some Knocked Up. Best movie of 07 so far in my eyes. And this movie comes from the same people. The trailer is hilarious, the actors are great. And the people behind this movie, and Knocked Up are doing what I have hoped and prayed for, bringing back classic comedy movies. Showing shit like Scary Movie and all those other pieces of crap how its done.
Plot: "Superbad" revolves around two co-dependent high school seniors (Hill and Cera) who set out to score alcohol for a party, believing that girls will then hook up with them and they will be ready for college. But as the night grows more chaotic, overcoming their separation anxiety becomes a greater challenge than getting the girls.
Release Date: August 17
2. Trick 'r Treat
I know damn near nothing about this flick, but what I have heard, and have seen, rock my face off. The production stills are fuckin amazing. The poster for this is the coolest looking poster I have seen in a long time. Also it centers on my favorite holiday there is, Halloween.
Plot: It is said that Halloween is the night when the dead rise to walk among us and other unspeakable things roam free. The rituals of All Hallows Eve were devised to protect us from their evil mischief, and one small town is about to be taught a terrifying lesson that some traditions are best not forgotten. Nothing is what it seems when a suburban couple learns the dangers of blowing out a Jack-o-Lantern before midnight; four women cross paths with a costumed stalker at a local festival; a group of pranksters goes too far and discovers the horrifying truth buried in a local legend; and a cantankerous old hermit is visited by a strange trick-or-treater with a few bones to pick. Costumes and candy, ghouls and goblins, monsters and mayhem... the tricks and treats of Halloween turn deadly as strange creatures of every variety—human and otherwise—try to survive the scariest night of the year.
Release Date: October 5
1. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
Last, and not least, THE KING OF KONG. I love me a good documentary. Because the shit is real. Real people, real things in their lives, going down. Being a video game nerd, this movie is my most anticipated for the rest of 07 that there is. I know the feeling of having a high score on a video game, only to see it broken and having to do what I can to reclaim that top spot. These guys take it to an all new level. (cue You're The Best from Karate Kid music here)
Plot: A middle-school science teacher and a hot sauce mogul vie for the Guinness World Record on the arcade classic, Donkey Kong.
In 1982, LIFE Magazine assembled the world's greatest gamers for a photo shoot that would become the center spread of their 1982 Year-In-Photos edition. Billy Mitchell, who would later be named the "Gamer of the Century," was one of the invitees.
Mitchell, the World Record holder on Centipede, had been tracking the score on Donkey Kong, and knew he could take that title as well. In front of the 20 best gamers in the world, Billy scored 874,300 points, a record many thought would never be broken.
In 2003, 35 year old family man Steve Wiebe, after losing his job at Boeing, found solace in Donkey Kong. Steve stumbled upon Billy Mitchell's record online, and set out to break it. He began perfecting his game every night after his wife and kids went to bed, and not only surpassed Billy's record, but ended up with a thought-to-be-impossible 1,000,000 points.
A tidal wave of media coverage followed, and Steve Wiebe quickly became a celebrity in his hometown of Seattle, WA. He also rediscovered his love for teaching, and regained the respect of all who once doubted him. Meanwhile, back in Hollywood, FL, Billy Mitchell hatched a plan to reclaim his fallen Donkey Kong record…
In the months that followed, Steve and Billy engaged in a cross-country duel to see who could set the high score that would be included in the 2007 Guinness World Records' book and become The King of Kong. Along the way, both men learned valuable lessons about what it means to be a father, a husband, and a true champion… discovering that you don't always need to win to be a winner.
Release Date: August 17 limited