21 April 2009

Top 5 Films I'm Looking Forward To This Summer -- Urban

Top 5 Movies that I am looking forward to seeing this summer.

5. Public Enemies

This film traces the life of John Dillinger on his bank robbing sprees before and after having escaped from prison. I guess that I look forward to this film for two reasons; First, my leftist side loves movies that glorify the Robin Hood type of character. Second, I love films like this where the end is not in doubt, and the telling of the story becomes the focus rather than the story itself. The gangster epic always makes a splash with fans. I just hope that this one doesn’t get lost among all of the other films with bigger budgets and crazier special effects.

4. Funny People

Judd Apatow has been on a great run as of late. Unfortunately, many of the people that were boosted to fame in his projects have been making and acting in films that look eerily similar the originals, but lack the same amount of depth and treatment. Thanks to a great in-theater marketing campaign by the Universal Pictures, I firmly believe that this film will be the next to make you laugh riotously while also achieving a great amount of feeling.

3. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

This film will be a great intersection of my life as a child and my current situation. When I was a kid my favorite way to spend time was playing with G. I. Joe action figures. Today I am in the Army. I had this idea that G.I. Joe would be a perfect vehicle to tell a story that was very relevant to the current terrorist situation to our country. After all, what else is Cobra but a multinational terrorist organization headed by a psycho with intentions on the world (Al Qaeda).

That being said, from seeing the previews I think that this film has the best chance of striking out.

2. Terminator Salvation

I’m a sucker for post-apocalyptic films. This, looks to be one of the best in a long time. While I am not the biggest fan of the Terminator series, I have always wondered why John Conner was so special, what exactly does he do that would warrant that he be sought out and destroyed before he reaches puberty. I guess we will find out.

1. Inglourious Basterds

Jewish fantasy #1

Notably left off the list: Transformers, Wolverine


  1. Terminator Salvation: Prequel, or sequel?

  2. I know that chronologically, this would be a sequel, but it's a prequel in that the events that take place explain the need for future events. Sequel's take known characters and project them into new (or at least different) narratives.

    In any case, few films involve the play of the time dimension the way that the Terminator franchise has. It would be like making another film with all of the characters from Donnie Darko. The whole thing that I don't like about the Terminator Logic, is that Terminators could, at any point, once they realize that they are capable of remaking the present by manipulating the past, repeating the process, ad infinitum until they succeed. Time would become meaningless and we would become Trafalmadorians.