After May, things get pretty crazy. There are a lot of movies I want to see, with some obvious highlights. But someone please tell M. Night Shyamalan, Will Ferrell and Brendon Fraser to re-examine their careers. Thanks.
“Kung Fu Panda”. Jack Black voices this animated feature as the title character. I really don’t know much else about it other than it’s a comedy…with Jack Black’s voice. This wouldn’t normally be on my list, but we’ll see what the Head Nerds here tell me to do. Editor’s Note: The Nerds have great faith in “More” director Mark Osbourne.
“Don’t Mess With the Zohan”. Adam Sandler stars as a Middle Eastern military spy that wants to come to America to be a hairdresser. What? Why?
“The Happening”. M. Night Shyamalan strikes again. I’m going to try to avoid this but I may be obligated to see it. Every one of his movies has gotten progressively worse. I didn’t see “The Village” and I let my friends tell me about it. I laughed. Editor’s Note: Agreed. If you like movies, “The Village” punches you right in the face.
“The Incredible Hulk”. I’m a nerd, so I’ll go see this. I like Ed Norton. I like The Hulk. I even liked Ang Lee’s Hulk more than some, but not enough to see it more than once. We’ll see if this is any better. Based on the trailers, I don’t see that the animation looks improved. Maybe the story will be?
“Get Smart”. I LOVED this show as a kid, and I still do. Written by Buck Henry (SNL) and Mel Brooks! That’s comic writing gold. Will this live up to that? No. And I don’t expect it to. If they can be funny while maybe paying some homage to it, then that’s ok. I think Steve Carell is a great choice for Agent 86. The trailer I saw last week actually gives me hope for this movie. Fingers crossed.
“Wall-E”. Pixar returns with a cute/funny movie about a little robot. I like robots. I like Pixar. Ticket please.
“Wanted”. The new actioner with Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman. This is a comic book based movie. I just found that out. Sorry. I am a bad nerd. It’s written by Mark Millar who I know because he once wrote Swamp Thing for a while. I find this interesting. This movie is directed by the guy that did the “Nightwatch” and Daywatch” movies, which had their own problems. I’m not itching to see this.
“Hancock”. Generally I like Will Smith. And I like this movie idea. A guy with super powers is an under-achiever. He does things half-assed. He actually does more damage than good when he ‘helps’ people. Should I feel bad for wanting to see this?
“Hellboy II”. Oh sweet lord, I want to see this movie! I loved the first one, I love this character, I love Guillermo Del Toro directing. This thing looks so big, so insane…and it looks like it cost more than the national debt. Del Toro really knows what he’s doing, so I’m all in!
“The Dark Knight”. I’m very excited about this. Christian Bale is a great actor. And I’m really looking forward to Heath Ledger’s Joker. I’m betting it’s better than Jack Nicholson’s. Actually, when I look back at the Tim Burton “Batman”, I don’t like it as much as I did then. Sue me.
“Step Brothers”. Another Will Ferrell comedy. I just don’t think I can handle another one.
“X-Files: I Want To Believe”. Hell, I thought this was coming out next year. Sure I’ll go see it!
“The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor”. What? Is Brendon Fraser having that much trouble finding roles? I actually think he’s a pretty decent actor, if not a little limited. Not Keanu Reeves limited, but I still wouldn’t put him in a Shakespearean piece, or another pointless Mummy sequel, for that matter.
“Pineapple Express”. Ok, I will admit that the trailers for this look pretty funny. I’m in!
“Tropic Thunder”. Normally, these Ben Stiller vehicles tend to not interest me. This wouldn’t either if it didn’t have Robert Downey, Jr. playing an actor in African American make-up in this comedy about War and film-making. A bunch of actors get dropped in Vietnam thinking they’re making a movie, but those guys are shooting with real bullets! Normally not a movie I’d see, but I might be coerced.