What happened to Part 1, you may ask? Well if you’re a fan of my POP column, you should also be following Thursday Top Ten, written by Joe and I every other week (when we don’t have a new Gazette coming out). On April 23, we outlined the 10 movies we can’t wait to see this summer. I wrote about Avengers: Age of Ultron, Pitch Perfect 2, Jurassic World, Ted 2, and Magic Mike XXL. As a continuation of that, this week I’m writing about five more movies bound to lure me into a movie theatre on a bright sunny day in the coming months. And they are:
Poltergeist | May 22
I find re-boots to be really frustrating, especially when I’m already a big fan of the original. I still remember the very first time I saw the Spielberg-written and produced 1982 fright flick; I was far too young and just flipping channels at my grandparents’ house. It was already to the part where Diane goes after Carol Anne and the huge hunk of skeleton head snarls at Steve. I later watched the full film a couple years later with my dad and sis, who couldn’t have been older than six at the time. She didn’t even flinch at the scene where that guy peeled his face off, but I couldn’t sleep that night. It’s since become one of my favorite scary movies, so I’m incredibly skeptical as to what an attempted remake can do to the integrity of the original, which already has a real life spooky story to back it up. But the trailer does make it look pretty terrifying and even though I NEVER see horror movies in the theater, I feel like this will be one that I just have to bring myself to sit through.
Aloha | May 29
Without even knowing the plot, I would go see this film based purely on the cast. I love all three main leads (Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams) and we also get an added bonus of John Krasinski. IMDb says this film is about “a celebrated military contractor who returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs and re-connects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.” All with a gorgeous Hawaiian backdrop? Sold.
Spy | June 5
I was a Melissa McCarthy fan way back when she was just Sookie St. James. She’s since become a little overrated and I tend to think all her solo comedies all have the same theme, but this one doesn’t seem like it’ll be a total flop—unlike last summer’s tragic-looking Tammy. I’m so sick of seeing Rose Byrne in comedies (I really don’t find her funny at all), but Jude Law’s nice to look at and it looks like it might be a little Get Smart meets … any Melissa McCarthy movie. Ah, what the heck. Might be fun.
Inside Out | June 19
Purely because I will go see anything that comes from the great minds behind Disney and Pixar, I’ll give this a shot. Diving into the emotions of a young girl, backed by the idea that we have little people controlling how we feel, sounds adorable. We’ve explored toys, bugs, cars, monsters, superheroes, robots, rats, fish, and so much more with Pixar, why not move on to exploring the inside of a pre-teen’s head? Looks cute and Disney/Pixar collaborations hardly ever disappoint. Plus, it has a great voice cast.
Southpaw | July 24
Oh, Jake. One of my favorite actors and massive celebrity crushes. He’s a dreamboat who’s also striving to make himself a versatile star, able to blend seamlessly into diverse roles that demand both physical and emotional stamina. For Nightcrawler, he made himself gaunt and creepy. For Southpaw, he beefed way up to portray the role of a voracious boxer, fighting for the life around him. Also starring Rachel McAdams (whom I adore), the trailer was all the convincing I needed to send me to the movies in late July. I’m not really into boxing movies (Confession: I’ve never seen Rocky and I thought Foxcatcher, a movie I actually really wanted to see, was slow and dull as hell), but I’m definitely willing to give this one a go.