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Summer Movie Preview!

That’s right, damnit, we’re BACK! After skipping a year, your “The Reel Deal” Summer Movie Preview is back for ‘08, in big, bad, Bruckheimer fashion! What? He doesn’t have a film coming out? Are we sure it’s summer??? As the temperature rises, so do the tentpoles. So, without further ado…

THE TOP 10 MOVIES I “REELY” WANT TO SEE

10) WALL*E

It’s Pixar. They’re the surest thing since Bear Sterns. Oh wait…

REEL EXPECTATION: @@@ (Three Reels)

10) THE X-FILES: I WANT TO BELIEVE

Didn’t watch the show, but the first movie was awesome. About damn time! 10 years? Seriously? Mulder & Scully! (Yeah, I know I have two #10s. This is a REEL DEAL list. You knew I’d cheat!)

REEL EXPECTATION: @@@@ (Four Reels)

9) GET SMART

Another tired Hollywood remake concept trots out a surprisingly amusing trailer. Looks like a decent amount of action, too. Then why am I so scared it’ll suck?

REEL EXPECTATION: @@ (Two Reels)

8 ) SEX & THE CITY

Shut it - I am NOT a girl. Now pass the Midori Sour.

REEL EXPECTATION: @@@ (Three Reels)

7) TROPIC THUNDER
Robert Downey Jr.’s politically incorrect; pseudo-blackface turn looks hilarious in the overstuffed, action comedy trailer. And I hear Tom Cruise makes a particularly satirical cameo…

REEL EXPECTATION: @@@ (Three Reels)

6) SPEED RACER

I gave you the scoop on this. Go at your own risk.

REEL EXPECTATION: @@ (Two Reels)

5) WANTED

Now I KNOW you’ve seen Angelina, Common, and Morgan melting the screen. Curve the bullet, damnit!

REEL EXPECTATION: @@@ (Three Reels)

4) HANCOCK

It’s just art imitating life: Will Smith as superhero, however disgruntled. What took him so long?

REEL EXPECTATION: @@@ (Three Reels)

3) IRON MAN

I already rated this one at the top of the heap. Go see it. The cast, the effects, the trailer…everything is so SICK!

REEL RATING: @@@@ (Four Stars)

2) BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT

If this one is as smart, brooding, and complicated as the first one, don’t be surprised if you hear some Oscar talk bandied about (and not only posthumously for Heath Ledger, either).

REEL EXPECTATION: @@@@ (Four Stars)

1) INDIANA JONES & THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL

The whole team is back. I’m 9 years old again.

REEL EXPECTATION: @@@@ (Four Stars)

KEEP YOUR EYE OUT FOR:
PINAPPLE EXPRESS (Apatow funny farm); THE INCREDIBLE HULK (just to see what a complete and utter train wreck it will be); THE HAPPENING (Shyamalan back on more familiar ground); THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN (should’ve opened in the winter; just my opinion); THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR (what else you gonna watch in August??); RELIGULOUS (Bill Maher); MEET DAVE (just to see how far afield Eddie Murphy’s gone this time); VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA (Woody Allen directing three hotties); JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3D (duh - it’s in 3D!).

What’s got you jonesin’ for the multiplex this summer? Holla at me!

Like what you read? Agree/disagree with The Reel Deal? Think I’m talkin’ out my…HUSH YO’ MOUF! (I’m only talkin’ about The Reel Deal!) Email me at EJAce1@GMail.com!

Edwardo Jackson is the author of the novels EVER AFTER and NEVA HAFTA, (Villard/Random House), a writer for The 213 Magazine, and an LA-based screenwriter. Visit his website at www.edwardojackson.com where his new novel I DO? is available NOW.


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