Welcome to Part 3 of Anticipation Station 2011. As you all know, I love watching movies, so I wanna spread the love and give you guys another preview of what’s to come in the theaters. This time I’ll give you a look on what the month of June has to offer. If you feel like you’ve missed a good movie over the past two months, don’t hesitate to check out the first two parts of my article here and here!
Last June we witnessed the fall of the Shrek franchise as it opened at number one but earned only half of Shrek The Third’s opening weekend gross. We also saw the lack of interest for The A-Team and the opposite for The Karate Kid. June was also the month where 2010’s highest grossing movie of the year opened, which was Toy Story 3.
So, what does this year’s June have to offer? Well, I hope we have a huge opening weekend every week because there are only 7 wide releases this month, and I expect not all of them are gonna grab the attention of the viewers.
WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, LET’S START WITH…
1.) X-MEN: FIRST CLASS
In 1963, Charles Xavier starts up a school and later a team, for humans with superhuman abilities. Among them is Erik Lensherr, his best friend… and future archenemy.
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Starring: Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds), James McAvoy (Wanted), Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games), January Jones (American Pie: The Wedding), Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids), Nicolas Hoult (Clash of The Titans), Kevin Bacon (Frost/Nixon), Lucas Till (Hannah Montana: The Movie)
Comments: June kicks of with a bang with X-Men: First Class. I like the cast because it’s a mix of veteran and rising stars. I think Jennifer Lawrence is one actress we should watch out, as her performance in here will predetermine if she’s got what it takes to be Katniss in The Hunger Games. There is absolutely no way I won’t watch this in its opening weekend.
ANTICIPATION LEVEL: 9/10
2.) SUPER 8
After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the creepy phenomenon.
Director: J.J. Abrams Producer: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Elle Fanning (Astro Boy), Amanda Michalka (The Lovely Bones), Kyle Chandler (The Day The Earth Stood Still), Joel Courtney
Comments: This one’s probably the most mysterious summer blockbuster out this year, much like Cloverfield, only it looks so…much…better! I love J.J. Abrams, and when he collaborates with Steven Spielberg, it’s almost certain that we’ll witness one hell of a movie. The cast is also a fresh batch, and some are sisters of already-famous people (Dakota Fanning, Alyson Michalka). This is also the first movie of a kid named Joel Courtney, and he has the lead role! So be prepared to check them out on Google. I’m not a big fan of watching horror/suspense movies in theaters, but clearly this one will be an exception.
ANTICIPATION LEVEL: 8/10
3.) JUDY MOODY AND THE NOT BUMMER SUMMER
Third-grader Judy Moody sets out to have the most thrilling summer of her life.
Director: John Schultz
Starring: Heather Graham (Austin Powers 4), Preston Bailey (Dexter), Jordana Beatty,
Comments: Let me give you 4 reasons why I won’t be watching this movie: 1. I’ve never heard of this movie until now, 2. It’s a movie for kids, 3. The title sucks, 4. Heather Graham’s a tad too old to be considered hot. The most thrilladelic summer adventure ever? Not for grown-ups!
ANTICIPATION LEVEL: 0/10
4.) GREEN LANTERN
A test pilot is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers, as well as membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.
Director: Martin Campbell
Starring: Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal), Blake Lively (Gossip Girl), Peter Sarsgaard (Knight and Day), Mark Strong (Sherlock Holmes), Geoffrey Rush (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Comments: I believe that not every superhero can be a hit in the theaters. I think this one won’t be a big hit. It has a good fanbase, but I’m not sure if the Green Lantern can capture the eyes of kids and average Joes around the world. I like Reynolds and Lively, but I’m not that interested about the story. I mean, it looks a little cornier than Thor, and I liked Thor. I think this one will be a good movie, but I don’t know if I’ll see this one in theaters.
ANTICIPATION LEVEL: 6/10
5.) MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS
The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel.
Director: Mark Waters
Starring: Jim Carrey (Yes Man), Carla Gugino (Sucker Punch), Ophelia Lovibond (No Strings Attached), Madeline Carroll (Flipped)
Comments: I admit I’ve only recently discovered this film, but we’ve seen what Jim Carrey could do when he’s with animals. In my opinion, he’s the true king of comedy. I’m not sure if I’ll watch this in theaters, but I definitely need to see this one before the year ends.
ANTICIPATION LEVEL: 7/10
6.) CARS 2
Racing star Lightning McQueen teams up with his best friend Mater for an international adventure as they go up against the world’s fastest cars.
Director: John Lasseter, Brad Lewis
Starring: Owen Wilson (Wedding Crashers), Larry The Cable Guy (Cars), Michael Caine (The Dark Knight),
Comments: This is Pixar Animation Studios’ second of three sequels scheduled for release between 2010-2013 (Toy Story 3, Monsters University). Many people say that Cars is the “Black Sheep” among Pixar films as it is the lowest rated (but still good), but with this sequel they’ll have a chance to prove them wrong. I’m not that excited though. I, too, think that it’s one of the least interesting films of the studio.
ANTICIPATION LEVEL: 6/10
7.) BAD TEACHER
A comedy centered around a foul-mouthed, junior high teacher who, after being dumped by her sugar daddy, begins to woo a colleague — a move that pits her against a well-loved teacher.
Director: Jake Kasdan
Starring: Cameron Diaz (Knight and Day), Justin Timberlake (The Social Network), Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother)
Comments: Ex-couple Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake teams up once again in this movie. I like the two, especially JT, who has proven every single time that he’s got what it takes to be an actor. Hhe deserved an Oscar nomination for his performance in The Social Network! Plus, if you add How I Met Your Mother’s Jason Segel, you’ll have a recipe for success!
ANTICIPATION LEVEL: 7/10
Yep, that’s it. Only 7 movies out this June so I guess you won’t have a hard time figuring out what you’re gonna watch. Hope this article helps you out!
POLL TIME! Once again, choose THREE films you’re can’t wait to see within the next few weeks. If you have time, comment on my work please! Thank you for reading my blog!
Stay tuned for part 4!