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Top That: 2011 Summer Movie Edition

When my half-pint partner and I decided to start this blog we both kind of took a piece and ran with it.  I focused on the film reviews, while she focused on the Top 5 (insert topic here).  When I heard her idea for this go around I have to admit I was intrigued.  Top 5 2011 Summer Movies she was most excited to see.  How could you go wrong with that?  I mean we grew up together on movies; we should be firing on all cylinders for this summer, right?  Well when I saw the movies that made the cut for her list, I was shocked to say the least.  So like any good partner I asserted my authority and high jacked her list and added my own list of Must See Movies of 2011.  So, in a joint venture (this time) we are pleased to present our Deliverance-esque dueling banjos version of Top That: Top 5 Summer Movies of 2011 “We” are most excited to see…..ladies first!!


Presented for your approval, a new Top That column highlighting the five movies I’m most looking forward to this summer.  Of course there’s a 99% chance I’ll be seeing these on DVD, so it’s more of a top five movie list of shit I’ll be watching after the summer.  There are about ten movies I’m very interested in seeing right now, and these are the cream of the crop.  I’ve also embedded the trailer for you to watch before my annoying commentary.

5.    http://youtu.be/tCRQQCKS7go
Super 8:  I’m excited about Super 8 because I’m hoping it’ll be a fun science fiction flick on par with JJ Abrams’ Star Trek reboot or old school Steven Spielberg, since he’s producing.  I’m purposely not reading or watching much about the movie, because it looks like something better experienced knowing as little as possible.  The cast doesn’t do much for me, but obviously unknowns are the way to go with a story like this.  All the better to be whisked away to small town America for a good old fashioned alien invasion.  I’m not figuring on too many scares, probably more surprise BOO! type stuff.  Hits me as Stand By Me mixed with ET, with a dash of Monster Squad.  And please please please Movie Gods–don’t let this be a shitty M. Night Shamalamadingdong rip off.  I’m holding out hope that this will be fun, escapist sci-fi without some broader social commentary.  Sometimes a girl just wants some cool ass aliens wreaking havoc on some hayseeds.

4.  http://youtu.be/WXRYA1dxP_0
Tree of Life:  Terrence Malick is one of those directors that people feel strong about, like Tarantino.  Either you like QT’s rapid fire dialog or not.  Either you like Malick’s slow pacing and cadences or you don’t.  He makes movies that never leave a question as to who the filmmaker was.  He’s not very prolific (he’s averaging a movie about every 8 years) so when we’re treated to something he’s done I’m sure not to miss it.  I like Brad Pitt more and more as time goes on, and I love the movie choices he makes.  He could easily be on the Ben Still slow train to a formulaic piece of crap summer flick, but he’s choosing something that might gross $5 million if it’s lucky.  Even though Sean Penn can be polarizing in his personal life, no one can argue he’s got some gnarly acting chops.  I’m curious to see how he responds to a director like TM.  He reined in Christian Bale in The New World, and I bet he’ll do the same to Penn.

30 Minutes or Less:  This has a who’s who cast of it-boys…take your pick:  Jesse Eisenberg, Aziz Ansari, Danny McBride and Nick Swardson.  Directed by the dude who did Zombieland, it’s already got cred in my book.  I’m subtracting points for being able to figure out who the “bad” guys were, even in costumes, from the trailer.  It looks like a great premise, and I’m hoping for some smart laughs, and maybe even a celebrity cameo.  I’m looking at you, Bill Murray.  I like seeing Eisenberg doing different things, because I was impressed with how well he did in a serious movie like The Social Network.

2.  http://youtu.be/uLUWHW5NxwI
One Day:  Because I LOVED the book right away, and fell in love with the characters even though they’re flawed and constantly making mistakes.  Because it looks like a chick movie, but I’m hoping it will transcend that and not delve into “Something Borrowed” territory. Because the casting is decent, and Anna Hathaway does a mean Brit accent.  Because Jim Sturgess is a hottie, and I really should have seen him in something by now.  I’m really keeping my fingers crossed that this will be everything I’ve pictured in my head, but I’m expecting to be disappointed.  Which is why I still haven’t see The Time Traveler’s Wife.

1. http://youtu.be/eK68Y3oMEk8
Crazy, Stupid Love:  This is the summer movie I’m most excited about.  If this is half as good as the trailer looks I’ll totally forgive Steve Carell for leaving The Office.  He’s a sad sack who got cuckolded, and Ryan Gosling is the GQ stud muffin (aside #1:  typing “GQ stud muffin” makes me LOL.  Aside #2:  I don’t use that term lightly.  My god, the things I could bounce off that man’s abs.  But I digress…) who teaches Carell get his mojo back with the ladies, while falling in love himself.  I’m totally crushing on Emma Stone right now (she’s Veronica Sawyer from Heathers reincarnated) because she was so awesome in Easy A.  (Seriously, if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and stream it on Netflix right now.)  She’s great as the smart/smarmy/jaded-but-still-romantic archetype.  I love all the funny moments in the trailer and this is definitely my idea of a summer date night movie.

***And a Human Centipede Hype Award Honorable Mention goes to:

Hobo With a Shotgun


For looking awesome and extremely ridiculous.  Look at his teeth, for Chrissakes.  It’s probably gonna be Grindhouse-lite mixed with a dash of cheesetastic Hell Ride, but oh well.  It’ll be good for a laugh, and more than likely several choice quotes to add to your rotation.


I said all I had to say above…..enjoy the good picks for this summer’s Top 5

5. http://youtu.be/V1ZQrYiTMOY

The Beginners: The second offering by filmmaker Mike Mills (2005’s Thumbsucker was his first) is an autobiographical portrait of his relationship with his father.   I think this looks like a fantastic movie.  It’s all about a guy who realizes he never really knew his father, especially when his father comes out as a gay man to him at 75 years old.  This film has a “look back” kind of feel to it as the main character uses memories of his father embracing life, even in his final days, to motivate himself to take chances he never would have before.

4. http://youtu.be/o8ccSiH4olo

X-Men First Class: This movie speaks to the overwhelming comic nerd in me.  If you take all the comic book inspired films that have come out in the last decade I’ve probably liked about 10% of them.  Growing up on comics has made me a bit of a snob when it comes to the accuracy of comic films.  All that aside, I’ve still enjoyed the X-Men films.  Are they accurate to the comics, barely (any novice comic nerd knows that Havok, who is in this film, was not part the original X-Men class); but they are entertaining, and this submission looks even better.  Plus, I have become a huge fan of Michael Fassbender (Magneto) ever since I saw him in Inglourious Basterds.

3. http://youtu.be/Xa–ea9P7P4

50/50: This film is based on a true life struggle with cancer of screen-writer Will Reiser, who won his battle with cancer in his early 20’s.  The main character is played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt who, in my opinion has quietly become one of the best young actors in Hollywood.  His sidekick/best friend is played by a man who has mastered that role, Seth Rogan.  They look to have a great chemistry in this film.  One big challenge this film faces is trying to make cancer look funny.

2.    http://youtu.be/UVTMkINRChk

The Help:  The absence of this film on my Muppet sidekick’s list was the biggest surprise to me, as she claims to be all “I am woman, hear me roar,” and because of her previous claim of love for Emma Stone.  The film is based on the best-selling novel of the same name.  The Help stars Stone (Skeeter) as a southern society girl in the late 60’s who has just returned home after graduating from college. Determined to be a writer, Skeeter befriends some of the African American housekeepers that work for the white families in town and decides to write a tell-all.

1. http://youtu.be/mh9cG5dzs-U

Horrible Bosses: Ok, do I even need to justify why I want to see this movie?  I mean, who hasn’t had an A-Hole boss that they wanted to kill, or 3, if you go by this movie.  This flick looks to be the gut-buster comedy of the summer.  Just the cast alone looks awesome.  Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, and Charlie Day form a very cool trio, but I think the trio of horrible bosses (Kevin Spacey, Colin Ferrell and Jennifer Aniston) might be even better.  I don’t feel like I even have to say anymore.  Just watch the trailer and enjoy.

***And my Guilty Pleasure, Go Get the Gimp Honorable Mention goes to:

The Change Up


Being that I’m a married guy, and figure kids is somewhere in my future.  This film is simply a guilty pleasure chuckle.  It is a played-out premise, but damn if I don’t laugh every damn time I see this trailer.

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