02 June, 2011

Top Five Upcoming Geek Movies of the Summer

The summer movie season essentially began 6 weeks ago on April 29th with the release of "Fast Five'. Since then, a god of thunder, a group of bridesmaids, a vampire hunting priest, a kung fu panda, Captain Jack Sparrow and the Wolfpack have laid siege on multiplexes everywhere…and we aren't even a week into June.

So here are the top 5 upcoming films, I believe will get the geek juices flowing:

1. X-Men: First Class (6/3)
No Wolverine, no problem. Great cast, good director, and amazing buzz. Placing bets that this is the comic book movie to beat this summer.

2. Super 8 (6/10)
If there is any film that should evoke the feeling of summer sci-fi blockbusters of the '70s & '80s, this should be it. Besides, it's Spielberg and Abrams. This thing reeks Geek.

3. Green Lantern (6/17)
Looks epic. Concerns are that it is another comic book movie starring Ryan Reynolds. Comic book geeks should eat it up. But will the rest of the masses care? GL is kinda of a second tier hero in the DC Universe. Fingers crossed.

4. Captain America: The First Avenger (7/22)
This is the final piece of the Marvel Studios' movie puzzle before next year's Avengers. Not missing it. Don't forget to stay through the end credits kiddies.

5. Cowboys & Aliens (7/29)
Um, Indiana Jones and James Bond vs. aliens in the wild west from the director of Iron Man? Duh.

Honorable mentions:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, Part II (7/15)
Even if you haven't read the books or watched the movies you're gonna wanna know how it ends, right?

2. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (8/5)
No Heston, no Marky Mark, just James Franco and WETA digital effects. One of the only sci-fi films of the summer.

3. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (8/26)
It's a Guillermo del Toro produced horror movie. If the movie is half as scary as the trailer, then prepare to wet yourself.

Dishonorable mentions:

1. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (7/29)
Why not? Michael Bay, that's why.

2. Conan the Barbarian (8/19)
Simple. No Ahnold, no pay to see.

3. Fright Night (8/19)
Wait, they're rereleasing Disturbia? Cool! NOT. If you haven't already seen it, Netflix the original 1985 Fright Night. Trust me.

Non-American readers you know the drill: month first, date second.

Did I miss a flick? Do you have a compelling geek reason for me to add it to the list? Or do you just disagree with my choices? Let me have it in the comments section below.


  1. xmen looks the best to me. im seeing it tonight.

  2. Harry Potter is my #1 movie of the summer since I think the second half of the book is the best material in any of the books. Also excited about Super 8 and X-Men (reviews are great for this one so far).

    No interest at all in Transformers.

  3. Cowboys and Aliens looks really cool. Thats my top movie. I dont know why everyone is so down on Transformers. Robots that transform and kick ass? Im sold.

  4. I think people are down on the Transformers movies because... well... they suck. Just because you like it doesn't mean it doesn't suck. It just means you like it.

  5. i tought the transformers movies were awesome... Can't wait to see Harry Potter and Cowboy & Aliens.
    And IMHO captain america will suck...

  6. I digged Transformers 1 and 2. 3 looks more furious (haha see what I did there?).

  7. People dont like Transformer 3 because NO MEGAN FOX!

    Im with the Greek on XM:FC. But not too concerned about GL. Which likely will be much better and epic then what looked like poor produced trailers (which have gottrn exponentially better over time)would have us believe. It wont do any worse then Thor I think.

    And your right. A Fright Night remake? Gtfooh. Whats next a Red Dawn remake? Why do they keep messing with my childhood?

  8. Um, Aris the Red Dawn remake has already been filmed and ready to be released the end of the year. Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth is the lead.

    Apparently, there was some post production controversy. The producers decided to change the villains from the Chinese to North Koreans after filming ended. Which meant digitally altering the flags and uniforms. Doesn't that DEFEAT the purpose of naming the movie RED DAWN?

    Just lock this sucker away in a vault somewhere and NEVER let it see the light of day.

    Let it be still born.

  9. :( well...why dont you just kill me now.

    Wolverines! Had to do it.

  10. HGF,

    I wish I was.



    Choose! Choose the form of the Destructor!

  11. How in dementor's kiss did Harry Potter only get honorable mention? Its going to be bigger than any of these other movies, guaranteed.

    Planet of the Apes gets a NO from me, but Conan might get a YES just because it stars Khal Drogo.

  12. LOL!

    My biggest anticipation is definitely Harry Potter.

  13. @Multipass

    I am pretty sure Potter will be the BO champ if not in the top three.

    The reason I didn't put in the top five is because I consider it to have more of a mass appeal than just geek appeal. But I can definitely see your point.

    Can't agree with you about Conan. Uh uh. I refuse.

  14. Just to point out, that Conan is portrayed by Jason Momoa, who was Ronon Dex on Stargate:Atlantis. This is pretty much the reason I want to see it, as he should do a good job in kicking @$$

  15. I stand by my assessment of X-Men: First Class. Just got back from seeing it and it is a damn good flick.

    Time to dust off some of those old Claremont and Byrne issues.

  16. Cool. I should be seeing it next week.

  17. My most anticipated film is Super8. It's not based on another property or a sequel, it has the old school wonder feel of the early Spielberg films, and most importantly it has Coach Taylor from Friday Night Lights beating up aliens.

  18. Coach T! He'll just furiously stare down the alien until it leaves Earth or give it such a motivational speech that it'll single handedly win State for him. :)