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Slow West, Mad Max: Fury Road and Pan: The 10 Most Anticipated Films of Summer

April 17, 2015

Hello all. Mark here.

The summer movie season is upon us and soon we will be inundated with sequels, prequels, reboots, remakes and The Rock battling an earthquake. There will be blockbusters, surprise hits and potentially the first Marvel dud (Ant-man). I’m surprisingly indifferent to a lot of the blockbusters this year. Age of Ultron looks to be more of the same and I still can’t shake how poorly built the sea beast structure is in Jurassic World.

Jurassic World Sea beast

What happens if it dives slightly to the right? Why isn’t The Rock riding it?

I’ve compiled the ten films I am most excited to watch. It is an eclectic list that features great actors (Ben Mendelsohn), directors (Joe Wright) and yellow squishy minions.

Mad Max: Fury Road – May 15–  Sometimes in life you need to watch people drive fast and blow up spectacularly.  I have a feeling that Fury Road is going to deliver the boom with aplomb.  It looks absolutely bonkers, incredibly expensive and full of practical effects. I love the cast of Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult and the guy who plays guitar whilst strapped to the back of a vehicle. How did this guy get the job of post-apocalyptic guitar player?

Mad Max fury road guitar


Slow West  May 15– Who needs The Avengers when you have Ben Mendelsohn in this fur coat? I am all in for a western starring Michael Fassbender, Rory McCann (GOT’s The Hound!) and Mr. Mendelsohn. If you haven’t experienced a Mendelsohn performance you need to watch Killing Them Softly, Animal Kingdom, Starred Up and The Place Beyond the Pines.

Ben Mend Slow West Jacket


Pitch Perfect 2 – May 15 I have some reservations about the sequel and I hope it isn’t simply “bigger and fatter.” However, I think it will avoid the sophomore slump and turn every track into gold.   I love the cast, I love the music and I can’t wait for more fat Amy. If it can achieve 67% of the originals likability I will love 100% of it.

Pitch Perfect 2


San Andreas – May 29 – The Rock fights an earthquake and most likely wins. The Rock is my favorite action star and I can’t wait to watch him rescue his family for 120 minutes. The film looks like 2012 met Volcano and somehow became 100 times better. The Rock makes everything likable and I could watch The Rundown, Fast Five, The Other Guys and Fast Six on a continuous loop. I look at San Andreas the same way I look at Hercules. It may be a bunch of hooey but it works because The Rock is the most “electrifying man in sports entertainment.”

The Rock San Andreas


Entourage June 5 – I know this film takes place in “white collar bro city” but I can’t resist the crew. I watched every episode and no matter how ridiculous it got I stuck with it. Will Turtle find love? Will E get a new Maserati? Will Drama continue his self destructive ways? I’ve invested this much time in Entourage might as well watch the movie.

Entourage movie poster


Insidious: Chapter 3 – June 5 – Elise Rainer (Lin Shaye), Tucker and Specs are back for a third film! They are my favorite part of the Insidious series because they put themselves in terrible situations for the better good and provide the comedic relief. I loved the first two films and they were a big part of why they were so successful. They didn’t have to battle the jerky demons but they hunkered down and went to war with them. Who does that nowadays?

Sidenote: I still hate the red demon from Insidious. He hurt my soul. However, Elise, Tucker and Specs never backed down and never surrendered.



Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – June 12 – The word out of Sundance is that Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is fantastic. I am 100% down to support an independent film during the summer months. The world needs something to break up all the property destruction. This could be the Fault in Our Stars of 2015.

Me and Earl


Minions – July 10 –  Banana! I love the minions and I can’t wait for 90 minutes of minion prequel action. I know this goes against my annoyance of prequels but I love the whole idea of 42 B.G. (Before Gru). Also, Villain Con sounds amazing!

orlando minions


PanJuly 24 Joe Wright (Hanna, Atonement) is awesome. Pan has a great cast comprised of Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Garrett Hedlund and Amanda Seyfried. It looks like a visual delight that will appease the senses and allow Mara to actually have some fun on film. I am hoping for the trademark six minute continuous shot that is Wright’s specialty.

Rooney Mara Pan Tiger Lily

Dope – June 19 –  Take me back to the 90s! I was a product of the hammer pants era and I hope Dope plays like Dazed and Confused met Better Luck Tomorrow and spawned House Party. Can’t wait!

 Dope movie.

What summer movies do you want to see?

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