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:: Summer Movie Preview, Part 1 ::

It felt like it would never come, but the summer months are finally around the corner.

The warm weather and long nights are certainly nice, but what excites me most about the summer is the lineup of blockbuster action flicks being released. This summer will see an eclectic mix from the stalwart superhero adaptation to the return of a few long-lost franchises. A Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman, and Hulk movie all being released within a few months of each other? Yeah, I'm stoked.

In this part 1 of my Summer Movie Preview, I will break through the buzz and tell you why these movies might rock and why they might suck. To begin, titles you'll be seeing released in the coming weeks and through the July 4th weekend...

The Story So Far

The summer blockbuster season officially got underway with the release of the newly-formed Marvel Studio's Iron Man. Staring the re-invented Robert Downey Jr. as titular hero, it was an instant hit with both critics and fans. There were those expressing their concern that the much hyped release of the video game Grand Theft Auto IV would hurt Iron Man's sales. Boy was that not a problem, as the movie has already made well over a hundred million dollars.

My full review can be read here.

The week after saw the release of the Wachowski brother's ambitious live-action Speed Racer movie. Most critics trashed its overly colorful style and campy dialog, and most Americans chose to skip it. Unable to even break the $20 million mark in its opening weekend, profitability seems unlikely for Speed.

I think it's a shame, personally, as this unique movie is nowhere near as bad as some will have you believe. Check out my full review here.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls

Release Date: May 23

Why it might rock: Harrison Ford might be ridiculously old for an action/adventure movie, but if anyone can pull off being kick-ass over the age of 60, it's him. Commies may have replaced Nazis as the main antagonists, but from the look of the trailers, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls will be everything that made this franchise legendary.

Why it might suck: Let's be honest, neither Spielberg nor Lucas have done anything particularly groundbreaking in recent years. Also, Shia LaBeouf as Indy's sidekick has the potential to drag the entire film down. Maybe that's just my unexplainable dislike of LaBeouf talking, but I really do wish that they would have gone with another actor.

The Incredible Hulk

Release Date: June13

Why it might rock:This one wasn't on my radar until recently. The second film to be released by the new Marvel Studios, The Incredible Hulk has a surprisingly talented cast. Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, and William Hurt round out the group, with a rumored cameo appearance of Robert Downey Jr. as his Iron Man character Tony Stark.

Why it might suck:A good cast is one thing, but I'm skeptical of how improved its plot will be compared to Ang Lee's 2003 bomb. Also, the special effects shown in the trailer don't look too inspiring. Hopefully they've been polished up since then.

The Happening

Release Date: June 13

Why it might rock: Disappearing bees and post 9/11 wrapped up into a supernatural suspense thriller? Yes please. Staring Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, and John Leguizamo? I am there.

Why it might suck: M. Night Shyamalan has certainly taken a dive as of late. Coming off the massive commercial success of The Sixth Sense and Signs, he gave us the hit or miss pair of The Village and Lady in the Water. With everyone expecting some massive twist ending, whatever the ending turns out to be will likely leave many disappointed.


Release Date: July 4

Why it might rock: It just wouldn't be a summer blockbuster season without Will Smith. Details about this superhero flick are sparse, but its mature look at the personal sacrifices a hero must make sounds like an interesting premise.

Why it might suck: With long-running Marvel and DC characters dominating pre-release buzz, I'm afraid that this non-comic book inspired tale will get lost in the box office hustle.

That's all for part 1 of the Summer Movie Preview. Tune in next week to see what the rest of the summer has in store for us.

:: Dead End ::

Well, that's all for this week. I trust you enjoyed your trip into this shadowy nether-realm known only as the K-Files.

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Keep your eyes peeled for the next  K-Files, arriving sometime next week. Later.

~Khyron, 2007.


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