Pac’s 10 Most Anticipated Summer Movies

10 May

10: Troll Hunter (Release Date: June 10, 2011)

Synopsis from IMDB:  A group of students investigate a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.

Pac’s Take:  Honestly, of all the films on this list I have a feeling it will be the worst of the lot, and I took a gamble putting it at number ten over some films that didn’t make the cut.  However, something about it intrigues and excites me, and that’s what anticipation is really about.  Though the “found footage” in the monster genre has seen it’s share of screen time lately, how many troll-centric films are there?

Two immediately come to mind

I’m a little worried about the whole Christianity angle that kept coming up in the trailer, hopefully they can minimize the satire and/or propaganda and deliver something fun to watch.


9. Cowboys and Aliens (Release Date: July 29, 2011)

Synopsis from IMDB: A spaceship arrives in Arizona, 1873, to take over the Earth, starting with the Wild West region. A posse of cowboys are all that stand in their way.

Pac’s Take:  If the title of the film weren’t enough to garner interest, the cast and crew is plenty enough to do the trick.  Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano, and Walton Googins round out a great cast with Iron Man director Jon Favreau at the helm.  Steven Spielberg’s involvement makes me a little wary as recently his influence has inhibited films, and it seems he’s spreading himself a little thin.  However, the concept of Cowboys and Aliens is well within Spielberg’s comfort zone so I see this film being a great success critically and monetarily.


8. The Hangover Part II (Release Date: May 26, 2011)

Synopsis from IMDB: Phil, Stu, and Alan travel to Bangkok for Stu’s wedding only to find themselves in another post-blackout misadventure.

Pac’s Take:  Chris and I have had a great debate over this film and if this sequel will be any good, with a Cracked article being the focal point of the argument.  I’ll admit the sequel very closely resembles the original, but in a way this is exactly what is attracting me to this film.  I loved the first movie, and why mess with a winning formula.  Just as a horror or action sequel follows the same formula as the original but has a higher body count, The Hangover II seems to be re-treading the original, hopefully with a higher laugh count. 


7. Thor (Release Date: May 6, 2011)

Synopsis from IMDB:  The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.

Pac’s Take:  When 2011 began, Thor was nowhere near my top 10 anticipated movies; even the inclusion of Natalie Portman wasn’t enough to get me excited about this film.  After opening the summer season with a strong $66 million opening weekend, and holding strong at 79% on Rotten Tomatoes, maybe my first impressions of this film were off.  What I thought was going to be a quick cash grab and a bridge to the Avengers movie now appears to be a strong entry into the Marvel film library and one that I most certainly see in theaters this month, probably still in 2D though.


6. Fright Night (Release Date: August 19, 2011)

Synopsis from IMDB:  Teenager Charley Brewster (Yelchin) guesses that his new neighbor Jerry Dandrige (Farrell) is a vampire responsible for a string of recent deaths. When no one he knows believes him, he enlists Peter Vincent (Tennant), the opportunistic host of his favorite TV show, to help him take down Jerry and his guardian.

Pac’s Take:  I fell in love with the horror genre at a very early age, and the original Fright Night was one of the few films that ignited that passion.  To see this film be remade now is a joy because I truly think there is a great opportunity for success.  Colin Ferrell and Anton Yelchin are ambitious choices for their respective roles, especially Ferrell (who has the large shoes of Chris Sarandon to fill), but I think they are intelligent choices.  Christopher Mintz-Plasse is a puzzling casting decision but one I can live with.  What does concern me greatly is that Fright Night is due for release on August 19, and we have yet to see anything more than a few stills.  Hopefully this film will not go the route of 2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street and be a huge disappointment.

5. Green Lantern (Release Date: June 17, 2011)

Synopsis from IMDB: 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.

Pac’s Take:  Superhero films have become synonymous with the summer blockbuster, and I’m a sucker for a good comic book film.  Originally Green Lantern was on the outside looking in (along with Thor) because I thought special effects and billing would take precedent over character and story.  However, after seeing the extended trailer below my confidence in this film is growing.  Not only does it look beautiful but they seemed to keep a lot of the heart surrounding Hal Jordan and his entry into the Green Lantern Corps (while only minimally altering his origin).  Then there’s the fanboy in me that’s driving me to this film.  As a Bond fan I’m excited to see Martin Campbell (Goldeneye, Casino Royale) take on a superhero franchise, and I’ve always been a fan of DC Comics over Marvel.  While DC’s gallery is not as broad in popularity, I feel they have more development in their characters and handle their franchises better when it comes to film adaptations.

Pictured Above: Exception to the Rule


 4. Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (Release Date: August 26, 2011)

Synopsis from IMDB:  A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend discovers creatures in her new home who want to claim her as one of their own.

Pac’s Take:  After the awesome spectacle of Pan’s Labyrinth, I’ve been waiting to see Guillermo Del Toro take on a full-fledged horror film.  Unfortunately, his contribution to this film is not from the director’s chair but his production assistance and writing should provide enough influence to make it a must see.  I’m a little concerned about the casting of Katie Holmes but not nearly enough to discourage me from including Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark on my list.  I expect this to be one of, if not the best horror film of the year and anything else will be a disappointment.  hopefully it will be ammo to my arsenal that not all remakes are created equally bad.

3.  X-Men: First Class (Release Date: June 3, 2011)

Synopsis from IMDB: 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.

Pac’s Take:  X-Men: First Class didn’t make my 2011 list simply because I didn’t want to crowd the list with superhero films.

And the posters were impossibly terrible

 However, I’m being a bit more honest with myself this time about the movies I’ll pay to see in theaters, and an X-Men movie is always on that list.  We’ve always heard in the comics, the films, and the animated series about the relationship between Xavier and Magneto before they were enemies and to finally see that on-screen should be a treat.  Additionally, maintaining some chronological timeline and setting this film in 1963 should bring more depth to the political themes that are inherent in an X-Men film.  Hopefully Matthew Vaughn can follow-up Kick Ass with an X-Men adaptation fans can be proud of.


2. Captain America: The First Avenger (Release Date: July 22, 2011)

Synopsis from IMDB: After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America’s ideals.

Pac’s Take:  Captain America was number 2 on my full 2011 list and though The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo won’t be released until this winter, this superhero movie remains in its original position.  After suggesting that I prefer DC comics over Marvel earlier in this list, I probably seem like a hypocrite for having 2 Marvel movies in the top 3 of my list.  X-Men ranked higher than Green Lantern because of its brand, but Captain America has a lot more going for it.  The most integral piece of the Avengers film, Steve Roger’s story predates everything we’ve seen so far in Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Thor.  Pairing the superhero saga with a WWII epic gives Captain America a unique look and story that we haven’t seen from any other Superhero franchise.  A great trailer has me pining with excitement, especially the brief look we get of Red Skull and the nod to Howard Stark.


1.  Super 8 (Release Date: June 10, 2011)

Synopsis from IMDB:  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 strange phenomenon.

Pac’s Take:  When compiling this list I originally had Super 8 at number 6.  I wrote why I wanted to see this film and rewatched the trailer before posting. After watching the trailer a second time I moved this movie all the way up to its current position: my most anticipated summer movie of 2011.  While the original trailer didn’t provide much information as to what this movie actually was, the trailer included below gives me enough information while still shrouding itself in mystery, creating a perfect storm of anticipation.  I couldn’t help but think of movies like Stand By Me and The Monster Squad when watching this trailer and reminiscing about how I fell in love with the movies in the first place.  What I’ve seen from this trailer seems to capture that emotion both in graceful and grandiose fashion.  I’ve expressed my concerns about Spielberg earlier, but him working with J.J. Abrams on this picture feels to me like a passing of the torch, suggesting that this film’s ambition is to be the Close Encounters or E.T. of our generation.  There is a feeling of nostalgic excitement when I preview Super 8, ironic because unlike many other films coming out this summer, it is an original work. 


Honorable Mentions: Bad Teacher, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, The Devil’s Double, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and 30 Minutes or Less.


7 Responses to “Pac’s 10 Most Anticipated Summer Movies”

  1. 2blu2btru May 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    It’s funny, but I’m excited for the same amount of movies on your list as on Chris’ list. At least the summer is looking much better than the winter and spring have been, movie wise. Much more to choose from.

    • Brian Pac Sostak May 11, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

      I’m interested to hear which movies you are excited about on each list…

  2. 2blu2btru May 12, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    The superhero ones–Thor, Captain America, X-Men: First Class, The Green Lantern. I am also looking forward to the Crowne one with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. I just saw a preview for Everything Must Go (?) with Will Farrell–looks OK, but he is hit and miss for me.

    I’m not a fan of remakes, especially of horror films, so I dismissed Fright Night out of hand. I don’t feel like the previews for Super 8 tell me enough about the actual plot–which is never a good sign. I always think I’m seeing one movie and am seeing something completely different. Sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised, but I’d rather be surprised on my couch than in the theater either way. 😀


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