Friday, June 4, 2010

June Movie Preview

You know me and movies!!

Here's the rundown of some noteworthy films this month.

Information courtesy of IMDB

June 4 -


Director: Vincenzo Natali

Stars: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine

Two scientists fuse DNA samples to create a new organism: a human-chimera they name Dren. As the creature rapidly develops from a deformed female infant into winged creature, her initial bond with her creators turns deadly
THE BUZZ: From our Sundance 2010 blog: This sci-fi/thriller benefits from commitment of two strong actors, Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley. The mix of body horror and fantasy is overseen by executive producer Guillermo del Toro, and Dren, the creature created and nurtured by a pair of bio-chemists, is a definite homage to Pan's Labyrinth.

I'm seeing this movie TODAY and will post my review very soon. I am stoked to see this film.

June 11-

The A-Team

Director: Joe Carnahan

Stars: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Sharlto Copley The
A group of Iraq War veterans looks to clear their name with the U.S. military, who suspect the four men of committing a crime for which they were framed.

Okay, I'm a big fan of the original A-Team - so I will probably NOT catch this one in the theater.

Maybe NetFlix.

Just not the same without George Peppard...

June 18 -

Toy Story 3

Director: Lee Unkrich

Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

Woody (Hanks), Buzz (Allen), and the rest of their toy-box friends are dumped in a day-care center after their owner, Andy, departs for college.

It's Toy Story! Need I say more...?

Jonah Hex

Director: Jimmy Hayward

Stars: Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich

The U.S. military gives bounty hunter Jonah Hex (Brolin) and offer he cannot refuse: in exchange for his freedom from the warrants on his head, he's to take down a terrorist (Malkovich) who is gathering an army and preparing to unleash Hell on Earth.

This movie really intrigues me. I'll probably do a double feature that weekend.

July 2 -

The Last Airbender

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Stars: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone

Aang (Ringer), a young successor to a long line of Avatars, learns that he possesses the power to engage the Fire Nation and hopefully end their century-long war against the Water, Earth, and Air nations.

THE BUZZ: Regardless of the range of opinions on (1) M. Night Shyamalan's career trajectory and (2) the project's "racebending" controversy, TLAs trailers contain some of the best money shots of the year thus far

M. Night Shyamalan. I'm not holding my breath on this one. But the previews look so damn cool!

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An interesting selection there Alex.

Have a lovely day.


Unknown said...

Some really interesting movies coming out. Can't wait to hear your reviews. I'm looking forward to seeing The Karate Kid with my son. I remember the old movies...way back when.


Helen Ginger said...

Just the commercials on Splice scare me, so I won't go to it, but I probably will go see A-Team. I, too, liked the TV show so I'm hoping the movie will be good. The others I hadn't heard about before now. You are always the first to get the word out.

I love the cover on your book. That is soooo cool.

Straight From Hel

Summer Frey said...

I'm hoping The Last Airebender stands up to the show, at least. It looks really good.

Splice I haven't heard of, but Del Toro and Adrian Brody? Sign me up! If it's not too scary, anyway... :-)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Can't miss Toy Story! And if The Last Airbender doesn't get rave reviews, I'm not going. M. hasn't made a good movie since Signs.

Christine Danek said...

I just saw the commercial for Splice and it looks good.
I also have to see the Last Airbender. Gotta support the local guy (M. Night).

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Clarissa, let us know what they do differently with The Karate Kid.

Thanks, Helen!

Summer and Christine, I don't think Splice is as scary as the reviews portray. From the buzz earlier this year, there's a lot more to the movie than that.

Unknown said...

Oh, thanks so much for this! I knew Toy Story was coming out, but hadn't paid attention to exactly when. Now I'll make plans to take my daughter this weekend.

Sarah Ahiers said...

I've already heard good things about Splice and also that it is sufficently creepy.

I think A-Team looks great so i'll check that out and Jonah Hex.

Toy Story 3 - obvs gonna see that

And of course i'm pee my pants excited for Aibender since i'm a HUGE huge fan of that show.
I think shyamalan will do ok with it.

Lisa said...

My children are waiting for Toy Story 3. It is not in theater here yet.

Matthew MacNish said...

What is the race-bending controversy in Avatar Alex? I love the show but am concerned M may ruin the property. He hasn't done much well since the Sixth Sense.

Bossy Betty said...

What would I do without you to make me look cool by knowing the newest releases? The A-Team? Really? Sure you didn't just throw that in as a delayed April Fool's joke?

DEZMOND said...

Can't wait to see THE LAST AIRBENDER, maybe I could learn a few tricks about bending water and air? Fire was never my element.

Ricky said...

Jonah Hex sounds good.

Laurence MacNaughton said...

For a minute there, I was interested in The Last Airbender -- then I found out it was an M. Night movie. No thanks! I loved Unbreakable, The 6th Sense and even The Village. But everything after that was a waste of my ticket money. I'm not getting burned again.

Anonymous said...

Strangely enough the one I'm most excited about is Toy Story 3, even though it still feels like it ought to be a kids' movie! :)

Arlee Bird said...

The previews I've seen for all of these look intriguing, but the movie that has me the most curious so far is Inception -- it sounds like it conforms most to my interests.

Tossing It Out

Raquel Byrnes said...

My kids are really looking forward to the Last Airbender. I saw the previews and now I'M totally stoked.

There are some really high caliber children's movies coming this summer...can't wait!.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Mary, Toy Story is June 18, so don't get excited yet.

Falen, Splice is gonna rock.

Matthew, the reviews for Airbender are gonna have to be stunning before I go. Not sure about the controversy outside of the director himself though.

Betty, it's no joke!

Laurence, I feel the same way - that one's a wait and see the reviews.

Hampshire, there's nothing wrong with that! The best movie so far this year was How to Train Your Dragon.

Arlee, that is THE movie of the summer! Nolan is the best director in the biz.

Raquel, it's gonna be a good summer for movies!

Carol Kilgore said...

Here lately we've been a DVD family. But I always like knowing about the new stuff.

Karen Lange said...

I agree, without George Peppard, the A-Team just won't be the same...Toy Story looks kinda fun; too bad my grandson isn't a little older so I'd have an excuse to go. Have a great weekend!

B. Miller said...

I can't WAIT for Splice. The rest of them seem good too... Jonah Hex seems like it would be really fun. I wish movies weren't so frickin expensive... sigh...

Thanks for sharing, Alex!! :D

Charles Gramlich said...

I bet you'll like Pan's Labrynth. I thought it was excellent.

Hannah said...

I want to see Avatar so bad I can taste it!!


I have a four day weekend so I may catch Splice. I love scifi horror movies.

have a great weekend!

Jemi Fraser said...

Toy Story is such a fun story line. Hope this is a good addition!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Karen, who needs a kid? Just go!

Miller, go before 6pm for the daytime rates...

Pan's Labyrinth was excellent - and the most depressing film I've ever seen.

DiscConnected said...


By now you've probably seen a trailer for the A Team movie.

I, too, will 'fess up to being a fan of the show, especially the intricate plots...okay, so I got a kick out of the fact that you could lock them in a room with some duct tape and an old lawn mower and Mr. T could weld up a tank.

I think the trailer looks promising, so I plan to attend next weekend.

I never read Jonah Hex, but it is sort of a Western, and any film with Megan Fox in it can't be all bad (hey, if she'd old enough for Brolin, then I can admit to thinking she a hottie and not feel like a crime has been committed)

India Drummond said...

I just wanted to pop by and say thank you so much for the kind words on my blog announcement!

Thank you so much!

Jamie Gibbs said...

Im looking forward to Jonah Hex and Splice, they look kinda funky. plus, who isn't gonna want to see Toy Story 3? Goes without saying :P

Unknown said...

I am really looking forward to "The Last Airbender". Looks like Toy Story is releasing on 18th. That will be a long wait.
Great post!:)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

DiscC, I've not read the Jonah Hex comics either, but it looks like a fun ride. And I guess that means I'm not too old to say Megan Fox is hot either.

Jamie Splice was funky - I'll post my review later.

Zoe C. Courtman said...

Oh, I'm ALL about seeing SPLICE (tho my first thought was, "Is Adrian Brody slumming or what?" Can't wait to see what you think of it.