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A geek list of must-see summer movies


Summer is official blockbuster movie season, so I've got my list together of what any dork worth his geek cred will be seeing over the next four months (either in theater, or via the magic of bittorrent). So, with the help of SFSignal, here's a list of the flicks I'd like to plunk down down ducats to enjoy as Edison intended: In a cramped, overpriced quasi-recliner surrounded by loudmouthed teenagers and adult jerkwads who can't turn off a cellphone at the local multiplex: Spider-Man 3 (May 4), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (May 25), 28 Weeks Later (May 11), Shrek the Third (May 18), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (June 15), Fido (June 15), Black Sheep (June 22), Transformers (July 4), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (July 13), The Simpsons Movie (July 27), Stardust (August 10), The Invasion (August 17), and Fanboys (August 17).

Like being the operative word here. I've got an infant daughter at home, so this summer will be the first I can't willfully observe cinematic quasi-holidays at a whim. I'll be lucky to see 3-4 of these on the big screen, so I'm wondering if the local movie-geek community has any strong opinions about which flick is most worth the trouble of arranging a sitter and spending a one of a precious few free evenings to see (and no, I can't just leave the kid with the wife, as she wants to see these films as much as I do--more, in the case of Harry Potter). So, help a fella out and cast your vote for most worth summer geek movie below.
 


(Yes, I recognize that Transformers has the stink of Michael Bay upon it, so bear in mind that the amount of money I spend on a flick is heavily influenced by its Rotten Tomatoes rating. I commend its assistance unto you. If it ain't Tomato fresh, it's lucky to get even matinee coinage out of me. Hollywood, you are forewarned.)

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20 comments
javalexlan
javalexlan

Small note, the link for the movie 28 Weeks later is the same as the one for the Pirates of the Caribbean, At World?s End.

LOUIETR ...
LOUIETR ...

Has anyone got a quick review for Spiderman 3?

LOUIETR ...
LOUIETR ...

I could easilt it was the best spiderman of the series. Thanks for the reviews TR peeps!!

viruser
viruser

I appreciate the help guys. Judging from the reviews, am heading out to watch it this weekend :)!!

Bill Ward
Bill Ward

I waited a week after the movie because I didn't want to put out a spoiler, but... Yes, I've seen it. It might have even been a decent movie if the acting had been better, the script had been better, and the direction had been better. Oh, and having a better plot. Other than that, great movie. Only actor to actually do a good job acting was SUPPOSED to be wooden, the gentleman who played Sandman. And I suppose, except for one PAINFUL scene where Aunt May totally fails to perform rationally for her, when Peter tells her he's done something wrong (don't want to spoil any aspect of the movie, so I'm being vague), the actress playing Aunt May was passable. Jonah Jameson had a couple of really good lines, but even he was a bit over the top. Oh, and the sequence between him and his secretary stole the movie. Pretty sad when that comedy bit is the single best point of the movie.

Jay Garmon
Jay Garmon

I omitted a few potential entries form thelist because they were either A) too mainstream to qualify as strictly geek movies or B) too fringe to appear on most folks' radar. Here's the appendix of leftovers: * Day Watch (June 1) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_Watch * Ocean's 13 (June 8) http://oceans13.warnerbros.com/ * Evan Almighty (June 25) http://www.evanalmighty.com/ * Live Free or Die Hard (June 27) http://www.livefreeordiehard.com/ * The Bourne Ultimatum (August 5) http://www.thebourneultimatum.com/

viruser
viruser

Trivia Geek, Bourne Ultimatum and Ocean's 13 should have made that list. Personally, the two and Spiderman 3 are my most anticipated for the summer.

r.pooler
r.pooler

Was Nick Cage in Next? All I remember was Jessica Biel coming out of a shower, hair wet and in a towel.

jfrantz
jfrantz

Much like John, you forgot to add Next, which starts this Friday! JP www.sfsignal.com

Jay Garmon
Jay Garmon

...after the whole Ghost Rider fiasco. ;)

GSG
GSG

The last good thing, in fact the only good thing he's ever done was "Raising Arizona". Since then, I avoid any movie he's in like the plague.

Dr_Zinj
Dr_Zinj

Because Ghost Rider really wasn't all that bad as a stand-alone movie. And yes, I read most of the Ghost Rider comics. Translation of a comic from multi-panel, 28 page magazine issues to the big screen can be really iffy. You want a good instance of a dog, or at best, a sleeper, The Punisher was a major disappointment. I suppose we'll never see the original live action Fantastic Four. That would have been interesting, even if it were done poorly.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

I'm looking forward to The Bourne Ultimatum. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0440963/

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

I like the bourne character but I can't believe that someone said "yes" to that title.. hehe.. aw well.. long as it has fancy close combat and a car chaise or too.

Inkling
Inkling

of reading Bourne Ultimatum after watching the first two movies. I know, I know, but I have to say it... Man the movies suck compared to the books. I'm still looking forward to the third movie though.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

The books are much better then the movies. The films are nice summer entertainment, nothing more.

mjd420nova
mjd420nova

I'm not really into attending a mass showing in any theater, to many distractions to be a good environment for viewing. I prefer to wait for the DVD and watch in my own theater. I can therefore skip the junk and get right to the real good flicks. Reviewers seldom do any movie real justice, but when a good one comes along, everyone talks about it. The amount of pre-release hype will often indicate the movies true worth.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

You stuck that in just to see if we were paying attention, right? The same concept as the old humanoid robots waste of Japanamation? Didn't you see how badly TMNT just tanked?

LOUIETR ...
LOUIETR ...

Great list here!!! Which movies would you rate as best so far in the year?

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