summer film snobbery (or, what I want to see and what I just don’t need)
With age comes a distinct lack of transitional landmarks in my life. Working year-round (or rather, when I’m working) means there is no true signal to spring, summer, fall, winter like there was during school years, and I have to say, I really miss those indicators. Living in Texas doesn’t provide true seasonal cues either, since we typically have two seasons — semi-cold or too-hot-for-humanity — and I find myself longing for a single moment that signals the end of one period and the beginning of the next. The kids had their last days of school this week, and that’s helped to move me into a summer mode, but for me, the true transition comes with the Summer Movie Season. Some years that begins in May, other years I’ve waited until July to find a movie of interest. But this year, gratefully, my summer begins during the same week as everyone else.
For my 2011 Summer Film Series, I’ve decided to put snobbery into full effect. There’s only a little money that can be used for movies this year, so I’ve got strict requirements in place now that I’ve taken a look at this year’s list of film releases from May through August. Interestingly (or rather, predictably), I didn’t have much trouble narrowing down my list once I saw the summer’s collection of “action” and “comedy” — cough — offerings. Forgive me while I step up onto my soapbox for a moment…
Secondly, I’m truly thrilled that the final Harry Potter film is being released just so we can finally move past the wizard boy to more interesting things. I’m hoping the final Twilight entries aren’t far behind.
Thirdly, while I adore Colin Farrell, I know I would never sleep again if I saw him as a vampire, and I’m saddened to see that chick flicks are dumber than ever or have gone the (downward) way of Apatow. I am thankful, though, that there is at least one good female-centric story that will cleanse the heart and the palate.
This summer I’ll feed my inner fangirl with an earthly (and 2D) Avenger, two awesome X-Men, Cowboys & Aliens, and maybe even Super 8. I’m also excited for the spy drama and (sort-of) pairing of Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington, as well as two Owen Wilson appearances (one live, one CG). I’m always happy for the return of Captain Jack, but I see no reason to wear funky-clunky glasses (or to shell out the extra bucks) for three-dimensional pirates. I mean, seriously… isn’t Johnny Depp always in 3-D? That’ll do for me.
Instead, this year I’ll take my summer entertainment with an emphasis on story and character, plus a healthy side of Tom Hanks, Terrence Malick and Brad Pitt. And then I’ll check out some of the other flicks in 3-4 months when they release on DVD and I can rent them for free. These days, that’s about all some movies are worth.
My Summer Film Series is a collection of personal movie reviews posted each year during the summer season. Be sure to check back regularly for my thoughts on the movies I’ve chosen to see this year, and take a look at some of the posts I’ve made in years past.