Thursday, April 17, 2008

Jason in Hollywood's top 5 summer blockbuster movies...

Iron Man movie poster By now everyone should know that I love going to the cinema, so here's my TOP 5 movie recommendations for summer 2008 (or at least what I'll be watching).


IRON MAN

Released on the 2 May in both the U.S. and UK, this film has almost perfect casting with Robert Downey Jr. as the alcoholic billionaire genius Tony Stark, the creator of the Iron Man suit.

One of the less familiar Marvel Comics characters to the general public compared to Spider-man or the Hulk, this big-budget superhero movie is directed by Jon Favreau.

I first spotted Jon Favreau as an actor in the movie, Swingers, but he's also responsible for one of the funniest Christmas film's ever, Elf, starring Will Ferrell.

Plus you may recognise him from TV as he played Monica's millionaire boyfriend in about six episodes of Friends.

The trailers for the film look fab and the only bit of mis-casting I feel may be Gwyneth Paltrow, as Tony Stark's assistant/love interest 'Pepper' Potts, but I'll reserve my judgement until I've seen the film. Let's hope it lives up the positive hype I'm hearing.

The Happening movie teaser posterTHE HAPPENING

Next on my must-see list is, The Happening, an M. Night Shyamalan film. Made famous by the phenomenally successful, The Sixth Sense, master of the major plot twist and also director of Unbreakable, Signs, The Village and the dire Lady in the Water, let's hope this film is considerably better.


The trailer is very creepy and leaves you wanting to know more. Another bonus is that it stars Mark Walhberg (of Boogie Nights and the Italian Job remake), obviously I don't just like him for all those Calvin Klein underwear ads he used to do, but it helps!

The Happening opens on 13 June here in the States and the UK.

THE DARK KNIGHTThe Dark Knight movie poster

The Dark Knight is the 2nd Batman movie from director Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins).

The fantastic Christian Bale returns as Bruce Wayne/Batman and is also joined by Heath Ledger as The Joker. This film will no doubt get even more attention due to Heath's The Dark Knight - The Joker: Why so serious? movie postersad death on 22 January in New York earlier this year.

He was already getting rave reviews for his new interpretation of The Joker, with Jack Nicholson being a hard act to follow in Tim Burton's 1989The Dark Knight - Batman movie poster version of Batman (which pretty much kick-started the super hero movie genre back onto the big screen).

Anyway, get your tickets early for this summer blockbuster which opens in the U.S. on 18 July and a week later on 25 July in Britain.


INDIANA JONES AND THE KINGDOM OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL

For my fourth film choice, it's a bit of an old-school action adventure romp (hopefully).

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie poster
It's not like I really want to go see this film, it's just it's taken so long to make this fourth installment in the 'Indiana Jones' franchise (and I did enjoy watching the first three films when I was younger), that I feel that I should.

Well Indy is back, written by George Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg and of course, starring Harrison Ford, as our titular hero. The trailer does seem to capture some of the old blockbuster magic, daring stunts and special effects and doesn't seem to rely too much on CGI.

He's also joined by fan favourite Karen Allen, playing Marion Ravenwood, from 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark, plus flavour of the month Shia LaBeouf (Transformers, Disturbia) and Cate Blanchett looks great as Soviet Agent Irina Spalko.

I also think my trip to Disney's Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida, may have something to do with wanting to see this film as I saw the Indiana Jones 'Epic Stunt Spectacular', when Jason in Hollywood did Disney World.

Let's hope they've recaptured the magic of the original trilogy when the movie opens on 22 May, here and the UK.

HELLBOY II: THE GOLDEN ARMYHellboy II: The Golden Army movie poster

And finally, the last film I'm really looking forward to this year is Hellboy 2.
I absolutely loved the first film and thought it was totally under-rated at the time. Now, with the success and critical acclaim of the fantastic Pan's Labyrinth under his belt, Guillermo del Toro, brings us the further adventures of Hellboy and his friends in the B.P.R.D. (The Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense).

The film doesn't open until 11 July here in America and on 22 August in the UK, but I can't wait for this one.

Well, as you can see I'm going to busy in the next few months. Other guilty pleasures that I'll also be enjoying will be Speed Racer, The Incredible Hulk and I'm sure many more 'questionable' movie choices.


In other personal news, our trip to Pasadena last night to visit fellow London transplants to Los Angeles was great fun. It was nice to get an impression of the types of apartments available for rent, plus to know that our experiences so far have been pretty similar when it comes to relocating and dealing with the delights of visas, social security, credit history and bank accounts (although luckily there's two of us to share the pleasure and pain).

Anyway, will leave you now to get excited about what films to watch this summer!

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