June Flix

Well, May is about wrapped up and it’s time to look at what’s ahead movie-wise for the month of June. But, before we do, looking back at May I managed to see three of the four movies that I featured in my May Flix post — not too bad considering my record for the previous months of 2008. Though, as I type this my fourth flick pick, Sex and the City, hasn’t been released just yet. I do still fully intend to see it — I just thought I’d get a jump on the upcoming month in movies.

Kung Fu Panda (June 6) – Enthusiastic, big and a little clumsy, Po is the biggest fan of Kung Fu around…which doesn’t exactly come in handy while working every day in his family’s noodle shop. Unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po’s dreams become reality when he joins the world of Kung Fu and studies alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five — Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey — under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu.

I saw the trailer for this plenty of times — in fact it ran before the three movies that I did go see in May. I think I’ve pretty much seen the whole movie. There’s really nothing that stands out in what I’ve seen, read, or heard about Kung Fu Panda to motivate me to go to the cineplex to catch this flick. I’m sure I’ll watch it here and there when it turns up on DirecTV.

You Don’t Mess With The Zohan (June 6) – Zohan, an Israeli commando, fakes his own death in order to pursue his dream: becoming a hairstylist in New York.

I believe I saw this trailer with every May flick as well — and, while I may have found it amusing, I think I’ll be giving this flick a pass at the theaters as well. It looks as if all of the real funny gags may have been featured in the preview. Also, I don’t think I want to break my on-going streak of never having seen an Adam Sandler movie in the theater since 1992’s Shakes the Clown.

The Incredible Hulk (June13) — Scientist Bruce Banner desperately hunts for a cure to the gamma radiation that poisoned his cells and unleashes the unbridled force of rage within him: The Hulk. Living in the shadows–cut off from a life he knew and the woman he loves, Betty Ross–Banner struggles to avoid the obsessive pursuit of his nemesis, General Thunderbolt Ross, and the military machinery that seeks to capture him and brutally exploit his power.

Five years ago I went to the movies to see Hulk. Now in 2008, it’s The Incredible Hulk. Well, we’ll see… This cinematic incarnation of Bruce Banner/Hulk cannot be any worse than it was five years ago. I admire the fact that producer Gale Anne Hurd is going back and trying to make a decent Hulk movie after the failed attempt of the first. It wasn’t that the Hulk flick of five years ago was horrible — it just wasn’t good, and it completely fell apart at the end (a lot more so than Indy 4). Now that Marvel Studios have reacquired the film rights to the character I believe that a better Hulk movie can be made. We shall see.

Get Smart (June 13) – Maxwell Smart is on a mission to thwart the latest plot for world domination by the evil crime syndicate known as KAOS. When the headquarters of U.S. spy agency Control is attacked and the identities of its agents compromised, the Chief has no choice but to promote his ever-eager analyst Maxwell Smart, who has always dreamt of working in the field alongside stalwart superstar Agent 23. Smart is partnered instead with the only other agent whose identity has not been compromised: the lovely-but-lethal veteran Agent 99.

Would you believe… I was more excited about this movie back in January when I posted about the Smart Casting. Now? Not so much. I still believe that the movie’s casting is inspired, but now I’m beginning to feel that perhaps too much may have been pinned on the casting. There is after all, a story to be told — and nothing that I’ve heard, read, or seen is really exciting me beyond their casting choices. At this point, the jury is still out.

WALL-E (June 27) – What if mankind had to leave Earth, and somebody forgot to turn the last robot off? Wall-E, spends every day doing what he was made for. But soon, he will discover what he was meant for, as he adventures across the galaxy chasing his dream.

Done. I’m sold. I’m there. There hasn’t been a Pixar movie that I haven’t liked/loved — well, except for Cars (which to me seemed like an animated remake of Doc Hollywood but with talking cars.)

Wanted (June 27) – 25-year-old Wes was the most disaffected, cube-dwelling drone the planet had ever known. His boss chewed him out hourly, his girlfriend ignored him routinely and his life plodded on interminably. Everyone was certain this disengaged slacker would amount to nothing. There was little else for Wes to do but wile away the days and die in his slow, clock-punching rut. Until he met a woman named Fox.

I read the comic book series written by Mark Millar back in 2003 in which this film is “loosely” based on. I liked the comic well enough, but I just don’t have the excited anticipation for the flick as I would for other comic book based movies.

It looks as if June has a lot of potential as a pick flick month, but the comic book and/or superhero inspired theme continues well into July with The Dark Knight, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and Hancock.

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