MRQE's 2011 Summer Movie Guide: Movies Josh is Anticipating

MRQE blogger, Josh Halpern discusses the three movies he's anticipating the most this summer.

Ah, Summer! What an exciting time of year for movies: two and a half months of blockbusters to engage the eyes like a continuous Fourth of July fireworks display. Personally, there's nothing I anticipate more-amid all the sequels, explosions and animated releases-than the newest batch of super hero flicks. That's right! Although a number of them have disappointed in recent years, (Ghost Rider, Elektra, X-Men: The Last Stand) one can still surprise (Iron Man). And as a former comic book junkie, I can't help but get excited for two releases this summer: Marvel Studios' Captain America: The First Avenger and Warner Brothers' Green Lantern. And another film I'm super-excited about is Paramount's Super 8, from the man who practically invented the summer movie experience, Steven Spielberg.

Captain America: The First Avenger

As a child, I had a rare copy of Captain America (1990) in my possession starring J.D. Salinger's son Matt Salinger as the masked hero Steve Rogers. It was good enough for an easily pleased toddler such as myself. But since then, I've awaited a proper, big-budget adaptation. Despite my misgivings about The First Avenger's early buzz (Cap's got a gun?!), the newest trailer tingles the spine and raises a few goose bumps for this fan boy. Plus, it doesn't get much better than Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull. I'm hoping for a promising origin story that will introduce the character for the much-hyped Avengers movie in store for next year. OMG!

Green Lantern

I get the feeling that Warner Brothers doesn't joke around with its super hero movies anymore. Since The Dark Knight, the studio is stepping their game up. No more rubber nipples and Brandon Routh. Locking up Chris Nolan as a producer on the new Superman reboot was a brilliant move. And even Green Lantern's trailer title card resembles that of The Dark Knight's. Does that mean another $800 million dollar blockbuster? I doubt it. But from the looks of the trailer, this film won't pull any punches. This is epic, sci-fi fantasy that one rarely sees fully imagined in the comic genre. My dad grew up on Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. It's exciting to see Warner Brothers honoring the character's origins. If the movie's anything like the trailer, we're in for a pleasant surprise.

Super 8

It's been 36 years since that shark fin first hit the waters of Cape Cod, instilling ocean phobia in millions of viewers. Jaws officially started the summer blockbuster experience. And today, Spielberg continues his successful summer reign with his production of Super 8, directed by J.J. Abrams. The trailer has successfully retained its mystery despite circulating online for nearly four months.

It looks incredibly captivating and it reminds me of Close Encounters, E.T. and Jaws combined. Will the movie live up to its hype? I sure hope so.

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