Summer Movies

It all started with Greg asking me to add something to the Netflix queue… that led me to IMDB to watch the trailer for said movie. Then I had to check what’s playing now to make sure I’m not missing anything. Then I had to check whats “coming soon” to make sure I’m not missing anything. And here I am approximately an hour later, with not just one, but SIXTEEN movies added to my Netflix queue.

Let’s see if I can recapture them in chronological order of finding:

  1. It all started with Frances Ha
  2. Which led me to Hannah Takes the Stairs
  3. Where I noticed that Robot & Frank was also liked by others who liked that movie…
  4. Then I checked what’s playing now and found After Earth
  5. Earlier today I had added a few “coming soon” movies like The Internship
  6. and The Bling Room (I’ll watch anything with Emma Watson — Hermione!)…
  7. and The Great Gatsby (it stars Leonardo diCaprio, but I’ll watch it anyway…)…
  8. and The Kings of Summer which I missed when we had the free Twitter screening…
  9. So I skipped over those until I saw World War Z whose trailer we saw before Star Trek Into Darkness, and which stars Brad Pitt, but I’ll watch it anyway, because… end of the world movie!
  10. I skipped The Heat because I will see a screening of it next week…but I added I’m So Excited on the basis of the fact that I liked Almodovar’s other movies, even though the trailer shows us nothing…
  11. Somewhere in here I noticed Red 2 which is a movie for the Boomer demographic, but Helen Mirren kicks ass, and Bruce Willis and John Malcovitch are funny old dudes at this point — all reasons I ended up watching the first Red movie — so I will probably watch this one too…
  12. Then I saw Despicable Me 2, which was also a trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness, and I remembered I haven’t even seen the first Despicable Me move, so I added both to my queue…
  13. As I was scrolling I noticed Fruitvale Station and realized they made a movie about a recent current event in San Francisco, and added it to the queue…
  14. Then we have Kick Ass 2, which I will admit looks pretty dumb, but again, I saw the first one, and I’ll probably watch this one too, but will likely wait until it’s on DVD…
  15. Then I watched the trailer for The World’s End, laughed, and added that to my DVD queue…
  16. And just now, as I was compiling this list, I noticed that I missed Epic! How could I have missed Epic. Added.

Given what you know about my taste preferences, you might notice at least two glaring omissions from this list. I have not added Man of Steel or Much Ado About Nothing to my list. The later is easy, I want to see it as soon as possible, so I will probably see it in the movie theater. It’s a movie by Joss Whedon, and stars many of my favorites from the Whedon-verse, such as Nathan Fillion.

Man of Steel is a little more tricky… it’s a “blockbuster” and should probably be seen on the big screen for best effects. But I’m growing tired of these stupid superhero movies. Not The Avengers — yet — mostly only because it’s now a Joss movie. But these superhero movies are just cash cows and never seem to have a good story. Just lots of action and “wow” effects. Meh. Not that interested.

Why is Star Trek different? I’m so glad you asked. Because Star Trek is “SPACE, the final frontier.” It’s science fiction. It’s a great big imagining of our future. And I love that. What I also love is that many of the above movies, and the biggest one that I can’t wait to see in November (Ender’s Game!), are also big immaginative science fiction movies. Space! Aliens! Robots! The end of the world!

I can already tell this is going to be a great summer for movies. If we’re finally over the vampire hump and have moved on to space invaders, I’m all in. Of course, I’m also cheap. So I’ll probably wait to see them on the small screen. Thanks, Netflix.

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