Multiple Enthusiasms

Infinite jest. Excellent fancy. Flashes of merriment.

There’s a lot of awesome in theaters this summer

I hadn’t yet caught the trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. So I found it on YouTube:

Looks pretty damned cool. Love the “You’re a teacher?” “Part time.” line.

It does not, however, look like the coolest movie on the way. This does:

I mean, seriously. I hadn’t thought Ledger could do it, personally (I never liked him as an actor). I was totally in love with an idea I still think is brilliant; Christian Bale in triple roles as Batman, Bruce Wayne, and the Joker. But that trailer convinced me Ledger did a fine damned job of a role that is equal parts sick, dark humor and utter psychosis. Can’t wait.

Running a near second in terms of personal anticipation is Robert Downey, Jr., as Tony Stark:

I’ve never had doubts about Downey. Man can act all over the place, and usually does so brilliantly. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him terrible. I’ve loved him since Chances Are, and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of my favorite movies. Not a huge Paltrow fan, but “Yeah, I can fly,” and “Tell you what, throw a little hot rod red in there” are just full of awesome.

I’m also intrigued by Will Smith’s new one:

Looks pretty funny, and I like the idea of real-life exploration of the superhero genre.

Speaking of funny, two movies got my immediate attention. The first was Leatherheads, due to my unabashed love for George Clooney and Renee Zellwegger. Plus, it’s Clooney doing humor. Clooney is awesome at humor: Intolerable Cruelty is, perhaps, his most underrated movie. And finally, the trailer uses Benny Goodman’s “Sing Sing Sing”:

How could I not love it?

Then there’s Charlie Bartlett. Because speaking of Robert Downey, Jr., how can we go wrong with both him and Hope Davis? Love ’em both. This one’s probably a rental, but it looks pretty fun:

And finally, last but certainly not least, we have what Ocean’s Twelve would have been if Soderbergh went in the right direction (backward), hired Jason Statham, and shot it in London. Seriously, The Bank Job just looks totally freakin’ awesome:

Definitely not a rental. And awesome soundtrack. It’s like the unholy love child of Snatch and Ocean’s Elven. Plus with Jason Statham and Saffron Burrows. How much more awesome could that be?

None. None more awesome.

London calling indeed.



    March 3, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Sweeeeeeeeeet!! Thanks for the trailers.

    I saw the trailer for The Bank Job the other day…I LOVE Jason Stathom so I’m pumped…

    George Clooney and humor is GENIUS. Come on…O Brother was a classic Clooney movie…He’s a fantastic actor. I don’t care what anyone says.

    The Will Smith one looks…uh…interesting…

    Indiana Jones…always a winner. Should be interesting.

    Great, as if I wasn’t broke enough, MORE movies for me to go see and ya know, skip lunch for a few weeks 😉

  2. You’re welcome. Yes, Statham is certainly a poster child for awesome, and O Brother was pretty damned cool.

    And I know, right? It’d cost, like, a hundred bucks to see all these in the theaters.

  3. I notice a significant absence on your list – the next installment of the Daniel Craig 007 series.

    I can’t wait. I’m counting down the days ’til November.

  4. Me, too. But that’s not summer. Though I guess you could argue that half of these are spring movies, given that summer doesn’t officially start until June 20th (I think only Hancock is, by that criteria).

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