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Flaco's Summer Movie Preview - Part 4

Flaco's Summer Movie Preview - Part 4

It’s August and that means, as far as Hollywood is concerned, the traditional summer season is over. Now they’ll still market these films as summer movies, but all of their 100 million dollar plus budgeted movies were prioritized to release between May and July and these are the leftovers. August doesn’t get the hype the other summer months do but I actually think this month can churn out some original hits. 



August 2

2 Guns


 

Dropping the same weekend that The Smurfs 2 was expected to take the box office title, this Denzel Washington & Mark Wahlberg action movie surprised some people and took the #1 spot at the box office. It was actually the weakest #1 debut of the summer, but claming first place is always good for marketing your movie in the following weeks. 


August 7

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters


 

While the first Percy Jackson film wasn’t a total flop, it didn’t quite pull the box office numbers the studio expected. It did do well enough, especially overseas, to warrant this sequel. I couldn’t make it through the first film as it seemed like too much of a Harry Potter rip-off. Even now, watching the trailer evokes more comparisons to the Potter film sequels, but I know the movie has its fans and I hope it’s a better film for their sake. 


August 9

Disney's Planes


 

One of the interesting takeaways from this film is that it's not a Pixar film but a Disney film based on a Pixar franchise. This spinoff from the Cars universe is one of the first clear results of the Disney buyout years ago, though it seems like an odd choice considering Cars is possibly the most disliked Pixar property. Since every Pixar film is insanely profitable though, it’s not a huge risk either.

Elysium


 

It’s been four years since District 9 put Director Neill Blomkamp on the map, even garnering a best picture Oscar nomination. Now he has triple the budget of his debut feature and some movie stars thrown in for good measure. It looks like a good, effects-heavy sci-fi piece, but I hope the difference between this and say Oblivion is in the grittiness and heart Blomkamp brings to the production like he did with District 9. 


August 16

Kick-Ass 2


 

The surprise hit film gets a sequel that adds even more unlikely superheroes and over-the-top violence. The film has stirred some controversy with co-star Jim Carrey coming out against the movie a month before its release. He says he's had a change of heart regarding violent movies, but press like that will probably only help the smaller scale comic book movie find success.

Lee Daniels' The Butler


 

This film, starring a huge list of movie stars, seems to have Oscar written all over it. The only problem is these movies tend to come out in the fall, not mixed in the action film dumping ground that is August. It could still be great thanks to its pedigree, but something tells me the studio didn’t have enough faith to release this in the fall with its Oscar hungry peers.

Paranoia


 

Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman play a game of high stakes chess with the movie’s hero as their unwitting pawn. Okay, so this movie looks like more of the same late summer action releases, but it’s got Han Solo and Sirius Black in it, so that should count for something right? 


August 21

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones


 

Based on the first of six books in the young adult fantasy novel series, this seems to hit all the checkboxes for films in this vein. The difference is always in execution, as to whether you can get out from under the shadow of Harry Potter. However, just look to the aforementioned Percy Jackson to see how hard that is to pull off. 


August 23

The World's End


 

This film is the latest collaboration between director Edgar Wright and stars Simon Pegg & Nick Frost who brought us the classic comedies Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Wright took a detour to make the cult hit Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, while Pegg & Frost made the terrible sci-fi comedy Paul. Now they’re all back together and Wright seems to have combined the small village humor from Hot Fuzz with the over-the-top action of Scott Pilgrim, and I can’t wait to see it. 

 
August 30

Getaway


 

Labor Day Weekend always seems to feature either a horror movie or an action film, so I was surprised this year, when horror has done so well at the summer box office, that we get an action movie. At least from a marketing perspective, we have Ethan Hawk, star of the surprise horror hit The Purge co-starring with a Shelby Cobra, taking a hint from the hit Fast and Furious sequel that cars are movie stars too. Selena Gomez is also in the film, but it seems like such a stretch to have her there, that the concept put forth in the trailer loses a bit for me. 

That’s the end of my summer preview! Make sure to rank these movies below by how interested you are to see them and look for a fall preview next month. Based on the previous ranking polls, I am going to make the fall preview one comprehensive list of geek-centric films instead of a monthly report of everything, but the comments section is open season on all movies. Speaking of which, let me know in the comments what you think about this month’s movies or even the whole summer breakdown in general.

Flaco Jones is a former film school grad and current professional A/V nerd. You can follow him @flaco_jones on Twitter.

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Your Ranking

Which August 2013 Movies Are You Most Excited For?

We've listed the big movies coming out this August. Rank your interest in each movie here!

Based on 11 Participants

  1. Elysium
    (Average Rank: 3.00)

  2. Kick-Ass 2
    (Average Rank: 3.63)

  3. The World's End
    (Average Rank: 4.18)

  4. 2 Guns
    (Average Rank: 5.45)

  5. Disney's Planes
    (Average Rank: 5.45)

  6. Lee Daniels' The Butler
    (Average Rank: 6.09)

  7. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
    (Average Rank: 6.27)

  8. Paranoia
    (Average Rank: 6.54)

  9. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
    (Average Rank: 7.00)

  10. Getaway
    (Average Rank: 7.36)

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skie
skie
8/6/2013 8:07 AM

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I cannot believe Flaco would leave out my most anticipated movie of the summer-- The Canyons starring Lindsay Lohan, which came out August 2nd. Okay okay maybe it's because it only came out in like two theaters and will see most of it's release via iTunes and pay per view. That and it's not very geeky but... Come on, you know the RiffTrax of this film is going to be GOLD people, GOLD.

Also, not sure how I feel about Disney's Planes. I think Flaco's right it's a really odd choice of a Pixar movie to spin off into a different yet same-y film. While I'd agree Cars is not typically one of the Pixar films people put on their best of lists, it's worth noting that Disney California Adventure's CarsLand which opened last year has practically turned that entire theme park around. DCA used to live in the shadow of Disney and make most of it's money from Park Hopper tickets, but now it stands on it's own, and a big part of that is thanks to the characters & most importantly scenery of the Cars movie translating so well into real life.
Flaco_Jones
Flaco_Jones
8/6/2013 9:35 AM

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I actually thought about it, but it was so limited release like you said. Glad somebody else noticed that film. I hear Lindsay is the best part!
Flaco_Jones
Flaco_Jones
8/6/2013 9:37 AM

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Also, fun fact about Disney's Planes: It was originally slated to be a straight-to-video release, but the Disney exces liked what they saw so much that they made it feature worthy, even scrapping the main character's voice actor for a new one.
DarkTetsuya
DarkTetsuya
8/6/2013 12:10 PM

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oh yeah I heard about that movie... some pictures of it leaked to the internet (NSFW warning though, that's all I gotta say. ;) )

More on-topic, I am kinda curious to see how elysium turns out, from the previews it looks like a pretty neat action flick.
criticalmyth
criticalmyth
8/7/2013 11:49 AM

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I can't be the only one hoping Lohan pulls a RDJ on her career, can I? OK, maybe it's because I still remember when she was that hot redhead from Mean Girls...sigh...
skie
skie
8/6/2013 8:09 AM

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OOPS and I remember what I really wanted to say about the DCA thing-- if you've been to DCA, one of the other "lands" there is Condor Flats where the popular ride Soarin' is. And what does the whole area look like? Airporty / Plane type stuff. How easy would it be to flip that part of the park into PlanesLand? HmmmMMmmmMMMmMmM.....
DigitalFirefly
DigitalFirefly
8/6/2013 8:38 AM

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I'm excited to see jobs more than any of those right now. Elysium is a close second.

http://jobsthefilm.com/
Flaco_Jones
Flaco_Jones
8/6/2013 9:34 AM

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I totally had Jobs on the list initially but I took it off because it is released on such a busy weekend. And because I can't stand Ashton Kutcher...

So yeah, it probably should have been on there as a very geek-centric film but at least it's exclusion generated some comments.
Bobby Blackwolf
Bobby Blackwolf
8/6/2013 10:41 AM

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Should have included it. I want to see it more than the majority of films on this list.

Fired!
Flaco_Jones
Flaco_Jones
8/6/2013 10:53 AM

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Agreed. Damn you Ashton Kutcher for sending me into blind rage! Seriously though has he ever been good in anything?
Bobby Blackwolf
Bobby Blackwolf
8/6/2013 10:57 AM

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No, but there's a first time for everything.
DigitalFirefly
DigitalFirefly
8/6/2013 2:12 PM

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I haven't seen it since it came out, but I remember liking him in Butterfly Effect.
Flaco_Jones
Flaco_Jones
8/6/2013 2:41 PM

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All kidding about Mr. Kutcher aside, I dropped the ball and definitely should have put Jobs on the list. Even having it in front of me, I lapsed and put in Paranoia instead for the Han Solo joke.

I've already been working on the Fall Preview which won't be split into parts so I can focus on just the movies you guys care about without all the other films to distract me. I do love all the comments though! Thanks for keeping me on my toes. ;)
criticalmyth
criticalmyth
8/7/2013 11:58 AM

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What, are you trying to make it that much harder to rank the movies in the fall?!? LOL!!
Flaco_Jones
Flaco_Jones
8/7/2013 12:15 PM

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Oh yeah, it's going to be like picking your favorite child difficult...
criticalmyth
criticalmyth
8/7/2013 11:55 AM

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The trailer for Jobs looked surprisingly good. I have the feeling that this is for Kutcher what The Truman Show was for Carrey...
LOKI
LOKI
8/6/2013 8:33 AM

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Looks like I may need to take some PTO next Friday to see Kick-Ass 2. Soaring Over California needs a good renovation. I could totally see them doing something Planes related with that.
Flaco_Jones
Flaco_Jones
8/6/2013 9:40 AM

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Please, no, do NOT Cars/Planes all the things!
TigerClaw
TigerClaw
8/6/2013 9:21 AM

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The only movie I'm looking forward to on that list is Elysium, Its the 2nd film from Neill Blomkamp after his first film District 9 was a surprise success. It could turn out good given the cast that's involved which are Matt Damon and Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley is also part of the cast and he was in District 9.
criticalmyth
criticalmyth
8/7/2013 11:54 AM

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Elysium is my top pick for the month, but I'm also intrigued by Kick-Ass 2. I liked the first one well enough, and this looks like it will continue in the same vein...
criticalmyth
criticalmyth
8/7/2013 11:53 AM

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OK, so, totally showing my bias here, but...

I just can't support the Mortal Instruments books, because the author was notorious in the Harry Potter fan fiction community for blatant plagiarism. So I'm on the fence on whether or not to bother with the film in the theaters, or just catch it later on cable/Netflix...
Flaco_Jones
Flaco_Jones
8/7/2013 12:20 PM

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I didn't even know about this movie until I saw a film with my wife recently and this preview came on. At one point they refer to the people who can't see the magical world as "normals" or something, and I lean over to my wife and whisper "so... muggles?" I also called it John Dies at the End for kids.
criticalmyth
criticalmyth
8/7/2013 12:40 PM

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I need to see John Dies at the End. Hopefully the title will not be prophetic.
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