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Flaco's Summer 2015 Movie Preview: Part 1

Flaco's Summer 2015 Movie Preview: Part 1

There are a lot of movies to look forward to this summer. I've whittled them down to ten and, of course, you the readers will always have the last say and get to rank them when it's all over. Let’s get started.


Avengers: Age of Ultron

It's going to be hard to top this sequel, not only on in our VOG rankings, but aside from a little movie dropping on Christmas Day, this should face little competition as the biggest movie of the year.



The movie seems to be marketing as a kinder, gentler Arnold who just wants to protect his zombie daughter, but I'll wait and see if they don't have some kind of knock-down drag-out action sequence by at least the climax of the film.

MAY 15

Mad Max: Fury Road

This movie looks like a blast. It's amazing to me George Miller can so seamlessly direct the Mad Max movies and kiddie fare like Happy Feet. If the trailer is any indication, Miller is like a kid in a candy store with a big budget like this.

MAY 22


Here’s yet another remake of a movie from our childhoods. They do seem to change quite a few details which could be good for freshening up the piece but might also harm the nostalgia factor if they change it too much.


I have no idea what this movie is about, but I hope, since it's made by Disney and shares the name of one of my favorite "lands" in their famous park, that somehow Space Mountain comes into play. Also helps that the director is the amazing Brad Bird.

MAY 29

San Andreas

Speaking of Brad Bird, he was attached to direct a movie about the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, but moved on to other projects leaving that script in development hell.  The story of the 1906 earthquake is a fascinating one that has been bouncing around different directors for a while, yet this seemingly appeared overnight and looks like every other generic modern disaster movie.



I'm pretty sure this movie is guaranteed a spot at the bottom of our movie rankings for this season but I couldn't resist adding it due to a couple of the players involved, including Director Paul Feig, also being involved in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot. Hopefully it's not a sign of that future franchise's quality.


Jurassic World

The Jurassic Park film franchise has been all over the map as far as quality is concerned as each sequel tries to capture the magic and menace of the original. I don't know if it can ever be done without Steven Spielberg at the helm himself, but this movie has a good shot from the looks of it.


Inside Out

Pixar's animation dominance has been challenged as of late. Hopefully this original take on an idea, as opposed to yet another sequel, proves they can still produce great films that do more than just look pretty.


Ted 2

I thought the original R-rated teddy bear movie started off strong then fell into some boring conventions. It doesn't look like much has improved based on the trailer, but if all you want is foul-mouthed stuffed animal jokes, then it will probably be just fine.

And that will do it until July when I return with part 2 of the summer movie preview and even more big, summer movies. I had to leave off a few to keep the list to 10 films, so please participate in the comments where we can discuss these films and the ones I didn’t mention. Also, don't forget to rank them in the order that they interest you below.

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

What May/June 2015 Movie releases are you MOST looking forward to?

Flaco's shown you all the previews, now you tell us which movie you are most anticipating, in order from most to least.

Based on 7 Participants

  1. Avengers: Age of Ultron
    (Average Rank: 2.42)

  2. Mad Max: Fury Road
    (Average Rank: 3.71)

  3. Tomorrowland
    (Average Rank: 3.85)

  4. Jurassic World
    (Average Rank: 4.14)

  5. Inside Out
    (Average Rank: 5.00)

  6. Poltergeist
    (Average Rank: 5.57)

  7. Maggie
    (Average Rank: 7.00)

  8. Ted 2
    (Average Rank: 7.28)

  9. San Andreas
    (Average Rank: 8.00)

  10. Spy
    (Average Rank: 8.00)

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5/16/2015 12:28 PM

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I honestly would have had Mad Max at the bottom of the list. I've never been that interested in the franchise because ew, Mel Gibson... however all the twitter/facebook reaction to the film seems to be REALLY positive. Even though I'm not much of an action movie person, it sounds like I might have to give it a shot. That's okay, Ted 2 is a worthy last place candidate for me too :P . I'm most excited about Jurassic World! I don't always love spielberg, but I really loved the original Jurassic Park. And this one even has Chris Pratt!!
5/16/2015 5:14 PM

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Mad Max was incredible. Clever, unabashedly savage, and pulsing with smart pacing from start to finish. I'm a sucker for post-apoc, but this went way beyond what I expected.

Tom Hardy's portrayal really knocked the role out of the park. And Charlize Theron was fantastic as a post-apoc badass. Heck, I enjoyed what the entire cast did with this film. Grats to George Miller and crew for doing a bang up job.
5/16/2015 4:58 PM

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I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron the week it came out, And thought i was better then the last Avengers film.

This week I saw Mad Mad: Fury Road, And it's by far, One of the best action movies of the year, I highly recommend that film, for anyone whose scene the previous films or not, Its quite a ride.

Also on my list are TomorrowLand, Another Disney film based on a theme park, But this one is the most interesting due to, the visions of the future it created.

I'm also interested in San Andreas, Another big budget disaster flick, Only this one seems more plausible then 2012, It should be a lot of fun seeing all the destruction.

Jurassic World is also on top of my list, I enjoyed all of the previous 3 Jurassic Park films, And this one seems to be more in line with the 1st film.

I think its a great year for Summer movies, a lot to look forward to.
5/16/2015 7:26 PM

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Mad Max: Fury Road has been filming since 2012, And it really shows in the final product, It turned out to be one of the most amazing films this year, And a game changer.
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